December 25th, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

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(Even Santa’s health conscious this year.)

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Ho Ho Ho~! Merry Christmas ~!!

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I hope this message finds you well? Where are you? What are you doing today?

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Guess what? I’m currently in Hamburg! And I’m so happy! It was a bit of an effort to get here but it just feels like it’s exactly what I needed. Y’know, since a while ago, I had been regarding this winter trip as a goal/ milestone, because it coincided with my end date for the chemotherapy treatment I’ve been having, & so it’s a relief & a proud moment to say this: “Here I am!”

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In Germany they celebrate Christmas on the 24th, so yesterday, from late afternoon, we were at Mr.D’s sisters for the party. His mum gave me the biggest bear hug – she always does. She’s a sweet lady, she sings a birthday song in German over the telephone on my birthday, every single year.

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For Christmas dinner, Mr.D’s macrobiotic sister S baked ‘saibling’ fish stuffed with vegetables. Wholegrain rice, brussel sprouts & German red cabbage on the side. Very healthy Christmas dinner don’t you think?! :) Well, then again, the dessert was a naughty tiramisu made by his sister N, & there were lots of chocolate covered marzipan to nibble on throughout the evening, so not completely!

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Wherever you are this Christmas, have a wonderful day!

T xxxxx

 

December 24th, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

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Merry Christmas to you~!!!!!!
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I hope this post finds you well! I wonder how you are spending your Christmas? (Or, if you’re reading this post-Xmas, I wonder how you’ve spent the day?)
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By the way, guess what, I’m currently in Tokyo!!!!!! :) The last time I’ve spent Christmas in Japan was…, I reckon something like over 25 years ago??? My gosh, this number kinda is freaks me out…

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So I write this years Christmas message to you on my iPhone, having just finished the Christmas Eve dinner with my parents. And I am rather un-elegantly rolled out on the sofa with an inflated tummy. Feeling quite uncomfortable right now actually…
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Tomorrow we are visiting my childhood friend A’s place for another Christmas do. Amongst other presents, I’m taking two boxes of Christmas crackers that I’ve brought over from London, which should hopefully be a ‘cracker’ with her crowd as it’s super-uncommon/ unknown here in Japan.  :)

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Anyway, it’s a short message this time to you, but stay tuned, I’ll hopefully post something new next month, as I’ve loads of kitchenware that I’ve bought which I want to show you!!!!!

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Til then, with happy festive thoughts beaming your way, T xx

December 26th, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013!

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Homer: Now that just leaves little Maggie. Ah, a squeak toy. It says it’s for dogs, but she can’t read.

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VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

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How did you spend your Christmas this year?

Did you get a present that you wanted?

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This year Mr.D gave me a beautiful Marimekko teapot, & I gave him a Hario glass teapot!! – I guess we’ll be drinking a lot of tea from now on! Lol! ^^ As for the children, our boy was given a Hubsan x4 Quadcopter (a dinky remote controlled indoor flyer that RC enthusiasts would nod their approval to), & our girl received a well-made toy accordion which still sounds pleasant to the ear even when played in a muddle (phew!).

Santa (cough cough) gave them each a Mosaic Craft Kit, an attempt for sure to keep the kids busy while the parents have a well deserved rest…

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We ate our Christmas dinner on the 24th, like we always do. And it’s always me that cook. Again this year it was roast duck, brussels sprouts with crisped up bacon, duck-fat roasted root veg (potatoes, parsnip, carrots), home-made gravy sauce. It all went well & got chomped down, which is a delight after 3 hours of cooking in the kitchen.

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The party itself is always the usual fair too – children popping the Christmas crackers throughout the dinner, reading out the silly jokes that fall out, the adults having a vague attempt at guessing the answer whilst sloshing in copious amounts of red wine. Ofcourse, elemental to the cause, we don on the cheap yet colourful paper hats. The dessert was, funnily enough, my usual flourless chocolate cake (that I sell on the stall), simply because I had an order to make 2 of these that very morning, & I decided to make an extra one for us too. (There’s no rest for the wicked…?)

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Today (26th), I write this blog post from bed…! I’ve gotten a terrible cold, I’m feeling terribly woozy. Sore throat, gunky nose. Every year around this time I get ill like this – even after a year of having caught no cold. It’s as if my body reserves all this bad stuff for when I finally find the time to relax… Mr.D has taken the children to the local cinema so the house is quiet right now. Bliss…

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Anyway, dearest people who read this blog, VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! And I wish you the very best for the coming year!  Love, T xx

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December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

(Last year I posted a picture of the Grinch for Christmas, so I’ve decided to stick to the cartoon theme again & this year share my love for Peanuts with you! ♥♥)

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(I love Snoopy, but I love Lucy the most. Why? She’s rather persnickety don’t you think? I like that. I’m a fuss-pot too!)

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Hello~!!! Dearest blog readers!!!

 I’m back blogging!!! I’m so sorry I haven’t written in a long while…! It’s been ages, hope you haven’t forgotten me?? :)
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So, how have you all been? And how did 2012 pan out for you?
For me, well…, it’s been a mixed bag of highs & lows – it’s been a little too rainy this year, & having the Olympics in town was not atall helpful as everyone had initially hoped. (read a Guardian website article about it here) On top of that, what with the lo~ng recession we’re in, I can honestly say, it’s been a hard year…
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But. But but but. Here’s the bigger picture. Everyone around me has stayed healthy. And I’m still in a job that I love doing. There hasn’t been any major upsets either this year… – Now, I reckon that’s pretty good going actually, doncha think? :)
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Anyway! What am I writing about! It’s Christmas! No serious talk on a day like this, right!? That, I will leave ’til another post! And, ah, lol, no worries folks, I shan’t make it too long til I write next this time, as I am now in my one month+ break, I will have proper time to write to you! (My next trading date is FEBRUARY 2ND. Please note!)
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So in the meantime, here’s a silly Christmas poem that might amuse you when drinking your schnapps…
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It’s Christmas!

People have been discovering

On a Christmas Morning

That the curse of Christmas

That’s causing the most fuss

Has been unanimously concluded

To be “Batteries not included”

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And if you like Snoopy, here’s a youtube link to an episode called “A Charlie Brown Christmas (The Meaning of Christmas) that’s rather enjoyable to watch post-stuffed-with-dinner! :)

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My dearest blog readers,

may this lovely Christmas season bring you delights in all possible forms. May you receive love in abundance & joy that lasts throughout. Merry Christmas wishes to you & your loved ones.

With pixelated hugs from Tamami xx

December 25th, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

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Above picture was from last Saturday! It was the first ever time in my five years of trading at the market that it snowed so heavily! It was a day of lots of happenings, & it deserves a proper write-up, so it’ll have to be in another time…!

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Because right now, it’s 5am on Christmas Day, & all I want to say to you is…

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!!

Have a fantastic day, what ever you are doing, let loose, be jolly & be merry!!! It’s been a heck of a year & we all deserve a big ol’ knees up don’t we!

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I’ll be thinking of you all.

xxx

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Ps: you’re perhaps wondering why I’m up at this stupid hour, but I’d like to defend myself by saying that I slept from 7pm last night & woke up at 1am! – After finishing at the market, I had a few glasses of red wine & got stuffed with good food that my mother made, which totally finished me off, lol, I very almost nodded off at the dinner table! Seriously! – After a comatosed heavy sleep I’m up & I feel rather refreshed! ^^



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