A cheese advent calendar will make your holidays cheesy and bright

A cheese advent calendar will make your holidays cheesy and bright

Not a fan of the traditional chocolate-filled advent calendar? Well then, this cheese-filled advent calendar may be just what you’re looking for. Target will be selling its first ever cheese advent calendar in the US this year, containing 24 individually wrapped pieces of cheese, according to a press release issued by So Wrong It’s Nom, the food blog behind the calendar’s creation.  Previously, the calendar made waves in the UK, and following its massive success, the calendar is coming to the states. We could not be more grateful (no pun…

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A cheese advent calendar will make your holidays cheesy and bright

A cheese advent calendar will make your holidays cheesy and bright

Not a fan of the traditional chocolate-filled advent calendar? Well then, this cheese-filled advent calendar may be just what you’re looking for. Target will be selling its first ever cheese advent calendar in the US this year, containing 24 individually wrapped pieces of cheese, according to a press release issued by So Wrong It’s Nom, the food blog behind the calendar’s creation.  Previously, the calendar made waves in the UK, and following its massive success, the calendar is coming to the states. We could not be more grateful (no pun…

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Columbus, Ohio isn’t down with Columbus Day

Columbus, Ohio isn’t down with Columbus Day

It’s Columbus Day: a holiday slapped together to celebrate a raping, murdering, plunder-horny opportunist that’s been dead for hundreds of years. Columbus, Ohio? It was named after the gold loving bastard. Despite this, for the first time since the city’s founding in 1812, Columbus Day won’t be celebrated there. Instead, the city’s government has opted to throw the days off that are typically allotted to the holiday at something far more important: honoring the United States’ veterans. From AP News: Ohio’s capital city, population 860,000, will be open for business…

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Celebrate Wolfenoot, the new wolf holiday

Celebrate Wolfenoot, the new wolf holiday

Somewhere in New Zealand, a seven-year-old boy had an idea to celebrate the spirit of the wolf. His mom shared it on Facebook. And over the course of just a few days, thousands of people, many desperate for something happy after a miserable week, joined the call to celebration. This is Wolfenoot. A holiday where we get presents and feast on roasted meat and cake for being kind to dogs? YES, PLEASE. I first heard of Woolfenoot when a friend shared author Jax Goss‘s Facebook post, and joined the enthusiastic…

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August needs more holidays, so here are some ideas

August needs more holidays, so here are some ideas

It’s the last slog of summer, and with each hot, sticky day we become more panicked. Some questions on our minds right now: Will we ever be comfortable again? What does not sweating feel like? Is there anything to look forward to before the autumnal equinox?  The solution to our woes, of course, is to create some kind of reason to enjoy the sweltering, existentially taxing days before fall saves us. And what’s a better excuse to enjoy things than a nice holiday? August needs more of those. SEE ALSO:…

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Online travel agency Exoticca bags $4.1M for market expansion

Online travel agency Exoticca bags $4.1M for market expansion

Barcelona-based online travel agency Exoticca — which sells “affordable luxury” holidays to popular destinations such as India, Kenya, Brazil, Thailand and South Africa — has closed a €3.5 million (~$4.1 million) Series A to expand into more markets. The lead investor is early-stage Madrid-based VC K Fund, with existing investors Sabadell Venture Capital and Grupo Palau also participating, along with new investors Nero Ventures, Palladium Corporate Venture and Smartech Capital. Exoticca was founded in 2013 and currently operates in three European markets: Spain, France and the U.K. The new funding will be put…

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Goodbye green flocked wallpaper

Goodbye green flocked wallpaper

Time to say goodbye to the green flocked wallpaper in our Gite. Decorating tastes of course vary around the world (witness the enthusiasm for Scandinavian minimalistic for example), but to my knowledge there hasn’t ever been a fashion craze for French decorating.  When we were house hunting to buy our Gite in September 2003 we saw a number of “interesting” wallpaper styles in the properties we viewed, and fortunately the Gite we eventually did buy was relatively “normal”. Except for the little girl’s bedroom in pink and purple that is,…

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Stepping up without sliding down

Stepping up without sliding down

I had to look it up, but it was back in August 2010 that we had a new set of railway sleeper steps built from the pool up to the garden and climbing frame. For some reason I never took any photos of the construction of the steps, so at the bottom of this posting I’ll correct that and share what I do have. But the topic in hand was improving those steps.  The steps were made of used railway sleepers so they were as tough as anything and certainly…

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Tiling the downstairs bathroom (part two)

Tiling the downstairs bathroom (part two)

Following on from fitting the new shower cubicle, the next job in the downstairs bathroom was to tile the other walls to match those of the shower cubicle. Here’s how it looked at the start, on the opposite wall is the toilet, vanity unit and washing machine, with tiling part way up the wall beside the toilet and behind the basin.   First job was to cut the silicon sealant off from around the sink, disconnect the taps, and carefully remove the sink.  If I had of dropped it then…

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