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NotBlog is Aled Williams’ preferred blogging arena.
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Blogging takes place between San Francisco
and Wales, with Rosie.

aled@notjones.com

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The Pelican Inn

The Pelican at Muir Beach does a damn good impression of a British country pub; fish & chips, London Pride and a dartboard. If they could install some sticky carpets and a quiz machine I'd move in. (more…)

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Mr Pelican

Mount Hermon Zip-lining.

Tarzan never wore this much safety gear, but then he fell out of a tree and crushed his monkey. Zip-lining through the redwoods at Mount Hermon is a fine way  to get the blood pumping on a sunny Saturday afternoon. (more…)

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Ziptree

Garrapata State Park

Beautiful coastline, the sound of seals barking on the offshore rocks and a trail full of cartoonish cactus leading to some hefty coastal redwoods. Good hike. (more…)

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Garrapata

SF Christmas

Our first Californian Christmas, spent exploring unexplored corners of SF with the mother-in-law, Bridge. Being charged at by a bull elephant seal at Ana Nuevo and drinking white russians at the Huntington with Danny DeVito's double being particular highlights. (more…)

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Twin Puddings

Talk to me of Mendocino pt.2

More photos from around Mendocino, also the hot tub in the woods -  we found it to be slightly worrying to be tenderizing gently in hot water in an area that has mountain lions and bears... Still, a great place to visit. (more…)

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Buoy

Talk to me of Mendocino pt.1

A few days up North to the pine-scented, rugged coastline surrounding Mendocino. Vast empty beaches strewn with driftwood and a real sense of California giving way to the Pacific northwest. (more…)

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Tree-lined coast

The Wild

Hiking near Fairfax includes vultures, coyotes, deer and rattle snakes. Walking in the Vale of Glamorgan was never this dangerous. (more…)

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Eyes up

Lands End

Everyone needs a happy place. We found one at Lands End, watching the cargo ships sail under the Golden Gate, playing on the stone circle and getting lost in the hobbit holes. Hard to believe it's part of the city. (more…)

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Cirque

Smith Farm Pumpkin Fest

A day out with Nadav and Yocheved to the slightly surreal Smith family farm pumpkin festival. We got shouted at by an angry tractor man for walking with our pumpkins, but that's ok, we did some dancing to hide our shame. (more…)

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

This asexual future-space-alien pretty much sums up Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Kris Kristofferson, Broken Social Scene, Elbow and many more, all for freeeeee... (more…)

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