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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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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

Thanksgiving

When the Pilgrims met the Wampanoag Native Americans on Plymouth Rock, they gave gifts of turkeys and Pantone™ books - thankfully this tradition has continued. Many thanks to Chris and Jenna for being the kind hosts, great eats and fun games - I think I'm just about recovered from that second helping... (more…)

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Panturkey

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

DIY? ‘Cause i gotta…

We picked up four Windsor chairs on Craigslist for $60 and spent an eternity stripping, sanding and painting the buggers 'til they came up good. Kudos to Rosie for her steely determination with the sanding block. (more…)

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Sore Saw

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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Violumpkin

Pumpkins

Turns out Halloween is a pretty big deal over here. It's a bit more upmarket than when Mam used to send me and my brother off (unsupervised) round the cul-de-sac dressed in torn bedsheets and mascara. Here's some NotJones pumpkin action. (more…)

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Pedro the pumpkin

Beirut

Beirut at the Independent. Great show - first time I've seen a tuba being played live on stage. (more…)

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Red lights