The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Friday, 1 December 2006


Is it December already? The air is getting more and more chilly, but I'm still riding to work when it's not raining - I'm certain that my collegues and students think I'm nuts. It's a great way to keep warm though, and I love the feel of the crisp cold air. Snow is forecasted to fall this week and we have just put the snow tyres (called 'studless' tyres) on the car. I'm proud to say we still have not used a heater yet (this time I'm very certain that people think we're nuts - they've said so), although I think we will have to bring it out when it starts snowing. Rob's looking forward to experiencing the snow, but truth be told, I'd be very happy if it doesn't snow at all this winter. I'm not looking forward to having to drive to work in the snow. Our first experience with snow, and we have to live in it. I'm such a pessimistic person, aren't I?

Anyway, the other day I picked up this Matcha (green tea) bread at a bakery that is not so nearby (2 hours' drive away). It was yummy, and it looked so pretty that I just had to take a photo of it. These breads also came in chocolate, custard and cream flavours.. Bakeries are very popular amongst the Japanese, mostly because it's a foreign experience for them. The Japanese have a love affair with the French, so there are many French bakeries around in the bigger cities. You can get many fancy breads like the one featured in this post, but I wished they sold real bread like wholegrain bread or sourdough that doesn't cost an arm and leg to buy. Oh, how I miss Brumby's and Baker's Delight. I have to settle for baking my own whole wheat bread, which is substandard at best.


  1. Substandard?!
    Substandard? What are you talking about?! Your bread rocks! Don't believe her people; Jean's bread is a really tasty whole wheat bread. She's just nostalgic for all those fruity breads and such we used to get in Perth.

  2. Re: Substandard?!
    Haha - as my husband, you definitely know what to say :)