Hexagony – Board Game

Hexagony

 

I’ve always thought that Vanessa has a magical good luck bubble around her (because she managed to meet me, of course! haha) and I was proven right once again when she won a competition over on Instagram for the abstract strategy game, Hexagony!

Hexagony is a game for 2 to 3 players in which you place a tri-coloured hexagons on an ever-growing mass of tiles in order to make complete hexagons of your designated colour. The rules are super simple, just take one of your tiles, place it so that it touches another tile of the same colour and make sure that all other sides touch the matching colour of the adjacent hex. Once all tiles have run out, most solid colour hexes wins. That’s pretty much it. For something that is so simple, it is a real brain burner. You agonise (get it?) over where each of your hexes will be placed as you don’t want to set up your opponents for an easy point. The game won an award at the UK Games Expo for the Best Abstract Strategy Game of 2015 and I can clearly see why. Abstracts are my favourite genre of game with great games like Go, Kamisado, Othello, Backgammon, Quantum, Tash-Kalar, Quoridor – and I can say Hexagony is up there with the best of them.

We actually have a bit of history with Hexagony before actually winning a copy. We went over to Dice and Donuts board game cafe over in Preston a few weeks ago and this was one of the games we decided to play. We liked it so much that we ended up following them on Instagram (hence the competition) as well as making these beauties…
Cupcakes

That’s right… Home-made hexagony fairy cakes!! I got inspired while playing the game, probably thinking how delicious the hexes looked despite being made of plastic.

Close Up Cupcake

I can confirm that these taste much better than actual Hexagony tiles.

Unfortunately, we ended up eating them all before I thought of trying to play a game with the cakes but I guess that’s for next time I get baking!

The competition seemed impossible for me, it was a photograph of lots of boxes filled with copies of Hexagony and you had to guess how many hex tiles in total were in the photograph. Almost like “Guess how many jelly beans are in the jar” competitions you get at fairs. As you already guessed, Vanessa nailed it with her supernatural calculations and was sent a copy straight away in first-class post.

So this is just a little THANK YOU to the good people over at Hexagony and its designer, Andy Allen, for bringing such a nice game into existence!

Find out more about Hexagony over at http://www.hexagony.co.uk or on Instagram/twitter: @HexagonyUK

Trip to the Cotswolds

It’s the most wonderful place…

England is so beautiful, it’s actually stunning. When people from abroad think of our country, they picture stone cottages, fields and fields of green, flowers everywhere and chatty people. Having being brought up in London, I didn’t really see any of that and still now whenever I come across sheep in the wild, I quickly text my brother ‘SHEEP‘, just because I still think they’re so funny.

And when you do go into the countryside there are sheep EVERYWHERE. I always joke that there are so many sheep in Wales, but OMG the minute you drive into the country, they are bleating all over the place.

At the moment there are little baby lambs too. It’s so cute. Anyway, back to our weekend away…

One of my best friend’s daughter was being Baptised in a tiny little town called Upton Wold, so Jason and I made a weekend of it and went to visit Stow on the Wold too. I’ve actually been here before, working as a tour guide when I took a whole group of Japanese people on a trip to the UK. Japanese people had always asked me if the Cotswolds really were as beautiful as the photos and I had to admit that I hadn’t been and didn’t even really know where the Cotswolds even were. I would say that in the UK, we think of the Lake District as the most stunning place here [you’re welcome to prove me wrong – having now visited both I now think these two places are so different that you can’t really compare them]. All I can say is that those Japanese people know what they are talking about, as the Cotswolds are just stunning. The tiny villages and ancient cottages with lovely little cared-for gardens… it’s just so picturesque.

Typical cottage house

Typical cottage house

The sunsets are just stunning

The sunsets are just stunning

The green rolling hills of the Cotswolds

The green rolling hills of the Cotswolds

Also, we got lucky with the accommodation, as we stayed at The Bodkin and even managed to stay in Jane Austen’s room! Yup – the place has seen many famous faces and we stayed in her old room! Crazy!

Jane Austen's old room! Maybe some of her genius rubbed off on me! ;)

Jane Austen’s old room! Maybe some of her genius rubbed off on me! ;)

You all need to visit the Cotswolds and just drive around and then walk around. So many lovely things to see, photograph and just experience. I bet it’s amazing in the winter when it’s covered in snow as well…

Life Update

Sorry…

Firstly I’d like to say sorry for not even posting last week. In fact it’s been so long without a peek from us, that we are left wondering if any of you are still there? Haha…

We moved to Liverpool at the beginning of December. We’ve actually been working on an exciting project that hopefully soon I can tell you about. We are going to be creating our own work, as one thing we realised in Berlin was that working 9-5 five days a week for someone else just doesn’t do it for us. I like to work. I like to be pushed and learn new things. I’ve had some awesome jobs in my life but also some horrendous ones.

I learnt that society makes us believe that we need to work a lot. In London, it’s normal, because you need the money for rent, travel and having fun. Plus working part-time in London is boring, because everyone else is working all the hours and there’s no one to hang out with. In Berlin, life is so incredibly cheap that we got by with us both working just two days a week. It feels like Liverpool is pretty cheap too, so we’re coping with some translation work and savings while we build our dream. It’s a huge challenge, as neither of us know what we are doing, but we are going to try and we are busy creating something you will hopefully all love.

More on that soon.

Healthy Breakfast :)

Healthy Breakfast :)

Other than that, we have been trying to get a bit healthier. My wrist tendinitis is still really bad, currently more than ever. I was told it may be due to bad posture and doing exercise would help with this, so we have joined a gym. It’s strange, as I’ve always been very anti-gyms. I don’t see the point in running on a treadmill when you have parks everywhere. Bike machines? Oh come on… get on your bike! Etc etc etc. However, swimming is one thing I’ve always enjoyed and our gym has a luscious pool. I have also been found more than once on the running machine, purely because since we have been back it has rained almost every single day. I have always said that people shouldn’t moan about the English weather so much, as it’s not that bad. I take all of those comments back. We have just had a week of sunshine. Other than that, we have had TWO DAYS of no rain since moving back here three months ago. No wonder everyone runs in the gym, as the parks are muddy and slippery. I’m still a bit scared of trying weights and all that, but one thing at a time. We run a couple of times a week and the same with swimming. Badminton is our new thing, but I can only play when my wrist isn’t too bad. We also take Jason’s family’s dog out for walks most days. We are eating more vegetables and fruit (more on that soon) and we are feeling good. I’m also baking cakes, cupcakes and biscuits most days, which I love – not really healthy but oh so nommy! And our spare room/ storage room has finally been turned into the craft and office room, so it’s time to get creative.

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We are really enjoying being back in England. I might even tell you why we really left Berlin if I’m feeling brave one day soon. For now, there’s your update. We have to go out now and walk the dog – but I promise to blog more and so does Jason :)

Bakchich – Liverpool’s best schwarma!

You don’t make friends with salad…

YES!!! We have found that delicious place that reminds us of Berlin right in the heart of Liverpool! This is such exciting news people – we loved all the delicious schwarma and kebabs Berlin had to offer, but now we don’t have to miss them any longer…

Bakchich is one of those secret places that no one knew was amazing, until a few lucky individuals told their friends. Who told their friends. And then the word was out… Now it’s always busy and rightly so. Half of me doesn’t want to tell you about this place and keep this all a big secret, but really, this meat knowledge needs to be shared!

My brother and his wife were up to visit and with another friend we tried to get into Mowgli’s (our fave restaurant in Liverpool), but sadly everyone knows how amazing that place is and we would’ve had to wait hours for some curry, so we went opposite to try our luck at Bakchich. It was our lucky day, because we managed to grab a table on a busy Saturday night and my brother and I shared the MEAT FEAST! It’s what you do when you just can’t decide between lamb and chicken – because you can have BOTH!

The shared meat feast platter

The shared meat feast platter

Jason's one person chicken and lamb feast :)

Jason’s one person chicken and lamb feast :)

It came with baba ganoush, falafel, kibbeh, bread, pickles, hummus, super friendly staff, great location and best of all it’s super cheap! The crispy skin on the lamb was divine and my favourite bit, but the kibbeh was also so delicious that I’m going to try and make it myself. I can’t wait to go back!

Address: Bakchich, 54 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4ER

Rococo Liverpool

Hit the road Jack…

We were told that Rococo has an amazing high tea and each time we walked by the grandiose building we wanted to pop in, so we finally did. The best bit is definitely the fabulous rooms. It’s located on the second floor and once you’ve climbed up the stairs you end up in what feels like a massive house with many many rooms. You grab what you want to eat in the front room and then wander around to choose your favourite room and comfy chairs. It feels very posh and old-fashioned and you can almost imagine it being used for Pride and Prejudice. Very beautiful.
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The food was a bit ordinary sadly. Crazily overpriced for a normal panini and the scones were… okay. I love a good scone with jam and clotted cream but these didn’t taste fresh, more like warmed in the oven and quite mushy. Such a shame. Here are the pics.

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photo 2 (1)If you want to impress someone and take them somewhere that looks spectacular, you’ve come to the right place though.

Address: 61 Lord St, Liverpool L2 6PB