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24 hours in the us of a

I’ve been here just a little over 24 hours and I’ve crammed so much in already. We arrived later than planned, due to a 2 hour delay in Philadelphia. The reason for the delay was that the latch on the toilet door was broken. Jeez.

We finally made it to Cincinnati around 2130, collected our bags, met Anne and Jim, our hosts, and had a very late dinner at Arthur’s, which was so tasty and much-needed that I forgot to photograph It, chow fans.

This morning, we went to The Original Pancake House for breakfast.



So good. A trip to Monroe outlets afterwards bore some good shopping fruits – 50% off the entire Gap store, for example, was too good to miss out on.


To luncheon…


Bloody Five Guys. Bloody great. Some more shopping at Rookwood and then on to Hyde Park for a little mosey around. Such a pretty neighbourhood, I’ll take one of these apartments, please:


It’s chilly here, so a massive hot chocolate was required, OBVS.






Quaint, ain’t it? This evening, after a bit of a recap and rest, it was drinks out by the outdoor fireplace under a blanket.


And then, Dewey’s!





And now, bedtime.



I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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