Tuesday, 28 August 2012

the sea

Hello! I finally feel as though I have a bit of structure in my life again, with two new jobs starting in one day (cake and music, what more could a girl want?) and being able to escape for a couple of hours for a lovely sea walk with family friends.

I feel so lucky to live near the sea, I don't know what I would do if I lived somewhere where I was completely land-locked - I do think I take it for granted being able to simply walk to the seafront and spend a while reflecting on the beach. 
 Our walk took us along the wall of the harbour, and as beautiful as it was, quite a long drop from the sea itself, which felt very dramatic when the waves picked up and came crashing back down over our poor friend's clothes and shoes!
Even though it was only for a couple of hours, there was something so enchanting about the sea and its rhythm against the concrete that made it feel as though we were there nearly all day - something I must not forget if I feel that everything gets too much. The sea will always be there to bring me back to calm.

Listen to: 'Such Great Heights' - Iron & Wine
Read: 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Eat: Almond Croissants

P.S. Thank you for all the recent follows and lovely comments, I'm always surprised and touched that people want to read my ramblings and it always brightens my day!

Friday, 24 August 2012

reasons to be cheerful: part 1

Sunflowers from kind friends, lovely and surprising exam results, long walks in the country with my Mumma, two exciting new jobs, driving down winding lanes in dappled sunlight listening to this, new books ready to devour, the fact that in a week I will be back in a field listening to folk music in my wellies, slowly but surely my plan for next year is piecing together, a new costume drama to snuggle up to tonight, the chunky knits sneaking back into my wardrobe, knowing that with a little determination and self confidence I can achieve what I want and need...

Listen to: 'Naked As We Came' - Iron & Wine
Read: 'Westwood' - Stella Gibbons
Eat: Chocolate Truffles

Sunday, 19 August 2012


Maundering - Verb: Move or act in a dreamy or idle manner.

I love discovering meanings to words that I never knew before, I always feel like I've gained something from it, and this definition could not be more appropriate for my current state of mind. My summer seems to be one long stretch of moving and acting in a dreamy and idle manner, not really being able to settle on any one thing -the four half finished books beside my bed are proof of that! However yesterday I took my 'maundering' to the Kentish countryside and spent a hazy summer afternoon at this beautiful castle and garden.

I'm such a sucker for old buildings and their history, especially when they give me the chance to imagine I'm swanning around in a 1930s tea dress a-la-the Bloomsbury group with a gramophone crackling in the distance, but I think at Sissinghurst it's perfectly acceptable! We had a lovely picnic lunch under the shade of a tree and a very leisurely stroll around the house and garden, stopping every 5 minutes for a sit down out of the sun and fantasising about owning the castle and grounds. Evening swims in the lake, the constant sound of laughter and good company, and curling up next to the fire at night with one of the thousands of books from the library - sounds idyllic, doesn't it?

It was so lovely to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours (even the rain decided to hold off) and instead take the time to reflect and really look at everything around you. As much as I love being a short walk away from the centre of town I wouldn't say no to this place (please, National Trust?!) and being able to maunder to my heart's content!

Listen to: 'Maundering' - Bonnie 'Prince' Billie
Read: 'I Capture the Castle' - Dodie Smith
Eat: Caramel and Hazelnut Ice Cream

Monday, 6 August 2012

life is good when you dance all night

It's been such a gloriously sunny week and a bit where I live, so have been making the most of the beach and my garden, as well as getting a weeny bit addicted to the Olympics - I love the growing sense of national pride and everyone does seem to be happier because of it! Four days that weren't so sunny however were the four I spent at Latitude festival last month(a month already?!), but we were determined not to let mud-caked wellies and soggy tents dampen our spirits. The first night we were very disappointing teenagers and had an early night due to stressful traveling and torrential rain, but woke to an action-packed day of theatre (me being the theatre nerd I am spent 3 hours in the theatre tent...), beautiful music and dancing in the woods. Having not been to a festival before, I spent the whole time walking around in awe at the gorgeous setting and gorgeous stalls exclaiming "this is amazing!"/"this is so exciting!/"I want to live here!" much to the annoyance of my friends but it really was lovely!

It was so nice to be in an environment with so many like minded people, and having the chance to see amazing acts all in one arena - from Bon Iver to Rufus Wainwright, Laura Marling to Elbow, as well as discovering some fab new music that I would never have discovered otherwise. Even the smaller acts on the other side of the arena were brilliant, but to be honest I wouldn't have really minded in the somewhat euphoric state I spent my weekend in, I was in heaven.

What I enjoyed most about the four days was probably the enormous sense of freedom and safety I felt when I was there, and being able to be myself completely without worrying about what people thought of me or if I looked 'right'. The proof is in my, umm, unique dancing in the forest until the early hours of the morning with the trees lit up and smiles on everyone's faces. I have definitely got the festival bug now, and cannot wait to go to End of the Road festival at the end of the month for more folky fun!

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are this week!

Listen to: 'Life is Good Blues' - Laura Veirs
Wear: Wellies
Eat: Scotch Pancakes