Monthly Archives: January 2012

Field trip: End of the Road

 

 

Welcome to Tracks of Foxes first ever Field trip!

We are rewinding back to September 2011 when we made our way deep into the Dorset countryside, to be apart of a wonderful festival called End of the Road. This really is a festival like no other (we absolutely love it – you might get the idea from our gushy answers below!) with great music, food and drink (all those British Ales and ciders just had to be tested). The word magical was uttered more times than any other during the long weekend.

As a proper field trip requires we’ve listed our best moments and top tips for you.. Hope you enjoy it, or even better, come along to EOTR 2012 – we’ll definitely be there!

Best meal

Sarah: Pie minister pie, minted mushy peas and mash, but my best lunch was the delicious corn on the cob!

Celeste: Pie Minister or Burrito.. that burrito. I dream of that burrito, messy but worth it!

Hanna: It’ll have to be Pieminister. So, so yum for our tummies and beautiful packaging to boot! (Love a bit of good design:)

Best drink

Sarah: The yummy hot cider, both tastey and good for keeping hands toastie.

Celeste: I loved ‘Ginger Joe’s’ ginger beer and quite by accident I believe a full mug of tequila did a very good job at keeping me warm!

Hanna: Loved the amazing variety of English beers and ciders – many of them local to dorset and devon too. All for supporting the local breweries!

Best gig

Sarah: Josh T Pearson (which I suspect the other two ladies may choose) my second favorite was lovely Laura Marling.

Celeste: Yes! Josh T Pearson, he made me laugh while he sang sad songs.. a strange but winning combination. It was also hilarious watching all the men around us crushing on his beard and coolness. M. Ward I also loved, he was a little dreamy, I decided the ‘M’ must stand for ‘Mmmmm’.

Hanna: I have a secret (not anymore) crush on Matthey Houck from Phosphorescent, so needless to say his set on the Garden Stage is forever imprented on my mind.  Here’s to Taking it Easy was my soundtrack to 2010-11 so I had to try really hard to not be that girl who’s belting out the lyrics and annoying everyone around her (don’t think I succeeded).  Okkervil River and Josh T  (as mentioned before) we’re definitely up there too.

Best venue

Sarah: My favorite place was the library in the woods!

Celeste: I loved all the venues but walking in the woods felt like you actually entered a secret magical kingdom, from the secret library with books hanging from the trees, bookshelf in the trees, hidden tiny people in the trees to the sudden cannopy of fairy lights and paper cranes that surround you.

Hanna: Yes, there’s no going around it the woods we’re magical. The origami birds, fairylights and paper mache animal heads just made it!

Best outfit

Sarah: My oversized arron cardigan was perfect to sit on in the day and to keep warm in when the sun went down.

Celeste: Wellll… I can tell you what WASN’T the best outfit. I had a new denim button up shirt that I was determined to wear, because it was new and I’m like that. Problem is that the buttons were poppers… so depending on my dance move/any moves I made it would pop open. Class.

Hanna: I’m happy to say that we didn’t really need our wellies until the last day and could skip around in flip flops all day long. As the English weather likes to keep us on our toes, my festival attire was all about layers. No need to pop back to the tent when you can peel off or put on everything you need. Oh, and my Fjällräven backpack was a perfect size bag to have.

Best find

Sarah: This was our third year there and i didn’t know there was much new to see, but the morning writers talks were a new find (thanks to Hanna’s husband Jon being dedicated to going.. Thanks Jon!)  a delightful way to start the day!

Celeste: Dry the River – I love them now.. AND the little tiny people that they glued into the trees in the woods.. attention to detail.

Hanna: EVERYTHING! It was my first time at EOTR and was constantly saying “I love that!” So much to love.

Best moment

Sarah: The first afternoon, when the sun was out, drinking gin, reading and napping in the sun at the garden stage… perfect!

Celeste:  I was working so that I could go for free and someone gave me my last shift off so that I could drink ginger beer and see Josh T Pearson play the Garden Stage, it was exhilarating – like I was bunking school!

Hanna: I think I will have to say the same as Sarah’s. So the first day when everything is still ahead of us, the sun is shining, our hair is still clean (and we don’t smell), good music, good friends and food+drink. Can’t really go wrong with that combination.

If our praise has not convinced you yet, the lovely folk at EOTR have put together this video of last years festival – check it out! 

- Sarah, Celeste and Hanna

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Found Things: The Head and the Heart

Over the course of an average week, we come across little things that are all pretty, sparkly and brighten our days, from music and art to cafe’s and shops, here are some of the gems we have found.. 

1. The Head and the Heart.

Ok, so I know I am a bit late to the game on this but just  few months ago a sweet little friend of mine introduced me to these beauts, The Head and the Heart.

Their jingly guitars, bewitching harmonies and  enrapturing lyrics have me completely and utterly hooked. They are on repeat in my car, office, lounge and mind.  Thank you, ‘The Head and the Heart’ , for being the soundtrack to my January, 2012!

My favourite song is ‘Down in the Valley’ with the line ‘Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways..’ it echoes in my head and resounds in my heart.. Oh hello, that must be where their name comes from!

I feel it in my elbows… well the whole crook of the arm . (I ‘feel’ music in my body, it’s weird, I know!)

Their enchanting video for ‘Lost in my Mind’ has me feeling all sparky and full of ideas for a little video project that may be in the pipeline. (spoiler alert!)

-Celeste

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DAYS LIKE THESE: Australia Day

Australian’s  all let us rejoice!

The three of us at tracks of foxes aim to share with you some crafty projects we’ve been putting our hands to, some adventures we’ve been spending our time on, we also thought we’d share with you some of the stuff that fills our stereos, book shelves, screens and tummy’s on emotional days, hope you might identify with some days like these.

The 26th of January is Australia Day, and having spent the first 16 years of my young life in the land down under it is only fitting that our next days like these would be a tribute to the land of Aus!

2. For ‘Australia Days’

Listening:

More than Life … Whitley
Mango Tree… Angus and Julia Stone
All I want … Sarah Blasko
History’s Door … Husky
Freak Show … Silverchair (for nostalgia, Nirvana in Pyjamas) 

Reading:

For the young at heart:

‘The Very Best of Friends’ by Margaret Wild 

Watching:

The Castle

Strictly Ballroom 

We Can Be Heroes

Rabbit Proof Fence

Two Hands

Heartbreak High – Drazic = dreamboat!

This beautiful music video by Sarah Blasko – ‘No Turning Back’ 

Consuming:

Golden Gay Times – Toffee and vanilla ice cream with cookie crumbs. (YUM!)

Twisties – cheesey crisps

Lamingtons – Sponge cake, dipped in chocolate, rolled in coconut! (Dreams are made of such things!)

Meat Pie with Ketchup 

VB - Beer

Hot Chips with Chicken Salt

I am missing the land, the people, my family,  the accent, the sand, the food and the surf. Happy Australia Day!

- Celeste

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Make, Do, Mend: Pallet Coffee Table

Pallet Coffee Table

This is a super easy home DIY project for beginners and  also for more experienced dabblers.

All you need is a pallet (we found ours dumped on the side of an industrial road), 4 trolley wheels and some tools.

Simples.

As we live in a typical English terraced house and our lounge is oh-so-narrow, we decided to make our coffee table a slightly slimmer version to fit our lounge.

However, if you’re lucky enough to have space, you can save yourself from some (sweaty) sawing effort and leave it square.

A bit of sanding and cleaning is probably in order (it definitely was on ours!), especially if you found your pallet on the side of the road.

Then all you have to do is attach the wheels. We got our trolley wheels from Clas Ohlson for £4.99 each.

Making the grand total cost of this DIY coffee table £19.96.

Not bad.

 

- Hanna

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Dress Up: Paul and Joe

So, I have this thing where I never really feel like a real woman. There are many reasons :

1. I always get food on my face
2. I never fall gracefully
3. Unladylike words are uttered from my mouth, mostly when playing computer games
4. I try to play Call of Duty and one day dream of beating the boys
5. I snort when I laugh
6. I’ve been know to mutter ‘That’s what she said!’
7. My nails are never pristine but always chipped

The list could go on BUT number seven was always one that stuck with me. I was in awe of those women who had shiny, smooth flawless nails.

It makes me suddenly feel like a little girl watching my mum put her make up on whilst I, never being sure where my lips ended and face began, smudged it all over my face.

I looked at these beautiful nails and felt inferior. I looked at these women, looking at my chipped, half picked off nailpolish with a quizzical, semi- disapproving look in their eyes and felt inferior forcing me to sit on my hands for the remainder of my encounter with them.

25th December, 2011 my nails, my demeanour, my world was forever changed. It was this day that, courtesy of two beautiful friends of mine, I tried, for the first time, nail polish that cost more than £3.50. I put on a base coat, two coats and then a top coat AND … I looked like a real woman. A REAL WOMAN.

Paul and Joe, nail varnish, you have rocked my world .. And my purse!

It is gorgeous, you could say I am obsessed … don’t judge me!

You can find lovely Paul and Joe nail varnish on http://www.asos.com and http://www.beautybay.com

 

-Celeste

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DAYS LIKE THESE: For Sunshine Days that Take You by Surprise.

The three of us at tracks of foxes aim to share with you some crafty projects we’ve been putting our hands to, some adventures we’ve been spending our time on, we also thought we’d share with you some of the stuff that fills our stereos, book shelves, screens and tummy’s on emotional days, hope you might identify with some days like these.

According to statistics 16th January is the most depressing day of the year here in the grey UK and its easy to see why, but this year Lady January in her kindness has warmed us with some brilliantly unexpected golden rays, leaving us delirious with the promise of spring. So let us introduce you to our first “Days like these”

1. For sunshine days that take you by surprise

Listening:

Another day… Jamie Lydell
Strange and beautiful… Aqualung
Mushaboom…. Feist
There goes the fear… The doves
Home… Edward sharp and the magnetic zeros (for you Celeste!)

Reading:

Brilliantly narcissistic and hyperbolus – perfect for days like these

The sun has burst the sky: Jenny Joseph

The sun has burst the sky
Because i love you
And the river its banks

The sea laps the great rocks
Because I love
And takes no heed of the moon dragging it away
And saying coldly “Constancy is not for you”

Blackbirds fill the air
Because I love you
With spring and lawns and shadows falling on lawns

People walk down the street and laugh
I love you
And far down the river the ships sound their hooters
Crazy with joy because I love you

Watching:

Little Miss Sunshine
Forrest Gump
ET
Life is beautiful
The Wizard of Oz

Consuming:

So, according to the experts these seven foods have some mood boosting qualities…Perhaps they could make your good day even better!
Walnuts, dark chocolate, strawberries, pasta & oily fish… (I, for one always feel better after strawberries and some chocolate, fairly traded, of course)

- Sarah

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Making Tracks..

January 2012 sees three girls from different lands embarking on a little interweb adventure. We love all things beautiful, inspiring, crafty, yummy .. and want to be generous with our experiences, our finds and our thoughts just in case anyone is interested!

There is more on about us to come but  for now.. ‘Welcome!’ to ‘Tracks of Foxes.’

Our aim is to: ‘Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.’ -Wendell Berry

Hope to see more of you.

xxx

- Sarah, Hanna and Celeste.

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