Monthly Archives: June 2012

Field Trip: ‘The Cat’s Meow’

Today I awoke thinking about how much I would like to go Lindy- Hop dancing.  Lindy – Hop dancing is brilliant, ladies look pretty hot and snazzy when they’re doing it, men look super hot and snazzy when they’re doing it.

What is there not to love? I want to look pretty hot and snazzy while dancing with super hot and snazzy.

A few months ago we went to ‘The Cat’s Meow’ in London Bridge to hear the Rock n’ Roll band ‘The Picadilly Bullfrogs’ and do some Lindy-Hopping. It’s a dirty student bar that was transformed into a vintage world war 2 venue with everyone dressed the part and looking… yep, pretty hot and snazzy AND super hot and snazzy!

There was a variety of ages, from young things to old. There definitely were a few characters there that I imagine may have been the first to dance the Lindy- Hop steps, if you get what I mean.. I was a little concerned that hip replacements may be necessary!

It was a brilliant night and I am desperate to go again, however,  I encountered these problems that I, in my excitement, hadn’t anticipated.

1. I don’t know how to ‘Lindy – Hop’.

2. I always get asked to dance by an awkward, VERY insistent bald man (not super hot and snazzy!) who ignores my ‘I don’t know how, I DON’T KNOW HOW!’

3. It then, inevitably, is the longest song possible.

4. I can’t dance with strangers without apologising incessantly for my bad ‘moves’ and STARING intently at my feet so as to avoid eye contact.

Actually, on rereading these problems I have decided that, pretty much, you can apply these problems to anytime I have tried dancing or even just any part of my life!

Dang it!

On second thought maybe I won’t be going Lindy- Hop dancing, not today anyway.

But if you are much smoother than I, which let’s be honest isn’t too hard, and you want to give it a go then the next

‘The Cat’s Meow’ is on Saturday 16th of June.

I recommend going with a bunch of lovely people that you can giggle with, drinks are cheap too, which may … or may not aid you in your Lindy-Hopping!

- Celeste xx

p.s. We’re just 100 views away from 10, 000! Eek! So exciting!! Keep an eye out tomorrow for a give away! :)

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Linger: Henry’s

If you like Cornwall, camping, sea views, chickens and random people you’ll love this bit of lingering goodness. I’m talking about Henry’s campsite that has all of the above… and more. This quirky family run campsite has been around forever, like from ‘before the Second World War’ – forever. That was when Henry was still the boss. Now it’s his son and his wife.

At Henry’s you can:

Pitch your tent and enjoy the sun setting over the Lizard peninsula.

You can wake up to chickens and chicks wanting to come in to your tent (and a whole host of other animals chatting nearby)

Eat fresh eggs for breakfast (made with love by the above chickens)

Pick blackberries from the bushes on  the path that leads to the beach (eventually… it was a bit longer than we anticipated – so close yet so far!)

When the darkness falls get your head torch out (yes, I always sport a good head torch!) and walk to the nearby pub for a local brew

Soak your feet in the cool sea water and forget everything else!

I totally recommend Henry’s for everyone who loves a bit of adventure. Like their website says, it is Strange but Wonderful! The facilities might not be 5star but the atmosphere is great and who wouldn’t want to wake up to a sea view?!

-Hanna

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DaNcInG WoRdS:The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Yesterday I left behind the heavy rain filled skies on London Luton, and arrived to be greeted by a blue skied Belfast. I was reminded it was June, and it was summer. Recently, my heart has been heavy as I have been mindful of friends facing days shaded in the grey of disappointment, loss, pain and bewilderment. Reading this Mary Oliver poem “The Summer Day” reminded me that amid the grey to offer attention to gratitude, my act as a prayer to chase in bluer skies

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The Summer Day

Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

-Sarah-

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Our weekend in Pictures …

So we’ve had some fun this weekend, off in lovely places, with lovely people…

Here are some pictures of our little weekends adventures.

Visiting Benjamin Disraeli’s home in the beautiful Chilterns.

Yes, I think have aged prematurely because I love bit of National Trust!

A little roadtrip to the seaside.

A coffee mocha ice cream in a waffle cone by the sea… Just what the doctor ordered!

Bournemouth pier.

An Aviary by the beach.

Sunset after some yummy Italian food.

Nice to see the jubilee spirit is still alive and kicking!

Amusements by the sea.

This weekend has taught us the importance of getting away, eating nice food and seeing lovely people… even if it’s just for a day!

- Hanna, Sarah and Celeste

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This weekend: Friday finds…

After a beautifully short week  Sarah and Simon are off to somewhere near Sheffield to listen to lovely music at ‘No Direction Home’ Festival, Hanna and Jon are off to scout out Bristol for lovely things and Celeste is off for a little potter to Barton On Sea. 

Here are a few little finds for you …

A man called Jon White that we know is a beautiful illustrator, check out his tumblr, you may even see a few little foxes.

Tuesday after our Jubilee dinner party was spent feeling a little sorry for ourselves but made all the better by watching ‘Lars and the Real Girl’. If you haven’t seen this gorgeous film get it here.

Ryan Gosling with a tash, knitwear and blow up girlfriend, surprisingly heart warming!

If you have never tried that drink called a ‘Dark and Stormy’ then you must!! A little bit of rum and ginger beer OR ginger ale!

Happy weekend, hope yours is gorgeous!

- Sarah, Hanna and Celeste

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Dress Up: Red Hat No Knickers

So I go through stages where I am completely obsessed, talking like a pirate, ‘The Killing’, eating kiev’s, sparkling water, ‘The Bachelorette’, Chai tea, snickers, old lady blouses and baking.

Lasting from a few days/weeks to a lifetime obsession, i.e. Kiev aka love of my life!

My latest obsession is proving dangerously expensive.

A few weeks ago we mentioned ‘Red Hat No Knickers’ in our Friday Finds. A vintage online store full of ‘one of a kinds’ and reasonably priced… except if you buy an unreasonable amount of things!!!

And now for some show and tell!

I love the little gems I got.. and I am pretty sure I’ve eaten kiev in each of these items.

You just can’t beat kiev. Don’t judge me.

‘Howdy Mam!’ A snazzy vintage cowboy shirt.. I love it. 

Hawaiian shirt dress.

Vintage silk cut-out blouse with gold buttons. So lovely!

Vintage Summer Dress. The colour is so jolly!

A vintage, doilie, granny blouse. I am a sucker for anything that resembles a doilie!

And I am not even sure how you spell doilie! If you look carefully you can see a little pimple on my chin, so don’t look carefully.

- Celeste x

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Make, Do, Mend: Party like it’s Diamond Jubilee!

This weekend has been one for the books… We’ve had our royal fix watching the queen on the telly and had fun with friends. Couldn’t have been any better.

Since we’re always looking for an excuse to throw a little party, the Queen provided us an unbeatable one! So my husband and I had a few lovely friends around for a dinner party. We’re not made of money so costs had to be kept low which resulted in some penny pinching ideas. I thought I’d share few of these crafty details  with you…

We kicked things of with the classic Pimm’s enjoyed through red, white and blue paper straws in a jam jar. (Celeste’s hands are completely normal though it may not seem so in this picture!:))

The idea was to eat outside in the garden, but the British weather decided otherwise. Though it wasn’t raining it was cold. So we packed our tables inside, hung a little bunting in the mirror and were good to go!

I wanted to have a few flowers on the table so I bought 6 white roses from the shop and added some ivy + random purple weeds from our garden to make “wild” flower arrangements. The small ones are in jam jars and the big one is in an Ikea glass jar. With a doily wrapped around no one will ever know (until now) that these flowers cost me all of £3.

Another penny pinching idea was to use sticky back plastic printing to make cloth napkins. The Queen’s head seemed appropriate choice for the motif. As I had a big bundle of material and black fabric paint in the cupboard this was a completely free touch!

Just can’t beat good times with good friends!

Though we ate inside we moved outside afterwards to sit around the fire. Bunting and jam jar (I know – again!! I think I may have gone a bit overboard with the jam jars!) lanterns are such a simple way of adding bit of ambience to your garden (just wrap a bit of wire around a jam jar and make a loop – done!)

Hope you enjoyed this mini party recount and had a good Jubilee (even if you’re not in the UK)!

-Hanna

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THIS WEEKEND: Embrace the loonnnnggg weekend

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Friday finds us smiling, as we welcome a glorious four day weekend, Thank you very much Your Majesty!  We are planning much merriment with friends and family, so get you into the spirit of the weekend, here are a few finds:

Make some pretty bunting out of old tee shirts/sheets/jeans

The crafty and lovely Dot shares how to make your own bunting, in five simple steps to liven up your garden or street party: http://village.rhythms.org/howto/how-to-make-bunting/

Make (and drink) a Mojito Royale 

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I discovered this delight of a cocktail when out on Tuesday celebrating a new job… it would be rude not to try one of these this weekend – the title begs you to! Mojito + champagne = a potent and delightful combo.

Ingredients

  • 20g Mint leaves, plus
  • 2 sprigs to garnish
  • 3 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 100ml White rum
  • 40ml Lemon juice
  • 400ml Champagne, chilled

Method

  1. Using the end of a rolling pin, muddle the mint and sugar in a Pyrex jug or cocktail shaker. Add the rum and lemon juice. Shake or mix with ice.
  2. Strain into a flute and top up with the chilled champagne. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
  3. Enjoy!

Listen to this little tune (or something equally as happy) in an attempt to woo the sun to come out to play:

May your weekend be full of friends, pimms, cake and long lie ins!

Enjoy!

Hanna, Celeste & Sarah

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