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Days like these: When stubbing your toe is the last straw

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.

You know those days when you have an awful lot of ‘heavy’ things going on, the days when you should be more emotional about things but seem to be coping very well? In those days I have a slight smugness at my own emotional resilience and think I can take on anything …. and THEN … something little, like stubbing my toe, happens and I completely lose it. Every emotion that I had pushed down comes out in what seems like an incredible overreaction to a mere toe stubbing.

So for days when stubbing your toe is the last straw ….

For your eyes:  There are two ways to play days like these, you can watch something emotional, go with it and cry til your eyelids are puffy and you have no moisture left in your body or distract. I usually go with the latter.

But.. if you want a really good, solid sob watch ‘Dear Frankie’. A beautiful Scottish film about a little boy corresponding with his Dad. I pretty much am no good to anyone for a few hours after watching this heart-wrencher.

If you’re looking to distract yourself I usually go with action/thrillers …

‘The Walking Dead’ is a brilliant post apocalyptic zombie show. So much suspense, gore and zombie chasing… definitely will distract you and maybe surprise you that you’re a ‘zombie person’. Turns out I get really into Zombie things… Who knew? The acting, effects, screen writing all surprisingly good.  I do, however, manage to call it Walking the Dead accidentally which conjures up some bizarre images, never the less, get involved with these zombies!

For your mouth:

I just bought the ‘Joy the Baker’ cookbook and there are so many fun ways to become a fatty, or just to enjoy baking and eating! You can get it from Amazon here and check out her blog here. She is funny and fabulous.

For your ears:

M. Ward- ‘Chinese Translation’

This is a cute little video and M. Ward’s voice is all a bit intoxicating! The ‘M’ doesn’t stand for ‘Maternity’ apparently. Damn.

Dry the River - ‘New Ceremony’

I just love these guys and can’t wait to see them in November. They are fun to yell along with and make sure to listen out for a good ‘Hey!’ in this song. I do love a ‘Hey!’, it always makes me feel better!

For your heart: 

Make your place that you live in look lovely, I put some little flowers out in my house in old jars and milk bottles. (picture up above.)

Spend time with some people who are good for the soul. You know the ones I mean… Good ones!

Good ones are my favourite.

So hopefully there are a few things you can do on a day when stubbing your toe is the last straw!

They helped me anyway. Happy toe stubbing!

xx Celeste

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Days like these: When summer feels like Autumn

So far this summer has not graced us with much sunshine. It has been windy and rainy with only the odd bit of sunshine here and there. While we wait for those warmer days (come on July and August!) we need to make the most of the summer light!

Wear:

I got myself a water proof jacket (a sign of getting old?) and it’s amazing how much I don’t mind the rain when I’m not soaked! Top tip: Check out TK Maxx if you want quality but are not ready to pay too much!

Good wellies are essential too (Dreaming of these..)

Do:

Go out anyway! Never mind the rain… at least the beaches and woods are quieter when it’s chucking it down… Day trips here we come!

Camping in the rain might not be ideal but the sound of rain on your tent is quite magical (as long as the rain stays outside and does not flood your tent!)

Bake chocolate biscotti‘s (I made mine from a recipe in this blog), they are great when dunk in your warm cuppa!

Get yourself some Crabbies Ginger beer and taste the summer (even if you can’t feel it)!


Listen:

Olafur Arnalds is a good one to listen to when watching the rain coming down…

Hoping there are some sunnier days ahead but until then… don’t let the rain hold you back!

-Hanna

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Days like these: When the sun’s shining down on you…

The sun has finally appeared for us in the UK. Shorts and flip flops are out – hopefully for a long, long time! Here’s a few suggestions on how to spend these lovely sunny days…

Do:

Lie in the hammock

Grow strawberries (they are literally impossible to kill off…)

Go to the woods, pick some pretty leaves and put them in vases at home.

Find a beach, any beach.

Get a group together and play cricket or rounders in the park.

Listen:

BBC Radio 6 – always the best and randomest summer tunes (+amazing festival coverage when it all kicks off!)

Donovan Frankenreiter = summmmeeer!

The Thrills – mind as well embrace your inner rock chick!

Watch:

It’s sunny – no point wasting it by watching telly. Instead people watch in your local pub’s beer garden, nice coffee shop or the park.

Watch… The blue sky! It doesn’t happen often in this country.

Consume:

Champagne (just because…)

BBQ anything. It’s always a winner. Unless it’s pink.

Pimms. One of the best summer drinks ever. Cucumber optional.

Suntan lotion. Those pasty legs have not seen the sun in many months.

Whatever you get up to enjoy the rays while they last!

- Hanna

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Days like these: Raindrops falling on my head…

We’ve definitely had our fair share of rain recently here in the UK. So rather than getting bored indoors (and moaning a lot like I do) – here’s a few ideas on how to spend your rainy days.

Do:

Learn a new instrument! Ambitious but will keep you occupied for many of rainy days and nights.

Go through your wardrobe chucking away all those clothes that you never use – and drop them off to your nearest charity shop (when the rain allows)

Plan where to go on your summer holidays!

Drink lots and lots of tea


Watch:

Luther – I spent a rainy bank holiday Monday watching season 1 of Luther (I may or may not have finished it all in one day…in my defence it only has six episodes… Yeah, that’s still quite a lot!)

Reruns of Grand Designs

A film Midnight in Paris (Owen Wilson makes you appreciate the rain – even if you’re not in Paris!)

Listen:

Give in to the melancholy of falling raindrops and dark skies with tunes from Bill Callahan,Leonard Cohen and Ryan Adams

Go:

To the cinema in the middle of the day

Outside! Don’t let the rain stop you but go for a walk, get drenched and have a hot bath when you get home.

Hoping you’ll have a happier rainy days and that the sun will eventually come out too!

- Hanna

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Days Like These: Quilting late into the night.

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.

A few years ago I visited an old friend in San Luis Obispo, California, her mother in law was a weapon at quilting! We’d been at her house and then ventured out to a little fabric shop on the beach. (I love that sentence, a fabric shop on the beach … swoon! Don’t get those in hertfordshire!)

Anyway, we went to a fabric shop after viewing HUNDREDS of beautiful quilts, that was a bad move. Like going for your big shop on an empty stomach. I came home with loads of fabric when I didn’t even own a needle and thread.

Since then, and thanks to a most beautiful and talented woman who helped me make sense of all I bought, I have handmade 1 king size quilt, I thought I’d start small!?, 3 baby quilts and currently working on 1 double quilt.

Most of my grown up quilts are made up of beautiful fabric by Tula Pink. Check out her stuff! Gorgeous!

SO, it’s 2.36am and I am sewing. There have been many nights like this, me, quilt, tv, drink, each quilt having it’s own  special ‘combination’.

So looking back at Days like these..

For Days when you quilt long into the night

Til 2.30am, March, 2012.

Quilt: Spring Double Quilt

Watching: ’24’ > Jack Bauer, poor guy, all the ladies he loves get shot, killed or kidnapped.

Drinking: Tea

Consuming: Cocodamol  and

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups > brought back from the States for me, SO addictive!

Til 6.00am, June, 2011.

Quilt: King Size Quilt

Watching: ‘Friday Night Lights’ > This show may be the best show you ever watch.. ever! Two words, Tim Riggins!

Drinking: White Russians (mmm.. Yum!)

January, 1.40am, 2011.

Quilt: Baby Quilt for Teddy Fox > Cute name eh?

Watching: The Walking Dead > dangerously jumpy when you’re holding a needle!

Drinking: Tequila > also not a recommended with sharp objects, needles and heavy machinery!

2010

Quilt: King Size Quilt

Watching: Dawsons Creek > warning: you may suddenly get angsty, Pacey Witter has that effect on people.

Drinking: Chai Tea > so good to dip in

Consuming: Chocolate Digestives

2009

Quilt: Baby Quilt for Phoebe Beau

Watching: Anne of Green Gables/Flight of the Conchords > a bizarre combination.

Drinking: Red Stripe> Those Jamaican’s can brew

Consuming: Pretzels

- Celeste

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Days like these: When we celebrate all that is phenomenal about womanhood

DAYS LIKE THESE: Phenomenally woman

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.

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Pan Tol and daughter, Math Sreylen, southern Cambodia. Photo copyright Tearfund/Ralph Hodgson

Today, 8th March 2012 marks international womens day, which has been observed for over a centuary, serving to raise awareness and galvinise action for the equality and emancipation of women.  We enjoy much more liberty than our great granmothers thanks to the women who have gone before us ensuring our future is bright and full of opportunity.  So on a day like this we celebrate women, the achievement and brilliance of the sisterhood, and are also mindful the unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. (Preach over..) So today, lets here it for the girls!

Listen:

a little selection of the best women songwriters singing about love, loss, anger, liberty, montherhood, beauty, faith, weakness & strength

Ani DiFranco: Sorry I am

Emmylou Harris & Lucinda Williams: Greenville

Lauren Hill: Zion

India Arie; Beautiful

Cat Power: Hate

Melissa Etheridge: The weakness in me

Erykah Badu: The Healer.

Watch;

“Amelia” A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, and directed by the amazing Mira Nair…

Read: 

Phenomenal Woman

BY MAYA ANGELOU

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
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Here is a video to watch, share and generate action for all women, that will ensure a bright future for our daughters and granddaughters because although a celebration today is also a rallying cry. It’s a time to ask ourselves big, important questions about how a woman’s life really compares to that of a man’s. And not just here; but all around the world. Because although impressive life-changing advances have been made since that momentous day in 1911, there’s still quite a way to go.

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For Days Like These: When there’s an extra day added to your year…

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.

Happy Leap day!

Some might call this a normal Wednesday but we’re claiming it as an added bonus to our week/month/year. So mind as well use it as an excuse to spend our time doing lots of pointless activities (or more like non-activities)

OR girls propose to your fellas! ;)

Watching:


Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended version (You got a whole extra day right?)

Back-to-back season of a quality TV series – only stopping for food and toilet! (I would re-watch Friday Night Lights season 1 – one of the greatest TV shows ever made in my opinion!)

Leap Year movie (has to be done really…)

Listening:

A random mix of melancholy, country and hip hop…  No need to stick to any rules on this day!

Dylan LeBlanc Changing Of The Seasons

A Tribe Called Quest I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (Just because…)

Dixie Chicks The Long Way Around  (Guilty pleasure…)

Phosphorescent We’ll Be Here Soon

Consuming:

 


Leap Year Cocktail (Yes – there is one!!)

½ oz Grand Marnier

2 oz Gin

½ oz Sweet Vermouth

¼ oz Lemon Juice

Popcorn (You’ve got to have some nibbles with all that telly watching!)

Hope you’re treating yourself by doing nothing on this 29th February!

-Hanna

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For Days Like These: Blue Valentine

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.

I’ve always much preferred Valentines when I am single. There is something about the ‘pressure’ of it when you’re in a relationship that gives me the panic. I might have to admit that there was one time when I gave in to the panic on a Valentines and bailed on my boyfriend cause I couldn’t cope. It wasn’t until later that I found out he had a surprise for me that was foiled by my freak out. I feel bad about it now so don’t judge me.

As the only single fox,  and I mean ‘fox’ in the ‘tracks of’ sense not in the ‘foxy’ sense …because there are plenty of them out there, it has fallen to me to do our Blue Valentine’s post. So things to do, listen to, watch on Valentines when you don’t have a valentine.

3. For Blue Valentine Days

Listening:

If you are feeling particularly bitter, pining or just fancy some love-y related tunes:

Song for the dumped…Ben Folds Five  – with a line like ‘I wish I never bought you dinner right before you dumped me on your front porch. Give me my money back, you b**ch’  it can only bring a smile to your face.

Somebody that I used to know… Gotye  – Gotye are now at number one, wooooo!

I Want You To Want Me… Letters to Cleo - Their ‘Cheap Trick’ cover is on the ‘Ten Things I Hate About You’ soundtrack takes me back to the days of my unhealthy teenage obsession with Heath Ledger, RIP.

Robots … Dan Mangan - ‘Robots need love too, they want to be loved by you!’

Dust on the Ground… Bombay Bicycle Club

Hollywood … Angus and Julia Stone

Watching:

I remember about 6 years ago I was living above a nail salon and  all of my friends got boyfriends at the same time and suddenly I had no one to hang out cause they were all busy making out.

You could say that I was bitter, but not because I was desperate for romance, in fact it was romance that had pissed me off. I was angry at romance for stealing my friends.

So in my campaign against romance, I went through all of the action and thriller films in blockbusters which was conveniently located just across the road. Unfortunately i am a little bit of a jumpy gal so I needed to also hire out a Disney film to watch afterwards so that I could still sleep!

So from my blockbuster experience: 

Kiss the Girls 

Sleeping with the Enemy

The Bone Collector 

Alternatively ‘Bridesmaids’ provides a more than sufficient laugh on any night.

OR if you’re thinking of heading out to the cinema..

The Woman in Black.

Showing at 18.20 or 20.50 at Watford Vue.. in case you’re interested!

Consuming:

Today in the post I received ‘Mexican Food Made Simple’ by Thomasina Miers so I have a bit of a one tracked mind and suggest making some GOOD mexican food. Good mexican food always leaves me contented, unless I have had too many refried beans!!

Or, you could just get a Marks and Spencers dinner for two .. for one?

Anyway, hopefully you find a few helpful tips if you’re having a ‘Blue Valentine’ however I have it on good authority, from Hanna our resident finn, that February 14th in Finland is actually called ‘Friends Day’.

So I say hang out with some good ones that you know, love them, have fun and do whatever the hell you want!  

Happy Friends Day! 

-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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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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