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Field Trip: Portland, Oregon

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Roses, independent bookshops, Independent everything, bikes, coffee, food trucks… what is not to love about Portland?  The perks of a travelling husband is being able to tag along from time to time – on our travels we have got to pass through Portland a few times now and have left part of my heart there.  So, if you find you self lucky to have a day or two in Portland here are my top tips:

Morning Coffee:  Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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With Staff as delightful as their coffee.  Our first visit to stump town coffee roasters we met Nathan, a hirsuite barista, that looked every bit the portland hipster, but chatted with us for 10 minutes about coffee, the relationships with farmers, the differences in the beans and the benefits of an aeropress.  The coffee will leave you every bit as stimulated as the knowledgeable and friendly staff – a Portland institution & a must visit in your Portland adventure.

Browse: Powells City of Books

photo-9This is a bookworms paradise, the largest independent bookshop in the world, and it feels like stepping into heaven, once you enter you might never want to leave – good job it stays open super late!

Brunch: The Parish

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A short stumble from Powells, the Parish serve up an tasty brunch, with a local Jazz trio as entertainment – here is where i first tasted a grapefruit Mimosa… Just when you thought you couldn’t improve on the original…

Shop: Yo Vintage

As a someone who enjoys a vintage shop but doesn’t love too much clutter, this shop is beautifully laid out and curated collection of vintage wares.  I picked up my favourite dress of all time in this shop, as well as heaps of styling tips from the lovely shop assistant.  As everywhere in Portland, the staff was unpretentious, knowledgable, and gave me loads of time in helping me chose and advising me on outfit selections.

Cocktails:  Clyde Common

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I visited here pregnant and can thoroughly vouch for the deliciousness of the sparkling lavender lemonade, but have it on good authority that they do a great Old Fashioned.  You’ll find here attached to the Ace, and a few doors down from Stumptown.

Sleep:  Hotel Monaco

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Fun, Kooky, Colourful and with a happy hour free to residents, this hotel has the best wallpaper (and ostrich legged lamp) I have ever stayed in.  There is nowhere better to lay your head after all that Portland  (& tax free shopping) You should probably pick up a voodoo doughnut on the way though.

That is a round up of my favourite parts from the Portland visits, next time I am determined to check out the famous food trucks, but until then I will just need to watch Portlandia and dream of returning.

-Sarah

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Dress Up: Singing in the rain

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“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” Sir Ranulph Fiennes

We know it’s been a little quiet of late and not sure how many of you out there are still with us, we three foxes, have taken divergent tracks, with Hanna embarking on a teaching career in Bristol, Celeste moving to East London and ensuring the lawyers of Chancery lane are kept well caffeinated & me having a baby and moving back to Belfast.  My Belfast move has necessitated being well kitted out for the wet weather and with the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo visiting us this week, I thought it might be fun to share some wardrobe ideas & thoughts for cheering you through the drizzle.

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One of my most precious possessions is this yellow raincoat, from the brilliant Swedish company Stutterheim….it has seen me kept dry through the last two winters and I suspect it will keep me dry for many more: love what they say about melancholy…

“Feeling blue inspires creativity. What if August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, Karin Boye and hundreds of other famous Swedish artists had felt happy all the time? Would they have produced their fantastic work? No. Being melancholic is an essential part of being a human being. If we try too hard to get rid of melancholy it’s almost like we’re settling for a half-life. To embrace melancholy is ultimately to embrace joy.

Melancholy shouldn’t be confused with depression. Melancholy is an active state. When we’re melancholic, we feel uneasy with the way things are, the status quo, the conventions of our society. We yearn for a deeper, richer relationship with the world. And in that yearning, we’re forced to explore the potential within ourselves – a potential we might not have explored if we were simply content. Through our melancholy we come up with new ways of seeing the world and new ways of being in the world. Melancholy and creativity go together like ebony and ivory on a piano.”

So, lets don our best raincoats, find a fabulous pair of rubber boots (Hanna, is Finnish and thus an authority on the best in rubber boots, she can help you out over here), and embrace the melancholy of a rainy October.

-Sarah

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Dancing words: ‘A good song reminds us what we are fighting for’

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Today the world said goodbye to one of our greatest folk musicians and activists, whose songs protested against some if our great injustices. Our song is so often individual & introspective, his passing reminds me again of the power of song to unite, inspire & provoke social change. What a well lived life, rest in peace Pete Seeger.

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Weekend in Pictures

Hello all! Hope you’re enjoying the heatwave and keeping hydrated! ;) Sorry about the radio silence recently… We’ve each had a lot going on from starting a new job, finishing up training to other big life changes. So we’re trying to keep Tracks going but when it’s quiet in here you know it’s because we’re just a bit hectic on this side.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s some snaps from our weekend…

Celeste had some good coffee, found a spoon in honour of Nessie and looked down to find Pac Man on the pavement.

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Sarah is globetrotting in North America (lucky!), here’s a few beauties from Seattle.

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Hanna is moving house (again!), in the midst of packing boxes there was a bit of time to give an old banged up bureau a new lease of life.

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Hope ya’ll had a good one!

-Sarah, Celeste and Hanna xx

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Weekend in pictures…

 

 

 

 

Hope you had a fun weekend! We’ve had a good one with friends, fresh air, cooking experiments, live music, bit of work and car boot sales. What more could you ask for from two little days?!

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Hanna’s hubs us a wiz in the kitchen.. he made these homemade crumpets for Saturday’s breakfast (following Paul Hollywood’s recipe)

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Making use of the pretty flowers growing in the garden… anyone know what these ones are called though?wild garlic pesto

There is so much wild garlic around… Hanna made it into a pesto (post to follow for those who are interested!)home-brew

 

 

The kitchen laboratory continued with some serious bottling of the home brew.

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Celeste’s got a new baby to create lovely sounds with.

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Some talented friends playing their socks off.

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Celeste is day dreaming about owning a Pashley!
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Anyone else think these tube seats look like liquorice Allsorts?!

Hope you have a good first week of May!

-Celeste, Sarah and Hanna 

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Weekend in pictures…

Hope you enjoyed the sunshine this weekend – we sure did! (now more of that please!)

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It wouldn’t be a Saturday morning without a picture of breakfast! :)

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A is for adventure – Hanna and hubs decided to get lost in the woods (and then get a map out and find the way back).

 

 

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What is an adventure without a packed lunch? (PS. We all have a Fjällraven and love them -find out more here!)

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This quarry near Hanna’s is looks like big boys playground…

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Celeste managed to down some drinks in the sun! (surely this is what summer is all about!)

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There is a lovely place called Caravan in Kings Cross London that Celeste and Sarah got to spend quality time in.

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Wahaca is our all time favourite – Celeste was the lucky girl to get to sample these treats!

Hope you had a good ‘un!

-Sarah, Celeste and Hanna

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Weekend in pictures…

This weekend we’ve been appreciating life’s little joys

Celeste was a trooper and stayed up most of Friday night so she fully deserved her chilled out Sunday eve with Gatsby, Kinfolk and Tequila.

RelaxAs well as some sparkly, Danish men and a good film! (what more could you want?!)

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Sarah kept active with the Craftivists

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Hanna made her bed (picture worthy occasion) and picked branches to bring Spring inside…

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Hope you had a good weekend and are ready to face the new week!

-Celeste, Sarah and Hanna

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