Monthly Archives: June 2012

Field Trip: No Direction Home, Wellbeck Estate

Two Fridays ago, Mr F & I donned our wellies, packed a car picnic and made our way to the Wellbeck Estate, for the first four hours of the very first “No Direction Home” Festival, created by our favorite festival makers  End of the Road.

Spirits were not dampened by the rain, and we were warmed by mulled cider, and beautiful music that greeted us

This big fella welcomed us to the festival village.

Mr F was playing for the delightful ‘Diagrams’ (here is their tumblr and NDH playlist:  who played their set on The lake stage (which, you guessed it, is situated beside a lovely lake) and they brightened up grey skies by getting the crowd to blow up and let off loads of brightly coloured balloons.

After their set, we had just about enough time to enjoy a seat on s log, by the lake, share a pie coutesy of  Barnaby Sykes Pie maker, and although not quite Pie Minister, their Steak & Ale pie was super tastey

This was all beautifully accompanied by  Lanterns on the Lake, who we caught most of before hitting the M1 back home – here they are playing ‘Tricks’ at NDH…

There was a combination of lots that we love about End of the Road, and lots new, it was a lovely size, and gorgeous site, beautifully decorated and an interesting line up.  Our only disappointment was that we had to leave so soon.  It certainly wetted our appetites for this years End of the Road, and I suspect we might try to make a weekend of No Direction Home (  next year.

My phone died before I was able to take many pics but have found this photo gallery from clash music to give you a peak.



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A Father’s Day weekend in pictures…

Us three foxes are all far from our dad’s but want to say thank you to them, for being great men and great dads!

In honour of them here are some pictures of a brilliant classic car show that was at St Albans Vineyard this weekend. What dad doesn’t like a snazzy, classic car!?

I can say that watching them maneuver this little number out of the front doors was amazing.. How many men does it take to move a car? 8! I learned that jokes from the side were unappreciated!

If you look carefully the third car back is like the one from Wayne’s World… no candy dispenser though, I checked.

This weekend was also spent celebrating a beauties 30th!

She is one of the best ladies I know!

Red vines, all good 30th birthday’s should have red vines… and red wines!

By 1am the heels were off though.

A day off starts with breakfast at 11am, don’t judge me.

I accidentally managed to spill my coffee on Kate’s dress! Eek!

Hope that your weekends were lovely and your dads were well celebrated!

– Sarah, Hanna and Celeste

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Cheers for 10 grand Giveaway!

This week has seen us reach a brilliant 10 000 views! We are so honoured (and amazed) that you keep reading our scribbles and thoughts. Thank you!

So we thought that in honour of this ten grand we’d do a little giveaway in true blog style. So please leave a comment saying what has been your favourite Make, Do & Mend so far. You have until Friday 22nd June to do so and then we’ll randomly pick 3 winners. Each winner will get either a Wendell Berry book, a set of 2 coasters or a handprinted shopping bag.

Good luck and have a lovely weekend!

-Celeste, Sarah & Hanna


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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?!


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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


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?


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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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