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Field Trip: Nils Frahm at St Johns

The  last night of my 28th year was spent in St Johns in Hackney listening to the beautiful Nils Frahm.

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St Johns, is seriously one of the most beautiful venues I have been to!

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Nils Frahm is a delightful combination of intense beautiful music and light hearted banter. ‘This dramatic lighting and the music must be very intense for you, but I am actually in a very good mood!’

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To top it all off we were in very good company, Lisa Hannigan was also in attendance, I was more than a little starstruck. . . Aaand she may have responded to a tweet of mine. What a way to end 28!

All of that is besides the point, back to Nils, make sure you have a little listen and if you get a chance go and see him.

x

Celeste

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Found: Blind Boys of Alabama ft. Justin Vernon

Oh hello! Here is a little treat for your ears.

What more could you ask for?

Blind Boys of Alabama and Justin Vernon doing a Bob Dylan cover.20130711-blindboys-x600-1373562428

This is all a bit beautiful…

sit in the sun,

drink a passionfruit cocktail

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treat your ears to this beauty.

Happy heat wave Thursday!

x

Celeste

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Field Trip: Denmark

So Hanna, her husband and I embarked via glorious Ryanair to Denmark for the magical wedding of our old and dear friend Kiki.

There was sleep deprivation, cute shops, wandering danish streets, a forest wedding, windmill, vikings, fish spa, local beer, vanilla tobacco, headphones and coffee.

Here are some of our fun pics.

The wedding ceremony in the forest was magic … matched only by the macaroons and the reception venue.

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Loads of fun shops in Denmark.

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My favourite little shop. ‘The Golden Deer’. 

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A beaut little Elderflower beer. Yum! 

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The mannequins are strange though…

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More from ‘the Golden Deer’.

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One of the first things to do… purchase a danish typewriter that you can’t possibly take back as ‘carry on’ luggage.

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Windmill. This is what they used to look like.

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The Golden Deer, once more.

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They love their antlers, the Danes.

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Sometimes it’s a good plan to smuggle in rum in a hipflask.

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Beautiful decorations.

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Kindly we were provided with english translations complete with headphones. I may or may not have worn them all day.

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Mr and Mrs shoes.

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The glorious ceremony.

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So many pom poms. Hanna’s are bigger.

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If you get the opportunity to visit a forest wedding in Denmark then make sure you go… even without the forest wedding, make time in your life to visit Denmark and find a viking.

xxx

Tracks of Foxes

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A long weekend in pictures…

Well, for the first time that I can remember the May bank holiday weekend was indeed glorious. I have the sunburn and awkward necklace ‘tan’ line to prove it!

There was some al fresco dining with a real beauty!

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A good ol’ Ice Cream to cool us down!

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A little day trip to Bristol to see Hanna and her boo. (That just happened… don’t worry, I am a little disappointed in myself.)

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Bristol suits the sun …

photo 2Boat trips are amazing when you’re driven by beardy-mullet man… even if you get pooped on by a duck. (Plotting my revenge as I type.)

photo 5Sarah had a beautiful time with her sister in sunny Paris, venturing to this beautiful bookshop.

photo 4Their hotel was complete with a gnome posse. ‘Rollin’ with the Gnomies.’

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And if you’re thinking about updating your phone wall paper may I suggest this season appropriate picture of Tom Selleck?

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xxx

Tracks of Foxes

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Penny for your thoughts: The Great Gatsby

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After almost eight years I find my self coming to the end of a season and starting the beginning of a new one.

I was walking along a road I had walked so many times in the last eight  years, a road that had before been an escape, a road that I had lived off, a road which I had known and had known me but somehow it felt different…the sun shone brightly (and about time that you made an appearance sun!) As I walked, in the sun,  I read. From experience I have learnt that reading and walking can be a dangerous affair…It is an art to avoid lamp posts, pedestrians, prams and dog poop. I don’t want to sound smug but I pretty much nailed it.

”And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees … I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes it happens like this. That there is a book, poem, song that you have read or heard a thousand times and the words that you have seen, known & missed jump out at you and describe for you feelings, hopes or dreams that you may not have even known how to articulate. This has happened to me, today in the sun.

Cheesy but true.

P.S. I can’t wait for Baz Luhrmann’s film of this book, ‘The Great Gatsby’ to come out and blow my mind.

F. Scott Fitgerald and Baz Luhrmann in my mind only a winning combination!

Happy Thursday/Friday morning

xx Celeste 

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Dress Up: Small Earth Vintage

Be warned: If you have a weakness for pretty vintage things look away NOW.

I remember when I was little and I thought all I need to be happy was some pink glitter jelly sandals (turns out they’re back in?),  or a Barbie, or blonde hair, or a Baby G watch, or some Doc Martins, or TV Hits Magazine, or a boyfriend… Today, all I need to be happy is one of these little numbers from Small Earth Vintage Clothing

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long sleeve dream

 

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Small Earth Vintage Clothing,  you could get me in an awful lot of trouble… but the kind of trouble I like!

Happy browsing, shopping, coveting.

x Celeste

 

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Make Do Mend: Raised Bed.

So the warm and fuzzy thoughts of living in community and growing all your own veg has led me to actually trying to make a communal veggie patch happen.

The key, so far, to a communal veggie patch is people. First I spoke about it enough to other people that they made sure I could make it happen and I got a River Cottage book for Christmas from the veggie gurus Hanna and Jon. Then got my lovely friend, and guest blogger,  Jonny to help make it happen. It was never going to happen if it were down to me. So grateful for community making it possible.

We went scouring for pallets.

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We smashed them up.

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Stopped for a little coffee break. Coffee and Ikea cinnamon buns (no horse.)

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Put them back together.

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And after a whole day of scouring, smashing, nail removing, sawing and drilling this is what we created. Proud.

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The best part about this is that so far it has been entirely free!!

Now all there is to do is make the rest of it happen and pray for the snow to stop!

– Celeste 

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Found: Extracurricular Magazine

In celebration of ‘Good Thursday’ and Easter break here is a little publication that, coupled with some bourbon, has warmed my little heart this last week.

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Thanks to Rohan Anderson, Whole Larder Love, instagramming I stumbled across this beautiful publication ‘for creative folk’ that comes out of New Zealand. Every thing good comes from the South Pacific.

Extracurricular magazine is a proper treat. Courtesy of the last issue I now have grande plans to make some homebrew, homemade ice blocks (if the sun ever arrives) and a little dinosaur terrarium. (!?!)

Looking forward to the next issue ‘New Beginnings’ which is timely as I am coming to the end of a long old chapter and starting a new little adventure in the next few weeks.  You can pick up past issues and the New Beginnings issue at BigCartel.

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If you want to see pretty things, have good ideas and be inspired this little magazine is what you need to get your hot little hands on.  True.

They also have a sweet blog chockas with beautiful things, ideas and artists.

Thank you New Zealand for making something so special that we get to enjoy!

– Celeste 

xx

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Friday Finds…

In case this week has made you want to run away with a bear to the forest here is Ursus, a beautiful charcoal animation by Latvian artist… (Thank you Liga Kitchen for the find!)

I am a sucker for ships and an old man with an aussie accent, so this is quite perfect. Thank you Smith Journal. A little story about an Australian man who puts ships in bottles… magic.

‘Nothing good gets away.’ Some wise words from Steinbeck on love, written to his son on hearing news of his falling in love with a girl at boarding school. Those boarding school girls, they break hearts!

Here it is courtesy of the beaut little blog that is, Letters of Note.

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Fa

Have a beaut weekend. Be good to yourselves.

xxx

-Tracks of Foxes 

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Field Trip: Weezer Cruise 2014

Wednesdays can occasionally feel like they have stolen your soul. Just me? Coffee break was spent dreaming of a Weezer cruise to the Bahamas.

I am going to quote Huffington Post, quoting Weezer…

‘Twelve years after they crooned “On an island in the sun, we’ll be playin’ an’ havin’ fun,” Weezer is once again making good on that promise with an upcoming Weezer Cruise to the Bahamas.’

Weezer, geeks before it was cool and all round weapons. True.

This video is nine years on and still a brightener on any day, even a Wednesday when it’s snowing and it should be spring!

 

P.s. I still think Richie Cunningham is a dreamboat.

Anyway, Weezer cruise to the Bahama’s. Shall we?

Celeste

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