Driving over to Adam's parents a while ago the moon was so bright I couldn't resist getting a few snaps.
It took me back to my final project at college. I dragged dad out to a motorway bridge armed with my manual SLR, tripod & sketchbook & took various time exposures of cars wooshing along on the motorway on film (aah the good old days!!). I miss random projects like that.
I loved the way the road signs & markings went all hazy as they were lit up by our headlights.
I was surprised how well little Lumix dealt with these shots. I didn't have a tripod I just rested on the dashboard or window as we went along.
Then all too soon we out of the countryside & back into the town & brighter lights blinking like moles!
Last weekend it was Anna's birthday. She'd booked a great restaurant in Covent Garden - the Boulevard Brasserie (click HERE). They were great with catering for parties & couldn't be more helpful, also as an added bonus it was dark enough for me to play with my posh new flash (still need a bit if practice but fairly chuffed with the results!).
After a yummy dinner & a Spanner cake for pudding(!) we set off for a cocktail bar where we had a little cave all to ourselves. Perfick!
Happy Birthday me duck. You looked stunning (as always) & even though it was a bit like Challenge Anneka every so often it was all worth it & I hope you felt so too!
Wandering around Covent Garden last Saturday I was greeted with a big wire heart & the word 'love' covered in hearts & padlocks. When I looked closer I saw it was for the British Heart Foundation & all you had to do was pay £3 for a metal heart & padlock & write a message. Being the sucker I am (& the fact it was for charidee!) I couldn't resist!
There were all kinds of messages in all different languages & it was great fun reading them all & adding my little one to the bunch.
I've been feeling a bit bogged down with the amount of technology in my presence recently, but at least you can decorate everything with funky cases!
Say hello to my little netbook, iPad (1 previous careful owner - cheers dad!), Kindle & iPhone (1 previous careful owner - cheers Adam!)! At first I was thinking "what on earth am I going to do with all this stuff" but I've managed to transform myself into a square eyed geek in no time! Where was I before all these electronic wonders?!
This has been my view for the last few weeks & I think my bum has left a permanent dent in the armchair where I've been vegging out on a nightly basis (& yes that is Geordie Shore on the tv! It's back yay! Yoink!).
Anyways I think this girl needs to get out & speak to people face to face (not facetime) & get back into Jive before I become a proper hermit!
After a lazy start & a bleary eyed farewell to Ross & Ola it was time to head out for a New Years Day walk & where better - yup you guessed it - the beach!
The weather was stunning & it felt amazing to be so far away from everything.
After the "Goodbye 2012" message the previous day we thought we'd write a "Hello 2013" in driftwood so after a few pics we decided to try a jumping shoot but this time with me in it too. Sadly I didn't have my tripod but then Art & Sam came to the rescue & built this awesome tripod / horse thing!
Mattay & I set our cameras on timer bursts & ran back & forth between jumping & clicking & I really love the end results!
While we we back at the hostel we noticed a lovely sunset so all rushed out with our cameras & clicked away.
After enjoying such a pretty sunset we decided to head down the local pub where we played cards (we weren't allowed the darts, think they were only for local people!) & enjoyed some of the local ales. As we were leaving we spotted an advert for a 12 person house about half an hour away to hire, it sounded lovely & it even has a hot tub! Think we've sorted the accommodation, so who's up for the next reunion?! My bags are already packed!
Out of my mates the next person to taking the Miss - Mrs transformation is Becca! Woop!
We had her Hen Party a few weekends ago. It was held at her house & suited her down to a tee, hats off to Helena for sorting it & all the fellow Hens for their wonderful contributions!
A few of us arrived the night before & so started the big day with yummy pancakes (thanks to Anna) before we pushed Becca off to buy some "important last minute things" while we transformed her dining room into a bunting & pompom palace.
Everyone had been asked to bring food for an afternoon tea. We were pretty much drowning in cakes (not that anyone complained!) & lots of yummy savory snacks too. Beth's cupcakes above were AMAZING!
After we'd welcomed Becca back & eaten our weight in sweet stuff it was time to split into two, half of us were learning how to crochet, the rest were learning how to make bracelets before we all swapped over. Some girls turned into crafting demons though & were still going strong on the crochet, all be it a bit tipsy, at 11pm! Hardcore!
In between crochet & more crochet we enjoyed a curry from Becca's favourite curryhouse, it was so welcome after all those cakes! Anna made some blimmin strong cocktails (note - don't ask someone who doesn't drink to make cocktails!), I got hooked on making pompoms & we all took part in a quiz about Becca. Once we managed to prise the crochet hooks out of Cess & Emhen's hands it was time to make wedding dresses out of old clothes (like you do!). Originally this was supposed to take 15min, but half hour later everyone was really getting into it & 45min later we ended up with these masterpieces........
We'd originally planned to go out & party the night away but by the time we'd had the catwalk show it was way past midnight so we carried on nattering away in the lounge before people started nodding off one by one.
I'm loving all these hen parties & the way they're all so different to match each bride-to-be. Who's next?! Woop!
New Years Eve & what better way to blast the cobwebs of last year away than a coastal cliff-top walk?!
Above is our operations room where Sargent Swarbs prepared the troops for the day's plan of action.
First stop was the beach again & seeing as Ross & Ola had joined us what better than a group jumping shot & a fond farewell to 2012? We then set off on a long walk to blow away the cobwebs around the coastal path.
At the start of the walk Mattay had produced a beautiful wide angle lens for his little Lumix (another convert thanks to me!) & I promptly shotgunned it for the walk (cheers Mattay, it must have been the only child syndrome kicking in!), I'm totally in love with some of the results & it's definitely on my 'to buy list' & fairly near the top!
The walk was stunning & we were lucky with the weather too.
We finally reached the end point & after spotting a few seals it was time to head home for more toasties (this time filled with curry from the night before - nowt better!) & some R&R time in front of the fire.
After dinner the games came out along with more ale & punch. I kept my wide angle lens on for these Jenga pics & they're some of the best shots ever! Ha!
At midnight we stood outside the hostel with a bottle of champers & toasted to a fab 2013 to come while we watched fireworks going off in the distance. After hugs all round we went back inside for another go at Goldeneye on the N64 & yup we got it fixed! Woohoo! It really was like the good old days with 3 of us
huddled round a tiny tv, the only difference, instead of trying to hide
away from everyone I whooped them & won both times! Ooush!
Last Sunday Adam picked me up bright & early from Becca's Hen Party to get to Belle's Bridal Boot Fair in Hove.
Our aim was to sell as much wedding stuff as possible so we'd have a few more pennies to spend on our Japan Honeymoon later in the year. The first things to fly out were the jamjars that we'd collected to serve our 'P' cocktail in, we had over 100 & they'd all gone in 30min! We also managed to sell our picture frame, the vintage suitcase & some bunting as well as handing out loads of Adam's business cards for commissioned posters & wedding stationary.
After the initial rush at the start I think the crappy weather kept quite a few people away but we still managed to make about £70 :) It was good fun chatting to brides-to-be about their special days & what they were planning.
Check out Belle's Events website (HERE) for info on the next sale & other fairs, it's well worth it! Also if you're interested in anything you see on our table or would like info on posters then leave me a comment below with your email address & I'll be in touch!
Yes yes I know it's February but just take a step back in time with me to see what we got up to over New Year! Better late than never eh?!
Art & I have always chatted about going away somewhere with some of the uni lot for a decent amount of time rather than just a weekend & it turned out that December 29th 2012 was that time! We booked out the whole of a youth hostel (see link HERE) in Marloes Sands on the Pembrookshire coast in Wales for 5 days & it was brill!
There were 8 of us (Art, Sam, Mattay, Bec, Ross, Ola, Adam & I) & it felt great to all be together again just like in Lufbra. Once we'd all emerged it was time to explore & next to the house was a footpath leading down to the beach & boy was it pretty.
I haven't really been on many beaches when it's dull & cloudy but this kind of weather was my fave & I got some lovely shots (also the sand was damp so I didn't have to moan about sand between my toes!).
After wandering around & working up an appetite it was back to the hostel for toasties all round while Mattay got the fire ready for a cosy night of catching up with no tv or mobile reception & only ale & good friends for company. Bliss!
Later on in the evening it was time for our first Lufbra tradition - Steve Coogan "The Man Who Thinks He's It" DVD (though Art & I were banned from quoting every line spoil sports!). Before
we knew it all our other halves had gone to sleep & it was just
the Lufbra lot left, we looked at our watches, it was 2:30am &
instead of calling it a night we spent the next half hour trying to get
the N64 work for a round of Goldeneye! No such luck though & we
all trudged off to bed a bit deflated!
Last week I was a proper busy bee in Mumbai then seeing as Saturday was a public holiday I took a few extra days off & flew down to Bangalore (or Benglaru as it's known now) to see Fan, Srinath & their (not so) new arrival Clovis. I had to be pretty much prised off the sofa in the garden to come back to grey London, I just wanted to call Adam & ask him to fly out to meet me! The weather was bliss, though the mosquitos weren't!
On Sunday Fan had arranged a house party with lots of new faces, but most importantly a few old ones too! I got to catch up with Sanath, Sumitha, Sagar & Shalini & her lovely family all while being refreshed with Kingfisher & crepes! Perfick!
It all got a bit too exciting for Clovis at one point, though he had Paddington all the way from London to keep him company. What a sweetie!
All too soon it was Monday afternoon & I had to leave :( There weren't quite as many tears as when I left Blr for the first time in 2005 cos deep down in my heart I know I'll be back to see everyone again, lets just make it sooner than 4years this time yeah?!