Monday, 8 November 2010

Martyn Joseph Again

So I went to see Martyn Joseph play at The Brook last night. He was once again totally amazing. He is so expressive on stage and as much as I love his songs I don't think anyone could do them justice the way he does. He is funny and sensitive and somehow reaches out to the crowd. At one point he threw a plectrum into the crowd, I was gutted that it didn't fall near me and he only threw the one :(

He got to me even more than usual as he talked about the new project he has been working on with children from schools in Wales. The way he spoke about children with so much passion and hope was moving for anyone but especially for Susie and I in our profession.

Of course I bought the album of the new project but haven't listened to it properly yet.

So much loving live music and excited about the next few gigs.

Tattoo is doing really well so far, seems to be very healthy and healing well - hope it lasts. Bepanthan is fab! :)

Saturday, 6 November 2010

New Tattoo

So I went and did it.

Kayaking was not on - and looks like won;t be any more until the new year now that the winter is upon us. So knowing that I will not be plunging into rivers (or swimming pools) for a few weeks, I went to book in for a new tattoo.

On arriving at Asgard -and showing them the design I had chosen, which they raved over, - I asked to book in to be told there was a cancellation slot available right then, so I went for it! I now have a very pretty musical design on my shoulder which i'm really pleased with. It wasn't my original plan - but I really like it. It was also not where I was originally planning on having it somewhere it would be so visible but i'm glad I did - if i'd had more time to think about it I might have changed my mind but - I am pleased i didn't.

I have a design prepared to have on my leg too which i'm gonna hope to have done in the new year once this one has fully healed.

It really didn't hurt as much as I remember - or maybe I just deal with pain better these days. Either way i'm definitely up for having another.

The image is a bit manky at the moment as it is totally fresh - I will post more pictures as it heals and is all cleaned up but it gives you the idea.

I'm a happy girly! :) One more thing off the list.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Half term

SO today is back to work after a week off and I'm feeling quite positive about it.

Last night I saw Salsa Celtica ( ) who I first saw this summer at Wickham festival. They were superb again last night. Sadly the Anvil thought it would be a good idea to only have seating for the gig and I spent the first half penned in in the middle of a row. However, we hardly sat down for the second half and danced to the latin beats and folk tunes for the rest of the evening. More like that will definitely help with the weight loss!! (Also back on the crazy diet now it is term time again. Determined to look amazing for Christmas this year!)

It made me remember just how much I love live music generally and realise that I need more of it in my life. With that in mind the next few weeks should be fabulous - I'm seeing Martyn Joseph again next Sunday - so looking forward to that! Then Steve Hackett a week later and Bellowhead the following week. I'm made up - just means I'll need to find even more gigs to keep me going after that or i'll be in withdrawal! 1 a month is probably pretty good to aim for and relatively affordable I guess.

So, any recommendations of who I should go see then?

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


So I've just acquired fab new cook books and wondered what peoples thoughts are?

I'm really looking forward to the cooking through an entire cookery book but am having a dilemma over which one.

I think the one I want to do is Baking magic which is predominantly cakes and cookies - does that seem cool to do?

Not sure why I'm really asking as it's my list after all - so I'll probably do what ever I want anyway! But do we think it's cool to do a baking book rather than a 'cook book'?


Saturday, 28 August 2010

Exciting exercise

Last weekend and the start of the week were mad fun.

Went out with Kate to a club on Saturday night. Been far too long since I dressed up in corsets and had such fun.

Monday however was just awesome fun. Kate and I decided to walk from Woodmill in Southampton to St Catherine's Hill in Winchester. Was really nice just to ramble and chatter. The walk follows along the river Itchen and the weather for the most part of the day was passable. Around Otterbourne area we decided that the river looked particularly inviting and decided to go in! Obviously we hadn't planned for this opportunity and had no swim wear with us. Luckily we had both worn pretty matching underwear that day and so stripped to bra and pants and jumped on in. It was sooo cold but such amazing fun. We swam against the current for quite a while then got out, dressed and carried on. I really have never felt so free and had so much fun as doing that!

On Tuesday I headed off for a days Kayaking with Pete, Laura, and Hattie. Sadly Jen was not able to come and Nicci had a migraine. It was really very windy. We headed out to Lymington with the plan being that we would paddle down the coast from there back to Buckler's hard. It was really hard going. The wind was gusting up to and above 30mph which made it really challenging, I got stuck on the mud and reeds a couple of times. It really wasn't the best conditions for beginners though and as such we ended up calling it off early. Hopefully we can organise getting back out on the water soon. Did learn a new skill of using the skeg which helps with paddling in the wind. Was a bit of a disappointment but looking forward to getting out again.

Been a summer of experiences and can't believe that it is nearly time for term to restart. Still lots that I want to do, and lots to look forward to. But i'm more on the way to being the me I want to be.

Monday, 9 August 2010


This weekend has been fabulous. A real change and break from reality. I spent the weekend with great friends at the Wickham folk festival. The music was excellent for the most part and the weather could have been much worse.
I had forgotten how much I enjoy the freedom of camping and just chilling out at a festival. It was not a cheap weekend but awesome non-the-less.

However my highlight had to be seeing Martyn Joseph live. I've waited nearly 15 years for that and he did not disappoint. His performance is so intense and honest. Planning already to go and see him again in November and so excited.

All in all a wonderful weekend. But on the back of having been away to Italy , I'm looking forward to a night in my own bed.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


So back from Italy. My learning of Italian is in very early stages still. I've been using rosetta stone which is great and will provide, I feel, a really good understanding of the language. However, it will be some time before it becomes a language in which I can hold a useful conversation.
However, I did manage to order some food and to understand at least parts of conversations out there. So it's a start.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Kayaking fun.

Wow! What a fantastic evening.
Headed off down to Beaulieu for an evening of entry level sea kayaking. 3 wonderful hours spent messing about on the river. I don't think I stopped smiling for the whole time - even when I got a soaking.
The sea kayaks were fab boats to paddle and really nice for manoeuvring with some good speed to them.
Tonight did not tick anything off the list but it has confirmed to me that kayaking is still as much a love for me now as it was years ago. I really do want to do my 2 star now. Really got the bug again. Going to book a day course next. 3 hours was fun but just not enough. Also seriously considering joining a kayak club to get some more practice and experience. It's also a great way to get out and try out other boats.
I am now a very tired and salty but extremely happy girly.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Starting right now.

I've recently decided that I need to do much more in my life that is just for and about me, to reaffirm my identity. I've also realised that 30 is appearing on the horizon and while it isn't that big of a deal there are lots of things I'd like to do before I get there. It isn't a bucket list - there are more things I want to do/achieve before I die that I know I will not be able to afford in the next 18 months.

My plan is to see what I can achieve and post here my experiences and evidence.

The List (with reasons)

1. Get a new tattoo.
(I've wanted it for so long so needs to be done soon)
2. Get waxed.
(Because I never have and I figure I should at least once!)
3. Get my Kayak 2 star qualification.
(Did my one star years ago and want to get back in to it.)
4.See Martyn Joseph live.
(I've loved his music for years and still do.)
5. Revisit Cornwall standing stones and Zennor head
(Places I loved as a child and really want to get back to.)
6. Go SCUBA diving
(Why not? I enjoyed snorkelling so...)
7. Perform at an open mic night.
(Could be fun or scary probably both.)
8. Go to a music festival.
(Or 2. I've been to Larmer Tree but would like to go to more.)
9. Learn Italian.
(Because learning another language is always good and I love visiting Italy)
10. Take up belly dancing.
(I love dancing but haven't for a while - besides it looks like fun.)
11. Visit Paris.
(I never have!)
12. Cook through a cook book start to finish.
(Haven't decided which one yet but I love to cook)
13. Drop a dress size and keep it off.
(Might be hard with number 12 but matters to me)

So yeah a pretty self indulgent blog but hey - lets see what I can get out of the next 18 months.