It’s Film Photography Day!

I didn’t know until just now, but today is Film Photography Day! If you’ve been hanging round here for a while, you’ll know I LOVE my analogue cameras, but I’ve not done very much with them for a good while. In part that’s because of the weather (I don’t find film photos very easy unless the sun is shining!) and also because I’ve not yet found a local developer I trust (I used to be spoiled and go to the Lomography shop at Spitalfields which was walking distance from my London flat), but probably mostly it’s because I’ve been quite lazy about it. So, maybe this is the inspiration I need!

I’m hoping to get out and take a few snaps of my new ‘hood soon, and also take a film camera to Vienna next week, where I’m going for a wedding. But in the mean time, I thought I’d reminisce over some of my old snaps….

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Are you celebrating Film Photography Day? Are you going to go snap happy with your analogue camera?

Ems x

An evening with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Hot Fuzz on the big screen!

On Tuesday evening I was lucky enough to go to a special charity showing of Hot Fuzz at the wonderful Broadway Cinema in Letchworth. Adam and I go to the beautiful Art Deco picture house often, preferring it to the nearby multiplex, but this of course was an even more fun night than usual…..

The team who brought us Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have recently been filming the third in their ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ in Letchworth, which is the next door neighbour town to Hitchin, where I live. As a thank you to Letchworth, they agreed to put on the special screening as well as a Q&A session. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright came along to the cinema to take questions sent ahead online, as well as from some of us there…. in fact I even managed to ask a question myself!

I’m sure you’ll all be glad to know that I managed to unlock the vital secret of ‘If you were a Cornetto, what flavour would you be?’ Simon’s answer was ‘the classic Nut’ whilst Edgar claimed he was more like the Strawberry flavour. Neither explained why though.

They were also asked if there was any way they could premier the new film, ‘World’s End’, at the little local cinema, and despite explaining that the big premier just has to be in Leicester Square, they did promise to come back to Lewtchworth to present a very special Gala screening there….so I’ll look forward to that!

We didn’t hear very many spoilers about the new film (probably for the best), although it was great to hear some of the funny stories from the filming….about how they thought Letchworth was the perfect Garden City to shoot their pub crawl film in, until they realised it was originally a ‘dry town’….how they turned the train station into a pub and confused lots of commuters….and how because of the terrible weather, they had to have a fire truck during all the shoots to water the pavements for continuity!

Lots of people seemed to leave after the Q&A, presumably to chase after the pair for autographs and photos, but I was super excited to see Hot Fuzz…. I didn’t catch it at the cinema when it came out, but have watched it many times since and find it a brilliant film. It was even better seeing it on the big screen, and it’s definitely one of those that you can watch dozens of times and still find new things in every time you do. It was wonderful to hear an audience of fans laughing out loud together, and the action sequences were so much more fun to watch all bigified!

I now can’t wait to see the new film, in which five friends reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier, only to become humankind’s only hope for survival. I have to wait until August though.

A big thank you though to the Broadway Cinema, Letchworth Heritage Foundation, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright!

Ems x

My pick from the Red Carpet

It’s all been building up to today…the weeks of warming up, sneak peaks and the rest of awards season….and now our wait is over….we get to see what everyone wore to the Oscars!

Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that I’m just as much into cinema as I am fashion, but really for me, the Academy Awards are all about the pretty frocks. I rarely agree with who The Academy choose to win, and the cynic in me fears it’s pretty political anyway (I won’t get into the whole Skyfall debate again for fear of raising my blood pressure to dangerous levels), and I’ve never once watched the whole award-giving bit through.

But, snoop, judge and nosey at what everyone wore I CAN do! And here are my favourites from this year…..

I think Reese Witherspoon gets a bit of stick for choosing rather girly dresses for these things, and if I could remember anything she’d ever worn before (brain like a sieve, me) maybe I’d agree. But whilst you couldn’t ask for a more feminine silhouette than this number by Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, I think she’s pulled off an incredibly glamorous look this year. I’m crazy about the cobalt blue (big for this Autumn I’m hoping!) and her curves are to die for.

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Hello Audrey Hepburn! Anne Hathaway has been going up in my estimation for a while now, and her super cute crop is just beautiful in my opinion. Her gorgeously simple Prada dress matches her look perfectly, and she’s just heavenly in those delicate blush tones. The dress manages to be both modern and classic at the same time, as does Miss Hathaway.

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I adore Amy Adams…she’s cute as a button and always unassumingly elegant. I wasn’t sure at first about the frothiness of her layered tulle dress by Oscar de la Renta, but this IS the Oscars after all, and the pretty lavender shade is stunning with her lovely red hair.

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Just look at all that shiny! I’m a sucker for a heavily draped skirt, and Amanda Seyfried’s dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen is a perfect red carpet number. It’d be a little bridal if not for the elegant key-hole neckline, but again, this IS the Oscars so ‘look-at-me’ factor is par for the course.

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And speaking of bridal…here’s the one everyone has been talking about. It would be plain wrong to say that Jennifer Lawrence looked anything less than stunningly enchanting in her Christian Dior gown, and the silhouette is simply incredible. But, I can’t help but think that it’s a little too white, and if only it had some straps going on I’d be fantasising about wearing it on my wedding day! Still, ‘when in Rome’ and all that….and Raf Simons sure has shown the rest how to create a showstopper.

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My somewhat unlikely favourite though is Jessica Chastain’s Armani Prive dress. Actually, it’s more like the complete package in honesty, as Chastain looks nothing short of the ultimate Hollywood starlet with her red lips, curled red hair and porcelain skin.
If *I* was going to the Oscars, this is how I’d want to look!

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Now you know I’m not much cop at talking about what the boys wear….I know their suits are *techincally* different, but I just can’t get myself interested in the particular cut of a dinner jacket. But, I would like to take a moment to talk about facial hair.

Usually I’d say that an event such as the Oscars absolutely calls for a clean shaven face. However, as fiance to a beardy man myself, I have to admit that I’ve been swooning over the Hollywood chaps who chose to keep their chins warm this year….  Bradley Cooper, Ben Afleck, Liev Schreiber, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman all sported rather dashing facial hair, and the silver fox himself, George Clooney, looked yummy. Nicely done boys.

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So, which were your favourites? And are you pleased with the winners?!

Ems x

Living for the weekend….. Tempting me back to London

Although I’ve made it back into London several times since moving (it’s just SO quick and easy!), I have mainly enjoyed my weekends locally. There’s still lots I want to do around here, and I’ve been really enjoying discovering more about my new ‘hood. But with a stack of fun things to do in London coming up all of a sudden, I know I’ll be tempted back soon!

As usual, there’s a whole host of special events and limited exhibitions taking place in London….and as of this weekend there are a good half a dozen that I feel were specially designed to tempt me back!…..

Tim Walker: Story Teller

Somerset House, East Wing Galleries

Runs until 27th January 2012, Daily Entry 10am to 6pm

Free Admission

I am so incredibly excited to see this exhibition which showcases the work of the amazing contemporary fashion photographer, Tim Walker. Known for his extravagant style, fairytale theatrics and playful scale, Walker is a total hero of mine. Supported by Mulberry (who hosted a star studded opening party this week), the show will focus largely on the photos themselves, but also features some of his best known props and set pieces.

Twin Peaks UK Festival 2012

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

20th October, 9:30 am til late

Tickets from £60

It is happening again……‘ The Twin Peaks UK Festival is back this weekend at the Riverside Studios. Debuting in Twin Peaks’ 20th anniversary year in 2010, with a follow up event last year, the festival includes screenings, performances, actor Q&A, cabaret, and of course ridiculous amounts of donuts and cherry pie! Twin Peaks is my all time favourite TV show in fact…..so if you’ve not seen it I suggest you do!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2012

Natural History Museum

19th October 2012 to 3rd March 2013, Daily 10am to 5:50pm

Adult tickets £10

This world-renowned exhibition has been an annual event for me for a good few years now. Hosting the 100 winning images from the competition on stunningly produced backlit screens, the exhibition is a must for all photography enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.

Hollywood Costume Exhibition

Victoria and Albert Museum

20th October 2012 to 27th January 2013

Adults £15.50 (advanced booking is advised with timed tickets)

This exciting exhibition includes over 100 of the most iconic and unforgettable costumes from a century of Hollywood filmmaking. Split into three galleries (‘Act 1: Deconstruction,’ ‘Act 2: Dialogue,’ and ‘Act 3:Finale’) the show promises to take us on a journey through the Golden Age of Hollywood, and is filled with treasures never before seen by the public, including the famous Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz!

Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2012

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Until 17th February 2013

Free Entry

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is again hosting the winning images of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. I’ve been going to this marvelous free exhibition for years, and wouldn’t miss it! The photography showcased here every year is just mind blowing, and this year features incredible new images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space, and including comets, nebulae, aurorae and the transit of Venus.

Crazee Golf

Tintype Gallery, Farringdon

Until 27th October 2012

Open Wednesday to Friday from 11am to 6pm, and Saturday from 11am to 4pm

Curators Oona Grimes & Teresa Grimes invite you to take part in a game of Crazee Golf…..and I can’t resist a game of crazy golf! Featuring 18 holes created by 18 artisits, the exhibition is an artistic representation of the ‘faux world’ of this wonderful British tradition.

Look out London! You’re not rid of me yet!

Ems x

Living for the weekend…… 1st and 2nd September 2012 in London

I’ve been making lots and lots of lists this week, in readiness for our move……and not just packing lists and furniture buying lists either. There are so many things I want to do and see before we leave London…..I’ve lived here for 12 years and still haven’t done everything I want to! But then I’m sure I could stay another 12 and still not get through the ever-increasing list! And we’ll not to be too far away, so I’m trying to cut myself a little slack and just make sure I get to as many things as is reasonable! There are a good few things on the list for this weekend of course, and lots of them things that are only on for a few days, so they get priority……

Kings Cross Ice Cream Festival

1st and 2nd September, 11am to 6pm

The Granary Building, Granary Square, Kings Cross

Free entry

This free, family friendly, two-day festival showcases the best ice cream makers in London and the South East and celebrates the history and production of ice cream in the region. Ice cream enthusiasts will learn about the history of ice cream and how it’s made, as well as having the chance to get involved with milking cows, making art, and making ice cream using the latest in nitrogen technologies.

Bowiefest

31st August to 2nd September

ICA, The Mall

Tickets from £10

You may well be as shocked as I am about this, but believe it or not, David Bowie is 65 this year and his seminal album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is celebrating its 40th anniversary! And what a great way to celebrate the man of awesome….with the UK’s first film festival dedicated to David Bowie. The festival includes screenings, talks, Q&As, and is going to make for a truly unique event.

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals

Until 9th September

The British Museum, Room 37

Free entry

As part of my quest to see every room at the British Museum this year, I popped into Room 37 this Monday and was very impressed with the mini-exhibition there. The display tells the story of the production and design of the medals for the London 2012, including details on the mining of the metal by Rio Tinto, the process of the designs by David Watkins and Lin Cheung, and the fascinating production by the Royal Mint. As usual, the British Museum goes the extra mile by giving historical context for the medals in the shape of 19th and 20th century objects highlighting the longstanding links between Britain and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

Regent Street Festival

Sunday 2nd September, 1pm to 8pm

Regent Street

Free

Head to Regent Street this Sunday for the thirteenth annual Regent Street Festival. Expect eentertainment on the street itself, as well as in-store activities and discounts. The restaurants in the food quarters, Heddon Street and Swallow Street, are also serving special menus and cocktails to boot, and you can keep up to date with everything going on using the Living Regent Street app on your iPhone.

Liberty Festival

1st to 3rd September

Various locations

Free entry

As part of the Mayor of London events for 2012, Liberty Festival offers Londoners the chance to watch the world’s top deaf and disabled performers and artists from the UK and beyond. At venues ranging from the Southbank Centre, BT London Live in the park, the BFI and Potters Fields at More London, you can see comedy, theatre, film and music events, as well as watch the coverage of the Paralympic Games.

The 39 Steps

Criterion Theatre, Picadilly

Special offer tickets from £20

I wouldn’t usually single out one show as a must-see in one of my weekend ideas posts, but I saw this for the second time last night and I just think it’s an unbeatably good night out. Start with a pre-theatre dinner at the stunning Criterion Restaurant (just £19 for two courses on the their set menu, which is packed with seasonal and ethically sourced produce as well as home made bread and butter!), then head just next door to the theatre to see this brilliant show….. Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, The 39 Steps, has been cleverly and hilariously adapted for the stage, and has won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy to prove it. With a brilliant cast of just four, the story is acted out using wittily chosen props which imagine up the dozens of settings. It’s fast paced, intelligent, and super funny…..and with special offers on tickets with Time Out, there’s no excuse to miss out!

I hope that’s inspired you! Have a fab weekend!

Ems x

The Lomography Lomowall at the Museum of London

What an exciting morning I had today…. first thing I had a lovely sunny walk down the road to the Museum of London, where there was to be a special photo call for the launch of their collaboration with Lomography.

Lomographers will probably recognise the famous Lomowalls which decorate Lomo stores worldwide, and this very special project is along those lines… only so much bigger! In celebration of the fun-packed 2012 summer in London, Lomography teamed up with the Museum of London to create the biggest Lomowall ever seen in the UK! For five months at the start of this Olympic year, Lomography asked analogue photographers from all over the world to send them photos with the theme of ‘aspiring and achieving in London’. They have also recorded some of the Team GB Paralympic athletes in training in analogue style.

The result is a stunning 65m mosaic of individually printed, Olympic-themed analogue photos on 400 Lomowall panels, including images from 32 countries. There is a huge Lomowall inside the foyer of the museum, amazingly chevron-patterned using their colour clustering and repetition techinque, as well as stacks of wonderfully curated images on the immense curved wall outside. Close up, you see each photo individually, and in its own right…. but view from afar and you see the geometric pattern and vivid, glossy colours as its own work of art.

It was lovely to see so many (really, SO many!) analogue photos from all over the world in one place….. there were lots of things I recognised in the images, like one of the eggs on display in London this Easter, the Lloyds building (my favourite!), and photos of the museum too. It’s certainly an inspiration to ditch the digital and get analogue snap happy….. as well as to take on the Lomography Ten Golden Rules (especially ‘Don’t Think’, ‘Be Fast’, and ‘Take your camera wherever you go’!).

Photo courtesy of the Museum of London and Lomography

Chris Holmes MBE, Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete, with 15 medals for swimming, was there too. A photography enthusiast himself, Chris uses what he feels and hears to compose his photos, so unsurprisingly he is drawn to the Lomography ‘don’t think, just shoot’ philosophy which values everyone’s artistic expression equally. Describing his love of photography, Chris said: “Photos have a universal power, they speak to us across space and time, evoking the feelings made in those moments:  sport, success, life captured by camera, essence in eternity.”

If you’re feeling inspired like me, do take the opportunity to collect your “10 piggies” (that’s £10 to spend on lomography goodies!) ……. Under A Glass Sky readers who use this link to set up their ‘Lomohome‘ will receive 10 complimentary piggies to play about with!

You can see the Lomowall (for free!) until 6th January 2013, but there is a big launch party tomorrow to get tings started with a bang (with yummy booze from Rekorderlig, as well as cake from Choccywoccydoodah!).

All photography enthusiasts would do well to give the exhibition a look…. it really is a one of a kind spectacle!

Ems x

Photo courtesy of the Museum of London and Lomography


 

Hitchcock’s Blackmail screening at the British Museum

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As part of the BFI‘s ‘The Genius of Hitchcock’ (which is in turn part of the London 2012 Festival), we went on Friday night to see Blackmail…..at the British Museum, no less!

We are members of the museum and so received an email ages ago to give us a heads up that it was going on. I’m so glad we did, as it was a one off gala screening and rather a ‘once in a lifetime’ sort of thing. The film was to be shown in the open air, right in front of the museum, which had been chosen because it so heavily features in the film…. So we arrived to the museum well prepared for an evening outdoors, and settled down onto the grass on and under several layers of blankets, and with some very welcome cushions!

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Blackmail is one of the Hitchcock films that the BFI has been working hard to restore. He actually made two versions of the same film, with almost the same cast and crew….one as a silent film and the other as Britain’s first ‘talkie’. The film started as a silent film, and indeed the director was said to prefer this format, which is why I was so pleased to see the silent version.

The soundtrack was provided by a live orchestra, performing Neil Brand’s specially commissioned score, and I have to say this was a real highlight for me. The music was fantastic in its own right, but moreover provided the perfect backing to the action and was certainly responsible for aiding the suspense and making me jump!

The film itself really is a masterpiece. The story of a young policeman, whose bored fiancee bites off more than she can chew when she is enticed up to an opposing suitor’s studio, I found myself compelled by the story from very early on. The film portrays a rather realistic and grimy London, although there was such excitement when the chase scene culminated right at the British Museum….. It was wonderful to se it as it was, and to recognise rooms featured in the villain’s desperate escape attempt.

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I left wowed by the brilliance of Hitchcock, and this wonderful film……and instantly wanted to see more silent films, as well as North by Northwest (my favourite Hitchcock film).

You have another chance to see Blackmail, both the silent and talkie versions, at the BFI in August….you can still get tickets here.

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Trying out the Lomography LC-Wide at the LoBlography Event

A couple of Saturdays ago I took part in the ‘LoBlography’ workshop, at the Lomography Soho HQ. Designed to inspire bloggers and introduce analogue photography to those who hadn’t tried it, it was a super event and I enjoyed the chance to try out a new camera.

I’ve been intrigued by the little LC-A cameras for a while, as they are so compact and give great results even in conditions I know other analogue cameras struggle with. It’s much more expensive than the likes of the Holga and Diana, at around £250 so I was glad of the chance to try it out before potentially investing.

I was lucky enough to baggsy the LC-Wide which features an even more impressive lens and the ability to half close the shutter to play around with multiple exposures. It was a little tricky to get used to how it works, being so used to the Diana which is a lot more low-tech, but with a whole film to play about with for an hour, I started to get the hang of it….. Still, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the developed photos, but here they now anyway…..
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I am quite pleased with them…. at least they all came out, despite the dull grey day and lack of natural light. And I really like some of the double exposed ones. The colours are great in all of them though I think, and where I’ve got the focus right (not that often!) they are nice and clear too. I did miss some of the fun of snapping with my Diana, but I do think the LC-A is more user friendly and quicker to pick up, mainly because of how it deals with low light and because it won’t let you forget to wind on!

There are more here on my Flickr page  too, as well as some other sets from the films I took in to be processed that day….. I’m rather chuffed with some of the shots I took with my Diana in Paris.

Ems x

 

Something from the weekend….. May Day Bank Holiday

So they promised us a weekend free of rain. They lied. Still, I did manage to pack in plenty this weekend (thanks to the very welcome extra day!)…..

On Friday evening we did an early shop at Waitrose to stock up for the weekend, and then made Keralan fish curry for supper. I love the idea of a traditional fish supper on a Friday, especially when I get the chance to buy up some lovely fresh fish to cook right away.

Keralan Fish Curry

There were more culinary treats on Saturday morning, when Adam took me on a date for breakfast at The Luxe. I’m not quite sure how it was a date, other than that we called it that. I guess we just decided that we’d not been on a ‘date’ for ages, but then we realised we’re always going out for fun adventures so we don’t really need to! I rather over ate at breakfast with a full English (wish I’d gone for Eggs Benedict like Adam!) and so I was a little sluggish as we headed around Old Spitalfields Market for Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. I did manage to pick up lots of treasure though…. some gorgeous vintage buttons, several old keys to make into charms, a folding silver cake stand and a little glass footed bowl. I love treasure hunting!

Treasure finds

Vintage Buttons

Old keys

Despite the rain, we decided to walk from there down to Whitechapel and wander through the street market. I’ve only ever dashed past so it was good to have a proper snoop about all the fruit and fashion stalls. From there we dropped into the huge Sainsbury’s there to get Adam’s Kraken rum (we can’t get it nearer to us)….. what should have been a quick stop before home turned into a full on shop because the place is so temptingly big. We picked up pink and a green swing top bottles to put some of our flavoured vodkas in, as well as some custard slices to have with tea back at home. And we were glad of them too, by the time we got home weary and wet!

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For dinner we made a yummy veggie stir fry, then watched UP. I’ve not seen it since the cinema, and have rather avoided it if I’m honest because I got so emotional watching it. But I thought the time had finally come when I could handle it…. but no. I was a blithering wreck from just two minutes in. It is the most beautiful and funny film, but if you’re planning on seeing it for the first time, seriously, make sure you have plenty of tissues ready.

On Sunday we were out and about again, heading to Somerset House to see the Kokoro exhibition. On show were lots of stunning paintings on silk, by Japanese master Horiyoshi III. Each piece, based on Japanese myths and legends, encapsulated ‘kokoro’, which means the heart or meaning of things. The craftsmanship is incredible and had me inspired to try painting on silk…. as well as maybe painting some dragons!

Whilst there, we also dropped in to see the Wendy Ramshaw exhibition called ‘Room of Dreams’. One of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, Ramshaw is primarily known for her distinctive jewellery design, but has more recently gained acclaim for her larger scale public art work. The exhibition houses work from the last fifty years, including maquettes of her designs for the Hyde Park Gates. I was delighted to see some pieces of jewellery using found treasures like old watch faces and keys….. in fact there were several pieces that reminded me of my own designs. And there was certainly plenty to take from her work in terms of inspiration too.

At Somerset House

Somerset House

From there we sauntered through Covent Garden (eyeing up the goodies in Hope and Greenwood and finding a dreadfully loud experiential marketing attraction by HTC right in front of the Opera House) and had a look around the pretty craft and art stalls to get more ideas for my own. We popped into Joules off Long Acre (I’ve been eyeing up this skirt) before heading through China Town and over to Piccadilly to get ourselves some bubble tea at the wonderful Bubbleology (I had hot taro with tapioca pearls and Adam had a blend of cocoa and vanilla). Then it was up to Carnaby Street, which we’d only planned to walk through on our way to Liberty…… but somehow I managed to get the blame for Adam’s buying up of three pairs of shoes! We spent an age in Onitsuka Tiger choosing two pairs of trainers for him, and then it was a quick purchase at Converse (he knew he just wanted a red pair).

At Bubbleology

Bubble Tea!

We finally got to Liberty where we had a snoop about the amazing jewellery and handbag rooms, the basement (where I’ve never been before because it’s just boy stuff) and the wonderful stationery shop. And after that we needed a coffee to help us home, so we tried for the first time the Speakeasy Coffee Shop just off Carnaby Street who made me a gorgeous latte.

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Speakeasy Coffee

Once home we began preparations for a yummy sunday roast…… we wanted to use some of the veg we’d saved up from our Abel and Cole box, plus we had some very good nut roast to go with it. The biggest triumph of the meal was perhaps the butter-fried flat beans and kohl rabi. Lush!

Sunday Roast

We finished up a lovely Sunday by watching Sabrina, one of my favourite Audrey Hepburn films (and the first film Adam and I ever watched together!).

And thanks to the bank holiday, Monday began with a nice long lie in, before I continued with the Spring clean. By lunch time I deserved something filling and yummy, so with our new veggie box delivered (cue another bout of rummaging, sniffing and getting excited about the contents!) we put together a delicious fresh salad for lunch. Then it was back to sprucing up the flat until it was time to make supper (Char Siu pork, which was AMAZING!). I managed to fit in a little testing and prep for some new jewellery I’m making, before slobbing out on the sofa to start the second series of The Wire. I started to fall asleep towards the end of the second episode, so it was a relatively early night to finish a jam-packed weekend.

Super yummy salad

Char Siu Pork

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend too!

Ems x

Something from the weekend….. rain, rain go away!

Well that worked! The rain *appears* to have given up for a while….. I wish it had earlier! What a grey weekend! Still, got plenty of indoorsy stuff done, and I guess we need the water…..

The weekend began with a Friday night visit to the cinema….. If I’m very honest, I didn’t hold out much hope for ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’ because I’d read (and loved) the books, and didn’t think the trailers nearly measured up to them. So that’s why it took us so long to see it, but I’m so very glad we did! The film is laugh-out-loud-funny from start to end…. the voice actors are brilliant and superbly cast (although I had always imagined the Pirate Captain’s voice as that of Brian Blessed when reading the books!) and I loved all the little trade mark details of comedy in the background. Pretty much everyone else in the cinema had kids with them, but it was so wasted on them…. Adam and I were guffawing all the time, but all the jokes went over the kids’ heads. So anyone that has skipped it because they thought it was a kids’ film should think again…. or read the books, which I would recommend just as much!

Getting home late(ish) we had a quick and naughty supper of pizza and chips (yum!) before I neatly polished my nails and finished packing up my craftiness ready for the morning…..

Saturday saw my second stall at a craft market, and I was super excited to do it all over again. The Wonder Hill Market is a monthly craft and vintage fair, very local to me in Borough, near London Bridge. We were let down again by transport…. what should have been a quick bus ride and a little walk turned into a very quick bus ride and a long, rainy walk, because yet again our bus is on some silly weekend diversion. It’s even more frustrating because I have no idea why! Anyway, we got there without getting too wet, and I was showed to my table ready to set up. It was rather smaller than my last table, which was only a shame because I had made even more things to sell than at my last one! So, with great difficulty, I held stuff back in order to fit things nicely (although still with my trademark ‘looks like a junk shop’ cramming) and was pretty satisfied with my presentation again.

Once set up, Adam and I took it in turns to have a snoop around the other stalls….. we both immediately fell in love with a stall very near to us, which was shared by a lovely couple of designer-makers. Actually comprising of three ‘brands’ the stall hosted stunning jewellery by Tri And Gull, wonderful prints by illustrator Sam Blown and (my favourite) a collection of marvellous brooches which are a collaboration of the two called Oh Pair. Adam snapped up two lovely little badges with super cute dog drawings…love!

Unfortunately, the market was pretty quiet and low on foot traffic due to the horrid weather, so we didn’t have nearly the rush of sales I had at the last one. Still, it was nice to meet all the other stall holders, make a few sales and eat lots of yummy cake by the awesome Vintage Cake Company. Despite filling our faces all day though, we opted to make our post-stall chinese take out a tradition, and ordered up a feast which we ate in front of the TV….. we finished the first season of The Wire (loved it!) and also watched one of my favourite Audrey Hepburn films, Charade, which also stars the gorgeous Cary Grant to boot.

By Sunday morning, weary from a hard day’s work at the market, we were in need of a lie in followed by a naughty breakfast of waffles. We cancelled out the naughtiness though with fresh fruit. And then it was a real day for domestic stuff….. I began unpacking from the market…. did lots of house plant maintenance (one of them has a horrid bug thing so I gave them all some attention!)…. and started a bit of a spring clean. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy de-frosting the freezer…. having wrapped up the contents in old blankets and nested them in the shower, I began what for most is a rather dull task. But not for me! I love the thrill of the ice falling, and taking out my anger with the weather with a wooden spatular!

And that was pretty much my day…. in between cups of tea and watching Adam play his new computer game (Journey…. which is stunning!). We finished the day with a yummy home made Spag Bol and then watched some more Mad Men (which I am loving but Adam is struggling to get into). A much deserved day of rest I think!

Hope your weekend wasn’t too blighted by the rain!

Ems x