Three years

Three years

Authenticating motherhood through a lens

Authenticating motherhood through a lens
When I saw the photos from my friend’s wedding party they were a pleasure to behold. Natural, vivacious, full of joy; they captured the afternoon so perfectly. The photographer, Julie, had conducted herself so well, non intrusive and friendly, and in doing so she achieved an authentic view of the people she observed.  I realised ...

Artipoppe Argus Tealio and the hidden castle

Artipoppe Argus Tealio and the hidden castle
In recent years my husband and I have become enamoured with Scotland and have taken many family holidays there. I find it soul cleansing to go across the border with my back to England and feel a different pace to the places we visit. One of the reasons we love the area is that it’s ...

Two years

Two years

Sling Studio – Punk Greenday & Spots n Stripes Solent – reviews of sorts

Sling Studio - Punk Greenday & Spots n Stripes Solent - reviews of sorts
Time for some more reviews in brief because I’ve been lucky enough to holiday some beauties here recently and I just have to write about them. Here it’s the tale of two linen lovelies, Sling Studio’s Punk Greenday and Spots n Stripes Solent. When I was at Sling It recently Hilary of TigerPig Creations had ...

A Midnight Fairytale

A Midnight Fairytale
This fairytale was written for the Mokosh and Wrap Collection competition run in spring 2016. It is set 35 years in the future.  Mathilda had grown up being a carried child. Her mother had sold the buggy, instead favouring the beauty and closeness of wrapping her baby on her front or back. From here Mathilda ...

The Rockin Rhinos at Christmas 1

The Rockin Rhinos at Christmas
We went to a gig yesterday afternoon, it was great. The band were full of energy, there was lots of lunatic dancing, enthusiastic audience participation and some brilliant Christmas song interpretations.  A gig in the afternoon you say? Well, yes, it was a gig for children under seven and their family. It’s not an unusual ...

Instagram Husband

Instagram Husband
Sometimes you watch something that cuts a little close to the bone…I’m not this bad…I selfie better to be honest. Instagram Husband is a very witty commentary on the pernicious social documentation of our lives. Worth a watch. It might turn up in a lecture.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  It’s been a long time since I was compelled to write about new music. One of the side effects of maternity leave is that you enter a cultural black hole. The most I managed in terms of any new media was the occasional TV series (thank you streaming services) and lots of books. Books ...

One year

One year
Today I will mostly be listening to:  

Hercules and the Love Affair – reclaiming words used to oppress

In a recent romp through new music that took in the total delights of John Grant and everything he’s been involved with I came across Hercules and the Love Affair. John appears on two tracks which are as I’d hoped for, however the rest of the album is impressive. It’s a mix of Chicago House, ...

The People in the Photo – a review

The People in the Photo - a review
The People in the Photo by Hélène Gestern Published by Gallic Books Meet Hélène, the Parisian adopted daughter, brought up in a comfortable manner but one where a veil of restraint fell around Hélène’s birth mother and the circumstances of her death. Locked in the strange, suspended and reflective after world of bereavement following her ...

Darkside’s Psychic

Darkside's Psychic
I was in Fopp a week or so ago looking for new music. I’ve been stuck on Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s Push the Sky Away as it is such an immense album. However, I thought it was time to seek something else out. I asked the affable sales bloke in Fopp what he’d ...

I am listening to

I am listening to
At the moment I’m consuming and looking for new music in a way I haven’t done for quite a while. In part this is because I found my beloved, vintage, pair of Shure E2C earphones which wee all over the current and fashionable Beats, Sennheisers etc I’m also ashamed to say I’m (paying for and) ...

You are listening to:

You are listening to:
My husband posted me this link http://youarelistening.to which is a website streaming ambient music overlaid with police live feeds from New York, Chicago, Montreal, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Choose your city, tune in and be entranced. I have not found such an amazing site like this for a long time.