Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Visit to Lands End and What I Wore 30th September

On the Tuesday of our holiday we went to Land's End. We were staying near the Devon border so it was quite a trip but I couldn't go to Cornwall and not go to the most westerly part of the mainland UK! It costs £6 to go in and park but I suppose someone has to maintain it. There were lots of people there even though it was quite late in the season. 

The thing that got me was the sea and the vastness of it! It is lovely and beautiful but also so very overwhelming. You can stand right on the cliffs. 

There's a restaurant which is reasonably priced. We had some lovely fish and chips. We also got the touristy photo under the sign taken, but it will arrive soon. It's a really fun place to visit. 

Look at the beautiful weather we had 

And the blueness of the sea


Me. This is the close up of the dress I was wearing

The dress was from everything5pounds which can be very hit and miss but I love this dress, it's nice and soft with a bit of a sheen and I think the pattern is interesting!

Monday, October 20, 2014

RIP Anthony

I just want to write a brief post about a family tragedy. Lee's uncle was killed in a road accident on the M56. He was an HGV driver and had been for 25 years. Investigations are still undergoing as to what exactly happened so I don't want to say much, but it is such a tragedy. I also want to pay tribute to the lady who died. I'm sure she will be missed in her family as much as Anthony will be missed in ours.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Seeing the Libertines

I just want to write this post because it's about a significant thing that happened to me recently, and that's what blogs are for, right?

I have been a fan of the Libertines for ten years... since after they broke up. I was just 21 and although I had been a huge Manic Street Preachers fan in my teens, I didn't think I could or would ever feel that way about a band again. Then I fell into the Libertines and oh god, they hurt my heart. As I said, they had broken up in acrimonious circumstances and formed other bands - Carl and Gary went into Dirty Pretty Things, Peter already had Babyshambles, and John formed Yeti who had a very small following that I'm proud to say I was one of! I saw DPT a few times, Yeti a bunch of times, and saw Peter solo with Graham Coxon on guitar.

I also met a whole bunch of lovely people, some of whom are still my best friends. There was a very active fandom on LiveJournal and I met so many people. One of my closest friends was Lucinda. We didn't talk very often for a few years, including when Peter and Carl played a bunch of reunion shows in 2010. I think that's why I didn't really pay much attention to those shows.

This time around Lucinda and I are close again and her enthusiasm for The Libertines as a whole band reforming was infectious. Plus, when I saw photos from the gig they played in Hyde Park they just looked so happy. I'm a romantic, deep down ;)

So anyway, the Libs announced three gigs at Alexandra Palace in London, and Lucinda and I decided we would go. I also then asked my friend Von, who lives in London, and my BFF Sam, who lives near me and would travel down with me.

Oh gosh, it was so good. Not perfect - but they aren't and never were a perfect band. It was ramshackle and chaotic and uplifting. We sang along to all the words and it was just so lovely to be there with people I love and who I only know through a ridiculous band, for crying out loud.

There's talk of a tour and new recordings, and even though it's ten years later and I'm older and supposedly wiser, my little fangirl heart is so excited for those things to happen.

I took this photo - as you can see we couldn't see much of the band but fortunately they had a big screen behind them which played both video of the band and other stuff.

Happy endings, they never bore me ;) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What I Wore September 29th and visit to Newquay

After we had been to Jamaica Inn we drove to Newquay as I've never been and wanted to see it. It's on the north Cornwall coast and it's famous for surfing. We parked by the beach and wandered down. Now a couple of months ago I bought myself some beach shoes which are rubber soled and made out of wetsuit material and are ideal for walking on rocks and things. I'd left them back at the cottage though, which was a bummer!

The tide was quite far out and there were signs warning about where you could surf and where you could swim. There were lots of people in the water doing both, and then a small powered craft came too close to the surfers. There was a siren, and then a lifeguard on a megaphone in the building behind us telling the craft how far to go back, in no uncertain terms! It was great to see they take so much care over keeping everyone safe.

The lifeguard building is on the left

Here's what I wore. The t-shirt was from Asos last year and the skirt is the black one from Yours Clothing I wear a lot. I love ducks so the t-shirt was ideal for me!

As you can see I was reduced to tucking my skirt into my knickers so I didn't get it wet!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

September Swap

Debz at Wannabe Princess held a September swap where bloggers swapped gifts with each other. I sent mine to Steph at Seeing Spots and I think she liked everything. I don't know who sent mine, they're still a mystery! Here's what I got, anyway:

Everything was wrapped in a leopardskin bag, I got a scarf, some eyeshadow, some nail polishes, and some chocolate which I've eaten!

I like these colours especially the top ones

I don't often wear shades like this but I like them, the one on the right is gorgeous

This is the scarf pattern, isn't it adorable!?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A visit to Jamaica Inn

I have been a fan of Daphne du Maurier for several years after my friend Laura encouraged me to read Rebecca, especially since that is also my name! We then saw it at the theatre and it was excellent. I read Jamaica Inn and enjoyed that, too, and I recently watched the dramatisation starring Jessica Brown Findlay and thought it was good. 

I hadn't realised that Jamaica Inn was a real place, but as I was looking through the tourist leaflets in our holiday cottage I saw a leaflet for it and knew we had to go! It is in the middle of Bodmin Moor and these days the dual carriageway bypasses the road it sits on, but you go on the old road to get to the inn and it is a narrow and windswept road. 

The inn still functions as such and has several hotel rooms - how amazing would it be to stay there! There's also a huge bar, a restaurant with carvery, a gift shop, and a museum. We paid to go into it and although it wasn't huge it was good fun. 

The sign, with Joss Merlyn brooding down from it

The inn itself; it was always this L shape apparently

du Maurier's writing desk and her typewriter

A signed copy of The House on the Strand

More signatures 

A playbill of Rebecca

Half of the museum is about du Maurier and her life and works, and half is about smuggling

I loved this old chest!

Lee hadn't realised that du Maurier wrote the short stories The Birds and Don't Look Now, which were made into two of his favourite films, so in the gift shop we bought an anthology of the short stories to read, and I also bought My Cousin Rachel and another copy of Jamaica Inn as I don't know where mine went!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ann Harvey Review

Ann Harvey contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I would be interested in doing a review for them. Now I always quite liked Ann Harvey for "occasion" wear; I had a nice red top from them and I still have a bluish skirt that I wore for a friend's wedding several years ago. I also had a great swimming costume from them! So I'm happy to see that they're back in Bonmarche, especially as it means Bonmarche is now an option for bigger plus sizes. 

When I was contacted I was told to choose what I wanted, so although there were a few things I liked I chose this dress as it's quite me. It's knee length, with an interesting pattern, and at the back it has a funky pleat detail. It's lovely and stretchy and the material is nice and silky, so it feels like quite a posh frock! It's retailing at £35 currently.