It’s 2014, how did that happen? And just over a month since my last post, which is the longest gap ever! But a much-needed break. Since I last posted, I have moved across London from the deepest south west – suburban Surrey where I have resided for the last decade – into (not quite) trendy east London. I now live in Clapton, which is sort of up-and-coming and sort of still a bit grimy. I have only been here three weeks (and that included Christmas and New Year, most of which I was away for) and I love it already! It’s not on the tube, but the inner London railways are much more frequent than my old service, so that is perfect for me. I’ve moved in with my lovely boyfriend, who is used to bustling North London and the tubes running every three minutes, so he isn’t so sure. Still, we have a little home which we are busy decorating and making nice!
But even despite getting rid of loads, we still have too much stuff for the space and it’s a mishmash of vintage furniture, Ikea, modern technology, repro things and lots of framed band posters/nerdy prints/all the books ever. Expect some photos when it’s done, though it will most definitely not be a Pinterest-worthy vintage design haven. Not least because Sean told me he’d seen nicer sofas than my (admittedly tatty) Art Deco ones in squats he’d visited over the years!! Thanks Sean. He’s probably right though and thus they will be hidden under throws and probably replaced at some point. I’m accommodating like that!
Anyway, I have lots of things to write about, all very overdue and I have JUST got internet at home so I am going to start with a catch-up post. I had a mostly camera-less Christmas, which was much needed. Doesn’t help that I can’t find my charger since the move… Most of these are either camera phone or the little Pentax Q7 I got recently.
First up – a trip to Mussel Men, a favourite pop-up of mine who have moved into a semi-permanent residence on Kingsland Road. I love these guys. Sean and I went along just before the Big Move. I’ve written about their previous pop-up before, and the new venue is great with cocktails, really well-cooked sea food and handpainted walls covered in weird and wonderful marine scenes.
You can also challenge an opponent to a thumb war… NB it doesn’t work as a one-player game 😉
They’re doing a Burns Night extravaganza with streetfood style haggis and neeps, a new fish chowder brand (YUM), a Ceilidh rock band and lots of whisky cocktails in a couple of weeks… I think I might have to go. Check The Burns Night Hootenanny here!
What’s next? Well, I modelled a new cherry red Fifth Avenue Coat for the amazing Heyday as one of my very last ever trip to my boyfriend’s old flat… we had to pack, then move house, THEN the following day I went Up North to spend a few days with said boyfriend’s family.
The live on the outskirts of the Moors and are really into walking. This wouldn’t usually be a problem for me but for the fact that I had no idea where any of my practical clothing was in the packing disaster and wellies are fine for muddy short walks but not rambles around actual moors. Luckily, I was saved from trenchfoot by the very lovely Chatham Marine who I’ve posted about before and who read my mind and offered to send me some waterproof walking boots! Hooray!
You’ll note my… ‘unusual’ walking outfit consisting of a dress, some running tights (for extra warmth), a highly impractical faux fur coat but some incredibly awesome and warm boots which didn’t rub a single jot despite having never been worn and then subjected to a 5 mile walk over hill and dale. Totally waterproof too. Excellent and highly recommended!
Also, in the North, I found these clouds/dogs.
What else? Well, there was Christmas (not my best one and no dressing up was done):
Boxing Day with the extended family (inc. smallest member):
And lots of glittery festive hair flowers and nails for Christmas and New Year:
I’ll stop now, but will see you all again soon!
How were your Christmases and New Yearses?