Friday, 26 April 2013

A lovely spring weekend

Well I think it's safe to say spring kicked in with a vengeance this weekend. The sun was shining, birds were singing, the blossom was booming, and I had my new bike. This weekend has been the best in a long time. On Saturday I was able to look after my little nephew Jack which I couldn't have been more excited about (I woke up stupidly early with excitement). When Erica dropped him off he was a bit weary of his surroundings, he hasn't spent much time with James or Rich lately so he clung on like a koala for a while, obviously I loved every second of our cuddle time, but it didn't take long for him to relax and start playing with his new toys until he was ready for his nap. Nap time meant taking him for a nice long walk along the quay while he slept in his buggy, I think it was enough to put James off the idea of kids for a while ha. We met up with Erica and went for a coffee until Jack woke up, then strolled over to the tip for a look in the recycle centre. You can get some serious bargains, we picked up a see saw, wheel barrow and truck for £5,  you can't go wrong at that price so I guess one mans trash really is another mans treasure.

When it was time for Erica and Jack to head home Rich and I picked up our bikes and went for a lovely ride to the Double Locks, it was the perfect weather for it and so nice cycling along with all the other cyclists, walkers, runners out soaking up the sunshine and spring smell in the air. I just hope we get a lot more weather like this because I think I'll be out every evening making the most of the gorgeous (flat) scenery on my doorstep. I don't think I'll ever tire of cycling past a heron fishing in the river or the people gardening in their allotments, it's all so lovely.

Meet Claudia, the new love in my life.

I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine.


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wednesday wish list #4

Welcome back to my Wednesday wish list feature. Here I will share some of my favourite finds from the last week and give you a little more of an insight into my kind of style. Enjoy..

These cake tins with woodland animals are amazing..


I could spend an absolute fortune on this website, these bowls are awesome..

You've gotta love a woodland knob

One day I will own a beetle

I'm a sucker for a print dress

And what would go better with a strawberry dress than these pumps

See you next week with some more treats.


Monday, 22 April 2013

3 Gigs, 3 Cities, 5 Days: Gaslight Anthem/Manchester

The final part of our gig week was a trip to Manchester to see the Gaslight Anthem, which also happened to be on my birthday. Seeing as Manchester is about 250 miles away it was definitely too far to go up and back in a day so luckily we managed to get a bargain room at a Travelodge for £20 and only a stones throw away from the venue which couldn't have been more perfect. 
I somehow dragged my backside out of bed at 5am so we could hit the road at 6am and beat the rush hour traffic, I'm definitely not a morning person so this was a struggle for me but definitely worth it. The drive up was just lovely. We haven't had any proper snow in Exeter this winter but as soon as we hit the midlands it was like driving through a winter wonderland. Everywhere was covered in beautiful thick white snow, thankfully the driving conditions were fine with just a few light flutterings, it was touch and go whether we would have been able to go at all. We arrived at the hotel at about 11am, taking advantage of the free parking and then headed straight into the city center. As we'd been to Manchester briefly last year we'd sussed out where the good shopping areas are so went there first. If you like Camden Market you will love Afflecks in the Northern Quarter, it really is home to all things vintage, retro, punk, kitsch, and just plain awesome, needless to say I was in shopping heaven. The northern quarter is by far the best shopping area if you like quirky independent shops, which I definitely do, plus there were quite a few record shops so Rich and I were both pretty happy to be mooching around. When we'd had enough of shopping we grabbed a quick pizza and went back for a quick pre gig disco nap. 

As I expected the Gaslight Anthem did not disappoint. Those guys seriously know how to put on a great show. Their gigs are always in more intimate venues so even if you're stood at the back you're still close enough to get a good view and soak up the atmosphere. The main thing was they played almost all of my favourite songs and ended with Teenage Wasteland by The Who, a bit random but a great cover. If you've not listened to them before I can't recommend them enough and you should check them out right now, go!

For Rich's birthday my Dad booked him on to a tour of Old Trafford for the day after the gig. As I'm not a football fan I armed myself with a good book and the latest Mollie Makes magazine and hit the 'red bar' for a coffee and a read while he took himself off on the tour. I think it's fair to say he enjoyed himself, the big grin was a bit of a giveaway anyway. I took a few photos of outside the stadium and in the shop, that's about as far as I could stretch my interest in football/united.

It was a long drive home, we hit the friday traffic big time but it was so worth it, even more so when I got home and found that Alice had made me some dinosaur birthday cupcakes, a total win!

Hope you've enjoyed this long post and not fallen asleep, I promise they won't all be this long from now on.