Friday, 14 August 2015

Film Friday: Song of the Sea

Plot: Song of the Sea is a beautiful new Irish animation, about a young boy called Ben and his sister Saoirse, who can turn into a seal. The tale is based on Irish legends including the legend of the selkie.
Guest appearances Brendan Gleeson voices the father.
Overall: Song of the Sea was a very sweet tale, and probably the most visually stunning film I've ever watched!

Friday, 7 August 2015

Film Friday: Inside Out

Plot: The latest Disney-Pixar film, Inside Out  travels inside the mind of a little girl called Riley, who has to adjust to life in a new town. We see her emotions, Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear struggle to cope as she has to get used to a new school, friends and home.
Guest Appearances: Amy Poehler is the brilliant voice of Joy, Mindy Kaling is Disgust & Bill Hader is fear. Kyle Maclachlan plays the dad. (We also noticed Flea's names on the credits!?)
Fun facts: The plot bears a resemblance to The Beano's Numskulls comic strip (which was a favourite of mine as a kid). They recently wrote a strip poking fun at the movie, you can see it here.
Overall: I loved Inside Out! It made me laugh and cry, and despite being a family film was a really clever look at how we process emotions and memories.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Bathroom makeover - Before & After

When we moved into our new house back in March we were lucky that most of the walls and decor were nice as they were, so we didn't need to change that much. However I thought the bathroom walls could do with a little spruce up, partly because there were holes left by a previous cupboard and partly because I thought a warm blue would look better than the sandy colour the walls were painted in before.

Painting was actually really fun and didn't take too long at all! We chose a duck egg blue colour which I'm really happy with, and found some travel posters of Nottingham and (Tom's home town) Peterborough on the Science Museum site, which has some fantastic vintage posters in categories like space and natural world.

On a trip to London a couple of months ago I couldn't resist a visit to Anthropologie. Their home and kitchen section is a-mazing, full of beautiful hand painted crockery. I wanted to buy ALL the things, but it would have pretty much broken the bank so I decided just to treat myself to this hanging planter, and I really how fresh it makes the room look.

I looked through my collection of 1950s magazines (bought from a shop called Granny's Treasures in my student days in Hull) and found a rather nice toothpaste ad to frame. I also found an old magazine rack for sale in our local Sue Ryder, and Tom thought it would go well in the bathroom - everyone needs a copy of 'The Superstars of Rock' to read on the loo right?! Although Boy George's face is perhaps a little intimidating...

I'm really pleased with the final bathroom. Now we just have our bedroom, the kitchen... and perhaps the attic to do! One step at a time...

Friday, 31 July 2015

Film Friday: Love and Mercy

Plot In Love & Mercy, Paul Dano and John Cusack both take on the part of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Dano stars as the younger Brian, as he works on Pet Sounds with the band while Cusack stars as Wilson in the '80s when he's being taken advantage of by his psychologist Dr Landy.
Guest appearances Paul Giamatti stars as manipulative psycho-therapist Dr Eugene Landy, who controls every aspect of Wilson's life, administering 'medication' and forcing him to write new songs.
Overall I really enjoyed Love & Mercy. At first I was a little dubious about whether Cusack resembled the troubled Beach Boys frontman, but I thought both Cusack and Dano were great in their roles. I loved seeing the 'Wrecking Crew' musicians working on songs in the studio with Wilson at the helm, which reminded me what a musical genius he really was.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

All Aboard for Indietracks!

This year was my fifth visit to Indietracks Festival, a brilliant indie-music festival that takes place every July at Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire.

It's always a special weekend, and this year I went with Janet, who also blogged about her experience here. We were lucky with the weather as Saturday was actually dry for the most part, meaning we didn't need our raincoats, hurray! We had a really fun day riding steam trains, watching bands and eating yummy food.

Miniature railways are included...

Butterley Station is manned by a group of friendly volunteers and train enthusiasts. 

Doing what bloggers do best (and excited to be in 'First Class'!)

Approaching the site!

Watching the excellent Feature play the indoor stage... 

The merch tent never fails to surprise!

 Amaaazing pizza..

Farewell Indietracks for another year!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Film Friday: Tig

 I first heard about Tig on a podcast a while ago, so was glad to see it's finally on Netflix. Tig is a documentary about comedian Tig Notaro, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, which led to a legendary stand-up set which became a sensation overnight. We also follow Tig through her recovery and her quest to have a child.
Guest appearances Tig is friends with comedians including Sarah Silverman, who makes a brief appearance along with her co-star on In a World (which I've also been meaning to watch for a while). 
Overall Despite the serious subject matter, Tig is a really inspirational film about a woman's journey through some extremely tough times, and how she managed to get through it still smiling. 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

A mini Norfolk getaway

Last weekend Tom and I went on a last-minute trip to the seaside for a couple of nights. To save money we headed to a cheap & cheerful campsite near Wells-Next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast (link here in case you fancy heading that way too!).

Although the campsire was quite busy, it was in a wonderful location, next to some amazing beaches such as Holkam (voted the number 2 beach in England! I'm not quite sure which came in at no.1..) It was indeed a fantastic beach, with long stretches of sand, and wasn't too busy when we arrived.

There's always time for paddling!

On our second day we took a drive to the pretty town of Burnham Market. I read that Johnny Depp was rumoured to have looked at houses here, and you could see why! It was full of quaint chocolate-box houses, fancy delis and cute shops. I also loved the beautiful hollyhocks that filled the village. Although most of the shops were quite pricey as you can imagine, it was a lovely place to wander round and grab some picnic bits for the beach.

We also visited the lovely Wells-Next-the-Sea where we stumbled upon the gorgeous Old Station Pottery & Bookshop. It was such a lovely combination and was completely empty for us to explore. I bought a 'seconds' pottery cup which will make a perfect plant pot, and a book by Alan Sillitoe about the streets of Nottingham.

We spent a sunny day at the beach at Wells, where we admired the beautiful beach houses, played on the arcades and bought an ice cream from the best organic ice cream van, above. It even had a picture of the cow that provided the milk who lived 8 miles down the road, bless!

We also spent a few hours in Hunstanton (aka 'sunny Hunny') which Tom had been to lots as a child. We bought fish & chips and played a round of crazy golf beside the sea. Although camping meant I didn't get much quality sleep, it was a wonderful short escape from the city.