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Friday, 12 September 2014

This Is Your Kingdom: Foxton Locks



In my latest adventure in Leicestershire I went exploring the beautiful Foxton Locks. I was inspired so much, I wrote a little review on it as part of my contributor role at This Is Your Kingdom. You can read it here, along with LOADS of other gorgeous reviews of things to see and do in the UK. 

Have you been exploring and adventuring in the UK recently? Where do you go? Any recommendations?


Thursday, 11 September 2014

What's on the dukebox, Jo?




This week I've been listening to a whole range of music, the top picks of which include Chemical Brothers, Dr Feelgood, Black Grapes and 'Dare' by Gorillaz FT Sean Ryder has been on repeat. I've been hoping they will alleviate the festival blues but I'm not sure they've helped, they just make me want to go back to the EOTR Forest Disco and dance! Must book the next festival tickets soon....

Anyway, for the rest of the week and today especially, I'm all about rock 'n roll as today would have been my Dad's birthday and he loved the 70s rock and experimental bands of that era I remember when I was little reguarly walking into the living room to see my Dad lying on the floor, wearing large headphones plugged into the record player. He would just lie there and listen, with the LP cover at his side...and occasionally laugh at the brilliant, daring lyrics of the time. I always wanted to know what he was listening to and he would always let me a listen.....

....so here's one of the first few songs I remember listening to on those big ol' earphones.



Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Adventures in the Garden: Veg Plot

I'm writing this post whilst looking at my warm, sunny, green garden. Right now, everything looks vibrant and fresh and so, so, so much bigger than these seedlings I snapped back in July.


Above are my four veggie plots, sprouting a mixture of vegetables, herbs, flowers, salad leaves...and the odd random plant that somehow made its way to the veggie party! Birds perhaps helping me plant some seeds? Maybe so.
As the seedlings came up in July, the local gang of cats started to prefer it as their toilet destination...err, thanks cats. So, I found every bit of spare chicken wire, old wooden climbers...anything that could deter the odd visitor or two. It seemed to do the trick and the plants were happy, despite looking like prisoners.
And then they grew and grew and grew....and demanded more and more water...and more and more attention...picking, pruning, weeding...I love all these little jobs and could quite easily do them all day long. Gardening is definitely my little oasis of calm and relaxation.
What I've been most excited about (aside from some of the veggies I'll be sharing over the next few weeks) is my little plot of herbs. I've never had herbs grow so voraciously. Just look at them now!! I'm soooo happy with them...and cor blimey, they taste amazing!! We're having herbs with pretty much every meal now and that's one of the many, many things I love about growing your own, especially herbs. You can go mad and have them with everything, without paying a comparable fortune in the supermarket for some squashed herbs in a plastic bag. It's a no brainer.
Next in this little ol' blog series of mine will be all about veggies from above!
Have you been growing any plants this year? Have you got a favourite and what do you love about growing your own? I'd love to hear from any green fingered friends out there!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Adventures at End of the Road festival



Just over a week ago, I went on an adventure to North Dorset for the End of the Road festival. I went with the soul reason of seeing three acts - Lucius, Deer Tick and Benjamin Clementine - and to dance with friends. 

Having hyped it up in my head a "little" too much, I was rather nervous that it wouldn't deliver but boy oh boy did it deliver! I've been to some pretty awesome festivals in my time, Primavera, ATP, Summer Sundae, Glastonbury but I think this one might just have stolen top spot.

Everything about it rocked! The atmosphere and crowd was the friendliest bunch ever; the size, layout and vicinity of the campsite to the stages was perfect; the food and drinks were really varied (if a little pricey but I was relieved to be paying the same price for something I wanted to drink , rather than watered down lager); the toilets were the cleanest I've ever seen at a festival and the hot showers were...hot and clean! And well, the bands and the dancing were second to none!

Here's a terrible picture I took on my phone of Lucius. They were on the main stage early afternoon and put on the best show! The size of the crowd easily doubled throughtout their set and no one wanted them to stop! I danced all the way through and could have cried they were so damn good!

I've been continuing to play them none stop since I got home and have just discovered the NPR Music Tiny Desk Company on Youtube, which features amazing bands and artists literally playing in an office. The set by Lucius is fantastic...

Something I love about going to festivals is discovering bands you've never heard of before and two that stood out for me were Tune Yards and Hookworms. I've come home wanting to listen to them none stop....






I think it's safe to say that half of the festival was taken up with dancing with old friends and new. Every night we all went to the Forest Disco to dance until we couldn't dance any more. Now, if you're wondering what the Forest Disco is, well it's actually a lit up disco floor in a forest on the festival site. It was amazing and my idea of heaven! 

Here's an absolutely awful picture of the entrance into the forest disco, which doesn't do it justice at all!




Since arriving home I have not felt the same and have terrible festival blues...the sign of a good festival me-thinks. I am now literally counting the days until End of the Road festival 2015!



Saturday, 6 September 2014

New Autumn range in the shop!

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you might have seen a sneak peek of some of my new autumn designs. Well, it's now time to officially reveal them and to announce that they can now be ordered in both my Etsy and NOTHS shops! 

Introducing the tartan collection, which includes rings, necklaces and cufflinks handmade with four choices of gorgeous pink and blue tartan fabrics. The necklaces come with a choice of silver or gold plated pendants and 24" chains and they look great teamed up with a tartan skirt or as a statement piece with a plain coloured top! And the cufflinks look fantastic with a crisp white or navy shirt and make a great Christmas gifts for the guys!


Also introducing my vintage style, autumnal jewellery collection. These make perfect accessories for that bright but cool autumnal day, when it's all about cardigans, brown brogues and stepping on crunchy leaves! Included are two styles of necklaces, available in gold or silver pendants, four styles of rings and three cufflink patterns. And remember ladies, we can wear cufflinks too! Simply take the buttons off those autumn macs and replace with a pair of cufflinks - way more fun!


To celebrate the release of my autumn collection, I'm offering 15% off in my Etsy shop only on these and my other collections over the next 3 days. Just use the following coupon code when ordering: AUTUMN

So, why not treat yourself to an autumnal accessory or even do your Christmas shopping now!

See You Soon