I literally cannot get enough of Frank Turner's new album, 'Tape Deck Heart.' I've seen him a few times at Reading Festival and sang along to the songs I knew, like Long Live The Queen, but I've never bought an album. One night after spending an hour watching him live on Youtube, I bought the album and fell in love straight away. As a lyricist Frank says it exactly how it is - gets the wording right when we can't quite nail it. This particular song sums up our UK music industry to a tee. Give it a play. And also have a listen to 'Polaroid Picture' and 'We Shall Not Overcome'What are you listening to at the moment?
Frank Turner - Four Simple Words
Is anyone else sick of the music churned out by lacklustre scenesters from Shoreditch?
Oh it's all sex drugs and sins, like they're extras from Skins, but it's OK because they don't really mean it.
I want bands who had to work for their keep, drove a thousand miles and played a show on no sleep,
Sleeping on the floor of a strangers place, hungry just to do it all again the next day.
Monday night cocktails aren't generally something which happens, but after a tough few weeks at work and a crazily busy weekend, I couldn't resist a refreshing something-or-another. This is a Light and Stormy, adapted from the classic Dark and Stormy. To make it, I used one of my new favourite spirits - Bacardi Oakheart. It's a gorgeous dark rum, with an oaky essence, perfect on the rocks or mixed up.
It's super easy to make. You just need 25ml of Bacardi Oakheart, two wedges of lime squeezed over ice and topped with cold ginger ale. To make it a Dark and Stormy, switch the ginger ale for a ginger beer - I'd definitely choose Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, but thought that might be pushing it for a work night!
My 15 year old self wouldn't have believed me if I told her that the 16 year old boy from the Taking Back Sunday show in Bristol on 19th May 2006 would become the person who I live with, the person who I want to travel the world with and the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. Seven years of friendship, nearly 4 years of love, and many more years to come.
Back in March, I shared the first half of my 2012 scrapbook. If you like, you can see it here. Weeks away from the 6 month mark in 2013, and I've nearly finished it! I have a few more photos to get printed and the final pages to decide on - until then, here's a few more peeks into my memories of last year.
I really loved using Prinstagram photos - almost every page has one or two on. As I said on the first post, they cost about $25 for 48 squares. The website is incredibly easy to use as they take the photos straight from your Instagram profile, you just need to select which ones you want and how many. They arrived in the UK after about 7 days which I think is pretty good for International shipping!
My favourite Gaslight lyrics, and ticket stubs
I absolutely love having somewhere 'physical' to keep my Instax photos. They're SO expensive, I want to make sure I keep them all safe and sound. Each one holds a great memory, even if I take it a bit... wrong (see breakfast shot below!)
Ash's 23rd birthday
Towards the end of the scrap book I started including recipes, such as my spiced pumpkin pie, candy cane cupcakes and cocktails. These are recipes I hope to share with my children one day and I think these scrapbooks will be an amazing little memory.
I can't settle on what I'd like to put on the last few pages - some Top 10s of the year, just some words about how 2012 panned out, or a big double page of summing up. Do you have any ideas? I have actually started my 2013 scrapbook so I will share that once I'm half way through. For now, this book sits on my book shelf, waiting for time to pass so it's put in to context - I hope it gives me the same shivers as looking through my school year books. I hope my scrapbooking has inspired you to start too. Rosie x
Today has been the most beautiful bank holiday that Somerset has seen for years! Ash and I headed 15 miles into Wiltshire and spent a few hours in the beautiful canal town of Bradford-on-Avon. When we finally got parked up, we walked to The Lock Inn for brunch. They do amazing fry ups, and it's actually where Ash took me for our first date almost four years ago. I went for an 'Easybreak' but Ash, as always, got a Boatman's - literally the biggest fry up, ever. I didn't take any pictures of the food because it was demolished before I thought about pulling out my camera...
The Lock Inn is set alongside the canal. They even have tables on a boat which is permanently there. The garden was completely full so we ate our dinner inside, then walked down the canal.
We came across some shallow water where everyone was letting their dogs play and splash around. We people watched (and dog watched) with our ice cream. I really wish I took one of our puppies for a play! It was so nice to just take a leisurely walk in the sun and not worry about having to be anywhere at any time. I think it's so important to have that feeling in life sometimes.
I always forget how many beautiful places are not too far from home, Bradford-on-Avon being one of them. I want to make sure we spend more time in our local area this Summer, and remember how lucky we are to live in the thick of the countryside. Rosie x