Monday, 31 August 2015

Dismaland

It's not often something of great importance happens close to my hometown. When Dismaland was unveiled in Weston-Super-Mare, my 'local' beach, I knew we had to go. Luckily I managed to get through on the ticket website (after 2 hours) and Ash and I drove to Weston on Sunday 30th August. Despite having tickets allocated for 11am, we weren't in the 'park' much before 12pm. But it was worth the wait. It was raining hard, we were wet. The ground was muddy and sandy.  Ukelele music played on a loop. None of the Dismaland employees smiled. The art was clever, thought provoking, interesting.  The children had a confused look on their face. The whole experience was a lot of fun, in all the wrong ways.

Let me say now - if you are intending on going to Dismaland and don't wait to spoil the surprises, don't scroll any further!


Now, I'll let the photos do the talking.



Photos taken using Fujifilm Instax Wide and iPhone 5C.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Laser Eye Surgery - 4 Months On

It's over 4 months since I had laser eye surgery to correct my short-sightedness. And I can honestly say, hand on heart, that it was the best decision I ever made. Why?

  • I can fall asleep wherever I want
  • Hay fever season was a dream
  • I got in the sea, and got salt water in my eyes without a mad panic to remove contacts
  • I can watch TV in bed
  • I can see to the bottom of the garden from my bedroom window
  • I can wear sunglasses
  • I can stay out late without wearing glasses
  • I don't get dry lens irritation from air conditioning at my desk
  • I camped at a festival without worrying about lenses
  • I can rub my eyes
  • I can drive my car without glasses


    ...and so much more. It has been worth every penny of the £2795 I paid, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    You can read about my consultation, surgery day and recovery here.

    Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    Lately I've Been

    Missing Meg. Our old girl had a stroke last week, and unfortunately we had to have her put down. She was almost 14, so was at a very good age, but it's still strange to see Ruby without her kennel mate. 
    Hanging out with Princesses. Specifically this one, with tattoos. 
    Loving Piper, and the joy a puppy brings. Although Dad has renamed her 'damage.' O:) 
    Drinking gin! Specifically, Bath Gin, after Dad and I found ourselves at the Bath Gin Festival a few weekends ago. Total accident, I promise...We even bought posh tonic.
    Stitching a new project! 
     Working what feels like every hour of the day. Most nights after finishing work, I spend a couple hours on wedding photos. Tired Rosie!
    Visting my Grandparents, on their farm. I was so lucky to have a farm yard as my hide and seek ground growing up, and it's fun to see Amelia enjoying it too. 
    Celebrating future plans with coffee and cake. Ash and I had a really positive meeting with the bank, so our homeowner plans no longer feel so far away!

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015

    6 Years : Cabin Hideaway in the New Forest

    To celebrate 6 years together, we booked a couple nights away in a cabin through Air BnB (here). Last Wednesday, we drove down to Bournemouth, parked up at the BIC and wandered in the rain down to the Pier. I think we spent almost a tenner trying to win a Princess toy from the grabber machine, but no luck :(

    Lunch was burgers and lager in 60 Million Postcards, then a game of mini golf in the rain. Ash beat me for the first time! The rain was really pouring, so we headed back to the car and began our drive to our little cabin.

    We pulled up outside a house in Neacroft, Bransgore, and walked around the corner to be greeted by the sweetest looking little cabin ever. We let ourselves in and were amazed but it's cuteness - think Cath Kidston ditsy prints, polkadots and cherries.
    It felt like the perfect little hideaway. We spent our evening eating microwave meals, drinking Budweiser and watching telly, snuggled under blankets with our feet up on the coffee table. The next morning we woke to cereal, toast, orange juice and tea, before getting ready for a day in Lymington.

    After walking around Lymington high street, we stopped in a cafe by the Quay to refuel and avoid the rain - sausage sandwich for Ash, a piece of rocky road for me. Our plan was to then go crabbing, but the rain really started to lash down... so we retreated to the pub! Prosecco cocktails for me, Guinness for Ash.


    After a couple hours - and a bowl of chips - the rain eased, and we bought ourselves some bait, a net and line and went crabbing! We managed to catch a few, and put them into the bucket of the boy crabbing next to us to make it look like he'd caught more ;)

    After an hour or so, we donated our kit to other crabbers, stopped off for ice cream, and drove back to the cabin to get ready for dinner. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy our anniversary meal that much (and I'm really not a picky eater!) so when we arrived back at the cabin, I enjoyed a second meal of peanuts and Prosecco.

    On Friday, we spent the day at Go Ape, the tree top activity trail! We both loved the adventure, and I still ache today... I wasn't confident enough to take my phone with my to snap photos, so you'll just have to image how I look with my rope burned hands, clinging onto a net, trying to climb up to a platform. It was a great sight...

    For our first Air BnB experience, I was over the moon with our cabin, and can't wait for our next Air BnB adventure.

    All photos taken on my iPhone.

    Monday, 17 August 2015

    A weekend at Boardmasters

    I made a last minute decision to buy a Boardmasters ticket from a friend, and I am SO glad I did. Last Friday at 8am, I set off for a 4 hour drive from Somerset to Cornwall for what turned out to be one of the most fun weekends I've had in years.

    It's not often that I spend lots of time with the girls, so a whole weekend with 2 of my 3 faves was a treat. We laughed SO much. 

    We were blessed with amazing weather, which meant Lauren and I spent ages swimming in the sea at Fistral Beach - something I haven't done in the UK for years.
    We watched Faithless, Bastille, The Darkness, Clean Bandit, Sea Sick Steve, Lucy Rose and loads more. A far cry from the music I am used to at a festival! We watched the sun go down from the shisha bar, ate our body weight in junk food and drank cider like it was going out of fashion. I managed to relax and enjoy myself, camping in a freezing cold tent in Newquay with some of the best girls in my life.  

    Another tick off my 20 before 30 list!