Friday, 31 October 2014

…Las Maravillas...

Happy Halloween!

Today I have a very spooky post for you. Earlier this week I made the long journey up from the coast to central East London, to take part in my friend's show - Las Maravillas. This was no ordinary theatre experience. Las Maravillas, which is showcasing until Saturday 1st November, is an interactive maze of interweaving stories of the dead. Inspired by Mexico's Day of the Dead, Las Maravillas guides you on a journey through the redesigned Hackney Archives and into the lost world of Mictlan. Created by the up and coming The Dreamery production company, this is a great first piece to showcase.

This was truly a terrifying bizarre show that left me feeling eerily spooked as I made my way back to the station. The journey through each section was seamless and you were guided by the 'spirits of the dead'. Now I'm not usually one for shows like this, where the audience and the actors move in the same space. I never go to any of the Tower of London experiences. Too freaky! However, the stories being told here were engaging, original and dynamic. As you take your first steps into this dark underground world, you are immediately thrown into an overloading sensory experience. Definitely not for those who don't enjoy dark, cramped spaces with lots of flashing lights. I loved it and I'm not just being biased here. It honestly was a great way to spend an evening of my half term. Now I'm not going to say anymore but leave you with a collection of production stills that I managed to get…This was no mean feat let me tell you…

If you are stuck for something to do this Hallows Eve, get yourself a ticket, hop on the overground to Haggerston and make your way to The Rose Lipman building (the old Hackney archives) for a great Halloween experience. The shows runs every 10 minutes from 6 - 10.30pm and lasts roughly for 40 minutes.

Click on the link below, to take you to The Dreamery's Facebook page, with details on how to purchase tickets. I really am being a fan girl here, and 'bigging' up (yes I did just use that phrase) my friend's show, who has worked tirelessly for the past couple of months. She is literally battered and bruised from this show.

The Dreamery - Las Maravillas

Go, enjoy!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

…A Highland Jig...

Weddings seem to be the order of the year for me. Two weddings down, one booked for next year, and an engagement. I love seeing my friends happy and to be able to celebrate their special day with them is always a privilege. Plus I get to whip out my camera and get some amazing pictures. This was definitely the case for my dear friend, Sophie's wedding. Set in the beautiful highlands, Forres to be exact, at the stunningly beautiful Brodie castle. It really was a beautiful, low key day. Very intimate with close friends and family. By the end of the evening it was pretty much a disco for the young lot of wedding party, with older members of the family retiring their respective lodgings.

Here are just some of the pictures I took. There are some more up on flickr. Go take a look here. I truly love being with my friends and celebrating the milestones in our lives…


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

…Slow Cooking...

Two Christmases ago, my lovely mother got myself and James a slow cooker. This is a wonderful piece of equipment to have in your kitchen. It is so easy to use and the result is some delicious tasting food. Some of my favourite dishes to cook at the moment are stews, chillis, and big hearty meals. It is definitely the weather for it.

Over the summer I turned veggie again, and am loving it. So here is a great veggie recipe for you all. Easy and simple. Just how I like things. A potato, vegetable stew with boiled rice:


Diced potatoes
Chopped courgettes
Diced onions
Tinned tomatoes
Mixed lentils

Then I chose to make it a spicy, hot dish. So lots of chilli, garlic and tobacco were needed.

One of the great things about a slow cooker is, is that you wack everything into the pot and then according to your rules, cook it for about 6-8 hrs. I put my on at nine and it was ready to eat at 6. All the moisture and juices are allowed to brew and the flavours really develop when you cook something slowly. Our cooker is on the smaller scale so we get just enough for two meals and then some left overs. This recipe can easily be created using a casserole dish and cooking it in the oven for about 1hr. You just have to par-boil the potatoes first and then added it all together in the pot. Otherwise the potatoes won't be soft. The beauty of the slow cooker, its all done for you. It really is the lazy way to cook...


Sunday, 26 October 2014

…Summer Outfits...

Wow! A whole month without posting! And I was on such a roll over the Summer. However, I knew that come September my time would be precious and spread thinly. Since starting my PGCE, yes that's right I'm back at University, I haven't found the time to even practise my daily yoga as much as I would like. Maybe I should say I'm not giving myself the time, but rather using it all up on studying. Note to self "allow time to relax and care for yourself". Seeing as it's half term now, I feel I can justify taken some time away from studying and get back in blogging a bit more.

Well, here I am and with a collection of my holiday snaps, more specifically my Summer outfits. And since the weather right about now has taken a horrible, ghastly turn, this a great opportunity to reminisce over those sunny days. Most of what I am wearing was charity shop sourced. The white, strapless dress being one of my favourite Summer pieces. The purple detailing is just perfect. We stayed in a little town just outside of Mahon in Menorca. It really was a stunning place to end my Summer.

So, there you go. A very quick update and check in from me. I am planning on sharing some more Summer memories with you…