Fairport’s Cropredy Convention

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This summer I went with a friend to Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, a small festival in rural Oxfordshire set up by the band Fairport Convention.

This year it was 50 years since the band was formed (although over the years they’ve had so many people leave the band, join the band, re-join the band, that the full 50-year line-up includes around 30 musicians!).

It’s predominantly a folk-rock festival, and the majority of the performers are ex-band members who have gone solo or formed other bands, mixed in with a few performers they just really love. An eclectic mix but really pretty good!

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Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra

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Betty and I went to an obscure little festival in Oxford back in May, purely for the sake of seeing Pete Tong perform his Ibiza club classics with a live orchestra on stage, and it was EPIC!

I absolutely loved it and thought it was amazing to get such an incredible live orchestral performance of club tunes!

Here are a few examples, though you can’t always see the performers that clearly, but it was really amazing to see all these tunes performed live by an orchestra!

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2017 Book Challenge

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This year, one of my new year’s resolutions was to read more books, so my Dad and I have decided to do this¬†reading¬†challenge together to get some new reading inspiration!

The list itself is fun, and we’ve both put together a list of books we plan to read in 2017. I’m going to post here all the books I have read (which I’ll update as I go along) with a short review of each book.

My first stop was a trip to Waterstones to buy some new books, as frankly, any New Year’s Resolution that involves shopping is a great idea! Continue reading

Casa del Maya – the amazing transformation of my loft!

As many of you know, one of the biggest pieces of life admin I have been involved with lately has been my loft conversion.

After about 18 months of hard work getting all the paperwork in order and getting all the permissions from the council and the housing association and the bank, I finally got the money and it’s all started!

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A day at the zoo

Last weekend my sister and her family came to stay, and we went to check out the Cotswold Wildlife Park – our nearby zoo, and it was BRILLIANT!

I love zoos, and getting to see lots of amazing animals, although I increasingly worry about the cruelty of animals being trapped in small cages and things. However this zoo was FANTASTIC! Tons of amazing animals and the cages and paddocks were cleverly designed so it seemed like they weren’t in cages at all.

Here we are, pretty excited about the zoo in the morning…

And still pretty excited when we were in the car on our way!

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Quotes

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As part of my book challenge this year, the first book I happened to read was Rebecca, and in it I discovered a quote that I really love!

Then while staying at my mum’s recently I got a chance to do some block-printing, and so I printed it out, letter by letter.

The actual print was huge, but I’m planning to print out a nice photo of it and frame it for my casa somewhere.