Monday, 21 July 2014

Lambeth Country Show 2014

Oh Lambeth Country Show, how I love thee. I look forward to you every year and without fail you don't disappoint. Yes as you can probably tell I'm a regular to the Lambeth Country Fair. I've missed a few due to ill health in the past but I've been going to this event for nearly 20 years. This year was the event's 40th Anniversary (depressingly I've just realised that I'm older than the Country Fair....). Anyway as always I went down early with my trusty camera before I was due to meet up with my usual companion, Gregory and his other half. So here is a selection of the highlights:
This turkey was amazing, strutting it's stuff all day!
I love chickens and Vauxhall City Farm never fails to disappoint
I just spotted this guy with the biggest grin ever!

Another highlight of the event is the vegetable competition - this looks a little like me don't you think (if you know me that is... if you don't know me I don't have purple hair but it is curly!). 
Of course there had to be some rain but it didn't last long (on the Saturday at least when I went. The Sunday had to stop early on Sunday due to torrential rain). Another highlight was seeing Joey from War Horse which was incredible. Although you knew it was a puppet it seemed so real. People were actually going up and stroking it as if it was real. It was mind blowing! 

 Oh I feel I should explain this one - every year there is a scarecrow competition and this was Kate Bush 
I'm thinking next year I should possible try and enter some of the classes for growing veg or flowers or even the photo competition!
And yes that is a camel - camel racing is another highlight 

To a country girl at heart from Cumbria this so reminds me of home and my youth but I love it's vibrancy and diversity. I was there from 11.30 to 5pm and there was so much I missed!! Oh and another bonus - my photos were made into a feature on Brixton Blog's page - yay!

Brixton Splash Warm Up

Now if you know me or follow my blog you may know that for the past couple of years I've taken photos for Brixton Splash which I love doing but this year though I was worried. After a patch of bad publicity which I won't go into, and the loss of funding from Lambeth Council would Splash even happen this year? So I went to the warm up gig concerned that it would be a bit of a damp squib. But oh how wrong was I. Such an amazing event made up of such incredible diverse talent. I came away from the event buzzing with enthusiasm. Splash this year looks as if it is going to be better than ever if the talent I saw was anything to go by.

Here are some of the photos I took last Sunday though I'm ashamed to say I didn't catch the names of all the acts (I got caught up in the moment of taking photos don't you know!)

These guys were called Keo and the Movement and I was genuinely blown away by them. 


Above and below Sharks Don't Swim 

Rhiannon Sharkey - an incredible voice for someone so young.
Shereece Foster did an amazing rendition of a Bob Marley track 

Naomi Keysha was so full of energy it was infectious 
And could hold a note!


Fantastic duet 
Laura Lee 
 Annoyingly I had to leave about half an hour before the event finished so I took a few shots of those I missed. Above is Queen Addi
 Lion I 
And Shadow Dancer 

As you can see a diverse mixture of people! So if you're in London, 3rd August come down to Brixton! And if you're feeling generous donate so that the event can run and run for generations to come! 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

A Mini Tour of Britain Part Two

So are you back for more? Sorry if part one was too long but there is so much I wanted to share.

So Stow on the Wold is very close to Cheltenham which is where the inspirational Bex , formerly one half of Stuffed Nonsense and now Ampersand & Commodities opened a shop which I mentioned last year so I made OH make a diversion so I could pop in say hi.
And it was incredible. So many tempting things to buy. If you are in the area you must go there! Was great to see so many familiar works from Crafty Fox regulars as well as artists I'd not see before. And Bex is such an inspiration as she essentially created the shop from a disused building at the back of a cafe but it is now full of light, colour and creativity.
After I parted with some dosh with a new stash of brooches we jumped back in the car and headed cross country over to Stamford. You may recall we stopped off there on the way to York last year but this year we decided to stay over night in a very nice pub and explore a bit more.

Stamford is home to Burghley House which is one of the finest Tudor Mansions in the country. We were only one mile away for it and I'm a sucker for historical houses but when I mentioned the entry fee was £15 OH pointed out that it was quite a lot of money for something he wouldn't enjoy. So Burghley House was out the window for a trip. Looking at the map I realized we could go to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the way to York.

I visited the YSP about 10 years ago with my friend Bill as we were  up in Harrogate for a wedding but had forgotten how stunning it was.

The YSP is a major collection of Henry Moore's work which is stunning in the landscape
But there were so many other pieces - here are just a few !
Oh and another cheeky OH shot through a Hepworth!
And so we reach our final destination, York. Do you remember Skylon, my BFF from last year? Well here she is again! We went on a fair few dog walks I can tell you!
The boys suggested going to a Cold War Bunker run by English Heritage. Now the Cold War does that, kinda leaves me cold so I wasn't overly keen but this was fascinating! You have to go on a tour which is about an hour but it was really interesting. Here are a few arty shots! 
And of course we couldn't help but notice that something was coming to Yorkshire soon.
Yes OH and I completely messed up by coming to York the week before the Tour de France was coming to town. It was even going past our friends' street! Gutted but still we did enjoy watching it on TV on the sofa.

So that's it, this year's road trip. I love pootling around the UK