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day four*

15 Aug


*posted a day late due to spending the weekend in oxfordshire at the wilderness festival, where there was absolutely no internet connection (which was awesome!).

1. a good (better) night’s sleep

the first night, i had a hard time sleeping, due to the carousing all around me, the rain, the cold and my foot hurting because i tried to wear shoes that i knew hurt me feet (i had been planning on getting rid of them, but i thought i’d give it one more try. big mistake.). last night, on the other hand, i even fell asleep before james (which has happened maybe five times in our entire relationship) and woke up refreshed and happy. what was the difference? last night, i decided to use ginger beers (plural) to help me sleep, which i think worked really well. and was also quite yummy. as an added plus, i didn’t even have a teeny bit of a hangover. yay, ginger beer! and yay, sleep!

2. the sun coming out

the festival was an amazing time, even in the rain (mostly thanks to the wellies) but today, while we were sitting on the grass watching the strangest (albeit only) cricket match i’ve ever seen, complete with bubbles and gold sparkly spanks (on a 6’7” man), and listening to some great music from the main stage, the sun came shining out and the blue sky was (finally!) visible through the fluffy, white, perfect clouds. it was glorious and it was lovely to be sitting in the grass with my fantastic husband who took me there for my birthday. the sun just added to the lazy sunday feel of the last day of the festival.

3. laura marling

singing rambling man (what she opened with) 

she is the reason i went to the wilderness festival in the first place, and she was so worth it. she’s soulful, sweet, humble and just gorgeous. i almost cried. i will admit that she suits a smaller, more personal venue a bit more and i’d love to see her in a little café or something next (if she doesn’t get too big), but it was still beautiful and even if the rest of the weekend had been awful (which it wasn’t at all), it would have been worth it. she was perfect and i loved her.



day three*

15 Aug


*posted a couple of days late due to spending the weekend in oxfordshire at the wilderness festival, where there was absolutely no internet connection (which was awesome!).

1. james’s mum’s “wellies”

i was hesitant to accept at first, mainly because she’d already let us borrow her car, tent, sleeping bags, towels and pillows and also because i apparently forgot that i was in england and therefore, it was going to rain.  which, of course, it did. all night. and when i had to go pee in the middle of the night, i was especially grateful for the rain boots.

2. john-paul flintoff

 he was one of the speakers who i watched today and he wrote a book called “sew your own” and taught us how to sew our own books. which i did, as you can see (from an old selfridges bag). i’m looking forward to perfecting it and i’d also really like to learn how to sew in general. so, a book and a goal! wowza.

3. my new hat

this hat was sooooooo warm and it totally changed my experience of the festival. obviously i was pretty cold, as i usually am. i think this hat will totally change my experience of england, germany and winter in general. i’ve heard it snows here.


day two*

15 Aug


*posted a few days late due to spending the weekend in oxfordshire at the wilderness festival, where there was absolutely no internet connection (which was awesome!).

1. james driving carefully

he drives under the speed limit, is careful to let in other drivers and not pass on the left and sits completely straight in his chair and though i sort of make fun of him for it, i think it’s so sweet that he is so thoughtful and cautious when he drives. it is part of what makes me so sure he’ll be a wonderful father.

2. the stranger who helped us with our tent

this was our first camping trip together, and while both of us have experience with tents from our childhood (james was a cub scout), it had been awhile. i feel fairly confident that we would have figured it out eventually, and it hadn’t been that long, but it definitely set the mood for the festival when a woman came over and said that she had noticed us reading the instructions and doing the wrong thing (there were these cords that we had no idea what to do with and the picture was very confusing – in the end, we didn’t even use them). she showed us exactly what we had to do and was friendly and sweet and made us (well, me at least, james probably didn’t care) feel immediately accepted into the “wilderness” community.

3. ginger beer (and festival food)

i really like food and it is pretty much the reason that i go to any event (which i think is one of the reasons james’s dad once told me i was no longer allowed to go to the rugby matches with them. i’m hoping that he was joking.). the food here was amazing, albeit sort of meat heavy, which is surprising for such a “hippie” festival. i suppose it was all free-range and organic. but what i ate for dinner today was called a “buddha bowl”, a-coconut-milk-curry-infused mix of tofu, kale and brown rice and i washed it down with a ginger beer (or two or three), which was one of the best things i’ve had in awhile.