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Sunday, 21 June 2015

HIS & HER DIY JEAN SHORTS

Look at us being all coupley and matching! The Glastonbury Festival is this week, and Graeme and I and some friends are going. I've wanted to go forever, and I'm so excited! And for once (potentially a first?) I've actually started packing and getting organized in advance. I've got hand sanitizer, blister plasters, torches, sunscreen. My Diana F is loaded and ready to go. I feel so prepared.

As for what I'll be brining clothes-wise, this is a British festival after all, and I've been to enough of them to have learnt the lesson of how unpredictable the weather can be. Flashback to T in the Park 2007, when it rained so much the whole campsite turned into a mud bath, and then the sun came out the next day and we all got sunburned. So while I'm packing a few more practical items, I'm still hoping for sunshine and wanted to get a pair of black shorts. But after a failed shopping trip where I tried on a bunch and liked none, I decided to make my own out of an old pair of jeans I already had.
I made these by using a pair of shorts I already have as a template. I find that the easiest way of doing this is by wearing the shorts on top of the jeans you're about to cut, marking with pins where they end and cutting about an inch below that (for the rolled up variety--if you just want cut offs then just cut along your marks). Take everything off (keeping the pins in), and then roll them up using the pins as a guide, pin in place and sew. It feels a bit silly putting your shorts on over your jeans, but I feel it leaves a lot less room for error, and my chances of cutting my shorts too short and ruining them decrease drastically. And while I was working away on my shorts, Graeme showed up with an old holey pair of jeans wanting jean shorts too. So here we are, matchin' away, ready for Glasto!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

DIANA F+ / SCOTLAND

We are still in the middle of our kitchen renovation process over here. Currently, we've just finished doing the walls and flooring, and the kitchen itself was delivered a few days ago and is sitting in boxes in the living room, ready to be installed. We cook our meals outside on the bbq, and have to do our dishes in the bathroom. Our fridge sits in the middle of the living room. In other words, the whole house is a tip. To distract ourselves from the situation, we've been accepting every dinner invite thrown our way, and travelling whenever we get the chance. We went to Oslo to meet with the British Embassy to get some wedding-related paperwork done. Some friends of ours from the UK were running the Copenhagen Marathon, so we jumped on the ferry, drove through Denmark and cheered them on (I still have blisters from trying to keep up with them, stomping all over Copenhagen's cobbles in my wedges--not the best choice of footwear, I'll admit). Then we also went away for our stag and hen parties. Graeme went to Scotland for a week, and I had a long weekend in Bristol. I had the best time, and I'm now convinced it's some tropical paradise where everyone stays in beautiful houses and the sun shines every day (we stayed in the most gorgeous Victorian townhouse through airbnb and I got a tan). Today we're contemplating taking a few days at my parents cabin before the kitchen finally gets installed and we can return to normality. I'm planning on spending pretty much all of next weekend in the kitchen, cooking and baking and making a mess.



As we've been keeping pretty busy staying out of the house, I haven't really had much to blog about. So while we're still living in this kitchenless limbo and travelling a lot, I figured it'd be appropriate to share some shots I took while travelling over to Scotland this easter break. Graeme and I went to Glasgow for a week to visit friends and family, and then had a couple of sunny days in Edinburgh to finish the trip off. These were all taken with the Diana F+ with the 35 mm back. We're heading to the Glastonbury Festival in a couple of weeks, and think I'll be taking this camera with me!