Tuesday, 20 July 2010

This Bicycle Life

With the demise of my poor shitbox of a car, I have started riding my bicycle to work.

Riding to work....

The ride is a pretty good one - along the river, over the footbridge near the Brewery..... Despite the fact that I am usually wheezing by this point due to a lifetime of no exercise and too many cigarettes.....

Riding to work....

Riding to work....

Riding to work....

Please note the plethora of wooly garments - my riding outfit is hilarious - I must share it with you one day..... I look like some combination of homeless person and crazy cat lady with maybe a dash of Mary Poppins? (I bet that's just the basket on the front - I'm probably dreaming.....)

In other news, these boys played at the pub over the weekend:



The Wilson Pickers

I don't know if I ever mentioned on here that I book the bands for the pub where I work, and it's a hard job, managing expectations and nurturing young musos, and trying hard to stick with the vision you have of the kind of music you want to see and hear - and some days it's a real pain in the arse.

There are managers and booking agents and publicists and unorganised ego-trippers and people you don't want to let down because the music isn't quite what you want, but you know they're a good band anyway.

There are terrible bands with awful demos and wonderful people you'd love to book, but you'll never get them cause the venue is too small or you can't charge the right price.

There are broken amps and missing mike leads and door bitches to organise and promo and print and radio and posters and set times and noise restrictions and double booking fuckups.......

But then you'll have a magic gig - the kind where you get a minute to stop between picking up the glasses and wiping the tables, and watch a mob of boys up on stage working magic with bits of wood and pieces of string - singing their hearts out in a way that is so timeless and so classic that you can't help but know all the words after five minutes because you know they exist inside you somewhere already.....

A magic gig, where it all comes together in that perfect way, and you forget about the calendar and the emails and the MySpace page and whoeverthehellisonnextweekend and you get that moment to just stop and listen...

Brilliant. Bloody mother fucking brilliant. I love it.



xxx

Saturday, 17 July 2010

frock + tux.

I'm snowed under a pile of silks, tuxedo shirts, cummerbunds and stockings right now....

ballgowns and tuxedos

It's the Mid-Winter Ball at work tomorrow night, and I'm busy altering and adding to a bunch of options for an outfit - the only rules are that the louder, uglier and sillier, the better.

Wish me luck.

xxx

Friday, 2 July 2010

Favourites on a Friday Afternoon...

Favourites on a Friday Afternoon


1. monday, 2. far far away 2 strip quilt, 3. nine., 4. Duaflex, 5. 5, 6. Tour de Fleece, 7. what i look like when I knit, 8. Janeice's Retirement Gift close, 9. Untitled, 10. hotels with swimming pools

I'm really feeling the need for some sunshine today - thankfully there are cute people in the Northern Hemisphere that take photos for me to look longingly at whilst freezing my bum off inside my own house......

Fortunately, for we knitters, there is a solution at hand: more yarn, of course!

Schoolhouse Press Unspun Icelandic

This here is Unspun Icelandic - supposedly the warmest wool ever, and I have acquired enough to knit myself a full length jumpsuit. Heh! Might need to dig out the 70's knitting patterns for that one!

No seriously - I'm thinking perhaps this:



It's the Plain & Simple Pullover - but I'm thinking mine will need long sleeves.......

I also caved to the pressure of the yarn gods last week and bought these:

Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Goldenrod Crab Spider

It's Goldenrod Crab Spider from Sanguine Gryphon - merino cashmere nylon, and eye searingly bright - just how I like it. I already have a pair of socks knit in this colourway, so I'm contemplating a short-sleeved cardigan thing, or maybe a shawly-type number perhaps?

Of course, this is all conjecture - I have to get some of those damn grey projects off the needles first!

In other news - there is a Vintage Bike Restoration Project going on around here - the decision not to renew the rego on my old shitbox of a car has let me to embrace the bicycle revolution (revolution- ha) - and I've turned into a massive bike dork - more to come on that when I can get my arse in gear to take some pictures.

That's it for now - stay warm, friends......

xxxx