During the daytime of ATP when the bands weren’t on, we made the most of being on an unfamiliar stretch of the south coast and did a couple of little local trips. I’m always amazed to find places so close to home yet so startlingly different to what I’ve ever seen of the UK before. It’s a little island of surprises that I really should explore more.
On Saturday we went to Rye, which we both really loved. It’s packed with vintage shops, tea rooms and pubs and an amazing sense of history. For once I didn’t do a ton of obsessive research before arriving, but it was actually nice to wander without a set plan in place and just see what we discovered.
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We booked on a bit of a whim to go to the TV on the Radio-curated ATP last weekend. There’s something so deliriously surreal about pitching up to an out-of-season family holiday park that’s definitely seen better days with a bunch of musicians that most people have never heard of and a few thousand other music fans for a weekend. Throw in a desolate beach, no phone signal let alone 3g, one hourly bus out of the place, no other entertainment except a really rubbish arcade, bars which basically only stock vodka VKs and Carlsberg… and you get the idea.
What’s really great is you’re all lumped in the middle of nowhere staying in these hideously dated and depressing little chalets and the bands all stay there too so you’ll spot the artists wandering round around, watching the bands with you and visiting the local attractions. It’s now your last chance to experience the spectacular weirdness as after this year there’ll be no more holiday park ATP festivals, so grab some tickets for the June or November events while you can.
Here are some photos of my favourite acts from this time round.
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I totally lied when I said I was done with Barbados posts. Sorry. At least it’s a bit warmer in the UK now, so looking over holiday snaps doesn’t feel so painful. I knocked together the video above from the clips I took on my camera. The speeded-up timelapse sunsets are my favourite part!
I semi-forgot that I took a film camera along too – my trusty Olympus Trip-35 – so just got around to getting the photos developed.
Finally, Blurb offered me a chance to try their custom book printing service again (here’s my first book), so I had a fun evening with their BookSmart software creating a holiday album of my favourite digital snaps.
I went for full-on luxury this time: a large format landscape book with image-wrapped cover. It looks stunning – a true coffee table tome – and the inside pages are so vibrant, they really do colourful Barbados justice.
Their Booksmart software is a great tool to use if you want more control over the layout of your book. It takes a bit of getting used to and can be a little slow and crashy – but bearing in mind it’s dealing with 800mb of images I can forgive that, and it saves automatically so you never lose anything. But it was easy to reorder and add pages and to make sumptuous full-bleed double-page image spreads. You can also create custom collage templates to add several photos per page (or use the premade ones), and add text captions in a large choice of fonts.
I’m super pleased with how my book turned out – it will be living in pride of place on the coffee table next to my Bajan pottery and foraged fossilised rocks. My family all want a copy too, so I think I’ll be ordering a few more smaller format versions. For £15 off your first order, just click here to get started, entering code FRIEND at the checkout.
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It’s time for my now-traditional monthly photo roundup of the year! 2012 has been a funny one – lots of hard work as I continued to settled into freelancing, a new part-time job which solved a lot of that, a bit – but not enough – travel, a new cat-baby and all the associated joys and stresses that brought..! Happily most of the madness has died down now and I am genuinely looking forward to a more serene, grown-up 2013. I already have travel plans (Brighton and Barbados, and that’s just before April), some great work projects lined up, and goals in my head for personal projects. I’m turning 28 in two weeks and that feels much better than weird old odd 27.
Anyway, this was my 2012…
January: Took a letterpress class received for my birthday.
February: It was cold and snowy! (and Yoni enjoyed his last month as a single cat, unbeknownst to us.)
March: We went to Amsterdam, and said hello to Lila
April: Trips to Bath and Harry Potter world.
May: Dinner treats at the Gilbert Scott and Corner Room.
June: A long weekend in Copenhagen
July: A wet wedding in Dorset.
August: A sunny wedding and family holiday in Chamonix (and a new camera).
Semptember: A trip to the sports.
October: Gardening and nesting.
November: Trip to Devon.
December: Sidekick Christmas party in the Cotswolds.
See roundups from: 2009 | 2010 | 2011