Ah, the life of an artist - all the partying, the drinking, the socialising... Yes, it's life on the fast lane over here!
Well, not really. Apart from an occasional outing, I pretty much prefer to stay indoors and enjoy a night of knitting or spinning, or a good book. With tea. Mostly by myself (or my other half.) What can I say, I have the tattoos, the piercings and the colourful haircut but I could probably be classified as false advertising...
However, I'm not a total hermit! I do go Out There and occasionally Do Stuff. Let me share some with you.
Saw this fun sign on the door to Poppy's, probably one of the best Fish and Chips I've ever been to in London. This one is in Camden Town and I do recommend you use the loo and take a camera with you (an odd suggestion I know, but it's one of those things where you'll just have to trust me.)
Next, it's Shakespeare at The Globe. I went with friends to watch A Midsummer Night's Dream a couple of weeks ago, and what a treat it was. I could only photograph before the play began, so I can't show you the full splendour of this Bollywoodesque production, but I can definitely say it was brilliant - I'd advise you to buy a seated ticket though (and rent a cushion!) as spending three hours on your feet might not be the funnest thing ever.
Also, have some snacks handy. When we were done by 10.30pm most of the nearby restaurants were closing, so no food was available nearby. Madness I know, but that's good ol' England for you...
I also went to a stand-up show, by Bill Burr, but completely forgot to take pictures. You'll just have to take my word for it. Also hard to find food after the show. Thank you kind Turkish people who decide to open restaurants in London!
Since I'm going on about food, here's an interesting menu I found in a Portuguese restaurant a while ago. Apparently foreigners aren't allowed to partake in Sangria, only in some dangerous and medieval bloodletting...
Seriously though, I just found this (rather literal) mistranslation the best thing ever.
Next, a bit of a silly thing. My friend Nicole of Frost Yarns sent me a care package all the way from California to cheer me up (I had the Brexit Blues). She loves making fun of my hands, saying they're tiny possum ones, so she knit me the cutest possum scarf/stole and a hat to go with it. To say I was overwhelmed by her generosity is an understatement, but a good gauge is that I'm now counting the days until cold weather returns so I can wear these babies outdoors!
Nicole also got her friend (and incredibly talented tattoo artist) Alex to make me a drawing where I'm wearing the artefacts in question... and I have possum hands. You can find Alexandra Novotna's work in her Instagram account.
I've been creating something for Nicole to say thank you, but it's been a long process - I'm working on something a bit different from usual, and the planning (and potential failure) that goes with it is a little maddening at times, but I'm committed to see this through. Here's a sneak peek:
It's going to look quite different from its current state once I'm done, and hopefully equally creepy. Keep your eyes peeled!
So here's some of the things I did in the past few weeks. I hope you were at least mildly entertained. I know I was - I just need to remember life isn't just knitting and stuff (boohoo)...