I'm shamelessly pilfering Lulu's recent blog post title (read it here: Wombling & tidying (longmizzle.blogspot.com) having struggled to come up with a title for this record of the last week or so of random encounters and events. But it sort of fits, as you will see.
First up Captain Kirk as I've christened him. My visit to local artist Kirk Andrews' studio went hand in hand with an outing to the Red House Glass Cone, less than half an hour's walk from my house. I've blogged before about our proud glass making heritage (Winter Peach Photography: Pet Cemetery and the Great Glass Mood Elevator), but my last visit coincided with a rare day off for Kirk, so I could only window shop.
This time he was around and we were able to chat about his creative endeavours, share stories about local musicians and gigs attended and look at leisure at the art for sale; familiar faces from the music world immortalised in Kirk's signature style. Kirk works predominantly with charcoal and for his recent works, he's used subject specific stamps to create portraits of famous musicians. Think Black Sabbath in tiny gothic crosses, Keith Flint in tiny ants and, as captured here by yours truly, David Bowie in black stars hanging proudly next to the artist himself. Wonderful! You can also see Kirk's drum kit in this photo and if you happen to be passing the cone as the sun goes down and listen carefully, you may just get to hear some percussive practise!
In this hastily taken photo, half of my outfit is second hand (the Free People khaki trousers and punk inspired mohair jumper). The camel coat is old, it's buttons removed and replaced with vintage ones and the tough girl tractor sole Clarks boots were a sale purchase, replacing my now cracked and aging DMs. (The DMs are still good for a few more years, but will be reserved for bimbling around and muddy walks). You may also see me admiring the new elephant door mat - another charity shop find.
Failing to live up to my promise to get better outfit photos (I just don't have the gift and always feel awkward that side of the lens), here's an attempt to capture my new hat on the windiest of days. I had coveted and decided to order a slouch beret, but this peaked affair arrived instead. I was offered and accepted a refund, so it was free to me! I've grown to like it. Here I'm wearing it with a vintage jumper and army jacket.
I also scored a trio of vintage square scarves at a very purse-friendly 50p each....
...and became ridiculously excited by this vintage magenta honeycomb blanket and it's mid century companion. This is a sure sign of getting old.
This vintage Irish linen Brooke Bond OXO tea towel will never be used, but brings hippy cheer to the kitchen.
I love mirrors, but rarely see one I like for the right price. This 50s/60s mirror immediately called out to me and I know just the place - not on the floor!
This pretty sage green cotton top from Topshop also came home with me, although with temperatures plummeting yet again, it will be a while before it sees the light of day.
At the weekend we headed out to find a very special place hidden deep within the Wyre Forest with an unlikely connection to the Cadbury family. A confession, it's not really a chocolate factory, but a hunting lodge erected by and still in the ownership of the renowned chocolate making family. If you're wondering, the Charlie was me, who, in spite of having very specific directions, still almost managed to take a wrong turn and completely miss this hauntingly beautiful building.
As we arrived, we could hear laughter and chatter. Whilst the lodge is securely locked up, walkers can easily access the veranda and an extended family was making good use of it. I caught a glimpse of some floor tiles just visible beneath the door (an enhanced iphone photo). Sadly there were no other peep holes to be found.
Feeling as though we were intruding, we decided to continue on our wander through the forest as it was such a beautiful day...
....looking back longingly and hoping that soon we could claim the lodge for ourselves for a little while.