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The Never Ending Mural project in Ipswich

Over last weekend I went to the celebration event for the The Never Ending Mural project in Ipswich. This was a community-led project inspired by the Ipswich Art School Fundraising Appeal and brought to life by artist and curator John D Edwards (pictured below). The project began on Ipswich Waterfront in June 2011 with the help of more than 50 project volunteers, who have already spruced up the previously run-down docks area, which looked fantastic during this year’s Maritime Festival.

The exhibition that I attended this weekend featured the continuation of the Never Ending Mural onto the walls of the Ipswich Art School Gallery, as well as a wooden tree sculpture and gallery rooms of artwork from the contributing mural volunteers. Ipswich Art School continues to host weekly workshops every Wednesday 10:00 – 16:30 until 21st October, to offer further opportunities for artists & communities to participate in the ongoing creation of the Mural as it spreads across streets of Ipswich.

One of the pieces in the exhibition that I particularly enjoyed was by Fabiana Di Mascio. The artwork consisted of newspaper rolled into spirals and arranged on the canvas and is pictured below. I would love to buy one of Fabiana’s pieces and will be back to view the exhibition again while it continues to run at Ipswich Art School Gallery.


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Why can’t I be a pin-up girl when I’m cooking?

Check out this cute apron that I recently spotted in the gift shop on Southwold pier. It’s a sexy, hour-glass shaped ladies apron, and it’s pretty much the sort of dress I’d love to buy – in fact, if I had two of them I think I’d wear it as a dress!

It’d be great to wear when I’m doing my baking – no longer will I look frumpy, but much more like the sultry domestic goddess I am on the inside ;). As you know, I’m pretty thrifty and am already hatching a plan to create my own sexy apron! In fact, I have some particularly nice cotton fabric that I haven’t found a use for yet, so maybe I’ll have a go at adding some buttons and beads to customise my own apron!


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Vintage funfair & big boats at the Ipswich Maritime Festival

This weekend I went to the Ipswich Maritime festival and spent a scorchingly hot day wandering around the docks doing a spot of shopping, eating lovely treats and enjoying fantastic entertainment. There were morris dancers, soul singers and sea-faring fiddlers, alongside characters in traditional Victorian dress: a little like ghosts wandering through the crowds, slightly scary but very impressive costumes and I was especially impressed that some were in full military regalia on such a hot day!

I enjoyed the vintage fun fair and took a good number of photos of the wooden helter-skelter and the beautifully painted carousel.

 

And I even climbed onboard a few boats and loved this traditional Thames Sailing Barge – it was huge inside and I would quite comfortably live on-board!

    

All in all it was a good day out and the weather was amazing! I’ll definitely being going again next year, and if you can get to Ipswich next August, I’d recommend it for a fun and free family day out :)


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My favourite photos – under the pier

A stunning photograph taken this summer by Alex Clarke with a Cannon EOS 550D – great composition and amazing colours – enjoy!


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Vintage beach huts at the seaside

This past weekend I took a trip to Southwold and luckily enough I stumbled upon a lovely vintage fair that was being held along the seafront, near the pier. It was so quaint to see beach huts opened up as vintage stalls, alongside traditional retro market stalls and even a fire engine!

     

I later went to a CD and record fair in Southwold town centre in the Conservative Hall and snapped up a lovely retro 70s record storage box with gaudy orange and red pattern – perfect for my vintage living room interior design project and I’ll post some photos of it soon! If you get the chance to take a trip to Southwold in Suffolk this year, I’d recommend it! There’s vintage fairs, arts markets and craft stalls most weekends and the cd & record fair is running from now until Oct. So enjoy a day of vintage shopping at Southwold – and don’t forget to stop by the old sweet shop and choose a pick’n’mix of penny sweets! :)


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The Olympic Torch Relay – in a town near you!

Yesterday the Olympic torch passed through Suffolk so I went to our local town to see it go by. Although I’m always keen to join in local events (such as the Diamond Jubilee, see my pics here) I wasn’t quite prepared for just how exciting it would be to see the Olympic torch pass by!

It had a bit of a wait for it to arrived, but this was punctuated with other pockets of excitement – the lead Olympic car driving past, the bus transporting all the torchbearers, the support lorries with music blaring – a very festive atmosphere and the time went really quickly. Luckily enough the next torch-bearer (called Alex) was dropped off the bus and was waiting to receive the flame right in front of us! (So of course mum ran over to have a photo taken with him!) All of a sudden the Olympic flame was approaching and it was a pretty quick process from it being spotted in the distance to the lighting of the next torch – called ‘the kiss’, which meant that the Olympic flame stopped right in front of us and gave us all a great photo opportunity!

Pretty soon, the torch-bearer was off on the next leg of the relay and disappeared into the distance. So it was quite a brief experience but SO exciting – I’d totally underestimated how amazing it would be! Definitely worth getting a little bit wet in the drizzle to see the kind of event that you’d tell your grandchildren about one day! If you can get to see the Olympic torch on the last part of its journey around the country, please do – its pretty cool!


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It’s festival season ~ Next up: Latitude Festival in Suffolk

Its less than two weeks to go until this year’s Latitude Festival, which is technically my ‘local’ festival, being held just up-the-road at Henham Park, near Southwold in Suffolk. I’ve been a Latitude festival fan since I first went in 2008 and it’s grown considerably over the years – probably due to its family-friendly-ness and its always being featured in ‘best-festivals’ lists in the Sunday supplements and women’s glossy magazines.

This year’s Latitude Festival runs from 12th – 15th July with some amazing headline acts including Paul Weller, Elbow and Bon Iver, but personally I am more interested in the comedy arena which features some of my favourite comedians; Tim Michin (who played Snape Proms last year), Greg Davies and Jack Dee. And of course the most important question is what to wear? and the answer is always fancy dress! Here’s some of my pics from previous Latitude Festivals and you’ll notice that fancy dress is pretty important to us!

So don’t forget to stock up on your fancy dress and bring some pocket-money for the yummy food, local drinks and Latitude souvenirs available on site. Unfortunately, unless I can save up the cash for a ticket in a hurry I won’t be able to go this year, but there are still last-minute tickets available and I’d 100% recommend it for visitors of all ages; there really is something for everyone! Personally I think it’s an oversight that the organisers don’t offer a ‘local residents’ free tickets scheme haha! ;o)

 

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