Last weekend I was at the incredible Also Festival. Two days of amazing talks, food and drink, wild swimming, music, and comedy. I know I would have loved it anyway but it felt especially sweet after the last year. We’ve already booked for next year!
This wonder woodland lounge area was one of the sites for talks in the day and comedy in the evening. I couldn’t leave without getting a photo could I? Props to the ever patient Jedi Hamster who tramped through the wet morning grass in her pyjamas to get this shot early on the Sunday morning.
Today is International Pineapple Day! According to Difford’s Guide (for discerning drinkers!) the word pineapple was originally used to describe the reproductive organs of the conifer tree (pine cones) and the spiky fruit was so named due to resemblance.
I can’t remember how I found out this date existed but I’ve had it up my sleeve as a reason to use this photo, which comes from the lockdown distance diaries project.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my friends and lovers are exceptionally accommodating of my silly ideas. For every beautiful beach or woodland location there’s some questionable album cover to reimagine or something ridiculous to do with a food stuff.
On Thursday a partner was over for the afternoon and I was pottering in the kitchen making us scone, jam and cream when I started chuckling and shouted through that I’d had a ridiculous idea. As I walked back into the bedroom he shuffled up into a sitting position. “No no, stay there I want to lay these on your belly before we eat them.”
So unperturbed is he by my nonsense, the only comment was about the Devon versus Cornwall way of ordering the jam and cream. I’m sure you’ll agree that however you prefer your scones served, my afternoon tea was completely delicious.
I spent last week in beautiful Northumberland. The friend I was holidaying with is not into my usual photo antics so my shots are scenic in a landscape way not a tits and arse way! Besides, Missy’s shot from that neck of the woods can’t be beaten in my opinion!
There were a few snaps for partners though. Here’s one from my first morning where I showed them what a great view my room had.
Three years ago when it was the Diptych prompt @19syllables and I had just been to Botany Bay and the result was Flotsam and Jetsam. Quite by chance, the Triptych prompt just after we’d spent the day on another Kent beach. I love serendipity.
“So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake.” Edgar Allan Poe
This morning my friends and I had Lake Geirionydd to ourselves. It was beautiful. The water was, shall we say, invigorating! We were very definitely wrapped up in wetsuits and neoprene boots and gloves. But it would have been rude not to snap a photo as I got changed after my swim, wouldn’t it?
“The world, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Romney Marsh.” The Ingoldsby Legends
Another shot from mine and @19syllables’s day trip to Kent. After pottering about on the beach at Dungeness for a couple of hours we headed a couple of mile up the coast to check out the Sound Mirrors at Romney Marsh. This bridge, in the shadow of the mirrors, was too good an opportunity to miss.
“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Albert Camus
@19syllables and I have done a lot of walking this winter. We are so lucky to live close enough to each other that even during the depths of lockdown we have been able to regularly meet for walks.
When Christmas was abruptly upended she met me in the woods with love and hugs and ‘call me any time’ words. In the depths of cold muddy January she bent over laughing as I slipped and screeched and clung to a tree. When one of my closest friends died in February she met me from the virtual funeral and we sat on a bench for tea, carrot cake and puppy (teenage dog, actually) cuddles. Once rules relaxed in March and we could be more than two there’s been gin and fizz and tea and cake in gardens with lovely Honey.
This week we finally did what we do best and headed off on a mini road trip and photo adventure. To wild and windy and slightly post-apocalyptic Dungeness we headed. We ate fish and chips, drank tea, wondered over dead creatures, went round and round in circles looking for public toilets and confused a woman by taking photos of her trousers on the washing line (they just looked too good against the backdrop of the nuclear power station!).
And of course we got naked!
Along the way we were plotting more naked photo adventures to go on with our friends but on Friday it was nice to just be the two of us. I can’t wait for a summer of ridiculous fun!
I tweeted a version of this image a couple of weeks ago but this is the shot I was saving for the blog. Here I am, naked, looking out over the countryside from a beautiful cabin nestled in the trees, camera at the ready. Yes, I am definitely in my element.