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So it's been a few weeks since my trek up north and I've been trying to get back into the swings of things since then, somewhat literally last weekend as we decided we were overdue some fun and hit the rides at the Dorset Steam Fair. I love all things old and brassy and this place blew me away. I saw my first monster truck show, which included a quad bike jumping over a semi through flames as well as a monster truck tuck o' war... with a car.... it was truly epic but I couldn't help but fear for the life of the stunt guy whenever he was lining up his approach to jump. The best part, I admit, was when night began to fall and the traction engines lit up and came to life, what a magical sight, even if I was at that point being suspended from a giant, swirling joy ride from hell! Sadly there are no pictures of that ride but you get the idea.

 

Work has been quieter which has made me a bit twitchy. They say, 'the devil makes work for idle hands' and I guess I've gone into overdrive with crafting for my kickstarter rewards as well as recording demos. I know, I know... let's get 'Time' finished first and yes I have been working on that too! This weekend was spent dressing me up in a polo neck and getting some moody shots *channeling Savage Garden and pretty much every 90s spread in a fashion mag.* I'm very pleased with the results and very grateful to Nev & Jen for painting my face and allowing us to shoot in their home. I guess I can't wreck the surprise too much if I show you me messing around with ideas in the mirror before I left... This is pre-makeup, hence the filter ;)

 

You know what I've learnt from having someone else do my makeup? I know nothing about makeup... I showed Jen the three products I use before I go on stage and it must've looked laughable compared to her entourage of magic. I use foundation (and even then very sparingly), mascara and lip stick but I've been learning about concealer, blusher, eye shadow... there's a whole world out there to explore! Think I might get a bit dramatic at the next gig. We also made the mistake of celebrating finishing the shoot with roulette Doritoes... I should've known I would get two simultaneously and be the first to do so thus looking a fool in front of everyone when I gasped for water. 

 

What next then? I hear you cry! Well I'm aiming for the Voice FM on September 26th 9:30am to visit the lovely Colin Slatter and play him some tunes to promote Appledore Book Festival - or at least that's my excuse, I just want to see Colin again :P I'm working on building up an interesting set for the gig and lots of friends have said they will go so I guess I'm feeling a bit like a kid who knows their parents are coming to see their play -- an extra need to impress and not go all doritoe-face on them... Appledore is my last public gig of the year so far, though I'm hoping I can squeeze in a few more, so I'm determined to go out with a bang regardless!

 

So there you have it, my antics in a nutshell :) Thank you for reading and for your support as always and I'll be back with more news soon,

 

Rose x