Monday, 28 May 2012

Sad seaside village

Adventures often pop up and suprise you, and often they are the most insightful ones. Last weekend I went on a Norfolk holiday with some friends from uni and we went on a bike ride. On seeing a sign post pointing to Happesborough our quick trip to the village shop for milk, turned into a full blown 5 mile bike ride to the disappearing seaside village. Happesborough is known in England as the village that is quite literally falling into the sea.
One path quite suddenly stops where the road has fallen and all that remains is a jagged cliff edge overlooking the beach. A stairway stands unattached to anything, a temporary structure suspended in time.

Happesborough fasinated me, the beacheds covered in debris, the abandoned houses on the edge of the cliff, the desolate caravan park-one house stood quite stubbornly right next to the drop, the windows replaced by wood having been smashed in by the wind with a handwritten sign reading;
                               "This house is still lived in and will be until the sea gets too close!" 
(i thought the sea was already too close)
All the surrounding houses have already been evacuated and demolished, so this little house stands quite alone. It made me think of the old man in "UP" who refuses to move, and i really hope one day soon balloons with rise from the broken tiling and off it will fly.
It was all quite sad really, but then Happesborough isn't exactly a happy place, the sea is eating it.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Sea and the maiden

There once was a woman
who was courted by many
but her one love was the sea.
So after turning down the hands of many amiable and handsome,
rich and humble men
she turned her eyes to the sea;

"Oh my love" she whispered
"my love" said she
"why can i find no man like thee,
so vast, so deep, so uncontrollably free
you are the only one for me."

And with her words the waves surged in
wanting her, grasping at her bare feet
but a las this love could never be
for the sea would surely devour her.

So from it's depths sea created a man
to match it in its beauty,
Pearls for his teeth, his hair perfect waves
his eyes the deepest of blues
Yet the man could not speak for the sea has no voice
but still he went ashore.

On seeing her love the woman she cried
tears of perfect happiness
As the one that she loved did ascend from the tides
In all his beauty, his eyes so wise
as the sea has seen many centuries of lives.

So the two of them married
and for many years lived together
happy in eachother arms

but as time went on the sea grew sad
for there were still many adventures to be had
still many boats to sail the oceans
still many creatures to roam the depths.

And so one night when the moon was high
the Sea looked at his wife and bid her goodbye
and with one step he was gone with the tide
leaving the woman with tears in her eyes.

For to her the greatest adventure had been
the love they had shared, the happy times she had seen
so stripping of her clothes she ran into the waves
into her lovers arms to be saved.

The Sea and the maiden
the maiden and the Sea
until the end of days
together will be.

By Roisin Callaghan

I spent the weekend in a house by the Norfolk coast, i wrote this on the beach.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Tie-dye Thursday

Today was such a good day. I finally felt productive, getting up and heading straight out to meet some friends in town rather than just sitting round for hours on my laptop. We spent the majority of the day tie-dying which was a lot more challenging than we had originally anticipated, but the results were worth it.
I'm normally quite sceptical when it comes to tie-dye, but i think when you control it yourself there's a new element added to it and it was generally just a really fun way to spend a day.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


There are so many things to look forward to in my life at the moment, and i dread when all the excitment comes to an end. Luckily for me one of the things i'm excited for lasts two years.
My house next year.

To be completely honest i can't really remember how it looks but my current house isn't hard to beat, with the screaming toilet, cracked ceiling and mould. Of course I'll miss my housemates and our crazy outbursts and random dances in the living room.

But I'm excited to live with four of the friends I've made this year, and all girls so finally decorating the house and making it look lovely is something i can look forward too. I keep seeing things on DIY blogs and in Oh Comely magazine that i cannot wait to try.
We're also going away this week, my new housemates and I to a house in the Norfolk countryside which has got me all excited.

Carla Bruni - Quelqu'un m'a dit

I want to learn French just so i can sing this.

Thursday, 10 May 2012


Tonight walking home i really appreciated the recent downpours. It's a beautiful evening, mild with a breeze, the scent of blossom in the air, the freshness that follows the rain, and while everyone complains sure they cannot help but appreciate the lushous green that now fills each and every garden.

Final hand in for this year is on Monday, and i cannot wait to sit back and enjoy summer. It feels so weird to think it's already been a year, as i grow older the years certainly seem to be getting shorter which means i should really make the most out of them.

I had a lovely weekend just gone. On Saturday i finally managed to drag myself to the Stew Gallery and Norwich's famous flea market which was full of treasures...not that i bought anything, being a poor student and all. A quaint tea stop at Franks Bar and then the artist book fair at the Forum(Norwich library) which just put me in a creative mood, which unfortunatley wore of fairly quickly. But overall it was a lovely day which beautiful company.

                   And this month has so many treats in store;
1. Hand in on Monday which means partying for the rest of the week.
2. I'm spending next weekend in a seaside town in Norfolk with my housemates for next year which will be lovely i'm sure.( hopefully the weather will improve and we will be basking in sunshine)
3. The end of term which means the end of my first year here at NUCA, whether this should be considered a treat i'm unsure. Second year will mean lots more work, and i'm going to miss Norwich over the summer.
4. Seeing my sisters and my mum of to Zambia. I really wish i could go but it clashes with;
5. NEW YORK AND FLORIDA- this is probably going to be the highlight of my year and i cannot wait.

Tom Rosenthal - The Boy

Been quite enjoying this song. I like it because it's a story, the animation is lovely too.