Artist of the moment – Fleet foxes

Hey y’all! I’ve just realized something, i haven’t told you much about fleet foxes have i? Well i think it’s about time i did. Continue reading

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5 must do autumn jobs to get over post-summer-depression

Kawabata! Did you know that means hello in Catalan. Off course you didn’t! That’s because Kawabata is the second name of a Japanese short story writer, it doesn’t have anything to do with Catalan in fact. I am odd, hola … Continue reading

The ultimate playlist

Well a big hello to you today! *Now give your self a pat on the back for visiting my blog*. Now, if you have visited my blog before you may of heard of my Ultimate playlist. In the past i have told you how to make one, told you what to do with one and i have told you about a few of the artists in my Ultimate playlist. And now i do think it is about time i told you about whats in mine. I’m sorry its a screen shot of iTunes, i am too tired to copy out each song, artist and album. Lets hope y’all eyes are good because this is a tad bit small. I am not going to write my inner most thoughts on each song, neither am i going to do a running commentary on the songs. But please! If you have the patience, go and search some of them up ; you could discover something wonderful.  So this is it, i feel like i am reveling my inner most possessions. But good music needs to be shared.

 

 

Bit varied isn’t it? It goes from country folk to real knitty gritty punk to 90’s. I’m quite unpredictable when it comes to music, so are you, so is every one, they just don’t know it yet. Now look, i have a idea (everyone sighs) – only kidding. Anyway, Do you have a ultimate playlist? I so, i want to know whats in it. I sound very demanding. Do you want to share it’s greatness? Just give me a tinkle, tell me anything you want, anything at all. I’ve been doing a lil’bit’of reading you see, and I’ve read that people are more likely to read your blog if it teaches them something new, or shows them how to do something, well basically if it benefits the reader. So i want you to share y’all opinions on stuff, anything (it doesn’t have to be on de’blog), what y’all would like to see on my blog and y’all thoughts. So go ahead, move you mouse/finger towards the y’all comments page.

Oh i do like to be beside the seaside…

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Wow, well what a time it’s been! I’m so sorry. I’ve abandoned y’all for what… since august 17th. I feel so guilty. I hope you’ve missed me, i certainly have! Let me stop moping now and get on with the … Continue reading

Song of last night

So I’m of on holiday today. 11 days in gone, but don’t worry i have something planned to blog about for when i come back. I went shopping with Paige yesterday, we were in the car and my number by the foals came on – great song – and I’ve had it in my head ever since. Youtube it, if you watched any of glasto on tv you will probably of heard it because it was the theme tune thingy (a bit like how Florence and the machine was at the olympics). I have to go, i haven’t even packed yet, enjoy your summer!

The Book club – The horse boy – The one dollar horse – The horse road

Well hello there! Have you missed me? I bet you you have. Sorry i haven’t posted in a while I’ve been too busy camping and what not. I came back from My BP weekend yesterday, It’s basically a overnight trip to a unknown destination which to you have to do to complete your Baden Powell badge at guides. I got home at seven and slept right through to 9 this morning, it was really fun, a lot better than i imagined. We met in Taunton, got given some money and sent of not to see them again till 6 that evening. We had to navigate our way to Morrisons for lunch (surprisingly the hardest part of the journey!) then to the train station to catch the train to Exeter where we did a bit of shopping, and then to the bus station to go to Sidmouth where we got ice creams and sat on the beach and went swimming. We actually went swimming again at midnight beneath the stars. I didn’t get to sleep till 3 in the morning, and was up at seven the next morning in the pouring rain.  I’m home today and tomorrow and then i’m of camping again with the family in the caravan. I’ve got to sleep outside this year, i’m too tall for the bed. Still haven’t started my summer holiday homework. Sold my dolls house stuff though, i’m sorry Paige.

Anyway, back to what i’m meant to be talking about, I’ve got some new book spiels. I don’t know why, but all of my books I’ve read recently are about horses, but it’s broadened my horizons in the horse world. Righty’o. The first book, The Horse boy. I read this book way back… along time ago. I think it’s way up there with the best books I’ve ever read… then again… so are nearly all the books i have read. The basic story line is of a father’s story to cure his sons autism, I never cry over books, but this is the closed I’ve ever come to it along with another book i’ll tell you about later. It’s a best seller apparently, it was a “Captivating, incredible, an extraordinary journey, an impossible dream” according to the Daily Telegraph, “Amazing, astonishing” to the Sunday times, “A riveting, inspirational journey” to Woman and Home and “Magical, moving, miraculous, remarkable, uplifting” to the Daily mail. It’s by Rupert Isaacson, the story was told in his words as it is a true story – he was the father, He now runs a program for PDD kids to have therapy on horses – just like his son did. Part of the price my nan paid for the book went towards it. Here’s the blurb:

“One family’s epic journey to rescue their son…

Rupert and Kirsten Isaacson were heart broken when they learned that their three-year-old son rowan was autistic. And with each passing day rowans growing isolation, his uncontrollable fits and each failed treatment filled them with despair. Then one day rowan Rowan escaped and ran into a field of horses. Rupert watched in horror – but saw a miracle occur. The horses responded lovingly to rowan – and he to them. Could his affinity with these animals save Rowan from his condition?

The Isaacsons left their home and traveled to the plains and mountains of Mongolia, the spiritual home of the horse, risking everything – their happiness, future and sanity – on an arduous epic horse back journey in search of a cure for rowan.”

After reading this book, i really want to go to Mongolia, the way he described it made me fall in love with it’s shamans, sweeping mountains coated in luscious greens of grass and yurts, smooth, slick lakes laying softly in the giant undulations of the plains, It’s horses, strong and sturdy, breed for the landscape, rumour has it it’s because of the soil, they compete in competitions in UB because their figure is so good. Words cannot express my urge to make you want to read this, don’t think it’s entirely based on horses because it’s not. It’s an adventure. My Nan got me it for Christmas a few years ago for £8.99, I’m sure you’d be able to find it cheaper somewhere if you didn’t want to pay that much. But please read it, i cannot beg you enough.

The next book is the One dollar horse by Lauren St John. I was given this book by my sister after she read it, and wow was i glad i did! The basic story line is of a girl who lives in grotty London, with her previously convicted father who’s trying to make ago of living a life without crime, she helps at her local riding stables as she cannot afford lessons – a world away from what she’s used to. When walking with her father she comes across a bloody horse charging away from the knackers yard, The horse is “one of the clever ones” who’s realized whats coming. At that very moment she realizes that now is her chance to pursue her dream to become a professional eventer and win badminton horse trials, she buys the horse with all her father had on her – a one dollar note found on the street a few minutes ago. With the help of her elderly friend Mrs smith whom she met whilst working at the tea gardens, a mysterious sponsor, A boy with melty, dark eyes called peter with whom she refuses to fall in love and the support from her father she tried to overcome all the obstacles, stabs in the back, Money problems and disgrace from her background and fathers past. “Captures all the excitement of top-level riding – I loved it” says Mary king – International eventer, MBE, winner of two silver and one bronze medals at the olympics, and cousin of my riding teacher. It’s funny actually, some of the story takes place at Aldon hose trials which i go to every year, based just down the road from me. Overall i loved this book and place it proudly in my window shelf of books. It cost only £6.99 and is followed by race the wind which i am yet to read. Like the other book, It’s not just about horses… or y’all could just read it and find out your’elves.

I’ve got another book which i have read since and will share with you soon, but now i have to go and post 30 different things to the right address’… wish me luck… bye for now!

50 must do things this summer.

It’s hot, very hot indeed. But don’t complain, or put on a hose pipe ban – the last time you did that it didn’t stop raining till cars were under water. It’s about time i give y’all must a do list of things to in the summer holidays, if you like make a check list – just enjoy summer! All of the below is recommended to be done with friends & family.

  1. Have a BBQ on the beach
  2. Swim in the sea no matter how cold x5
  3. Spend at least 3 hours soaking up the sun whilst reading a book
  4. Go rock pooling. Try and catch a crab with your bear hands, i managed it so you can too, and i caught 2 shrimps!
  5. Go for a cliff top walk over looking the never ending sea
  6. Dance till your out of breath on the beach, however weird you look, stuck for songs? check out my “How to make your own ultimate playlist” post – https://thecharlottemumfordblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/how-to-make-your-own-ultimate-playlist/
  7. Sleep under the stars x7
  8. Cook food on the BBQ – doesn’t have to be the traditional burger, just cook normal food x15
  9. Sleep under a tree
  10. Go on a trek, anywhere at all, drive off, don’t think about going too far (bring a sat- nav or GPS) x5
  11. Sleep in your car in the middle of a field x3
  12. Have a picnic x10
  13. Eat a Greek salad with couscous
  14. Drink the finest cider
  15. Visit and ancient estate , like this http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/
  16. Make your own raft and try and make it float with you on it, TIP: test it in a river/lake/reservoir
  17. Go sailing or rowing
  18. Dance in the rain, there’s bound to be a few rainy days
  19. Eat x30 ice creams, seems like a lot, but it’s really not!
  20. Go to a Orchard
  21. Go on holiday, in England, abroad, or camp in your garden – wherever!
  22. Go to a Festival x5
  23. Build a sandcastle x3
  24. Toast a marshmallow over a campfire x5
  25. Make a hot chocolate over a campfire x3
  26. Sing a song with your best friends by a campfire
  27. Go for a walk in a woods x5
  28. Go swimming x5 (swimming in the sea counts too!)
  29. Make a shelter and sleep in it
  30. See a bird of pray x15
  31. Have a water fight x3
  32. Stroke a horse, or ride it in my case x5
  33. Paddle in a stream whilst holding up your trousers x5
  34. Climb a hill/mountain x3
  35. Run and scream in a field of green x3
  36. Watch live music x7
  37. See a frog x3
  38. See a newt x3
  39. Watch the sun go down x17
  40. See a wild deer x10
  41. Cross a stream on stepping stones x3
  42. Make a smiley face with pebbles
  43. Eat fish and chips by the sea x3
  44. Walk up and down a Habour x3
  45. Follow a river from it’s source to the sea, do it in parts if it’s easier
  46. Feel sand between your toes
  47. x30 kisses under the sun (if you have someone to kiss!)
  48. Go to a barn dance
  49. Attempt to surf
  50. Go snorkeling and see fish and corals

Need inspiration? Here’s some summery pic’s

Young family at Stourhead, Wiltshire © Nick Daly

Get outdoors in the beautiful landscape garden at Stourhead this summer © Stourhead/Tom Dyke

How to make your own ultimate playlist

This playlist is my life. I words cannot justify how these 72 songs change my life, how i act, behave and think about things in general. Before i go into any more depth, let me explain to what it is. My playlist is on iTunes and contains some of my best picks of music, this playlist means so much to me i think i should share some of my love for my own playlist with you by showing you how to create your own! My playlist was last edited around a month ago when i added the most songs i have ever added, they were a collection of songs from Mumford and sons that they have recorded and then put on YouTube (these songs were not on iTunes) and 10 songs from artists signed to Ben’s record label (http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/). My playlist is at it’s biggest ever and currently takes 4.9 hours to get through, and sadly there are not enough hours in the day for me to get through it all. Throughout the day i normally listen in the morning before school (7:30-7:50) and occasionally in the day if i have a lesson where we are allowed headphones, finally i listen at the end of the day in my room. The time at the end of the day is the most superior of them all, my parents are nice enough to let me have it loud and i witter around doing anything in my room for hours just so i can listen to this prodigious collection of songs. It astonishes me every time i listen to a song, the pure and untouched buzz it gives you – it overcomes any feeling you have ever felt before, like nothing can touch you. For example in the song roll away your stone, it reaches a climax, slowly, like progressing and progressing, letting the feeling build and build, until just at the right moment, before you start to loose it, it hits you, you feel no pain, but the sheer happiness it brings you makes you feel free (cheesy i know but its true). Music is the best antidepressant you will ever try, you just have to find the song, the artist/s that bring it to you best. When trying to find a song/artist/s that does this is a tough task, i can only imagine as my dad got me into Mumford and sons, it then grew from there and i slowly added more artists over time but here’s a way you can find your unique taste in music. Most people just listen to music that is in the charts or music that is most common, but doing this could do the exact opposite to what you want to feel. Try firstly going through genres of music, list as many as you can and make a start my shuffling them and choosing one (like a pack of cards). Once you have chosen this genre go onto iTunes and go into genres and choosing a few artists, albums or songs at random. Listen to anything that takes you fancy, WARNING: when you listen to a song it is vital that you close your eyes, if you don’t you could be subconsciously be judging the song on the album cover or video (stupid i know, but it happens all the time). Don’t go into too many artists which are displayed on the home screen of a genre, these are normally most popular which tend to be of a similar style. Instead try to go into depth rather than quantity, if you get my jist. *A helpful hint* after you have finished listening to a song or album, scroll to the bottom where it will say “other people brought” click on that to see other artists which won`t be on homepage (most of the time). Then repeat this process a number of times in a number of other genres. I must admit, this process is time exhausting and is very strenuous “take me back to when the night was young and another song was sung”. Don’t be too selective, choose a song from each genre and put it onto a playlist and listen to it regularly, after a while you may find yourself liking some songs more than others, which is good! Delete the songs you don’t find yourself too attached to and add more of the songs from the genres you have found yourself liking more. Over time your playlist will grow even more bigger and more and more refined.  Once you have a final playlist, you can listen to it as little or often as you like – it’s yours! If you find yourself struggling to tell which genres you like and which you don’t – that is fine – nobody made a law about liking classical music and punk? Enjoy!

Bye for now!