An Easter Weekend in Normandy🇫🇷


Hi Guys,

Sorry it’s been a while. So much for carrying on the blogging thing after completing the 30 Day Writing Challenge last month. Paul is doing it his blog however so go and check that out https://paulbidois.tumblr.com/

Hope you all had a good start to April and a lovely Easter. As mentioned on Day 13 of my Writing Challenge and what was excited about-I spent Easter in France with Paul and his family. So thought I’d give you a bit of a run down(perhaps that’s not the right word) on what happend. Expect lots of photos at the bottom of this post,because I took loads. 

We set off on the Thursday morning to get the train to Folkestone. Not before the hiccup of me forgetting my absolutely gorgeous dress that I got for my birthday and I’d been going on to Paul about for ages. Bless my mum for running down to the station to hand it to me because I so very nearly got on the train without it. Now that would have been a disaster. 

However all went to plan and we arrived at Folkestone west and was greeted by Paul’s dad at the station where we went and got the Eurotunnel across to Calais. 

The Eurotunnel was different than I expected. Not sure what I was expecting really but don’t think it was that. I think I was expecting(use a different word,Emily) it to take longer than it did. We passed the half hour by eating rolls that Paul’s mum had made and playing eye spy. It was great. 

Then came the two and a half hour drive from Calais to Normandy. I listened to Emma Blackery quite a lot,along with the Half a Sixpence soundtrack mouthing along and getting very excited when we went part signs that said Amiens and Rouen. Anyone who knows my love of the book/play of Birdsong will understand why. 

Not long later we arrived in Normandy and at Paul’s grandparents. Fighting was done over who wanted what bedroom,a lot of kissing in greeting,a bit of walking and alot of food was eaten. I tried Nutella for the first time and oh my god,why has it take me so long to try it? It was lush. 

Friday we explored Etretat,which was essentially the equivalent of the white cliffs here,just more beautiful. We threw pebbles in the water,took way too many selfies and explored some of the gift shops. Then we came home for a lovely lunch of potatoes and turkey skewers before going to visit Paul’s other grandparents. There we ate a fair bit of cake and played uno. We then spent quite a lot of the holiday playing uno because you can never play just game. On the way home I got to experience my first French supermarket where I purchased some BBQ Lays Crisps(Walkers why don’t you do BBQ flavour crisps anymore?!),some milka biscuits and some chocolate. When you’re in France,why not?!

Saturday was the day of Pauls grandparents 50th wedding anniversary party and was by far the highlight of the trip. It was a rarity for us all to dress up so was a nice excuse to see everyone look fancy. Especially Paul. He looks so hot in a waistcoat and bow tie is all I’m saying😜🙊lucky girlfriend alert. We took so many photos it was ridiculous! It was such an amazing night and one I won’t forget for a long time. 

I spent the night learning the French conga,dressing men up in women’s clothing,smiling for so many photos that I felt like it was my wedding and dancing the night away. A proper French party. It was incredible and I swear I pretty much smiled the whole time. 

Not getting in till 3am and only getting 6 hours sleep you can imagine how tired we were on the Sunday morning. We went back to the hall where the party was held the previous evening for a lovely lunch with Paul’s family before coming back and playing more Uno,dinner and then an early night. 

Monday we travelled home and now sitting here nearly a week later from when we went,I’m suffering with major holiday blues. It was such a lovely Easter weekend though and one I’ll remember for a long time. I’d like to thank Paul and his family for inviting me. I really feel like I’m now party of the family which is absolutely lovely. And Paul’s grandparents for their hospitality. Excuse me now whilst I’m bombard you with the photos. 

What did you do over the Easter break? I’d love to know. 

A life update 

So sorry for the lack of posts over the past 6 months. Life has been pretty hectic with my final year of uni. I’m pleased to say though,I’m officially done. Three years of uni is officially over! It feels so weird to think where that time has gone. I now have to go out and become a proper adult. Scary stuff. 

In officially six weeks I graduate and go out into the real world. Not sure how to feel about that. In the mean time I’ll give you a little update on what’s been happening in the life of Emily. 

Going back to April(I know,I know,that was two months ago) but I got to go and see some great theatre and see some of my favourite people on stage. Mainly James Norton and Sheridan Smith which I got to write about as part of my final university project due to creating a theatre magazine. Hope to share it with you over the next few weeks. I get my grades back(!) for everything next week so can hopefully share what I’ve been up to. 

Fast forward to the last few weeks of May: I got to go and see Emily Bowker(who was a massive help in my fmp thanks Emily) and Alastair Whately in Invincible. For those who have read my blog for quite some time will know that this time last year I had a bit of a love for a play called Birdsong which these amazing actors starred in. It was lovely to see them again. I also visited Winchester Cathedral and found Jane Austen’s grave stone.

The end of May was spent with my lovely friend Sarah in her hometown of Exeter for the lead up of Radio 1s Big Weekend last weekend. Can someone take me back please?! 
It was lovely to get away and spend some time with her on her farm,exploring the great outdoors with minimum Internet and phone signal. I was a total tourist as it was a place I hadn’t visited before and took loads of photos. I went to the zoo and saw an elephant being fed. A baby giraffe and some week old meerkats. I went on a lovely walk with Sarahs dogs and danced and sang the day away at Big Weekend. Generally living! It was the happiest I had felt in a long time. One of the best weekends ever! 


When I came home on the Monday I went and saw a preview screening of Me Before You and cried my eyes out in the best possible way. My favourite film of the year so far. 


My mum came to visit on Tuesday and we ended up having a very cultured few days visiting places we hadnt before. We went to Bath and learnt more about Jane Austen. We ventured to Oxford and had the best time looking at all the architecture and beautiful buildings wishing why I wasn’t clever enough to go to the university there. I bought an Oxford university hoodie because why not. I’d wanted one for years. 

Then we came back to Southampton and met Giovanna Fletcher. She seemed impressed when I told her I wrote my own stuff and told me to keep going when I said I’d written 10,000 words of a story. I cried. It was one of the best experiences to be told by someone you look up to to keep writing. 

In terms of this 10,000 words of Turn of the Clock,Amie bought me a pocket watch! I actually own a pocket watch like the one in the story. I got very excited when it was given to me as a belated birthday present. I’ve since carried on the PowerPoint I originally started,adding more photos of the characters,and generally getting to know them a bit better. I’m hoping to get back to it and spent the last few weeks in my flat writing before I move out at the end of the month. 


I’m home for a few days until Wednesday to recharge my batteries before beginning my job search. I’ve also recently joined TheatreBloggers so expect more theatre reviews on this blog over the coming months. 
For now I’m off to do some baking and watch Death Comes to Pemberly for inspiration for my story. James Norton in period costume. Yum!
I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.
Lots of love 
E
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The New York Blog 🗽🇺🇸

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The New York Blog 

It’s hard to believe that it was almost a week ago that I landed back in the UK after a week in New York. Even writing that sentence it still feels surreal that I even went,let alone it being a week since I’ve been back.

Back in October I got an email from one of my uni lecturers letting me know that he would be organising a trip to New York and to get in contact if I was interesting in going. Who was I to say no? New York had been a place id wanted to visit for aslong as I could remember so there wasn’t a chance that I wasn’t going to take this opportunity.

During college me and my best friend,Lucy had spoke about going together so without her knowing,I asked if she could tag along. Much to my surprise I got told that she could,needles to say I will never forget the picture on Lucy’s face when I told her the news.

The next few months leading up to it where a blur of paying deposits,sorting out rooms etc. Christmas seemed to drag because all I could think about was my trip to New York a week later. It didn’t seem real. Nor did seem real when we boarded the flight,when we landed or even when we saw Times Square for the first time.

New York was everything I imagined and more. Although it took me a while to adjust and take it all in,looking back at photos and the experience now I’m starting to believe it happened.

Amongst the tourist attractions,The Empire State,Top of the Rock,Central Park and Times Square,amongst others, we got the opportunity to go on industry visits(that was the whole reason we were there after all). It isn’t every day however that you get to say you were one of the first people to have a tour of the Teen Vogue office inside the new World Trade Center,though is it? Or the chance to see how a PR company works at Factory PR or get a talk by some of the lovely team at feminist magazine,Bust. All great experiences I will treasure for a lifetime.

Although these were all incredible parts of the trip,the highlight for me was the second to last day of the trip. The Friday. The day of which I fulfilled the dream and the main reason I wanted to come to New York in the first place.

Whilst everyone else wandered into Henri Bendell(whilst on the Gossip Girl tour) which was another highlight of the day and trip I made my way to Tiffanys.

Having been an avid fan of Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s,no one will understand how much it meant for me to even stand outside Tiffany,let alone go in and purchase something. It was surreal and I got rather emotional just walking into the shop.

I hopped back on the Gossip Girl tour to try my first macaroon and my god,why hadn’t I tried one before? They’re delicious. That trip made me realise I need a trip to laudere ASAP.

So I think that’s everything,well most things I got up to on my trip in New York. It was absolutely amazing and an experience and opportunity I will be forever grateful for and never forget.

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Skylight and Birdsong

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So in my last blogpost I mentioned that on Saturday I was going to London. Thought I would fill you in on what happened.

I met Tim at 12.30 at Waterloo and took the tube to Leicester Square to see if there were tickets left for Carey Mulligans new play,skylight.

As it was previews I was expecting all tickets to be sold out,but luckily enough there were still some left,to the side of the stage in a box! A royal box!

We got our tickets and I spent the next hour or so saying to Tim how excited I was about seeing Carey on stage. We had a wander around leicester square before getting a KFC and going back to the theatre.

After buying a programme we were escorted to our royal box which let me tell you was amazing! I felt like royalty having our own bit of space to sit and watch the show.

The lights dimmed at 2.30 and Carey emerged on the stage. When she spoke it took me a minute to register that it was actually her,there in the flesh. Having watched countless interviews and following her career from the beginning I was very excited and a little shocked that I was there watching her shine. Considering the play has only been open a week it was great to be able to see it I assume before press night.

The play was very minimal. Three very strong cast members within Carey Mulligan,Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard aswell as a very simple set. A flat in the East End of London with just four scene changes throughout.

It was very interesting to see a play set within one setting. The others I’ve seen have only consisted of a few set changes,all done very cleverly.

The story itself was a real eye opener. The story of a father,son and friend of whom which lived with the father,son and the mother before she dies of cancer,and whom of which had an affair with the father. The play takes place over an evening in the 1990s in which each of the characters try and move on from their past life.

You’ll laugh one minute and feel for the characters the next. Bill Nighy stills the laughs as Tom,just like he does with every role, Carey is absolutely superb as Kyra and brings bits of previous roles to this. And Matthew will certainly go far in his career playing the role of 18 year old Edward,brilliantly.

All I can say is that it’s absolutely mind blowing and if you get the chance then go and see it.

After the play and a standing ovation from myself and most of the other theatre goers I came out of the theatre feeling elated and so proud and happy that I got to see one of my favourite actresses on stage. That’s not all,after the show we decided to go round to the stage door and see if we could meet the cast.

The security said that there wouldn’t be a definite chance that they would come out as they had two shows that day and all of the cast members had family members in which dad understandable. But,to my luck at around 5.15,Carey emerged out of the stage door in a white top and navy blue blazer. She took the time to sign and take photos with those who asked her and when she came to me as she was signing my programme I managed to pluck to the courage to tell her how great her performance was and how much of a big deal it was for me to be able to see her on stage as I’d followed her career from the start. She thanked me and then we took a photo together.

I was so happy to be able to see her on stage,meeting her was a huge bonus and beyond my wildest dreams. She certainly didn’t disappoint and lived up to my expectations. She’s just amazing!

After I’d come down from my high of meeting Carey we went and recuperated with a cup of tea at costa before having a wander around to the embankment and covent garden.

We then made our way to Foyles on Charing Cross Road,which is opposite one of my favourite musical,Once at the Phoneix Theatre. The Foyles has recently opened and has six floors!! Know what I’ll be doing next weekend when I’m in London again.

Making our way up to the sixth floor we were greeted with a room with plenty of chairs for the talk about Birdsong with author Sebastian Faulks.

Sebastian and a journalist from the independant arrived on the stage at 8pm and talked for an hour about how the idea for Birdsong came about,his research process and a few of his other books before signing copies of the book.

It was a pleasure to be in the company of such a talented and amazing author and to get my book signed was a lovely momento to end a really great day.

After a really really good day we made our way back to Waterloo,where we said our goodbyes and got our trains home.

Thankyou to the cast of Skylight,especially Carey Mulligan for being so lovely,Sebastian Faulks,it was a pleasure to be in your company,Vintage Books for organising the event and most importantly Tim for his company. Thankyou all for making my day a great one.

Today has been spent clearing and tidying my room before I bring my stuff home on Wednesday.

It’s back to Southampton tomorrow afternoon for a few days before coming back home and hopefully going to see The Fault in Our Stars before another Saturday in London for West End Live with another show and a weekend spent at my Nan’s.

No rest for the wicked.

Hope you lovely lot are having a great weekend too. Let me know what you’re up to.

Lots of love

E

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A catch up:

Sorry for the quietness over the past week or so it’s been rather hectic spent catching up with friends,shopping,reading,coming up with ideas and drawing.

In my last blog post I mentioned that I was going to Brighton,which I did a week ago today and it was lovely.

I met my friend Alice who was the first Downton fan I met so it was nice to finally meet her in person.

We browsed the shops and I managed to pick up a copy of Birdsong for £2 which I hope to get signed when I go and listen to Sebastian Faulks talk about the book on Saturday.

It was lovely to get out of Dover for a day and talk about our favourite tv shows. We also stumbled upon a vintage shop which sold pretty much everything you could imagine,including cigarette cases,which even though I don’t smoke would be quite nice to have.

Now in previous posts I’ve mentioned my love of photography so couldn’t not take a few photos whilst I was there.

After a great day I said goodbye to Alice and made my way home getting through a good few chapters of Any Human Heart by William Boyd in the process.

On Thursday I finished yet another birdsong drawing(I found one that was unfinished and thought that I may aswell finish it. This then resulted in me thinking that I may aswell finish the whole set which is what I plan to do). I then went and bought the latest issue of Elle magazine as it had Keira Knightley on the front before making my way down to the museum to wander around the World War I and Dover exhibition.

It was really interesting to browse and found out some things I didn’t know,not just about the war but Dover’s part in it. I complain about living here but it’s really good for history.

Saturday me and mum went shopping in Canterbury where I bought a new pair of plimsolls and some really comfy brown trousers,a new top and necklace,ala Carolin Stoltz as Isabelle in Birdsong. It’s taking over my mind I swear.

I’ve been given a couple of writing opportunities over the next few weeks which I’m excited to make a start on. Hoping the final idea will be decided and that I can work on it over the coming weeks.

I’m also in the process of putting together a theatre fanzine which I’ll put a full post up about when I figure out a general plan of how I want things to go.

Yesterday I met up with my friend Lucy and treated myself to some new pencils which I used last night when I completed another picture of Isabelle.

The rest of the week will be spent carrying on with my drawings and finalising ideas whilst listening to the Once soundtrack which I received on Monday afternoon and looking at ukuleles which I’m tempted to teach myself over the holidays.

Saturday I’m off to London to meet Tim to hopefully go and see Skylight and just have a wander around before our talk with Sebastian in the evening.

Hope you’re all ok. Would love to know what you’ve all been up to.

Ciao for now.

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A Day in the Life:Pixie Lott Nasty Signing.

 

 

A Day in the Life: Pixie Lott `Nasty` signing

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Ok so for one of my independent study tasks for the multi platform approach I was set the task of writing a blog post called the day in the life which had to include text, images and video content.

Now,my days aren’t very exciting,unless you count the trips to the theatre in London or to a screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which I went to on Thursday (which was absolutely amazing and you should all see it when it’s released on the 26th).

So rather than my boring days of not doing a lot,I decided to blog my trip to London for the Pixie Lott cd signing.

I’ve been a fan of Pixie since I first heard Mamma Do on the music channel. She quickly became one of my favourite artists and favourite people, which for those who know me,know I have a lot of favourite people within the entertainment industry.

 

Anyway I’ve been to a couple of her concerts(The Q awards concert back in 2010 and the Rays of Sunshine Concert in 2012) where I got some great photos, but never actually got to meet her myself. Today, however my luck changed.

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I boarded the train to London at 10 and met my mum at Waterloo station at 11.30. We then had a catch up over Burger King chips before getting the tube to Bank.

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About half an hour later,at 1.00 we found our way to the Steam and Rye where the signing was being held. There,the waiting began with other ‘crazy cats’ as we’re called until we were let in at 3.00.

The venue was lovely,very posh for a bar,mind you it was in London.

Then,more queuing began, but this time Pixie was at the end of it. As the queue got shorter and my time with pixie was almost upon me I couldn’t believe it,I couldn’t believe in a matter of moments I was going to meet Pixie Lott.

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After the past few people infront of me said there goodbyes,it was now my turn. The conversation went something like this.

Pixie: Hey how you doing?
Me: I’m good thankyou.
Pixie: There some really cool cat ears you have there. Thankyou so much for buying my cd. *signs the cd*
Me: *stands there star struck not quite believing pixie is infront of me.
Pixie: Shall I sign this too?
Me: *nods* yes please. Can I have a picture?
Pixie: *nods and leans across the table as I set up my phone to take a selfie.*
Me: *takes the selfie* thankyou so much. Can I have a hug too?
Pixie: leans across the table to hug me.
Me: thankyou so so much.
Pixie: you’re welcome,thankyou for coming.

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It was then that I came away and cried. I always said I would once I met her. It’s such an overwhelming feeling knowing that you’ve met your idol.

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Once I had composed myself, myself and mum went and had a wander around London where I tried out my photography skills along the Embankment.

Really pleased with these photos.

We then went our separate ways,mum getting on the train at Charing Cross to go back home to Dover,and myself to the tube to get back to Waterloo to come back to Southampton.

It’s been two days and I still can’t process that I met her. Every time I look at the photo I smile like a loon. So so happy.

A video of my day can be found here:

Also, check out Pixie on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/user/PixieLottVEVO

That was just one of the days in my life of a mag journo. I hope you’ll follow me on my journey for the rest of them.

Emily

Xoxo

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