I get through the long dark of Winter by cooking lots of nice food. Last year I did a little blog series on this and I thought I would continue this tradition because it was fun.
I've had a lot of different kinds of pumpkin and squash come through from Abel & Cole this Autumn, and have become rather fond of a good pumpkin soup. Add a good dollop of red thai curry paste and it warms the cockles for the perfect lunch on cold wintery days. Pumpkins keep for a while as well so I'm stocking up to make this all winter.
As with everything in my kitchen inventory its a bit slap-dash as far as recipe goes.
Take some pumpkin/squash, peel and remove seeds, cut into chunks. Any pumpkin would do, each different kind makes the soup taste different and its quite fun to try different types. I've been using around half/three quarters of a pumpkin depending on how much flesh is in each and how much soup I want to make.
Fry a sliced onion and a few knobs of garlic off in a little oil, add a good dollop of red thai curry paste (minimum 1 tablespoon, but this is dependent on how spicy you like it to taste or how blocked your nose is), throw in pumpkin chunks. Fry them off a bit then add a tin of coconut milk and if you fancy it maybe some chicken stock. Leave it to simmer for about 20 minutes. Whazz it up with a hand blender or in a food processor.
I have no idea where this tiny, beautiful, overgrown churchyard was in the English countryside, somewhere in Suffolk near the cottage we were staying in over August bank holiday weekend. Our epic walk through fields of wheat and barley lead us here, with damp feet and soaring hearts.
It was like walking into a tiny quiet piece of heaven. My friends were very obliging, waiting patiently under a tree while I took photographs and shouted 'ermigerd' at headstones.
There were hundreds of beautiful headstones hidden in the undergrowth, I only managed to capture a few.
This is probably one of my favourite accidental cemetery tours yet.
How I Live Now is probably the worst possible film to watch when I'm miles from England, but I just watched it twice in 24 hours anyway and then worked out how long it will take me to save the money to move to a farm with a garden and some cows so at least it was motivational as well as beautiful and depressing and terrifying. I lay awake for 3 hours thinking about it after the first viewing. Also there is a goat dressed up as a unicorn and some good woolly jumper action.
This Autumn I learnt that I am a reverse hibernator (possibly the result of being from the Southern Hemisphere) After spending a sweltering Summer flopping around reading a pile of books and bemoaning the heat, in Autumn I felt like I came back to life, winding down after a pretty intense Summer work-wise and enjoying myself with a weekend jaunt to Kent to see dead things and flitting off to America twice on holidays (and once more with work if you count that I am there again right now), seeing bands play (remember when that was something we did every weekend). I officially welcomed stew season, pumpkin season, warm blankets and big socks seasons with open arms. Enjoying the misty light of Autumn and its accompanying seasonal ailments, watching several seasons of Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars, walking through leaves, standing in graveyards in the rain.
I'm off to Seattle for 2 weeks on a work based adventure (if you can call learning how to encode movies for online streaming an "adventure") so things around here might be a bit on auto-pilot for that time. I have a bunch of good posts lined up for you, including wishlists, bones (actually it is mostly bones) and adventures from the summer, so enjoy yourselves and keep checking back.
The store is on hiatus in this time but if you want to place any orders please do let me know. I'll still be online and able to place any special orders with my printers, but please note these will not ship until I get back on the 16th.
I saw this witch cat painting in a charity shop when I was in New Zealand a couple of years ago and I really wanted it but took a photo instead, and here are a bunch of other perfect witchy things for perfect witch cats out there that it looks perfect with.
Due to some real life stuff I have coming up, the ice floe etsy store will be on hiatus for 2 weeks from the 28th, reopening on/around the 15th. I'm being sent to Seattle by work again and as such won't be around to order and ship any prints, or draw any little feathers you might be wanting for your nearest/dearest in time for Christmas this year. Sad face.
H O W E V E R if you have your eye on something, you can use the code FLASHING between now and the 28th for 40% off all purchases in store. There are some pretty neat Christmas themed prints, Christmas postcards, greeting cards, and prints of various sizes all on offer in this dealio, so snaffle them up.
Some of my favourites:
This is all deeply inconvenient for me as I had some really exciting things I have worked hard on for the store in the past few months that I was planning to have ready that will now have to be wait for another day, but sometimes life throws these things at you and you just gotta bounce.
Please do drop me a line if there is anything special you want and I will try my hardest to get it out to you before the holiday period. I will be able to order prints while I am away if you would like a custom size, but these will not be shipping until I return which may miss the holidays. Dang it all!
Spread the word and thank you so much for your support this year!
A bunch of friends and I spent August Bank Holiday weekend in a Tudor cottage in Suffolk. It rained, we went on walks, I woke up early every day and struggled through Wolf Hall while everyone else slept off their hangovers. It was beautiful, it was perfect, it was fun.
I name checked the NASA blog in a conversation with a friend the other day and was genuinely shocked that he was not a regular follower of it so I'm posting some pictures to make sure more of you check this shit out because its awesome.
The fact that there are machines and people floating around in the space outside of our protective bubble taking photographs of the world we are prancing around on is really quite a magical, remarkable, and beautiful thing.
I've been drawing a LOT of feathers for a special project lately, which has been fun and overflowed into this little handbound book I made as an experiment which you can now purchase in the icefloe store.
Inside is a combination of feather drawings, interspersed with some tiny circle doodles. When I'm stuck in a loop, I doodle circles. All over the place. my work notebooks are covered in them and my sketchbooks are full of them. Little flowing drawings of circles forming galaxies and universes. So its not really that random that they have snuck into some of my actual work.
I tend to wake up quite early at the weekend, and when this happens on a Saturday I normally spend the morning catching up on blogs I have missed in the busy week while I wait for my boyfriend to wake up and make me a cup of tea. I thought it might be quite nice to start a regular round up of my favourite posts each weekend for you all to enjoy because sharing is caring.
I've been having fun matching prints from my etsy store to collections of other items to make dream wishlists for babes and dudes in the lead up to that big gift giving day at the end of the year, showing off how well a print from the store will fit into your awesome life!
Tune in every Wednesday during your tea break for -
- IN CONTEXT - the dark is rising, the perfect bundle of darkness for your hipster goth best friend.
soluckless: First single from our debut album, due out March 2012. Recorded and mixed by Jordan Stone at Roundhead Studios, mastered by Angus McNaughton at Auralux Mastering Ltd. GOD DAMNED AMAZING
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