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Pulling a lens on Sully Beach…

Pulling a lens on Sully Beach…

It’s taken me a while to come out of my shell, having been rumbled for coordinating my outfits with all the exciting locations of Glamorganshire in Fossil Hunting in Wales. Well, here are some snaps from my point of view, including one of Java and her […]

Yellow Wine and Torn Wallpaper

Yellow Wine and Torn Wallpaper

On the first weekend of February we drove to Jura, a department on the border just before Switzerland. We stayed in an old house owned by Vincent’s family during  ‘La Percee du Vin Jaune’ (Opening of the Yellow Wine; a festival celebrating the famous yellow […]

‘“Before the morn ye’ll work mischief:” Indeed will I,” quo’ Findlay.’ – Robert Burns, Wha Is That at My Bower Door

‘“Before the morn ye’ll work mischief:” Indeed will I,” quo’ Findlay.’ – Robert Burns, Wha Is That at My Bower Door

Heritage, where do we find our heritage? My mother’s family are Scottish, yet she was born in South Africa. My father’s family are fiercely Welsh (my grandfather Cliff Bere wrote the Welsh Republican Movement Manifesto and had a taste for burning the Union Jack) yet my father fled to London’s Portobello Road as soon as he could ride a motor bike . I was born in London, brought up in Scotland, England, France and Spain. My first name  is an Indonesian island, my middle name is from Welsh medieval legend and my surname is Anglo-Saxon.

 I take my morbidity from the Welsh, my thighs are those of a Scottish hill walker and I have the late night energy of a Spaniard.

My heritage is varied, contradictory and a lot of fun.

Last night we had a  Burns supper… in our own way. We made veggie haggis, squirrel shaped oatcakes and instead of clapshot, we mashed potatoes and Jerusalem artichoke from the garden. The freezing cold air caused me to spend most of the evening shuffling around the house in Jon’s old snorkel parka, making whiskey drinking far trickier than I would have liked…

We talked about my Scottish grandmother Brenda, or as I once named her ‘mumsmum’. We talked of her love of Robert Burns and Billy Connolly (I think he’s the only person on earth she can forgive for using four letter words), my childhood imaginary mouse McClumpha and the gift of a toy ‘wild haggis’ from my first boyfriend. We talked of the Galloway forest and the West coast evening skies,  the pound shop on Dalbeattie high street and the white stones mumsmum would find for me to stand on when we went hill walking. When I speak to her on the phone she gives me advice on keeping healthy chickens and I tell her what we’re growing in our garden. She can no longer go  walking in the hills, so I send her photos of  our rambles and bike rides.

As Ted Hughes wrote to his son:

“And as the old Greeks said: live your life as though all your ancestors were living again through you.”

Heritage, I guess it can go both ways.

Java x

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

Cheers! Lyon, France Everyone starts a fresh on January 1st, or early September at the start of the school calendar, or simply every Monday after a debauched or slothful weekend. Recently Jon and I started a new beginning on December the 18th, 2012. We moved […]

Happy New Year 20% Discount Sale! Dance and Rummage!

Happy New Year 20% Discount Sale! Dance and Rummage!

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Merry Christmas and a thrifty New Year Tin Cupers! xxxx

 

Weeping into The Biscuit Tin

Weeping into The Biscuit Tin

C’est fini! ‘The Biscuit Tin’ has been filmed. I got to say ‘It’s a wrap’ in the appropriate context for once in my life. The final scenes involved lyig in bed, eating poached eggs and looking a bit miserable. None of these at once, but […]

The Biscuit Tin Continued

The Biscuit Tin Continued

Slowly, gradually and with a rucksack full of good, bad and odd ideas, we are getting closer to figuring out our short film ‘The Biscuit Tin’. With each shot we discover something new that we can feed into other aspects of the film and explore […]

Our new office is a Gypsy Caravan

Our new office is a Gypsy Caravan

We have managed to uproot ourselves from the magnetic pull of the dining room table and have shifted Tin Cup into the gypsy caravan in the garden. We were quickly joined by Humphrey and Bogart, the kittens. Who can blame them? The plush colour scheme is pretty exciting. Now, to actually do some work…

The Biscuit Tin: Day One

The Biscuit Tin: Day One

Day one of filming and we have so far shot two scenes and demonstrated our abilities for performing an impressive variety of roles on set: hairdresser, caterer, set designer, continuity, director, script-editor, actress and wardrobe mistress. We’re like a one man band. With two people. […]