Seeing Van Morrison Live

Last year Louise (sister) and I ventured up to Kew Gardens on the outskirts on London to see our favourite musician from childhood, Van Morrison. We had grown up in rural Australia, listening to his music, probably before we were even born, and you could say it was the soundtrack to my early life. Seeing him live in concert was a unbelievable opportunity.

You can imagine how excited we were. We thought we would calm our excitement and nerves with a glass (or bottle) or two of wine. If you have never met Me, or my sister then you won’t really understand what happens when we get together, and alcohol is involved. Logic, tact and any shred of class go out the window. Which would be fine, except we were going to a ‘sit-down’ concert, full of older people, in a ROYAL PALACE. Hm.

Without giving too much away, we basically embarrassed ourselves, our family, and our country on that day. From what I recall, the usher had to tell us to sit down, be quiet, sit down again, sit down or I WILL remove you from the venue, please go to the front if you would like to dance. Which we did. Barefoot.

Needless to say, the staff and punters didn’t think our behaviour was particularly tasteful, but I guess it’s the English’s fault for letting the colonials back in the country. We had an amazing time (from what I can remember) and Van was brilliant. Of course we cried our eyes out as soon as he started singing, he sounds amazing live.

This year we managed to catch him live again, this time in Finsbury Park at an Irish Festival. He headlined alongside Bob Dylan, and was brilliant again. I would love to say we stayed sober and behaved ourselves, but…


Louise about to storm a royal palace in London

Louise about to storm a royal palace in London


hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic
Van Morrison, Into The Mystic

Squistas
Here I am with my two sisters, a rare opportunity when we are all in the same room together. We were at my house in Bristol and I think we had had a few drinks, and decided to get into our flannie jammies for a picture for Mum. These two are certifiably nuts, and there’s few people that can say they have been in the room with the three of us and didn’t feel like they were losing their mind. I will miss them when I go back to Australia, but I know it won’t be long before we are all together again. Dus Luv Ya!

Squistas

Here I am with my two sisters, a rare opportunity when we are all in the same room together. We were at my house in Bristol and I think we had had a few drinks, and decided to get into our flannie jammies for a picture for Mum. These two are certifiably nuts, and there’s few people that can say they have been in the room with the three of us and didn’t feel like they were losing their mind. I will miss them when I go back to Australia, but I know it won’t be long before we are all together again. Dus Luv Ya!


Me in Mecca.
Here I am standing at the Piano that Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash used to for an impromptu recording ‘jam’ session which would later become the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’, at the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. 
Shellie and I did a guided tour of the studio. It was amazing to think I was standing in the spot where Elvis recorded his first songs, or where Bob Dylan kissed the ‘X’ on the ground. The studios have seen some of the best recording artists of all time come through it’s doors.
I went wandering through the streets of Memphis, took a trolley (tram), and wandered down Beale street to B.B King’s house of Blues. It was an amazing city, alive with culture and music, and I will definitely return there. One of my favourite places in the U.S.A

Me in Mecca.

Here I am standing at the Piano that Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash used to for an impromptu recording ‘jam’ session which would later become the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’, at the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Shellie and I did a guided tour of the studio. It was amazing to think I was standing in the spot where Elvis recorded his first songs, or where Bob Dylan kissed the ‘X’ on the ground. The studios have seen some of the best recording artists of all time come through it’s doors.

I went wandering through the streets of Memphis, took a trolley (tram), and wandered down Beale street to B.B King’s house of Blues. It was an amazing city, alive with culture and music, and I will definitely return there. One of my favourite places in the U.S.A


Winter time in Bristol
Shellie and I outside the famous Saint Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol. It was built somewhere in 12th to 15th Century, anyway it’s bloody old! There are lots of tombs and spooky old architecture inside. 
This is representative of typical English weather. I spent most of my time in the UK rugging up against the bitter cold and ‘mizzle’ (which is like snow mixed with drizzle). I tried holing up in the house for weeks on end, waiting for a ray of sunshine so I could have a day out, eventually realising that you have to brave the elements. I spent a lot of my first year with a cold, I wasn’t climatised, but this past year has been alot better.

Winter time in Bristol

Shellie and I outside the famous Saint Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol. It was built somewhere in 12th to 15th Century, anyway it’s bloody old! There are lots of tombs and spooky old architecture inside. 

This is representative of typical English weather. I spent most of my time in the UK rugging up against the bitter cold and ‘mizzle’ (which is like snow mixed with drizzle). I tried holing up in the house for weeks on end, waiting for a ray of sunshine so I could have a day out, eventually realising that you have to brave the elements. I spent a lot of my first year with a cold, I wasn’t climatised, but this past year has been alot better.


Getting the Hogwarts Express!
I love London! This is Stacey and I outside Kings Cross station, they were doing re furbishments to the REAL platform 9 3/4 so we had to get this pic outside at the mock-up they had made. This was in summertime, and a warm day, which is rare in a UK summer. We spent the rest of the day drinking cider on the roof of St Pancras station, and wandering up and down Queens Walk on the Thames.

Getting the Hogwarts Express!

I love London! This is Stacey and I outside Kings Cross station, they were doing re furbishments to the REAL platform 9 3/4 so we had to get this pic outside at the mock-up they had made. This was in summertime, and a warm day, which is rare in a UK summer. We spent the rest of the day drinking cider on the roof of St Pancras station, and wandering up and down Queens Walk on the Thames.


Hiking and Hallucinations
This is a picture I took when I was about halfway down the Grand Canyon, on the Bright Angel trail. I have edited in in HDR Artist on the iPhone.
The USA trip was a highlight of 2010, and hiking the canyon was something I’ll never forget. I was hiking with my bet mate Shellie, who had just completed the 4 day Inca Trail in South America, so was in peak form, and I was huffing and puffing for my life and having hallucinations all the way up the hill.
The Bright Angel trail is about an 8 hour hike, about 2.5 hours downhill and 5 hours uphill. It gets VERY hot and humid in the canyon. I don’t think I had ever done anything so exhausting but also fulfilling. Later that evening Shellie and I (along with the rest of out tour group) went to a viewing point at the Canyon to watch the sunset. One of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.

Hiking and Hallucinations

This is a picture I took when I was about halfway down the Grand Canyon, on the Bright Angel trail. I have edited in in HDR Artist on the iPhone.

The USA trip was a highlight of 2010, and hiking the canyon was something I’ll never forget. I was hiking with my bet mate Shellie, who had just completed the 4 day Inca Trail in South America, so was in peak form, and I was huffing and puffing for my life and having hallucinations all the way up the hill.

The Bright Angel trail is about an 8 hour hike, about 2.5 hours downhill and 5 hours uphill. It gets VERY hot and humid in the canyon. I don’t think I had ever done anything so exhausting but also fulfilling. Later that evening Shellie and I (along with the rest of out tour group) went to a viewing point at the Canyon to watch the sunset. One of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.


When the wolf’s at the door, love goes out the window.
Wisdom of my Dad

I’ve finally bought a suitcase after much deliberation. It’s very important to fuss over every detail, especially the wheels and the weight, and whether or not the suitcase will cause Cancer or Birth Defects. (yes, this was actually written on a warning tag, needless to say I left that one on the shelf).
Today it’s a lovely grey and windy day in Brizzle, might go home and pack now!

I’ve finally bought a suitcase after much deliberation. It’s very important to fuss over every detail, especially the wheels and the weight, and whether or not the suitcase will cause Cancer or Birth Defects. (yes, this was actually written on a warning tag, needless to say I left that one on the shelf).

Today it’s a lovely grey and windy day in Brizzle, might go home and pack now!