I love a wee Sunday out and about in town with no agenda whatsoever. Food requirements normally drive everything so we hit 2 of my favourites - Slim's Kitchen for brunch then Established Coffee for caffeine and cake.
A little lazy wonder around The Mac was great as Brian will always make my laugh with his comments on modern art being something along the lines of: "sure, I could just get a big paintbrush and do that myself".
No disrespect intended to Richard Gorman, who is exhibiting!
Me: What do you think of his Cobalt Series?
Brian (with a smile): Aye, sure blue is a great colour.
We do love a little adventure. We also love to occasionally borrow our siblings kids to share in an adventure. We were blessed with the most beautiful weather last weekend, and blessed to have the company of our 12 year old niece and 13 year old nephew overnight, so we decided to go on a little kayaking and camping adventure in Castlewellan Forest Park for the summer solstice weekend.
After having some coffee and cake at the lovely Hillyard House at the entrance to the park, we pitched the tent and cycled off to the adventure centre to grab our kayaks and life jackets. After spending a gloriously sunny 2 hours splashing around on the lake, then jumping in for a swim we got showered and changed and rewarded ourselves with dinner and ice cream in Newcastle.
Despite both being completely straight, Sarah and I often joked about the amount of 'romantic dates' that we seemed to have in Paris. Picnicking in the park, sunset at the top of Arc de Triomphe, cocktails in Le Marais, running in the rain in Montmartre, etc etc...
So it was in this tradition that Sarah took me on a tremendously romantic 'date' in San Francisco. She drove us to the North West coast of the City, to Lands End Lookout where I could appreciate the magnificent 'Sutro Baths' and have drinks in the iconic 'Cliff House' restaurant.
When I was asked to photograph some of the Open House Festival gigs, Ciaran Lavery's 'Kosher' EP launch was actually top of my list. With one of my Ipod playlists consisting of artists like James Vincent McMorrow, Ben Howard and Foy Vance, I do enjoy a male artist who can project an emotive voice from behind a guitar and write, really great bloody songs.
Some are saying that his latest EP 'Kosher' is a more commercial offering that previous work. Great stuff I say. I'd love to hear Fearne Cotton play the wonderfully ready for airplay track ' Left for America' over and over. Listen to it here.
A humble performer who has a lovely rapport with the crowd and is sure to go on to great success. Let's hope that the rousing cover of Lionel Richie's 'All night long' can do for Ciaran what 'Higher Love' did for James Vincent McMorrow.
Jude Malone is a Photographer and Designer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She loves having a trip to look forward to, live music, proper coffee and cluttering up her coffee tables with really nice festival programs.