Posted: 12-06-2022

Reverse Bank Holiday

For quite a while I thought we would have 3 bank holidays in Jubilee week, the Monday, Thursday and Friday then I realised the Monday was moved to the Thursday. To describe the then forthcoming week the term 'reverse bank holiday' came to mind, Easter does involve a Friday but not the Thursday and it felt as if the bank holidays were coming at the end rather than the start of the week. I started to plan days on camera also with in-person bookings in mind. I was brought up anti-royalist but I have always been interested in the Royal family, I don't blot them out I am simply intrigued. Also I have a choice I can join in if I want to, and I can do it my own way. I also like events which lift the mood, and after the last 2 years I think the nation deserved some mood-lifting. The coverage of food laden tables however on day 4 the Sunday, that did trigger a "Come on this is enough now" comment and I just shut down.

Back to my celebration I allowed the Jubilee to influence my choice of dress I ordered white satin gloves from Dents to complete my outfit. I went on a little adventure to retrieve the china tea set hidden in the attic, planning a little tea party which initially did not have any guests. Having received an in-person booking made the evening before I assembled a little collection of sweet treats to accompany afternoon drinks. Whilst preparing I managed to grab a few snaps for my Adultwork gallery, as well as make a little tease video for social media. The cream, shortbread and fancy were not required by my guest who did arrive bearing small but personal gifts, a complete surprise given he had secured his booking only the evening prior and had a long journey to make. He did however enjoy a coffee from my stove-top pot, before moving into a more intimate clinch. Moving into my personal life the day was finished with a very relaxing, and inspiring musical experience in a very appropriate venue.

I continued the Jubilee theme the following day with a similar day outfit and then one of 'those' dresses - sweetheart neckline inspired by the Queen of Hearts herself, worn with Swaroski necklace. I will not deny style! 

Sunday I had a photo and video session planned in to make a personalised package ordered a few days prior, the commission brief used the long green latex dress you will see in my gallery. I had great fun shooting the video, stills and also managed to make a little video for myself and my 3rd ever tik tok. Tik tok is something I have started using both for fun, as well as to potentially showcase my own little productions. These are shot using my mobile phone, so not as sharp as when I use my dedicated Canon. Perhaps you will find my tick tok account, I believe Googling the right words should take you there.

After the end of the long weekend having received great feedback for all my exploits, I was very happy and inspired.

Ruth SB x


Posted: 21-05-2022

Two years

Almost 2 years since the original date on my tickets the concert happened. For me attending the concert became intensified because of the content of the last 2 years - and the history of the music for me. Unfortunately the date clashed with something else equally as important, a plan had to be laid but I got there and I made sure I made the most of the experience. In the weeks prior I had tracked the tour on Instagram, played both latest and back catalogue CDs in my car on the way to bookings, in part I already knew the show, I even matched my nails to the tour banner colours. I was ready for this I stood up as everyone else did dancing, sometimes singing, sometimes not, waving my arms whilst trying to make sure I didn't trample my newly bought programme and official t-shirt. The journey home uneventful I was still on a high 12, 18 and 24 hours later. An amazing experience I will hold onto.