the blues kitchen

When I was in London, I went to the Blues Kitchen! I went for music and food and to hang out with good friends, but I got the decor as an unexpected treat:

Food + company were both great.

Yummy veggie platter - padron peppers ftw.

Birthday cake for the birthday girl!

All in all, it was really lovely to spend an evening with London blues friends that I get to see much too rarely.

And then it was concert time, and Mud Morganfield - Muddy Waters' son (!) on stage.

The music was obviously brilliant, but I couldn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to; I was busy being in the middle of a full scale depressive life crisis ... which the day after turned out to have been PMS. I hate that so much. Anyway ... I got some lovely dances with Andrew, which managed to soothe me a little despite me feeling like shit. Thank god for friends and blues dancing!

solveig & anders // bröllop på omberg del 2

Såhär såg Solveig och Anders ut sent på kvällen dagen före bröllopet, när jag kom dit direkt från flygplatsen. Ljuset var helt bedårande.

Men Solveig allra mest bedårande.

En kort natts sömn senare var det bröllopsdag och Ombergs Turisthotell såg ut såhär.

Det är verkligen helt strålande fint däromkring, åk dit om ni kan!

Förberedelserna pågick överallt medan jag kröp ihop i en soffa och kollade utrustning och extrabatterier och allt sånt därnt ni vet. Och sedan blev det snart dags för porträttsession ute i värmen, men mina favoritbilder därifrån har ni ju redan sett.

Vigsel i Alvastra klosterruin.

Därborta kommer de!

Bandet spelade Marit Bergmans Can I Keep Him? och då grät jag lite för att jag var så rörd. Hjälp, jag gillar verkligen bröllop och kärlek och sånt!

Trogna bloggbesökare känner igen bandet förstås - det är ju vännerna i Myrans Orkester. Solveig frågade: "Du som är musiker, känner du till något bra band som spelar både till vigseln och till festen?". Jomen visst gör jag väl det!

De blev gifta!

Kramar och mingel efteråt

och sedan fotade jag lite till på väg tillbaka upp till Turisthotellet, för jag kunde inte låta bli. Festen kommer snart!

Marit Bergman | Can I Keep Him?

a weekend in london

I went to London! After I had spent my week in Sweden, I flew to London for four days of vacation and dancing and hanging out with friends, and Liam joined me for the weekend. It was lovely.

I went directly from the airport to blues dancing at the Joker in Islington. Remembered being there in 2016 and feeling so very welcome and included; this time, I'm so much a part of the UK blues scene that I didn't even think about it. What an insane privilege.

I stayed with my beautiful friends Ryan and Anna. <3

On my first full day there, I had a lindy private lesson which was AWESOME and then I tried doing some touristing, but it was just too hot outside to move. Apparently this was the hottest day in 2018 or something like that. I crawled inside pretty quickly. But, in the evening we went to the Blues Kitchen, and had a wonderful time! More on that in another blog post.

On the Friday, Anna and I created a Period Cave in their living room, with chocolate and fan and lovely chats. That was pretty much everything I had energy for because my period pain was killing me a little bit, as it tends to do on the first day.

But in the evening the pain was easing off and I went for dinner with my friend Isabelle.

We had delicious lemonade

and yummy galettes

and a lovely time in general.

And then we went to Blues at the Ritzy, a monthly blues dance in London that I've heard about for years but never made it to before. It was just as much fun as I expected! Tom Attah played great music, but I loved the talk about blues he had before the social dancing started even more than the music. It was interesting and fun and chilled and serious and packed with information at the same time. Recommend!

And then Liam arrived, and we spent a Saturday in Greenwich with the fabulous Louise, but I took so many photos that that will have to be its own blog post, too.

And then we went back to Ryan and Anna's and spent the evening in with pizza, Exploding Kittens and Codenames. Both of those games were new to me and I loved both.

Sunday morning snuggles on the couch.

Later on, a walk along Brick Lane.

Nom nom

We went to Spitalfields Market.

I like lemonade

and these two.

Ryan, you're not going to be able to keep that face for long ...

... told you so. :)

And later that afternoon, Liam and I took the train back to Chester. Thank you for this lovely weekend, Anna and Ryan! It was a joy to spend it with you.

Betty Carter | This Is Always