So I'm now working at Kinoko, and I've updated Pastoral Review, which was long-overdue anyway. I'm not sure yet how the new job will affect the quality/subject/frequency of the blog, but I will be keeping it active for sure. Content will still be original, and of course any views expressed here remain my own.
I'd like to say a big thank you to those of you who read and encourage Pastoral Review. What I do here has become a livelihood for me now which is pretty much a dream come true - so cheers!
I don't mention music that often on here, but these guys are really nailing the Pastoral Review aesthetic so they're definitely worth featuring. Psyence Fiction hail from chilly Norway, and their delightfully gloomy vibe is the perfect accompaniment to the season. I mean, what's not to like here? Buttoned-up shirts - check, atmospheric church - check, analogue synth, woodsy guitar & lashings of melancholic Americana - check, check & check. Their limited back catalogue is on Spotify, and their new single is out TODAY!
The requirements were that it should be fairly lightweight, with a step-through frame and with a reasonable range of gears. Oh, and it had to be pretty too (read vintage). Together we scoured Ebay for a couple of weeks until we hit upon this guy (or girl?); Reynolds 531 mixtie frame & forks, Suntour VX derailleurs, and some really special lugwork, all topped off with an incredible seafoam paint job. The original drop bars, levers & downtube shifters needed a bit of a switcheroo to suit Jules, but the spirit of this little beauty remains.
If you're still with me, you'll be delighted to know that Jules is very happy with the bike. I shot it with the hose-clamped-on bottle cage, cable tied rear light and chain on the small ring for true authenticity. And the mid-Autumn light just makes that paint job pop, right? Enjoy...
Like most of the plant life in the Northern Hemisphere, the bicycle road racing season has pretty much withered and died for another year. But with the waning of one type of cycle sport comes the waxing of another: cyclocross season is here. Anyone with only a minor to mild curiosity about 'cross - curicrossity? - can get their fill over at CX Hairs. Incisive race commentary provides a great introduction to the sport and the music is sometimes ok. Check out the #Svenness series (an homage to Belgian 'cross demigod* Sven Nys) to see how the PROs do it.
*Sven's picture is used to advertise pasta salad in Belgium. Fact.
I've had a bit of a shuffle-round on the blog to go along with the new visual identity I've been working on, & I'll continue to tweak over the next week or so. In a way this is part of a much bigger non-blog related change I've made recently which I can talk about soon. Anyway, hope you like Xx
P.S. Check out my grandparents ace wedding photos here.