Monday, 29 June 2009

Mondaaaaaay :)

Well helloooo :)

Today we took Violet for a check up - just to make sure everything's good. She's definitely a Violet by the way - rather than a Wilfred or a Dave - that's one of the things I wanted the vet to check. lol :) So she's definitely a little baby girly. She weighs just under a kilo at the mo which is pretty light!

And today she did such a cute thing too. :) She went over to her carrier and opened the door, went in, closed it behind her and fell asleep! It was soooo cute. :) And yesterday she got one of Dad's shoes off the rack and dragged it into the other room. :) She's having a little snooze now. Ooh and she also discovered the stairs today - so I was a bit of a nervous wreck this morning! She did a bit of a balancing act across the banister and I was getting ready to catch her below. :-S Mum and I have put some cardboard around the very top bit now though, and she whizzes up and down the stairs. :)

I've also been practising a few songs today for a private function that I'm playing at tomorrow. I should be doing about a twenty minute set - so four or five songs. That should be quite fun. :)

I'd better go now,

Night night xxxxx

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Violet's first video

Hello again - woah! Two posts in a day! lol

Here's a little video of Violet - hope you like it! :)



Night night xxxxx

Garden update

Hello :) I thought I'd do a quick update on the plants. :) It's almost looking like a jungle out there now!
So firstly... here are Mum's cucumber plants and they're getting preeeeetty big!

And next up...
Holly's pepper plants, also looking pretty big! It's funny - these two (and one other) are in a different sort of grow bag to the other 6 I've got - and they're coming on so much better. Why it's a little strange is because, as you can probably see, the grow bag in the picture has lots of tomatoes on the side and is called a 'giant tomato planter' - but the other grow bags actually have pictures of peppers on and they're hardly half the size of these. Curious...very curious... (no peppers for a while yet!)
A jungle of tomato plants - mine are a different to my Dad's. He's doing hanging basket ones, whereas I'm doing the 'Shirley' variety. That's my excuse for the fact that mine hardly have any flowers yet, and the fact that Dad has a couple of tomatoes growing already...grrrr...

Yeah alright...don't rub it in...
Mum's potatoes in a bag - doing really well...

And Mum's runner beans which are exceeeedingly tall and growing extremely quickly!

And Violet is an absolute sweetie too...


She fell asleep on my feet today. :) She's having a little snooze in her bed (which is also her carrier) at the mo. We did get her a really cute separate bed - the one you can see to the left of the picture above but she likes to sleep on a little faux sheepskin blanket thing in her carrier. I'll try to upload a little video later if I can get it to work! :-S

TTFN :)

Holly xxxxx

Friday, 26 June 2009

Violet

This is why I was excited! :D I got this gorgeous little girlie today. She's called Violet and she's about 8 weeks old. I'll try to upload a little clip of her playing tomorrow. We're just about to go to bed now - I wonder how her first night will be!

TTFN,

Holly xxxxx

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Working

Helloooo :)

I hope you're all well.

I've been working today - trying to earn a bit of money. I've been working all week - tomorrow is my last day there though as I've got something else (quite exciting actually) to do on Friday.

...so I should have something a bit more to talk about over the weekend. ;)

Lots of love,

Holly xxxxx

Monday, 22 June 2009

I Live Through the Song...

Hi everyone, I don't really have much to report today - but I'd like to share this with you - a video from my lovely friend riverman's channel - made by Rob (riverman), David and Karla...



TTFN

Holly xxxxx

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Sunday

Today has consisted of clearing up the mess that I made on Thursday with my little tidying spree. I'm getting there! lol. I need to do loads of work in my room though. My room is really small so I'd like to get rid of one whole unit. I have a couple of chests of drawers and a computer desk at the mo all squished in and I'd like to get rid of the computer desk. It'll take a while. :-S

I went shopping yesterday and had a good browse, it was nice not to have to rush home to study! Yaay! :)

I think I'm going to blog every other day or so now. Then at least I'll actually (kind of) have a bit more to say!

TTFN :)

Holly xxxxx

Friday, 19 June 2009

Choir practice

I really should try to write my blog a tad earlier - I'm always really tired at this time of night! :-S
Today we had a choir practice session - I'm not in charge at the mo (that'll be next school year) but we're currently preparing for the school prize giving. Today we sang Tripping Through Violets and I played my guitar along. It was really cool hearing everyone singing my song. :)
I also made some harmonies up for people to sing. It was just really cool. :)
But the best bit is that when I was putting the guitar away and closing the music room I heard some of the girls singing the chorus of the song as they were walking down the corridor. :) That was very cool. :)

Anyway, I'd better go now.

Night night xxxxx

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Exams = done :)

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! All done. :) School = finished! :D (Apart from going back for choir - but that's fun) Ben was right - it really is an odd feeling - I did a bit of a tidying spree this evening. I haven't finished yet so everything is a bit up in the air, but I'll finish it tomorrow evening.

I have to go to bed now.

Night night xxxxx

P.S - Expect an email in your inbox tomorrow Larry. ;)

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Less than a daaaaaaaaaay...!

Oh. my. days. This time tomorrow I would have finished my exams. Aaaaaaaah! Ben says it's a weird feeling. I bet it is actually, must say I'm looking forward to it though. :) Aaaaaaaah!

Anyway, I'd better go now.

Aaaaaaaah!

Holly xxxxx

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Twooo daaaaays...

Hello :)

Not much to report again today rather than more revision. Tomorrow is the last day of revision and then Thursday is the final exam. Ben finished his today so he was gloating a bit. lol - not long now!!!

I'd better go anyway,

Night night xxxxx

Monday, 15 June 2009

Musicrevisioning

Today I've been..............wait for it...........

REVISING!!! Bet you'd never have guessed that! ;) Not long to go now though. 3 days...3 daaaaaaays...and then I'll be able to chill. :) HOORAY!

Today I was revising our set works for the music exam. Music A-Level is soooo hard. Why did I take it? :( Oh well. I won't have to do it anymore after Thursday. Phew!

I'd best go to bed now,

Night night xxxxx

P.S - More pics from the Kashmir gig are now on the website http://www.hollykirbymusic.com/ - ta Uncle Tim! :)
P.P.S - I'm also on Twitter now - actually I've been on it for a while, but I've only just worked out how to use it! http://twitter.com/hollykirby
P.P.P.S - If you scroll down and click on the water then you can feed my fish. :)

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Kashmir pics

Not much to report today really - I was just trying to enjoy a bit of sun before getting back into the swing of exams. It's quite late now and I'm rather tired so I'd better be off up the wooden hill. I'll leave you with a couple of photos from the Kashmir Cafe though...

From the outside...
Getting ready...Explaining about one of the songs...
Action shot...Another action shot...There should be more pics up on the website soon... http://www.hollykirbymusic.com/

Night night xxxxx

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Festivaling

I'm veeeeeery tired. Today was the Festival and it was kind of draining. I was so nervous beforehand and I think that definitely showed when I was first up there. Telling the audience that I was nervous was probably a bigger clue though.

Loads of my friends were there which was good, they were very supportive. I think due to the fact that I was so nervous the audience kind of felt that they were taking me under their wing so to speak. All in all I did okay, but I think I could have done better. The only gig that I've felt properly pleased with is the Quay Arts Acoustic Originals evening.

At the end quite a few people came up to me and said that they enjoyed my set and did I have a business card - so I dished some out. I met some really great artists who were in the Kashmir Cafe as I stuck around for a bit afterwards. Also, some people came up and asked me for my autograph which was rather strange! lol. And the same group of people asked me for a photo too, which I thought was kind of funny. :)

Anyway, I'd better go now. I'm very tired.

Night night xxxxx

Friday, 12 June 2009

Music exam

Today I had a music exam. It went absolutely horribly. I mean it, I'm not just saying that. It did. I had 3 hours in which to do the exam and about 20 bars of baroque counterpoint music to compose. I wrote about 5 bars in 2 hours, just to put things into perspective. I managed to finish it, but I have no idea what it sounded like in the end as I literally just wrote down fairly random notes...so I'm unlikely to get any marks there. Hmmm. I have two more music exams next week and then that's it for all of my exams.

I've also been practising for the Festival. Hopefully it'll go OK.

I'd better go now,

Night night xxxxx

Thursday, 11 June 2009

You have no option.

My best is not an option
My best is an excuse
My best is an elastic band
With no particular use

My goal is miles away it seems
I look up to the sky
From underneath the darkest cloud
Whilst living in a lie

I trip up on the pavement
And scuff my brand new soul
Whilst you are dancing in the road
And I'm left in the cold

I'm stuck behind this mask again
The one I made myself
I'll wear it now until I win
And leave it on the shelf


I randomly wrote this today. I mean 'spur of moment' random. I had a feeling and I roooolled with it. I don't really want to say too much about it, as part of the appeal of poetry in general is the fact that anyone can interpret it however they wish to...unless it's the wrong interpretation. Ha...what a contradiction. I'm sorry, you may indeed make of it what you wish. Why did I say that? You don't need my permission.

TTFN,

Holly xxxxx

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Impossible

Hooray!!! The exam today felt really good. :) The questions were brilliant! - Stuff that me and my girlyfriends had been revising all morning! I actually really enjoyed it. I loved the Lyrical Ballads section, and did the best that I could've done - and that's all I could do. Hopefully it's enough - fingers crossed.

I realise that over the past few days I've just been saying 'yep, more revising today!' so today I thought I'd put on a song for something different. It's only very simple - one that I did quite a while ago - but hopefully you'll like it. It doesn't really have a video either - just words on the screen. Here it is, a quiet song about passion, unrequited, impossible love and the horrible/lovely feeling it gives you in your tummy.



Night night xxxxx

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

More revision!

Today I did some revising with my girlyfriends for the English exam tomorrow. Tomorrow it's the Wordsworth and Coleridge paper - which also includes Shakepeare's 'The Winter's Tale'.
We were getting a bit hysterical and kept saying quotes from War literature by mistake. For example...the poetry is in the pity. ;)

I'll only have Music exams left after Wednesday. Phew. Then I can focus on them. I'm nearly there! lol. It's the halfway through the week mark tomorrow. Aaaah.

And the Festival is soon. Double aaaah. I'm really nervous. I hope it'll be OK though.

Anyway, I'd better go now. Need a fairly early night for tomorrow.

Lots of love xxxxx

Monday, 8 June 2009

Exams

Ok, so the isolation thing was actually OK. No one was sitting with me and I wasn't really watched that much, I was just on my own in a room, eating my lunch and reading a book.

It was quite a tough day really, with 6 hours of exams, but it was alright. I think they went OK too. I can never really tell until results day, but fingers crossed! Nothing went horribly wrong...I hope.

Well I'm a tad tired now, I'd best be off to bed.

Night night xxxxx

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Cleverrrr.

Today I've been revising for my exams tomorrow. I have English Literature (the War section) and my German exam. They are actually scheduled at the same time. (These exam boards happen to be very intelligent measurers of intelligence...)

So due to the simultaneous scheduling I have to sit my German exam in the morning - before anyone else in the country who doesn't also have an English exam at the same time - which means that from the moment that I finish the German exam and start the English one I have to be supervised/put in isolation. It's in case I wish to tell anyone what's in the exam. Which sort of makes sense...but why would I do that?! I'm the only student in our whole school doing A2 German. So the whole isolation thing seems a bit pointless both for me and the person who has to watch me eat my lunch and escort me to the tinkle tank. Never mind.

So now I'm just preparing for an early night and listening to Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway...oh and typing too. It's hard to believe that this time next week I will have very nearly finished my exams and also performed at the Festival. It's strange, but I don't really feel like it's the end of school as I'm going back to do choir next year.

We have our Leavers' Ball in July...that should be good. I'd better go and try my dress on actually - see if it fits.

Anyhow, I'd best be off.

TTFN

Holly xxxxx

Saturday, 6 June 2009

The Wooden Hill

Look up into the blackness of the night
The place to which a thousand dreams take flight
See as they dart between a sea of stars
And watch the violet strati as they pass
It's time to leave the day behind once more
To face the brilliant sunlight of the morn
So rest your eyes, lay down your weary head
It's time to climb the wooden hill to bed

By H

Night night xxxxx

Friday, 5 June 2009

Passion

I wrote this and I thought I'd share it with you. It's rather long. It's just a bit of creative writing. Don't feel that you have to read it. I haven't really done anything like this before.

“What seems to be the problem Miss Fisher?”
A slight pause.
“I guess I have no idea what I want to do.”
He tilted his head and raised his hands so that his chin rested on his knuckles. She took this as a sign to continue as he said nothing.
“It seems like I’ve suddenly been given a lot of decisions to make and I’m struggling. I’ve made a few decisions, but I’m not really very happy with what I’ve decided. I’m sorry…I’m wasting your time.”
She went to stand, but as she did so he leant back in his seat and mumbled a firm “sit down.”
Another slight pause.
“Which subject have you applied for?”
“Music” she replied as she perched on the edge of the black leather chair.
“And?”
“And…I…am regretting my decision…”
She spoke in a quiet, stilted manner that just radiated self-confidence; his piercing glare really was quite off-putting. He wasn’t the kind of person who went out of his way to make you feel at ease, but that wasn’t his aim. She didn’t quite know what to make of him. He was a tall, dignified man with a startling presence. Even as he sat in the chair before her she felt slightly intimidated, and rather uncomfortable.
He glanced at his computer screen and cleared the screensaver before replying.
“And you’ve received offers?”
“Four.”
“And confirmed one of them?”
“Yes.”
“But you’re regretting this?”
“Yes...”
“Have you withdrawn your application and notified the University of your change of heart?”
“No...”
She fidgeted in her chair.
“Do you intend to?”
“I…don’t think so.”
He left a few moments silence before leaning forward playfully onto his folded arms. He adjusted his glasses.
“Well what do you expect me to do?”
A slight grin passed momentarily across his face. He really was quite an attractive man. Maybe that’s why she felt uncomfortable. He obviously sensed her embarrassment and carried on speaking.
“Alex, I wish I could help you, but I don’t quite know what you’re asking. Do you want to try to change your course?”
“Yes…really.”
“Well then, to which?”
“I don’t know.”
Mr. Magdalen leant back in his seat once more. He looked exasperated, but that wasn’t her fault, she’d already told him she was wasting his time.
“Help me here Alex.”
“I’m sorry.”
She felt her eyes well up with tears. Don’t be stupid…don’t be stupid she told herself. How embarrassing. She pinched her thigh and a sharp pain shot through her leg, distracting her from the awkwardness of the current situation. He helped her along.
“Which subject do you have a passion for?”
A passion? There was nothing in particular that she had a passion for. Her interests changed with the weather. She liked lots of different things from completely different areas. He’s waiting, she thought…
“Alex, just tell me what’s going on in there.”
He meant her mind. Show him you’re not that pathetic, hopeless, helpless little girl he must think you are, she thought. She shuffled forward so she was barely making contact with the smooth leather of the chair. He leant forward to mirror her position, and whilst Alex tried not to be put off by his closeness it made it a little uneasy for her to share her innermost thoughts without going slightly pink. She’d just talk, she thought. Just forget that he’s there, and talk.
“There’s no particular subject that I have a passion for.” She spoke calmly whilst following the patterns on the red carpet beneath her.
“There are certain things which I enjoy about certain subjects. But then there are other parts which I find really boring…”
He could tell she was unsure about continuing.
“Go on…”
She changed her focus point from floor to ceiling but met his eyes half way between and found herself unable to look away.
“It’s not really a particular subject that I have a passion for. It’s passion. I love the way that a certain piece of music makes me feel, I love the way a piece of theatre makes me feel. Your emotions are in the hands of the actors. They abuse you and love you and make you cry and make you laugh. They have a passion for what they do and I love it as much as they do. I have a passion for the words of the men and women who feel, and feel enough to record their deepest thoughts. They have the courage to believe that those thoughts and emotions are worth sharing, and they’re right to believe so. I have a passion for people…interactions…though that might be hard to believe coming from someone like me, who goes bright red when anyone looks at her.”
He smiled and looked down at his desk before returning to her eyes.
“I love watching people…when they’re deep in thought. It’s so interesting. I love watching how they react to certain things, their reaction when they greet an old friend they’d formerly lost contact with. Their face lights up, and their elation, for that one moment…it stays with you for the rest of the day. I always get told off for staring.”
She was more animated than he’d ever seen her before…and all because he’d given her a chance to speak her mind. She went on; he had no intention of stopping her.
“Sir…I have a passion for life. And love. And I doubt there are university courses for that.”
She smiled and looked at the floor once more, going slightly pink. Magdalen continued to watch her, tracing her features as she spoke.
“I doubt that too.”
He couldn’t think of anything else to say. He was slightly taken aback by her little speech. He admired this girl. She wasn’t one for small talk, much the same as him. He thought of something to add to his measly reply.
“No wonder you’re finding it hard.”
He fidgeted a little in his seat.
“I can tell you’ve given this a lot of thought Miss Fisher…and when one thinks a great deal on a matter, it’s easy to become emerged in a strange reality. I know it may seem odd. You would’ve thought that the harder you think, the further you plunge into the realms of your own imagination. But I think it’s the opposite…”
He had never found it particularly easy to share his thoughts with anyone, let alone one of his students, but felt obliged to reciprocate, and Alex seemed to be a sensible girl.
“You delve into your own thoughts and find yourself going round in circles. I suppose that’s why you came to me; for advice. But I think that you have to find your own way out. And I think the only way of doing so is to ‘skim the surface’ so to speak. I think you have to be able to take reality for what it is and how it appears to be rather than searching for a deeper meaning. The better the realisation of…reality…I suppose…the sadder one might become. The more you think upon the details of a matter, the greater the chance to form worries and become nervous about that particular situation.”
She looked slightly confused, or maybe she was just concentrating.
“Be content with the feelings you have, the passion that you have. And choose the subject which provides you with an excess of those feelings. You will be bored by some, if not many aspects of the course, but you will have to learn from those parts and draw positive experiences from them. There are a few aspects of this job which I absolutely detest. Meeting with stuffy governors being one…”
Alex laughed, grateful that Mr. Magdalen seemed to feel comfortable talking to her in this way. He began to speak again but was interrupted by the bell in the east corridor.
“Oh…I actually have a class now, but if you’d like to come back tomorrow at break we’ll talk about your options. Are you free then?”
She thought about it for a moment.
“Yes I am…that would be good, thank you.”
“Ok then, it’s a date. But now, class 10C awaits…”
He slipped his jacket on, grabbed a file from behind him and rose from his seat. Alex collected her things together, slipping her black and white bag onto her shoulder. He twisted the brass doorknob and opened the door, which she stepped through, thanking him as she passed. Magdalen watched her as she walked away.


Night night xxxxx

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Choir

Wow! This is my 50th post. Coooool. :)

As I'm having a gap year next year I'm going back to school once each week to run the school choir. I was in the choir in Year 9. We had about 40 people then and it was brilliant, but it's sort of fizzled a little bit since then. We haven't really had a choir at all this year actually. But things will change next year! ;)

I'll try to get some songs sorted for when we get back to school. I'm thinking so far...

After the Goldrush (one that we did in year 9 - but with a whole new choir though)
Hallelujah... (possibly?)
hmmm...I'm still thinking of others.

I'd better go now.

Night night xxxxx

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Hydro Strike

I thought I'd write my blog earlier today as I'm really tired.

Brooke came round this evening which was good. We went out in the garden and played Hydro Strike. It's a game that I got ages ago - it's sort of like a pinball game thing but...I know. I'll just put a picture of it up - you'll be able to see from that.



Well. Brooke won. And I was trying too! To start with I kept getting points and she kept getting sprayed with water so then I told her how to do it properly and after that I think I lost about every game. And the game was "first to get to five" for about 6 rounds. I think she won all but 1.

Apart from that I've been revising English Lit and German all day.

I'd best be off now. I'm WELL tired.

Night xxxxx

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Plaaaaaants

Hello :)

I said that I'd take a few photos of our lil garden so here they are...

Holly's crops... (with a tomato plant of Brooke's in the big pot...)



Mum's beeeeeans :) ...



and Dad's hanging basket tomatoes...



...oh and Brooke's sunflowers. :)



I'm really looking forward to when they get flowers and fruit and stuff. :D Look at me, all those technical gardening terms...stuff...lol.

I've been revising Lyrical Ballads again today. :) I also had German, which was really good. My last lesson before the exam. :( *sniff sniff*

I'd best be off now :)

Lots of love xxxxx

Monday, 1 June 2009

Lines Written in Early Spring

Today I've been studying Lyrical Ballads again. I've found one that I really like. Well I like a lot of them, but this one I like in particular. It's also a very typical example of English Romantic poetry.

It's Wordsworth's 'Lines Written in Early Spring'...

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure: --
But the least motion which they made,
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature's holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?


Like a lot of romantic poetry, this one is mainly about nature and its profound impact on the poet. Wordsworth was a pantheist.

Pantheism is...
'The belief that God, or a group of gods, is identical with the whole natural world; pantheism comes from Greek roots meaning “belief that everything is a god.”'

Apparently Wordsworth used to pace up and down a long path whilst he thought up his poems - immersing himself in the beautiful tranquility that surrounded him.

He was quite a radical thinker of the age, and was present in France at the beginning of the French Revolution. He wrote 'Lines Written in Early Spring' upon his return. Some harrowing experiences in France lead him to re-examine his beliefs - hence the rather pensive tone of this particular poem. On the surface it seems a rather happy piece. The personification of nature allows both poet and reader to feel directly linked with the aspects of nature described. Wordsworth gives the flowers, the twigs, the birds, human abilities - i.e - thinking, breathing - which reinforces his point - that we have a sublime 'link' with nature.

I'd better go now - that was a good bit of revision for me! lol :)

Lots of love xxxxx