Sunday, 31 July 2011


It's time to round up the month of July for Bird in the Bush.

The most read and therefore, I assume rightly or wrongly, the most popular post was the one where I talked about my favourite road in Shepherd's Bush. Some argued it wasn't Shepherd's Bush, and I counter-argued that I wasn't a fan of post code borders, but many other Bush residents agreed and some also offerred further historical insight to why the road is so pretty in pastel colours.

My personal favourite post was about my brother's wedding as it was a special highlight of my month, my year and, I guess, my lifetime.

It was made all the more special by the name of the table we were sitting on for the wedding breakfast.

My favourite thing about the Bush this month has been finding out about Bush Festival and meeting Philippa who is tirelessly working towards creating a very special event for the local community. Please do come down to Shepherd's Bush Green to join in the fun on Saturday 13th August 2011. I will be there and hope to be involved in a small but special way so I will blog about that soon.

In other Bush Events news, Oxjam Shepherd's Bush Takeover continued to get ready for their arrival in the Bush on Saturday 29th October and they held a fundraising pub quiz just last Thursday. For anyone who attended you can try spot yourselves in these photos on their Facebook page. Special well done mention to "Two in the Bush" team which featured some of the finest Bush Twitterati, fresh from their rise to fame as reigning champions of the Crown & Sceptre pub quiz. It was lovely seeing them briefly on Thursday.

The all day festival event will feature live music and comedy acts over 8 venues. More details are to be announced soon.

I got nostalgic again with this fabulous video and screen shots of the 607 as a trolley bus in Shepherd's Bush from over 50 years ago. If you haven't watched it already I thoroughly recommend you do and play spot the local landmarks in their former glory.

I also took a walk down TV production memory lane in honour of the new BBC drama The Hour which is set in TV studios which once graced Lime Grove Studios. Sadly sightings of Dominic West were low this month (I must up my game!).

Personally I kept it vintage too adding more and more retro gems to my Etsy store, Funtime Frocks Etc. There is still free shipping (i.e. I will hand deliver!) to all Bush locals so contact me for a code and get in touch if you have any questions about any of my lovely vintage bits!

This month was short on restaurant and grub reviews (thanks to diet on both my budget and butt) but that doesn't mean it was without its food, thanks to my guest post for Best of Hammersmith & Fulham about the best places to eat out in Shepherd's Bush, my discovering another local blog "Food is the Theme" and I did make a very satisfying trip to King Solomans on a rainy day.

July was also the month I took my very special life long friend to K Spa for a day of pampering and poking. It was so lovely I broke the review into two parts (one and two) so I could drag out my memories of the day.

Again it would seem I had a busy month in Shepherd's Bush (and beyond) and I'm still amazed that I find enough, if sometimes too much, inspiration for writing about life in the Bush. I love this! That's not to say I don't still need ideas so if you'd like me to write about something particular or if you think there's a bar, restaurant, shop I should try in Shepherd's Bush do let me know.

I leave you with some photos of other posts I did featuring my own walks around the BushShepherd's Bush signs (good and bad), photos taken by lovely Bush Bloke Sacha and Shepherd's Bush street art.

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