Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Dancing in September

Actually there wasn't much dancing in September, there was a lot of packing, moving and saying goodbye as I finally left Shepherd's Bush. If you get a big Schadenfreude kick from my sorrow then you can read a number of those posts, and for others of you there was still lots going on in the Bush which I tried my best to cover.

So the sad posts... Mo and I shared sushi, mojitos and an ill-advised "emptying the drinks cupboard" experience on our last night in Shepherd's Bush. (The delicious sushi you see is from Sagano.)

And I said a fond farewell to the flat that has been my home for the last two years by giving you a bit of history and information about the iconic building. Though I've been back to the Bush a few times since leaving I try to avoid walking past my building as much as possible. The thought of seeing someone else perched on my balcony... sigh.

Moving on (literally!), the blog featured some lovely guest posts from Trish who reviewed a gig at Bush Hall, and from "Wildman of the Bush" who wrote one of my favourite ever Bird in the Bush posts about the "Bush Sax Man".

Still on the subject of music, I finally did a post about a great Bush family project Music House for Children and the date was announced for Bushstock 2012.

In other news Open Doors came and went inspiring creativity in even the most artistically challenged of people, i.e. me. It was a great project and a lovely day for us Bush enthusiasts so if you haven't explored the work that was on show, you really should see some of the photos that were taken here, here and here. I am still hankering after the W12 wallpaper...

Back to music (maybe there was more dancing than I remember) and I shared with you some information about Oxjam Acton, a smaller scale Oxjam event just down the road but run by a Bush resident with real character and fascinating musical background. Read more here.

Other music events to consider in October are of course Oxjam Shepherd's Bush Takeover, the fundraising warm up to which features a gimmick-gong-free singles night, and of course the #bushw12 #dnbnight on Saturday October 15th at Raving Buddha, organised by some of the finest Bush Twitterati.

Speaking of which, this month I wrote about how important and significant twitter and the #bushw12 twitter family has been to me and my blog. If you don't "get" Twitter, I hope maybe this post will go some way to changing your mind. I have decided to stay on Twitter as Bushbirdie, though I know this may disagree with some of you Bush-purists, but quite frankly I don't want to lose the friends/followers I have on there, though of course I won't be offended if you decide to unfollow me on my travels. Speaking of which, I also introduced my new blog As the Bird flies... If you haven't already had a nosey around it or subscribed to posts by email please do.

Though it was initially strange, I have enjoyed returning to the Bush as a "tourist", on one trip I even got ice cream, and I was honoured to spend an joining in (i.e. gatecrashing) the Bush Theatre celebrating their new home, new future and future production Sixty Six Books.

A personal highlight of this month was when NewMan and I played around making temporary tattoo transfers (simple things...) and he made me this Shepherd's Bush tattoo. In other personal news I have reduced the price of everything on my Etsy store, and will give you a further 10% discount with the code FUNTIMER, if you like what you see.

There was more, there always is. Until now. I am now faced with only two weeks left in the country, the longest to do list I've ever written and a city full of friends and family to see and say goodbye to. For that reason I will only be posting a handful more posts on Bird in the Bush, at most.

One of my last posts will be Bird's guide to living in the Bush so please do feel free to pitch in ideas, must-dos, must-avoids, must-ignores. As always it will be light-hearted yet heartfelt and, I hope, a fitting end to my time as Bird in the Bush.

Thank you for reading, always x

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