The first weekend in September, I headed to End of the Road Festival, which was situated in Dorset’s beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens. Here is Sufjan Stevens performing his headline set.
One of my favorite performances of the weekend was by Jessica Pratt. She makes gorgeous, guitar pluck-y folk music, with sweet syrupy vocals on top. Everyone stood completely silent as she played her goosebumps-inducing music.
Wandering around enchanting gardens with my friend Flo Morrissey.
One of my new favorite flowers, which we found in the forest.
Peacocks were slinking around the festival.
Stealing Sheep were another of my favorites of the weekend! These girls know how to make incredible, psych-twinged electro pop. They play behind a cockpit of drool-worthy gear, AND they wear awesome tights.
Pond blew me away. Nick Albrook came on stage in a dress, performing wizard-y dance moves and playing a guitar covered in stickers. It’s easy to love a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
I like crowd watching.
Sunset at the festival.
Two years after hanging out with and photographing Nadine Shah, I finally got to see her play her haunting music! She didn’t disappoint, and I particularly appreciated her T-shirt.
Fewer than 24 hours after the festival, I woke up with my friend Ayesha in a camper van at a lovely campsite in Snowdonia, Wales. We wanted to devote a week to outdoors appreciation, and soaking up the last rays of summer sun.
We headed first to Fairy Glen, a mossy gorge in the forest with a river running through it. We heard that the northwest part of Snowdonia had many folklore tales of fairies. We were sure we spotted one fluttering past us in the sunlight.
We made a quick stop in Ffestiniog to admire the surreal-looking mountains of slate. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to head to Bounce Below—the U.K.’s largest trampoline…IN A CAVE. There will be a next time, though.
Please note: We do not advise that anyone climb on slate. Do so at your own risk.
We visited the mysterious estate of Portmeirion (the location where The Prisoner was filmed!). Legend has it that Clough Williams-Ellis, the man who designed Portmeirion, fell in love with the Italian town Portofino—so much so that he tried to build a village that looked just like it in Wales.
The village square was deserted. We ran around in pastel colors, blending into the architecture.
Ayesha in Portmeirion.
Our second camp site, where the backdrop was Snowdonia’s incredible mountains.
Our last stop was the magical Blue Pool Quarry. Unfortunately, the moment was slightly spoiled by some slightly obnoxious dudes hanging out there. They were playing horrible music that was only amplified by the cliffs. Nevertheless, everything looked gorgeous, even if the water was much too cold for swimming.
Ayesha at Blue Pool Quarry.
We said goodbye to the mountainous roads of Snowdonia. Until next time! ♦