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We are the sons of winter and stars! \m/

Oki, so here's a little catch-up post about my Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday evening we had a visit from quietann and her partner, as they were in the UK for a few days. Really glad we met up because they were such lovely company - I love this website, you know? I've met so many awesome people through it. And as one of those awesome people includes my boyfriend, I think that's an all out win. :) Anywho, Ben cooked us a tasty stir-fry for dinner and then we walked up to the stables to meet the horses. It's funny, but I've had two international visitors within a week now who both wanted to meet Pepsi; I was sad that I couldn't introduce her to them, seeing as how she's still 100 miles away, but it was pretty cool that my girl has got herself something of a fanbase. Hehe.

I got up early on Tuesday morning to get my horse chores done before Ben dropped me at the train station on his way to work, and I was in London by 10am. I went straight to Islington, bought a copy of Lord Brocktree in a charity shop, and sat and read in the park until zsazsaroar came and found me at lunchtime. We had a really delicious meal at a nearby Italian restaurant, then had ice lollies in the park. A lovely afternoon with excellent company!

My plan had been to start queuing outside the venue once Steph went back to work (it was 2pm by this point, and there were already 3 other people waiting), but I only lasted 5 minutes. It was hot, there was no shade, and my position in the queue meant I was being splashed by a suspect drainage pipe ... not pleasant. So I went to find a coffee shop and read until 6pm. There was once a time when I would wait outside a venue for nine hours, just for a chance of seeing the band arrive and to make sure that I got down the front once inside ... but no longer. I'm a little gutted that I perhaps missed out on meeting Jari before the gig, but to be honest there's no guarantee he'd have come out, so I could have just been sat there in the hot sun for hours. I'm not the band-stalker I was.

The two support acts were horrible, but then I'd expected that as I'd looked them up beforehand. They were just ... noise. I was really quite perplexed as to why they were supporting a band with as much musical depth as Wintersun. Then there was a random DJ who played pop hits for about 10 minutes; it was weird but kinda funny, until we ended up waiting nearly an hour for Wintersun to come on stage. It just took the roadies so long to get set up - couldn't they have been clearing away the previous bands' stuff while that DJ guy was on? Instead they had to clear his stuff away, too!

The other downside was that the venue had no air con, and it was unbelievably hot. I've never known anything like it. I'm looking round as we wait and there's literally sweat running down peoples' faces. Pretty nasty.

But then Wintersun took to the stage, and all hardship was forgotten. I had waited so long for this moment, and there was Jari Mäenpää, my Finnish song-god and voice husband. For so many years his lyrics and singing-voice have inspired and cheered me, and I was finally in his presence. And he really does sing that well live, too! I wish I'd paid more attention to those parts, so that I could memorise them and wrap them up and keep them safe, but those were the areas where I was singing along too and it was so much fun. The whole crowd was singing, too, with every song. Never been to a gig like that before.

Hahaha, it sounds like I fancy him or something, but I don't ... it's more like I've exalted him to some kind of weird mythic status. Ah well.

During the last song, I made my way to the back of the crowd to find Ben, who had already had to bow out due to the heat - and I don't blame him. I'd been down the front (or damn near, anyway), and I'd taken my photos, and I'd seen and sung along with Jari, so I wasn't too concerned about retiring early. I was a little disappointed that they hadn't performed 'Starchild', and wasn't expecting them to now because it's like 8 minutes long and they were already running over curfew. They left the stage, came back on for an encore, and then ... just as I thought the gig was over ... THEY PLAYED STARCHILD. AAAAAAA. I GOT TO BELT OUT THE LYRICS OF STARCHILD WITH JARI MÄENPÄÄ. That was their last song and was the best end to a long-awaited gig. So much awesome.

I also want to thank Ben, for coming to a gig that isn't really his kind of thing and suffering through extreme heat, boredom and a whole lot of sweaty metalheads. Even Jari Mäenpää is not as heart-swooningly awesome as my Ben. XD

We got home about 1am to find three parcels waiting for us - all addressed to meeeee! One was my Clydesdale International magazine, the other was my Brave/Doctor Who crossover t-shirt from TeeFury, and one was from rainechan. :3 Inside was a plush Lady Rainicorn, two Unicorn badges, a Unicorn model that looks a little like my character Corbeau, and ... a signed copy of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Aaaa!! He'd written my name and drawn a heart!! Raine is the best Raine of all Rainekind. In the history of ever. Heeee.

So basically, tl;dr - Tuesday was a truly awesome day. The end.

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quietann and Cash, who was being somewhat indifferent to people on Monday. Typical. He's all over you when you DON'T want him to be pestered by him, and then acts all aloof when you want to show someone else the funny shit he gets up to.

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That's better. Sort of.

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I love how he's looking at me here as though asking what he's supposed to be doing ... bloody numpty.



Ben had the saddler out for Iris that evening, and Ann and her Ben had to go, so I walked them back and then went back to the stables to help Ben finish up. There was the most beautiful sunset when we walked home again. This is 100% as it came off the camera, by the way. Those colours...!

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Particularly good when viewed from the churchyard.

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My man. <3

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I took a lot of Jari photos, but I'm not going to spam you with them all so I'll just put my favourites here. Rawr! Angry Jari! He wasn't, he was smiling most of the time, but for some reason I always seemed to get shots of him being he was growling - hence

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Raawwwrr again! He did this a lot, haha.

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These were taken after I'd gone to stand at the back of the crowd.

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It was the birthday of Jukka, the bassist (not actually pictured in this shot, haha). Everyone wore party hats and looked like Unicorns. There was a giant cuddly monkey. Party balloons were being thrown around by the crowd. We sang happy birthday. It was awesome.

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See! Now I have a 'Neil Gaiman knows my name' collection. :3 The top one was given to me by fleefloodle a couple of years ago.


Lady Rainicorn, currently living on my story shelf with Raisin, another American Unicorn - and another gift from Raine! <3


My Brave Doctor tee next to my Wintersun tour tee.


The new Unicorn badges on my bag! I had wanted to get a Wintersun badge for my collection, but they were £5 which seemed a little steep for a badge...


And my little angry grey!Corbeau. :3 Maybe I will paint him...



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 18th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
I just love your life sooo much lol. As soon as I'm out of the hospital and all I'll have to make plans to come and visit (finally, after knowing you for over half my life :P) and you better take me to meet Pepsi. :D And you can come meet my fat mare whenever you like.
Jul. 21st, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
<3 That would be EPIC. Not only will I take you to meet Pepsi (although hopefully by then she'll be living with me again), but you can ride her too. If you think you're brave enough. :3 Bahahahaha.
Jul. 18th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
That Dr. Who picture makes me laugh so much.
Again amazingness all over the place! :D
Jul. 21st, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
Hehe, thankies!
Jul. 18th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting these. We saw that amazing sunset as we were driving to Reading... luckily before the center of Reading drove me into hysterics with its incomprehensible tangle of one-way roads and lack of signage. (In general, we find signage in the UK to be pretty good, except when covered by tree branches. Reading was an exception.)

BTW, my Ben is a huge Dr. Who fan.
Jul. 21st, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
I was in Reading today, actually; I thought of you. :P
Jul. 18th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
It wasn't boring at all- in fact I probably enjoyed the second band more than you did and Wintersun were really good- not entirely my cup of tea, but I could appreciate that they are brilliant at what they do and it would be pretty hard not to have fun in a show like that.
Jul. 21st, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
I looooove the photo of your man with the sunset! That's gorgeous! I also love your unicorns. And of course am jealous at signed books. And must at some stage one day peruse your book shelves :D
Jul. 21st, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I love my bookshelves! Ha! I mean, most of the books on them are Ben's (I have yet to move all my stuff down here), but just looking at them makes me feel happy. Books on bookshelves are good.
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