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As you have no doubt noticed, there has been a period of silence on my end, due to the extreme pressure of our festival deadline! We have all been working madly to finishe editing and shooting last minute bits and pieces, and there has been many late nights and cups of coffee and naps on couches. BUT! We made our deadline, and the Skagastrond screening has been a fantastic success!

Friday 21st February

The festival officially opened on Friday night with a lovely intimate gathering at the Cafe. We all had drinks and chatted and relaxed for the first time in weeks. There was also a screening of all 8 of my completed Film Letters, which received a great response!

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Saturday 22nd February

The day began with an afternoon screening at the local town hall, of Oz the Great and Powerful for the local kids. There was an abundance of popcorn and soft drinks and comfy floor cushions! A good number of the kids turned up and had a great time, which was really wonderful to see.

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Many of us sat out in the sun-filled foyer and did absolutely nothing for the afternoon, which was bliss.

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Doing absolutely nothing

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Morgan’s “Actor-face”

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Melody and Tim being wonderful children in front of the TWOM logo.

Saturday evening was the main event, with all of our films screening together (both completed and polished works-in-progress). The turn out was more than we could have hoped for, the room was packed, and there were people there we had never even spoken to before! Each of us gave a brief introduction to our piece, and at the end we all stood up to take a bow and to our delight and surprise, recieved a standing ovation! After the screening, many of the guests stayed to have coffee and cake and chat with us. I was assured by a number of people that my Icelandic was indeed understandable, and that they admired my courage. It was a pretty nerve-wracking experience, showing my film to native speakers!

We will be showing our films again in Reykjavik this coming Friday, which is a very exciting prospect!

-Em xoxo

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So I accompanied Melody and Rachel to Reykjavik again last week, to spend the day there and to see Phillip Glass perform at Harpa.

While I was there, I got myself a shiny new lens, which I absolutely love! It is a 70mm – 300mm, so it is can get super close. I had such a fun time wandering about the city, taking photos of all the tiny details I wouldn’t usually be able to capture. I only got a few weird looks for hanging about taking photos of people’s windows…

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I love the colours of Reykjavik, and the textures.

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This is part of an epic mural on a two story house, which, unfortunately,

I could not capture with my shiny new lens, as it was too long…oops.

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This cat was hiding from another older grey cat, and trying to sneak in through the grey cat’s

catflap when he wasn’t paying attention. I stayed and watched their antics for a little

while, this one reminded me a bit of my housemate’s cat at home.

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Pretty much every house I looked into (they aren’t big on curtains in Iceland) looked like a wonderfully quirky,

cosy place that I would quite happily inhabit. So many awesome houses must mean an abundance of awesome people!

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Then I got to see the inside of one of these beautiful buildings!

This is Adda’s house, a friend of Melody’s. We visited her and her daughter Ronja for dinner before the concert.

They were both so lovely and really interesting, self-confident people, and it was such a treat to spend

some time in their home. Look at all this cool old stuff!

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Stay tuned for the further adventures of Emily and the rad new lens!

– Em xoxo

 

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I just wanted to share with you the results of a cooking adventure I had the other day. I discovered earlier on that the little black and red berries that grow wild and abundantly over the cape behind our house, are in fact crowberries! I had never heard of this tiny, hardy and surprisingly useful fruit before I got to Iceland, though Rachel says they grow where she used to live in the USA. Having always dreamed of collecting wild berries, I cannot express how childishly excited this discovery made me! Last week, I spent an hour on my own wandering among moss covered boulders and frozen pools, collecting these gems and listening to the roar of the sea down below. It was utterly magical.
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A few days later, I decided to have a cooking day, and I began with my first attempt at jam making, using the crowberries, and some fresh cranberries I had found in the local supermarket. The jam was a definite success! I was worried it might not set properly, but the consistency turned out just right!

I then realised that I had nothing to try out the jam on, so I made myself a loaf of spiced sweet damper bread, with ginger, cinnamon and cardamon.

Lastly, I have finally managed to source all the necessary ingredients for my chai recipe! I’ve been desperate for chai for a few weeks now, but it was surprisingly hard to get my hands on all the spices I needed. But at last I was able to sit down with a dinner of grilled zucchini slices, a cup of chai, some spiced damper and homemade wild crowberry jam.

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Bliss.

-Em xoxo