Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Put The Lights On The Tree.


A few weeks back the lovely Cliona rang me up and asked could she use our field for a photo shoot (check out her work here). We were delighted to oblige. We love having our house invaded by hordes (really!) and it's always exciting to have something like this to distract us on a blustery, cold, wet day in the middle of the mid-term break.
I'm always amazed at how much hard work goes into something like this. The team of people involved, the organisation, the unforeseen hiccups.



The day began with the delivery of a sweet 1970's caravan, all the way from Kerry, no less, which was then deposited not in the right place. I'm sure it was a sight to see three women trying to manoeuvre (maneuver) it round a windswept field. But we did it!



The kids were bemused by the Christmas decorations and lights that went up on it, especially as it was only a few days to Halloween!



And fair play to the crew who were there, standing around for hours in the cold and rain.



For the most part we remained inside, out of the weather. I don't know how they do it. It was quite surreal at times!



As the evening train rolled by, preparing to stop at the station at the end of the lane, I have no doubt the passengers were rolling their eyes at the bedecked little caravan, in a field by the sea, in October...

Whatever next?

But for any of you that are in Ireland, you'll be seeing Cliona's wonderful photo of it around the place as part of the Christmas ad campaign of a certain phone company!

Now I'd happily keep that sweet little caravan, lights and all, if I could. I think it would make a gorgeous studio, wouldn't it?

34 comments:

Tracey said...

You became a blog of note the very week that I started my blog. I am so glad, because that is how I found you. I love it here. From the suburbs of a minor American city your world is so beautiful and exotic. Thank you for letting me look through that key hole.

aliceinlove said...

What a great story! And much like the comment preceding mine, I am in the same position. You should post the commercial when it's up over there.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

How festive!! And such lovely photos! Ring those Christmas Bells!!

book*addict said...

Since my daughter was born I give everyone xmas cards for xmas. There's too many people to give gifts to, and too little money. So, now I make the xmas cards and takes pictures of my little one, S. Sunday we went to the beach and had a photoshoot of you. She was darling, of course. And it was so cute because it was xmas in november with santa hats and a letter to santa.
love your blog, btw, I as well, found you through blogs of note.

the b in subtle said...

i LOVE the caravan and would want to keep it as well - great photos! it's always wonderful to have creative people making one's own life a little more creative. thanks for sharing and linking to Cliona (one of the names I'd thought of for a girl, if I'd had one). cheers, nancy

ladybug-zen said...

indeed! that is a fantastic caravan and the xmas lights make it even sweeter.

that's relaly cool!

Emma said...

Haha! That's wonderful. Yes, what a bizarre but magical sight, and what a great playhouse for the kids it would be. No chance you can keep it?

Cliona and Co. did a great job on the final photo. So cute.

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Yes, it's a great little camper and it would make a very fun studio!

Rebecca S. said...

The caravan made me think of Raymond Briggs' wonderful Father Christmas, who revamps his sleigh into a caravan and goes off to France for a holiday...sweet!

Kato said...

Gorgeous!

This just made me even happier that Christmas is coming!

cinner said...

That would have been fun, I like the idea for a little studio. take care.

Gillian said...

What a unique a sweet setting.

Martin H. said...

Ciara

Great post, and very nice work at Cliona's site.

Frau said...

I love it! Very cool idea for a photo shoot!

Annah said...

So funky and surreal. So fitting for your magical house and the wonderful warm welcome that is always extended. A studio..... We had an old converted Ever-ready van that became a camper first for wild holidays with gangs of kids and extra tents.We'd head off with a casserole and brown bread cooking in the oven as Dad drove around the country. The smell was divine and so tantalising when we stopped and attracted groups of American tourists thinking we were a mobile cafe!
I used that as a studio when I first went to NCAD, and a few years later, my sister Karen lived in it for a while....... Such memories. Thanks for bringing all that back. Happy Tuesday. XxA

Reza Winandar said...

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Tia said...

Wonderful....simply wonderful :0)

Mario said...

very nice

2busy said...

Looks like a fun diversion in October. I love the lights on the trailer. I'd be interested to see how their ad turns out.

... daisy... said...

Great!

erin said...

love the tree

Fiona said...

Soo Soo cute

Jean said...

great job, well done.
I love it. I hope I was there.

jaboopee said...

I really hope you made it a prerequisite that you get to keep the caravan..that'd be only fair.....after all , that's no ordinary field.... that' s a winter wonderland , and thats not easy to find ....anywhere....let alone ireland....

really looking forward to seeing that ad now.

Loved clionas work too

Anonymous said...

i love your blog...i'm just starting...i live in connecticut in the u.s......i love ireland....i haven't been there since i was 14 with my family....it's in my heart and i hope to go back with my family....your pics make me feel as though i'm there with you.your style is so warm and cozy, kitchy and fun! thank you for inspiring me as i begin this new blog world!

GRACIA said...

wow..great post..nice work indeed :0

Jenn Siler said...

Wow that looks beautiful! I love it!

Deirdre said...

Wow! that caravan looks amazing I can understand why you would love to keep it. Looks perfectly at home in your garden.

acornmoon said...

Ciara,

I read with disdain one comment from a visitor from your last post, though your answer was very apt.
keep on doing what you do so well, we love your blog.

Illegitimi non carborundum !

marty and sharon said...

hey ciara....lol! i heard all about the horrendous working terms and conditions at the time....was looking forward to seeing these snaps...hilarious! would be a great venue for a new years eve party! i'm just back in ireland after a work trip to the UK so hopefully I'll spot the ad around town now....s x

minoxidil said...

great post thanks

Fine Little Day said...

Festive, indeed :)!

Péitseoga said...

oh i thought i recognised the caravan straight away, it's so cute, seen the ad!