Monday, 11 August 2014

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2014

Hi everyone!

So this is going to be my first joint blog post that is going to appear on both of my blogs - behinddoorthirtyone.blogspot.com and emmameekphotography.blogspot.com as I feel I will only be repeating myself if I write a separate blog post on each blog.

On Saturday, I visited the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Gate, Bristol for the first time. Expectations were high and I was really looking forward to visiting with my friend Kate (it was her first visit too).

The journey down to Bristol was taxing I must admit as we got stuck in traffic following an accident, I hope all those involved are safe and well - 6 cars were involved we counted. When we arrived at Ashton Gate around 1pm (following a slight detour - ooops) we were able to park quickly and headed to the main area of the Fiesta. 

As we reached the main part, we were greeted by a fairground - rides and stalls, the usual stuff! We walked through this area and into the next. The next part was full of more stalls - food, drink and things to buy such as clothing, jewellery and crafts. There were also a number of charity and local business stalls.

I kind of expected the stalls but not like this, I hoped there would be more about the hot air balloons and maybe somewhere you could get up close and personal with one. You, of course could book a hot air balloon flight but this was very expensive.

After looking round the stalls, we found a spot at the fence ready to watch the hot air balloons and other attractions. Unfortunately due to rather rubbish weather and heavy downpours some of the expected attractions didn’t happen including the 6pm lift off of the balloons which was really disappointing. 

We were however, treated to parachute display team, seeing a Spitfire and Hurricane, a Rolls Royce Spitfire and someone doing Parabatix which looked like great fun.

After being at the Balloon Fiesta for 5 hours we finally saw a balloon, it was wasn’t a full size balloon it was a model hot air balloon. These are fantastic and I would love to own one! Whilst the model balloons were being shown the full sized balloons began to take their places ready for the ‘Night Glow’ which was to be followed by fireworks.

The ‘Night Glow’ was stunning, it was set to music and the hot air balloons pilots burnt their fuel in time and in different sequences to the music. It was certainly an amazing sight. Here is my favourite photo from the glow. 



The fireworks after were fabulous!

Leaving the car park was certainly another challenge, it was badly organised and poorly run which lead to a 50 minute wait. It was very frustrating as you could see there was a better way of managing you leaving.

All in all, I’m not sure I would go that early in the day again, my highlight was certainly the Night Glow, it was stunning and well worth the long wait! I think if I am to go again I will travel down for this only or this and the evening lift is there is good weather. The car park last entry was 7pm which would work well to just see this part of the Fiesta. I would however advise that you get to the Fiesta round 5pm if you want a space next to the fence to be able to get some good photos, the fiesta is very busy and any further back from the fence will mean people’s head will get in the way!

Did you visit the Fiesta? What did you think of it? I would love to hear your opinions!


Until next time….



Friday, 8 August 2014

My first review.....

Hi all!

I apologise for the lateness in this post (as it was due yesterday) but I have a good excuse….. I was doing more research for this review! Yep, this the first post that will be put under one of my 5 tabs - exciting times!

So last night, myself and my friend Ben went to the cinema to see a film for a second time. This for both of us we found out is quite unusual. Ben commented that he had seen the Hobbit twice as two different people had invited him. I honestly don’t think I have ever seen a film at the cinema twice - I have said about wanting to see film more that once but never actually followed that through… until now!

So what film caused this need to see it twice and wanting to go again?? Guardians of the Galaxy is the answer. It is by far my favourite film of this year.


I must admit that I am a Marvel fan and have really enjoyed all the films they have released, having said that I think non Marvel fans will also really enjoy this film. It’s a fun filled film which all the family can enjoy. It is a 12a with a couple of choice words so parents may need to use their discretion when deciding whether younger members of the family should watch it.

The film has some real cracking one liners and laugh out loud moments, I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much at the cinema! The storyline and building of the individual characters is great. You feel you have a knowledge of all the characters by the end of the film

Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill aka Starlord the main character is fantastic and I hope to see him more films and hope that he will be cast in more leading roles. His funky dancing and singing near the start of film is one of my favourite parts of the film.

Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer is also brilliant. Moving from WWE wrestler (Batista) to MMA fighter to Hollywood actor can be a hard move to make for some people but this role really shows Dave’s acting in a great light. He is able to show all parts of Drax’s character and I must admit, he is easily my favourite character!

I think Marvel has started a good thing with the partnership of Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), they are a great paring and work well together in the film from start to finish. 'I am Groot!' is funny no matter how many times he says it!

Zoe Saldana plays Gamora - she is a kick ass warrior who slowly begins showing a softer side. I think Zoe was a great choice for this role as it is similar to her role in Avatar which she nailed!

The main baddie in this film is Ronan the Accuser, he is played by Lee Pace. I must admit I haven’t heard of Lee before or seen any of the films he has been in. I feel he played this character well and was commanding in his scenes. He was certainly a sinister, unforgiving baddie.

Oh gosh, before I miss it completely, the soundtrack is AWESOME! After watching the film I downloaded the album on iTunes and have been listening to it ever since! A great selection of retro music that fits so well with the film.

So this is my first review - overall, as you might be able to tell, I loved this film and would happily watch it over and over again! 10/10! 

Well, there you have it, a completed but rather wishy washy review! What did you think of Guardians of the Galaxy? I must admit writing a review is rather tricky so be gentle in your comments! I will get more cutting I promise! But to be fair, I love this film! I also didn't want to give away too much about the film itself in case people are still yet to see it.... if this is the case get the the cinema NOW!! You know you want to see GOTG! :)

I am off to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta on Saturday, so the next blog post will probably be about that unless something else pops up between now and then!
Please feel free to leave my comments, I love to hear from you guys!


Have a fantastic Friday and weekend!



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Hello & Welcome

Hello and welcome to my new blog, 
Behind Door Thirty One!

Have you ever wondered what happens behind closed doors? I guess for those of us who watch vloggers on YouTube we are getting that sneak peek into peoples lives - well I’m not brave enough…. yet to start a YouTube channel so that’s why this blog has appeared.  Some of you will hopefully have found this blog through my photography blog. That blog will stay alive but will be dedicated solely to photography and things photo or camera related. I think it will be too hard to blend the ideas I have for this blog with my existing photography blog. Boy, I say the word blog a whole lot!

So the plan for this blog is to be that sneaky look through the door at the rest of my life and of course there will be photos involved! I have decided to split it into 5 sections which can be found in the top menu, they are:

1. Emma eats - this will be the place recipes appear, restaurant reviews and anything else food and beverage related.

2. Emma thinks - this will contain reviews, wishlists, bucket list and anything else on my mind.

3. Emma does - this will be all about my hobbies and interests.

4. Emma goes - this will be trips out and about and suggestions for places you might like to visit.

5. Emma waffles - this will include anything that doesn’t fit into the categories above! Ranting, silly, random, funny and thought provoking - look no further!


So there you go - that’s the plan. The first ‘proper’ blog post will be tomorrow, it will be fitting into ‘Emma goes’ and ‘Emma thinks’ - I wonder what it could be…… tune in tomorrow! :)