• Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Rack ’em up

    On a recent holiday we were reintroduced to pool, both the wet and splashy type, and the balls in pocket version. The first was a necessity; it was mighty hot in Rhodes and during the day being in the sea or a pool, or an air-conditioned room, was the only option. Later in the evenings though it was a touch cooler and our pre or post dinner entertainment often included shooting a bit of pool (the hotel cabaret wasn’t up to much!). I’m very competitive, but Steph isn’t normally, so I was surprised when I saw an edge to her rarely seen before. We, ahem ‘pooled’ our resources (sorry!) sometimes…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    Rolling off the production line

    Recently I was lucky enough to have a tour of the Lego factory in Denmark (you can read more about it here) and my factory fun hasn’t stopped there: How do you top visiting the headquarters of one of the biggest and most recognisable brands in the world…? With one of the biggest, most recognisable AND most prestigious brands in the world of course! A few weeks ago I went behind the scenes at the Rolls-Royce factory and had a glimpse into the incredible craftsmanship which goes into these extremely exclusive machines. A tucked-away site not far from Chichester, which you’d easily miss if you weren’t looking for it, is…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Unleash the child in you

    There’s a magical place, we’re on our way there, with toys in their millions, all under one roof; it’s called… Well sadly Toys’R’Us don’t need that catchy little ditty any more, but perhaps the new Lego house could use it instead. Billund, Denmark; the home of Lego. Nearly 90 years ago the founding family of Lego started their business, first as carpenters, then wooden toy makers, and then moving with the times into plastic. They weren’t the first to do a plastic brick, and doubtless they won’t be the last, but they are the best, and it would take something very special to change that. The Lego House is a…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Food & Drink

    Takeaway you don’t need to feel guilty about!

    We eat out a fair bit. What can we say- it’s something we enjoy! Sometimes though, after a hard or long day, you can’t beat a takeaway can you?! No getting ready to go out, no travelling, no food preparation or cooking, and minimal tidying up; it’s win, win, win, win! As if that wasn’t enough, how about a couple more for luck? What about adding, doing something positive for the world to that list. Well the good people at Kukd.com have done just that! You go on to their website and, like many others, you simply put in your postcode and are presented with the takeaway options near you.…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Fashion,  Graphic Design,  Photography

    Feeling crafty

    When was the last time you properly unwound? With the stresses of work and daily life it’s hard isn’t it? For us we normally switch off by having a meal out, enjoying good food and drink. We were recently reminded though that there is another way; by doing something creative and learning new skills we completely immersed ourselves and lost hours in a design (and slightly Prosecco) fuelled blur. We went along to a taster session for a craft event coming to Bowood House and gardens in June. We started with a drink (or two), and a bit of cake; got to feed those creative energies right! Our first class…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Fashion,  Photography

    These boots were made for walking

    You don’t get much for free these days do you? A smile or a piece of advice if you’re lucky; both wonderful things, but unlikely to keep you entertained for the day. Thankfully there is still one great way to spend a day which is completely free, and as Winter retreats and Spring starts to ease towards us, it becomes even more enjoyable. A good walk is a sure-fire way of dusting off the cobwebs and getting some good fresh air deep into your lungs. We’re spoilt for choice around Bristol: Within an easy walk of the city centre there’s the wonderful Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, both great places…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Lifestyle

    What a waste

    You won’t get a lot of political opinion on this blog; that’s not really what it’s for, and neither Steph nor I are particularly preachy at the best of times, unless we’ve found a great new restaurant we want to share. But here’s a tragedy, which unless you live in the country, you probably won’t be aware of. Last weekend we visited my dad at his non-working farm in Wales. He might dispute it being ‘non-working’, because he works very hard to keep the place the wonderful sanctuary it is. But in the traditional sense, it is non-working, because it produces no crops or livestock. The farm next door however…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Lifestyle

    They mean business!

    A couple of years ago I had a break from my usual line of work. Normally I manage digital projects, which is a terrible line of work for someone whose mind doesn’t rest as there’s always some detail or extra consideration which occurs to you just as you’re trying to get to sleep, or worse still- wakes you up at 4am! I didn’t stop working, but I did do something completely different, and as they say- a change is as good as a break. I went to work with a small team at a media agency in Bristol. This team were unlike any I’d worked with before; some of the…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    The Lake District

    Five hours: In the grand scheme of things, not a very long time. But a lot can be done in five hours if you apply yourself, and you can get to some pretty interesting places, with Greek islands, parts of the Middle East and Africa, and even Moscow within flying time of the UK. You can also get to some less exotic, but in my view – far more beautiful places closer to home. As a surprise for Steph’s birthday we took a five hour drive North to the Lake District, staying at Another Place, a new sister hotel to Cornwall’s wonderful Watergate Bay (you can read why we fell…

  • Lifestyle

    Last minute Christmas inspiration

    Hopefully most of you reading this will be all set for the festive break and be down to picking up the last few bits before the madness begins. It’s probably a bit late for online orders to be delivered in time, so if you can face the traffic and crowds then there’s a one-stop-shop which will have an answer to most of your Christmas questions: Homesense have a great range of cards, gift boxes & bags and wrapping papers. There’s also a fantastic selection of table wares- little touches that make the biggest meal of the year- that little bit more special; including napkins and crackers. And a choice of…