• Cotswolds,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Exploring the Kennet & Avon canal in the laziest way

    Six friends, looking for a short break together; what do you do?! Find a cottage or a lodge, go camping? Last year we stayed on a permanently moored boat which was really nice, so we thought we’d up the ante this time and go with a narrow boat, conveniently less than an hour from our home. Apart from messing about on dinghies and jet-skis, none of us have done any sort of proper boating, but that didn’t seem to phase the boat hire company, so we weren’t overly worried. Before we went we watched a safety video with basic boating guide and details about how to operate a lock, and…

  • Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Lifestyle

    Chapter 2 of our self-build story: Out of the ground

    Once we finally got past the planning permission hurdle and out of the ground, things started moving very quickly! Following the end of May bank holiday the team got started on the block work on Tuesday 28th May. Our front entrance! By 30th May we had window surrounds on the ground floor. On Saturday 1st June Steph visited site and had a stretch: Study: Kitchen: The week commencing 3rd June the team finished off the ground floor block work and started on the brick: Up to Thursday 6th June progress was really good, but Friday was a complete washout, and Saturday and most of the next week wasn’t much better;…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    To self build or not to self build

    Bristol’s been a wonderful home for the last 6 years, especially the central spot we have with its easy access to all Bristol has to offer. Living in the middle of one of the most popular cities in the country comes with its compromises though, and the main one is space- both inside and out. So for a while now (nearly 4 years) we’ve been looking for a new home in a slightly more rural setting.  We’ve viewed dozens of houses and with each viewing we honed our view of what’s important to us, seeing features we loved as well as those we’d rather not have. If you had a…

  • Bristol,  Cotswolds,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel,  Uncategorized

    A long overdue bike ride

    Living in the center of Bristol I get around on foot, by bike and by car. Doing a bit of everything I see hostility from each group towards the others; in such a busy environment there’ll always be conflict (especially when the roads in the center of town are constantly being dug up, diverting at least one group into the regular territory of the other). I feel like cyclists get the worst deal: They’re not welcomed onto pavements by pedestrians, and they’re not welcomed onto roads by drivers, so on the many roads and routes where there isn’t a cycle path then it’s not much fun being on a bike.…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Our Wedding Suppliers

    A DIY wedding is both a great big annoyance and the most wonderful way to plan your big day. The annoying part is not really knowing what you are doing and worrying on a daily basis that your guests won’t enjoy the fact you’ve gone off piste and planned a traditional wedding. But for us the positives outweighed the negatives and we decided to go all in, taking the elements from what we liked about weddings and tie that into what was essentially going to be a great, big party. We were able to have full reign on when things happened, what caterers we chose, the booze we ordered, where…

  • Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    We got married!

    It’s been nearly a month since James and I got married and I’ve finally adjusted to life without planning a wedding. We took the whole planning thing very relaxed right up until the last week so I didn’t think I’d miss it so much, but it’s strange not having this big event to work towards. I guess I’ve been suffering slightly from post-wedding blues but we’ve recently been sent our wedding photographs and have been able to enjoy the day all over again. It’s true what they say about the whole thing going by so quickly and the pressure you put upon yourself to make sure you’ve spoken to everyone.…

  • 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.…

  • 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…