• Art,  Food & Drink,  Photography,  Travel

    Getting the most out of your first NYC trip

    Recently it was Steph’s 30th and to celebrate the start of her 4th decade I knew expectations would be high; a trip to Nando’s and a new top wasn’t going to cut it this time! Steph’s love of travel and exploring makes things a bit easier, but where to go?! It’d felt like a long Winter so a bit of sun was considered, but in the end I decided on a trip to New York. We had a full week out there and packed a heck of a lot in, but I thought rather than give a blow by blow account of our visit, I’d share some of our key…

  • 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.…

  • Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Travel

    Holidaying on a boat

    Last month James and I went away to Falmouth for a long weekend with some friends. We had been talking about going away together for months and finally got something pretty special booked up. We scoured the internet before stumbling upon a spot just on the outskirts of Falmouth town centre. What made it so special you ask? Well, it was in fact a boat. A boat with all the necessities: the top floor was all open plan with a big kitchen, dining area, and a large lounging space with lots of glass to enjoy the views. It gave the impression that you could almost walk out onto the outdoor…

  • Photography,  Travel

    Mini-mooning to Rhodes

    James and I had lots of honeymoon ideas, we were really struggling to narrow it down to something that was adventurous, yet relaxing, somewhere new, that also had a bit of culture. We had a lot of boxes to tick and in the end we couldn’t decide. For me, a honeymoon should be something really special and a trip we can plan together so whilst we were planning the wedding, we couldn’t dedicate enough time to it. Oh the regrets we had after the wedding. We were both ready for a holiday so, in the end we just booked a last minute trip to Rhodes for a bit of guaranteed…

  • Bristol,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Placeum, a new audio map of Bristol

    When we go away on holiday, especially city breaks, we’re always keen to learn the history about the place we’re visiting. Whether that’s through a free walking tour, a museum or a gallery. But what about if you could dip in and out of your history lesson, discover some new and exciting parts of the place you live whilst on your way to lunch or work? Placeum, a new audio map, has just been launched in our wonderful city of Bristol. Apart from the obvious iconic features of this city like the SS Great Britain and the Suspension Bridge, I’m a little ashamed to say I don’t know that much…

  • 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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Roadtripping in Denmark

    For those of you that don’t know, James and I are getting married at the end of May and the planning/preparing/stressing is in full force. Time is always running away from us but when you have an impending wedding that you’re planning and doing almost every detail yourselves, you wish you could put the brakes on and turn the speedometer down a notch. As I don’t have a scar on my forehead or wear a pair of round framed glasses, I won’t be performing any spells to rewind time. Anyway, I digress. So with little time to plan our wedding, James and I decided to take a trip to Denmark.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Things to do in Barcelona

    With last year’s British Summer being a bit of washout, James and I decided we needed some sun and booked a short trip to Barcelona. I had been to Barcelona a few years ago and loved it, whereas it was the first time for James but I knew it was just what we needed. If you’re decidedly fed-up with Winter and in need of some spring getaway inspiration, hopefully this blog post can help. Barcelona is a fun city that has everything; beautiful weather, amazing architecture with interesting history, a great food scene and all within a stone’s throw from the beach. Living in this city locals must lead a…

  • 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,  Photography,  Travel

    Dinomania at Bristol Zoo

    If you go down to the zoo today you’re sure of a big surprise, or to be more accurate – if you go down to the zoo any time between now and the 3rd September, you and your own little monsters are sure of 10 big surprises, because Bristol Zoo has been invaded by dinosaurs! Bristol Zoo’s a great day out any time; with one of the best collections in the country, and world class research and breeding facilities, this zoo is a fantastic place to visit to see rare, stunning creatures, to learn, and all in beautiful gardens. There’s always a good range of talks on, providing a great…