• 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.…

  • Art,  Bristol,  Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    A new skill with an old craft

    A few Sundays ago we went for lunch at the Rose of Denmark in Hotwells. I understand the pub’s changed ownership a few times over the last couple of years and the food’s been on an up and down journey. The roast we had on that Sunday was one of the best I’ve had, anywhere, ever! It rivals the Rummer, and that set a high benchmark. Wonderful moist meat, crunchy roasties on the outside with a fluffy middle, well cooked and flavoursome veg, a rich gravy and huge Yorkshire pud’. Steph had the veggie option and that was also excellent. We’re thrilled to have this fantastic option on our doorstep!…

  • 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.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    Montpellier Lodge, Cheltenham

    Trying to keep up with what’s happening on the food scene in both Cheltenham and Bristol keeps James and I pretty busy! We use this system at work called Trello that organises the teams workflow; James and I use it for listing restaurants we need to go to. Montpellier Lodge had been on my list for a while. It opened last year in what I always thought was a fancy shed containing tennis rackets for people playing on the courts just opposite. It was a quite a surprise to hear someone was opening a restaurant there. Since a visit there last month, I’m glad they did! We were out to celebrate mum’s…

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    Getting ready for Spring

    After what’s felt like a very long Winter (even if it was a relatively mild one), and months of cold, wet, dark dog walks, the days are finally starting to get a bit longer and the sun occasionally shows its welcome face. You wouldn’t know it to look at the thermometer, but Spring is nearly upon us! The prospect of finally being able to let a bit of fresh air into the house and have a good Spring clean is an exciting one, but more exciting still is the thought that soon we’ll be able to utilise those spaces which have been forsaken during the cold of the Winter, like…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    Hollywood Bowl, Cheltenham

    I remember back when I was younger, going bowling was THE birthday scene. We’d go for a bowl, then a slice of pizza at Pizza Hut. The main bowling alley used to be in Swindon Village but has since closed down – Cheltenham now has a swanky Hollywood Bowl, conveniently placed smack bang in the centre of town. I was very kindly invited along with some friends, in my case the fam, to knock down some pins and reminisce over old birthdays. The Hollywood theme runs throughout, with the dining area decked out like a diner. After a friendly greeting on reception, we were guided to our lane and the good…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    Under the Stars

    A weekend in Bristol is a bit of a rarity at the moment, so to make the most of what the city has to offer we often need to treat ourselves to a night out during the week. I know, we’re totally crazy! To quote my father, let work pay for your hangover – don’t ruin your weekends with one! Joking. Or am I..? Anywho, the other night the fella and I went for some food and drinks after work at Under the Stars. Situated on a boat along the Harbour, something you’d expect to be quite unique. Not in Brizzle. There are clubs, bars and restaurants a plenty on…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    At-Bristol: After Hours

    Have you ever wanted to be able to run around a science centre, play with fun experiments and drink a cocktail or two? Well the people at At-Bristol let you do just that! About 4 times a year, the science centre opens it’s doors later in the evening for over 18s only. These evenings often follow a theme, having already done the Food one, this time we were off to a… errr.. umm.. Sex themed one. Timed just a couple of days before Valentine’s Day – how romantic! We grabbed ourselves some love potions (cocktails), which only fuelled our need to regress and run around like a couple of kids. There was…

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    Valentine’s inspiration from HomeSense

    They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach: I think this applies equally to most women; it certainly does to me! So if you’re struggling for inspiration this Valentine’s day, you couldn’t go far wrong with a tasty treat for your loved one and there’s options a plenty at HomeSense. If you’re not an aspiring Jamie Oliver and have limited culinary ability, then there’s lots of pre-made delights to choose from in the form of delicious chocolates and sweets. If however you’re the adventurous type in the kitchen then there’s a plethora of things which could help you create a gift which has the more personal…

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    How to nail a good steak

    James’ parents kindly bought us a steak cooking course for Christmas. I am a big fan of good steak but don’t make the effort to cook it much at home as I often get it wrong. The first problem is picking a bad piece of meat from the supermarket. You may already be setting yourself up for failure before even getting a pan out of the cupboard. Luckily enough, on the course we were taught plenty of hints and tips on not just how to cook the steak, but also where and what to look out for when picking out your piece of meat. The key to a good steak…