• 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…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    The Mint Room, Bristol

    Have you ever been jealous of your tastebuds? I discovered that it is entirely possible when James and I went along to The Mint Room in Clifton. Our lucky tastebuds went on a culinary journey through India, via the Tour of India tasting menu. I have never been to India but I feel like I’ve been treated to a little taster via the chefs at The Mint Room and the staff that explain each dish, showing off the various styles of cooking and the flavours that vary from region to region. Before we began our tour, we needed to hydrate. Naturally we opted for cocktails, the best way to quench…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Bath Pig

    James and I successfully passed our Marriage interview towards the end of last year, meaning we can now officially get married at Bristol Registry Office. Whoop! We’re doing things a little differently to some in that we’re doing the signing of the papers and the legal stuff a few days before our actual wedding. We decided it would be nice to keep the whole day at one location, save our guests having to move around and giving us complete freedom for the main event. We’d still like to celebrate the legal bit so have decided to visit The Pig in Bath. We’ve frequented the restaurant a few times now and…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    The Bunch of Grapes, Bradford on Avon

    It’s that time of year where we lock away our BBQs that have barely been used over the Summer and wonder why we ever bought one in the first place, preparing ourselves for the long Winter. Trying to get into the mindset that there are definitely some things to look forward to over Winter, I’m sure. I used to be a big fan of the Winter but as I’ve grown older I’ve started to appreciate the warmer months, coming home from work in the light and still feeling like you have some spare time may be part of that. I feel I need a reminder that it’s not all bad.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Farmdrop, the ethical grocer

    I’m always trying to convince James we should do our food shopping online. Supermarkets are often overcrowded, full of other people who don’t really want to be there. There are offers at the end of every aisle trying to entice you into buying things you don’t actually want or need. You can come away with half a trolley full of items you never intended on buying! It was so refreshing to hear what Farmdrop were doing when their email appeared in my inbox, inviting me to try out their service. Founded in London in 2014, Farmdrop are now on the move and delivering to the people of Bath and Bristol.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Thaikhun Cookery Courses

    For us, learning new skills and cooking are two of our favourite things, so a Thai cooking course ticks all the boxes. Add to that getting to eat our delicious creation, a highly entertaining tutor, a fantastic support team and a couple of delicious cocktails, and for us we had all the ingredients for a perfect evening! That is what’s on the menu at Thaikhun, and we were lucky enough to go along to the first of one of their new regular cookery classes. Having eaten very well at Thaikhun before (you can read about that here), we had high hopes for learning how to cook like they do. We…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    Up, up and away

    There aren’t many things that’ll get me out of bed before 7am on a day off; especially if it involves travelling a few miles down the road to hop into a basket that goes 3,000 feet up in the air suspended by a balloon with a great big hole in the bottom. Last Christmas I bought James a Hot Air Balloon ride, not really considering the fact, I would probably be the one to accompany him. Before we knew it, it was the end of September and we had yet to book our trip up in the sky. We managed to secure a space one morning in early October, just…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Thai delight at Thaikhun

    We’ve never been to Thailand before, and if all we wanted to see of it was their equivalent of a used home ware store, then we’d have no reason to venture any further than Bath. The inside of new Thai restaurant Thaikhun is kitted out with genuine wares from Thailand, packed into a container and shipped half way around the world to add to the sensory overload of this exciting new addition to the south west. Situated a handy two minute walk from the station in the Little Southgate dining quarter, this is the ninth restaurant in this Thai street food chain. Walking inside we received a warm welcome and…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Like pigs in muck

    When I was young a walled garden had a magical appeal to me: I can’t put my finger on whether it was childhood stories which romanticised them, the fact that they were normally within the grounds of a castle or stately home, or simply the mystery of what was beyond the wall and the fantastic hide and seek opportunities they presented. 30 years on and the walled garden still has an enormous appeal to me, albeit for a different reason now. Nowadays I associate a walled garden with food, and not just any food, but the very freshest hand picked ingredients you can get. The Ethicurean (just outside of Bristol)…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Staycation adventures

    Holidaying in the UK used to be a regular occurrence for the family and I. We enjoyed holidays abroad as well but I remember weeks away spent in Cornwall, Devon and the like with glorious sunshine – it was almost as if you didn’t need to step on an aeroplane at all over the summer. Recently however, British summers seem to be dwindling; every morning since May involves a peak through the curtains to see if the sun has decided to show it’s face. You can no longer trust those weather apps that promise a beautiful day that then surprise you with a 5 hour downpour – and vice versa. It’s…