• Art,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    A Beginner’s Workshop in Calligraphy

    Wedding planning can take over your life. Up until recently I thought we were doing quite well; we seemed to spend a small proportion of our time planning the big day and had a good balance of other activities. However, with our impending nuptials just around the corner, it’s now part of pretty much every weekend. It’s also all we talk about to our friends: I didn’t want to be that person but it’s happened. You can’t help it though. When it’s taking up so much of your time, it’d be a lie to answer ‘What have you been up to?’, without mentioning our wedding. The good thing is it’s…

  • Cotswolds,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Testing out the Olympus Pen E-PL8

    I love blogging. The community of the areas I try to cover, both Bristol and the Cotswolds is great. I’ve yet to notice any competitiveness or bragging between bloggers. I guess it’s because we’re all quite similar people in that we either love food, taking photographs of food or writing about experiences we have eating food. It’s a wonderful connection that brings a group of people that are essentially strangers, together. One of my blogging highlights of the year was about a month ago now when James and I were invited by Clifton Cameras to an event they were hosting, sponsored by Olympus. The event was a Bloggers Brunch, involving…

  • 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…

  • Fashion,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    The perfect Mother’s Day gift guide for every mum

    She’s one of the most important women in your life, from holding your hand for your first few steps to cleaning your grazed knee as a child, from helping you pack up your belongings and packing you off to university to cooking your hearty meals when you crawl back home after a long and eventful term. She’s always there for you when you need her most, so when it comes to showing her you care it can be hard to find a gift that says it all. Cheltenham Park Hotel, renowned as one of the best spa hotels in Cheltenham, has put together some unique gift ideas to show your mum you care this Mother’s…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    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…