• 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…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Fashion,  Graphic Design,  Photography

    Feeling crafty

    When was the last time you properly unwound? With the stresses of work and daily life it’s hard isn’t it? For us we normally switch off by having a meal out, enjoying good food and drink. We were recently reminded though that there is another way; by doing something creative and learning new skills we completely immersed ourselves and lost hours in a design (and slightly Prosecco) fuelled blur. We went along to a taster session for a craft event coming to Bowood House and gardens in June. We started with a drink (or two), and a bit of cake; got to feed those creative energies right! Our first class…

  • 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…

  • Lifestyle

    Christmas decorations from HomeSense

    Working in eCommerce, the word Christmas comes about fairly early. Planning for it comes about when most of us are still looking forward to our summer holiday. So when I got invited to a Christmas event for TKMaxx and HomeSense in July, I wasn’t entirely surprised. The event was in London and I found out my lovely friend Kay (and Mummy Blogger extraordinaire) was also attending. We met up an hour or so before the event for a couple of cocktails and a catch up. That week the UK was in the middle of a heatwave so it felt a little odd walking into a large room decked out with…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    A wild night at the River Cottage Canteen

    We’ve been meaning to go to the River Cottage Canteen on Whiteladies Road for a while now, so when a specially themed foraging evening appeared on their events page, the time for excuses was over as the exciting prospect of a delicious meal AND learning a new skill proved too strong a pull! John Wright might not be a household name, but if you’ve ever watched any of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s shows you might recognise the face. John is Hugh’s expert adviser on all things edible in the wild, and on this fascinating evening he made the trip up from Devon to Bristol to share some of his knowledge. The River…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Where has all the rum gone?!

    Well, in answer to your question Jack Sparrow, most of it probably got shipped to Bristol in preparation for an evening of rum tasting, aptly named Rumageddon. Held at one of my favourite haunts for a great cocktail and beautiful food, The Rummer, the event was bound to be a good’un. Whilst we waited for things to kick off we indulged in some pre-rum cocktails and mingled with other fans of the intriguing spirit. We were sampling six different rums, along with food from the talented Andy Clatworthy (head chef at The Rummer) that complimented each of the rums beautifully. We were given an explantation of the origin of each of…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Food Connections: At-Bristol events

    This is an incredibly late post. I’ve had so much to write about recently, it’s been hard to keep up. I didn’t want to sweep these events under the carpet though even if they are a little dated. I’m going with better late than never. So Bristol’s Food Connections week took place at the beginning of May. I blogged about one of the other events I went to, the Surplus Food Banquet here. After an enjoyable evening there, I was looking forward to the next two events we’d booked up – both of which took place at At-Bristol. First of which was After Hours. At-Bristol is an interactive science centre, which attracts…