• Lifestyle

    So you’ve turned 30

    When you tell people you’re turning 30 you almost feel the need to grit your teeth and act as though it’s a big deal, or that life is being unkind making you say goodbye to your 20s, but in all honesty I wasn’t that bothered and it turns out I feel exactly the same as I did at 29. Perhaps when you have far more important things going on in your life, starting a new decade becomes quite insignificant. I have listened to podcasts by women talking about turning 30 and how it really got them down, a lot of it was due to losing the innocence of their 20s…

  • Cheltenham,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Le Champignon Sauvage

    For years we’ve been meaning to visit one of Cheltenham’s most celebrated, and highly decorated restaurants, Le Champignon Sauvage, which translates to ‘the wild mushroom’ (if, like me, you’re not a big mushroom fan, don’t worry – there are plenty of non-mushroomy options!). Recently we finally got around to a long overdue visit! So was it worth the wait…? Tucked away in the quiet Suffolk Place suburb of Cheltenham, the very modest and understated frontage gives little away. Enter and you feel like you’re walking into the front room of a private house; it has a warm and homely feeling with sofas and a wonderful range of art. We were…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Our Wedding Suppliers

    A DIY wedding is both a great big annoyance and the most wonderful way to plan your big day. The annoying part is not really knowing what you are doing and worrying on a daily basis that your guests won’t enjoy the fact you’ve gone off piste and planned a traditional wedding. But for us the positives outweighed the negatives and we decided to go all in, taking the elements from what we liked about weddings and tie that into what was essentially going to be a great, big party. We were able to have full reign on when things happened, what caterers we chose, the booze we ordered, where…

  • 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

    The Clarence Social, Cheltenham

    Here comes the summer sun, oh, no wait it’s gone again. That’s pretty much how English Summer time goes. One minute you’re prancing around in shorts collecting all that precious vitamin D, the next you’re wrapping yourself in a warm cardie diving into Netflix. It is unpredictable to say the least. One thing I can be sure of is heading to The Clarence Social on a Sunday and getting a damn good roast. Often debatable in the summer time but it would be cruel to deny yourself this, especially if it’s turned into cardie weather. We had the whole gang together so we took some obligatory family snaps whilst reading…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Fire Station, Cheltenham

    The Fire Station in Cheltenham has been open a while now; after not being able to make the grand opening and what with life being pretty hectic, it wasn’t until recently that we finally went to check it out. With the family in tow, one Saturday evening we entered the 110 year old building, that bares no resemblance to it’s age. We headed to the bar area to grab a drink before taking a seat at our table. The bar area is large, with restaurant seating not too far away on the ground floor as well as on the upper floor. The bar is quite noisy, especially on a Saturday night, so…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    Wild Worlds at The Wilson, Cheltenham

    Last week James and I went along to the new exhibition at The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham; Wild Worlds. An exhibition for young and old, or the likes of James and I that are somewhere in between. The exhibition is spread across multiple floors, starting at the bottom where children can let their creative juices flow and use all sorts of material to create pieces relating to the theme ‘Wild Worlds’. Continuing up the stairs you’ll find a room filled with wonderful ceramic animals, which explores how animals have inspired pottery forms and design during the 20th and 21st centuries. There are many stories and tales that can be taken…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Wheatsheaf, Northleach

    I love a country pub. They’re very British so I feel a little patriotic, they usually come with a warm open fire and their portion sizes keep you full the entire day. What’s not to love. They’re also usually plonked in the middle of some pretty countryside with nothing but fields as far as the eye can see, or you stumble upon them in a quaint village that gives you the perfect excuse to do some exploring. There was no stumbling with The Wheatsheaf as I’ve wanted to visit for some time now, but it is set in a beautiful Cotswold setting. So we booked up early and piled all the…

  • 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

    Family Festivities

    I love Christmas. So much so that I can’t bring myself to work over the festive period and have to take at least two weeks off. This Christmas was the first year I hadn’t spent the entire break at home with the family. Does this count towards becoming a grown up? I’m going to go with yes, but it has also made me appreciate time spent with the fam a little more. James and I spent the first couple of days of our two week break with his parents on their farm in Pembrokeshire. A lovely ease into our break that set the tone for pretty much the rest of…