• Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Discovering Hampshire

    Well, more specifically, Basingstoke. We have a friend from Basingstoke who almost choked on his beer when we told him we were having a romantic weekend away in his home town, followed by the question, ‘why?’. Well first off Mum and Dad bought James and I a voucher for money off a brand of hotels and the cheapest one happened to be in Basingstoke. Plus the hotel looked really nice, was set amongst it’s own grounds and not too far away from Bristol. We took the Monday off work and headed up on the Friday so we could make the most of the trip. We were staying at Audleys Wood…

  • 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…

  • Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Travel

    Holidaying on a boat

    Last month James and I went away to Falmouth for a long weekend with some friends. We had been talking about going away together for months and finally got something pretty special booked up. We scoured the internet before stumbling upon a spot just on the outskirts of Falmouth town centre. What made it so special you ask? Well, it was in fact a boat. A boat with all the necessities: the top floor was all open plan with a big kitchen, dining area, and a large lounging space with lots of glass to enjoy the views. It gave the impression that you could almost walk out onto the outdoor…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Unleash the child in you

    There’s a magical place, we’re on our way there, with toys in their millions, all under one roof; it’s called… Well sadly Toys’R’Us don’t need that catchy little ditty any more, but perhaps the new Lego house could use it instead. Billund, Denmark; the home of Lego. Nearly 90 years ago the founding family of Lego started their business, first as carpenters, then wooden toy makers, and then moving with the times into plastic. They weren’t the first to do a plastic brick, and doubtless they won’t be the last, but they are the best, and it would take something very special to change that. The Lego House is a…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Roadtripping in Denmark

    For those of you that don’t know, James and I are getting married at the end of May and the planning/preparing/stressing is in full force. Time is always running away from us but when you have an impending wedding that you’re planning and doing almost every detail yourselves, you wish you could put the brakes on and turn the speedometer down a notch. As I don’t have a scar on my forehead or wear a pair of round framed glasses, I won’t be performing any spells to rewind time. Anyway, I digress. So with little time to plan our wedding, James and I decided to take a trip to Denmark.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Things to do in Barcelona

    With last year’s British Summer being a bit of washout, James and I decided we needed some sun and booked a short trip to Barcelona. I had been to Barcelona a few years ago and loved it, whereas it was the first time for James but I knew it was just what we needed. If you’re decidedly fed-up with Winter and in need of some spring getaway inspiration, hopefully this blog post can help. Barcelona is a fun city that has everything; beautiful weather, amazing architecture with interesting history, a great food scene and all within a stone’s throw from the beach. Living in this city locals must lead a…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    The Lake District

    Five hours: In the grand scheme of things, not a very long time. But a lot can be done in five hours if you apply yourself, and you can get to some pretty interesting places, with Greek islands, parts of the Middle East and Africa, and even Moscow within flying time of the UK. You can also get to some less exotic, but in my view – far more beautiful places closer to home. As a surprise for Steph’s birthday we took a five hour drive North to the Lake District, staying at Another Place, a new sister hotel to Cornwall’s wonderful Watergate Bay (you can read why we fell…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    St Lucia, The Caribbean

    After a rubbish start to the year, James and I wanted to get away to somewhere we could recharge the batteries, soak up some sunshine and completely switch off. We wanted something last minute and in April it meant we needed to go long haul. After listing our requirements to the travel agent, they suggested St Lucia and we happily agreed. Within four weeks of booking we were on our way, saying goodbye to the dreary English weather (that had forecast snow whilst we were away) and preparing our bodies for some serious relaxation. The island of St Lucia is pretty small, approximately 43km long by 22km wide, you’d think…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Pretty Prague Part 2

    Sometimes a week seems a long time to spend in a city, however there is so much to see and do in Prague that we could easily have stayed longer. Our next stop was to the Technical Museum, something James’ dad had recommended. It took us a while to find it but eventually we got there and spent the whole morning exploring several floors of old and new technical advances that had been made through the centuries. After lots of reading and walking around the museum, we worked up quite an appetite so made our way back into the centre for our favourite type of food. James’ ‘hurry up and…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Pretty Prague Part 1

    James and I had heard very good things about Prague. Both of our parents had visited and fallen for it’s charm so when we decided to squeeze in one last holiday last year, we knew exactly where we were going. At the end of September we had two weddings over two back-to-back weekends over in Essex and Norwich, we decided that the week in between would be the perfect time to plan our trip for. When it came round to it the packing proved somewhat difficult; trying to decide what to wear to two weddings and one that is a week away is a little tricky but we succeeded in…