• 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…

  • Bristol,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Placeum, a new audio map of Bristol

    When we go away on holiday, especially city breaks, we’re always keen to learn the history about the place we’re visiting. Whether that’s through a free walking tour, a museum or a gallery. But what about if you could dip in and out of your history lesson, discover some new and exciting parts of the place you live whilst on your way to lunch or work? Placeum, a new audio map, has just been launched in our wonderful city of Bristol. Apart from the obvious iconic features of this city like the SS Great Britain and the Suspension Bridge, I’m a little ashamed to say I don’t know that much…

  • 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…

  • Lifestyle

    Perfect your stroke with Swimming Nature

    Last weekend I had my first swimming lesson in probably 15 years. I’m really keen to improve my fitness and running just doesn’t appeal to me, especially in the winter months, so getting into the water appeared to be my best bet. For the last 6 months I’ve been telling myself I’m going to start swimming, it’s a great talent of mine – saying I’m going to start a new fitness regime and never getting around to it. I was finally provided with the push I needed when Swimming Nature invited me to try one of their swimming lessons. Swimming Nature are one of the UK’s largest swimming lesson providers, who…

  • 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…

  • Lifestyle

    2015: What a rollercoaster

    The annual ‘look-back’ blog post is upon us already. I remember quite vividly writing last year’s, sat in my parent’s front room, the Christmas tree lit up. New Year’s Eve was a fairly quiet one so I couldn’t even complain of a hangover. The same can’t be said for this year. We kept it very civilised but made sure we enjoyed a drink or two. Starting with a thai meal, then onto a Magic Bar that had a Harry Potter theme (ah-mazing!) and finally finishing on Brandon Hill to witness the whole of Bristol welcoming the new year in. A great start to what will hopefully be a cracking 2016.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    French in France Launch Party

    Last week I was luckily enough to be invited along to the launch of a new business venture for Jonathan Maisey and Laurie Cliquet; French in France. The idea is instead of learning French in a classroom, you take the French to France and learn in a beautiful house in the South West of France: fully immersing yourself in the French culture and way of life . The concept is simple yet so much more effective (and who needs an excuse to go to the South of France!). Laurie moved from Normandy to Cheltenham 30 years ago and has been keen to give people a complete cultural experience teaching in France. Jonathan…