• Lifestyle,  Photography

    Rolling off the production line

    Recently I was lucky enough to have a tour of the Lego factory in Denmark (you can read more about it here) and my factory fun hasn’t stopped there: How do you top visiting the headquarters of one of the biggest and most recognisable brands in the world…? With one of the biggest, most recognisable AND most prestigious brands in the world of course! A few weeks ago I went behind the scenes at the Rolls-Royce factory and had a glimpse into the incredible craftsmanship which goes into these extremely exclusive machines. A tucked-away site not far from Chichester, which you’d easily miss if you weren’t looking for it, is…

  • 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…

  • Fashion,  Photography

    Fashion brand &Sons needs your help

    Pioneering clothing brand &Sons embark on a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds in support of its launch. The innovative outfitters founded by Phil James, of Shadowplay, will seek to crowd fund £50,000 with a 45 day drive that was unveiled on Friday 22nd July 2016. Phil James said: “The idea for this project came about when I found myself trying to find clothes that were functional and hardwearing for my day job but also fashionable, comfortable and ultimately something I felt proud wearing. I also wanted a certain ‘look’ but found myself shopping around from several different websites. And so… &Sons was born, catering for a discerning customer looking for…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Olive shed

    Not a shed full of olives or in fact a shed made of olives I’m sorry to report. Not a great way to start a blog post with a huge statement of disappointment but fear not! The Olive Shed is in fact a wonderful place; situated on the Harbour with luscious views across the river and a long list of tapas dishes proving these guys know what they’re doing. They also do serve olives. If it wasn’t for the fact this country can’t seem to produce a full day of warm sunshine this year we would have made the most of the outdoor seating however the wintery winds convinced us we…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    Montpellier Lodge, Cheltenham

    Trying to keep up with what’s happening on the food scene in both Cheltenham and Bristol keeps James and I pretty busy! We use this system at work called Trello that organises the teams workflow; James and I use it for listing restaurants we need to go to. Montpellier Lodge had been on my list for a while. It opened last year in what I always thought was a fancy shed containing tennis rackets for people playing on the courts just opposite. It was a quite a surprise to hear someone was opening a restaurant there. Since a visit there last month, I’m glad they did! We were out to celebrate mum’s…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Bill's Restaurant, Cheltenham

    The plan for the first day back from our holiday was to relax. We’d done so much walking in Madrid and Barcelona our legs had almost seized up. However, once I remembered Bill’s Restaurant had launched in town I had to go check it out immediately. With the fiance and sister in tow we shuffled along to Regent Street with grumbling bellies and pretty high expectations. It was surprisingly busy for a weekday so we were seated upstairs. The interior is a real mix with plush brown leather benches that my sister and I sunk straight into. There are a number of elegant chandeliers dotted around, with also low hanging…

  • Lifestyle

    I've been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award

    Twice in fact, which is a little overwhelming. I love blogging, but have been a little lapse recently so it’s lovely to know my blog has not been forgotten. I love having this little piece on the internet where I can talk about my interests and day-to-day activities without clogging up friend’s news feeds on social network sites. I aim to blog more over the coming weeks as Alan and I have some trips planned, I’ve been invited to the opening of a new cafe in Cheltenham (very exciting) and I’m doing a photography course so I will be sharing what I learn with you guys. Lots of good stuff.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Slightly delayed Birthday post

    When I say slightly, I actually mean very. My 25th birthday was on the 26th January, so lets just say the delay is down to old age… This post will be in similar vein to my previous one when I took Alan to London for his birthday, as, you guessed it, he took me to London for mine. We’re both not entirely sure why we went a little OTT on each other this time around – next birthdays will most definitely be a meal out somewhere local, what with saving for a house and wedding at the moment! Life gets so expensive as you get older – why, as children,…

  • Fashion,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Birthday Celebrations

    Last weekend was Alan’s Birthday and for some reason I decided to spend a small fortune on it. I already planned the one present months and months ago, which was a trip to his football team’s (Tottenham) home ground, White Hart Lane. I then thought instead of just driving up there for an hour and a half, we might as well stay in London for the night. With that in mind, I started to think of other things to fill the time and eventually came up with a trip to the Icebar and a meal at Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant Maze. I wanted to get Ramsay’s main restaurant but the place…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    When in Rome…(Tuscany and Milan)

    Soooo… this is awkward, another long stint without even a hint of a new blog post. I love having a blog, sharing my pictures and keeping a sort of online diary to look back on, but most days after work, all I have the energy for is food and sleep (and maybe an episode of CSI:NY). However yesterday, Alan and I joined the gym so I’m feeling the need to get into some kind of routine where I have time for gymming, blogging, sleeping and having a social life. Hmmm you’ll know it hasn’t gone to plan if I don’t blog for another 3 months! Anyway the point of this…