• 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…

  • 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…