• Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Lifestyle

    Chapter 4 of our self-build story: Turning a house into a home

    I can’t believe we’ve only been in our new house 3 months, it feels so much like home now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. We moved in around Christmas and had agreed to host, before having used any of the new kitchen or found places for saucepans – somewhat optimistic, but we made it and have since hosted lots of friends and family and have found it the perfect space for entertaining. We pretty much had all our weekends booked up for the first two months, having friends stay over and cooking for family. It has only been the last few weeks where we’ve been able to properly settle…

  • Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    A strong contender for Cheltenham’s best Indian restaurant

    So, you’re just about to get a kitten and puppy. Obviously you’re out of your mind, but should you choose that path, you need a good blowout the night before, right?! (before you’re housebound for months on end!). But where to go? Steph’s been on a rather bland diet recently so we were feeling something packed with flavour, and a curry’s a safe bet for that! Cheltenham’s got no shortage of good Indian restaurants; Prithvi still sticks in my mind- years after our first visit as one of the best I’ve been to. But it was time for us to try somewhere new so we made our way to Mahal,…

  • Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Lifestyle

    Chapter 3 of our self-build story: Going up

    It’s been over a year since I wrote the last feature on our house build; at the time we were just up to the first floor and things had progressed rapidly. So, did something go horribly wrong, as you might have expected if you’ve ever watched Grand Designs, or has it just been a very busy last 12 months and blogging’s taken a back seat…? Well I’m very pleased to report that it’s the latter of those two option: With the house build, moving in, Christmas, a demanding new job, Covid and a couple of new furry additions, writing for fun sadly hasn’t had much of a look in, but…

  • Art,  Crafts

    Back to school

    If you’ve had much of a look through this blog you might have noticed a few themes, for both Steph and I. A love of food is the most obvious one; when we lived in the center of Bristol that was where most of our expendable income went. Travel is also right up there, although this year has been very travel-light, as we’ve focused on building our new home. If Steph gets her way this will be addressed next year!  The third main theme is a love of making things, whether it be our very hand-made wedding, or trying our hands at a new craft. For me one of the…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Portraits of Cheltenham

    A meaty treat

    We’ve recently moved from Bristol to the outskirts of Cheltenham and one of the hardest things about moving away from Bristol has been leaving the thriving food scene behind; we were never short of options for somewhere fantastic to go out for dinner.  So after only a couple of weeks in our new home town we were delighted to get an invite to the opening of a new steak restaurant in Cheltenham’s food and entertainment area- The Brewery Quarter. A really good, well cooked steak (well cooked on a good hot charcoal grill, rather than ‘well done’) is a wonderful thing, but all to often restaurants serve up poor quality,…

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    Goodbye Bristol

    Our self build project has meant we will be saying goodbye to our life in Bristol and starting a new chapter back in my hometown of Cheltenham. It’s an exciting time as we will be living in a wonderful house that we built for ourselves, enjoying a lot more space and be amongst the tranquility of the countryside. There is an underlying feeling of sadness though as we will miss Bristol a lot. Bristol has been my home for over 5 years now, it’s where I finally got my big break into the world of web development and where I met James. I will still be working there so I…

  • 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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Exploring Devon on the way to Dartmouth

    James and I haven’t really taken any holidays this year, with Mum going through Chemotherapy and our self build project, we’ve not really wanted to be anywhere else but home or plan too far in advance incase we needed to be elsewhere. We’ve taken to booking more spontaneous trips over long weekends instead with one of our most recent being a lovely few days down in Devon. I had booked us into a spa hotel for one night in Dartmouth but James decided we should extend our trip so booked up a Bed and Breakfast in Torquay for the night before. We headed off on the Saturday morning from Bristol,…

  • 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…

  • Cheltenham,  Food & Drink

    Bar Padron, Cheltenham

    I’m talking tapas again but this time in Cheltenham. One of the main things I’ll miss about Bristol when we make the move to our new home on the outskirts of Cheltenham will most definitely be the food scene. We eat out at least once a week at the moment and rarely have a bad meal – the quality and variety on offer in Bristol is probably the best in the country! Cheltenham as a town, isn’t too far behind though and has a growing food scene with more independent restaurants opening all the time. One of the most recent being a tapas bar called Bar Padron, located in the…