• Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Lifestyle

    Chapter 2 of our self-build story: Out of the ground

    Once we finally got past the planning permission hurdle and out of the ground, things started moving very quickly! Following the end of May bank holiday the team got started on the block work on Tuesday 28th May. Our front entrance! By 30th May we had window surrounds on the ground floor. On Saturday 1st June Steph visited site and had a stretch: Study: Kitchen: The week commencing 3rd June the team finished off the ground floor block work and started on the brick: Up to Thursday 6th June progress was really good, but Friday was a complete washout, and Saturday and most of the next week wasn’t much better;…

  • Lifestyle

    A moment in time

    It can’t have escaped your attention that climate change is a pretty hot topic at the moment. Recently Bristol (and other cities around the UK) were significantly inconvenienced by protesters ‘spreading the message’ that we need to act now. Whilst I saw a few diehards actually on the picket line, the vast majority seemed to just be enjoying a festival in Castle Park. I was away when it started raining but I would’ve been interested to see how many stuck around when the going got tough! If not from someone handing out a flier in the park, where do you go for information about the real big picture, rather than…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    New Moon, Clifton

    James doesn’t have many weaknesses or faults, in a nutshell he’s pretty great. He does however, struggle slightly with memory failure. It may also be that he’s not always listening to me jabbering on but I’m not going to delve too deep into the reasons he can’t remember things I’ve told him as that could be dangerous for our marriage. I knew one thing I had mentioned to him on more than one occasion was that we needed to visit New Moon in Clifton. I love the fact you don’t have go far in Bristol for a good tapas bar and New Moon is one of them. What’s better than…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    To self build or not to self build

    Bristol’s been a wonderful home for the last 6 years, especially the central spot we have with its easy access to all Bristol has to offer. Living in the middle of one of the most popular cities in the country comes with its compromises though, and the main one is space- both inside and out. So for a while now (nearly 4 years) we’ve been looking for a new home in a slightly more rural setting.  We’ve viewed dozens of houses and with each viewing we honed our view of what’s important to us, seeing features we loved as well as those we’d rather not have. If you had a…

  • Bristol,  Graphic Design

    What a way to make a living

    Since leaving university, which was oh.my.lord, nearly 10 years ago, I’ve worked at some great places and some not-so-great places. The first batch were my ‘I’m saving up to go travelling’ funding jobs, before moving onto jobs more related to my degree. I enjoyed those initial post grad years, meeting people at work who were still at Uni and pretending I too, was still a student. Eventually I accepted the fact that my saving for travelling wasn’t going well (probably due to the fact I was living the life of a student and was hopeless at saving money) and started looking for a job that I studied for. It wasn’t…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Food & Drink

    The Coconut Tree, Gloucester Road

    I first heard about The Coconut Tree from a friend who lived on the doorstep of the original Cheltenham establishment, from her Instagram feed I could tell she went probably far more often than she cared to admit. I’m a bit hopeless and have yet to visit the Cheltenham one but have since checked out the Bristol one on Gloucester Road. I was told by someone at work, who also raved about it, that I’d need to book ahead so I got us a table for one evening after work. This place is obviously doing something right if a lot of it’s growth is based on word-of-mouth. The food is inspired…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Brace yourselves for a great Sunday Roast

    Now this may disappoint a few people or make you question my reliability as a food blogger but I have to confess; I’m not a huge fan of roast dinners. There are some exceptions of course like Christmas dinner, or my Mum’s Sunday roasts that we grew up with but I can’t say I’ve ever craved them. If we ever went out for a family meal on a Sunday I’d always go off piste and have the burger as opposed to a roast, just because I think a roast can go so easily wrong and leave you feeling disappointed. This does mean when I discover a good one, that gets…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    I’m fondue of you

    James and I don’t venture to North Street enough, it’s only a short walk from us and has a great selection of places to eat. We have managed to try out most of the establishments but there was one I had my eye on for a while. Every time we passed The Malago, I’d say to James, we need to try this one. I’m not going to lie it was mainly the ‘buy two mains and get a free bottle of wine’ that initially had me interested but after a little more homework we discovered they also do Cheese Fondue Mondays. We booked ourselves a table pronto. I’d never had…

  • 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…

  • Cheltenham,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Le Champignon Sauvage

    For years we’ve been meaning to visit one of Cheltenham’s most celebrated, and highly decorated restaurants, Le Champignon Sauvage, which translates to ‘the wild mushroom’ (if, like me, you’re not a big mushroom fan, don’t worry – there are plenty of non-mushroomy options!). Recently we finally got around to a long overdue visit! So was it worth the wait…? Tucked away in the quiet Suffolk Place suburb of Cheltenham, the very modest and understated frontage gives little away. Enter and you feel like you’re walking into the front room of a private house; it has a warm and homely feeling with sofas and a wonderful range of art. We were…