A couple of weeks ago Dan and I were invited by Nespresso to the Cheltenham Literature Festival to experience the buzz and listen to the inspiring authors and adventures who have redefined their lives. We have never been to the Literature Festival, even though it’s less than an hour from home, so we were looking forward to soaking up all that this festival had in store.
Nespresso is one of the festivals’ key sponsors, and focused on authors/speakers who have in some way redefined their lives. From the baking national treasure, Mary Berry to Lois Pryce who left her job in the music industry to travel solo through Iran on her motorbike.
During the festival Nespresso launched their brand new innovative coffee system, Nespresso Vertuo. The Vertuo system is coffee redefined, with it’s intelligent extraction system, which individually reads the bar code on each of the capsules, which means every coffee is extracted and brewed to your individual style. Whether you are a fan of an espresso or a long coffee, Nespresso Vertuo can precisely make the coffee you desire.
I must admit, I was incredibly impressed with my long coffee. I am a bit of a coffee addict and prefer to have a larger coffee to see me through the morning.
Saturday evening we were treated to a beautiful meal in No 38 The Park, hosted by Alex James of Blur fame. Alex famously redefined his life by firstly leaving his university degree course to focus on his band Blur. Then years later he left his rock and roll lifestyle behind to move to the Cotswolds and start farming and focus on the production of cheese. Alex was utterly charming about how he followed his heart, fell in love with his now wife and wanted to settle down in a slower pace of life.
The delicious meal included the flavours of the new Vertuo coffee, each dish more wonderful than the last.
Back at the Festival on Sunday, we were treated to an inspiring talk by Alastair Humphreys who told us how he redefined his life to become an adventurer and author. His first big adventure was completing a four-year bicycle journey around the world. Dan has one of his first books, Microadventures which has inspired our family adventures and camping in the wild. His talk reaffirmed that life is what you make it, never wait, do it. Don’t just save and prepare for the big adventure, have small ones in the meantime.
Inspired, Dan and I headed to the Nespresso tent, to have our dreams redefined by the Nespresso artist. We have already redefined our lives by starting this blog, which has changed our lives beyond belief, but what next? We’d love to retire to a little cottage in the South of France… our life redefined. We can dream right?
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.