Simple Living | Winter foraging with Jeep…

So what happens when Jeep invite you to Brighton for a day out in the woods?  My 11 year old son thought I’d be scrambling up and down muddy valleys, like some sort of off road rally.  I would have been up for a rally, but instead we climbed in to a Jeep Compass and headed for the woods with Hunter Gather Cook, who hosted us for a day of foraging, fire making and cooking.  What could be better?

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Travel | A Nordic Feast at the Southbank…

Shortly after Lou returned from Sweden, we took a trip to the Southbank centre, and enjoyed a Nordic Feast.  The food was cooked on open fires, and prepared with authentic regional ingredients.  Scandinavian chefs were joined by London chefs who had been on a foreign exchange-style visit to learn new skills, and discover a new ethos.  The expansive canvas tent was dimly lit, and there were two gloriously large fire pits dominating the space.

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Simple Living // Temple Cycles at Wapping Wharf, Bristol…

Temple Cycles has recently opened a new shop in a shipping container near the dockside in Bristol.  Their neighbours include a Yoga studio, an Ice Cream specialist, a Cheese deli and a Barbers.  At Wapping Wharf there is an energy about the place that inspires you to take your time and enjoy the space.  Recently re-energised, the area spent most of the last 50 years as a gravel car park and not a place you would want to spend any

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Simple Living // Urbanears Stammen Speaker…

I felt a surge of excitement as soon as I clapped eyes on the box the courier was delivering.  I’ve seen ads for Urbanears on Instagram for a while, and I instantly fell in love with the design and the concept.  The Stammen speaker looks beautiful, sounds wonderful and is effortless to use. Do you need to read on?  Its beautiful and its so satisfying to use – job done.

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Travel // Is Haven a place on Earth?

I’ve just returned from a weekend in Dorset, where we stayed at a Haven Holiday Park.  Lou was in Sweden, so it was just me and the boys.  Haven invited us to test the facilities and have a mini break at Rockley Park.  In return for the trip, I joined a 90 minute discussion about our experience.  In my pre-arrival questionnaire, I described my perception of Haven in three words as: “Old-school, Family, Value”.  So what is Haven like these days?

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Travel // Hossa National Park, Finland…

Back in late August, I found myself aboard a very plush and modern Finnair plane to Helsinki, Finland. A last minute change of plan saw Lou staying at home with the family, while I stepped in to visit Finland’s newest National Park, Hossa. Finland is a country that I hadn’t expected to visit, and yet now that I’ve been, I can’t stop thinking about how soon I can get back. Helsinki sits on almost the most southerly tip of Finland.  From

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Seasonal Rituals // Summer circus adventures with Giffords Circus…

Ever dreamt of running away with the circus? Have a yearning for acrobatics and clowning around?  Well, why not try an afternoon at Giffords Circus, before you commit to a life on the road? Last Friday, we visited the travelling circus, as it stopped in Marlborough.  The tent was filled to capacity with a mix of children, parents and grandparents.  It was immediately obvious to me that some parents had finished work early, and were joining the rest of the family at the

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Simple Living // Krups bean to cup…

A friend of mine from school owns Bristol’s best coffee place.  The scientific method he uses to extract the best flavour from his artisan coffee beans will boggle your mind.  My word he makes a good brew, something that has eluded us in our own home coffee making for years.  Until now.  We’ve recently purchased a new Krups ‘Bean to Cup’ coffee machine and now I fancy myself as a bit of a barista.  However, if you are the proprietor or

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