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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Scenes from Sunday // a beach cook out…

What a gloriously sunny weekend.  November has really gotten off to a fabulous start with it’s crisp sunny days and cold nights. I love it!  Yesterday we decided to have ‘cook out’ and headed to a bay outside of Clevedon, on the river Severn. While the boys busied themselves climbing the rocks and discovering caves, Dan and I made camp and built the fire.  We both love cooking outside in the colder months, there is something so primal about it. 

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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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Seasonal Rituals | Autumn forage in the woods…

Sometimes the smell of Autumn just takes hold of me, and there is a real need in me to go to the woods. I love to forage for wild mushrooms, except I really wish I knew what I was doing, mushroom identification is a dark art, that’s for sure.  My style of foraging is that I gather plenty, come home to identify them, get scared and end up throwing them on the compost heap!  I should take a foraging course,

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Seasonal Rituals // Autumn Equinox…

Tomorrow officially marks the Autumn Equinox, the first day of Autumn, hurrah! I adore autumn, the light, the colours, the misty mornings. I find in Summer I can’t think, I become anxious that I should be ‘out there’ soaking up the sun… when in reality summer is more about working around the school holidays and then child minding.  But hey….. that’s another story. Autumn, for me, is all about planning, writing down intentions, preparing the home and yourself for winter.

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Scenes from Sunday // The Quantock hills..

Another from my ‘Scenes from Sunday’ series, where I hope to share our Sunday adventures every week.  This Sunday we drove an hour south from Bristol to Somerset and the Quantock hills, hoping to see purple heather, wild ponies and far reaching views.  What I wasn’t expecting was a huge connection to nature….

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Scenes from Sunday // Bristol Botanic Gardens in early September…

This weekend was spent dodging the rain and keeping it slow and steady.  With the first week of term, and the back to school alarm clock, we want this first weekend of September to be really slow paced. After the morning at home, we ventured out to the botanical garden for a wander around the tropical glasshouses.  A favourite of mine, but when I mentioned it to the kids that we should visit, they did half moan!  ‘Oh god, that’s

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Simple Style // Late Summer adventures with Seasalt…

(This post is written in partnership with Seasalt Cornwall). I’m ‘almost’ at a point of autumn ready.  Ready for winter boots, thick tights and rain macs. Almost. There is something so wonderful about pulling on a pair of sturdy ankle boots that makes me feel I can conquer the world.  Don’t you agree? This year’s ankle boots are courtesy of Seasalt Cornwall. A navy blue pair called ‘Rosie’ in the wonderful colour named ‘Fathom’.  Navy blue with a hint of

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