Cheltenham bake-off cakes & floral finds


Living walking distance from local goodies makes treating myself at weekends all the more tempting. I've also discovered that my local Flower Man (actually called 'The Flower Man') sells country-inspired beauties like hydrangeas and delphiniums - miles away from your standard squished petrol station carnation. One (or two) of these at the weekend make the house look good for well over a week, and inspires me to keep the place tidy (ish).

In the spirit of keeping tidy - we decided the time had come to get rid of our mis-matched plates, when we moved in together a couple of years ago we amalgamated a bit of a weird collection. After some research and debating ('no I don't want plates with dachshunds on', 'how much?!') we settled on some black and white ones from - this site is pretty reasonable for good quality decor when you compare with the high street.

Another local treat includes some chocolate swiss rolls (that were actually inspired by a technical challenge on bake-off) and blonde brownie from my old haunt, Brew & Bake. Getting my full gran on, I also went to the charity bookshop for a Cath Kidston covered edition of 'The Provincial Lady'.

So so old, and florally bold.

Breezy bike rides and Cheese Champagne combos

Summer is here! It really is...and with that excitement comes a bunch of other changes for myself. This weekend I move into my own little abode, which shall be filled with aztec cushions, elaborate candles, Kardashian-inspired bathroom decor, and old fashioned nautical prints. Not getting the theme yet? Me neither. It will work though, trust me. I will share the finished results to prove the doubters wrong in due course...

Alongside the move I've been getting a summer spring into my step with a food-fuelled visit to London, and bike rides into Cheltenham town to sample more Boston Tea Party breakfasts (perfect for a hangover), equally as good is the Brew & Bake Sunday brunch... yes the bike rides are needed. Does this blog post sound familiar? What can I say, I find a good spot and I tend to become a regular. During my London visit though I was able to be more adventurous though - in the form of Champagne and Cheese dinners (Brixton Village) and 'Ghetto Grillz' New York sandwiches (Camden Lock)...

For some much needed exercise after all this food, Lola, Buddy and my now no-longer-pregnant-friend Bryony took a 'stroll' up Cleeve Hill (a 2 hour long stroll). The view was pretty great though, and is highly recommended for a dog walk.

Alongside all of this 'gallavanting' I have also been working away on Winter-themed wedding invites, and website designs for a local engineering company through my sister company desigbytic - how do I fit it all in...? With motivation sourced from my 'Wonder Woman' sticker. Thanks Jen.