A house full of foliage & flora


The Bray wedding (more on this another time) has distracted me from writing about jollies, lots (and lots) of eating and in particular, new house additions. 

In the lead up to spring, I have gone a bit plant crazy - constantly upping the level of greenery so that if one plant dies it needs to be replaced instantly or the house looks empty (like when you take down the Christmas tree). Finding decent foliage was a job in itself, on a mission to find 'the cheese plant I'd always wanted', I found the Waitrose garden website. Plants that you can order online. Who knew. My very reasonably sized/reasonably priced cheese plant arrived for £24.99 (blooming bargainous). I don't think you can have too many plants - especially in the office space which Wes said 'looks like a bloomin' jungle'.

Another greenery addition was a Chinese Money plant from Midgely Green in Clevedon, one of our mini-moon stops (the lovely Clevedon definitely deserves it's own blog post). The man bought a truly stunning green book by Cereal from there too, showcasing the British Isles in all their beauty. This book definitely reminded me why some of our best jollies (Scotland, Clevedon etc.) were based here.

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Cheese Rolling & the Devil's Chimney - Sunday suggestions

Sunday has become 'dog walking day', as after a weekend of friviolities some exercise and Lola-dedication is usually needed. 

We've been exploring Cooper's Hill, home to the cheese-rollers, which was the perfect opportunity for a steep walk (us) and some mole-hill investigation (Lola). Another good spot is Leckhampton Hill, home to the Devil's Chimney and many cliff edges that make throwing a ball around difficult ('Don't do it Lola!'). 

Some home-made Mackerel salad (courtesy of the man) is a good energy booster for days like this. We're still in search of the perfect Cheltenham based breakfast (excluding our home-cooked feasts of course) - suggestions welcome.

Let's run away to the Giffords circus, buy jam and eat pie

You're never too old to go to the circus, as me and my friends discovered. Especially if you tie it in with lunch.

I recently saw the vintage inspired Giffords circus tents on one of my commutes from Cirencester, surrounded by wooden branded trailers and retro sign posts. After a bit of investigation I decided I had to go, and saw that it's last stop was in Stroud. After some excited persuasion, two of my friends agreed to the trip and we decided to stop on the way to eat lunch at a favourite Stroud eatery, The Lavender Bakehouse. I may be slightly biased as I often do brand and marketing for them through designbytic.com and during our visit was pleased to see some of our jar packaging and leaflets. But biased feelings aside, booking a table is recommended as it's often busy. WIth items like poached eggs with spiced butter, spinach and yoghurt on toast (a Turkish inspiration) and chocolate beetroot cake for afters - you can see why.

Giffords Circus was a great treat, after initially feeling that we may be too old for the humour, or have an obligatory child in tow - we relaxed and laughed along with the five year olds (they laughed a lot). The music was brilliant, jazzy, silly and perfectly timed. With humour and conversation not disimilar to The Minions - the ringmaster, clown Tweedy and acrobats left us in giddy admiration. The weather was also pretty good which made it a bit hot and sticky in the tent - but still a pretty good way to spend the last moments of Summer. 

I've since thrown myself into the weather change with some pie-making and ale drinking. Sort of. The ale drinking was at the new bar/pub/restaurant - The Wild Beer Co in Cheltenham. Where we were persuaded by the idea of an ale/champagne concuction...Goodbye Summer, hello Winter. 

The Lavender Bakehouse, Chalford, Stroud

Turkey and Leek Pie, my abode