We took a short break, deciding that if we couldn’t go abroad then we wanted to find some more unusual places to discover here in England. After a couple of amazing nights at Bower Treehouse in Somerset, we headed south to the Leewood glamping site near Yelverton in Devon. After three nights, I didn’t want to leave. Glamping, Devon, chilling out…it was all too perfect.
The bog eyed resident cat made himself at home in our tent
There are two pitches to choose from on site, and our home for three nights was The Ark. To say it’s simply a safari tent would be a massive understatement. This tent was enclosed with an upcycled wooden frame and tarp roof, giving it protection from the wind. Inside, the walls are insulated with old army blankets for warmth, and the roof is beautifully draped with vintage sari silks. There is a king size bed, with a down duvet and piles of quilts and crotchet blankets. A wood burner is flanked by rocking chairs and there is seating in the corner.
Outside there is a fire pit for late night star gazing and meal cooking. Continue Reading
Say hi to Samantha from Socially Sam. Sam loves Disney, and for her the food is a massive part of her trip. So she has put together the ultimate list for foodies planning a trip to Disney in Florida. Read on, and prepare to start planning your holiday!
If I could express to you in words just how much I love a Disney holiday, then we’d be here all day and you’d get fed up of reading after about the 27th million word. I would forego every treat, luxury, shopping trip, night out, everything, all year round to be able to afford my annual trip to Florida.
I won’t skirt around it and I’ll be honest with you, it’s not cheap. We always stay in a Disney Resort hotel, do all the parks, all the trimmings and make the most of our 2 weeks there. I know there’s loads of websites out there and guides that will tell you how to do Disney on the cheap, but really it’s still not cheap. So I prefer to just get the absolute most for my money. Hence one of my favourite parts of the whole Disney experience is the food.
So here are my top Disney dining, must see, do, experiences, hacks and avoids.
A little piece of heaven up a tree
First we had yurts – we were early adopters and approving of this cosy tent with fire and blankets. Then came glamping– a term coined to cover camping out in yurts, gypsy caravans, retro trailers, and anything which can be converted with a touch of quirk and luxury. The latest self catering trend seems to be for treehouse breaks and maybe the most luxurious of them all is possibly the Bower Treehouse in Somerset.
I was in desperate need of a break, but my travel insurance has gone astronomical as I wait for an operation, so we decided to stay here in the UK and look for something a bit different. We did two stops, the Bower being the first. Continue Reading
I love a good scone, but truth be told, I am always a bit disappointed when I make them myself. I collated a load of recipes last year from friends when I was doing my afternoon tea fundraiser, but the two things which let them down were 1) lack of rise and 2) lack of sweetness.
You might argue that scones shouldn’t be too sweet. After all, they are a vehicle for all that creamy and jam. But here’s the thing: I quite like a scone with just butter. I know, I know, don’t tell the cream tea police! But a just warm scone with slightly salted butter is a thing of beauty for me so I want a scone which is maybe a bit sweeter than usual. Continue Reading
Tasting non alcoholic beer so you don’t have to!
As a reluctant non drinker, I do miss a good beer. It is particularly tricky in these summer months when a single decent beer on a hot day and cure all ills.
Non alcoholic beer doesn’t have the best reputation, and with good reason. There is a lot of dross out there. So I tried a quite a few, and you can see my thoughts in the video below. Continue Reading
Chefs were very gracious in letting us snap them!
I’ve been known to go out if my way for a good meal. Last year we did a day trip in Crete based on the fact we could revisit a roadside taverna that specialises in rabbit which we found the year prior. It was a two hour drive and I had to endure 35c heat a lot of ancient ruins but boy was it worth it! Similarly, the 400 miles between home and Axminster seems a long way, but a fab little lunch in the River Cottage Canteen before hitting the road home made the miles just slip away. Continue Reading
This post has been scheduled because right now I should be recovering from neurosurgery. Back in February I went for an eye test; no reason to need one, I just realised I hadn’t been for ages. So long story short, turns out I had a benign tumour in front of my brain; something called a meningioma. It was the last thing I was expecting but they’ve acted to get it out and so I have to be thankful it has been caught.
As soon as I knew I’d be going in to hospital, I started planning to fill the freezer. Not only am I going to be in hospital several days, but I don’t want Andrew worrying about what to cook when I’m recovering. I’ve been advised that I’ll be tired for quite a few weeks, so I wanted to make sure that there’s easy and nutritious food that either Andrew or I can cook easily and just add veggies and carbs to make a meal.
Tucked away on Fountain Street, behind Primark in Manchester city centre, Enzo Pizza is in a good spot for shoppers looking for a lunch time pit stop.
The menu covers breakfast (including breakfast pizza *shock face emoji*), pizza, pasta and ciabatta sandwiches. I popped in to have a try.* Continue Reading