Hi fellow bloaters,
First of all I’d like to apologise for being off the radar for a little. I have been lucky enough to go on two short breaks and then came back to super busy times at work so I’ve had little time to blog, and well, cook new exciting recipes. But we are all entitled to a rest!
I’ve had an amazing few weeks, first visiting Cornwall for my birthday. Rob and I got to stay in a Hobbit Hut and it was great getting back to nature and being able to cook al fresco style. We had no electricity, no internet which was tough but great to be off grid for a little while. We fell asleep every night to the sounds of animals scuttling around our hut and woke up to the birds singing. For all you nature/outdoor lovers, you should definitely check out Acorn Glamping and Camping. We were fully accommodated for with all cooking equipment being given to us and our very own shower and toilet hut, which for anyone who’s gone camping before, knows this is rare. They are very reasonably priced for glamping and how many chances do you get to say you stayed in a Hobbit Hut!
We were staying near the Eden Project so of course we did the obligatory visit but for us the highlight was our whistle stop tour of the coast near Newquay. We first visited Padstow, then made our way to Holywell Bay and then finished with Watergate Bay. These were beautiful beaches and there was so much to explore. I think the photos speak for themselves. Oh and the restaurants at Watergate Bay…Belissimo! Definitely worth check out if you’re in the area.
On the 24th April, I turned 26! Wrong side of my twenties now! But its times like these that you get to reflect on how lucky you are. I got to spend the day with the ones I love and of course celebrate with a glass of Prosecco or two.
Manchester was our next stop to visit Rob’s brother and his girlfriend. Living in Buxton, we were treated to the Derbyshire countryside, with a little trip into Bakewell, where they happened to have a food market. Lots of cheese was tasted but unfortunately no Bakewell Tart for me as we couldn’t find any Gluten Free options. On our second day, we went into Manchester. We visited numerous bars and eateries, because let’s face it, we’re obsessed with food, one of which was the Alchemist for some cocktails and Red’s True BBQ for dinner. The pulled pork and brisket….oh my! Teacup is also worth a mention, we are British and we do love tearooms! Lots of gluten free options for cake and brunch and it was delicious. We also got to experience a little bit of culture and visited the Art Gallery and Ryland Library.
I absolutely love the architecture in historic buildings so Ryland’s was great, and there was an exhibition which displayed a Medieval Bible dated from 1489!!! Definitely a history nerd and although not religious, seeing a Medieval, Latin Bible is still a treat. As for the art, I was especially taken by some photography that depicted four individuals which were in my own interpretation, examples of those that abuse substances of some sort. As someone who works very hard to stay healthy, it was a stark reminder of how harmful chemicals can be to our bodies.
Finally, on Friday 5th May, the company I work for, Apple A Day got to attend the Wiltshire Business Awards as finalists in the Customer and Staff Care category. Although we didn’t win, we did hear that we came a very close second which we were pretty chuffed with still being very new as a business. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our achievements and the hard work that we put in as a team.
Anyway I’m looking forward to getting back to blogging and continuing to see all your lovely recipes too!