Saturday, 18 February 2017


I have just realised that in the summer this blog will be ten years old! Ten years I've been here in this little corner of the inter web writing a whole load of waffle and sharing pictures. It seems like a very long time.

I have been very slack of late writing here and I certainly don't blog as much as I used to, I often ponder whether I should just close it down and hang out on Instagram instead. I'm still undecided.

I started writing the blog and sharing bits and bobs when my second child was a babe in arms, his cot was in the spare room where the computer was and in the quiet darkness of the night when he woke for a feed, I'd power up the whirring pc and discover a world of other mums and creative types online.

It wasn't just blogs I'd read, I soon became addicted to flickr, discovering other film photographers, although I always found it strange that we'd scan in our images to make them digital to upload!

One of the best things about this blogging malarky is the people that I've met and now call friends. It cuts out that initial 'finding out about you' courtship, instead you know that you have loads in common, I guess similar to online dating.

So all that leaves me to ponder is one very big question just how do you celebrate a virtual birthday? Ideas would be most welcome...

Saturday, 11 February 2017


This morning I was invited to a bloggers brunch at The Bottle of Sauce in Cheltenham, which was fab. A chance to catch up and meet new bloggers and 'grammars from around Cheltenham and the Cotswolds and set the world to rights, we should do it every Saturday! 

I heard heard about The Bottle, the latest pub from the Oxford based institution the Dodo Pub Co who also own the Rickety Press and The Rusty Bicycle in Oxford. It has a uber trendy dark grey exterior that I just love and a very cool interior, red brick walls, trendy sign writing, exposed beams and plenty of enamelware as well as a games room with table tennis table and table football. 

The menu is simple, rustic and bang up to the minute with wood fired oven fired pizzas, burgers and the all important weekend brunch featuring bottomless filter coffee and bottomless bloody Mary's! We enjoyed brunch, which included dishes such as The Boss Man - a full English for £10, really filling buttermilk pancakes for £7 and the chilli avo' smash - avocado, poached eggs, chilli, lime and coriander on sour dough toast for £7. They even have a hangover club - if the Bottle of Sauce has caused your hangover the night before they'll take 25% off your breakfast the morning after - you can't say fairer than that! I love the branding and logo too...

I'm looking forward to revisiting with the family for a game of table tennis and to order the truffle fungi pizza or maybe the pear and prosciutto pizza or even a mother clucker (buttermilk chicken) burger! decisions decisions...

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


Parenting guilt is the worst and I seem to carry it on my shoulders as if it were my army rank and number at the moment. My children also know how to tap into this guilt as if they are targeted missiles. So after neglecting them over the past two weeks of the school holidays as the pub has been super busy we decided to treat our family to 24 hours in London with a stopover in a hotel! My husband closed the pub for the first time in six months so the minute all the customers left on Bank Holiday Monday we jumped in the car to the big smoke.

We stayed in the trendy Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, sharing a room with two double beds, perfect for the five of us to squeeze into. The room had a record player and vinyl that you could buy and take home should you wish. We wandered along Brick Lane eating warm bagels from the bagel shops and  discovered the amazing Princelet Street and the pink house pictured above.

We marvelled at the graffiti and squashed into the Photo Booth at Rough Trade for some souvenir selfies. We then travelled across town to the ice rink at the Natural History Museum to skate under the twinkly lights, which was great fun and now my favourite Christmas tradition.

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