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Weekend Picks

Friday, 29 May 2015

 
If you could make a wish today, what would it be?
We had fun with dandelion clocks on the Isle of Wight over the long weekend ~ making wishes and telling the time!! And holding buttercups under our chins to see if we like butter ~ did you ever do that?!

Lovely links from this week:

: : Shoot
Sometimes great things are on our doorstep. Check out this article on the challenges & rewards of photographing close to home

: : Wander
Not on Pinterest yet? These 8 travel pinners worth following might just convince you!

: : Nourish
I'm keen to try out this chai tea recipe

: : Nest
This house & its kitchen. Love.

: : Inspire
Ring in the changes with these tips for a more positive & happier lifestyle

Enjoy your Saturday & Sunday ~ we have a street party to go to in our neighbourhood!

Claire

5 Great Places to Eat on the Isle of Wight

Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Isle of Wight is a lovely place to spend a long weekend ~ we've been going there regularly with friends and family over the past year.

Discovering new places on the island is always fun, especially when it involves food! Here are a few gems we've come across along the way ~ be sure to book as they can get very busy...


5 Great Places to Eat on the Isle of Wight

The Waterfront Cafe
Totland Bay

This hidden restaurant and bar is right on the water's edge and has a fabulous view out over the Solent. Both times we've been here we've been blessed with a gorgeous sunset. Be sure to ask for a table in the window.

The food is an eclectic Mediterranean style, plenty of seafood and delicious veggie options. We especially enjoyed the vegetarian mezze starter for two (see below). The menu is seasonal so there's always something new to try.




 



The Piano Cafe
Freshwater

This boutique cafe is just a short walk from where we stay in Freshwater Bay. It's the perfect place to spend a warm evening with friends, listening to live music.

The dinner menu is limited to sharing platters (meat, fish or veggie) and a couple of dishes on the specials board, but it's all beautifully presented, tasty and great with a glass or two of wine!







Wightwood Pizza
Freshwater Bay

Catch this vintage Citro├źn H van, serving delicious woodfired pizza, in various places all over the island. It comes to Freshwater Bay most Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

We've yet to try to food, but it certainly looks great and the concept of grabbing a slice and heading down to the beach with it definitely appeals!






Well Bread Bakery
Cowes

If you like big portions, this artisan bakery & cafe is the place to be. Ginormous scones, brownies and hot cross buns are definitely the order of the day here. To give you an idea, we shared the scone below between four of us!

The atmosphere is super informal ~ seating is communal on old wooden pews, you self-serve and pay for what you eat.

There's a great selection of breads and you can also grab some breakfast here.





The Garden Cafe
Freshwater

Another super place to head for sunset and pizza! The food is Italian-style ~ they have a large woodfire oven, so the pizzas have that nice authentic crispiness to them.

Choose to sit inside or out on the deck on warmer evenings.



Have you been to the Isle of Wight in recent times? Any foodie recommendations to add to the above? Please share in the comments below!

Claire

Mid-week Inspiration

Wednesday, 27 May 2015



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Weekend Picks

Friday, 22 May 2015


I've been doing a bit more exploring of our new area this last week. There's so much green around, I'm in heaven! We're heading to the coast for the long weekend ~ there'll be plenty of walking, good food and rest ~ nothing like sea air to clear your head, is there?

Here are my pick of interesting links from the last seven days:

: : Shoot
I do love a photo project ~ something to focus on and channel my creativity! This is an interesting piece on why you should do photo projects more often

: : Wander
It's hard to believe some of these 10 Victorian houses are in the UK ~ they look incredible, like French chateaux! A definite few new additions to my bucket list...

: : Nourish
I've read a lot recently about making cheese from cashew nuts (yes, you read that right!) and I'm keen to give it a go. This vegan spinach mac & cheese seems like a good place to start

: : Nest
Such beautiful lines, colours and textures in this musician's home

: : Inspire
Loving this wealth of great ideas for dissolving stress from creative writers, artists & photographers

Have a great weekend everyone!

Claire

Currently obsessed with: Watering Cans

Thursday, 21 May 2015

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I've recently been on the hunt for a new watering can. The old plastic one I've had for years sprang a leak so I reckoned it was time to invest in a replacement ~ something bigger, better and prettier (why not?)!

I did a bit of research online before nailing down the perfect model ~ the Gardman 10 litre cream one below ~ I'd never realised there were so many options out there!

So if you happen to be in the market for a watering can, here are a few of the best ones I came across...

Metal Watering Cans

I'm very happy with my choice ~ see it in action here ~ it's easy to use and the extra capacity halves my watering time in the evening, so that makes it an all round winner in my book!


Claire

Mid-Week Inspiration

Wednesday, 20 May 2015



Claire

6 Handy Photo Editing Apps

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Today I'm bringing you a round up of the go-to apps I use to edit photos taken on my iPhone. There are so many out there now it's easy to become overwhelmed or end up with tons of apps which all basically do the same thing. These are the 6 I find myself going back to again and again. Added bonus: they're all free ~ yipee!! 

Which are you favourite photo apps? Please share in the comments below!

Claire