It’s countdown to Mother’s Day on Sunday 26 March and that means, quick, there’s still time to organise something worth getting out of bed for (however tempting staying in bed sounds, but, alas, this is a family day). Here are a few ideas to ponder for you and your family, you and your mum, even you and your mother-in-law (yeah, you can polish that halo).Read more
Never mind cashmere, this week we’re all about alpaca wool. As showcased in this ridiculously cute kiddy cardigan, handmade in Peru. Can we have one in a grown-up size please?Read more
Dave Fung of Bristol-based catering company Little Wild Catering is on something of a mission. Formerly an employee at The Soil Association and a chef at The Potted Pig in Cardiff, Fung’s passion is creating healthy, ethical and delicious food using responsibly sourced ingredients. He launched Little Wild Catering at the end of last year after spending seven months in Kenya running a sourdough bakery whose profits went to fund local access to eye care. His jerk tofu and salt beef sandwiches at Bristol’s pop-up market BS5 in December were a sell-out hit and now, as well as setting up stall at farmers’ markets, he delivers superior lunches – his signature sandwiches, as well as a seasonally changing menu of vegan and meaty dishes – to office workers by bike. And you’d be hard-pressed to leave Pret A Manger spending less. He also does special events and corporate dos and here, he’s very kindly donated a recipe in aid of the ‘how can I get some veg down my kids’ necks’ cause.Read more
It’s time to get the planner out and plot how to keep the kids (and yourself – I’ve thrown in some adult entertainment, too. No, not X-rated) occupied during a cold week in February. The Harry Potter box set looks tempting, I know, I’ve just counted how many hours it buys you and it’s a massive 19! But the other 41? Read on, here’s a batchful of ideas to inspire.Read more
Fancy you’ve got the next Raymond Carver in your midst? Or perhaps Joseph Conrad would be more appropriate, as Giffords Circus, the village green circus with the big imagination, is running a competition to write a story inspired by its upcoming summer show ‘Any Port in a Storm’.
A rich vein to mine – dastardly pirates, treasure islands, creatures of the deep, heart of darkness quests, dramas on the high seas – I reckon it might be hard to keep your watery adventure to just 500 words, but that’s the limit boys and girls.Read more