Autumnal Sundays and Traditional Afternoon Tea at Stoke Place

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On a recent idyllic autumnal Sunday, my husband, my in-laws and I went for afternoon tea at Stoke Place, a 17th-century country house venue located in Buckinghamshire. I had been lucky enough to win a voucher for afternoon tea at Stoke Place in a raffle and it was the perfect way to spend an autumnal Sunday.

Afternoon Tea at Stoke Place

Stoke Place

Afternoon tea Stoke Place

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Cosy Dining and Autumnal Vibes at Bill’s Bracknell

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out the newly opened Bill’s* restaurant in Bracknell’s new shopping complex, The Lexicon. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, Bill’s has a wide range of seasonal fare on offer, including a brand new autumn menu.

Bill’s Bracknell

I have only been to Bill’s restaurant once or twice before (and I think both times in Windsor), as often trying to get in on a weekend has proved a bit of a mission sometimes, so I was excited to be invited to try out the new restaurant in Bracknell. Also, Bracknell as a place is somewhere I haven’t really had much of a chance to properly visit, so I was keen to see what The Lexicon shopping complex offered local residents and visitors from (slightly) further afield like me.

Bills Bracknell

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Fellowes on the Move | Work Better Feel Better with Viking

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Over the last couple of months, my body and mind have been screaming out for a break, for some proper me-time to work on some self-care. While I am still working on finding those opportunities to get away and take some time-out, an email popped into my inbox a few weeks ago inviting me to the #Fellowesonthemove event with Viking. This event was going to focus on how to have a healthy work environment by showing me some easy desk-based exercises; a smoothie making workshop, massage treatments; and introducing the Fellowes Sit-Stand desk. For me, it was a perfect excuse to take an afternoon off work.

Fellowes on the Move

Fellowes on the move

Fellowes on the move

Upon arrival, I was given a Graze box and a coffee -winning!

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An Evening at the Deliciously Ella Supper Club at The Kitchen Counter

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If you have been coming around here for a while, you will likely be aware that I am a big fan of Deliciously Ella aka. Ella Mills nee Woodward; I have all three of her recipe books and I was even lucky enough to meet her at a signing early last year (here). Now with three delis to her name, I have been super keen to find the opportunity to visit one of them and continue fangirling. Fortunately for me, my bestest best pal, Kate, knew this, so for my 30th birthday she purchased us tickets to attend a supper club at The Kitchen Counter, Ella’s deli in Herne Hill, with an overnight stay at the nearby Half Moon pub and hotel (another blog post on this to follow).

Supper Club at The Kitchen Counter

On arrival to The Kitchen Counter, which is located underneath one of the arches a short walk from the tube station, with the train line overhead; there were two long tables with benches laid up ready for diners. As we were a little bit late arriving, we took the last two places near the entrance of the deli, which suited us fine.

Supper Club The Kitchen Counter

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Nature’s Free Fruit – Four Reasons Why I Love Blackberries

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We have been so fortunate this year in the UK, particularly in the south-east (I can’t speak for everywhere else) that we have enjoyed a super early, super bumper crop of blackberries. As spring turns into summer, I start noticing the hedges of bramble bushes begin to flower and then form into reddy-pink fruit; as soon as the blackberries ripen you can be sure I’m clearing space in my freezer, grabbing tubs and heading on out to strip all the local bushes. What’s even better this year, is that I managed to grow my own blackberry bush in my garden and train it up the back fence, and it has been such a pleasure watching blackberries form and ripen, before picking.

4 Reasons why I love Blackberries

 Picking blackberries

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