Scilly Lobster

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Words really cannot describe my feelings when I look at this photo; none will do it justice!

For a very, very long time, we have been researching when and where we can get the perfect lobster roll. Having never had one before, the idea was idealised and heightened to a point where no roll would ever be good enough…or so we thought.

As perfect as the situation may sound, we weren’t expecting it at all. After a long walk around St Martins, Isles of Scilly (which just so happens to be my favourite place in the world) we were thinking about our appetites, and came across a sign for a cafe called Little Arthur…which served lobster rolls.  Being on the island for a family wedding, it didn’t look likely that we’d get to go. Boats were leaving early, lunchtimes were full of family affairs and evenings reserved for dancing to some classic wedding tunes. But, with luck on our side, and as my photo has already suggested, we made it!

Oh. My. Gosh.

I have never tasted anything like it. Sweet lobster, caught the previous day by the fisherman who is also the postman. A beautiful bun, baked by the islands bakery not 100m from the cafe. And to top it off? Apple juice pressed by my Great Uncle at his Vineyard 100m in the other direction! Looking out over the sea, on a misty lunchtime, there were no words, just a shared look that confirmed we’d found our lobster roll.

We already knew we wanted to go back, the islands themselves being supremely beautiful and holding many memories for me, but this just made us even the more eager to get back as soon as possible.

Thank you Scilly. Thank you Little Arthur. Thank you Lobster.

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Thoughtful Gold

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Read my most recent article about Gold Park, a Sussex based goldsmiths who have made it their mission to focus on the permanence of Gold.

Speaking with Susie, the brains of the business, really opened my eyes to another aspect of great change we can make. Recycling doesn’t simply need to mean plastic and cardboard; gold can also come under that category!

It is so important to make the most of what we have, and source the rest responsibly… these two women are making this their priority.

Read the article here:

Thoughtful Gold

Hipster Hummus at Kanaan

Whether you call it hummus, houmous or humus, this is the best.

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Whilst in Berlin, a friend recommended that we try this place, as she’d recently discovered it and couldn’t rate it highly enough! I am now passing the word on.

It was the best hummus either of us have ever had. Full stop. Served with a sort of potato fritter/bhaji with a salsa salad on top, it was so creamy and smooth with so much flavour. I used to think a coarser texture in hummus was great, but this place has change all of my hummus perceptions.

We sat outside in the garden which is also a sandpit, with brewing clouds overhead, and very quickly made our way through our shared bowl…I’m just sad we didn’t have time to go again!

To find out a little more and plan your visit, go to: http://www.kanaan-berlin.de/en

Yellow Ambitions

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One day, I will have a yellow room in my house, and it will be fantastic!

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Above shows Claude Monet’s Dining Room in his house in Giverny, France. I’ve never been myself, but have word from a reliable source that it is definitely worth a visit.

If it’s good enough for Monet, it’s good enough for me.

International Women’s Day

In honour of International Women’s Day, I thought I would share my thoughts on the topic of feminism, the important women in my life and the day as a whole.

The name speaks for itself – a day to celebrate women internationally, which really is so important. It can be easy to feel un-celebrated, or under appreciated, whatever sex you are. For sure, we are not the worst off in the Western World. There are so many women on an international scale, who deserve so much better…I know this is not news to anyone who reads this. It is often said that we have come a long way but still have a long way to go, but I find myself thankful for the long way that we have come, and hope that we can use this positively towards helping others and continuing with the journey.

So often, we say that we need to stop men from labelling and putting us down, but it is often to each other, that we also act this way. What good comes from mocking another woman, or shaming her for not being what you would consider ‘perfection’? One of the hot topics of conversation at the moment, is Emma Watson’s recent photo shoot for Vanity Fair. A renowned and active feminist, Emma posed semi-topless, something which people – men and women alike – labelled as against her feminist beliefs. Feminism is about being proud about who we are, completely, and seeing equal lines drawn between men and women…not about covering up! We have to celebrate individuality, across the board of all genders, races and religions.

I have always found specific days to celebrate specific people a little bit of a strange concept… we should appreciate our Mother’s daily, not just Mothering Sunday, tell our partners we love them all year round, not just on Valentines Day. Someone shouldn’t have to dictate when or how we justify our feelings, but unfortunately, that seems to be the case. In this particular instance, perhaps it’s necessary. Women around the world seem to be uniting, and excuses like these give people worldwide a sense of unity…we may be worlds apart, but the power of social media can spread hundreds of thousands of miles, to ensure everyone feels uplifted. Celebrities and people in power feel closer to us than ever before, and if they adopt a positivity and drive for change, they should hopefully inspire change in other. I don’t believe powerful and positive role models will ever be out of fashion.

When I think of the women in my life, they have such elements of strength and individuality. My Mum, my Grandma and my late Granny, all powerful women in their own way but who I truly look up to and learn from. Equally the ones either side of me, my friends and colleagues. I never used to think I was a girls girl until I lived with 6 at university! A challenge, yes, but 4 of them are the best friends I’ve ever had. They are my second family, each to be celebrated for their quirks and innate beauty.  Then of course, there are the important men in my life, as they are an equally big part of the people I hold dear to me.

To me, it’s about everyone on a whole, men and women alike (there’s no reason why I put ‘men’ first in that sentence either, it just flows better, and there’s nothing wrong with that!)

I think the thing is as well, just do what you want to do and what makes you happy. A man should not tell you to make him a cake or dress up to please him, no, but if you decide that’s what you want to do in order to make him happy, then do it! It doesn’t make you anti-feminist, it just makes you a nice person, and I’m sure you’ll find he’ll return the favour.

I appreciate I haven’t said anything ground breaking, or that hasn’t been said before. Changes need to be made worldwide about the attitude towards women and gender equality, but individually, in our own sense, if we strive to treat everyone as equals and appreciate each other and ourselves for exactly how we are, then at least we know we’re doing what we can to make those around us feel a little more loved.