Writing for wellbeing: Inspiring female role models

Writing for wellbeing: Inspiring female role models

One of the NHS 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing is ‘give to others’ so, in today’s Creative Writing for Wellbeing session, I’ll be introducing Georgiana Essie Budgett OBE, to tie in with Remembrance Day. Georgiana was born on the outskirts of Bristol in 1867. By 1914, she was the founder of the Bristol branch of the Red Cross. After receiving a postcard from a Bristol POW telling her about the terrible conditions at the camp, she raised funds to send…

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A weekend at an eco-campsite

A weekend at an eco-campsite

This summer I visited Combe Farm, an eco-campsite near Tiverton in mid-Devon. Never having visited an eco-campsite in the UK before, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Narrow country lanes led us to the entrance of Combe Farm and a spectacular view across the countryside. From there, a steep hill took us down to a parking area where we were able to park and forget about the car for the weekend. After unloading our camping gear (there was a…

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Why I love using Local Writers and Bloggers to Emphasise Learning Points

Why I love using Local Writers and Bloggers to Emphasise Learning Points

Like many other areas, Bristol is blessed with lots of talented and competent writers to choose from. So, I had loads of fun this week inspiring participants on the Develop Your Writing Skills course to look at blogging techniques through the work of local bloggers, writers and authors in Bristol. The learning The learning outcome for this session was to identify different types of blog posts and articles as part of the overall outcome of writing one. Explaining to participants…

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Laid-back luxury in Los Caños de Meca

Laid-back luxury in Los Caños de Meca

Los Caños de Meca Picture a Mediterranean pine forest, a clear blue sky and a long, sandy beach.  A laid-back type of place where you don’t have to worry much about anything. Welcome to Los Caños de Meca, one of the Costa de La Luz´s hidden gems. Wild coastline Called ‘Los Caños’ for short, this small coastal village is a not far from Tarifa. Off the beaten track, it’s a one road hamlet with a wild unspoilt coastline and a…

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Traditions in Spain: Torrijas with Meloja – Eggy bread at Easter

Traditions in Spain: Torrijas with Meloja – Eggy bread at Easter

Easter traditions I first included this recipe for Torrijas – a sweet version of French toast or eggy-bread – in an article about Easter traditions in Spain. To read the whole article click here. To make your own torrijas follow this easy recipe and invite your friends and family round to enjoy a Spanish-style Easter treat. How to make Torrijas I’ve been told the trick is to use day old bread and whole milk. In Chipiona (in the province of…

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From Me to You – letter writing with a difference

From Me to You – letter writing with a difference

Alison and Brian, the facilitators for the workshop From Me to You, got stuck in Bristol’s infamous traffic congestion on the way to the venue. While that may have sent many in to states of anger, impatience or nerves, Alison and Brian arrived with an air of serenity about them that made it difficult to believe they had actually crossed Bristol in rush hour. I was struck by the aura of contentment and peacefulness that surrounded them throughout the workshop….

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Writing tips: Freedom, Vanilla, Customers and Story: 4 things that changed my perspective on branding for my blog

Writing tips: Freedom, Vanilla, Customers and Story: 4 things that changed my perspective on branding for my blog

  Over the last few years, whilst being self-employed, I have struggled with building a client profile and in the process, I’ve become allergic to the word “niche”. I don’t know how many times I’ve wished it would go out of fashion. It’s not that I don’t understand the concepts. I totally get it. As a teacher, I specialised in my subjects with learners coming to me to gain the skills required to pass specific examinations. I just couldn’t apply…

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Three key ingredients for a feel-good organic tapas breakfast or brunch at Beets n Roots, Bristol

Three key ingredients for a feel-good organic tapas breakfast or brunch at Beets n Roots, Bristol

What is a Beets n Roots breakfast? I was really excited to be invited for breakfast at Beets n Roots with the Bristol Bloggers and Influencers group. I’m a great fan of eating chemical-free food, so a visit to a café that’s organic for one of my favourite meals of the day promised to be a real treat. After a bit of research I discovered that Beets n Roots is a vegetarian and vegan café. I wasn’t really sure what…

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Paella: A Taste of Spain at the South Glos Food and Drink Festival

Paella: A Taste of Spain at the South Glos Food and Drink Festival

Elena’s Paella  Having not eaten paella for a while, I was really pleased to discover Ele’s Little Kitchen at the first ever South Glos Food and Drink Festival this weekend. Ele – short for Elena- is from Murcia in Spain and uses authentic Spanish ingredients such as pimentón (paprika)in her paella. I was hoping to try the seafood version, but unfortunately, it had all sold out. So, I ordered the chicken one and watched Elena cooking it in the sunshine….

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Mantis prawns, tapas and more seafood – preparing for New Year’s Eve in Spain

Mantis prawns, tapas and more seafood – preparing for New Year’s Eve in Spain

As the family get ready for the New Year’s Eve celebration –  the second main celebration of three over the festive season in Spain –  Benjamin and I take a trip to the jetty where the fishing boats come in with their daily catch. Benjamin’s mother has already been here earlier this morning to buy the seafood for the family evening meal on December 31st. There are twenty-two family members coming for dinner and Carmen (Benjamin’s mother) insisted on going…

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