Life's Cup of Tea

Life's Cup of Tea

Monday, 9 April 2018

Places: Devon - Pixieland

You wouldn't really expect it as you are whizzing along the moorland roads. A small building with a massive garden and hundreds of pixies. You also couldn't really think of a better location for such a place given Dartmoor's history with Pixies and magical creatures. While nestled away, Pixieland is one of those hidden gems among the rugged moorland that I love. 

Spring is a pretty glorious time to visit this little magical sanctuary; the dafodils and other flowers are in full bloom. However, I imagine the sun in the summer and the oranging leaves in the Autumn are just as lovely. Unfortunately, the day we visited was one of those typical early April-Dartmoor days. Grey and rainy. But still... managed to enjoy every second!

The garden at Pixieland is one of those magical ones that would have been incredible as a small child. There are small paths, nooks and crannies everywhere with hundreds of pixies placed everywhere. Pixie football team, check. Pixie fishing, check, Pixie flashing it's bum.... check. Even better are the pixie hats, jackets and fishing rods - human sized - that you can borrow to take pictures around the garden, including perched on the human-sized toadstool.

 The pixie garden is free to enter (and free to park) though I also highly recommend going into the little shop to buy your own unique pixie  or other magical memoribillia, including some delish Devonshire fudge. 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Instagram Round up #1

Despite the slightly odd sequence pictures now appear in on my feed (there is something very sad about someone's Sunday brunch on a Monday morning!), I love Instagram. I love it. I love the little memories you can capture and the peaks into other people's lives - nosy me right there!
1// I had a weekend away on the mainland with my Island BFF. We had the most delicious brunch on a golf course of all places! I love love love this teapot. And how insta is that table!?

2// This week has been a bit of a tough one so I exercised my ability to leave work as soon as the bell rings and took myself to the sea for a spot of reading and sunset watching.

3// Throwback. Thailand. Take me back.
4// I love living so close to the beach. I try and make it my weekend mission to go for a quick wander and get some fresh sea air!

5// Bacon, pancakes and syrup. Need I say any more?

6// A family trip to St Ives was just what I needed to fill that Christmas - NYE time vortex. It's true what they say about the light in St Ives, beautiful!

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Book Review: Recipe for Life

Hand up, I have never read an autobiography before in my life. It usually takes a lot for me to get into a book. Either it has to be so easy going (tacky chicklit) that I barely have to focus on it or it has to be thrilling. Page turning. Gripping. I suppose I never would class an autobiography as any of those, nor is there anyone I am interested enough in to spend that amount of time reading about them.

Then, I was gifted Mary Berry's autobiography, A recipe for life, for Christmas by my Aunt.

I have liked Mary for a while, owning a few recipe books of hers and being an avid fan of The Bake Off so was actually quite up for it! Mary, being quite a lot more ... mature ... than I ever thought (that woman looks positivly youthful!) means that she has lived through an awful lot which were all fascinating to read about from her hand, in her book: life in world war 2; catching polio at a young age and the months she spent recovering; and sadly, the loss of her middle child. But most interesting for me was reading how Mary go to where she is today. Just how do you become a cake judge on one of the most loved television programmes in the UK? With a lot of hard work and dedication it turns out.

The book is beautifully written, intertwining the story of Mary's life with her thoughts, opinions and beliefs on social, old and modern issues. As she takes us through her life from cradle to bake off tent, she shares her personal photos in colour and black and white which are a delightful addition. At the end of the chapter, as one would expect from a kitchen queen, are some of Mary's own recipes which I will definitely be trying out!

I have really enjoyed this book and this genre. Thank you Mary! Question is: who next? Have you read any good autobiographies that I should try?