A few years ago Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough invited a handful of bloggers from the area to become #Qbloggers. I always look forward to our catch ups as they tend to involve lots of food, plenty of blog talk and tip sharing, as well as a few surprises. This season we were invited to a gathering at Carluccio’s Restaurant to participate in a secretive shopping challenge. Before we found out what it was, we tucked into delicious canapes (vegan friendly – yay for me!) and got the low down on what’s coming up at Queensgate over the coming months.…

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What a year. Writing down everything for this post has made me realise just how much I was dealing with all at once. I guess that’s how life works though isn’t it? You don’t always neccessarily cope all that well, but you just have to ‘keep on keeping on’ until it gets better. And it has! Now here I am in a much more positive place, moving on and excited for the future. Grab a cuppa and let me catch you up on everything. I Decided to Move I’ve always adored my village home but my life has changed dramatically…

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending the evening with local blogger friends at the newly reopened University Arms hotel in Cambridge. From sampling signature cocktails to a peek at some of the best hotel views in the city, it was a wonderful night. We topped it off with a stunning meal in their new bar and brasserie Parker’s Tavern. I’m still thinking about the food now, I can’t wait to show you! Built in 1834, the University Arms is a landmark in Cambridge city centre’s history. However for the past four years it’s been closed whilst…

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I often see people tweeting about how easy it is to turn vegan and that they didn’t find it a struggle at all. In my experience however there’s a lot more to being vegan than just cutting out certain foods. In this post I want to give you an insight into some of the everyday challenges that I face as a vegan and ways to deal with them. Outside Influences I’ve been vegan for 8 months now and I get variations of these same questions and comments all the time: “But what about bacon/cheese/Christmas?” “You need dairy for calcium, aren’t…

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A little while back Oliver and I made our escape from the city for a relaxing overnight stay at The Bull and Swan at Burghley. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Stamford, a charming and quaint town a mere 20 minutes drive from Peterborough. If it were not for the cars and some of the more modern shops and bars, it could be something straight out of a Jane Austen novel. There are  plenty of pretty stone fronted boutique shops, bars and restaurants to explore (I love The Cosy Club). The town is also home to the…

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