In a society of sexual equality, I often think to the past and wonder what stories lie behind others. In childhood, I was always regaled with tales of my Great Great Great Grandfather, an interesting character who had, apparently, owned an Italian Fruit Warehouse in Bath during the 1840s and 50s. As a man he … Continue reading The Pheasant Philosophises: Part 4: Queen Victoria’s Pineapple
Last weekend, Thomas of Woodstock's once splendid castle at Caldicot played host, for the second time this year, to The Monmouthshire Food Festival. In general the weather held and there were some moments of dazzling sunshine, as visitors were treated to two splendid days of food, drink, demonstrations and workshops. Although not the biggest in the … Continue reading The Monmouthshire Food Festival – Fit for a King (or the son of one anyway!)
As I mentioned in my earlier post, the stars of Abergavenny Food Festival are without doubt the producers. Whether nestling between the little booths or creating fine displays in the prestigious Market Hall, the producers have an infallible passion for food and drink which is infectious and wonderful. Most are happy to chat … Continue reading The Abergavenny Food Festival Part 2: The Producers #AFF2017
I am so proud to champion Abergavenny Food Festival. Abergavenny is just under half an hour's drive from my home in Monmouth and (perhaps I am a little biased) but I absolutely love it. It's an international festival with a wonderfully local feel; I adore the crowds, the sites, smells and of course the … Continue reading Personal Picks for Abergavenny Food Festival 2017 #AFF2017
For years, those words, banded about from about mid-June terrified me. I admit that I did not enjoy school; I was classic bully fodder and suffered terribly. Now, Master A is about to start secondary school; luckily he takes after Mr D and is very popular albeit a little geeky around the edges and after … Continue reading Back to school, foodie festivals….and sticky buns!
As a food writer by profession (for more years than I care to remember), I have been fully immersed in the revival of the British food industry. I've always found it interesting to observe fashion and food fashion is no exception. Over the past decade we have seen quite a swing in the direction … Continue reading A few thoughts on foodie fashion….
In 2015 we joined The National Trust. We were in Cornwall, the rain was beating down and had been for two days, the wind was rather dominant and it was the August Bank holiday. What to do with a bored 9 years old and a borrowed 15 year old (my niece)? Also we were … Continue reading Hidcote and The National Trust in general