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Laura Tapp

I am a Devon girl who loves camping, crafts and all things pretty. I love to write about my discoveries and am always looking for something new to try.

The most amazing Peanut Butter Cookies you’ll EVER eat!

We were going on a picnic with some friends and were in charge of sweet treats, panic struck when I realised I needed to make something Gluten Free! I’ve heard horror stories of cakes not rising or being stodge so Google to the rescue… I typed in Gluten Free Baking and to my surprise lots of fairly simple recipes popped up. I chose to go for Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies, not only because I love Peanut Butter but they also sounded so easy to make – maybe even a little too good to be true!

They require just four ingredients! –

200grams of Peanut Butter (Crunchy or Smooth – I chose crunchy)

175 grams Golden Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp of fine salt (I went for a pinch)

1 large egg

Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4

That’s it, that’s all you need!

To make the cookie mixture all you need to do is place in a bowl all of the ingredients apart from the egg and give it a good old stir until it’s all combined. Once it’s mixed together put in your egg and mix again until you’ve formed a dough, albeit a fairly sticky dough.

Break off cherry tomato size chunks and place on a baking tray quite far apart so they have space to spread and press them down lightly with the back of a fork. Pop them in the oven for 10-12 mins or until they start to go a little golden round the edges but are paler in the middle. Take them out of the oven and leave to cool for a little while before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Enjoy with an ice cold glass of milk, yum yum!

Recipe from BBC Good Food

Sunday Cycle – Powderham Historic Vehicle Gathering

We had tickets to this years Powderham Castle Historic Vehicle Gathering, run by the Crash Box and Classic Car Club, so I thought we would make the most of it, catch a train into Exeter St David’s and cycle along the river to the show (what an idiot)! Living in a small village can sometimes make using our bikes quite difficult, unless you want a challenge and lots of hills to cycle up, we are lucky that we have a train station in our village which runs fairly frequently. We caught the first train on a Sunday at 10.44am and loaded our bikes on. It wasn’t too busy which was great, last time we tired to get on with our bikes we were turned away because it was too busy, so we were pleased to have got on. St David’s is only about 26 mins or so away so not a very long journey.

We soon arrived into St Davids and hauled our bikes back off the train and began our journey. We went left out of the train station and headed over the railway lines and along the river. It’s a very flat ride which is great for people like me who are a little rusty when it comes to cycling, it was my bikes first outing of the year – shameful! We pedaled along with Dave leading the way and me playing catch up, I think he forgets I have smaller legs than him. Before we knew it we were crossing over at Bridge Road and having a pit stop at The Turf Locks

We carried on along the newly tarmaced cycle way towards Powderham (new to us anyway) and approached the bridge to cross the railway lines, from here we could just about see where we needed to get to, we carried on a little further and found the entrance. Upon arriving we were met by a very friendly young boy who told us where we could lock our bikes up and which way the entrance was. We were amazed to see how the show had grown since the last time we visited! It was a really nice atmosphere with people of all ages wandering around and marveling at all that was on offer. There were cars from all over the world, Traction Engines, Trucks, Trade Stands, Bands, a Dog Show and lots of different food stalls.

We walked the whole site trying to work out which was the best way to see it all, in the end we opted for weaving up and down and think we managed to see most things, including a few people we knew too. It was a really hot day so we sat under a tree for a little while and had something to eat before heading back out on our bikes.

The cycle back seemed a lot quicker than on the way there, it was also a bit busier along the tracks, so a lot of people weaving and dodging happened. Before long we were sat on a bench outside at The Mill on the Exe, with a well deserved ice cold drink and a plate of cheesey chips, before catching our train home!

Despite me having to pedal for my life to keep up with Dave I love our Sunday cycle trips and hope to get out and do a bit more cycling before the winter months draw in!

 

A wonderful wedding! Froginwell Vineyard – Woodbury Salterton

Weddings are magical in their own respect, however when it’s a wedding for some of your closest friends it’s even more magical!
This weekend we were delighted to be invited to witness our lovely friends Helena and Gav tie the knot! It has been a date firmly stamped on our calendar for months and soon creapt around.
Once shoes were shined and a sweep of lipstick applied we headed out the door and make our way to the venue.
After going on a dog walk and stopping in the cafe on the way home the bride and groom chose Froginwell Vineyard as the destination to declare their love for one another and what a stunner they chose! It is located on the A3052 road to Sidmouth, past Westpoint, Crealy and Greendale, it’s easy to find and is adjoined with the entrance of the White Horse Inn car park on the right hand side. We parked in the car park and made our way up the gravel driveway to see what the day had in store for us all. We followed the signs around to the back of the building which opened up into a beautiful Vineyard surrounded by East Devon countryside.

We were quite early so sat and admired our surroundings for a little while and chatted with a slightly nervous groom and some of the wedding party. It was soon time for us to take our seats and await the bride!
An air of excitement buzzed throughout the venue as we waited for Helena and her Dad to come down the aisle. I think I had a bit of an idea of the kind of dress she was going to wear but when the curtain was pulled back, and she appeared with her armed looped in her Dad’s, she looked absolutely beautiful! Helena wore a floor length lace, embroidered dress which had an opening at the back and suited her slim frame just perfectly. The service was a lovely personal one with a few readings from family and friends, soon after Gav and Helena were pronounced husband and wife, to a huge round of applause!

After we all shuffled out of our seats and were handed glasses of Pimms or Prosecco we went in search of the bride and groom to congratulate them. They were so very lucky with the weather, having had beautiful weather the weekend before and the beginning of the week, rain was forecast for the day, however we managed to miss most of it meaning we could all mingle outside nibbling on canapes.

It was soon time for us to take our seats, eat and await some highly anticipated speeches. I totally forgot to take a picture of our mains, it’s a shame because it was amazing!  We had platters of different kinds of meat, salads and potatoes. For pudding were a trio of small treats, small but just the right amount, we had lemon cheesecake, a fruity meringue and a little chocolate brownie, it was delicious! All supplied by Dartmoor Kitchen

After a little break in between eating it was time for the speeches! Up first was Helena’s Dad who gave a lovely speech about both Helena and Gav, leaving many with a tear in their eye, second up was Gav who spoke about his beautiful wife and little boy and thanked everyone for coming and then last but no least was Best Man Alex, he had the whole room chuckling and, mostly, only had nice things to say about Gav and his lovely new wife. Once the speeches were over you could see the boys relax and start to let their hair down a little more. Roll on the rest of the day!

After the speeches we all got up and went back outside to enjoy the estate, people mingled on picnic benches and caught up with old friends. The day soon turned into the evening as it does at weddings (i’m sure they are on a different time zone, they always seem to whizz by!) and further guests started to arrive, along with a lovely Volkswagen Camper Photo Booth (which I again stupidly forgot to take a photo of), the DJ was fully set up and although not many people were on the dance floor yet he was having a great time!

Next up was the cake cutting, although this was no ordinary cake, it was a tower of cheeses, which were then cut up for guests to have with biscuits later on in the evening, it was a great idea and the cheese was delicious!

However cheese was not a direct replacement for cake, there were tonnes of cup cakes made by the lovely Katie, which were amazing too and all gluten free, not that you would ever have known, yum, yum!

On to the last part of the celebrations and the P-A-R-T-Y…

The first dance was a lovely one, played out to a Mumford and Son’s song (I can’t remember which one, sorry guys), soon after this everyone was up and dancing. The DJ was brilliant, he wasn’t your average cheesy disco DJ but a guy called Offbeat Entertainments he had most people up and dancing and was a genuinely nice guy! We danced the night away until it was time for something a little special, we were all asked if we could step outside so that we could light some sparklers for the bride and groom. It was such a lovely idea and something we hadn’t done at any other wedding before

After all the sparklers had been extinguished we all went back inside to finish the night off with a lot more dancing, before we knew it the evening was coming to an end and a lot of people were saying their goodbyes. We were one of the last lot to leave and after saying our goodbyes and thank you’s to the new Mr & Mrs, we bundled into the car and made our way home. We all had such a lovely day and hoped it was everything the bride and groom had dreamed of.

Thank you so much for having us Gav & Helena, we had the best day! Last but not least, many, many congratulations to you, you make the perfect couple and Fraser is a lucky boy to have a Mummy ad Daddy like you guys ♥ xx

P.s These have got to be some of most beautiful wedding flowers I’ve seen ♥

 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Sometimes there’s only one thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon and that is to get your bake on. Dave is always going on about making cookies that are as squidgy as the ones you buy in the supermarket so when a link went up on BuzzFeed for ‘The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever’ it prompted me to give them a try!

I gathered my ingredients, turned the oven on to pre-heat (then turned it off again after I realised the dough would need to cool in the fridge for at least 30 mins) and began my baking mission!

For these cookies you will need the following –

½ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1¼ cups plain flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

4 ounces milk chocolate chunks

4 ounces dark chocolate chunks (or your preference)

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4

Being an American recipe all the measurements were in cups which worked fine for me as I have measuring cups, however if you don’t you can simply look up the conversions online.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt and butter until a paste has formed with no lumps.

Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk.

Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula, being careful not to over mix. This will cause the gluten in the flour to toughen which will result in cakier cookies.

Fold in the chocolate chunks evenly, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. For a more intense toffee-like flavour and deeper colour, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex the flavour will be.

Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop onto a grease-proof-paper baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches of space between cookies and 2 inches of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown.

Cool completely, and enjoy with an ice cold glass of milk or a lovely cup of tea!

They even got Dave’s approval, hoorah!

This recipe is courtesy of BuzzFeed

Kensington Palace Gardens – The Orangery

Bank Holiday weekend continued…

Mum and I woke on Sunday morning to very sore feet and aching legs, however on the cards today was a trip to Kensington Palace Orangery, for Afternoon Tea – yum! I booked quite late so could only get a table for 11am, our train was at 3pm so thought it would work just right.
We willed our legs out of bed and got ready for the day ahead. We packed up our bags ready to check out later (the joy of Airbnb is that some of them have relaxed check out times which was perfect for us with lots of bags) and made our way to the tube station. Today we were faced with tube line maintenance so had to improvise a little to get to Kensington but we managed with relative ease. We got off at Notting Hill Gate and made our way to Kensington Palace by foot from there, we wandered along and eventually got to Kensington Palace Gardens, we walked along the cobbled road and were amazed by some of the beautiful Embassy properties that lined the street.

We found the entrance to Kensington Gardens and made our way along through the park, we were quite early for our Afternoon Tea so made the most of our surroundings. We walked in the park and sat on the grass next to the Round Pond and watched as people wheeled in little wooden boats to float on the pond. Before we sat watching the world go by we took a little walk around the Princess Diana Memorial Gardens, it was absolutely stunning and smelt divine! It was being replanted at the time we visited but it didn’t seem like there was much more to do. The garden team had created a White Garden to mark twenty years since Diana’s tragic death, it was designed to be viewed from the walkway, with planting being simple, joyful and elegant, it was all that and more!

As soon as you walked in to the garden through a tunnel of greenery you were hit with the smell of the delicate white roses, it was a smell I wished I could have kept forever, so calming and soothing. We had seen some stunning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show the day before but I felt like this one told a story just as well as all the others we’d seen at the show.

We had to tear ourselves away from the garden as it started approaching 11am. We walked up the path, lined with neatly cut hedges, to the stunning Kensington Palace Orangery. Upon arrival we asked if we could be seated outside as it was such a beautiful day, we were told there wasn’t any space but were happy to sit inside as it was so open anyway… now for the slightly disappointing part! I had booked for us to have Afternoon Tea on an automated system, however upon arriving we were informed that it actually didn’t start until 12pm. We were told that we could wait until then or have something else, we were a little disheartened but decided to go for something else instead, it actually turned out OK! Mum ordered a Ham and Cheese Croissant and I ordered a Hot Waffle with Caramel Apples and Cinnamon Cream and we both had half each… it was absolutely delicious! In hindsight Afternoon Tea would probably have been too much for us and this was just right. The service was good and very efficient. If you are ever in the area I would highly recommend a pit stop here for lunch or breakfast, it was a real treat

 

Once we had devoured every last crumb we begrudgingly made our way back to our apartment to collect our things and make our way home. We had a lovely time in London and hope to go back again sometime soon

Mother and Daughter Bank Holiday Weekend Away – Chelsea

The Chelsea Flower Show is an event my Mum has wanted to do for many years, Dad has never been very keen so Mum and I thought we’d go it alone!
We booked our tickets with relative ease, I had always heard it was hard to get tickets but I found them easy enough. We decided to make a weekend of it so opted for Saturday tickets – the last day of the show in which they sell everything off! After scouring the internet we decided to give Airbnb a go and booked our stay at ‘Michael’s Apartment’ in a new apartment block called Chelsea Creek, a 10-15min walk from Fulham Broadway Tube Station. We found Airbnb to be a fair bit cheaper than a lot of the hotels we were looking at so if you are finding a short break to London pricey give it a go!
We arrived in London at around 7.30pm and started our journey to our apartment, after reacquainting ourselves with the tube (we got on the wrong one at first – my fault!) we soon found our way to Fulham Broadway Station and exited through the barriers into a shopping centre. We hadn’t eaten dinner so stopped in a Nandos before collecting our apartment keys. Once we had filled ourselves with chicken we opened up Google Maps (our best friend for the weekend!) and followed the dots on the map towards our destination, a short walk straight on, right then straight on, easy! Soon we were faced with a huge new, fancy looking apartment block which split off into different sections, our keys had been left with the concierge and they helpfully showed us where we needed to go. Thankfully the apartment was exactly as it looked in the pictures, it was clean, modern and had everything we needed.
We sorted out our luggage and soon headed to bed hoping to get an early night ready for what was bound to be a long day the next day!
Our alarm clocks started chiming at 6.30am, signalling the start of our day, we wanted to get there early to avoid the huge crowds that were sure to be there later on! We got up, showered, ate breakfast and ummed and ahhhed about what to wear that day, the weather was forecast sunny and warm but with showers, we both went for summery dresses and made sure to pack our brollies! A little bit later than planned we headed out of the door and on our way.
We took the tube from Fulham Broadway to Sloane Square which took no time at all, we headed out of the station and asked a Chelsea Pensioner the way we should go, although it was sign posted we weren’t quite sure, she was a great help and told us a little short cut, along with a few other ladies, so off we went! It had started to rain while we were on the tube but nothing to grumble about, as soon as our umbrellas went up they were back down again.
We entered the show through the London Gate entrance and were met with the beautiful Royal Hospital Chelsea it really is a stunning building, it is now home to the Chelsea Pensioners. They offer accommodation, comradeship and the highest standards of care for veterans, in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation. Any former solider of the British Army over the age of 65, who is facing spending their advanced years alone can apply for residence here. To read more about them you can visit the website here – Chelsea Pensioners
After we had finished marvelling at the building we made our way towards the ticket gates. Because of the devastating events in Manchester a couple of weeks ago we were subject to bag searches and airport style security, something which we didn’t mind at all, I would rather they were cautious! Once our bags had been searched we were free to go in. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, how big things would be and how long it would take us to get around the site.
Our first stop was the Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens, there were five of them in total. We marvelled at Chris Evans and Mary Berry’s ‘Taste’ Garden, it was packed full of the type of fruit and veg you’d grow at home, voluptuous rows of cauliflowers and broccoli, lots of juicy ripe strawberries and rhubarb, it was all quite perfect, if not a little too perfect!
The next garden we came across was Zoe Ball’s ‘Listening’ Garden this one featured some copper coloured trough type shapes and they would make a deep vibrating sound on a loop and ripple the water, it was a sound that went right through you and really did get to all of your senses.
We wandered along squeezing through the crowds to look at the three remaining Radio 2 Gardens, the Anneka Rice ‘Colour Cutting’ Garden, Jeremy Vine ‘Texture’ Garden and Jo Whiley’s ‘Scent’ Garden.
We carried along and marvelled at everything along the way, we got to one stand where a chap had mastered the art of Stone Balancing, if you have never seen this before I would highly recommend a You Tube search, we couldn’t understand how he did it! The standard of some of the things exhibitors were selling was phenomenal, you would need a big hefty bank balance and a fairly big garden to house some of the things for sale, that didn’t stop us taking it all in though, a girl can dream!
After being distracted by all that was on offer for sale we decided to take a pit stop and rest our toes, we grabbed a quick cup of tea and some shelter from the blazing sun and tried to re-charge for a few minutes before making our way back out. We tried to work out what we had seen and what was on our list to see, the site is big enough that we weren’t sure what we had and hadn’t done. We’d managed to see a couple of the Show Gardens while it was still a little early and not so crowed but by the time we stepped back outside the crowds had started to grow.
There was one garden that you could queue to get a birds eye view of and that was the Linklaters Garden for Maggie’s, it was designed as a secluded, calming and private space that gives beauty and respite for those suffering from Cancer. It really was a beautiful garden which I think could only be appreciated from above. It was full of boxed hedges and granite benches which were broken apart to symbolise and demonstrate how life can be blown apart and then put back together after a cancer diagnosis. It was very secret garden like with a little wooden gate at the front of the garden.
After a lot more walking and a quick pit stop in the Whistlefish tent to snap up some beautiful bargain cards (10 for £8!) We found a spot in the picnic area and sat down on the grass for an early lunch, I think we’d earned it! A tip if you ever fancy the Chelsea Flower Show and one that friends gave me, is buy your lunch and drinks before and take a picnic, as you can imagine prices were on the steep side for food and drink!
After we had re-fuelled we carried on with the rest of our afternoon, it was gone mid day and I don’t think we’d even done half of it! We walked on to find the rest of the gardens we wanted to see. I think I had two favourites, The Morgan Stanley Garden, with all it’s beautiful colours, contrasts of wood and stone and also the World Horse Welfare Garden, this garden stood there like it had been there for years and years and the attention to detail was more than you could imagine, the pictures really don’t do it justice!
After a few little purchases from a couple of cheeky chaps that made garden ornaments out of reclaimed metal we headed into the tent a lot of you will be familiar with from the T.V, the Great Pavilion! It has Great in it’s name because it really is huge! We were conscious that the afternoon was getting on and we hadn’t even started yet, we decided on the route we would take and went for it. As it was the last day of the show a lot of the plants get sold off at the end of the day, 4pm to be precise, we noticed while looking in awe at some of the stands that a lot of plants had tags on them or raffle type tickets stapled to them, it soon became apparent that we should have done this tent at the beginning of the day in order to reserve the best of the plants! We of course hadn’t gone there with the intention of lugging some huge bush home (photo to follow of this!) with us but you soon get sucked into the hype! We meandered past some truly beautiful plants, flowers, cactus and shrubs; some of the bonsai trees there were just works of art, one in particular dating back to the 1800’s!! How do you keep something alive for that many years?
After we felt satisfied we’d seen everything we wanted to see and made a mental note of anything we’d like to go back for once the sell of started, we went back outside to have another look at anything we’d missed, by this time it was 3.45pm so only 15 minutes until the big sell off! We looked back over a couple of the gardens which already had queues of people eager to take home a little bit of the show gardens. We visited the Sophie Allport Stand and both bought ourselves a souvenir Chelsea Flower Show Mug, which I am in love with!
Before we knew it a chap came over the tannoy and did a count down, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… it was sell off time!
It was craziness gone mad! People were taking home some of the strangest things (a square of moss anyone?) but also some beautiful things. It was also quite sad to see all of the gorgeous gardens pulled up and dismantled looking very sorry for themselves. Mum and I managed to bag ourselves a couple of bargains in a lovely little lemon coloured rose plant for a £1 each and a fruitful chill plant for £2 each. After going back three or four times we also both came back with a pretty Cactus type plant each too. At this point when it hurt our feet to walk any further, our legs had given up and our bags were so stuffed mine had literally started to come away at the seams we decided to call it a day! We didn’t do too bad having arrived early and leaving 15 minutes before the end of the show! We didn’t get to look around all of the trade stands but it was probably for the best seeing as we had no more arms to carry things! If ever we go again we shall take a trolley!!
All in all we both had a wonderful day at the show, seeing as neither of us knew what to expect and Mum more the gardener than me, I still had a brilliant day and came home inspired to bring some life into my gardens at home!
We even found this lady on the tube on the way home, what a beautiful Fuchsia, I guess she must have thought so too!!

Haldon Forest Trekking

Haldon forest has always been a favourite of mine, when we were small we used to take a trip to the forest and walk the coloured signed trails to see where we would end up and what we could find along the way.
This year we have bought a Discovery Pass and intend to make the most of it! The pass costs £30 for a year which allows you to park for free, discount in the coffee shop (it’s worth it just for this) and a few other discounts.
With our pass firmly stuck in the window and after a small battle to find a parking space (we made the rookie error of going at peak time – 11ish) we pulled on our muddy shoes and went off in search of a trail.
It was a beautiful sunny day so was fairly busy, we headed towards the big maps to have a look at where we’d like to go. We chose the Tree Trail which was 2.5 miles, it says on the website that this is a hard trail but I am not sure it is, perhaps if you didn’t have proper footwear? We found it to be OK though.

We set off along our way and found it to be a really picturesque walk in the sunshine. The signs were fairly easy to follow and helped us to navigate our way around easily enough. It was busy with bikes on the various different cycle trails so we had to be mindful of them too.

It didn’t take us too long to get round and we were appreciative of the views as we made our way around. We came across a few nice little features a long our trek, including a tunnel made out of branches

We were soon coming back up the hill which made for an even nicer view – the colour of that sky!

Haldon Forest has something for everyone whether it be the daring heights of Go Ape or the Gruffalo Trail for the younger ones, you’ll be sure to find something to please the most difficult of person. We enjoyed our morning out and will be back again soon I’m sure!

 

 

Mars Bar Cornflake Cakes – Something simple for Easter

I know this is a very simple recipe but I love it and thought you might like to try a slight twist on the normal crispy cake recipe. It’s also a great one for the kiddies to try while they’re off at Easter (with adult supervision of course!)

For this recipe you will need the following –

150g cornflakes

70g of unsalted butter

3 tablespoons of Golden Syrup

6 Mars Bars – chopped into small pieces

Some kind of chocolate eggs for the top

Cake tin lined with cases

First boil the kettle and pour a little bit of water into a sauce pan with a glass bowl on top, make sure the water isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl, heat the water gently.

Weigh out your butter and place in the bowl with the golden syrup stir until it has melted together.

Once it has melted add in your chopped mars bars and continue to stir until it has melted, it will take a little while so be patient

After it has all melted add in your cornflakes and give it a good stir. Once incorporated spoon the mixture into your cases.

When you have spooned all the mixture into your cases add your chosen topping and leave to harden for an hour or so, then see how long they last before they all get eaten! Mine sure didn’t last long.

Enjoy!

 

 

Yeofest – Yeoford

What better way to celebrate the end of winter than an annual local Ale festival, Yeofest!
As the name suggests it’s a festival celebrating ale (and a few ciders for us non ale drinkers) and raising money for the local community, which happens once a year – a date that is now firmly stamped on the calendar!
We started off in our village Copplestone and rounded up some thirsty troops. We filled our stomachs with Jacket Spuds before heading off to the train station to make our 4 minute train journey to Yeoford – yes we could walk but that would lessen the time we had for beer drinking and would take us all afternoon, trekking up hills.
We got off at the pretty little station in Yeoford, along with many others that had made the same journey and walked through the village towards Yeoford Village Hall. I believe that Yeofest was originally set up to raise funds for a new village hall, they have now achieved this to the highest of standards and continue to raise money for this cause.

Upon arrival we were met with many jolly faces behind tables set up with row after row of Yeoford branded pint glasses and programmes. Each person attending has to pay £3 for entry which gets you a programme with all of the different ales and ciders on offer and a lovely pint glass. The next stall was the token stall, it was £5 for a strip of 4 half pint tokens which are used to purchase your drink of choice, then crossed out when you’ve ordered.


We entered the hall to find it absolutely chock a block with ale fans. There was a band in the corner, lots of seating and tables and a stand selling lots of different snacks and of course a big row of barrels full of ale and cider


We stood in the hall for a good while catching up with friends and sampling what was on offer. There were over 20 ales to try and 3 different ciders, as the afternoon went on we were all starting to find our favourites and went back for many refills, even drinking the cider dry! A table became free and that’s where we ended up for the rest of the afternoon.

Yeofest is a lovely little local festival, it caters for all ages, there were several people there with their children with games set up for them. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the fact it raises money for a good cause. Everyone is there for the same reason and it’s a very friendly atmosphere even if you aren’t from the village, many laughs were had.
We will be sure to return again next year and look forward to sampling the next batch of ales and cider. It’s well worth the sore head the next day!

Well done and thanks Yeofest, see you next year!

 

 

Saturday Tea and Treats – Cakeadoodledo Quickes

Saturday’s are often spent apart for Dave and I (unless I am feeling generous and in the mood to get covered in car muck) – Dave is restoring a 1980’s Mark 1 Volkswagen Jetta at his friends workshop Resto Shack in Whitestone, he is there most weekends as it nears it’s final stages, meaning that I am at a loose end most Saturdays. What better way to spend my time than with lovely friends eating cake and drinking tea! This weeks trip was to Cakeadoodledo at Quickes we have visited here before when it first opened so we thought we would give it another try this weekend. It’s located on the A377 just outside of Newton St Cyres.

We found a table in the corner, ordered some tea and toast to start with while we pondered our choice of cake.

There was much more to choose from than when we last visited… so much so that we struggled to choose what to have, without being greedy and having a piece of everything!

There was something for everyone from Lemon Drizzle to a Tea Cake or something a bit different like a Creme Egg Brownie, or what Harriet and I went for Biscoff Bomb Cake!

The atmosphere is very causal, there can sometimes be a little bit of a wait but if you catch the attention of a waitress you will soon get seen to.

We very much enjoyed our morning at Cakeadoodledo and I am sure you would too. It’s dog and child friendly with a kids corner to keep your little ones amused. We will certainly be back again to sample more of what is on offer!