The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Is there a more perfect way to launch yourself into autumn than with a Sunday lunch? I think not.

Last Sunday, on a beautiful sunny day that had just about enough crisp-ness to count as autumnal, Dom and I headed out of Bristol to the Ethicurean.

Based in the pretty little village of Wrington, the Ethicurean has been building quite the name for themselves, producing some of the freshest, seasonal meals around.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

And really, words don’t do it justice, so I’ll just let you look at the photos for a while.

We had some lovely pork, with varies purees (I’ve got all the lingo…), with roast potatoes that have been in my dreams every night since.

Just joking… 

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

We sat in the little conservatory, basking in late afternoon sunshine, content that we’s chosen the best way to end the weekend.

Then pottered around their walled garden, taking in all the hundreds of vegetable delights that they are growing for autumn.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

You can even buy some should you be needing anything for the week. One thing I love about autumn is a great bowl of soup at lunchtime. The only thing that spices up the day spend at my office desk, and the Ethicurean had some cracking winter squash available for just that.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Make sure you swing by before the menu changes to something more wintery – or just pop back again for round two! I’m not judging, I’ll probably see you there…

I am in full autumn mode now, where most of my time will be spent under a blanket watching Escape to the Chateau, or crunching through autumn leaves if you believe all that happens on Instagram… The only thing I can hope is that I haven’t hit peak autumn just yet.

 

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

If there’s one thing I love to do when travelling, it’s head to a local market. It’s just not something that I frequent when at home. Sure we have a local farmers market on a Saturday morning, but it’s just not the same as wandering around a beautiful old town and seeing what wonderful things are on offer.

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia is a great example of this. On Sunday mornings from about 9am, local farmers and producers set up shop inside the beautiful old walls of Alcudia old town. Anything from local fruit and veg (not to mention the chilli’s available!) to leather goods and trinkets are on offer.

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Wander around, explore and try something new. We came away with the biggest bag of dried mango for about 3 Euros, which no doubt would have cost us a lot more at home.

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Once you’ve had your fill of the market, take a stroll around the rest of the old town. Pop into the little local shops and when you’re ready, stop for a coffee. I sometimes find it tricky to judge mealtimes in Europe. By mid -morning we were ready for a little break in the shade and an ice coffee to revive us, but all around there are people having a bite to eat, most with beer or wine, and others having full blown meals. That’s one of the great things about little independent restaurants abroad, they cater for everyone, no matter what you’re after at all times of day and night.

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

After a morning of exploring and snapping photos in the Spanish sun we were ready to head to the beach for a dip in the sea, but there’s more to explore in the Port de Alcudia, if you wanted to make a day of it. As I mentioned before this trip was quite a change of pace for myself and Dom, but we definitely got used to being about to read on the beach and have a leisurely swim in the sea mid-afternoon!

More Majorcan adventures coming soon.

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

All photos taken on iPhone

I’m fresh from a week on the sunny island of Majorca. It was a long, long awaited week in the sunshine. A few weeks earlier while I was busy counting down the days until the weekend I realised the last time I had a week off was Christmas. So I was very much looking forward to putting the out-of-office on and signing off for a whole seven days straight.

After a rather bumpy start to the week, including delayed flights, a 40-man stag do joining us on Ryanair, more delays and then our hire car that had gone walk about (thanks for that rentalcar.com…) we finally got to the hotel in Port de Pollenca at roughly 2.30am. The next morning we stumbled down to breakfast and floundered over what to do with all our time.

That was the beauty of Majorca. It’s not the type of destination that I normally head for – it’s normally more of a rush around a busy city in a flat-out three days. So to head to a place where one of the biggest attractions is lying on the beach was a massive change of pace for us. But Majorca is more than just a beach destination, although we also took advantage of those, but there’s gorgeous little villages and mountain towns, plus being surround by beautiful clear water provides a whole lot of opportunities.

More late summer sunshine coming soon…

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Nestled down in a little corner of Cornwall is the small village of St Mawes. Dom and I stopped by on the way back from a speedy weekend trip, for one last afternoon of sea air, boat watching and ice creams. On a sunny day the beaches in Cornwall would easily be mistaken for the Riviera, if not for the unmistakably English seaside-ness.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Hop over on the King Harry car ferry and travel down the coast past the rolling hills.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Wander along to the castle, slowing climbing up hill to take in the beauty of the harbour. From the castle you can look across to Falmouth, and if you have a little extra time, you can hop on a ferry across to the town and do a bit more exploring.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Head back into the town and pick up a picnic lunch from the little deli and enjoy it on the rocks at low tide. It’s much more enjoyable watching the boats coming and going than sitting outside the shop and dodging the hungry seagulls.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Walk along the harbour wall for a different perspective. Don’t forget to take lots of photos from the lookout point!

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

It would be a crime not to grab an ice cream on a sunny day. Roskilly’s, of course. When in Cornwall…!

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Like a lot of places in Cornwall, St Mawes is lovely, but you’ll cover all of it within a few hours. If you don’t fancy doing a bit more exploring then make sure you take a book with you. If you’re up for something a bit more adventurous there are plenty of boating and sailing activities on offer.

Gingham dress - Girlglobalising

Photos by Dom John

The gingham trend has been raging on for a while – it’s now basically inescapable for summer. I was pretty set on this being another trend that I give a miss (in the same way I’ve avoided ruffles and big floaty sleeves like the plague). I’ve been making an effort to change my style to something a bit more grown up in the last few months, although my boss would probably disagree since I still turn up to work in jeans and a t-shirt everyday, and gingham didn’t seem to fit into that.

Then I spotted this dress in UO that couldn’t be more gingham if it tried. The ruched top half only seems to make it look more gingham! But with a weekend in Barcelona, hopefully a few days in Cornwall and a whole blissful week in Majorca coming up, it seemed like the perfect holiday dress. I wore it a lot in said weekend in Barcelona (check out the post here), the elasticated top half is perfect for not bothering with a bra (keeps everything where it should be!), the midi length makes it perfect for cities and the light floaty material makes it great for beaches and heat too.

I’m officially a gingham convert. I’m also clutching a Lime flavoured Calippo in these photos, and I’m starting a petition to bring them to the UK. SO GOOD! Let me know if you’re with me…

xx

Dress – Urban Outfitters | Sunglasses – Rayban | Sandals – Forever 21

Gingham - Girlglobalising

Bag – Mango (old) | Sandals – Forever 21