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.

It’s been a fair while since I have a) posted anything on here and b) shared a few of my favourite inspirations. Today’s post is looking at a few more of my favourite bloggers – one’s I recommend you check out if you need a bit of inspiration. I shared a post similar to this a long long time ago, so long ago that I’m not even going to link to it! But since then I have also shared my favourite travel Instagrammers and favourite Instagrammers in general.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Fashion Me Now

I have only recently started reading Lucy’s blog, but quickly fallen in love with her writing, her personal style and her fab trips abroad. It’s the kind of easy going style that is both at home in a city and a beach – the kind of style I wish I could pull off but somehow just can’t manage it with the same finesse. It’s nice to see someone incredibly natural, complete with salty, beachy hair, unpainted nails and a very fresh face. Her recent trip to Mexico has inspired a lot of travel ideas of my own.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Alice Catherine

Again a new comer for me, although I’m sure she’s been blogging for some time. Alice creates amazing fashion posts with such a great vintage, nostalgic feel to them. She inspired me to go rummaging in a few vintage shops again, and also introduced me to Sezane, the uber cool french brand where I now want a whole new wardrobe from.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

The Londoner

Rose from The Londoner is someone who manages to embrace every single season so whole-heartedly. Look back at her posts from New England, US in the Autumn (or Fall) of last year to see what I mean by this. Rose’s writing style is almost fictional, she takes you on every moment of her trip, along with excellent recommendations. It’s also incredibly up to date, and by that I mean there is hardly any delay in her blog posts. If you look at her Instagram and see that she’s exploring Greece, then you can bet that the first blog post will be up in a matter of days.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Hand Luggage Only

These boys are really the ultimate travel bloggers. They seem to be flying off to a new destination every single week. The envy I have of their lifestyle is unreal! But they also provide such comprehensive information and inspiration on each destination, and in such an unpretentious way. They are what travel blogging is all about.

Let me know what blogs you’ve been following recently, there’s always so many more and there’s space for everyone out there.

All photos from linked sites. 

Life lately - Girlglobalising

May, like every other month this year, has whizzed by. Although it means we’re one step closer to summer, it also means that time is just flying by without us really taking stock of it. Here are some things I’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

I finally made a trip to Mon Pote, a beautiful homeware store in Bedminster, Bristol. I found this shop on Instagram, which I highly recommend you follow for all the interiors inspiration. I popped in one afternoon for a little mooch around. Although I didn’t buy anything on this occasion I may well be heading back for an adorable cactus vase.

Life lately - Girlglobalising

We had a short stay in the Lake District at the start of the month. The weather was a bit all over the place, but we had one or two lovely days spent wandering through fields and up mountains in the sunshine. Lake Ullswater is pictured above, and dotted around the lake are various different towns and villages. A bit more exploration is needed I think, considering we only had a few days and there’s so many beautiful places to see up there.

Life lately - Girlglobalising

Life lately - Girlglobalising

The day after we got back from the Lake District we headed down to Thekla in Bristol for a Dan Croll gig. A few years ago we only caught the end of his set at Citadel festival, so it was amazing to see the whole thing. Definitely check him out on Spotify if you haven’t heard him before. He was supported by Wilsen, who I’d never heard of but is another insanely talented musician – with incredible whistling skills!

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

We’ve spent a few lovely days wandering around Clifton in the sunshine. Bristol is a place that is really made for summer. The city comes alive in the warmer months and throughout the summer there’s pretty much an event or festival happening every weekend. This year I’m looking forward to the Harbourside festival, Pride and maybe catching a bit of the Bristol Summer Series from the other side of the river. That’s a top tip for anyone else who missed out on tickets. You can’t see anything, but you can hear it all from south of the river.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

And finally we spent a weekend in Oxfordshire. There was a pub lunch, dogs walks, a wander around Oxford, a bbq. Really everything that comes with summer all rolled into one weekend.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

On a more poignant note, I absolutely loved the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday. I was very moved by it and thought it was a truly lovely way to combat such terrible atrocities happening in the world right now.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

It’s been a good few weeks since I sat down and typed out something for this blog. Any motivation or inspiration I may have had in the past has melted away in recent weeks.

I didn’t feel as though I had anything I wanted to photograph and talk about, nor have I been on any trips lately that have made me want to share it with you.

Rather than sit here and wallow in the lack of inspiration, I thought I’d take a look back at my life lately and celebrate the happiness of the little things in life.

Here are a few things that have been making me smile at life lately.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

We had a quick stopover in Oxford a few weekends ago to catch up with Dom’s parents. It included a very quick look around the Weston Library. I’d never been there before but I was pretty amazed at all the light and architecture there. Not your average stuffy old library!

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Those few days that felt like spring had arrived? Yeah, they were good days. I can’t wait for the sun to show it’s face again – it makes everybody so much happier.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

International Women’s Day. So amazing to see everybody celebrating how great women are. I shared this old photo on Instagram (follow me here) of my Mum and Grandma. My absolute favourite women and I’m not sure what I’d do without them.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Speaking of which, I had a lovely day out with my Mum in Windsor. Since we live on opposite sides of the country we are often looking for somewhere to meet in the middle. Windsor is closer to London than the middle, but still worth the day trip. A charming little town and the Castle is well worth a visit.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

I’ve had quite a few meetings at work lately and some of those have been taking place in this amazing building. The Wills Memorial Building has such an amazing ceiling, I’m in awe every time I go there.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Baths have become a bit of a regular thing for me recently. I’ve been visiting Lush quite a lot, a shop I used to avoid on the high street. Even thought it’s a bit embarrassing when the shop assistants ask if I’m looking for presents and actually I’m normally only looking for me! This heart shaped one had little dried roses that floated around the bath. LUSH!

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

And finally, meeting this friendly little guy in the hardware shop – how appropriate considering it was National Puppy Day yesterday. I had a lovely espresso martini last weekend. I’ve put an ‘eating out ban’ on me and Dom in an effort to save money, be healthier and cook more. Last weekend was the first time we had been out in ages, so I thought a cocktail would be more than appropriate.

So that’s all that’s been happening in my life lately. Hopefully the inspiration will be back soon and I can crack on with creating some content. Have an amazing weekend!

xx

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

I am back at it with the healthy baking.

A few weeks ago I posted about these sugar free Banana Breakfast Bars, which are pretty fab if I do say so myself.

Once again we ended up with a few slightly over ripe bananas and I thought I’d have another go at a sugar free baking.

This time I bring you virtually sugar free blueberry muffins.

These are not as sweet as the breakfast bars turned out to be, but what can you expect from baking without sweeteners, hey.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

All you will need:

2 very ripe bananas
250g Self raising flour
125ml Water
125ml Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
A drop of Vanilla extract
4 tbsp of Honey/Agave/Maple Syrup (optional)
1 tsp Biocarbonate of soda
2 tsp Baking powder
Blueberries
A sprinkling of granulated sugar and desiccated coconut

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Start by pre-heating the over to 200 degrees (fan). Mash your bananas in a medium sized bowl, then add the water, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla and honey. Stir until combined.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Sift together the flour and baking powders, before adding it to the wet ingredients. Stir until combined and then pop in the blueberries.

Divide between 12 muffin cases, then sprinkle over a little granulated sugar and desiccated coconut (this should add a nice little textured top to the muffins) and pop in the oven for 20 mins or until the tops are that golden brown.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Obviously these aren’t going to be exactly like your traditional blueberry muffins, but by virtue of them being sugar free blueberry muffins, it means you can have two, right?

Enjoy!

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising