1. It’s Earth Day! 🌍 How are you supporting? Today I pledge to eat less meat, continue to buy local produce and plant more seeds.

    Here’s a hummingbird to celebrate our beautiful planet.

     
  2. Homemade Easter treats! 🐰

     
  3. Last chance to order Easter cards for delivery before the weekend. Send some smiles! http://gemimalou.com/shop

     
  4. Today we took a stroll down to the Bristol harbourside to view the latest exhibition by Antlers gallery, Gravitas. The nomadic gallery are currently based in Purifier House on Lime Kiln Road. The space is light and open, a fresh blank canvas, perfectly suited to showcasing various styles of artwork.

    Gravitas features Abigail Reed’s large-scale oil paintings and Dorcas Casey’s life-sized fabric sculptures. The two different styles compliment each other beautifully and the bold artworks make a real impact in the vast, minimal space. The exhibition explores the relationships between animal and human, focusing on the form of various animals and displaying their sheer size, evoking an overwhelming sense of power. Animals such as bears, horses, bulls and mules are the chosen subjects, often making the viewer seem small and almost insignificant.

    I found Abigail Reed’s paintings striking, particularly enjoying her use of brush strokes and layers to create texture and contrast. Her clever use of a monochrome palette adds to the overall impact of the artworks, drawing the eye further into the detail.

    Dorcas Casey’s wonderfully unique sculptures are unlike anything I have seen before. They are created from various materials, including clothing fabrics, such as socks, wire and gathered antique furniture. The way the forms are awkwardly poised and the juxtaposition of differing materials is both highly intriguing and somewhat unsettling.

    Alongside the exhibition, there is also a selection of contemporary prints, greeting cards and gifts for sale by some of the other artists involved in the gallery. We picked up two lovely cards which will soon be framed and proudly displayed on our new art wall in the dining room.

    Gravitas runs until 21st April and is open daily from 10am-6pm. I’m extremely exited to see what the talented folk at Antlers gallery will be exhibiting next.

     
  5. The preserving adventure continues with homemade piccalilli!

    We’ve recently signed up to receive a weekly organic vegetable box through the Community Farm based in Chew Magna on the outskirts of Bristol. A few weeks in, we’ve found It to be a great way to eat seasonally, challenge ourselves in the kitchen, and support a really wonderful local not-for-profit organisation. Previously I had found myself often cooking the same meals every week and this scheme has already transformed the way I think about food. I’ve been planning ahead more, perusing our vast collection of cookery books for inspiration, expanding my skills and getting a lot of pleasure from eating delicious fresh food.

    In the last couple of boxes we’ve received a cauliflower (amongst many other goodies), and after Chris made a scrumptious cauliflower risotto I struggled to think of what to do with it other than the old British staple, cauliflower cheese. Having dabbled in preserving, mainly making chutneys and jams, I have wanted to try pickling vegetables for a while now and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. So I’ve made my first piccalilli, and now I have to wait about a month to sample it, but it sure does look good.

    The recipe is taken from the ever-trusty River Cottage Preserves Handbook by Pam Corbin, which I highly recommend.

     
  6. Happy first day of Spring! Here are some bluebells to celebrate ☼

     
  7. Psst! There’s just over a week until Mothers Day. Stuck for gift ideas? Hop over to the shop and claim 10% off all items until 30th March using the code NUMBER1MUM at checkout

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    This vibrant set of garden cards is perfect for all the green-fingered mums out there!

     
  8. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you πŸ€

     
  9. Yesterday evening we went to the cinema for the first time in an absolute age, making the most of ‘Orange Wednesdays’ 241 tickets (and also having a Pizza Express beforehand as they too offer 241 on both their infamous doughballs and any main course using the same code - bargain).

    As a huge fan of his work, I’ve been ridiculously excited about seeing Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel since its release last Friday, and we were in for a real treat. It was truly magnificent, I’d even go as far as saying his best work to date. A quirky masterpiece, bravo! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

     
  10. Spring has sprung! After some persistent rain of late it’s so exciting to see the sunshine return and the trees blossoming. We went for a stroll through nature, soaking up the rays and stopping for some lunch along the way. I had a refreshing lemonade and we shared some tasty tapas.

    We’ve been hibernating over winter (I’m not so fond of the cold weather) and I’ve really missed our foraging adventures, so was overjoyed to discover a sea of bright green ramsons shooting up almost everywhere in the park. We gathered a few fresh young garlic leaves to use in our pasta dish for dinner.

    I feel so content and peaceful when exploring in nature with the sun beaming down. Here’s to the new season!