Sharing the love on #FridayWithFriends

Sharing the love on #FridayWithFriends this week because it feels like there has been a sadness this week online.  It has been palpable.  Events over the past seven days feel like they have rocked everybody, and social media has taken a kicking.  Justifiably so in many cases. As lovers (for the most part) of social media Annie and I decided that for #FridayWithFriends this week we would share the love.

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A trip to Blenheim Palace

Have you ever taken a trip to Blenheim Palace? Situated in the pretty town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is easily accessible from the A34 and makes a perfect spot for a day out. Gifted to the 1st Duke of Marlborough in 1704 by a very grateful Queen Anne as thanks for his victory at the battle of Blenheim.  With a Capability Brown landscape that took ten years to

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Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon and isnt one we have ever really considered acknowledging before to be honest.  But this year, well this year, since we have just launched #FridayWithFriends Annie and I thought we would, after all Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating those female friendships we have in our lives. Annie and I met online about eight years ago, and then finally met in person when

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In praise of a supermarket breakfast (AD)

People often talk about the amazing breakfast they have in a cute, Instagram worthy, cafe but we don’t very often see discussions in praise of a supermarket breakfast do we? Why is that?  Why don’t we see people talking about the fact you can get a cracking breakfast at a really reasonable price at the same time as doing the weekly shop.   Maybe even instead of doing the weekly shop.

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Mementos for school leavers– AD

Have you ever heard about personalised mementos for school leavers?  You know, like leaver’s hoodies, gym bags, pencil cases? To be honest, they really weren’t a thing when I was little (well to be fair it was 40 years ago) but in the last couple of years it really appears to be something that more and more schools, or PTA’s are organising.   When I was leaving primary school all we

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Snowdrops at Welford Park

To be honest I had forgotten about the snowdrops at Welford Park until Annie mentioned it last week.  They are only there for such a short time that if we wanted to see them we would have to be quick.  Which is how we ended up there this week, for the first time in a couple of years. Welford Park is more famous these days for being the home of

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Announcing #FridayWithFriends

So here we are, Annie and I announcing #FridayWithFriends. For a while now Annie and I have been chatting about launching “something” called #FridayWithFriends.   What form that “something” took we weren’t quite sure.  We thought about sticking to IGTV, maybe doing a podcast, or just doing what Annie and I do best, setting up a new website and social media channels.  We knew we wanted to celebrate friendship, to

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Turkey and Vegetable Bake

Turkey and vegetable bake is the ultimate in mid week comfort food.  Though to be fair Mondays are the worst day of the week for cooking for me.  I am tired after the weekend, invariably there is nothing in the fridge, I am chasing my tail to try and get ahead of myself and plan the week, oh and dinner needs to be early as Mr B is out on

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A frosty foggy Hinton Ampner

It was a frosty foggy Hinton Ampner house that greeted Annie and I this morning.  The main house is currently closed for some much needed TLC but the grounds were open, as was the cafe so Annie and I picked Hinton Ampner as our spot to meet up for a mooch, a catch up and a sausage roll.   Hinton Ampner, of course, is somewhere I have featured on here

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The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

The Pig in the Wall is a 12 room boutique hotel in the heart of Southampton.  But it’s more than that.  It’s quirky, and comfy and built into the town’s medieval walls, some of the rooms even make a feature of the wall (ask for room 10).  If you were to look at the location on Google Maps you might think “hmm, no thanks, it’s on a busy road with

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Chicken Akni

Chicken Akni is a mildly spiced, one dish, easy meal that is very similar to a biriyani.  It wasn’t a dish I knew until I was looking for something quick and easy to do for dinner that would use up some chicken that needed eating! Having now cooked it though it will definitely be on our list of things we have regularly.  Mostly because once prepared you shove it in

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Hiring a photographer?

With the best will in the world, and all the right camera kit, getting photos of yourself in a variety of settings is not an easy task. Which is why you need to consider hiring a photographer.  Historically we would only ever hire a photographer for a wedding or new baby shoot wouldn’t we? It’s just something we wouldn’t consider, especially when we are all so used to taking hundreds

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