Glamping in Bristol

Last year, we went on a glamping holiday, which is the closest I’ve ever got to camping. This year, we went to Bristol to stay in a wigwam for a last minute break. I had no idea what to expect and wasn’t sure how basic it would be. I was pleasantly surprised. The wigwam was fantastic, as were the amenities available on site. We were in one of three wigwams (the dog friendly one), only one of which was used for one night while we were there, so it was nice and quiet.

View of BristolBristol Wigwams Inside Bristol wigwamEach of the wigwams have a picnic bench outside, to sit and enjoy the amazing view of Bristol. Inside, the accommodation is basic, but good quality, clean and comfortable. There’s heating, hot water, a microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster (which, as we don’t have one, I was super excited about!) There’s basic crockery and cutlery, though we didn’t really cook, save for some jacket potatoes and beans, so it wasn’t much of an issue. There’s a sofa, table & chairs out of shot, the door in the picture above leads to the bathroom, which is better than our bathroom at home. I am not kidding. Now, lets talk about the bed. You have to bring your own bedding. No problem. I was worried about the bed, as I need a firm mattress for my back and a lot of times, I’ll stay somewhere and the mattress is super soft, leaving me in agony. This bed, however, was super firm and perfect for me. We stayed for three nights and the wigwam was the perfect base for us. I would happily stay here again.

Sunny Bristol Bristol sunsetBristol at nightThe views into Bristol are spectacular and I can only imagine how the hot air balloon festival looked from here. It was great looking out, spotting different things in and around Bristol. I was really amazed to see both Seven Bridge crossings. Having spent years crossing them, it was funny to see them both at once. The one thing I was really impressed with was the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which lights up at night. It’s really impressive, both from a distance and close up. We didn’t sit out a lot, as it was really windy, and not that warm, plus the Olympics were on. There are log stoves/BBQ’s available for each of the wigwams, and you can buy kindling, lighters and logs there. Phil made an awesome fire one night, so I sat out under my blanket while the sun went down.

View of BristolBristol viewEverything about staying at the wigwam was easy. It is really well placed for exploring the city, as well as other local hotspots, some of which were better than others. (I’ll write more about these later.) The fields opposite the wigwam site can be used by people staying at the wigwam, and we did a lovely walk one evening through them with Poppy. There are two extra shower/toilets in the amenities block, as well as a games room that has a pool table in it. There are also spare chairs to sit outside that are a bit comfier than sitting at the picnic table. We were sent codes that gave us access to the site and the key for our wigwam. Everything was straight forward, which is want you want for a holiday. I can’t recommend the wigwams enough and as we were only there for three nights, there are lots of other things I’d like see and do so would love to go back for another stay.

Filofax Planning

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a stationery geek. I love it, whether it’s a new pencil, notebook or my school planner, I am in heaven. As I was coloring in my timetable and updating my calendar with new school dates and events for the next academic year, I decided that I needed to pimp up my Filofax (similar one here) a bit. My Filofax is my life. It’s where I put all my jobs for school (and I always have lots!), as well as addresses and other bits of useful information so it’s important that it looks good and colourful.

My Pretty Week Filofax dividersFred and Bell planner stickersFilofax planning

It definitely needed new dividers, as the old ones were very, very dog eared. After a quick search on Etsy, I came across My Pretty Week, who have a massive range of dividers. I went for the geometric patterned ones, which are doubled sided. I am so impressed with the quality of the dividers. They’re stronger than the ones the Filofax came with, which is great, as I hope these last a long time because I love them! I’m really happy with them.

I also saw a tweet about Fred and Bell planner stickers and thought that they would be a great addition to my Filofax. I got a mixture of the everyday icon stickers and the flag stickers, which I’ll use for blog planning. I also use specific colour pens for certain things, green for holidays, red for school events and deadlines, and I highlight appointments to make them stand out. I use washi tapes in two different ways. I make tabs that stick out for appointments and I also fold it over the edge of the page for special occasions, holidays, that kind of thing.

In September, I’m going to be full time at school and the need to be organised, or at the very least, feel organised, and I’m hoping that my colorful and stylish Filofax will help with that!

Easy vegan, gluten free chocolate chip

One of the drawbacks (or benefits, depending on my mood!) about being vegan is that when you’re craving a specific type of junk food, you might not always have easy access to something. This was how I was feeling the other day. I fancied some cookies but didn’t have anything and had no where close by to buy them from. So I had to make my own.

Easy vegan cookiesFor my birthday, I was given some oaty cookie mix, which only needs spread and water adding to it for the dry mix to become to become cookie mix. I also picked up some dairy free chocolate chips from somewhere and thought these would make great cookies that even the laziest baker could organise! Both are also gluten free and incredibly delicious, even before they’re baked.

chocolate chip vegan cookies

It is incredibly easy to make the cookies. You simply add some melted dairy free spread and water to the dry mix. Then throw as many chocolate chips into this that you think your stomach can handle. In my case, this was quite a lot. What I didn’t think about was putting melted butter into cookie mix with chocolate chips. About half of them melted, which I thought would ruin them, but was actually a happy accident. The mix states that it makes about 10 cookies, but I only managed to leave enough mix for about 7! They were incredibly moreish and great broken up and mixed in with ice cream. Well, it is the holidays!

Colby Woodland Gardens, Pembrokeshire

After walking what felt like all the miles while we were in Pembrokeshire, I wanted our last morning to be a little more gentle and it seemed like the weather agreed (drizzle… again!) For years I’ve been driving past the sign for Colby Woodland Gardens but I’d never been so after a quick walk around Carew Castle and a spot of geocaching, Poppy and I headed for Colby.

Colby obelisk Colby woodland garden Poppy at the Cobly obelisikI didn’t realise that the woodland garden was a National Trust property. Admission is £6.50, but while dogs are allowed almost everywhere, they aren’t allowed int he admissions office, which was tricky as I was on my own and never want to tie Poppy up and leave her outside (because, obviously, the second my back is turned, someone will steal her!) When I went into the admissions office, the lady asked if I was a member, which I wasn’t, and she asked if I wanted to join, but I said that it would take too long and I didn’t want to leave Poppy outside on her own for too long (There were some shifty looking pensioners out there!) The lady offered to come outside and organise the membership, which I thought was really lovely, as I had been meaning to join for some time (Wish I’d joined before parking at Bosherston Lily Ponds – £5!). So I joined the National Trust and got a ton of maps etc, then we headed into the gardens.

tree of coins at colby woodland garden The valley at Colby woodland garden Colby lodgeWe headed up to the left of the valley, to find the obelisk. You can walk down to Amroth beach from the gardens, which I would love to do next time. Dogs have to be kept on leads everywhere but they can’t go into the walled gardens. Poppy really enjoyed exploring the valley, as there are a few ponds and lots of things to smell, apparently. While Poppy is still nervous of the sea, she is super confident in shallow, clear water and now seeks it out!

Poppydog at Colby Woodland Garden Amroth beach from Colby bracket fungus Pamela Chance memorialOn the other side of the valley, the walks get steeper, and there are loads of different walks around this side. One shows great views to Amroth beach and there are lots of different aspects of nature to see. We spotted a jay, some bracket fungus and an owl pellet, which Poppy ate. Nice huh?! It’s a lovely place to visit and I’ll definitely be going back there, especially in a different season, where the tress are changing. There are tea rooms there too, which I didn’t visit this time so naturally I need to go back for that!