Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Disconnect & Reconnect – a year long project by Sue Tebble.

January the 2nd saw Sue Tebble take her first shot of the beautiful sunset at Sea Pauling, we re-posted this photo on our Instagram (see first photo below) and this inspired Sue to get herself a good camera and spend the rest of the year taking sunset shots. She used this project to reconnect with nature and feel more at peace, having suffered with seasonal depression for many years. This year she was determined not to go to the Drs. but to use the beauty of nature to heal instead. Each photo has the date, time of sunset and a brief description of how she was feeling that day and how nature was helping.
One in four of us suffer mental health problems at some point in our lives and Sue hopes this project will go some way to shifting the stigma related to it. She also runs a music group called Mind The Gap which uses music to promote well being.
Sue uses no editing software on her photos and has published them as a calendar to go on sale on October 10th, which is World Mental Health Awareness Day. 
This stunning calendar would make fabulous gifts for all the Norfolkians who love our county, and let's face it that's all of us!

For more details contact Sue on sutebble@gmail.com or 07811155733 







Ruth







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Friday, 9 September 2016

Dr. Martens Marble Collection

I was invited to style an item from the Dr. Martens new marble collection, if you haven't already noticed marble is everywhere right now, from fashion to home wares to nails. Marble is so chic and I've recently been to the capitol of chic, Paris, so I wanted to create an outfit that reflected this. Yesterday was a scorcher so I went with a crisp white shirt (never out of fashion as far as I'm concerned) black shorts and white sandals. If you know me you know I'm usually always in black with a hint of white so this was a nice change and I felt a little St.Tropez dahling! Ray Bans finished the look and a gold necklace to accent the rims. I got lots of compliments on the bag throughout the day and it's great quality as you'd expect from DM's, this bag is very versatile and I think we'll become great friends!

Massive thanks to Kerry Curl for the photography and the laughs.






Ruth


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Friday, 2 September 2016

All Bar One

Amber and I were invited to sample the new menu at the newly renovated All Bar One, Norwich. We booked a table for Friday at 7.30pm, this seemed like a good time to see the venue in action, lots of after works drinks and dates happening for us to gawp on whilst we perused the menu. We went straight into he summer cocktail menu for a daiquiri and a mojito (both good), we both ordered a vege burger with different toppings, there was a good variety to pick from. The cocktails went down very nicely so we ordered a pot of rhubarb and custard Collins...erm amazing!! the food arrived and the burgers which were good as were the sweet potato fries. Amber went for a slated caramel cheesecake for dessert, I had to try too, you know, its about teamwork. All in all we had a great evening, the decor is stunning, the staff are very helpful and we enjoyed the buzz of a warm summer night in the city.
(excuse the bad photos I forgot my camera)







Ruth.

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Coach and Horses Thorpe Road

The Coach and Horses on Thorpe Road is a proper pub, with a traditional wooden interior and its very own Chalk Hill Brewery  on site! The beers they produce are a real hit and you can book tours to go and have a look and learn more about what them.

The menu is EXTENSIVE.... If you are indecisive then you need to allow yourself plenty of time to choose, eventually we went for the wedges with veggie chilli and a portobello mushroom and halloumi burger (with skin on chips)

The food arrived quickly and tasted great, personally I think they do the best chips in Norwich! Coincidentally I was talking with a friend a week earlier about how Norwich doesn't really have many pubs you can go go have food at anymore and how we have become a city of bars, restaurants and pop ups but we were wrong THIS IS IT... If you want to go to a great welcoming pub with delicious home cooked food and beer brewed on site The Coach is for you!





Amber
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Friday, 15 July 2016

The Norwich Gift Emporium

I've been meaning to catch up with the guys at The Norwich Gift Emporium for a while now and I was not disappointed when I did, there is literally something for everyone in the cosy Norwich Lanes shop.

I was greeted by Sarah who explained the ethos of the shop was to support and showcase local makers and crafters, herself a local maker (of really cute crotchet cacti) Norwich Gift Emporium gives a platform to sell which wouldn't otherwise be there for independent makers.

Of course I loved the cacti 'Pot Pals' that Sarah makes, I can certainly think of a few people who might get those for Christmas (did I really just say the C word) I also adored the lampshades by Marianna Ley.

Not content with selling, The Norwich Gift Emporium also runs lots of workshops, from Crotchet, Lino Cutting and Doll Making!








Amber

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Mr Postles Apothecary

Mr Postles Apothecary is located in the heart of Tombland just over the road from our glorious Cathedral, well known for it's extensive and quirky cocktail list (which I may or may not have sampled several times in the past) Mr Postle's has now upped it's game in the food stakes!

Under new management and with a new chef team who were previously at No 79 on Unthank Road where we ate last summer, I knew it was going to be good and was excited to see what they had to offer! Being a vegetarian it is always a pleasant surprise to see a menu with something different, and the veggie selection here was amazing we went for olives, hummus, a halloumi filo parcel, gnocchi with a beetroot aioli and brie wedges! Beautifully served and super delicious, my favourite was the gnocchi with beetroot aioli!

With lots of little dishes divided into Meat, Fish, Veggie and Cheese it is the perfect menu for ordering and grazing with friends whilst enjoying a drink or two. For those of you who do not like to share food (we totally get that!) there is more substantial offerings and I think I will definitely be back to try the Halloumi hanging kebab!

Of course we tried a cocktail, a classic long island ice tea topped with dry ice for me, and a Hollywood long island ice tea topped with Prosecco for the husband! He loved his, but I was definitely more keen on the classic, I only had one but could easily sip on those allllll afternoon!








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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dust With Cocoa

I was very excited when there was a knock on the door Friday, it wasn't the postman it was a delivery of 'Posh Brownies' by Dust with Cocoa. What a treat! I couldn't wait to open them, I could already smell how delicious they were through the box. I was't disappointed with how they looked either, two senses nailed...now for the taste...DELICIOUS! My kids agreed they were top notch brownies as they each devoured one in a matter of minutes. Dust With Cocoa not only deliver edible parcels but they make some of the most fantastical wedding cakes I have ever seen, so romantic and down to earth, I've added a few pics below but there are many many more on the website for you to lust over, you can see the passion for baking oozing out of these cakes like the frosting...oh, sorry have I made you peckish?!







all photos from DWC just because they're so beautiful.

 Ruth
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Attik and Seller

You know what, I'm quite slow and only recently got the attic and cellar twist in the name..I know I know, sometimes I wonder how I've survived this long! Anyway, something I hope survives a long time is this glorious husband and wife team that is Attik and Seller. These hard working couple do house clearances and home staging as Attik Property Services, as well as having an amazing barn shop near Dereham in which they sell beautiful vintage and retro clothes, furniture and home wares. These guys really have a keen eye for style and that shows in their shop and staging, I bet it feels good to see a house sell after you've worked your magic. You can follow them on instagram to keep up to to date with whats in stock at the shop. The barn is open 10-5 on Wednesdays but you can make an appointment at another time if you spot something you simply need right now, they are very accommodating and charming people who would be happy to help!








Ruth
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Chihuahua Burritos

Fancy a real taste of Mexico? Course ya do, and so do I. Chihuahua Burritos has found itself a permanent home at The Mash Tun on St.Benedicts Street. I went to give the tacos a try and my word what a treat for the taste buds. Freshly made salsa, cubes of roasted sweet potato and crumbly feta lay on top of a beautiful freshly made soft blue corn flour taco. I also tried the smoked paprika chips and they are I can confirm they are best things ever, especially with the made in house ketchup, the slaw is also to die for.
You can order through Deliveroo and eat in the comfort of your own pyjamas...I mean home, or enjoy the beautiful Mash Tun pub with friends and a beer.
I've actually just finished painting a Mexican inspired mural for the lovely Chihuahua guys, I took my time as I got to eat more and more food hehe, hope you like it!




Ruth
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Friday, 10 June 2016

The Cat Lady

Anyone who has met us will know that we LOVE animals, and being pet owners means we have been in the position of having to leave our pets whilst we go on holiday and perhaps arranging someone to nip in during the day if we are having a long day away from home. 

I caught up with Kylie (The Cat Lady) who is part of The Norwich Lanes family to see what she was all about... 



 So I cover Norwich and the sourrounding areas - the world (or should I say Norfolk) is my oyster really. I service NR1-NR8 inclusive of petrol charges, but outside of NR8 I add on 20p per mile for travel. I am happy to travel further but this all depends on client need. My main service is pet sitting - not just cats, I also have dogs, rabbits, fish, chickens and reptiles on my books, and I have experience with horses from a young age. I visit the client's home and care for their animals when they are away on holiday, when they have to go away for work or when they simply can't be there for a different reason. I will do things such as feeding, watering, clearing out pet areas, administering medicines and exercising them where necessary, generally giving them some normality while their owners are away.

I also offer a pet taxi service, which is designed to help owners who don't drive get to the vets or suchlike.



My newest service is a pet clean-up service which sees me visiting clients home while they are at work to keep on top of the household cleaning jobs that they find hard to juggle around day to day life. 

All my visits are charged per hour and I spend a full hour with the animals (unless stated otherwise by the client).  

I am fully insured and am qualified in Feline and Canine First Aid, Animal Training and Pet Business. 

My website address is www.catladynorwich.co.uk
contact email contact@catladynorwich.co.uk and mobile 07939046220
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Pho Stop at The Alley

Norwich has a new taste of South East Asia at The Alley Cafe, Pho Stop is the newest venture by chef George Bacon. George spent many years in Asia and Australia where he encountered pho (fo), a dish consisting of rice noodles, meat or tofu and vegetables. I really enjoyed my bowl of pho, maybe not one to eat on a first date as there's some slurping involved, but super healthy and filling. I felt really good after eating all the lovely herbs and veg in it. I went for the vegan tofu option but there is chicken or beef which I heard from other customers was great.
If you've not been to The Alley before then get yourself in there, simple tables and stools are surrounded by about as much art as you can handle. In the daytime its a relaxed place for a coffee or a meeting, and in the evening it's filled with music and flowing drinks. When the sun finally comes out you can perch outside and watch the world go by, nothing beats a good latte in the sun.




Ruth


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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Red Rooster Festival

There's never a dull moment in the fine city. Last Thursday I popped in to Soundclash in the Lanes to pick up a record, and was introduced to none other than the 12th Duke of Grafton. Harry, as he is affectionately known by his friends and family, was in Norwich for the day to promote his Red Rooster Festival which takes place over the first weekend in June, in the grounds of his fabulous country house, Euston Hall, Suffolk. He was accompanied by former Jim Jones Revue guitarist, Rupert Orton, who booked the bands for this great looking festival. 
It turns out that Harry is a big roots music fan, who used to be a  DJ in Nashville, Tennessee, and also spent a couple of years selling merch for none other than the Rolling Stones. 

Red Rooster Festival is sold as a 'Good-time weekend of Rhythm and Blues, Americana, Soul, Roots and Country, in the heart of Suffolk county', and when you talk to those who've been before, they say it is just that. Not only is it just across the border, but it's family friendly, has some great food on offer and a rather splendid bar. It's small (approx 3,000), boutique and in an incredibly stunning location. 

Red Rooster kicks off on Thursday June 2nd and runs until the Saturday night. There's too many great bands and things to highlight on the blog, but you can find out all about it here - http://www.redrooster.org.uk/
We're hoping to join the large Norwich contingent there for the weekend, see you there!








Ruth


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