Bluebells in Nidderdale

Driving along the Summerbridge/Pateley Bridge road today, people were parked in lay-bys, simply agog at the carpets of bluebells just metres from the road. Pictures don’t really do the scene justice. It was around 5pm, just as the shadows started to grow long. If blogs could give off a smell (I’ll stick that on the Kickstarter list), this one would would be very garlicky. The wild...

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Geronimo Festival 2016 @ Harewood House, Leeds

The opening day of Geronimo Festival took a complete battering on social media. Where did it all start to go wrong? Probably whilst sat in the queue, waiting to get into the car park: Honk your horn at 12.00 for 30seconds if you’re bored of being in the #geronimofest queue!!! — Jonny Sykes (@JonnySykes) May 1, 2016 Luckily he was only joking, save waking up sleeping kids, or aggravating...

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The Pressure on Non-Native Servers

For several years, I worked for a famous Spanish tapas chain. In a massive shopping centre, I may add – not the type of place you’d go to stare into one another’s eyes over albondigas. It was simply seat. Eat. Repeat. It was really hard work to maintain morale and keep up with the never-ending queue of tetchy tired people. One of the biggest gripes I had to put up with...

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The BBC Good Food Show Spring

  The BBC Good Food Show Spring was back for the weekend, with an impressive lineup of celebrity chefs to woo the masses into the Harrogate International Centre. Michel Roux Jr., Tom Kerridge and The Hairy Bikers all delivered cookery demonstrations during the day. Bake-Off master, Paul Hollywood took the Sunday stage. I popped my head in to see how he was getting on, in his last show of the...

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WIN: Geronimo Festival Tickets

If you’re a parent and you thought you’d never get to a festival again, well, you’d be wrong. OK, some of the adult fun (dancing, snacks, risk of losing control of bodily functions when your favourite artist comes on), is usurped by the kiddies (all of the above). However, it’s still fun to put on some wellies and be sure that you are well and truly tiring your tiddlers...

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