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Well, what a strange time we’ve all been having; grounded, so to speak. With adventures of the travel variety on hold, we have all found new ways (or have reprised old ways) of enjoying ourselves and keeping ourselves occupied. In our house it was quickly clear discipline would be required! Not a fan of to do lists, I keep a list...

Local Heroes – Companions Real Bread Friends often ask me if there is any food I miss when I’m in Spain and am usually pretty stumped by this question (I admit to stashing the odd jar of marmite in my luggage), but over the last couple of years I have become seriously addicted to the sourdough from Companions and have found...

A couple of months ago, I spied a post on facebook putting out a call for volunteers to help on Bedfordshire’s newly established (and only) community farm, Treewell Farm. The idea appealed to me on several levels; firstly I know how spending time in nature has positive mental health benefits. Secondly, I liked the positivity in the idea of creating something...

I have long been a fan of Lebanese and “Middle Eastern” food in general. I would get my regular “fix” at the fabulous café/shisha bar, Reem in Bedford High Street. However, when, much to my dismay, this closed down, I realised I would have to take matters into my own hands and started to make my own falafel and houmous,...

A couple of weeks ago, at a loose end on a blustery Saturday afternoon during this somewhat elusive summer of ours, we enlisted our Spanish friend Carlos (from the renowned wine producing region of Valladolid) to accompany us on one of the Vineyard’s guided tours and here’s what happened… We were met by our knowledgeable guides at the entrance to the...

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