When do you think the fishing season is over? I thought mid-October had tolled the bell on the prime Cornish fishing season. After a couple of fruitless (fishless) attempts, my rod and reel had remained in the back of the van and was close to being hung up for the winter. However, I was speaking to my next door neighbour, who is a keen fisherman, when he told me that he had still been hooking in mackerel. I enquired…

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  This October, with the leaves falling from the trees we made our way over to my parent’s house out in the country for a spot of foraging! The cold weather creeping in had made us both hungry for some warming winter pudding. I don’t know what your favourite winter dessert is, but for me it’s got to be a crumble.   On this particular morning, the Cornish countryside was looking decidedly miserable. Luckily, we had both bought a pair…

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  After getting the kitchen back to a blank canvas, it was time to start thinking about the flooring. It’s much easier to tile the floor before you put your base units in as you’ve got a nice, big, clean space to work in and you can level out the flooring which makes putting down your units easier. I decided to opt for ceramic tiles as these have several benefits. So I bought these grey slate effect tiles from Tile…

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  When decorating, I’m not one for sticking to a particular style, I’d rather just do my own thing. I think when you decorate purely in one theme, your rooms end up looking void of personality, in my opinion it’s better to just do whatever you want, exactly how you want it. No one else is living in your house, it’s yours; there’s no point decorating your home like a photograph in a magazine!   I love vintage everything; most…

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  Since moving in the house, I’ve collected some amazing kitchen gadgets which my girlfriend and I use every single day. We agree that each one is unique in design- a must have in every kitchen. Here are our 5 of our favourites: 1. OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Rotating Utensil Holder What a great product! This Rotating Utensil Holder by OXO has a large diameter (5.5″) so it can fit all of our utensils inside with ease-I think we…

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  A few weeks ago, I bought my first house! Woop Woop! I didn’t want to write about it during the process, as I’m not one to ‘count my chickens’ or ‘measure up the curtains’, but now I can tell you all about my purchase and the work I’m doing on it. After what seemed like forever of saving, I was finally able to buy a house. I’ve gone down the route of buying a house solo and without any…

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  In this series of articles, entitled Home Decoration Tips for Men (or Mancave 101) I’m going to be writing about simple, easy tips that can be used to transform your Mancave (or LadyLair) into something you can be really proud of. I’ve decided to write my first tip all about rugs as I believe they are one of the easiest, cheapest and quickest ways of revamping your place. Choosing a great rug is really important, it’s one of the…

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  To be honest I hadn’t heard of Mount Edgcumbe before last weekend. I cant imagine why as it’s a fantastic, gorgeous place to visit. Mount Edgcumbe is a stately home and gardens in Cornwall, overlooking Plymouth Sound. Although it’s in Cornwall I actually visited it from North of the border: Plymouth. Right next to the up-market Royal William Yard, there is an awesome little ferry boat which travels between the Docks and Mount Edgcumbe every 15 mintues. It costs…

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  So far there hasn’t been much snow down here in Cornwall, the odd quickly melting flake but nothing substantial. So the weekend just passed we went to Dartmoor in search of snow. With no particular destination in mind we drove off into the tundra, travelling past Princetown, past Two Bridges until we found a little carpark next to Cherry Brook. We had seen an exciting looking forest and Tor in the distance. This Tor turned out to be Bellever…

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  It’s getting to that time shortly before Christmas when panic shopping commences. So before you start buying novelty books and apparently humorous gifts for your loved one, I thought I’d give you some top tips; Here are some stocking size items that any active, outdoor lover will thoroughly be glad to receive this Christmas. BEET IT Sports Bar BEET IT make organic beetroot juice which is super nutritional and great body fuel. They have recently launched the world’s first…

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