Thursday, 26 November 2015

Ice & Pies : Christmas time in Bristol

For some people it's the Coca-Cola truck advert, for others it's the first door of their advent calendar... for me it's often a festive blogger event that marks the start of my Christmas!

I met up with some blogger babes a couple of Friday nights ago to embark on an evening of winter activities beginning at Pieminister in St Nicholas' market. It was the weekly night market and so busy that we could barely wiggle our way through to our seats. As an extra treat, the Christmas lights were being switched on as we were taking our seats by the one and only Bristol legend Big Jeff!
Gormless pie face / pie in face-face
If you've read my blog for a long time you'll know my love for Pieminister. I visited it in St Nicks market when I had just started uni (so long ago!) and supported their Cattle Drive charity campaign... I also may have cried with happiness into one at Shambala this year. So this was my ideal Friday dinner!

We were lucky enough to be trying some pies from the new Christmas range before they went on sale to the public - the vegetarian offering was the Christingle, a honey roast parsnip, mature cheddar, leek and chestnut pie. I also detected a bit of cranberry in there which was a super Christmassy touch! Of course it was accompanied by the whole shebang, or 'The Mothership' option, a generous helping of creamy mash, minty mushy peas, mature cheddar cheese, shallots and of course the finest veggie gravy.

Pie anticipation from Sophie and Amie
It wasn't an eating contest (but I definitely won)
After our dinner we waddled down to At-Bristol and were blessed with a pretty decent gap in the evening's torrential rain to have a whizz on the lovely out door ice rink there. Me and Tara took to the ice like some very clumsy ducks to water and I even managed to pry Amie and Sophie away from the rail a couple of times!
Sophie from Saints on a Plane,  Hayley from Ceriselle, Victoria from She and Hem,  me looking like a christmas bauble & Amie from Credit Crunch Chic.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Kate MccGwire's fearsome feathers at the RWA

I've been a fan of Kate MccGwire since I was doing my art foundation. I stumbled across her work whilst researching for a bird themed projected and was immediately smitten... you could say that she spawned my fascination with feathers ever since! 

Back in September I got my first chance to see her work in the flesh at the RWA where she was doing a join exhibition with Peter Randall-Page. Her uncanny sculptures (look closely, they're all made from feathers!) were just as I'd imagined they'd be in real life and certainly didn't disappoint, the large and bright space in the RWA was perfect for them. I particularly enjoyed some of the framed pieces which were something I hadn't seen as much of before - could be a really interesting thing to try and recreate myself. 
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