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A brief visit to Kynance Cove, Cornwall

 

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In my honest opinion Kynance Cove is the most beautiful beach in Cornwall, if not in the whole of the UK. It is regularly voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and with its crystal blue seas and white sandy beaches, its easy to see why.

Kynance Cove is situated on the Lizard peninsula, just a few short miles from Lizard Point. We visited on a sunny day in August. We’d had a late start and by the time we reached the Cove it was already lunchtime so we only had a few hours til high tide at just gone 4pm.

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If you arrive later on in the afternoon, you’ll find that it’s not a beach in the traditional sense, but a cove full of stunning volcanic crags and rocky outcrops, surrounded by the most beautiful blue seas. Honestly, you’d have to pinch yourself to believe that you’re not in some tropical country.

When we arrived, stewards were holding back the traffic and turning cars away. Everyone had the same idea and had headed to the Cove and the car park was already full. We had the option of parking near the entrance to site, which the stewards said would be a half hour walk to the water. We opted to wait to see if some spaces would become free lower down. Our patience was rewarded when about 15 minutes later we we were allowed in to park.

Once we’d parked we headed down to the beach. I couldn’t not stop looking at the water, so many different shades of blue and green, just stunning set against a backdrop of dark coloured rock, and wild grass.

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Most of the best spots on the beach and cliffs further up were already taken, and it was quite busy. But we found a small space near the waters edge and set up. The kids put on their wetsuits and headed straight out.

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The water was just so clear and inviting! I headed in, and I have to say, there was a real swirl and strong current, with the waves coming in and crashing against the rocks. As always, the water was cold to start with but within a few minutes it was lovely and warm.

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A bit later on, as the tide started to come in, we headed up to the lovely Cafe which serves hot / cold food, ice cream and the best Cornish cream tea! It was a great spot from which to gaze out over the sea, and watch the tide coming in from a safe distance, as the beach slowly disappeared!

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All in all, everyone agreed that it was one of the best outings of our 10 day holiday. We had perfect weather, I just wish we’d had more time to spend there. But it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to return to, and this time I’d love to spend some time exploring the cliffs and headlands, so will definitely remember to pack some suitable footwear.

A few tips if you’re planning to visit:

Check tide times and head out early to get a parking space and a good spot at the beach. The National Trust website recommends that you plan to arrive no later than 11am if you’re visiting during the school holidays.

The beach almost completely disappears at high tide and you could get cut off from the main cliffs back up to the car park so keep an eye for the tide.

The pathway down to the beach is rocky and the beach pebbly so wear suitable footwear. I wore flip-flops which were not great.

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Cornwall is a beautiful county with many places to visit. We’ve spent many Summer’s holidaying in Cornwall, and this Summer we spent 10 days camping in and around Land’s End. If you’ve enjoyed reading this post, you may also like:

A brief visit to St Michael’s Mount

A brief visit to Newlyn.

Nila x

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A brief visit to St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

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St Michael’s Mount is a beautiful old monastery that sits atop a looming mount in Mount’s Bay Cornwall. It mirrors Mont St Michel in Brittany, and has unenviable position right at the centre of the bay, clearly visible from all sides from Mousehole right round to Marazion.

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We visited on a sunny day in August. At this time of the year, the Mount opens at 11am and we got there early about 10.30 thinking we’d get ahead of the crowds, but when we got there, the main 2 car parks were already full and so we parked in the overflow car park. Parking was well organised with stewards on hand to direct us.

Access to the Mount is via a causeway when the tide out, and in August, this was between 11am and 4pm roughly. At other times you can get a boat back and forth. We walked along the cobbled causeway and made our way to the Mount. It’s surprisingly large when you get there with a number of houses, alongside the estate offices, coffee shops and other facilities and of course the castle.

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Not surprisingly, with it being August, it was busy. We queued to get our entry tickets. If you’re a National Trust Member and you make yourself know to the staff, you can get passported through and not queue, but only if you have your membership card with you. The staff at the mount don’t have the facilities to check the NT database so you will need to have your NT membership card.

We then made our way up to the castle up past the Giant’s well, the Giants loveheart. There was storyteller entertaining younger children on the grassy area. We queued for about 20 mins up a long windy path to actually get access to the castle but it was well worth it. There are lookout points along the way, so you can stop for a few moments and gaze out across the expansive beautiful bay. The different colours in the sea are mesmerising. It is a bit of a climb up, at times rocky & uneven path.

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Having been home to monks I expected the castle to have more of a monastic feel. but I was surprised to discover that it is actually a living house, home to the St Aubyn family who still live there on a day to day basis. It’s well decorated & beautifully preserved with lots of historic artefacts.

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It must be a truly magical place to live surrounded by heritage, stunning gardens & 360 degree views of the sea stretching right to the horizon. With many window seats from which to spot invaders, the odd armada, or to just sit and enjoy a book.

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 I was also surprised at the sheer height of the building, you don’t get a feel for just how high up the castle sits, when you drive past at a distance in the car. So probably not for feint hearted or for you if you suffer from vertigo.

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The chapel is well worth a visit for the beautiful stained glass windows. Sunday services still take place in the Chapel every Sunday from late May to late September.

 

All these years we’ve been coming to Cornwall, we must have driven past like a million times. For me, St Michael’s Mount is also a bit of a beacon rising proudly up out into the bay, and the first thing you see when the train from Paddington finally pulls into Penzance station. I can’t believe we didn’t visit sooner, but so glad we finally did this year.

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The gardens weren’t open to the public on the day we visited which was a shame as from what we could see of them from the castle, they looked stunning. I’d like to come to back one day just to visit the gardens., and this time maybe take a boat over.

If you’re planning a visit, do check the St Michael’s Mount website for opening and tide times, events etc. As I mentioned, the path up to the castle can, in some places, be a bit steep, and cobbled so might not be suitable for visitors with mobility issues. Car parking for the day cost £5.00.

A brief visit to Newlyn, Cornwall

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The first time I visited Newlyn was back in 1999 when I spent a week in Cornwall visiting a close uni friend during the Solar Eclipse. I stayed at her home in Newlyn, a cute little fishing village just outside Penzance.

As with so many of my trips to Cornwall, the journey down from Bedfordshire involved horrendous weather & heavy traffic. I’d set out in my little Peugeout 106 one Friday night after work, the first time I’d driven to Cornwall and I was alone. It was wet, it was dark and in the days before Sat Nav, I got completely lost. I remember arriving in Newlyn in the early hours of Saturday morning, my friend was beside herself with worry.  It says something about how traumatic the journey was, as the memory has stayed with me all these years.

I spent the week travelling around the area in my little 106 visiting beaches, discovering hidden coves, the weather was gorgeous. And lo and behold, on the day of the eclipse, the skies were overcast and heavy with thick cloud cover. We couldn’t see a thing, all we could hear was the noisy blades from the helicopters rising high into the atmosphere desperately searching for sight of the eclipse.

When we holidayed in the area this year, I wanted to revisit Newlyn and was pleased to see that it was still a thriving village with lots of lovely shops, eateries and galleries and even a new picture house.

Here’s my round up of 5 reasons to visit Newlyn:

1.Pop to the harbour to marvel at the amazing array of fishing boats, commercial trawlers other  vessels. Don’t let it’s size fool you.  Newlyn is one the largest fishing ports in the UK.

 

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2. Try some of the best food & drink the area has to offer. Have a spot of lunch or tea & cake at Duke Street Cafe, indulge in the world’s best ice cream from Jelberts or taste the best freshly caught seafood at Mackerel Sky Sea Food Bar

 

 

 

 

3. Newlyn has a long association with fine artists and the village has a number of galleries. From jewellery & ceramics to glass you could easily lose a few hours (and a few ££) mooching around the many galleries in the village.

4. Catch a movie at the Newlyn Filmhouse, an absolute lifesaver when you’re camping and heavens open. The Filmhouse is a lovely little cinema with 2 screens and a ‘no rustling policy’ – for maximum enjoyment – food is not permitted in the screens. But there is a good food offer to enjoy outside screening halls, from hot drinks to snacks and more.

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5. Stock up on supplies. For your basics there is a Co-op just opposite the harbour area but if you’re after a few indulgent treats to break up the monotony of your campsite BBQ’s then visit the Little Greengrocery or Newlyn Cheese & Charcuterie or even a take away pizza from the Italian Kitchen

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A beautiful stop off point between Penzance and Land’s End and great place to indulge in good food or stock up on supplies, do makes sure a visit to Newlyn is on your list if you’re visiting the area.

Some other places you might like to visit if you’re in the area:

A brief visit to Kynance Cove, Cornwall

A brief visit to St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Nila x

 

5 reasons to visit Dulwich Picture Gallery this Summer

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Dulwich Picture Gallery is situated in the heart of beautiful Dulwich Village in London. I’ve visited on a number of occasions, the first time to see the main gallery, the second time to see the brilliant Escher exhibition in late 2015 and more recently to see the John Singer Sargent Exhibition.

England’s first purpose-built public art gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery was founded by the terms of Sir Francis Bourgeois’s will upon his death in 1811. Named “One’s of Britain’s most beautiful galleries” by the Telegraph. It’s such a delightful gem of a gallery, just big enough to give you plenty to take in, but not so large as to be overwhelming.

It’s a great place to visit any time of the year, but particularly beautiful in the Summer when, in addition to beautiful art, you can make the most of the grounds, have a picnic or a little mooch around the village afterwards.

So here’s 5 reasons to visit Dulwich Picture Gallery this Summer:

1.John Singer Sargent Watercolour Exhibition

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John Singer Sargent  is best known for his work as a portraitist, the best of his generation. But Sargent also spent a lot of time developing his watercolour skills and often took expeditions to Europe to paint. One remarkable aspect of Sargent’s watercolour paintings was his refusal to paint landscapes or city shapes in their entirety or scenery on the large scale preferring instead to capture ‘fragments’ and focusing in on detail. This curation of 80 paintings, some never seen before in the UK covers people, places and animals. The exhibition will run till 8th October 2017. Check the Dulwich Picture Gallery website for more info.

2. The Gallery
The main gallery houses over 600 paintings including Rembrandt, Rubins, Gainsborough & Canaletto.  Focusing on Age of Baroque art, Dulwich Picture Gallery also houses one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the world. It’s one of my favourite London galleries to visit, so atmospheric. You can even get married there!

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3. The Pavilion
The Pavilion was opened this year to celebrate 200 years of the gallery opening to the public. It’s a truly beautiful temporary events space, the design a collaboration between the London Festival of Architecture and Almacantar. With large panels of glass that seem to float between heaven and earth, reflecting the skies above and surrounding landscape. The gallery will be hosting a number of events in the Pavilion, so be sure to check out the website for more info.

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4. Visit to Dulwich Village
After your visit to the picture gallery, do make a short detour to visit the village which is steeped in history but also home to many independent shops, boutiques and restaurants. Romeo Jones is a good place to grab a coffee or stock up on picnic supplies.

 

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Also, do look out for wonderful Edward Alleyn statue at the College of God’s Gift.

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5. #frontdoorgoals
I’ve never seen a beautiful door that I didn’t feel the urge to capture in photographic form. And Dulwich village is full of them. Houses with beautiful front gardens with stunning stained glass windows and doors. Talk about kerb appeal. I literally could have spent the best part of the afternoon wandering around the village snapping pics.  Here’s a few of may favourites.

 

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So all in all, a visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery and the surrounding area is a wonderful day out whether you go in Summer or any other time of year.

Nila x

Top 5 Biscuit Gifts for Father’s Day

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This time next week it’ll be Father’s Day!  Eeek! Are you prepared? Do you have a special gift sorted for your lovely Dad? No? Well fear note, we have the perfect Father’s Day gift for you and there’s just enough time for you to order for the big day.

We’ve got a lovely range of biscuit gifts for your lovely Pops, delicious buttery iced shortbread, beautifully wrapped and delivered direct to you or your Dad.

 

For the first time Dad

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For the first time Dad, the first Father’s Day is a truly special moment. After months of anticipation, pre natal appointments and scans, decorating the nursery and trying to settle on a name, your gorgeous bundle has finally arrived. And nothing could have prepared you for it. A good night’s sleep and any semblance of a normal life have gone out of the window. And you wouldn’t have it any other way. These biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to those late night feeds and a yummy sugary burst of energy just when you need it.

 

For the Boring Jumper Dad

 

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For the Dad who loves his boring M&S jumpers how about these gorgeous jumper biscuits? Your Dad loves his comfy beige jumpers.  Over the years you’ve tried to get him to deviate from the plain jumper over shirt combo your Dad wears everywhere. But he always comes back to his much loved knitted numbers from his all time favourite department store. Because they always his size and he can rely on them.

 

For the Tea Lover Dad

 

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Your Dad loves nothing more than a nice strong brew of the nation’s favourite drink and a nice biccie. He takes his tea strong, with a drop of milk. Always the hot water first, then the milk. And it has be in his favourite mug. Which, if truth be told, he doesn’t wash that often. Much to Mum’s irritation. She’s always sneaking into the dishwasher when Dad’s not looking. Well, how about these yummy iced biscuits – the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa. Your Dad will love them.

 

The Stepdad

 

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Well this is awkward. He’s not your real Dad, but you want to get your Stepdad a little gift to say thank you for being there for you and your Mum. You don’t want to go all schmatlzy and over the top (after all he’s got his own kids who’ll do that), but you need something to show how much you appreciate him, for taking such good care of your Mum. And for cooking a mean roast. These are the perfect biscuits.

 

For the self sacrificing Dad

 

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Your Dad loves his family more than anything in the world and would do just about anything for you, your Mum and your siblings. He does all the taxi runs, he gives up his weekends to mow your lawn, put up your flatpack furniture or check the oil in your car. When you’re running low on funds, he always has a spare £20 to give you. You say you’ll give it back when it have, but he never really expects you will. This box set of 12 mini beautiful biscuits are the perfect treat for the man who knows little about indulgence and everything about duty to his family.

How to order biscuits for Father’s Day:

To place your order, head over to our Father’s Day biscuits gifts, you’ll need to register with an email address to get more info and prices. Once you’ve registered, login and simply click on the gift you’d like to order and checkout. We’ll make the biscuits up and post them out you to or we can send them direct to your Dad.

Last date for orders for delivery in time for Father’s Day is Wednesday 14th June 2017 so head over to our website today to place your order.

Happy Father’s Day!

Nila x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Ready with Freddie Cousin Brown at Pandora HQ

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I was so excited recently to visit Pandora HQ in Oxford Street for a Get Ready with Me event with blogger Freddie Cousin Brown. My daughter is a huge Freddie My Love fan and as soon as she heard about the event she begged me to get tickets as an early birthday present and well, I couldn’t refuse.

So on a Saturday evening in May we headed off to the flagship Pandora store on Oxford Street, and on arrival were greeted by a short queue of attendees all faithfully wearing shades of pale pink (Freddie’s favourite colour).

We were greeted by the lovely Pandora staff (all also wearing pink) and were given a gift box with a preloaded Pandora gift card in a gorgeous ribbon tied gift box, to exchange in the store (squeee!).

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We headed upstairs where the hospitality from the Pandora team couldn’t have been more amazing, they had laid on lots of lovely touches – a cocktail bar, sweetie buffet, manicures, hair styling.

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delicious sweet buffet at the Pandora Oxford street blogger event

Freddie did a meet and greet. I have to say she is so lovely and super stunning in real life and I found myself coming over all fan girl too, much to my daughters dismay!

Later, Freddy did a really interesting and useful Q&A, outlining her top tips for getting ready in the morning, her favourite make up brands and how to stay stunning looking all day.

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Freddy’s family – Mum, Dad & sister Coco were also at the event and it was lovely to meet them and chat about Freddy’s amazing success and rise to fame over the last couple of years.

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After a few hours of pampering, indulging and chatting, we headed down to the store where we exchanged our gift cards for more Pandora goodies. I couldn’t immediately see anything I wanted to buy. As a baker, I tend not to wear too much jewellery, but my daughter was more than happy to make use of my gift card.

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Back at the Nila Holden bakery, I was inspired to make some pretty logo biscuits with the gorgeous Pandora branding – including of course some pretty pink themed biscuits!

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My daughter asked me to make some biscuits for Freddy and her younger sister Coco which we gave to them at the event. Some pink (of course!) loveheart biscuits for Freddy and unicorn and rainbow biscuits for Coco.

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All in all, we had an amazing time at the event – huge thanks to Freddy and the Pandora team..!

If you work in PR or marketing for a brand – large or small – and are looking for some extra special yummy treats for your next marketing campaign, product launch or PR event then we can help.

You can contact us direct via our corporate biscuit enquiry form or head over to the corporate cookie pages of our website for more info and inspiration. We’d love to hear from you so get in touch today 🙂

Nila x

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Beautiful Biscuits for Berin Made Book Launch

Biscuits to launch the Harrods Sale

Bus biscuits for Here East’s new shuttle bus.

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We were really excited to make some logo biscuits for Here East recently.  Here East covers 1.2 million square feet in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and brings together business, tech, media, education and data in the pursuit of innovation, surrounded by parks, canals, housing & leisure facilities.

Here East is home to established names and nimble startups alike. “Radicals, reformers, visionaries, industry heroes and like-minded locals – they’re all part of our East London heritage and its geography of innovation…”

We were commissioned by creative design agency We Design who in turn is working directly with Here East, to make some biscuits to launch a new shuttle bus route.

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There was some stunning branded artwork for the campaign which gave us a lot of beautiful content to work with. 

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In discussions with Naomi, project manager from We Design, we discussed the xxxxx and came up with a simple but sleek design for the biscuit artwork. We felt a rectangular shaped biscuit would work well and would be lightly reminiscent of a bus shape.

We made up biscuits with 3 slightly different designs – always something to consider when thinking about branded biscuits. You’ll be keen to get maximum exposure & sharing on social media, and having posts, retweets etc with a few different images being shared is always really good and definitely something to aim for.

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Here are the biscuits all wrapped up and ready to dispatch. Don’t they look great?

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We’ve had some really great feedback from Naomi at We Design:

“Hi Nila, I just wanted to say a really big thank you for the bus biscuits, the client was really happy with them and has messaged me this morning to let me know they are going down a storm on the Here East site…!  Thanks again, it has been great working with you on this project!

Are you working on a new campaign and looking for a little something to make your campaign stand out or be more memorable? Biscuits could be the perfect thing! Why not send us an enquiry today to get more info & prices or head over to the corporate biscuit pages of our website for more info and examples of past projects.

We’d love to hear from you!

Nila x