Using Nature’s Bounty: #Homemade #Blackberry #Muffins

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Earlier this afternoon, between getting letters ready to post and printing out some new things for a giveaway we’re having over on our Facebook page, I decided to make some blackberry muffins with some of the precious berries I’d foraged the other day. Oh my YUM!!! They turned out so delicious and beautiful!!!

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They were so good and so pretty I decided to include a few for our neighbours to whom I was taking a card congratulating them on the birth of their new grandchild. They look quite nice all bundled up in this carton from Soulshine Cafe which I’ve found are quite handy to keep and reuse. I also added an extra note on one of my own photographic postcards I’ve been working on. This is one of my first test prints.

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And lastly…two of the ones I ate when they were still nice and warm with butter inside…yum! Perfection!

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I used a really easy to make recipe from Tesco’s own website for making these muffins and the cute baby postcard I used for my neighbours was from Free Pretty Things for You! It is such a pretty blog and well worth the visit if you like cute vintage printables!

 

Photos all taken by Nadia M. Perez Bugler using an iPhone 5s and the VSCO camera app for Apple iPhone.
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Another day in #housewifedom…

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Not much to say today, wrote a letter to my Dad which I will post either tomorrow or Saturday, made the bed, ate breakfast and lunch and just kind of moped around a bit reminiscing of old times in other places. I think I needed a day like that. Did my first throw back Thursday post on my personal instagram account which was kind of fun. It’s nice to look back once in a while and see how far we’ve come, how much we’ve changed and where life has taken us. Today I mainly just want to share posts by other people who inspire me with their daily creativity and tenacity for being consistent with their blogs…something I am learning to do and aiming to continue in.

Loving the paper mermaid dolls Jeska from Lobster & Swan made for the Pop Up Emporium and Cafe (wishing I were a little closer to Hastings to meet this awesome maker).

Oana Befort talks about life lately in this post and it is nice to see that others have the same thoughts about how fast life can go by.

A gluten-free granola recipe from Creature Comforts that looks so good I’d like to try it.

Elsie + Emma from A Beautiful Mess never cease to amaze me! This cheesecake recipe by Emma looks superb!

New to scrapbooking or just wanting to get back into it? Mollie Makes has got you covered! This post is so cute and if you aren’t already getting their magazine you really ought to! It’s one of my favourites!

Another crafty project for you DIYers from one of my favourite blogs, Oh Happy Day, watermelon place cards…too cool!

And lastly, a DIY pom-pom bouquet from Camille STYLES which I am dying to recreate!

Who or what is inspiring you at the moment? I’d love more suggestions of people to see and watch here in the blogosphere!

 

Have a happy Thursday!

Love,

Nadia xoxo

 

Cover Photo by: Nadia M. Perez Bugler for Walks in Beauty
©2014 Walks in Beauty by Nadia M. Perez Bugler
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#Foraging for #Blackberries, #Bridport Style!

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As my hubby tends to the BBQ to get supper on the go I thought I’d tell you all about my adventures in foraging for blackberries this afternoon. Alan and I had already picked a few in a lane between the field not far from us and Victoria Grove but were told there were loads more to be had down the Pymore Road so this afternoon I embarked on a journey through the field onto said road to find blackberries a plenty which now soak in a bowl ready to be used in a cake or pie of sorts this week!

The scenery around that area is spectacularly beautiful. Before I entered the Pymore Road I headed for the field behind Victoria Grove…

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Crossing the bridge over this river into the field is such a solemn affair, nature performs to our hearts’ delight! As I walked down the path butterflies danced about back and forth from flower to flower looking so very elegant. The path to where the blackberries are leads us past some houses and a small industrial area.

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Just in the lane above, a bit further down I encountered the first blackberry bush and then another a bit further along.

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Aren’t they beauties? And the beautiful scenery makes it even more worthwhile! Further down along the Pymore Road I encountered this breath-taking landscape and beautiful walking path…

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I was in blackberry and countryside heaven today and all just a few minutes walk from our bungalow. We are truly blessed to live in such a gorgeous land. Well, off to help hubby cook now and listen to the beautiful sounds of our neighbour playing his cello in his garden with the occasional noise of a combine harvester rolling by. Have a beautiful day Briddies!

 

Love,

Nadia xoxo

 

ALL PHOTOS SHOT USING IPHONE 5S and VSCO Camera App available on Apple iTunes.
©2014 Nadia M. Perez Bugler for Walks in Beauty
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#Bridport, #Dorset, #UK… through new eyes and a different perspective…

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A little while ago I decided to start a new project based on photos of Bridport. To me, it is all new and to those who walk these streets day in and day out it is probably nothing special but attention to detail has always been something that rather fascinated me and a knack for capturing that detail is what makes me who I am. I love to explore, to see the otherwise unseen and the potential beauty even in the most mundane of things. Someday I shall have a gallery of photographs of the place I have come to love and hope to soon call home but for now I share them with you here. Enjoy!

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I hope you have enjoyed my mini perspective tour of sections of Bridport. Each set of black and white photo has its corresponding colour version and were all taken in Bridport in and around the following locations: St. Michael’s Lane, Rope Walks, The Tanyard, Borough Gardens, Gundry Lane and South Street.

All photos were taken with my iPhone 5s using the VSCO camera app.
©2014 Nadia M. Perez Bugler for Walks in Beauty

On meal plans and daily living…

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It’s been a long while since either of us last posted anything and since there have been too many new developments in life to mention in one blog post I thought I’d at least make a post today detailing what new direction we’d like to take the blog in. Alan is still working in his daily job and I am still creating and getting to know the area that will soon be my permanent home but the blog had been sorely neglected. Life happens, it gets in the way and we can’t always dedicate the time to this that we would like to but I am hoping to try to keep it more up to date. I decided over the weekend to focus more on creating a lifestyle blog, particularly showcasing life where we are and may be in the long run. For now, that means showcasing Bridport in summer and early autumn until I must return home once again to wait out the necessary time before I can apply for my spouse visa to come here permanently to join my husband. It is a topic for later posts but as needs must, right?

Anyway, today I really wanted to talk to you, my lovely followers and readers, about meal planning. A little while back Alan and I decided to implement planning out our weekly main meals to facilitate a better budgeting system when it comes to how much we spend on food. We realised that we kept just buying things anytime we needed this or that and it was getting costly. There are four main supermarkets in the area, two of which we use quite frequently plus a few smaller convenience shops which one might pop into when needed. We decided to set a weekly budget of within £30-35 for ourselves and take stock of what we already had in the kitchen to base our shopping around. We also decided to do a monthly or bi-monthly meat shopping trip and get enough of those things to freeze so that we don’t have to buy too much each week. It has worked out fairly well for us and we are doing great at this.

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So, above is my little notebook where I list all the meals we plan for each week. It’s just a plain and simple notebook, nothing really fancy. I sometimes jot down recipes in it as well. It does the job and I can look back and see what meals we liked most to repeat them which is nice. It is always handy, in my opinion, to have a notebook and a pen of sorts in the kitchen for things of this nature or to jot down recipes one creates as one is making them. Today, for instance, we are having grilled venison steaks with grilled courgette slices and a nice garden salad tossed with salt, pepper, malt vinegar and olive oil.

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The lovely courgettes (zucchini for my American readers and friends) above were a gift from Alan’s Uncle Keith’s garden bounty. We are quite fortunate in that many of his family are close by and enjoying sharing the good things around with everyone.

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Above is my lovely salad all ready to be eaten! I enjoy having salads in summer. It is really the most refreshing thing when you’ve been roasting all day. Not today was anywhere near as warm as it was all the days last week!

To conclude I’d like to say that living within a certain budget doesn’t mean foregoing little pleasures. I picked up a nice free cocktail leaflet from our local Waitrose and I always am on the lookout for free magazines and things around town which are more local and have interesting stories about the area as well as recipes and such.

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And lastly, foraging when you can is always a pleasure! We got the blackberries below walking back from Alan’s workplace and there were still loads more in the area waiting to ripen and be picked! So, until tomorrow! Enjoy the summer sun and bon apetit!

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xoxo,

Nadia Marie

All photos taken with an iPhone 5s using the VSCO app by Nadia M. Perez Bugler

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©2014

#Bridport #Vintage #Market

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The Bridport Vintage Market is held once a month on the last Sunday of each month and Alan and I got to experience it first hand this month. It is a mixture of the kitschy, the quirky, the retro and shabby chic which makes any vintage lover go weak at the knees. It’s a great place to get a bargain and also a great place to meet people, do some networking and make new friends. The setting couldn’t be more perfect! Right in the middle of St Michael’s Trading Estate, not only are there plenty of stalls but the shops on the estate were open for business too and everyone has a marvelous time milling around, popping in and out of shops and meandering about the stalls. Even a pop up hair salon was up, run by the Hurst ladies, Linda and her daughter Emily who were all done up in their vintage wear and looking quite dapper themselves. Their lovely stall was brightly coloured and aptly named Route 66.

I went snap happy so you all could see the event:

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The scene upon entering the area…shops and stalls all open and ready for business on the gorgeous day. Below, Vintage at Cornucopia and Cornucopia show off their wares and a newly added large Virgin Mary statue thrown in the mix.
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There were loads and loads of stalls, coffee and food as well…

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Lots of interesting items for sale and more stalls…

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These two vintage clad ladies made my day, the second one being Emily Hurst…

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There seemed to be no end in sight to all the vintage goodies…I wished I had thousands of £s to spend!

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And let’s not forget Linda…

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A great market day, a fab time!

All photos taken with an iPhone 5s using the VSCO app by Nadia M. Perez Bugler

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©2014

#Feature #Friday: Bearded Lady Designs

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I am very pleased and excited today to FINALLY start our new blog series where we showcase local small business owners and artisans in the Dorset area and am very happy to introduce to you one such individual making his mark in Bridport, Mr. Ryan Farnham.

Ryan is the gent behind Bearded Lady Designs and the hip new book club in town, The Venner Book Club, which meets in the famed Venner Bar in The Bull Hotel. I came across Ryan on Instagram, brought together by our mutual love of hashtagging nearly every pic we post with #Bridport and knew I’d come across a fellow creative mind in the area. It takes a lot of guts to start something new and this fella definitely has guts! I asked Ryan to give me a little bit of background into his latest endeavours and he did not disappoint. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that when you follow your heart and follow your dreams life seems to glow just that much brighter and Ryan is experiencing just this. His posts on Instagram make you want to go out and take the world by storm!

Setting out to study English Literature at university, Ryan soon realised that it was not his passion and decided to change his course and embark on a journey in Advertising. Unforseen circumstances led him to have to leave university sooner than he’d planned but this did not deter him from making his dream come true. Having never dabbled much in design prior to his change in studies, he was able to learn in a short amount of time much of what he would later come to employ after having had to leave university for health reasons. Fast forward a couple of years and we find Ryan sitting in Venner Bar dreaming up a concoction to serve there with the bar tender. They called it the Bearded Lady and this cocktail, which can still be found on the bar menu, is the inspiration for the name he chose to give his design company.

I asked Ryan to share what he loved about Dorset and particularly being a small business owner in this county and here’s what he had to say:

I love being in Dorset as it’s a beautiful part of the country with miles of untouched views and lots of upcoming towns. Bridport is one of those and it is an amazing place to grow up in and also to see grow as a town. There are so many events and festivals that happen in this small town that you forget you’re in a town in Dorset and think you’re in a suburb of London. It’s perfect for any small business as all small businesses around here want to help each other!

 

And isn’t that what it is all about? Helping each other out, spreading the word about what each one of us has to offer? It’s why this blog aims to bring you face to face with the people and businesses of Dorset. Ryan’s love of the area is not unfounded! Check out these spectacular views he’s posted on his Instagram:

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Bearded Lady Designs specialises in minimalist logos for your small business. Based in Bridport, Ryan is more than happy to discuss your business logo needs at your convenience. Helping you grow also helps him grow so if you’re looking for a fab logo don’t hesitate to contact him. Want to meet Ryan in person? Check out the Venner Book Club which he leads and created the advertising for. Go to their Facebook page for more info on dates, times of meetings as well as the list of books being read (next discussion is for Lexicon by Max Barry).

Lastly, to check out what else is going on with Bearded Lady Designs, follow the list of links below.

Cheers!

Follow Bearded Lady Designs on:

Instagram: @beardedladydesigns
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beardedladydesignsbridport
Twitter: @BeardedLadyDesign

Thank you to Ryan Farnham for the use of his Instagram photos in this feature and for his enthusiasm at being the first featured small business on our blog ever!

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