One of the features I have in the January 2020 edition of Exeter Life is a piece on the newly opened Exeter Craft Hub, where I discover the communal creative craft space the city has been missing. Read my article here.
Best NAS Drives
I love a bit of tech writing and reviewing so it was a pleasure to do some more review work for T3.com. In this piece I highlight the best NAS drives (Network Attached Storage) on the market. These beauties do a lot more than store files like a traditional hard drive – they are a personal cloud service and media server. Take a look here.
In this month’s issue of Somerset Life magazine, which you can read online here, I meet four very different green businesses who are each making a positive environmental impact.
Real Life Womble
Exeter’s Jenny Cahill lives by an impressive mantra of Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Rot and is getting continuously closer to a zero waste lifestyle. She’s become affectionately known as a ‘real life womble’ – I interviewed her for Exeter Life magazine recently and found her to be truly inspiring. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the waste you create, Jenny shares lots of advice with me in the feature below.
Somerset Life Cover Feature
I love Somerset even though I now live in Devon (which I also love!) so I was delighted to be asked to write the Autumn cover feature for Somerset Life Magazine (read the whole magazine online here for free). In this piece I share my secrets for a perfect Autumn in the county – from walks in the sunshine and fossil hunting to a trip around the solar system…
Living with 21 Apacas…
In the October issue of Somerset Life magazine, which you can read here for free, I talk to Kim Williams about here life in rural Somerset with a herd of 21 alpacas…
Journey of Discovery
Every so often I meet someone who floors me. Emily Monk, of Forage and Find Me is one of those people. I met her on a gloriously sunny day on Exmouth beach to find out about her funky eco jewellery, made from foraged materials. I soon discovered we weren’t going to spend the whole afternoon discussing making techniques and environmental impact, rather her mental health and how her new businesses literally saved her, following a suicide attempt. Her story is very poignant, especially for any women who may have suffered from Post Natal Depression. It wasn’t a happy story to tell but it has a strong ending with a bright future and it’s very real. My feature was published in the August Issue of Exeter Living magazine – you can read it below.
I recently headed to Torquay’s newly opened yoga studio, Yoga Torquay, and met owner Alice Chapman, champion of yoga for women’s health. My piece explores Alice’s journey as a yoga teacher and why pregnancy and mother and baby yoga has become her speciality.
“The class we observe is a real joy – bouncing babies and happy mothers bonding but Alice admits sometimes the classes can be a little chaotic. “I used to feel daunted by that but I have the tricks in my toolbox now to stay calm and in control. Teaching yoga requires responsiveness and attention to your students, when you’re teaching mum’s and babies yoga, that’s the big league, you have to be super responsive to the mood and changing emotions of the mothers and the babies and react accordingly. It’s an awesome challenge and I love it,” she explains.”
You can read the full article, published in the Summer Issue of Devon Life magazine here.
SOMERSET LIFE COVER FEATURE
Fancy a day out (or several) in Somerset this summer? Then take a look at my 20 Days Out feature, published in the July issue of Somerset Life magazine.
Hanging around in style
I had my first feature published in Exeter Life last month, where I met an inspirational mother from Exeter who is championing luxe interiors that don’t cost the earth – have a read below. As a side note, I was thrilled to see my photograph of Faye breastfeeding her son while working was used as a whole page – fantastic that Exeter Living are doing their bit to help normalise breastfeeding.