19 August 2018

Interview: Jez Culley on Paddleboard Yoga

Fellow Country Bumpkin Chic followers will know I’ve blogged about one of my fave passions SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) a few times. Living near the coast, SUP is a sport/hobby that is growing rapidly, & I was so excited when Jez Culley from Helios Colour Yoga started running paddleboarding & yoga on the Kingston Maurward College lake last year. It’s so therapeutic and surreal to be striking a pose with swans swimming by. 

12 August 2018

Recipe: Mrs Darlington's Marmalade Fruit Loaf

Here at Country Bumpkin Chic we like to support local events, & at the beginning of July popped along to the Charminster Pre-School Fun Day. It was a colourful array of stalls selling everything from your standard bric & brac, through to some unique products from Loving by Nature Dorset selling baby clothes, children’s clothing stall Flamingo & Fairy, Pop Fizz Clink Prosecco Bar through to my local village Post Office selling Mrs Darlington’s jams, curds, pickles & chutneys.

I picked up a jar of Mrs Darlinton’s Lemon & Lime Curd, as well as the Medium Cut Orange Marmalade for £5 – a right billy bargain! I also picked up a few free recipe cards to give a whirl.

Mrs Darlington or Marion who’s based in Cheshire is the Mary Berry of recipe creation & it’s a real family affair with founder Marion, and daughters Sarah & Wendy both working for the business. The website is so kitsch & country & with their strap line ‘Made with Love’ at the heart of the brand, oozes authenticity.

I decided to give the Marmalade & Fruit Loaf recipe a go, it seemed pretty straightforward & didn’t need any exotic ingredients which is one of my pet hates.

Below are a few snap shots from my baking session & a shot of the recipe card, which you can view online.

05 August 2018

Horses: Ode to Aldon Horse Trials

Last month Aldon Horse Trials Team aka the Batten family announced that after 40 years of holding horse events, there had been a change of land ownership & sadly Aldon as we know it will no longer be a fixture on the British Eventing calendar.

I actually found this really sad news & felt pretty emotional. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.

Aldon holds a lot of memories for our family. My mum competed on her gutsy chestnut Landmark at the first ever Horse Trials around the Novice, because back in those days they didn’t have anything less than Novice. Something I’m reminded of quite regularly.

It was a great base for the Cattistock Pony Club & growing up as a child we had so many fun rallies, hunter trials & unaffiliated one-day events. We even had an area PC ode, back when the show jumping followed after the cross country. I somehow managed to concuss myself after I landed on my head after Mirage & I got a little strung out after the XC. I was gutted not to be able to finish.

Aldon was the highlight of the British Eventing calendar & for many eventers marked the start of the eventing season. It took a lot to stop play at Aldon. I was fortunate enough to compete at the coldest ever Aldon on record earlier this year before they cancelled the Sunday due to the ground being knee deep in the white stuff.

The International event in the autumn was a great way to finish the season & celebrate all that you loved about eventing. When they started running the 2-day event it gave amateurs like me a real taste of what it felt like to be a professional eventer. I loved the time I competed on my mum’s horse Tynagh in the Novice 2-Day, it was a real thrill to be able to fly around the steeplechase. Something we’ll probably never do again as they’ve cut out steeplechase from 2 & 3-day events.

It was one of the friendliest events on the circuit which is down to the family feeling the Batten’s created – everyone just got stuck in, whether you were volunteering, competing or supporting. It will be such a huge loss to the British Eventing calendar, but I’m hugely grateful for all the experiences & memories.

Below are some snapshots of the memories from the Wren family across the decades on various ponies & horses.

What’s your favourite memory from Aldon? I’d love to hear about it & reminisce.

29 July 2018

Interview: Ian Watson – CryoLabs, Poole

If you follow me on Instagram @becky_wren you’ll have seen back in June I visited the new CyroLabs in Poole, Dorset. After a recommendation from one of my Dad’s friends, myself & my Dad decided to give cryotherapy a try. I was recovering from a fractured arm & my Dad had a few aches & pains - mainly from the horses!
Before I went into the chamber which can get as cold as -160C I couldn’t touch my shoulder with my hand, but after the session, my mobility had improved hugely & my physio was really impressed.

I caught up with founder Ian Watson to find out more about Cryotherapy & the new cool therapy which everyone is talking about.

Founder of CryoLabs, Poole, Dorset - Ian Watson

28 July 2018

Equestrian: My Omega Equine All Star Academy Entry

So, after 2 years of watching the All Star Academy on Horse & Country TV, I finally plucked up the courage to pull together an audition for series 3, sponsored by Omega Equine. With a little bit of persuasion from my mum, help filming/directing from my best friend Rach & assistance from my gorgeous goddaughter Evie. Oh & of course my stunning models Barley & Leo, the application is in & the video is now live on YouTube!!

Have a watch of our video below & let me know what you think… please be kind =)

19 July 2018

Fitness: BeachFit Weymouth 20-22 July