04 September 2018

Part 3: HiHo Silver - Style, Skills & Silver with Emma Warren

Last but not least in this 3 part interview series, is the lovely Emma Warren who is MD at HiHo Silver & the brains behind the Style, Skills & Silver event. She is also the one who’s behind the HiHo Silver Instagram handle & is always so responsive & witty in her responses.

Thank you Emma for coming on Country Bumpkin Chic, please can you give the readers an overview of your role at HiHo Silver.
Well, we’re a small team so we all have to be multi-talented and turn our hands to most things. In the main, I tend to be the one who is working on brand development with Rhea Freeman, some designing, a bit of donkeywork and a lot of social media!

03 September 2018

Part 2: HiHo Style, Skills & Silver with Melanie from Mackenzie & George

Tonight we go behind the scenes of the HiHo Silver Style, Skills & Silver event with British accessories owner Melanie Clarihew from Mackenzie & George, who will be hosting one of the Style sessions.

Hey Melanie, thanks for finding time between preparations for a busy Burghley Horse Trials to get involved in the 3 part series of interviews on HiHo Silver's inaugural Style, Skills & Silver event.

02 September 2018

Part 1: HiHo Style, Skills & Silver with Rhea Freeman

It’s not often that an event pops up in your newsfeed that makes you reach for the credit card straight away. But when British equestrian jeweller HiHo Silver launched tickets for their Style, Skills & Silver event in the Cotswolds, I knew I had to go & be part of the day on 6th September.

With only 4 nights to go until we all meet at The Fish Hotel in the beautiful Cotswolds I wanted to get an insight into what the day will hold, & caught up with a few of the team behind the inaugural Style, Skills & Silver event. First up on the blog is equestrian PR & marketing guru Rhea Freeman who will be hosting one of the Skills sessions.

26 August 2018

Interview with Katy Howell from Bayside Bakery

For those who follow me over on Instagram @becky_wren will know that I posted some very yummy photos of brownies from the Dorset Food & Arts Festival earlier in August after discovering the Bayside Bakery stand. And let me tell you, they didn’t last long!

I love supporting local businesses, especially the edible ones, so was thrilled when Katy from Bayside Bakery agreed to be interviewed for the Country Bumpkin Chic blog.

Hey Katy, thank you so much for agreeing to appear on the CBC blog to chat about Bayside Bakery…
You’re welcome, it’s always nice to talk about chocolate brownies!

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.