Friday, 21 October 2016

Bristol Cider Shop

Ever since I moved to Bristol, there's been something (nearly) happening in the Wapping Wharf area. For a long time I thought it would just stay a big wasteland. Or maybe become a carpark. Walking past it was never a highlight of my walk into town from my first Bristol home on North Street. The advertising on the high, boarded fence promising all sort of things for its future, but the rubble never seemed to morph into anything. I moved north of the river, and never really gave it much thought, then all of a sudden, things started to change. 

I walk much the same walk into town as I did several years ago. In the nearly-year since I moved Southville, I vaguely noticed, then observed with interest, the developments taking place at Wapping Wharf. Now it's nearing completion, I can scarcely believe my luck that it's so close to my house. 

One opening I'm especially happy about is a Bristol institution; Bristol Cider Shop. I love cider, and I think we're incredibly lucky to have Bristol Cider Shop in our city. Under Pete's guidance, I've tried all sorts of cider that I would never have found on my own, and realised what variety there is. As well as going in to buy cider, you can also attend tastings. I'm going to one soon and I am SO excited! I'm going to the Cheese and Cider one, which I know will be a match made in heaven. The Festive one also sounds amazing. 

On the 12th October I was lucky enough to go to the opening event, and try out some new (to me) cider. It was also the very notable event of my first mulled cider of the year! The Cider Shop's container has a beautiful mural inside; definitely calling out to be Instagrammed. Their hashtag is #CiderAtCargo and if you have a look at it, you can see some other pictures I took on the night, and you'll also see some from Sam. We had a lot of fun both eating and posing gingerbread men. Who knew that gingerbread men and cider was such an awesome combo?! There was also amazing cheese from The Bristol Cheesemonger (if you read my Eat. Walk. Talk. post you'll already know what a big fan I am!), and delicious chutneys and pickles from Bishopston Preserves (which you can buy at The Bristol Cheesemonger if you're in town). 

When you've popped in, let me know which cider you tried! I'll do another post after I've been to the tasting and tell you all about what I had. 


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bedside Drawers Upcycle

In the spirit of economising now that I'm no longer working full time, I've been trying to find ways to reuse things that we already have while we redecorate the house, or to breathe new life into things that we can be given for free. Obviously there's cost involved in terms of buying paint and so on, but it feels better value that buying new. Also, I like the idea of keeping something out of landfill, especially if all it needs is a lick of paint.

I've got two upcyle projects to share with you, and here's the first!

Here is my old and tatty bedside table drawers. I forgot to take a proper 'before' shot, so here they are following a good scuffing up from some sandpaper. As you can see, they're a fetching shade of 80's orangey brown. In fact, they were considerably more orange then they appear here. If you're going to rub down something for painting, I'd advice that you do it outside. I didn't do this as I wanted to watch telly while it did it, but don't say I didn't warn you about the mess... Before I began painting, I added a few tacks here and there to the drawers bring them back into shape so that they sit straight. At the end of the process, I rubbed soap to the wooden runners on the inside. It's my top tip to get them running more smoothly.

Then, I gave it several coats of paint, leaving it to dry for a couple of hours between the first coat and second, and then overnight between the second and third. I think it took about four coats in total. 

The original knobs were not beautiful, so I ordered some new ones. I love copper and white together (which you'll see a lot of once the house is finished!) so I ordered some lovely hexagonal ones from I was very nearly swayed by these ones though. 

And Ta Da! I did almost immediately ruin the top by putting some post on top, then a a cup of tea on top of the post, thus practically welding said post to the top of the drawers. Oh dear! I managed to soak off the majority of the paper, doing no damage to the paint, luckily! I do think though, I'm not a coaster kind of person, so I'm not going to worry about the odd tea stain or bit of newsprint. Especially since I've got loads of paint left and I can easily freshen it up when needed. 

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