Monthly Archives: June 2016

Photo Diary: Chasing Waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons

June 15, 2016

Photography / Travel

Brecon Beacon Waterfalls Sgwd yr Eira close upBrecon Beacon Waterfalls RiverBrecon Beacon Waterfalls In Pine Trees

Sometimes one of my favourite things about Bristol is how quickly you can escape from it!

On the late May bank holiday weekend we packed a picnic in our hire car and headed off for an adventure to go chasing waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons.

Before I’d lived in Bristol I’d only ever been to Cardiff, but over the last eight years I’ve had the chance to explore nearby Wales a lot more. I’ve loved discovering its beautiful beaches, mountains and now the incredible waterfalls in the Brecons.

Brecon Beacon Waterfalls Scramblers Brecon Beacon Waterfalls 4 falls

Each of the four waterfalls the route took us passed was stunning but without doubt the highlight was the huge Sgwd-yr-Eira fall. Being able to walking behind the wall of roaring water was pretty much magical.

The sun shone on us all day and the walk was long and tough at times but in that way that feels good and rewarding. After returning to the car for a well needed flask of tea accompanied by a melted chocolate bar we drove the scenic route through the mountains home. Such a perfect day – my favourite of the year so far.

Brecon Beacon Waterfalls in front of Sgwd yr Eira Brecon Beacon Waterfalls behind Sgwd yr Eira waterBrecon Beacon Waterfalls behind Sgwd yr Eira

The waterfall country of the Brecons isn’t exactly on our doorstep but having all this spectacular scenery within just a couple hours drive is amazing. I’d love to hire a car more regularly to explore more and I’m sure there are many beautiful escapes on the outskirts of Bristol reachable by public transport I’m yet to discover – If anyone has any tips let me know! 🍃🌿

Brecon Beacon Waterfalls Shoes

If you’re inspired to go chasing waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons yourself, the Four Waterfall trail I took started at the Cwm Porth car park, find details at breconbeacons.org.

Yonder Collective Dinner – Encounters

June 7, 2016

Food + Recipes / Life

On a rather wet evening in May 2016 I joined a group of Bristol based creative-types who gathered for the third Yonder Collective dinner. The theme for the event was ‘Encounters – encountering ordinary things in unexpected ways’.

Yonder Collective Bristol laid tableYonder Collective Dinning Tablle

For me, the first encounter of the evening was discovering the hidden gem Salt Cafe Deli, whose beautiful, light space in Hotwells provided the perfect setting for the event. At the heart of Yonder Collective dinners is the idea of collaboration with a group of people coming together to curate each event from the food to the decor. Using the theme as inspiration two large dining tables were decorated simply and stylishly. Designer Lyzi (of Being Little) elevated the menus and place setting from the ordinary using geometric and 3D shapes. These cool designs were complemented by centrepieces of geometric terrariums – each one handmade especially for the evening by the oh-so-talented Palyglass.

Perhaps the most surprising encounter for me was how much I enjoyed the drawing workshop which saw us encountering our own features in an unexpected way. I was slightly apprehensive at first but quickly got into the fun self-portrait exercises lead by Elinor John.Yonder Collective Bristol Palyglass Yonder Collective Bristol Drawing Workshop

The food for this Yonder Collective dinner was provide by Griffet Catering, whose delicious seasonal menu perfectly captured the theme of the evening. The canapés which wound their way round the room were as intriguing as they were delicious. Fresh, crisp baby veg in smoked aubergine puree delivered on trowels, smoking boxes containing hops flavoured crisps, mackerel lolly pops and the prettiest morsels of edible flowers all provided the perfect talking point to break the ice with the first companions we found ourselves seated with. Not that the flow of conversation needed much encouragement!

Yonder Collective Bristol Edible Garden Yonder Collective Bristol CanpesYonder Collective Bristol Lamb Chops

Moving seats twice during the course of the evening was a great way to get a chance to meet a wider variety of people. As we enjoyed a fantastic main of Spring Lamb, a delightful dessert of Doughnut and rhubarb and a few glasses of wine I found myself sat next to designers, bloggers, teachers, makers, business owners and photographers. Topics of conversation were wide and varied ranging from creativity and business to our favourite spots to eat in Bristol and connecting through social media. In fact the latter was a topic that came up again and again as it became apparent that most people present had discovered and connected with Yonder Collective through Instagram. Social Media is my profession but also quite a passion of mine and being in a room full of wonderful people who had been brought together through its connective power brought joy to this Instagram addict’s soul! (You can see me snapping away in the photo below 😁)

Yonder Collective Bristol from aboveYonder Collective Bristol Place Setting

Forging new connections and feasting on amazing food was the most wonderful way to spend an evening at Yonder Collective and I left feeling energised and inspired by the creativity and the passion of the people I’d encountered.

Visit the Yonder Collective site for more information and to sign up to find out about future events.

The evening’s creative team

Yonder Collective founder Emma Chapman-Burnet
Photography by Kym Grimshaw
Illustration by Lyzi Unwin
Terrariums by Palyglass
Food by Griffet Catering
Drawing workshop with Elinor John
Creative Consultant – Rebecca Storey

All wonderful photos featured (apart from the last) by the awesome Kym Grimshaw who’s lovely food blog On The Plate should be added to your bookmarks post-haste!

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