Saturday, 3 August 2019

Harts Barn Cookery School - Family Cooking Session

We've just got home from a really fun day at the Harts Barn Cookery School. 

We booked a family session for 4 hours where us and other families would be cooking a 3 course meal. 

It was great fun from start to finish.  The lady running it was really friendly and nothing was too much trouble.

We made a watercress soup for starters with flatbreads.  I was dubious about the soup as I'm definitely a tomato soup person but it was delicious.  The flatbreads were great and so simple to make.  Our main course was frittata; we did a veggie one and a meat one to please everyone.  Unfortunately these went wrong and to be honest were awful.  Libby did a mean salad though.  Desserts was meringues which we made and we could decorate how we wanted.  I have to say ours which were a bit of a play on a strawberry shortcake were divine. 

The whole day went really well.  The booking was simple and easy, the teacher was lovely, the lady doing the tidying was helpful and the facilities were lovely (apart from the blow torch which broke oops).  The setting of the cookery school is lovely in the heart of the Forest of Dean and due to lovely weather we ate everything outside.

I cannot recommend this highly enough and we will be back.

Stroud Outdoor Swimming Pool

Bit of a quick visit to this one. 

It was during the very very hot weather and we were desperate for a cool down.  We had to choose between Stroud (our closest) or Cheltenham (quite a bit further away and in the centre of town).  Time and ease lead us to Stroud.

The pool itself is large with an extra toddler pool.  When we arrived the main pool was sectioned off and it looked like only 2 small sections were usable.  The rest was closed.  The toddler pool was also closed.

The water was cool which was our reason to be there but overall its a very run down facility that either needs updating or replacing.  A real shame as outdoor pools are few and far between and this one could be really good if some money was spent on it.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Woolacombe Bay Beach Area

Last minute decision to have a day at the beach and what a fabulous beach we chose.

Its quite a drive from home but after 2hr 45minutes we arrived.  The beach is absolutely lovely but the sea was a long way out. We were dry before we reached our towels after the walk up from the water!  We made the walk several times and felt it the next day.

We set ourselves up and went down to the water.  Libby had a new boogie board and was determined to try it out.  She had lots of fun and many hours in the waves and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole atmosphere.

The beach was crowded but it was a sunny day in the school holidays so I wouldn't expect anything else.  Not sure what the facilities are like as we took everything with us.  There seemed to be a steady flow of people coming past with hot food and drinks so I assume there were several place.

It really is an old fashioned British seaside at its best without all the cheesy stuff.  We shall definitely be back.