Grenada Chocolate Company

Pop by 'n say hi!Grenada Chocolate Company – Fairtransport Easter Treats Grenada Chocolate Company chocolate is the third in our series on Easter treats. Yesterday, we looked at the heart health benefits of chocolate and before that explored bean to bar chocolate. Which brings us neatly to the Grenada Chocolate Company. The Grenada Chocolate Company make bean to bar chocolate in their Grenadian solar-powered factory. The cocoa is sourced from a Grenadian cooperative. The company ethically ships the finished chocolate bars from the Caribbean to Portsmouth, for sale in Britain. Do they use a standard cargo ship? Of course not, this is the Grenada Chocolate Company! They have their own wind-powered, sustainable, sail ship. Grenada is a small Caribbean Island, with an estimated population of around 100,000. Known as the “Island of Spice”, Grenada has historically been a principal, global source of nutmeg. This is, in no small part, because the island’s rich volcanic soils lend themselves to growing just about anything. Today cocoa is Grenada’s principal export. The Grenada Chocolate Company source their cocoa from the local cooperative. The cooperative creates high quality, dark chocolate from local, organic ingredients at their solar powered facility nestled in lush rain forest. […]

Heart healthy chocolate perks

Pop by 'n say hi!Heart healthy chocolate perks – chocolate Easter treats Heart healthy chocolate perks: in this post, following on from the post on bean to bar chocolate, yesterday, we explore the heart and health benefits of chocolate. In a 9-year Swedish study of more than 31,000 women, those who ate one or two servings of dark chocolate each week cut their risk for heart failure by as much as a third. Everyday Health editor, Dr. Jennifer Brown writes that cocoa plant products and especially dark chocolate are good for the heart. While cardiologist Jared Bunch goes a step further, saying “Dark chocolate should be included in a life plan that includes exercise, eating healthy foods that are largely plant-based, getting adequate sleep, stress reduction, and maintenance of weight.” What are Heart healthy chocolate perks? How can chocolate be good for you? Chocolate is rich in flavenols. Flavenols may offer improvements in various contributors to cardiovascular disease, according to research. Flavenols are found in fruits, vegetables, tea and red wine but also in cocoa and cacao used to make chocolate. What other heart healthy chocolate perks are there? Jared Bunch says cocoa consumption can help lower blood pressure. Cocoa […]

Bean to bar chocolate – Easter treats

Pop by 'n say hi!Bean to bar Chocolate and Chocolate Chip and Almond Cookies Bean to bar chocolate is the subject of the first of series of ‘Easter Treats’ posts with Easter just around the corner. The post photo features artisan bean to bar chocolate from Doble & Bignall and a chocolate chip and almond cookie from James ‘Bob’ Parkinsons Deli and Restaurant Made by Bob. Bean to bar chocolate is a food trend of the year which “we’re all going mad for”, say the Telegraph, but what exactly is bean to bar chocolate? Put simply, it is chocolate beans taken from the people that grew them then using the beans to make a chocolate bar from that one type of cocoa bean. At one time, Cadbury’s was the only company making its own chocolate from cocoa beans in the UK. Today the picture is quite different. Possibly the easiest to get hold of is Willie’s Cacao which is stocked in supermarkets including Waitrose, though other brands such as The Grenada Chocolate Company, Doble & Bignall (shown in post photo) or Åkesson’s can be bought at farmers’ markets or from online specialists such as Chocolatiers. You might remember hearing about […]

Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Gloucestershire

Pop by 'n say hi!Cotswold Airport Kemble, a small village close to Cirencester, in the Cotwolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, might seem an unlikely destination for aging Boeing 747 jetliners. It is however the “biggest graveyard for aircraft in the UK”, at the Cotswold Airport. Planes which shuttled passengers and freight 55 million miles between continents for over 35 years, have their interiors stripped in a matter of weeks. With the interior stripped, over just two days, a 174,000 kg mass of a Boeing 747 is ripped into pieces of sheet metal by a mechanical excavator on wheels. The Cotswold Airport was previously known as Kemble Airfield before it’s name was changed in 2009 is now a private general aviation airport. It has history going back to 1936 when it was a British Royal Air Force (RAF) base, RAF Kemble. Up until 1983 it was the home of the Red Arrows, the world-renowned British aerial acrobatics team. Beyond being a “aircraft graveyard”, Cotswold Airport is a busy airfield. It is able to accept a wide variety of aircraft from wide-bodied Boeing 747s microlights and accommodates business flights as well as leisure aviators. The airport has been awarded

Helicopter: experiences

Pop by 'n say hi!Helicopter experiences After taking an awesome tour over the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by helicopter, we thought we’d take a look at where else would be worth a look. Our tour was with Heliadventures but there are other companies offering tours too. What does a helicopter tour offer that you can’t get from the ground? One obvious benefit is the view, the higher vantage point lets you see the landmarks you know well from another angle, and naturally see structures and landscapes which aren’t so easy to observe from the ground. Second is that, if you’re lucky, your pilot will double up as a tour guide. Our pilot had done the Cotswolds tour many times so had a wealth of knowledge to offer and was happy to answer all questions fielded. The other reason is the adrenaline buzz of taking a helicopter flight. Putting the question another way, why not take a helicopter flight? 🙂 We’re looking into where the next tour will be. London Helicopter Tours and London Pleasure Flights offer tours of the capital. The prospect of getting a pilot’s view of Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Big Ben is quite […]

Happy Mother’s Day – have a fantastic Mother’s Day!

Pop by 'n say hi!Happy Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day! Wishing everyone a happy mother’s day! Whatever mums are doing today, we hope they have an amazing day! Daffodil flowers from Oops a Daisy florists. We post regularly on exhibitions at London photography galleries and a wide range of topics from travel to healthy living, each post featuring jfFrank photos. Have a look through our galleries and other posts to find out more about us and our work. You can find other posts here. The site features photo galleries on four themes: Memories, Moments, Escapes & Places. Follow links to explore. Follow us on twitter: @jfFrankFoto for updates. See more on Instagram.

Solar Farm: Green energy

Pop by 'n say hi!Solar farm: clean energy Solar farms are becoming ever more prevalent in the UK, with the UK government estimating 22,000 MW of installed capacity by 2020.  This is enough to power 4 million homes. In fact many families are installing solar panels on their house roofs. Of the 650,000 solar installations in the UK, photovoletiec (PV) cells generate power on one in 50 UK homes. Some argue that a solar farm can “[change] the appearance and character of the landscape”, though according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), there is no evidence that solar farms displacing agricultural production is a concern at the current scale of deployment and the RSPB strongly supports the deployment of solar arrays on roofs. The UK’s largest solar farm opened in December 2014.  It is located at East Hanney near Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The farm is built on low-grade land, meaning the soil has a middle ranking for quality of soil. Green, solar farm energy does not come at the cost of agriculture – sheep graze on the land, sharing it with the solar panels. A two metre high hedge around the farm obscures it from view at […]

Gloucestershire: Days in Gloucestershire

Pop by 'n say hi!Gloucestershire Gloucestershire, the British county in the South-West of England encompasses the entire Forest of Dean, the Valley of the River Severn and much of the Cotswold Hills. We wrote a piece on the Cotswolds in yesterday’s post. Gloucestershire’s most important towns are Gloucester, Cheltenham (home to the racing favourite, the Cheltenham Festival) and Cirencester (the Roman City which is the Capital of the Cotswolds). Gloucestershire’s most surprising claim to fame is featuring in an unreleased Michael Jackson song “Days in Gloucestershire”. The song was thought to have been written in 2005, though never completed. Gloucestershire being, a rural county, offers a lot to discover for nature lovers. There are 60 nature reserves in Gloucestershire which range from wetlands in the Severn Vale, cliff-hugging woodland along the River Wye, flower filled meadows in the Cotswolds and the popular Cotswold Water Park close to Cirencester. The source of London’s River Thames (the longest river in England) is actually located within the Cotswold Water Park. Visit the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to find out more information on the county’s nature reserves and also how you can get involved in the appeal to protect the large blue butterfly. As well […]

Cotswolds: Area of outstanding natural beauty

Pop by 'n say hi!Cotswolds: Area of outstanding natural beauty Cotwolds is a region in south central England bound by the main road, the M4, to the south, the M5 to the west and the M40 to the East. Known for rolling green grass hills and a bedrock of Jurassic limestone rock. The Cotswolds were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966. The Cotwolds name though is thought to date back at least the twelfth century. The English Place-name Society beleive it derives from ‘Codesuualt’, meaning Cod’s high open land, where Cod is though to be a personal name rather than any relation to any national dishes! The Cotwolds region stretches from Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare) down to the Roman City of Bath. Typical Cotswold towns include Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. Houses in these areas are characterised by the honey or golden coloured limestone bricks as well as the building style. It was wool however, that made the region prosperous in the middle ages. The wealth generated was used to build the wool churches of Cotswold stone. These still stand today in Cirencester, Fairford, Northleach and Tetbury to name a few. For more […]

Chamomile Tea: stress relief and a good night’s sleep

Pop by 'n say hi!Chamomile Tea Chamomile tea has a sweet and delicate taste. In fact, the name comes from the Greek ‘chamai melon’ meaning crushed apple. More importantly, if your life has been a little stressful of late, you can rest assured. Chamomile tea should help you sleep. Chamomile tea is caffeine free and “contains a naturally occurring flavonoid called chrysin which relieves anxiety and helps sleep” according to nutritionist Victoria Warr. Flavonoids are a class of organic compounds which, although not directly involved in normal growth, development or reproduction, have been shown to be active in a number of activities. These include anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activities. According to Men’s Health chamomile tea is brilliant for treating anxiety and stress. Czech researcher, Sebastian Pole, says “it works as an anti-spasmodic, soothing your nervous system”. While researchers at leading British science, technology and medicine institute – Imperial College London – have even found that chamomile tea can help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and menstrual cramps. The post photo shows Teapigs chamomile tea which contains whole flowers from Croatian chamomile bushes, and no “dusty bits”. Teapigs is a British company founded in 2006 […]