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 […]

Peppermint Tea: health benefits

Pop by 'n say hi!Peppermint Tea: health benefits Peppermint tea – naturally caffeine free – is often a first choice after a heavy meal. The herb has been used since the Middle Ages to freshen breath but what other benefits are to be had from drinking peppermint infusions? In the last post we looked at the benefits of the nettle herb in nettle, fennel and peppermint tea, but just peppermint alone, might improve concentration, freshen breath and even relieve stress. Peppermint tea has a high menthol content. Menthol is a natural oil which acts as a muscle relaxant, and so can be a natural component of stress relief. Korean research has shown that menthol can also inhibit prostrate cancer growth. UK research from the University of Northumbia showed that just the aroma of peppermint increases alertness and memory function. On top of this, researchers in Cincinnati have found that periodic whiffs of peppermint increases people’s concentration and performance on tasks requiring sustained attention. The post pictures shows Newby Peppermint Tisane herbal infusion alongside an apple. Apples can help regulate blood sugar, preventing spikes in levels, so may be a healthy dessert after a large meal. Newby of London is a […]

Nettle Tea with Knäckebröd

Pop by 'n say hi!Nettle Tea with Knäckebröd Started the year wanting to eat improve your diet? Why not continue into March? Consider starting with nettle tea. Nettle tea has a pleasant taste and some health benefits. Nettle is a wonderful health-boosting herb, according to the Natural Society. According to a Natural Society post, some of the 29 benefits of nettle tea are: Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity Supports the kidneys Minimizes skin problems Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease Reduces inflammation Reduces incident of prostate cancer The post photo shows Pukka Cleanse tea which is a blend of nettle, fennel and peppermint. Pukka is a Bristol-based British company. We mentioned nettle above, and many take peppermint tea to aid digestion, so what is fennel good for? Well, fennel is also a natural appetite suppressant, according to Men’s Fitness, and can also help detoxify and exfoliate the skin. If that’s not enough, you might want to convince your partner to drink fennel tea after a curry. In India it is common to take a fennel infusion after a meal. This is to aid digestion and freshen breath, but can also […]