Creative Blogger

The excellent wildlife photographer and lover of all things sustainable, Nick Waddington has (perhaps) charitably nominated me for a Creative Blogger Award; a tag encouraging us word wranglers to share some personal info and get to know each other better. We e-meet and tweet and sometimes retweet, but do we ever know who we’re chatting to, and who they really are.

The Rules

Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
Share five facts about yourself.
Nominate ten bloggers and link to their blogs.
Notify the bloggers you included.
Keep the rules in your post so that your nominees know what to do.

Five Facts About Me

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The sense of calm I feel being by the water is unparalleled

Intrigued by the concept of psychogeography, I feel a connection with each place I inhabit, no matter how long or short the time is. One of my favourite places in the whole world is being by the Helford river. I’ve lived on Isla San Cristobal in the Galapagos archipelago for a few months to do a conservation project, and I have taught in the Spanish mountains and Japan. Nothing feels quite as relaxing as being close to home and the gentle bobbing of boats.

Writing about food and drink and Cornwall

Even when its moody, Cornwall is beautiful

 

For most of my life, my motto has been “If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” And this fits with the situationist perspective of doing things that make us uncomfortable, in order to become spiritually enriched. Hence, my whole life I’ve taken risks. At 35, ‘the edge’ these days relates more to my work. Feeling the fear and forging ahead. This ‘risk-taking’ has been at the forefront of all of the exciting things that have happened in my life.

 

Cornwall is foodie heavenPassionate about animals, it’s no secret that my cat is my best friend. I wrote to John Major when I was little about the fox hunting ban, just as I have written to my local MP Sarah Newton. Who has not responded, incidentally. I avoid the Grand National and other ‘sporting’ events that endanger animals, and am committed to ethical and sustainable brands, marine conservation, and strive for being carbon neutral. After going to Uni at the age of 27, one of my proudest moments was being chosen to work with a client because we care about the same issues.

I sometimes think I live in a ‘green bubble’. I was so sure that this election, the Greens were going to be given the coverage they deserve, and that people would make a conscious decision to look to our future. This is because I am fortunate enough to know a lot of people with the same view point as me. My worry for the future is definitely the overpopulation and incessant consumerism.

May Bank Holiday Cornwall food and drink

North Cornwall sunset – a brighter future?

For the future, I hope people will continue to learn and understand the importance of looking after others, and taking steps toward lowering carbon.

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Best food and drink related companies in Cornwall

It’s been a busy week. Which is definitely a relief, as it means we are climbing out of dull January and looking up and out at the exciting, spring shoots of February. In my role as writer for Tasting Britain, I have arranged some wonderful reviews for hotels and restaurants in Cornwall and Devon, as we prepare for the season of busier roads, ice cream and swathes more people on the coast path.

I’ve enjoyed visiting clients in various parts of the county this week, whilst completing tasks from adept press campaigns about food and drink in Cornwall to creating content for sustainable companies, and it’s got me thinking about the amazing talent we have here in Cornwall.

With several clients in the food and drink industry, Cornwall is a place of seasons. The on-season and the off; as opposed to any dramatically defined weather related distinction. As the sea thrashes against Bude’s jagged cliffs, meeting the Devon border, and right round and down across treacherous paths and craggy cliffs; it’s a place of durability over winter. Although we have seen some delightful skies with shades of pastel layered over the horizon.

So, this week’s news relies on a good old fashioned list. Whilst I make no secret of the fact that I write for Cornish Food & Drink businesses, and therefore support them, I only choose to work with those who have an ethical and sustainable ethos.

Branding & Design

Kingdom and Sparrow

With offices in Falmouth named The Old Lemonade Factory, there is an amazing design company, who specialise in Branding of Food and Drink packaging just around the corner from me! With clients such as The Rebel Brewery, Cornish Cider and The Cornish Seaweed Company, these guys have some incredible projects on their portfolio, and have been recognised the world over as packaging design specialists.

Cornwall's branding soecialists

Expert branding has been recognised worlwide

Brewing

Black Rock Brewing

When I lived in Bristol I was surrounded by craft ale micro-batch breweries; some of which were hidden away in dungeon-esque vaults, rather like the incredible restaurant I used to work in. Anyway, these days, down in Cornwall a brand new craft ale specialist have started appearing in bars in Falmouth. Such as Black Rock Brewing. Black rock is the famous landmark helping guide enormous vessels into Falmouth’s deep, natural harbour. Their clean, IPA has been a year in the making and tastes wondrous.

Firebrand

Having gone to school in Launceston, my memories of the place tend to involve hiding at the castle and slipping through secret alleyways in order to not get caught ‘skiving’. Well, I wasn’t the perfect student back then, I’m afraid. Anyway, I visited Firebrand’s Bar and Restaurant last month, and the food was really something to write home about. My review for Tasting Britain goes live next month. But on to their brewing. With an experimental eyes these guys like to play with different brews, hop varieties and flavours.

Sustainable brands

See the disclosure above. Whilst I may work with some of these companies, I have chosen them for their similar ethics to ours, and as such wholeheartedly believe everything I write on them.

Yallah Coffee

Having spent some of my twenties on coffee farms in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ecuador, I love the stuff Yallah are doing. They prioritise picking their own coffee overseas and roasting, packaging and selling it sustainably here in Falmouth. No messing, just straight up good coffee.

freelance writer in Cornwall fights ninja style!

One of my lesser know professional skills: machete wielding in Ecuador

The Cornish Seaweed Company

Clambering across rocks and sifting sand from seaweed is all in a day’s work for this local sustainable food company who, yes, I work for! Thee fact that seaweed is full of vitamins and a sustainable food source makes this one of the best health foods to eat, and it’s abundant right here on our beautiful coast. This year has started on a great trajectory for seaweed, and I love anything that puts Cornwall on the map.

The Posh Pasty Co

Despite having ambled around temperate biomes munching on these more than once, The Posh Pasty Co have only recently come to my attention, as a company in their own right. Like others in this section, these guys have the hat trick of being ethical, sustainable food suppliers in Cornwall.

Chocolarder

Again, yes a  company I consider friends too, Chocolarder source ethical beans, which are brought in by sail where possible. All added ingredients are 100% ethically sourced to produce Cornwall’s only bean to bar chocolate. Foraging in hedgerows for floral additions, or boosting beekeeping by using clover fed honey, Chocolarder is so much more than a chocolate producer.