Reflecting on 2014

Looking back at our year whilst out on adventures…

Big Thanks to Campfire Magazine

We were the winners in Campfire Magazine’s autumn competition to win an Anevay Horizon rocket stove. Campfire Magazine is for everyone who loves good food and the great outdoors and we would like to say a big thank you to them for featuring our Horizon rocket stove cooking adventures in their fantastic magazine. About B&T they say ‘he’s been testing out his cooking skills using it and here are the delicious-sounding results’…and about themselves, ‘Well, first of all, we camp…a lot! We’re also a bit food obsessed, so we launched Campfire Magazine to share our thoughts and finds, but also because we want to create a community of, dare we say it, gastro-campers, who’ll share their ideas and discoveries too’.

If you want to know more, why not check out their blog at campfiremag.co.uk or their tweets @CampfireMagUK for news, reviews and tips on camping and cooking kit, recipes, food and special places to stay or visit.

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Outdoor Cooking Adventures

During our camping holidays over the summer months we have been coming back to the tent for the evenings to cook, eat and relax under the stars and we have been searching to find a small clean and efficient wood fired stove suited to cooking meals from scratch. We first saw the sturdy and well made Anevay Horizon Rocket Stove at a local wood fair at Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire, and were immediately impressed by how quickly the stove was lit and ready for cooking and how little smoke was produced. We spotted a review when we subscribed to Campfire Magazine, who were having a competition with the prize of a Horizon stove, so we entered and incredibly we won! They have regular competitions so you too could pop to & subscribe. Continue reading

The ride you can hide

Folding up man’s most ingenious invention.

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This is my unassuming little DAHON, a Classic 3, a model that in its time changed the method by which folding bikes were made, and the manner in which we got from A to B. Dahon folders are bicycles that in addition to all the characteristics you expect from a regular bicycle, collapse for handy storage and portability in seconds, small enough to take on a bus or train, or fit under the stairs…

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WW1 Vintage Street

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As part of the World War 1 commemorative events, Ashbourne in Derbyshire held a Vintage Street Market in the Market Place on Sunday. It was a beautifully warm sunny day and the town was thronging with people taking the opportunity to mark the 100 years since the start of the First World War whilst enjoying the lovely weather. 

We took along our retro stall which this week was stacked high with furniture, kitchenalia, eclectic and kitsch novelties. It was a lively day and had a real buzz about it. The market hosted live music, a vintage caravan cafe serving cream teas, ice cream bike, clothing, furniture, and bric-a-brac with many stall holders in WW1 period costume. A First World War Memorabilia Exhibition was held in the Town Hall, that culminated in a recreation of the Declaration of War from the balcony of the Town Hall, followed by a parade by the Silver Band and Ex Servicemen marching to the Church. Continue reading

Peak District Adventures

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We have been out having adventures in our new bell tent in the Peak District, as we wanted to take the tent on ‘test drive’ for our first time out…

We settled on Rivendale, a campsite that sits on a hillside overlooking Eaton and Alsop Dales. This site offers something for everyone offering pitches for campers, as well as timber yurts and glamping pods. We were looking for something a bit more ‘back to nature’ and for our no frills escapade, we were treated to having the magical experience of pitching in their 10 acre meadow amongst the leafy orchards and wildflowers. Continue reading

Our Wooden Serving Boards make a welcome gift…

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Our Wooden Serving Planks make a welcome gift, as they look and feel good, are comfortable to use and won’t dull knives. Handcrafted in Leicestershire, UK by Designer Maker Darren Browett these visually appealing handmade boards are finished using milk paint colours that celebrate the glory of vintage and retro style. Though use and wear these planks will continue to look unique. You can bring an accent to your kitchen by leaving our good solid wooden planks on the countertop. Continue reading

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Show and Tell…

We recently visited Show & Tell, the Art and Design Show at Staffordshire University, – which celebrates the work of graduating students. We were impressed with the high standard of work in the exhibition, inparticular the University’s Graphic Design degree that reflects the diverse nature of contemporary visual communication. This course has a unique emphasis on creative visual thinking and craft, producing highly versatile and original practitioners.

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This ethos spectacularly captured in this well crafted piece by Hakim Mahamdallie.

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Take five…

 

Here at Treacle Towers our thoughts are beginning to turn to holidays and a chance to take some time exploring the countryside. We’ve been searching around looking at all the lovely things around that are there to make camping great whatever the weather.

Our first need was to find a tent that was not only practical but beautiful too, so we searched online, visited a myriad of camping shops and out of a sea of blue and green nylon a clear winner emerged.

The wonderful SoulPad.

A symphony of comfort and design, a classic bell tent in canvas and cotton it stands hand and shoulders (literally) above the nylon nasties that litter the horizon. The SoulPad bods seem not only to have a strong ethical ethos but a naughty but nice sense of the absurd, as the definition on of the term on their website suggest.

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And in the click of a mouse and the blink of an eye we were proud owner of a SoulPad 4000-hybrid, and before we knew it the SoulPad was up and we were inside watching the shadows of the leaves dancing on the canvas. And even when the English summer took a damper turn and the rain beat down on the canvas we stayed snug and dry inside.

So if you want to own a tent that will be both practical and a wonder to behold hoof it over to SoulPad’s shop and see what all the fuss is about.