And the winner is.....

Bake Off Round 13 is now officially over!

Thank you to everyone for participating and for the great creations we’ve all sampled this round.

Overall = Fiona & Mo

Sweet = Fiona & Mo

Savoury = Fred & Jan

Two kids are a bit of an adjustment!

We’re doing well. Two kids are a bit of an adjustment! We’re enjoying the fun bits and surviving the rubbish parts.

 I’ll try and pop in soon for a show and tell with the kids (well, maybe when we get home from our 2 week trip to the States next week... Don’t ask. It’s a bit nuts with 2 infants, but Tom wanted an ‘adventure’ for his 40th🤔🤣)

Sinead and Patrick welcome Lochlan to thier family!

Message from Sinead:

Our little baby boy, Lochlan Ellison, finally arrived on Wednesday 24th July at 3.45am, a good chunky 8lbs 4oz.

We are all well and enjoying all the cuddles and geting to know who Lochlan is and what he likes - he’s quite chilled so we are lucky….so far so good!


The Trentham family expands - beautifully!

We welcomed Theodore (Theo) Timothy Trentham to our family yesterday morning at about 6.30am at home. We're all doing well. He weighed in at a healthy 3.8kg (8lbs 6oz).

 I was about 3 days in pre-labour which was a bit of a nuisance. So it was amazing when things got started. And it all happened while Evie was in bed. She woke and met her brother at 20 minutes old.


Honeymoon snaps from Danny


Here are a few snaps of the views from my rooms in Dubai and the Maldives (they were alright…).

 As there wasn’t exactly much in the way of shopping in the Maldives, and Malé airport was not the biggest, I didn’t manage to bring any treats back from my honeymoon.

 Don’t worry though, there is a box of a mix of sweets that I haven’t managed to finish from my wedding in the kitchen.



Jack's mini break to Costa del Sol

Jack was in Spain over the weekend to celebrate his final studio hand-in for this academic year!

Congrats Jack!

A few pics below.

Rugged Snowdonia

I have returned from an experience-and-a-half in rugged Snowdonia! It was a trip full of contrasts, adventure and some challenge.

The first five days I spent in a lovely warm environment surrounded with all my home comforts whilst taking part in the next module of my yoga teacher training. The next five days saw me (and Jimi, who joined me) thrust into a raw, rugged mountainous landscape, which brewed a storm - the epic finale taking place on the last night of our camping holiday!

We DID have a fantastic time - all be it very wet and windy! And - amazingly - the tent stood up to the gusts of wind: much helped by the architectural skills of Jimi. He worked out a system to strengthen the tent structure with string and some heavy slate to stop it blowing away.

Here are some snaps from our adventure….


Emma returns from America

A selection of American themed photographs from my road trip to the deep south (Nashville, Memphis, Clarksdale and New Orleans)


Thailand’s summer season with temperature hitting the 40’s

In case you’ve all been deliberating where I have been for the last three weeks, it’s safe to say that I haven’t done a Katie Price and had a secret nose job and/ or bum lift, but just been holidaying around Thailand.
— Fiona

Turns out that the months of April and May are Thailand’s summer season with temperature hitting the 40’s. Never the less, Matt and I had a great time exploring and enjoyed absorbing the spiritual ambiance, culture and the food. We started in Bangkok, travelled up to Chiang Mai on the sleeper train and then flew down to Phuket to meet friends for a wedding. Who’d have thought I would be ceilidh dancing in Thailand in the middle of a thunder storm,  or embracing the task of a shower on a moving train!

Lovely family trip to Cornwall

Some pictures from Suzanne’s recent family holiday to Cornwall where she visited the Eden Project and Padstow.

And she brought us back some….

Fudge and Shortbread from the Eden Project
And Rick Stein Cookies from Padstein… I mean Padstow :0)
— Suzanne

Congratulations to Matt & Helen!

Congratulations to Matt & Helen on the safe arrival of James William Slinn born 22.41 on Friday 29 March weighing 81b.8.

Tony returns from New Zealand!

So I just spent 3 weeks pushing our company JLR credentials in New Zealand, looking for new work as part of the JLR Global rollout!.   I’m sure we can do better than this JLR in Auckland after all!  (Lucia– I’ll send over my expenses shortly)
— Tony
Unsure that all my expenses would be covered by the company, I did a little sight-seeing too.
— Tony

Team challenge at Bath Escape Rooms

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Locked rooms - secret codes - riddles!

To keep the social rhythm going we are proposing a team outing to the Bath Escape Rooms sometime after work. We thought it would be a great opportunity to collectively use our brain cells whilst having fun unlocking the secret codes!

The concept: Race the clock trying to solve clues to reveal the combination of a lock that opens a chest! Inside is hidden another clue that contain hints on how to read the next. This leads to another mystery within another mystery within another mystery…. Sounds fun right..?

It turns out there are two escape rooms in Bath offering similar activities but slightly different experiences. Each room offers a different difficulty level, can hold between 2-6 people and games can vary between 60 minutes to 3 hours.

Interested? Look out for an email soon with more details and vote YES! We will gauge interest and organise the detail.

Cost: We will book the type of room and difficulty level depending on the number of people coming. Approximate cost: £10 per person.

Happy pancake day!

The humble pancake!


Here is the perfect pancake recipe - apparently! From BBC goodfood

A creative twist?

Gin and tonic pancakes


For the syrup

  • 250ml can gin & tonic

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar

  • lemon , juiced (and zest for garnish)

For the pancakes

  • 200g self-raising flour

  • egg

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar

  • 250ml can gin & tonic

  • oil for frying


  1. To make the syrup, pour a can of gin & tonic into a saucepan along with the sugar and lemon juice and reduce for a few mins until syrupy. Set aside.

  1. To make the pancakes, put the flour, egg, sugar and a pinch of salt into a bowl, pour in the other can of gin & tonic and whisk the batter until smooth. Lightly oil a non-stick pan, set over a medium heat, add two spoonfuls of batter into the pan and cook for 1-2 mins on each side. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with the syrup drizzled over and finely grate over some lemon zest.

Recipe from, February 2018

Vegan pancakes


  • 125g gluten-free plain flour (we used Doves Farm)

  • egg replacer, equivalent to 1 whole egg (we used Orgran No Egg) mixed with 2 tbsp water

  • 250ml hemp or coconut milk

  • sunflower or rice bran oil, for frying

  • orange segments and agave syrup , to serve


  1. Put the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the Orgran egg replacer and a quarter of the milk.

  2. Use an electric whisk to thoroughly combine the mixture, then beat in another quarter of the milk. Once lump free, mix in the remaining milk. Leave to rest for 20 mins. Stir again before using.

  3. Heat a small non-stick frying pan with a splash of oil. When hot pour a small amount of the mixture into the pan and swirl around to coat the base – you want a thin layer. 

  4. Cook for a few mins until golden brown on the bottom, then turn over and cook until golden on the other side. Repeat until you have used all the mixture, stirring the mixture between pancakes and adding more oil to the frying pan as necessary.

  5. Serve with an orange wedge and a drizzle of agave syrup or filling of your choice. This mixture keeps for a few days if you store it covered in the fridge. Give it a good whisk before using.

    Recipe from BBC good food

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Creative moments and more from Chris!

So after about 6-8 months of grafting on evening and weekends – trying to figure out print sizes, mounts and matting proportions, suppliers, expenses and profits etc and then potentially tax and self-assessments….and a whole load of photoshopping…

 I have finally managed to open my etsy shop selling prints of my paintings! Please feel free to take a look, and feel free to share (and buy lots of stuff…if you want!)


Christmas in Venice

It was amazing being in Venice at Christmas. As it is Winter it is not busy, so I had the plenty of time to take things slowly and enjoy the city.
— Yuan

SRA Day of Christmas 2018

What a brilliant day!

A big thank you to Emma and all those involved in organising the day. And thank you to the Partners for their generosity.

We raised £60.50 for Christmas Jumper Day, a campaign which supports Save the Children - thanks to everybody for getting involved. Some festive snaps follow!

Secret Santa

Christmas party