May 2017

I feel as though, since I have started a blog with monthly round ups, the months seem to go like a blink of an eye. The end of May, good gosh.

This month has been a weirdly busy one for me. Not only do I now work 4 days a week instead of 2 (which has been such a push because 6am was bad enough twice a week but 4 times is just plain difficult) but I have actually had busy weekends. It has been such a difference compared to last month!

As well as working, I have been having a few little days out here and there. As you may have already seen, I went to Chester Zoo this month! I adore Chester Zoo so much – it is the best day out. You can tell that the animals are well looked after and aren’t used to make money but are actually to help us and scientists learn about their species. It’s such a wonderful place and one I will visit many more times in the future.

In the same week was a fair called Simply Cheshire, which was held at Arley Hall. As I am from Cheshire and love a good old Cheshire business, I was more than excited when I heard that this was a thing. I adore little fairs that show case small businesses! When I was there, sadly, it was pouring it down with rain yet I still managed to find a few Cheshire companies that I wanted to know more about. Simply Cheshire is a “spring food, home and gift fair” but I was mainly situated in the food area (surprise, surprise) because the food one offer was ah-maz-zing. I am really not a fan of fair stalls or fairs because they never seem 100% hygienic but these did. I bought some pies from the company Pie Love and they were SO beautifully delicious. Not only were they the most photogenic pie I have ever eaten (when they say “a golden-brown pastry” they were describing these pies) and the flavours were incredible too. Pie Love are based in Sandbach in Cheshire and they say they are “committed to providing handmade pies and gourmet

Photo credit: @squidgesbakery on Instagram

sausage rolls using the finest and freshest ingredients” ooh how lovely.

The second company that caught my eye were Squidges bakery. Firstly, their name is SO cute! They are an “award winning bakery” that bakes the loveliest “SQUIDGE-alicious indulgent snacks”. Because I am on a constant diet, I didn’t actually buy myself a cookie but I regretted it immediately. If you go on their Instagram, you will understand why. This little company is also based in Cheshire and attend parties, weddings and corporate events so I would definitely recommend them if you are having an event or something nearby.

Next, we have Winding River Liqueurs. No, I haven’t suddenly changed into someone who likes a little tipple before bed, I actually bought a miniature “spiced honey whisky liqueur” for my Dad for Father’s Day. Winding River is based in Sandbach and they look very professional and fancy. I would certainly recommend then for if you would like something a little more special than the cheapest whiskey you can find in Asda.

The final company that I would like to mention is one called Ricksons. They are “a family run company, hand making exquisitely spiced nuts from the heart of Cheshire”. I actually bought my dad, again, some “original spiced nuts”, which he adored. Again, it is just somewhere that you can go to get something a little nicer.

All of the brands and companies that were at Simply Cheshire seemed like such lovely small businesses. I think that we are incredibly lucky to live in a country full of the cutest little companies that all have the most original ideas and that was backed up by my experience at Simply Cheshire.

Lastly, I also went to see Billy Elliot at the Liverpool Empire Theatre! I had never seen Billy Elliot before and all I knew about it was that there was a little boy called Billy who liked to dance. I can honestly say that this show has surprised me the most out of all of the ones I have seen. It was amazing. The young boy who played Billy, Haydn May, is extremely talented and suited the role perfectly. I believe that they are now in Milton Keynes so anyone who is planning on seeing it there will love it. The acting, dancing and singing is incredible.

So that was my May. I have quite a simple June coming up but there are still a few things that I would like to do:

  1. I hope that I can get to the Cheshire Show this month. I would love to blog about my trip as it is probably the best event in Cheshire that you could visit. You know me and how proud I am of little businesses.
  2. I am going to the Liverpool John Moores University open day this month to finally see my accommodation properly. I am praying that it is lovely and clean and in a nice area.
  3. I am actually going away for the weekend at the very end of the month so I may be posting my June monthly round up with unreliable wifi. I hope that we have some lovely weather for it because I am staying in the UK.

I hope you all have had a lovely month and have a lovely June! I will see you next week with my next post.



  1. June 1, 2017 / 12:13

    It’s unbelievable how one moment we’re in January and in a blink of the eye we somehow ended up in June.

    It looks like you’ve had a busy month!
    A weekend away to end of another passing month sounds wonderful!

    Happy June ahead!


  2. June 7, 2017 / 20:12

    Looks like you had a lovely month of may. Very busy though! Which is why it flew I guess! Did the same to me! And we are almost half way through june… really! xx corinne

  3. Sophie
    June 7, 2017 / 20:24

    What an adorable name for a bakery!
    This all looks incredible, what a perfect roundup 🙂 I will keep my fingers crossed for sunshine for your weekend away haha x

  4. June 7, 2017 / 20:25

    Really enjoyed this post and your photography is looking great!

  5. June 7, 2017 / 20:27

    I haven’t been to the zoo in so long, but your photos from Chester Zoo are really making me want to make a trip! Squidges bakery sounds absolutely amazing, I don’t know how you managed to resist buying a cookie! Best of luck looking around your uni accommodation, I’m sure you’ll like it!


  6. Caitlin Steele
    June 7, 2017 / 20:33

    It sounds like you’ve had such a great month! I went to see Billy Elliot last year (it’s one of my favourite films so I had to see it) it was amazing! x

  7. June 7, 2017 / 20:39

    Youve made me want to go to a fair now! You do really cute things!

  8. June 7, 2017 / 20:48

    The little bakery looks adorable and love how you got to check out all of those small businesses!! Your pictures are AMAZING!! The zoo looked awesome, I love giraffes!

  9. June 7, 2017 / 20:52

    I love going to events that support local businesses too – I loved your reviews of them all too. I was actually at the University of the Chester all year but never managed to go to the zoo so hopefully I will one day! 🙂

  10. June 8, 2017 / 06:22

    I love fairs and Simply Cheshire sounds like my cup of tea. It would be great of the companies you mentioned will someday be able to export to or have stores in other countries too.

  11. Charlene McElhinney
    June 18, 2017 / 21:40

    I love that you have featured smaller brands/business’ on here – it’s always very nice to see <3

    I recently went to a safari park and was totally in my element – I was sooooo close to a giraffe! It felt surreal!

    Great photos & fabulous post!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *