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#local4lent 2021

Don’t give up chocolate, beer or bread this year, give up supermarkets and shop #local4lent instead.   Wednesday 17th February – Saturday 3rd April 2021 – are you up for the challenge? Back in 2012 a chance conversation between two strangers on Twitter and the #Local4Lent challenge was born. Religious or not, many people choose to give up various things over …

Local in Lockdown

This tasty haul was delivered a few weeks back and oh my gosh what a welcome sight during the third lockdown in the UK. The #local4lent challenge begins on Feb 17th so why not nip in if you’re local or get a delivery and try some fab things from these great small businesses. The challenge is about giving it a …

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To the laddies!

I’m not even sure where to start this post…it seems wildy random I know! Essentially I was in a client meeting in the rather awesome Caledonian Brewery in Scotland (years ago) and we were discussing Burns Night. I’d never attended an official Burns Night celebration or really knew what that involved but was happy to mark the occasion with a …

Let’s talk food waste

“Reducing food waste is actually one of the biggest things you can do for the environment, because about a third of the food that people buy is wasted,” Tuomisto says. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation reports that 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced for human consumption is wasted each year. So I just wanted to share a bit …

Homemade Oat Milk

Quick homemade oat milk 👌 The boy isn’t great with dairy and cow’s milk on its own is the worst for him. We started buying oat milk but when we realised the main ingredients were oats and water….made sense to make it! Especially as he has it for bed every night and we use it in place of cow’s milk when cooking …

BBC Radio Manchester 2013

Delving into the archives this week after one of the Totally Locally branches asked for some context on the campaign. Totally forgot we got a mention on BBC Radio Manchester back in 2013! Julie aka realfoodfans (a follower of the campaign on social and shop local supporter) had told the fab (and now-ex BBC Broadcaster) Sam Walker about the campaign …

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A few words from #local4lent co-founder Zana – March 27, 2012

Okay, okay.. I know its been a lifetime since my last post, and I wont waste half a post explaining why I have been a rubbish blogger or promise to be more consistent.. But instead I will just get on with it 🙂 Sooo, for lent this year I decided to do something a little different.. and no, I’m not …

Market Community

I love this place 😍 honestly Preston Market and the wonderful traders have the ability to lift my mood, make me feel safe, make me laugh and obviously they have incredible food on offer too! The sense of community is just so lovely. It properly feels like a hub of all good things. The boy knows many of the traders names and …

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Food with a view…

We were camping in St. Agnes and stopped at The Cornish Pizza Company for a bite to eat after a long day. We were very impressed! The menu choices were creative and they use local produce and fresh ingredients. Staff were friendly and happy to answer any questions (I’d not heard of one of the Cornish cheeses and also wanted …

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The little man is turning one

I wrote this for friends and family when the little one was turning 1 – we’d learnt how much ‘stuff’ you acquire when having a child! Plus having lived in the same house for many years, were desperately trying to have less possessions not more. We were so lucky that when he was born we were given bags of hand-me-downs …

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Time is a gift

I was asked to write about my role as a volunteer for a local charity. It’s funny because when I first started volunteering I had no idea the impact it would have on my life, the friendships forged and the emotional journey it would take me on. A bit about the charity itself…  The Foxton Centre has been around long …

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3 months being Mumma

Well this little beauty turned 3 months old yesterday! Wow, where has that time gone. It still amazes me that I grew this little man in my own body and that through breastfeeding I’m also growing him each day with my milk. Apart from the sleep deprivation and being a clueless new parent one of the things which has been …

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Happy Getting Older Day Papa

New born baby, no sleep and my Dad’s birthday was fast approaching. There’s only so much time you can kill at 3am online shopping, reading parenting blogs and trying to work out if the little one needs changing, winding or feeding (again!). So penned this wee poem below for my Dad… Celebration and jubilation For on this day you are …

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Lent finishes today! Are you going local for life?

This is one from the old #local4lent blog – written April 2017. We’ve had a great time doing the #local4lent challenge again this year! With many people from 2013 taking up the challenge again and lots of new faces too! There’s been a fab twitter community sharing ideas, helping each other out spreading the #local4lent message. We love finding out …

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Lewsey Lou’s

Where to even begin…we’ve been visiting St Agnes in Cornwall for a Summer camping holiday for a good few years now. We first came across Lewsey Lou’s in 2013 and haven’t looked back. Keep reading and you’ll see why! Stumbled across this gem of a fish and chip shop when walking down to the beach so we decided to treat …