October In Photos

A beautiful sunset on the west coast of New Zealand.

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Thank you GQ.

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Thank you Costa for the Flat Whites.

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Being productive ☕️💻

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Apologise for the late post – and lack of other content – but there will be two new posts coming this week!

October started in New Zealand, finishing my month long adventure on the other side of the planet. As I said in last months post, more on my NZ trip will be out in a separate post soon!! After returning from New Zealand, I was back to work and back to reality. During October I had the pleasure of photographing a few big events for the company that I work for, including photographing the Mayor of Chelmsford, I really enjoyed having the opportunity and privilege to photograph the events (and hopefully it has improved my photography skills a little bit more). The rest of the month was spent catching up with friends, reading GQ, cycling (which I missed a lot whilst I was in NZ), and drinking coffee.

Keeping this post short and sweet this month, make sure you check back here on Wednesday for a new post!

Tom x

[All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 or my Canon EOS 450D, and edited with VSCOcam, After Light, and PS]


September In Photos

Catching up #GQ

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I'm coming for you, New Zealand.

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Made it to NZ. Not a bad view out the back!

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Flat White on a mountain #NewZealand

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Lyttleton, New Zealand.

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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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On the road again. Twizel, New Zealand.

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On the Jet Boat earlier today, 360° spins taken to a new level. Wicked fun.

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Rob Roy Glacier, in the Aspiring Mountain range yesterday. Pretty awesome.

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Fergburger on the beachfront in Queenstown a couple of days ago.

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Hello West Coast of New Zealand.

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🌈🌊🌈 Waterfalls are my favourite. Caught a cheeky rainbow over this one, near to the Franz Josef Glacier.

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September, September, September. What an exciting, amazing, incredible month you have been. To kick the month off, on the 9th, I graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA Hons in Film and Television Production. The day was ace, super special seeing all my friends again and spending the day with my family. The ceremony was held in the spectacular Lincoln Cathedral, with the ‘after party’ in the Castle grounds. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate the end of my time at university, and now, heres to the next 3 years.

Now, how to start the next 3 years with a bang, fly to New Zealand for a month? The 12th rolled round and a 36 hour journey stood between UK soil and New Zealand soil. My month in New Zealand has been absolutely incredible, I have had so many wicked experiences and I have visited so many beautiful places in this wonderful country. However, rather than giving you the full low-down in this post, over the next few weeks I am going to dedicate a post to each of the four weeks that I have been here, so make sure you look out for them! I am really excited to share with you some of the places and experiences that I have had, and I really hope that you enjoy reading and seeing my photos of my adventure. All of the pictures are from my Instagram feed, so if you aren’t already make sure you follow me over there, as I have tonnes more photos to share!

October has already started but I am still out in NZ, I unfortunately return to the UK next Monday, and have a busy month ahead of me. More traveling and adventures are on the cards, but my top priority is finding myself a job and getting into the world of work. Wish me luck!

Tom x

[All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 or my Canon EOS 450D, and edited with VSCOcam, After Light, and PS]

August, In Photos

Snap from #BestKeptFest2014 yesterday, @MaDaMusicEnt @PROPERCORN. Gutted I can't get there today.

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Boris 🚲

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New 👓

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Blogging @ tgudgeon.com

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New blog post about my trip to Wales a couple of weeks ago | tgudgeon.com

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Shooting a music video with @OllyBizzle today.

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Flying high on Saturday. ✈️🌞

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Chilling with Mr Gecko 🐊

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I'd very much like to go back here, now, please. 🌞

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Greek Yoghurt | Granola | Honey 🍴

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Wrote a blog post on my trip around Fuerteventura last week, go check it out @ tgudgeon.com

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Don't forget to check out my blog post about my trip in Fuerteventura @ tgudgeon.com 🌞

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August is over already? How did that happen.

August was a big month for me, I turned 21 on the 19th (Add it to your calendar for next year) whilst I was away in Fuerteventura, its only this weekend that I am actually going to meet up with all my friends for a sort of celebration! At the beginning of the month I visited the Best Kept Secret Festival in London. I had won tickets to go the the event so I couldn’t turn it down (along with the tickets I won a months supply of Propercorn Popcorn too!). I only managed to get down to the festival for the Saturday and I wasn’t disappointed. There were some really great and incredibly talented acts performing, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. After the festival, I finally got a chance to go on a Boris Bike, even if Jack and myself did end up getting lost on them! The next few weeks of the month were spent working, writing a number of blog posts and sharing plenty of pictures from my previous blog posts. Just before I went away on holiday to Fuerteventura, I met up with my hugely talented friend Olly to record a music video – which I am still editing, but it shall be out soon! – which was great fun, and was a pleasure to hang out with Olly for a day! After that, I spent week in Fuerteventura with my Dad and little bro, which was absolutely ace. I spent a lot of time chilling out, lounging around the pool, but we also went on a trip around this island too – check out my post on that here. After getting back from my holiday, I was off to work for a couple of days and then I spent the few days of the month left preparing myself for graduation and New Zealand.

September is going to be an absolutely crazy month for me, and I am super super excited about it. Next week I graduate from University with a BA Hons in Film and Television production, and then three days later I fly off to New Zealand for a month of adventure. I am really excited for both (mainly New Zealand) and I am sure that I will have plenty to share with you guys, here on my blog. I hope you guys have a wicked September too, have you got any exciting plans?

Tom x

[All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 or my Canon EOS 450D, and edited with VSCOcam, After Light, and PS]

The Liebster Award + 20 Facts

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I was tagged by the lovely Jess Wreford to share 20 facts about myself, as well as being nominated (by Jess again) for the Liebster Award – to write 11 facts about myself – so I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and combine to two posts together. Firstly I would like to say thank you to Jess and more importantly direct you to her blog, Twitter and Instagram. She is one of my favourite bloggers and she posts *the* best snaps of food! This post is a bit away from the topic and theme of my blog, but I thought as I am relatively new to the blogging game I would take part and share some (probably very uninteresting) facts about myself with you.

A little on The Liebster Award: It is a way for newbie bloggers, such as myself, to get to know and interact with other bloggers who are in the same boat as me. The rules state that you must: 1. Share and thank the blog that nominated you, 2. Post 11 facts about yourself (+ 9 more in my case), 3. Answer the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you + ask 11 questions to your nominees, 4. Nominate some more bloggers (with under 400 followers) and post their link and deets on your blog and let them know you’ve tagged them!

So, here goes nothing:

1. I am 21 years old, and as of the 9th of September, have graduated from the University of Lincoln with a degree in Film and Television production.

2. My passion in life is Television (programmes such as Luther, Utopia, GoT etc)

3. I aspire to work in the media industry, hopefully working on television programmes like those I mentioned above, preferably as a Director or Cinematographer, a camera man – any part of the production/post-production process.

4. I am going on the trip of a lifetime next week. I am traveling to New Zealand for a month to explore and adventure one of the most beautiful places on earth.

5. I have two brothers, one older (23) and one younger (16). Both are massive pains in the arse.

6. I have cracked my head open 4 times… I’m as surprised as you are that I am still alive.

7. University was the best experience of my life. I met some amazing people and learnt so much about myself. However I completely understand and respect people who choose other paths in life – Uni isn’t for everyone!

8. I am doing my best to get fit. I have started cycling on a regular basis and I am trying to eat healthy, but….cake.

9. I adore coffee. Vanilla Latte is my usual coffee of choice, but I love a pucker Flat White.

10. Swimming used to be a massive part of my life. I completed pretty much every award there was including personal survival, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, and I am a trained Rookie Lifeguard.

11. I used to be a massive nerd when I was younger, I was absolutely obsessed with technology, how everything worked, owning the latest kit and so on.

12. Photography has always been a passion of mine, however going to uni I focused my attention more on cinematography, but I really want to combine my skills and get back into photography (hence starting this blog up again).

13. Kinder Chocolate (even though it is a poor excuse for a chocolate bar) is one of my favourite chocolate products, however it comes.

14. I really want to be working and living in London in the next few years. Fingers crossed.

15. Blogging is something that I am growing more and more fond of. I thoroughly enjoy writing new blog posts and hopefully you guys enjoy reading them. I also love reading other blogs, so if you have an recommendations send them my way!

16. It drives me crazy when people mispronounce Espresso. Espresso not Xpresso.

17. When I was younger I wanted to be a chef. Cooking is one of my favourite ‘hobbies’, I don’t do it anywhere near as much as I should, but it has always been something that I have been really passionate about.

18. I could look at pictures of food all day long, I wish that I could just put my love of food and cooking into better practice now that I am home.

19. Fashion is slowly becoming a big interest of mine, along with travel, food and lifestyle – hence the theme of my blog!

20. I work for a charity in Chelmsford where I design their website, logos, documents and such. It is a wicked job and I love the people I work with!

As part of the Liebster Award Jess asked her nominees 11 questions, her questions – with my answers – are below.

1. If you are at University, what do you study and why? If not, what do you do for a living and why?

I have just finished University, as I said above. I’m graduating on the 9th of September with a BA in Film and Television Production. However, I am yet to get a job in the industry!

2. If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

I really had to think about this one, but, even though it is so unhealthy, I would probably say Macaroni and Cheese.

3. When it comes to your appearance, what is your least favourite and most favourite feature and why?

Least favourite would probably be my nose, because it’s massive. And my favourite feature would probably be my eyes, because who doesn’t love blue eyes?

4. Have you ever broken a body part or injured yourself so you had to go to hospital? Explain your story!

I have cracked my head open 4 times.. The first time I fell backwards onto the corner of a coffee table (ouch), the second time I ran into the corner of a wall (don’t ask me why, ouch), and then the third time was a double whammy. I was, casually, chasing a train down the station platform when I ran into a steel girder, cracked the front of my head and then bounced back and cracked the back of my head open (double ouch).

5. What is your favourite chocolate bar?


6. Are you a coffee person or a tea person and what is your favourite kind of coffee or tea? and if you are neither, why?

I love really strong, dark roast coffee. But if I’m going to a big chain, always a vanilla latte.

7. What would an ideal healthy day consist of for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks?

For Breakfast: Greek Yoghurt, granola and honey. For Lunch: Some kind of salad with grilled chicken + bacon, with avocado. For Dinner: Salmon Fishcakes (blog post coming soon!), with rocket salad, sweet potato fries and Horseradish Mayo.

8. What is your favourite treat meal/snack?

Popcorn is pretty top notch, but cake.

9. If you have a sport, what is it and why? And if you don’t what would your sport be if you had one?

My sport at the moment would probably be cycling. I cannot get enough of it, I recently did up my Dads old road bike and I am thoroughly enjoying getting fit – for once in my life.

10. Do you have any piercings or tattoos? If so, where and why?

I used to have my left ear pierced, but I haven’t worn an earring for about 7 or 8 years.

11. Why did you decide to start blogging?

I have had a blog for donkeys years, but only recently started taking it seriously. I really enjoy writing and photography, so I put two and two together and re-designed and re-started my blog. I am loving it at the moment and I am excited to see where it goes!

Now, my turn to ask my nominees 11 questions:

1. What is your main passion in life?

2.  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

3. Are you a tea or coffee fan?

4. How long have you been blogging?

5. Where did your inspiration come from to start blogging?

6. What is your favourite meal?

7. So then, whats your favourite cuisine?

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

9. If you had to choose one genre of music to listen to for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

10.  What is your favourite clothes store?

11.  What are you/did you study at school, college and university?

So, for both the Liebster Award and 20 facts, I nominate; Jonny and Andrew. There are so many others I’d love to nominate but they have all already been nominated!

Et Voila! Thank you again for the nomination Jess, and I look forward to reading my nominees facts!

Tom x

Inside Fuerteventura


















Last week I went away for a week with my younger brother and my Dad to one of the Canary Islands, 62 miles off the coast of Africa, Fuerteventura. Whilst we were away I turned 21 (Yay!), but more importantly – and the topic of this post – we went on a trip around the island.

Rather than 32+ people all piling onto a hot, sweaty coach, for this trip we were fortunate enough to be accompanied by three other people in a small mini bus. This meant that we had a better opportunity to chat and ask questions with the driver/tour guide, as well as having a more intimate and chilled out trip around the island. As you can tell from the pictures above, Fuerteventura itself is a very baron looking place, there isn’t much greenery around and the average rainfall in a year is just about a week (if they are lucky). Driving across the country was like being on another planet, surrounded by huge (the tallest being close to 900m) dormant volcanoes, and not a lot else – apart from the very last stop on the trip (more on that in a mo). With agriculture no longer being a part of every day life in Fuerteventura, and the majority of trees and plants only running along dried river beds, about 95% of the goods and products used on the island are imported – which I found pretty crazy!

The first stop on the trip was Montana De Tindaya, the Sacred Mountain. An over 80 million year old dormant volcano that has over 300 footprint carvings engraved on its side, left by the very first inhabitants of the island. Unfortunately we weren’t able to climb any of the volcanoes on this trip as a large number of them are nature reserves, or are not open to the public. Just next to the mountain, we stopped next to a cafe, so were able to grab a coffee before we set off on the rest of the trip.

The next stop was a visit to the statues of Guise and Ayose. When the Norman conquerors arrived in Fuerteventura in 1402 they found the island split into two kingdoms ruled by these two men. These statues were huge and atop a 400m mountain (a big hill), which had a wicked view across part of the island.

Continuing on from the viewpoint at the statues of Guise and Ayose, we followed the road down the mountain to a Goats cheese farm. It wasn’t the most exciting part of the trip but we did get a load of free samples of cheese, cactus jam and Honey Rum, so I can’t complain.

After finishing at the cheese factory we carried on down the mountain towards the former capital, and small town of Betancuria where we visited (or looked at from the outside) the cathedral. From here we continued southwards towards the west coast of the island where we got the opportunity to explore the caves in Ajuy, which were absolutely stunning.

We then drove towards Tuineje where we stopped for lunch at Casa Rural Tamasite. We were treated to Roast pork, cooked in a wood brining over, with Canary potatoes and mojo sauce. This was all served with tomatoes grown in Fuerteventura (they only really grown tomatoes and potatoes on the island nowadays) accompanied with bread and fresh olive oil. All the food was super tasty and washed down with beautiful red wine, served chilled which was surprisingly refreshing. After we finished lunch we were taken around the farm where we got to meet some donkeys, see the vineyard, and visit the wine cellar where we got to sample some white wine, some cactus liquor, pomegranate liquor, blackberry liquor and some muscatel wine – all of which were amazing.

Whilst we were in Tuineje we also visited a traditional windmill where they used to produce gofio flour – kind of like wholemeal flour but made from roasted grains – and got to try Gofio mixed with olive oil, sugar and water. On first appearance it looked really yummy, almost like a piece of fudge, but to my disappointment is had the most hideous floury texture and tasted pretty bland, with a similar flavour to shredded wheat.

After a relatively long day in the sun it was nice to pay a visit to an Aloe Vera farm. Here we were shown the stages of growth and how they make the numerous Aloe Vera products (some of these include; Aloe Vera drinks with and without pulp, anti ageing creams, sun creams, pain relief creams and gels for your skin). We were plied with shed loads of Aloe Vera samples, including raw Aloe Vera juice mixed with nectarine Juice which was pretty disgusting. Interestingly I found out that Aloe Vera isn’t actually in the same family as cactus, although it may look like it is, but it is actually in the same family as lilies and onions – hence why it has a similar taste to onions in its purest form.

The last stop on our trip were the sand dunes of Coralejo (pronounced Cora-leco), close to where we were staying. The only part of Fuerteventura that has a different landscape, created by sand that has been blown across from the Sahara in Africa. The dunes were absolutely beautiful and a brilliant way to end the trip.

I would definitely recommend a trip to Fuerteventura if you ever get the chance, I had a wicked time out there and would love to visit again!

Tom x

[All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 or my Canon EOS 450D, and edited with VSCOcam, After Light, and PS]

Pact Coffee







Second coffee themed post within two weeks…I promise there isn’t a theme here.

Okay, so if it isn’t already apparent, I love coffee. I recently discovered Pact Coffee from a leaflet in GQ in which they were offering your first 250g bag of coffee for £1, how could I turn that down? I did a little bit of research, and found that over at Pact, they are pretty passionate about getting people in the UK drinking the best quality coffee, by making “incredible, freshly roasted coffee accessible to everyone.” They source their coffee from all over the world, and roast the coffee beans in small batches creating a fresher, tastier roast for each coffee blend. When you order Pact coffee they give you the option of how you want your beans ground, if at all, meaning that no matter how you make your coffee you’ll be able to get the best result. Check out their list of coffee that they have available here, you’ll also be able to see what coffee brewing equipment they can grind your beans for. On top of all that Pact Coffee is delivered straight to your door every week or every fortnight (with next day delivery too), from just £6.95 for 250g of coffee.

Now, onto the coffee itself. We ordered three different blends of coffee to my house; San Antonio – Chocolate digestives, El Carmen – A Jammie Wagon Wheel, and another that I can’t recall the name of but was Fig and Date. The names/flavours may sound bizarre to you, but I can assure you, they are far from strange and a heck of a lot closer to brilliant. All three blends, brewed in a Cafetiere, tasted amazing, varying from a slightly richer darker roast to a sweet roast, I couldn’t recommend them enough. If you click on each of the coffee names above you can read a much more professional insight into the taste of each brew!

I would definitely recommend checking out Pact Coffee, it is worth spending that little bit more to get a much better product. At the time of this post going out they have a brilliant starter offer going on – click here for more info.

(This post was in no way affiliated with Pact Coffee)

Tom x

[All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 or my Canon EOS 450D, and edited with VSCOcam, After Light, and PS]

A Trip to Wales










A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to North Wales for my older brothers graduation. After a gruelling 6 and a bit hour car journey, my family and I arrived in Bangor, ready for the celebration of my brothers masters degree. The ceremony was, as most graduation ceremonies are, long and not very exciting – I mean how can calling 100+ peoples names out be made exciting? However, after the Dean of the university had shaken too many hands, we whizzed off to the hotel, where we were staying, to get changed for dinner. Just before we went off for dinner, we all went over to where my brother was staying to have some champagne and Krispy Kreme doughnuts – crucial graduation celebrations! I wrote another post about where we went for dinner, a place called Dylan’s on Anglesey, so check that out here. After a delicious meal, and an exhausting day, we headed back to the hotel for some well deserved sleep.

Surprisingly I was up at the crack of dawn making use of the hotels swimming pool – nothing like a bit of exercise to start the day, before we sat down to a delicious full english breakfast. Rather than heading straight back home, we decided to make the most of the decent weather that we were blessed with. We paid a visit to the beautiful pier that my brother used to live next to, and made a trip to Beaumaris on Anglesey where we visited a number of colourful little independent shops and had a stroll along the front for a cracking view of the mountains.

A couple of the pictures above show some of the items I was wearing over the two days we were in Wales. The gold Casio watch can be found here, and the Brogues can be found here.

Tom x

[All the photos were taken on my Canon EOS 450D, and edited with After Light on my iPhone]

July, In Photos


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The best sushi in Leiden.

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Free music festival in Den Haag, Holland.

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Red Arrows.

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Got me some Nike Free 5.0's.

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Thank you Pret.

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Leiden on a sunny day 🌞

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Little White Lies (2 years old..)

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Salmon fish cakes + homemade sweet potato fries. 🍴👌

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Morning Wales.

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Bangor Pier.

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Another month has flown by (seriously, where is this year going?!) and I’ve been doing my best to keep myself busy, search for jobs and to spend a bit of time rearranging my CV. This month has been pretty exciting to be honest, a lot has been going on and I have made a lot of plans for the future.

At the very beginning of the month I was still living it up in Holland with my older brother, however after two further days of Sushi and Kayaking along the beautiful canals of Leiden, I had to help him lug a years worth of his stuff back on the 7 hour ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich, fun fun fun! After a morning of shopping on the 7th and a new pair of kicks (Nike Free Run 5.0’s) I got back home to check my final results for my studies at University, and I am very pleased to say that I received an Upper Second Class BA Hons degree in Film and Television (2:1), which I am absolutely over the moon about! Plenty of coffee, food and drinks were consumed over the next couple of days (especially the Salmon fish cakes pictured above – blog post on them coming soon!) and then a visit to Wales for my brothers graduation – check my post about my trip here. Following my older brothers graduation I spent a week up at my Dads, dedicating a bit of time to sorting out my very dated CV – It’s still a work in progress!

The end of the month saw a visit from a family friend who was visiting Europe and the UK, from Australia, which was ace. It was really nice to have a decent opportunity to catch up with him especially as it has been over 10 years since we last saw him properly! I had a couple of trips down to London to meet up with Gail, again for a catch up, and Olly to go and see a new play, The Nether, at the Royal Court Theatre which was absolutely brilliant!

August promises to be another quality month, I turn the big 21 on the 19th, I’ve got a holiday to Fuerteventura and hopefully some really exciting and engaging blog posts lined up!

Tom x

[All photos were taken on my iPhone 5, and edited with VSCOcam]

Keep Your Chin Up!








During these, sometimes, beautiful British summer months a hot coffee isn’t always what you want to sip on, especially when you’re on the go or out and about. An Iced Coffee however, is more than likely what you’d want. Rather than looking at the big brands, I wanted to try out something home grown – Jimmy’s Iced Coffee. Jimmy has been causing a stir in the Iced Coffee biz here in the UK, after a visit to Australia and falling in love with the stuff it was Jim that bought “proper” Iced Coffee to the UK. It was 2011 when Jimmy’s first hit the shelf in Selfridges (of all places!) and now, 2014, the Iced Coffee of your dreams is stocked in Tesco express, Waitrose, WH Smiths, Waitrose, and many other stores across the UK.

I’m a massive coffee fan, and I have to say that Jimmy’s is hands down one of my favourite Iced Coffee brands. It is a super yummy, thick and creamy coffee with just the right amount of froth, made with Arabica Coffee and semi-skimmed milk, perfectly sweetened with demerara sugar – a taste sensation (Original). I couldn’t rate this coffee highly enough, it is perfect for a summers day (whether its hot or cold out), and different from all the other Iced Coffee’s on the market. At the moment Jimmy’s Iced Coffee is available in Original, Skinny and Decaf but if you follow Jimmy on Twitter you’ll know that new flavours are on their way – and I personally cannot wait.

Check out Jimmy’s website here, follow him on Twitter and go and buy yourself some awesome Iced Coffee!

(This post is in no way affiliated with Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, I just love the stuff!)

Tom x
[All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 or my Canon EOS 450D, and edited with VSCOcam and PS]

Dylan’s, Anglesey

On Monday, my family and I traveled up to North Wales, Bangor to be exact, to celebrate my brother’s graduation. After the ceremony and a glass of champagne, we headed out for dinner in a beautiful little restaurant on Anglesey called Dylan’s, which is sat right on the edge of the Menai Strait on the North West coast of Wales. Only 2 years old, the restaurant has earned itself a good reputation and hosts an absolutely delicious and varied menu, featuring a number of fish dishes, including mussels fresh from the Menai.
For starters, my younger brother and I shared a ‘Ferryman’s Platter’ which was delicious, although there was probably enough for more than two people to share. The platter included shell-on prawns, smoked trout, and a very generous serving of smoked mackerel paté, accompanied by a variety of different breads, dips and salad. The smoked mackerel paté was by far and away my favourite part of the dish; it was super rich in flavour with a smooth, creamy texture – perfect for spreading on the sourdough bread.
For my main course I ordered the Anglesey Sea Bass, which was served with fine beans, a fine herb risotto cake, and salsa verde. I’m not really the biggest fish eater, however this dish hit the spot. The fish was perfectly cooked and went perfectly with the crunch of the runner beans and the soft, full flavoured risotto cake. Although it all tasted amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I feel that the salsa verde overpowered the fish, taking the edge off the otherwise flavoursome fish.
Overall the meal was absolutely fantastic, topped off with a Cappuccino and a chocolate coin, I was fit to burst. I couldn’t recommend Dylan’s enough, so if you’re ever in North Wales and need a place to eat, check it out, the restaurant has a great atmosphere with friendly staff, and on the night we visited was absolutely heaving. I would definitely recommend booking a table in advanced to guarantee yourself a table!

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Tom x
[All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 or my Canon EOS 450D, and edited with VSCOcam and PS]