Silent Sunday: Sunny Sidmouth

At last…the sun shines. We took advantage of it with a glorious family stroll on Sidmouth beach.

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Sunday bliss!

Lxx

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Express & Echo: Exeter really has got it all

Last week a couple of friends and I were looking to meet in Exeter for a catch-up and lunch. Who knew there was quite so much choice?

There is such a buzz about the city at the moment and the recently released Exeter City Council video promoting the area as the ‘it’ place to build your business, celebrates everything there is to offer.

Working our way through a hit list of places to eat, drink and chat, we picked the newly opened Las Iguanas on Queen Street. Siting food as their ‘passion’ they serve a great selection of ‘Latin comfort food’ – perfect.

The food was fresh and they had a huge selection on offer. Together with the friendly service and delicious churros (a Spanish doughnut equivalent) with melted chocolate, I can highly recommend you take a trip to Latin America right here in Exeter.

This Saturday (December 7th), is Small Business Saturday – an established annual event in the US, it has arrived in Britain and is about celebrating all that is independent on our high streets. It’s a fantastic initiative that even the Prime Minister has lent his support to.

As you’d expect, there is lots going on in Exeter. The Federation of Small Businesses has teamed up with Exeter Trails and the city council to help promote the event and will be in Cathedral Green at the tourist information tent handing out leaflets.

The Lord Mayor of Exeter and MP Ben Bradshaw will be touring independent businesses in Fore Street and Cowick Street to show their support, where there will be fun activities for all the family – as well as a festive wrapping station for anyone who is challenged in the gift wrapping area!

But it’s not just Exeter getting involved; Axminster Chamber of Commerce has also encouraged traders to get fully behind Small Business Saturday, as has Honiton and Sidmouth.

It is a great chance to explore the wide range of independent shops across Exeter and East Devon and show our support by shopping locally this Christmas.

Another business which is doing its bit for charity this year is The Exeter Dental Centre, on Castle Street. The practice has set up a collection point for Exeter Foodbank donations which it will be delivering just before Christmas. As the centre is open 7 days a week, it is even easier to drop off your non-perishable food donation while out shopping in the city centre. Pop in and say hello, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

Silent Sunday: A boost for business in Budleigh

This weekend Budleigh Salterton welcomed visitors to its inaugural Food and Drink Festival, organised by Budleigh in Business.

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Three days of cooking demonstrations, local food and drink produce, socialising and plenty of kids activities, the event was wonderfully organised and, I think, a real asset to the town.

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I’m really inspired by the local towns around our corner of Devon fighting back and encouraging people to ‘Buy Local’.

Just one of the delicious offerings at the festival, a Caribben curry…

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This year we’ve seen the inaugural Ottery St Mary Food and Drink Festival, and next year we can look forward to the first Honiton Sausage and Cider Festival in May.

A welcome boost to the local economy and a clear display of the fighting spirit I’ve come to love from Delightful Devon!

L xx

Silent Sunday: A trip to A&E

Yesterday I spent a few hours (it actually felt like a lifetime!) in A&E with my big, brave boy.

One X-ray later and he’s fractured his radius at the elbow.

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L xx

P.S Sorry for the recent blog silence, but I’ve been enjoying paradise in France with my family – I’ll update you all soon!

Silent Sunday: Devon, glorious Devon!

Never has ‘Devon is heaven’ been more exact than in this current beautiful weather.

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As we bask in the sunshine, my Silent Sunday has a repetitive nature…as our weekend consisted of more of the same; sunshine, beach and BBQ.

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This time there was an added twist, a two night mini break at Woodlands Leisure Park!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine too…

Lxx

Voting is now open!

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The public vote is now open for the Venus Devon Awards and I’m through to the last 10 in the Employee of the Year category, sponsored by The Exeter Daily.

I’m not after your vote, but instead want to point you in the direction of a host of lovely ladies who are all inspiring and successful in their own right. I know I’ve said it before, but it is great to see the business women of Devon being celebrated for all that they achieve and, what’s better that getting together and telling each other that?

After attending a Venus Devon Award event it is impossible not to leave feeling inspired and enthusiastic to continue to spread the work of the wonderful women in Devon – as well as making a few new friends!

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So, take a look and should you feel ‘inspired’, you can vote here.

Good luck ladies!

L xx