I so much love sea and all things related. Being originally from a country with no sea, I don't even know where this love affair came from. Seaside, boats, infinite shades of blue, relaxing sound of the sea, fresh breeze and the smell of the salt in the air, I can dream on. Just add good food and I'm one very happy girl.
But strangely enough, an idea of days spent on a ship cruising the ocean never really excited me. I was thinking something like "Why would you voluntarily get stuck on a ship for days? What would you do? What a boring way to spend your holiday..." I was proven SO wrong, after spending two days on board Quantum of the Seas last month. I had absolutely no idea it would be one of the best experience of the year. My first cruise ever couldn't get any better than this. From the moment I put my foot on board, I wouldn't stop saying "wow"! Starting with an amazing lunch at Jamie's Italian, followed by a lot more food at some of 18 restaurants on board, drinking cocktails prepared by a robotic bartender, watching one of the most interesting shows at the Two 70º or admiring the ship from a glass pod lifted 300 ft above sea level, I was not bored even for a second and wished I could stay for another week to experience everything this smart ship has to offer. And there is a lot more!
I admit I have a sweet tooth, so cakes are one of my favourite subjects to shoot. Recently, I photographed seasonal cakes for one of my clients - Rubys Of London. It's always pleasure to work with talented people. Beautiful, incredibly delicious, and as a bonus vegan and gluten free, Ruby's cakes are everything you can ask for. I've got to love the sweet perks of my job. If you happen to be in London on weekends, I recommend to swing by Greenwich Market to soak up the magical Christmas atmosphere, warm up with a cup of mulled wine and have a taste of Ruby's delicious cakes and cupcakes.
Summer's long gone, but there are a few things that make autumn my second favourite season, definitely not the weather though! I take autumn as a gentle preparation for a few months of dreadful cold and lack of light. Fresh air, changing colours, autumn produce and cider, on the other hand are those things that make this season more bearable, and actually beautiful.
A few weeks ago I visited Broome Farm in Herefordshire owned and run by Mike Johnson, a cider maker and owner of Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company. Cider became my favourite drink quickly after I moved in the UK, so I was really excited to be able to watch the process of making this delicious drink. Mike produces quite a few different varieties of cider and perry (all made from 100% pure juice) which I had the pleasure to taste. Luckily, the tasting came after I had taken a tour around the farm and watched apples being harvested and turned into a delicious naturally fermented drink which can come up to 8.4% alc! Mike's apple and perry pear orchards spread over 40 acres producing many different varieties of cider apple and perry pears including Michelin and Dabinett bittersweet cider apples grown for Bulmers. Mike is an enthusiastic cider maker and really nice person so it comes as no surprise that he's been awarded many times for his produce and contribution to the cider industry. He's always happy to share his knowledge with new cider makers and he also runs an annual cider festival, which I really hope to visit next year.
So despite a typical rainy autumn day and a very early start, I had a great time (and arrived back home a bit tipsy).