A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
RETURNING THIS MONTH |ANNUAL NATURE EVENT
City Nature Challenge returns for 2021
Over the last year we’ve had the chance to explore our local areas like never before and now the people of Bristol and Bath are being asked to share what they have discovered and take part in the annual City Nature Challenge.
The challenge, which is taking place between 30 April and 3 May, is a global event in which people are invited to take pictures of wildlife in their local communities to help scientists and conservationists build up a picture of the nature that is flourishing in urban areas.
It’s free to take part and open to everyone, whether you are an expert, a seasoned City Nature Challenge participant or getting involved for the first time.
All you have to do to join in is download the iNaturalist app, take a photograph of nature in your local area, whether that’s a tree, plant or insect or animal, and upload.
You don’t even need to know the name of what you are photographing as the app will guide you through some simple questions. A network of experts will review and update the information so you can log back in later and learn more about what has been spotted in your local area.
This year 400 cities will be taking part in the four-day challenge, all competing to see which can record the most observations of urban wildlife.
Last year individuals and groups in Bristol and Bath made more than 8,897 observations during the Challenge including a young grey seal that took advantage of the quiet of lockdown to explore upriver as far as Netham Park, and exotic looking Wall Lizards in the Avon Gorge.
The information collected on iNaturalist is available to individuals, organisations and businesses across the world and used for a huge variety of purposes including supporting conversation projects, tracking how nature impacts on the health of communities and finding out how new developments are affecting the natural world.
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WHAT'S ON |COMING SOON
NEW! Experimental drawing in the city course
Drawing is a wonderful way of engaging with the world. Spend time drawing at locations in the city and meeting other students in real life!
Discover new approaches to drawing objects in the landscape. Each day will feature structured drawing activities exploring different materials and processes. We will work in sketchbooks and on more experimental surfaces. With opportunities for group discussion and individual feedback.
To mark Mulberry's 50th anniversary year, it has announced the launch of the Made to Last Manifesto, laying out an ambitious commitment to transform the business to a regenerative and circular model, encompassing the entire supply chain, from field to wardrobe by 2030.
Launching on World Earth Day, 22nd April 2021, with an open letter and digital campaign, the Mulberry Made to Last Manifesto asks a series of bold, challenging, and sometimes uncomfortable questions, that we respond to with honesty and intention, even if we don't have all the answers.
The Made to Last Manifesto promises that the Mulberry business and a Mulberry bag represent a commitment to regeneration, renewal and reimagination. Keeping this promise requires a culture change across the industry, the supply chain and amongst customers, a radical shift in both the way things are made and the way they are used, and it ultimately leads us to ask the question: 'Can a bag save the world?'. We know real change is born from a willingness to ask ourselves the hard questions and to keep seeking meaningful answers. Can a Mulberry bag come with a promise of regeneration, renewal and reimagination? If it can, and we believe it can, then yes, a bag can truly be part of making things better.
Rolex classic watches have been beautifully redesigned to be current and covetable - but still maintaining the heritage and the historic links between Rolex and exploration.
Shown here is the über-stylish diver's watch, the 41mm Oystersteel Submariner. Water-resistant to 300m and featuring the excelent 3230 Calibre perpetual, self winding movement with a power reserve of approximately 70 hours – it is precision, strength and elegance all in one. Price £6,450
Mallory Jewellers – Bath’s official Rolex retailer – has many models available to view. For further details see the Mallory website: Mallory Jewellers
The look of lash extensions in an instant. The Unlocked Mascara by Hourglass is the ultimate formula for when more is more: more definition, more lift and more length to transform lashes with impossibly real results. Using film-forming technology, it coats each lash in lightweight fibres that lock in place for a high-impact, fanned-out finish and smudge-proof wear. For effortless removal, the tube-like film slides off with warm water.
TOM FORD Cream and Powder Eye Color £51.00
Inspired by an opulent, golden sun at its zenith, blazing over private islands, Tom Ford’s two-tiered eye colour creates a dramatic and deeply seductive eye look. Sweep the ultra-pigmented, black cream base colour over the lid and discover its molten glow made of golden-pearl shimmer, sparkling like glimmering rays warming naked skin.
Fragrant new season fennel starts creeping into the farmers' markets any moment now and thrives throughout the summer. Make the most of it with this light, supremely elegant spring/summer ragout that brings moist chicken, white wine, cream cheese and fresh dill together in a luxurious broth packed with seasonal flavours.
I've suggested accompanying this ragout with fennel-roasted new potatoes, but it works equally well teamed with fettuccine, boiled rice or even crusty fresh bread.
Ingredients (serves 4)
750g new potatoes, larger ones halved 1 tsp fennel seeds Juice and zest of 1 large lemon 6 large, skinless chicken thigh fillets, chopped into bite-sized cubes 2 tbsp plain flour 2 large fennel bulbs, thickly sliced, fronds reserved for serving 175ml dry white wine 300ml chicken stock 100g frozen garden peas/petits pois 125g full or half-fat cream cheese A generous handful chopped fresh dill, chopped Olive oil for roasting/frying
1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC/gas mark 7. Toss the new potatoes (halving any particularly large ones) with the fennel seeds, lemon zest and approx. 1 tbsp olive oil. Tip into a large roasting tin, season well and roast for 40–50 minutes until crisp on the outside and soft within, shaking the tin to turn the potatoes halfway through the cooking time.
2. Meanwhile, dust the chicken with 1 tbsp plain flour and season well. Heat approx. 1 tbsp olive oil in a casserole dish or large lidded frying pan over a medium-high heat and sear the chicken until golden. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add another glug of olive oil to the pan and fry the fennel for around 5 minutes.
3. Scatter the remaining 1 tbsp flour over the fennel and cook for a further minute. Add the wine and stock, scraping up any meaty bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon as you go. Return the chicken (plus any juices that have settled on the plate) to the pan and bring to the boil briefly before reducing the heat, covering and simmering gently for 20 minutes, adding the frozen garden peas to the mix halfway through the cooking time.
4. Take the pan off the heat, remove the lid and stir the soft cheese, lemon juice and a smattering of freshly ground black pepper. Add the dill, replace the lid of the pan and leave the dish to stand for 5 minutes, during which time the sauce will thicken slightly.
5. To serve, divide the roast new potatoes between 4 warm serving plates and top with the chicken, plenty of sauce and the reserved fennel fronds.
WINE TASTERS |DISCOVER JUAN GIL
By The Great Wine Co.
Enjoy a taste of Spain. The iconic Juan Gil wines are an exceptional example of modern wines that over-deliver for the money, you really can’t get better than that. Cultivating excellence since 1916, the Juan Gil family strives for nothing less than perfection. The vineyards reach 850 metres above sea level in the Spanish regions of Jumilla and Rueda, and ancient terroirs of sand and limestone allow the wines to flourish and bloom. In white, the fantastic Shaya Verdejo is especially exciting – “like a Sauvignon Blanc, but better”, Summer may be on its way but this white will certainly get you there sooner.
Each of the three rich reds offers amazing expression and value, starting with the Yellow Label Monastrell, offering balance and wonderful bright red fruits, the Silver Label and Blue Label adding on extra layers of luxurious richness and sophistication. These wines will honestly become absolute favourites.
From left to right: Shaya Arindo Verdejo £13.75, Yellow Label Monastrell £9.95, Silver Label Monastrell £17.75 and the super fine Blue Label Monastrell £30
A Kadai is a traditional Indian cooking bowl that combines as a fire pit and BBQ. You can get an original Kadai that's up to 100 years old – each one is completely unique with a rich heritage from years of use as a cooking bowl for weddings and festivals across India.
Hand-picked in Rajasthan and available in sizes from 60cm – 170cm diameter, the Kadai can be raised to the perfect cooking height with a handmade iron stand or can be used as an impressive fire bowl to enjoy evenings under the stars throughout the year.
Whether you just want a magnificent centrepiece for the garden or to experiment with traditional Indian outdoor cooking, a Kadai is perfect for the job.The Boniti showroom on the A46 has an impressive selection of Kadais and accessories.
This two-bed bed semi-detached house is finished to an exceptional standard and forms part of an exclusive later-living development.
It is very spacious with around 1,296 sqft of floorspace. Featuring: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large open-plan lounge leading to a lovely kitchen area, there's a large sit-out balcony overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens and lovely views across Redland and beyond.
Also the on-site amenities include an amazing restaurant, private lounge, landscaped gardens, wellness spa, gym and Hydrotherapy pool, and with all of the wonderful services available on Whiteladies Road and Durdham Down just a few minutes walk away – this is quite simply the ultimate way to live and enjoy your later years. Guide price: £925,000
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