Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Wroxham Barns Scone Competition - Enter Now!

Wroxham Barns Scone Competition - Enter Now! So you think you're a master baker? (Careful.... ; )   How about testing that title and entering the UK's only dedicated scone competition (we think!) at Wroxham Barns in Norfolk this coming Sunday 27th September 2015? This competition is in its ninth year and they are proud to be part of Norfolk Food & Drink to raise the profile of Norfolk's incredible food & drink offering - I've already been impressed with "Porkstock" back in the summer, Norfolk is very exciting for food and drink, I can promise you! Wroxham Barns Scone Competition - Enter Now! I've been asked to join the judging panel, "Mary Berry" style, helping to decide which scones have got what it takes to make our beloved afternoon tea table - I'm genuinely excited! Here's the list of judges for this year (gulp!):
  • Heather Jeary – Norfolk Women's Institute
  • Carol Makins – Norfolk Women's Institute
  • Claire Wade – The Clandestine Cake Club & Swallowtails WI
  • Jo Christy – Miss Sue Flay ( > that's me, that is! 
  • Huw Sayer – Writer and blogger, Business Writers Ltd
  • Emily Norton – Norton's Dairy
  • Sarah Hardy – Sarah Hardy Media
  • Rosa McMahon – Eastern Daily Press
  • Andy Taylor – Fun Outside Magazine
  • Gay Webster – Just Regional
  Wroxham Barns Scone Competition - Enter Now! So have you got what it takes? Why not give it a go? Go for it, you know you want to! Entry Details: The competitors must arrive at 2.30pm latest with your scones. Judges will all arrive by 2pm so that they can do a quick group briefing and decide who wants to judge which category. The team will check the entries in, ensure that the scones are clearly labeled and that the key ingredient/s are also on the label. Wroxham Barns Scone Competition - Enter Now! There are six categories - plain, fruit, cheese, "freestyle" (this could get a little crazy!), children's and the all-new 'Wroxham Barns signature scone'. Each scone will be judged on appearance, taste and texture. Here is the outline itinerary for the day: 2pm – Judges arrive 2.30pm – All scone entries due in. 3pm – Judging begins and visitors can attend a Women's Institute scone making masterclass by baking expert Heather Jeary. 4pm (approx) – Winners announced 4.30pm - Finish Wroxham Barns Scone Competition - Enter Now! We would just absolutely love to see as many amateur bakers as possible joining the fun on the day itself so any entries (and support in promoting the event!) would be greatly appreciated - I can't wait to see you there! Mustard TV will be filming at the competition, so you'll be Norfolk-famous too potentially, bonus! If you have any questions then please contact either: or Clare Millar at Whoop marketing for a chat. And if you're not entering, but still fancy coming along, please do come and wave/shout my name in support/shake my hand/say hello, I'd love to see you there. [caption id="attachment_4242" align="aligncenter" width="479"]Wroxham Barns Scone Competition - Enter Now! Photo By[/caption] Event address: Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8QU MSF Miss Sue Flay logo Green Brush

Getting A Good Nights Sleep With Lumie Iris Bodyclock

If you're anything like me, then we've all tried those little tips and tricks to help get a better sleep, be it a long hot aromatherapy bath or counting those imaginary sheep over that make believe picket fence. Review: A Romantic Spa Break With Hanbury Manor For me, I find it very tricky to sleep in my own bed, let alone finding the chance to get a great beauty sleep whilst staying away in a hotel or spa, no matter how hard I try. I'm a night owl through and through, so when I was asked to review the ultimate sleep experience at Hanbury Manor  I realised I had nothing to lose and took up the challenge (you can read more about this stay here) to give it a good go. Getting A Good Nights Sleep With Lumie Iris Bodyclock The only problem with this stay was that the Lumie Iris Bodyclock provided within this particular room wasn't set up correctly by the housekeeping team, so we didn't get to try it out properly to wake up to - a real shame, of which I Tweeted about. What I hadn't anticipated was that Lumie would send me a Bodyclock to my own home to try as an apology for missing out on this part of the experience - I couldn't believe my luck and can't thank them enough for this offer. Getting A Good Nights Sleep With Lumie Iris Bodyclock So, what's this Lumie thingamybob I hear you cry? It's a natural alarm clock, along with a normal sounding alarm function, it can be set to wake you with a natural light function, simulating the morning sunrise in place of artificial light. This will work better in the winter I feel, but I love this setting as it does make me aware of the light whilst I'm still in my last moments of snoozing. Not only this, but there's two aromatherapy chambers, of which you can set to mist your room with a relaxing or invigorating scent to help you sleep and to wake up naturally. I adore this setting and love filling my room with a lavender oil. Getting A Good Nights Sleep With Lumie Iris Bodyclock I had actually heard of the Lumie a while back through a friend who swears by it and it has since had a swish little upgrade, so it looks pretty sleek nestled on my bedside table amongst half read books and various lotions & potions. Admittedly, I'm well known for sleeping through thunderstorms, car journeys, my own sleep walking antics and even the odd music festival. So to say I'm a heavy sleeper is a slight understatement. I have set the alarm fairly regularly since using the Lumie and the natural daylight and aromatherapy mist function isn't enough to rely on waking me up. I've had to set the alarm with it, which actually isn't too shrill, as some alarms can be - I just don't trust the natural elements to wake me from my drool-induced slumber. Getting A Good Nights Sleep With Lumie Iris Bodyclock That's no reflection on this product, I simply like my sleep a little too much when I can grab it! What I'm enjoying the most is using the aromatherapy chambers and combining the mist with the natural sunset light option at night before I go to sleep. The smell of lavender as I get into bed helps me to chill out instantly and the slow setting light helps me to read for a while before I switch off. Having the Lumie in my bedroom has actually helped me to switch off my iPad earlier and has encouraged me to read more, I needed this in my life and will continue to use it for help at night for sure. Getting A Good Nights Sleep With Lumie Iris Bodyclock I'll keep trying with the natural wake up call, having filled it with a refreshing lemon scent for the morning, perhaps I need a stronger scent to help me stir - I'll keep playing with that as Autumn creeps in and see how I go. Getting A Good Nights Sleep With Lumie Iris Bodyclock In the meantime. I asked Ruth, the PR manager for Lumie for her top tips on getting a good night's sleep, here's her advice:
  • Try to follow a set routine as this helps our poor old body clocks to function better!
  • Have a clear wind down from min 30 mins to ideally 1 hr before bedtime (cue relaxing to the sunrise feature with lavender on Iris!)
  •  Sorry, but definitely no technology from about 8pm ideally as the blue light emitted by electronic devices is alerting
  • No caffeine after afternoon tea (and no strong coffee after about 2pm!)
  • Best to have your bedroom dedicated to sleep and relaxation – clean and uncluttered and definitely no TV!
  • Ideally, you'd have black out blinds/curtains in the room and be woken at the same time year round by your Lumie Bodyclock, again to help your body clock function optimally
Getting A Good Nights Sleep With Lumie Iris Bodyclock I'm with Ruth on this, in that I'm actually not a tech head at all but managed to set up my Iris in about 10 minutes using the neat pocket remote - perhaps with the odd glance at the instructions. It's got a weekly alarm, so if you do want to set a different time or no alarm at all at the weekend for example then that's easily done. I don't honestly know how I lived without a Lumie before, it's a must for every bedroom. MSF Miss Sue Flay logo Green Brush Read my new "About Me" page here! You can also read about Miss Sue Flay's "Around The World In 80 Stays Challenge"and other Secret Stays & Reviews here. See more of my travel videos here and more of my food review videos here. Or get in touch via social media through Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for a natter about life in general! Please note - This item was a complimentary gift from the Lumie team, however I am in no means obliged to blog or write about their offerings, I simply choose to share with my readers, should I enjoy the experience. Any questions or to discuss a "Secret Stay" or review, please do All images © 2015 Miss Sue Flay, these may not be used or reproduced without written permission from the owner, many thanks in advance.