Went – Ate – Loved: June 2019


We began June on the Isle of Wight. The sun shone constantly – it feels like such a win when it’s actually warm sunny when you go somewhere in the UK.

gluten free isle of wight

I enjoyed a glass (or two) of wine watching the sun set…

Isle of Wight sunset

….whilst on cruise liner watch as they sail majestically out of Southampton water.

liner on the Solent

Continuing our theme of exploring places on the Isle of Wight I’ve not visited over the 15 years I’ve been going there, I give you…Carisbroke Castle:

Thanks to my kids studying castles this term at school, we got to visit this absolute gem. I also learnt that during the English Civil War, Charles I was imprisoned here for 14 months before his execution in 1649.. He tried to escape on several occasions but his first attempt was foiled when – in tragi-comedic style – he got himself wedged stuck in the window that he was attempting to escape through.

We also visited another place I’d never visited before on the Isle of Wight; Blackgang Chine. Blackgang Chine is the UK’s oldest amusement park in the UK, having opened in the 1840s.


I was impressed at the gluten free options on the cafe menu at Blackgang Chine.

And what’s not to love about a gluten free Mr Whippy 99 ice cream in a gluten free cone?

gluten free 99 at Blackgang Chine

This month I’ve tried to eat a little more healthily (I’d grade that B- overall for the month) and thanks to the warmer weather – finally! – dinners have looked like this.

It wasn’t all salmon and salad – I thoroughly enjoyed lunch with Natasha at Honest Burgers. Not much beats a good catch up over great gluten free burgers.

gluten free Honest Burgers


June has been another very intense month for me in the day job with long hours in the office. I’ve been super happy that, despite this, I managed to publish this gluten free guide to Puglia.

Writing this blog is purely a hobby for me and is very far removed from my professional career. I make no income from it and just write if I feel like doing so. I’ve been really happy that I’ve felt like writing given everything else I’ve had going on this month.

Like many people, thanks to the BBC1 War On Plastics programme, I’ve been looking more closely at our household use of single plastics.

One of the biggest changes I’ve made this month is ditching the daily 1.5 litre bottle of Evian I buy to drink at work. Every day. I’ve used this a convenient way to check I’m drinking enough water, but in truth it’s just so convenient to grab a large bottle of water as I get a coffee in the morning. Not only am I buying one of these bottles of Evian every day, and then throwing the bottle away every day, it’s costing me £2 a day to do this.

I realised that every day I send my kids in to school with their reusable water bottles refilled with tap water. Yet every day I buy and dispose of a water bottle myself.

This didn’t seem quite right.

So I bought a bottle from Klean Kanteen*.

Klean Kanteen yellow bottle

*The bottle buying process took me about 20 hours+ of dedicated research. Who knew there could be so many different water bottle options to choose from!

So far I’ve saved:

  • 9 x 1.5 litre bottles of Evian (I bought the new water bottle mid month and I work 4 of 5 days in the office with 5th day working from home)
  • £18 in Evian water costs

This means I’ve not yet broken even on my Klean Kanteen purchase. The bottle + extra cap + delivery = £30.85. But I certainly feel better for not disposing of 9 large Evian bottles.

Next month – reusable coffee cups.



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  1. July 5, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    Aaaaahhh! You’ve only just discovered Carisbrooke & Blackgang!!! I think Blackgang is Kiddo’s most favourite place in the whole wide world! Whereas I have fond childhood memories of Sunday afternoon walks in the moats around the Castle. Can’t wait to go back!

    • July 6, 2019 / 3:43 pm

      Yes, only just discovered both! They enjoyed it but their favourite place is Tapnell Farm on the island. Loved Carisbroke castle though, perfectly manageable for kids plus they had some free workshops on for children, was brilliant.

  2. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad
    July 13, 2019 / 1:47 am

    I never did make it to the Isle of Wight before I left. It seems like such a lovely (and convenient!) place to visit, and with a flake 99 in a gluten free cone! What more could you want?!

    I’ve been cutting down on plastic more, too. I just started a new project where the client canteen gives you all your food in plastic takeaway boxes which makes me sad. So I started taking my own lunchbox and asking to be served in that 🙂 plus reusable water bottle and keep cup type thing as per usual. Next: non-plastic cutlery!

    • August 6, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      I love the Isle of Wight! It’s a little tired and dated in some parts….but conversely there are more and more restaurants opening serving great food – a lot of it locally produced.

      The plastics use is interesting. I find it a real eye opener – something I really didn’t think about previously. Yet now I am noticing plastic everywhere! I think it’s a long slog and travelling around it’s interesting to see how other countries approach simple things like free bottle water refill stations. Work has just acquired a large stash of stainless steel cutlery for the kitchens on each floor (regular staff access kitchens, not the canteen). Even that is a bit of a game-changer because now I just use that instead of taking plastic cutlery with my shop-bought lunch!