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Since starting up the Devon Parent Bloggers Facebook group I have met lots of Devon bloggers; some are new and some have been blogging for years.
I sometimes feel that us bloggers down here in the West Country can get forgotten so I thought I’d start a new series called Meet a Devon Blogger. So grab yourself a cuppa and get ready to meet my first victim.
Firstly tell us a bit about yourself and your blog?
I’m Harriet, a 30-something single Mother to an effervescent little boy. By day I work full time as the ‘Protector of People’s Health and Safety’ in a small engineering company within the upstream oil and gas industry.
By night I like to fill online baskets with stuff I can’t afford. I watch reality TV shows and pass judgement on both the public and Z-list celebrities. I consistently eat food I shouldn’t before sitting on a spin bike without pedalling hard enough.
My blog is called Coffee & Bubbles. I named it after my dependence and love for coffee and the nickname I gave my son – Charlie Bubbles. I mostly write what I think are humorous stories of my struggles through parenthood. I also have a section for recipes, books reviews and my ‘Mumsplaining’ section, which provides some tongue in cheek tips on how to manage a toddler.
Why did you decide to start a blog and how long has it be running?
I started my blog almost a year ago, at the end of 2015. Following my divorce, I wanted to find something to keep me occupied other than the above. I have always enjoyed writing and concluded that if I needed to write about something, it would encourage me to do things worth writing about. The blog has turned into a form of therapy for me as it can be incredibly cathartic. Writing has also helped me to meet new people and make some new friends, which is an unexpected bonus.
How long have you lived in Devon?
I have lived in Devon for just over 18 months now. I moved here after living in Australia for seven years. I didn’t fancy the London life on my return to the UK and quite frankly, couldn’t afford it. I had heard wonderful things about Devon from my sister and thought I’d try it and see what all the fuss was about. Turns out she wasn’t wrong.
Name 3 of your favourite places for a day out in Devon?
I love Haldon Forest. With its all-weather pathways, playgrounds and activity trails for the kids, it’s a great place to venture any time of year. My son has spent many a morning up here learning to ride his scooter and his bike.
I recently discovered Canonteign Falls and had a great day out there. It’s quite an expensive entry fee for what you get, but there is a lovely walk to the top of the highest waterfall in the UK. Despite being steep in places, my 2-year old managed perfectly well, but it’s not pram friendly. There’s a great café there with homemade cakes and a really lovely playground for kids of many ages.
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens is a lovely spot for a sunny Summer’s day. There are lovely walks you can take around the grounds, incredibly impressive gardens and again, brilliant parks for the kids to play in.
Name 3 of your favourite places to eat?
I don’t really get out much to eat but was recently really pleased with a meal I had at The Cosy Club. I thought the food was delicious, the cocktails were great and I loved the atmosphere.
I also really like Bill’s. I still salivate at the thought of the breaded halloumi sticks I had here once. Mind you, you can’t really go wrong with melted cheese covered in carbs!
For a pub like atmosphere, with a Michelin Bib Gourmand accolade the Jack in The Green is superb. Great value, local produce cooked to perfection. You can’t go wrong.
What do you love about living in Devon?
I love the diversity. From coast, to countryside, to city slicking, there’s something here for everyone. For such an up and coming place, everyone is really friendly and despite growing rapidly in size, you’re still likely to bump into someone you know wherever you are!
And anything you dislike?
It rains a lot, but that is what gives the area such lush countryside.
You can also find Harriet on her social media channels…
Coffee and Bubbles on Facebook
Coffee and Bubbles on Twitter
If you are a Devon blogger and would like to join in with Meet a Devon Blogger please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org