The Winning Engagement Story!

We recently launched a competition in honour of the Royal Wedding. We asked our lovely popcorn lovers to send in their engagement stories, for the chance to win ninety bags of our Portlebay Popcorn, four big tubs of scrumptious Cranch’s sweets and a personalised ring box from Clouds & Currents, for their own wedding. It was an exciting nine days, as we received lots of lovely stories from many wonderful couples! However, there could only be one winning story… and we just LOVED Liz and Seb’s engagement!

It was such a dreamy story,  we thought it just had to be shared with you all, so keep reading to hear the winning story!

Liz and Seb’s Engagement- As Told By Liz

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords last month, my partner proposed at the base of Briksdal Glacier. My parents were on the cruise with us and Mum had the responsibility of looking after the ring.

We walked through the mountains, up towards the glacier, with me not having a clue of what was to come. We took some truly amazing photos and were in absolute awe of the beautiful setting at the lake and glacier, but time was ticking on and we had to walk back to get our coach. Seb was lagging behind, so I suggested we head off and so walked off with my folks. Luckily, my Mum knew what was about to happen and suggested I go back to Seb and catch them up later. I went back to the lake and joined Seb, where he started talking about how long we’d been together and that it was the happiest he’d ever been. I jumped in at this point and corrected him on some of the time frames, still oblivious to where the conversation was leading. We took a selfie with the snow capped mountains in the background and as I turned around to see him, he was on one knee. He looked so nervous and was so red, but he managed to ask ‘will you marry me?’, to which I swore in shock. I looked to my left and a lady happened to be near by and was clapping and crying, as I turned back to him, still on the floor, he asked ‘Is that a yes?!’. I laughed and said ‘of course I will!’ and he placed the ring on my finger. We were both a bit dumbstruck by this point and not sure what was left to do other than run back down from the glacier and tell random people that we’d just got engaged, until we found my folks. My dad cried and my mum thanked the Lord she no longer had the ring.

Now let me tell you, that poor ring had been on a crazy ride. I almost found it on the first day of our trip when rummaging around in mum’s bag for a pen. Then she left her bag in a bar after the cruise emergency evacuation talk, and then, she locked it in the safe and forgot the code!! She was understandably elated when Seb finally asked for it back at the start of our trek to the glacier. So Norway, especially that Glacier, will always have a place in my heart. It was a perfect, picturesque setting for the most unexpected proposal.

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The photo that Liz and Seb took just before they became engaged!

We truly loved this story and wish the lovely couple a happy and healthy future, with lots of popcorn!

How To Plan A Trip with €1000

The wonderful blog Call Me Boujee, belongs to the very, very charming Kel. Kel created the blog as a place to detail her ‘travels, struggles and mumbles’. Here is a typical post that can be found on ‘Call Me Boujee’ written by Kel- How to plan a trip with €1000.

Hello, friends!

Since I started my blog a few months ago, I have been pleasantly surprised to receive a few questions from some of my lovely readers.

One of these questions was how to plan a budget trip to the destination of choice. First of all, I am humbled that you read my blog and grateful that you take the time to ask me questions. I shall try not to let this get to my head. **too late**

When most people think of traveling, they are panicked by the humongous price tags that may come along with the decision to travel. Most people actually end up never traveling or not traveling enough because of these price tags. Maybe it’s African in me, but I do not think it’s fair to pay out of your nose to travel and experience nature and culture.

I  going to give you a few tips and tricks that will reduce your travel costs immensely, while still allowing you to have fun on your trip. I have personally traveled with a less than €750 budget twice, so I think I might be of particular help. It is risky, but sure, but what’s the fun in safe?

The most important thing you have to do when planning a trip for less than €1000 is chosen a country whose local currency is inferior to the currency you earn in. Life tends to be much cheaper in countries with inferior currencies so you will almost definitely enjoy a lot more luxury at a far cheaper cost.

Another thing you want to get out of the way is flights. I personally use jetcost.co.uk which I have found gives the cheapest prices on the world wide web so far.

 Accommodation

There are a number of options for accommodation when on a budget. My personal favorite is Airbnb which is abundant in choice and reasonably good self-catering Airbnb accommodations for €50 or less a night. A tiny tip for you here is to book much earlier than your intended trip, especially if you are traveling during peak times. Airbnb hosts tend to get a little pricey during peak seasons.

You can also look into backpackers, hostels, and camping depending on your personal style and preference.

Food

If you rent a self-catering accommodation, you will probably have a kitchen available to you. Cooking your own meals will cut the cost of your trip by at least 50% as restaurants in most holiday destinations are unjustifiably expensive. Again, if you go to a country with an inferior currency, meals will almost definitely be affordable even on a budget. If you travel to a considerably expensive country like Seychelles, you can pick up luxury food choice from the supermarkets and cook for yourself.

Transport

Hiring a car in anywhere in the world will set you back €30-50 per day so depending on how tight your budget is. You may choose to stick to the public bus system or even just hire a car for a few days where you need to travel far and use public transport for the nearby areas. Good itinerary planning skills are needed here.

Excursions

If on a budget, there is a good number of free and/or cheap things to see and enjoy in every country in the world. That is the best thing about keeping an open mind when budget traveling. You will see wonder where a normal person wouldn’t even take a second glance. Therefore, you do not have to pay out of your nose to experience and enjoy the world.

Things like hiking, ocean swimming, swimming pools, DIY snorkeling, museums and farmers markets are free or really cheap.

Ideas:

  • DIY snorkeling-Love snorkeling or just simply want to try it out, why not try a DIY snorkeling adventure. Tour guides would charge an arm and a leg to take you snorkeling when in actual truth you on your own near the shores. Bring your own snorkeling equipment in your suitcase and you will avoid the exorbitant prices of hiring on the Island.

Safety Tip: keep close to the shores and don’t venture out too far into the ocean.

  • Visit a museum- museums tend to be free or very cheap to get into. They are a brilliant way to learn more about the history and culture of the land without paying out of your nose.
  • Swimming pools- If you fancy a day at the pool, most hotels will charge a small fee for swimming in their pools. Why not grab your beach bag and head over to a hotel pool for some relaxation time?
  • Museums-Most museums around the world are free or extremely cheap to access. Museums are a great place to learn about the culture and history of the local area. They are informative, interactive and fun

Don’t forget to take out travel insurance before you travel. If you are traveling to a country with an inferior currency, chances are that health and medical services there are rather inferior too. It might be wise to take out travel insurance to cover you in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Let’s sum this all up, shall we?

Accommodation (7 days).

Double room €35 – 50 = €245 – 350

Restaurant

Luxury Supermarket groceries €180

Transport

Car hire €50 × 7 days €350

Miscellaneous insert your own figure.

In my opinion, €1000 is more than enough spending money for two as long as you budget and plan your trip well. So why not plan an adventure there for your next holiday? I promise you will not regret it.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to slide into my DMs. If you like this post and would like to see more, do follow me on my Instagram page (@thatboujeebabe) and on my blog (http:/callmeboujee.com)

We loved this piece by Kel and most certainly feel the need to jet away now! Also, here’s a cute snap of Kel and our popcorn!

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Bus N Breakfast Competition! #win

We love everything to do with adventure and the outdoors, we’re talking; paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, surfing, kayaking, exploring- we love it all! This summer we want to see what adventures you encounter (be that big or small!) We are offering the chance to win three-nights stay on Bus n’ Breakfast and enough popcorn to fuel your next summer expedition. To be in with a chance of winning this super exciting prize, make sure you keep a look out for our social media posts with the routes of entry, the competition will be live from the 20th June 2018!

A Little Bit About Bus N Breakfast

The story started back in 2015 when Tom was working as a fireman in Canada and bought the bus off an elderly gentleman in Calgary, Alberta. He invested the next few months to strip out and convert the bus into a small home. When winter finally rolled around, the bus was parked up in a tiny ski town in the central Kootenay ranges called Revelstoke, famed for its biblical snowfall. Luckily the renovation stood the test and Tom lived in the bus for the Canadian winter, enjoying the access to the mountains she allowed.

The following Autumn, Tom’s wife Ella flew out to western Canada to meet him and the bus, to help embark on the huge 21 day drive across the North American continent to Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Not without hiccup!) From Halifax she was carefully placed on a boat setting sail for the sunny shores of Southampton.

Ella and Tom jumped on the next plane and followed suit. Once in England they realised that the ship had clearly braved “storm Barbara” during its voyage and some bits of the bus were looking a little worse for wear, so the decision was made to semi-gut, re-decorate and improve, making ‘mark 2!’.
She now rests in a sunny little field, surrounded by Oak Trees here in the South West, where she is regularly visited by those looking for their next adventure.

Bus n Breakfast is a home from home with double bedroom, bathroom complete with shower, on demand hot water and toilet, a kitchen with an oven, hob, sink and breakfast bar, as well as a fold down table and a sofa situated in front of a toasty log burner for the cooler evenings! Powered by solar panels on the roof, there are USB ports situated in the living area and bedroom for when you need access to the outside world and lights throughout. The bus is the perfect place to stay for those looking for somewhere a little unique to relax and unwind.

Have a watch of the video below to find out more about Bus N Breakfast!

Competition T&Cs

  1. Portlebay Popcorn Company Ltd (reg no. 10551352) whose registered office is at The Poppery, Unit 7, Meadow Close, Langage, Plympton, PL7 5EX.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over, except employees of Portlebay Popcorn Company and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition, whose entries are null and void.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person, per platform. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 8th August at 5pm. No further entries to the competition will be permitted after 5pm on the 8th August.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as instructed on the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter competition post.
  10. Any comments or interaction featuring scenes of violence, nudity, substance abuse, pornographic images or images used to incite hatred will be blocked and banned from the competition.
  11. Portlebay Popcorn Company Ltd. reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by Portlebay Popcorn.
  12. Portlebay Popcorn is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  13. The prize consists of 24 packets of Portlebay Popcorn and 3-nights stay on Bus n’ breakfast, and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  14. The 3- night stay on Bus n Breakfast is subject to availability.
  15. The 3-night stay must be taken during 2019.
  16. Bus n Breakfast reserve the right to amend or cancel the 3-night stay where circumstances dictate it necessary. Should the winner/s wish Bus n Breakfast to move to a different location for the duration of the 3-night stay, this location must be in Devon and the winner is responsible for any petrol and campsite costs incurred.
  17. The winner/s are responsible for their personal possessions whilst staying on Bus n Breakfast and no responsibility for the loss or damage of personal possessions will be taken by Bus n Breakfast.
  18. The winner will be chosen and verified by Portlebay Popcorn.
  19. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  20. Portlebay Popcorn will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / delivered to.
  21. Portlebay Popcorn’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  22. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  23. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  24. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: letspop@portlebaypopcorn.com
  25. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  26. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Portlebay Popcorn and not to any other party.

Row For The Ocean Q&A!

Ros, Kirsty, Laura and Kate, are the founders of Row For The Ocean, a 3000 mile row of the Atlantic; to raise awareness of the ocean plastic crisis. The girls are working with the charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to establish a Plastic Free Exeter by 2020. Working with SAS and also the charity’s Ocean Schools Programme, the girls want to also inspire and educate the younger community about the future and the environment. 

We were lucky enough to speak with these four very amazing ladies, who told us a little more about their mission! Keep reading to find out more about Row For The Ocean…

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Some of the girls with our popcorn!

Q&A with Row For The Ocean!

Why did the four of you amazing ladies decide to take on this challenge?

I think we see it as the ultimate challenge, once we have stepped on to the boat there is no escaping until we reach the other side. Since starting the campaign, we have also been driven to succeed by the amazing support we have received and the want to create real change in Exeter by reducing single-use plastics.

What was the planning process behind the idea of the row and when was the idea first thought up?

Ros had the idea, she sent us through the link in January 2017 and it took us 6 months to decide to sign up after realising we couldn’t think of a reason not to (apparently the fear of dying at sea isn’t enough to put us off!).  For the past 9 months we’ve spoken to as many people that have gone before us as possible to make sure we’re ready for the race start, it’s a big learning curve, but absolutely worth it! 

What do you hope to achieve through your 3,000-mile row?

 Our aim is simple, we see Exeter as a Plastic Free Coastline Community by 2020; and us winning the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, to ensure we get the most coverage possible for Surfers Against Sewage and the fight against single-use plastics.  We want to raise £60,000 for SAS to go towards their Ocean Schools programme.

 Where will you be launching and finishing the row?

 The row starts in La Gomera in the Canaries and finishes in the lovely English Harbour in Antigua.

 Prior to this challenge how long had you each been rowing?

Kirsty, Ros and Kate had all rowed for 5-7 years before takin on the challenge.  Laura , whilst not rowing in fine boats (think Olympics), has rowed around GB in 2016!

How long do you think it will take to complete the row?

We’re aiming for under 40 days however we’ll be taking food for up to 60! It really depends on the weather we get so we’re hoping for winds – in the right direction of course!

What does your weekly training schedule look like?

3 sessions on the rowing machine and 2 weights sessions is our base training schedule, however some weeks we’ll also add other cardio workouts in to up the workload and mix it up a bit.  Training for 12 months can become monotonous so it’s good to make sure you’re enjoying it!

Have you had to train in a specific way for this challenge?

 We’ve recently been lucky enough to get Silver Olympic rower Guin Batten on board who rowed across the North Atlantic a few years ago.  She’s currently helping us to build up our endurance on the rowing machine so that we’re ready for the 2 hour on 2 hour off shift patterns.  James Parkes from Exeter Chiefs Strength and Conditioning team has also put together our weights programme – it’ll be important to have core strength when getting bashed from all angles by the Atlantic.

Can you tell us a little about the boat that will be taking you across the Atlantic?

We’ll be taking an R45 Ocean Rowing boat built by Rannoch Adventure in Essex.  She’s already crossed the Atlantic twice and weathered a Force 10 storm so we know she’s up to the task! She’s 8.5 x 2m in size and has two cabins at either end that can sleep two people; she also self rights after capsizing (great!).

 How much ‘stuff’ can you take with you on this adventure? What will your packing lists look like?

As we’re aiming to be the fastest women in the race we’re going to be very careful with how much we take.  The race specifies the essential items and equipment we’ll need – Watermaker for fresh water, first aid kit, lots of food, jetboil, suncream, wet weather clothing and about a hundred other items including an anchor (not that useful for the Atlantic which is 5000m deep in places but the risk of hitting the reefs in Antigua makes it a necessity).

What are the biggest dangers/ scariest situations that could occur?

Capsize is always a danger, whilst we’ll be tied to the boat at all times the moments we enter and leave the cabins with the doors open are the riskiest.  If we capsize with a door open the boat won’t self right which has caused crews to need rescuing in the past! Help can also be quite far away so we’ve had to train ourselves to know what to do in an emergency – including getting the liferaft out as a last resort.

 What are you most looking forward to during your adventure?

The simplicity of life will be fantastic – no distractions, no mobile phones, just you and the boat.  There will also be amazing sunsets, wildlife, and views hardly anyone else have ever seen!

What will you miss the most?

 We like to answer this one with family and friends excluded – of course we will miss them!  A good shower will be missed,  a coffee in bed,  and also just some alone time – whilst we’re all good friends a 8.5x2m boat doesn’t allow more much personal space!

 Will supporters be able to track your movements somehow?

The race is tracked by Yellow Brick – they have an app that updates every 4hours so you can see how we’re getting on.  I always say it’s good to leave it a day so it looks like we’re moving faster!

 What are the different ways supporters can get involved?

We will be launching a Crowdfunder campaign for some of the final items of equipment on the 19th May 2018 so we want as many people as possible to support and spread the word! We’ve also got the opportunity for businesses to become a Row for the Ocean partner, here they’re able to get their logo on the boat and receive coverage through our social media, the press and the race media! You can visit www.rowfortheocean.co.uk for more details or send us an email at rowfortheocean@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Blogger Emma: Why She Loves Devon

Hi, I’m Emma, one of those ‘creative people’ now living in Devon… I spend my days blogging about Devon, photographing anything and everything, creating gifts, giving social media advice and trying to get to the beach with my Cyprus rescue dog, Lola and husband Mike! I quit the corporate world 18 months ago and never looked back! Based just outside Salcombe, I love nothing more than a windy beach walk or a day on the water, always camera in hand, trying to get that perfect Insta shot! You can find my insta page here: @emmathedevongirl

How I Ended up in Devon

My family moved to Devon from The Cotswolds in 2010. I stayed in the Cotswolds with my now husband and focused on working my way up the corporate ladder, until I started craving open seas and a more creative life. I packed my bags and quit my job in 2016 and off to Devon I went. After spending my summers at our Devon holiday home as a teenager, it really felt like I was heading back to Devon for a big holiday, the only difference this time, I still haven’t left! Time goes so fast down here, one minute you have a road completely to yourself in the middle of a frosty winter and the next you are picking the smallest lanes to try and avoid the tourists in summer! I have never worked harder, or been happier in my life!

Living a Devon life is something people talk about, even dream about. More and more people want to quit the rat-race in favour of a more simple life in the country, I am so lucky to be able to do this in my 20’s. I want to share this experience with the world, show everyone how wonderful Devon is, get them to come here on holiday or even get them to catch the bug and move here!

My Favourite spots in Devon

South Milton Sands is my go-to beach in the winter, but its just too busy nowadays in the summer, I often head to some of the other nearby beaches, such as Bigbury, North Sands or Bantham to mix it up a little!

Salcombe is one of my favourites places to wonder around – if you can get a parking space! It, again, gets pretty busy over the summer holidays, but there is so much to do and there really is something for everyone. I like to take the ferry over to the other side of the estuary and walk across the coast path to Gara Rock.

Another spot that I like is Noss Mayo. I recently visit this charming place, it was so pretty and the food in The Ship Inn (a very nice pub) was pretty tasty!

Devon Delicacies

I’m a true Devon cream tea girl – cream then a little jam on top! I also live for the sausage rolls at The Bake House in Salcombe and their salted caramel brownies! I am a great fan of finding new Devon based products, such as Portlebay Popcorn!

Have little sneak peak at my blog to find out even more about Devon, maybe you’ll discover a new place to go and explore? www.devongirl.co.uk

Meet Our Mascot Bob!

Bob

Our Portlebay team is a small and passionate group of individuals that adore popcorn and all things to do with the beach, outdoors and anything that will make us giggle! This is certainly accurate for our most jolly team member, Bob, our mighty mascot!

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting this cheeky chap, then say ‘hello’ to Bob the seagull! Along with his knobbly knees and beak full of popcorn, you may notice his very stylish American themed sailor hat. This quirky little addition represents the dawn of Portlebay Popcorn, when our wonderful Chief Pop-Meisters went on a great adventure to America and found their inspiration to start hand-popping delicious popcorn in Sunny little Devon.

Bob’s Fact File:

Name: Bob

Birthday: 12th March

Birth place: Born and bred in Sunny Cove, East Portlemouth

Height: Average seagull size

Favourite Colour: Navy blue and even better if it’s striped!

Favourite Activities: Bobbing on the sea waves,  sneaking popcorn from The Poppery and chasing all the gulls!

Favourite Popcorn Flavour: Lightly Sea Salted

Most Annoying Habit: Distracting and playing tricks on the Portlebay team (ALL THE TIME!)

 

Look out for Bob on our social media channels, he can be quite a cheeky bird but does love all the attention he can get!