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Celebrating St Davids Day – Ramsey Island Gin and St Davids Seaweed Gin

Celebrating St Davids Day – Ramsey Island Gin and St Davids Seaweed Gin

The days are noticeably lengthening and there’s a definite sense of Spring in the air. Truth be told, the daffodils have been out here in West Wales since January, so excited they are to welcome St David’s Day on 1st March. It’s a day of patriotism and celebration, a day of daffodils and song, of welsh cakes and Eisteddfodau. While gin might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Wales, we’re working towards changing that – incorporating the tastes and aromas of Wales as we work with different businesses to capture the essence of...

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Wild camping and war games – St Davids to Freshwater East

Wild camping and war games – St Davids to Freshwater East

With the realisation that life didn’t have to be beige anymore – that I could have the rainbow, and that I had the ability to make things happen for me, the complexion of the walk changed. It had taken 5 days of walking for me to recover myself – and we still had almost 3 months ahead of us! The weather continued, unbroken. Those hazy, hot days of summer will stay with us both forever. We continued on the Pembrokeshire coastal path from St Davids, heading for Freshwater East on the South Pembrokeshire coast. Although we had ditched extra kit...

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The Bruichladdich Story

The Bruichladdich Story

A chance meeting at the iconic Do Lectures, when Alex helped out the team from the Botantist Gin at their hugely popular event gin bar, lead to a huge opportunity for him to spend a week at the Bruichladdich distillery on the beautiful island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides. As well as a privileged insight into how one man’s vision transformed a derelict distillery into an operation worth £58 million in 10 short years, Alex experienced every aspect of this innovative distilling business. Everyone, every business, has a story. For Bruichladdich, it started with a love of whisky (well...

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Ellen gets her groove back – Cardigan to Abercastell

Ellen gets her groove back – Cardigan to Abercastell

 That I didn’t immediately shoot down Alex’s idea of walking around Wales together was perhaps a tiny chink of light, a sign that having made the break from teaching and returned to West Wales, I was starting to regain myself, but I don’t think I recognised it at the time. Still, I agreed to the adventure and became as immersed as Alex in the planning and preparation. Perhaps having something to take control of was what I needed. With hindsight, the car accident in November 2008 had left more than physical injuries: I’d stopped feeling like me. While Alex took...

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The first journey: The North Coast 500 and Badachro Gin

The first journey: The North Coast 500 and Badachro Gin

September 2017. A camper van, a toddler and a month of freedom. Heading north to the remote Applecross peninsula with a plan to follow the North Coast 500, little did we know, as we picked up a bottle of Badachro gin on our travels, how pivotal the trip would be to the next chapter in our lives – the chapter we’re writing every day, as we develop our bespoke gin distillery here in West Wales. By September 2017, we’d been back in West Wales for about 5 years, developing a food business at Plas y Wern where we were living,...

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The walk – beginnings

The walk – beginnings

2013; Alex’s appetite for adventure was whetted – but could he persuade Ellen to join him on the adventure of a lifetime? A Walk around Wales We were back in Cardigan – Ellen’s home town. Alex was buzzing with life – a life of outdoor adventure – swimming in the river, running crazy challenges with new friends. Inspired by Arry Beresford-Webb’s Dragon Run 1027 (marking 1027 miles around Wales), Alex was starting to wonder if he could attempt to run around Wales, unsupported, himself. While Alex was inspired to take up a challenge, Ellen wasn’t in the right place for...

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