A Whizzy Update!

Bazza’s Catch Up

I apologise to all my loyal supporters for a lack of posts this year. I am pleased to say life has been very busy!

I have missed all the interaction and so I have given myself a slap on the face and decided to get on with it.

So here is a resume of what’s been happening in my life.

Baby Sol

On a personal note, the greatest thing is the arrival of another gorgeous grandson, Solomon Herb Smith Hancox (known as Sol!). Born to Flora and Oli in April. He is the most beautiful boy and I am so proud of both of my grandsons. Flora and Oli went to a huge amount of effort in researching family history. Solomon was Simone’s great grandfather.

Solomon Berengarten is right of the bride


Fillet and Bone

The most significant occurrence since my last blog is my involvement in the development and opening of a new ‘Urban Farm Shop’ in Chipping Campden, Fillet & Bone. Last year I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Pat Willins and Chris Gates. After running very successful businesses, Chris and Pat made the decision to have a lifestyle change and purchased the historic butcher’s shop and its surrounding buildings. Smiths had been occupiers for a century and it really is a fascinating property.

It’s been such an exciting time, helping to develop the concept, seeking out great artisan producers and seeing the brand progress. The shop opened on 20th March and goes from strength to strength with further initiatives on-going. Fillet & Bone sells the best quality local meat and poultry from Todenham Manor, Nolan Brook and Adlington with fruit and vegetables from local growers, Drinkwaters. Fresh fish from Cornwall is available to buy Wednesdays – Saturdays each week as well as the most amazing Cacklebean Eggs, available daily. We  are constantly seeking out new, appealing and innovative products with an emphasis, wherever possible, on local and artisan. There are food and drink tastings from local suppliers most Saturdays.

Shortribs from the meat counter
Lovely Jo with Cavolo Nero, Kale and Chard for the Fruit and Veg Exchange

Austin, Texas

In June, Simone and I visited our son, Edward, in Austin, Texas. Ed studies film production at The University of Texas and lives in Austin. Ed has had great success with his documentary films so far and has been recognised as one of the BBC’s rising stars!

I’ve travelled quite a bit of the USA but Texas was new to me. Austin, the state capital, is a very beautiful city with the Colorado River running through its heart. We stayed in the best Airbandb in the South Congress area with views down Congress towards The Capitol building.

The history of Texas goes back to the 17th Century when it was first occupied by Spain and its occupants were known as Tejarnos. Parts of Texas were in the State of Mexico in the 18th Century. In 1836 the Mexican army, after a long siege, defeated the American Army in a massacre which took place at The Alamo.

One of the very special features of this fabulous city is its food offering. Significantly, food trucks are situated randomly throughout the city producing some of the best Tex-Mex food. In Ed, we had our own personal escort who took us to some great truck stops and restaurants. I understand that buyers from Marks and Spencer and Waitrose visit Austin each year to pick up on the latest food trends from the trucks.

You can watch your beef, and whatever else you choose, in smokers built on site by the trucks and restaurants. To me, it was such a fascinating and memorable visit.

A smoking lesson
Two stepping at The Broken Spoke

and then there is San Antonio. Another beautiful city situated on the river.

The Alamo. A huge piece of Texan/Mexican history derives from The Alamo including the death of Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Just a few other highlights of the year so far:

Four beautiful weddings

Ed and Rachel
Tom and Jules
Sally and Danny
Paul and Rachel

and one more to come…

Tom and Kimberley

Congratulations, Mazeltov and loads of love

Then there was this lovely couple renewing their marriage vows 25 years on. Happy anniversary Shruti and Amit

…and then this ‘Cotswold Life Business and Professional Awards’

Well It’s only taken 62 years to achieve this but very proud

and then this….

Cocktails in The Lygon Arms new courtyard. Its so exciting to see the fabulous new development at this iconic hotel,  which has been such an important part of my life

Back soon

I am so happy to back in touch with you all. Watch this space!


3 thoughts on “A Whizzy Update!

  1. Great update from you Barry,
    Wow what an interesting year you have had and a new grandson who looks soooo much like you.
    All the best to you and Simone for the rest of the year

  2. Lovely round up Barry of all your adventures and special moments…can’t wait for the next one! Xxxx

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