Nicola Dellard-Lyle

Born in London and after a stint in the wilds of west Wales, Nicola has settled roughly in between. In the cultural hub of Bristol, she is fueling a life of creativity and opportunity whilst enjoying sharing it all on her blog.

Nicola is a magpie for photography journals and books about obscure people. Her artistic eye works in detailed close ups and looks to capture tactility. Nicola is intrigued by linguistics and often wonders how things came to be named. She aims to polish up her French some day soon and dreams of the chance to live in the city of love for a year, where she will become Parisian and write her first novel.

Still working on finding the perfect balance between awkward food intolerances, healthy eating and delicious food, Nicola can often be found blitzing dates or with a big grin on her face when ‘GF’ is spotted on the menu.

Whatever she’s doing, Nicola will most likely have her camera, notepad and a pen in tow, ready to document and share the wonderful things she is discovering in Bristol and beyond.

A few questions about nice things...

Who do you most admire?

People that make a positive difference, or are working hard to do so.

What are your favourite possessions?

Photographs; old, new, my family’s and my own. My books. Love letters from the early days. Our bespoke bed, handmade by my partner’s father.

Tell us about your perfect day or weekend...

Perfect days… they always start with a large mug of tea in bed and a book or a catch up about dreams from the night before. Breakfast swiftly follows and from there, there is usually an outing involving either walking boots or sandals depending on the season.

I enjoy days in spring and autumn the most as they offer up flawless natural light for magical walks and photography. Whatever the time of year, the perfect day is a blank canvas for adventures in an undiscovered countryside spot. Sometimes, we might not see anyone else for hours. If we decide to potter around in the city though, we inevitably bump into friends or family, which is the perfect opportunity for long catch-ups.

In the evening, we try a new recipe and cook up a storm together in the kitchen… and of course the perfect wheat free pudding is on the menu too. For the rest of the night we talk about past adventures and laugh hysterically into the early hours.

What makes you happiest?

Moments of pure synchronicity with my man.

What would you like to do in the future?

Everything I enjoy doing now and much more – to include owning an allotment for growing fruit and veg with my own little family.