Cookie policy

What’s a cookie?

When we’re talking about websites (not my next tea break), a “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive. Some record how you move your way around a website so, when you revisit that website, it can show you tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Others are used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.

Cookies are used by nearly all websites on the interwebs and do not harm your system.

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block all or some cookies at any time by activating this setting within your browser. You can also use your browser to delete cookies from your system.

If you do choose to use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of my site.

If you come and visit me in my Sabden studio you’ll get much nicer chocolate biscuity versions.

How I use cookies

I use cookies to track your use of my website. I promise I’m not up to anything creepy, it just enables me to understand how you use my site and track any patterns. This helps me to develop and improve my website, as well as services, in response to what you might need or want.

Cookies are either:

  • Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
  • Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. I use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.

Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on my website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
  • Performance cookies: These cookies enable me to monitor and improve the performance of my website. For example, they allow me to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
  • Functionality cookies: These cookies allow my website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, I may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.

Third party cookies
Please note that I embed Youtube and Vimeo videos on my website, they may also use cookies, over which I have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

For more information visit:
How Google uses cookies (Youtube)
Vimeo Cookie Policy

Cookie settings on your computer

You may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. I suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

If like me, you prefer the chocolate biscuity kind of cookies, there’s plenty of those on offer when you come and see me IRL.