On Sunday afternoon we tidied the flat and put up all of our Christmas decorations – nothing too exciting, just a really cute tree and a few other bits and pieces here and there. I decided to make it a festive evening, with Christmas music playing, some non-alcoholic mulled wine bubbling in the background, an IPA chilling in the fridge, pieces of iced fruit cake to snack on, and a party tea to finish it all off in the evening. It’s so nice to have all of our decorations up, I love switching on the fairy lights in the evening and lighting wintry candles around the lounge.
I was so excited to find non-alcoholic mulled wine! I didn’t even know it existed. Thank you Infinity Foods! I know that Marks and Spencer make one, too. They also make amazing vegan party food! It’s a tradition every year for Trout and I to pop in and stock up so that we can have little party teas together over Christmas, but I couldn’t resist popping in on my own to grab a couple of packs for the Decorating Day. We had a few bits and pieces from their Indian selection and Chinese selection packs. I absolutely love the spring rolls with stars on! So yummy. Not the sweetcorn ones, though. Yuck.
I love that Rasputin knows when it’s advent calendar time! When I pick it up he runs straight over to the sofa, and we perch on the edge while I find the window and empty the treats into my hand. Sometimes he eats them out of my palm, but most of the time he’ll pick up one or two at a time, leap down and eat them, then jump back onto the sofa to repeat the process. It’s pretty cute.
In other Christmas news, I couldn’t help myself – I had to make a little family elf video. They’re ridiculous, but also ridiculously funny! Click here to watch it. It’s got me, two of Trout (don’t ask), Rasputin and Trout’s niece Jasmine. I hope the link works – if it doesn’t, let me know and I’ll take it down.
Have you put your Christmas decorations up yet? We decorated our office yesterday, and our tree is kind of ridiculous. It’s even covered in fake snow – this stuff is incredible! It comes in a powder, you mix it with water, and it turns into snow. Brilliant! I also sprayed it with fake snow, and it’s covered in classy decorations, with a colour scheme and everything. We did our office proud!
Last weekend I went home to spend a couple of days with my family, as my sister and brother-in-law had kindly bought us an early Christmas present to enjoy together. He had booked us into Glazy Daisy, a pottery painting shop, on Saturday morning, followed by lunch at Juliets, a super sweet café nearby. It was so nice to spend time with the ladies in my family! And such a thoughtful present. As part of my sister’s hen party we had organised for everyone to go to the same pottery shop for a few hours, but I was unwell that morning so couldn’t make it. It was really nice to be able to make something for her, still.
My Mum and I accidentally wore matching outfits. I tried to make her change and she refused, but it was kind of nice wearing matching mama and daughter outfits. We arrived at the pottery shop a little early so headed over the road for a much-needed coffee. The cakes looked incredible! Sadly none were vegan, though.
Tea for my motherbear.
Coffee for me and my sister. I told you I was hooked on flat whites!
Getting started at the pottery shop.
A little girl was sat on the table behind us with her Grandmother, and out of the blue she said, ‘Last week I found a dog hair in my sandwich!’. It made us laugh so much, and we all thought, welcome to our world. Cat/dog/hamster hair absolutely everywhere.
My Mum and sister working hard on their ornaments. We chose baubles of different shapes and designs to give to each other for Christmas.
My sister made matching mittens, one for me and one for her tree. You’ve got to love family nicknames!
My Mum forgot her glasses but I think hers came out pretty darn well.
After we had finished painting (well, after Mum and Nat had finished waiting a good half an hour extra for me to finish – this wise guy decided that four baubles was a really good idea, and the perfectionist in me just had to make them perfect…) we drove down to another part of Tunbridge Wells, near The Pantiles, for lunch.
Such a sweet cafe! The staff were lovely.
Lunch! The salads all looked amazing, and almost all of them were vegan. I picked a kind of bruschetta that was topped with hummus and roasted peppers and basil, with a beetroot salad and a roasted carrot and sweet potato salad. Delish!
The bruschetta was super tasty, but for some reason the bread was stale and tough as anything, so halfway through sawing it apart it shot across the table and, obviously, landed upside down. Hummus literally everywhere.
After lunch we did a spot of shopping near the Pantiles before heading home. I had to get back to Brighton that evening as Trout and I were going to see one of our favourite bands, but it was lovely spending time with my Mum and my sister, with no boys around!
The next day Trout and I had a relaxing Sunday at home, catching up and pottering around the flat. We headed into town as I had a craving for cupcakes, and we picked up a few bits for dinner. I dragged Trout around three cake shops before we finally found one that had vegan cupcakes left, but it was totally worth the wait. Vegan and gluten free carrot cake, packed with cinnamon. It felt really seasonal! We scoffed our cupcakes and read our newspapers and magazines with my salted caramel candle burning away in the background. Welcome, December! You started off pretty well.
A simple dinner of falafel, hummus, couscous, chaat and naan bread.
Yesterday I had a day off, apart from taking some photographs for one of our clients. I spent most of the day cleaning, making lists and Christmas shopping, met Trout for a little lunch date in the middle, and in the evening I went to a friends’ house to meet their brand new baby boy, Luca. He was just the sweetest! What a great end to the week. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
image found via Pinterest
I don’t think I’ve been more thankful for a single month is a long, long time. November, you treated us so well. There were plenty of highlights shared on the blog, and others which I’ve kept to myself which shall be revealed in the coming months. Let’s see what I got up to over the past 30 days.
I finally made a Christmas cake! And a white chocolate torte. And ate toast.
The toast wasn’t exactly super exciting, but it was part of a Photo Every Hour series. I loved putting this together!
We celebrated Rasputin’s 5th birthday!
I bought some lovely new music.
We picked sloe berries and made sloe gin!
I photographed the fabulous Sultan’s Delights for Fresh Vegan magazine. That involved food, too.
I met up with Lucie (twice!) and Laura, and we had a sweet coffee date. More of those, please!
I had so many flat whites, I’m a total convert.
We had fun in a photobooth! I absolutely love them, and these photos are so special.
And last but not least, I was interviewed by the fantastic Amazine! This was pretty exciting for me, and I’m still so chuffed that they got in touch.
Other things that I got up to, but didn’t photograph; I saw one of my favourite bands, and caught up with old friends at a really fun show. I spent the weekend with my family, went to a pottery painting shop with my Mum and sister, and had lunch together at the sweetest cafe – photos will follow of that this week. I’ve been settling into our new office and slowly meeting all of the other people who work in the building. It’s been really nice having Trout working next door, and he’s been great at introducing me to everyone.
image found via Pinterest
Oh, December, what do you have in store for me? Of course there is Christmas. I’m so excited! I have so many Christmas parties to look forward to this year – between my full-time work, freelance work, Trout’s company and a few dinners with friends, it’s going to be a month of spending time with loved ones by the looks of things. Just the way it should be. Trout and I also have a long weekend planned in Cornwall, and tickets to visit the Eden Project. We’re so excited! It’s been on our must-visit list for such a long time, and everyone that I’ve spoken to has raved about it. Then there is a trip to Barcelona for New Years Eve! I feel spoilt with so much positivity lately.
How was your November? Do you have any exciting plans for December?
A little while ago you might remember I mentioned that I was contributing to a new online vegan magazine called Fresh Vegan. Well, the magazine is now live, and you can view it here! As a regular contributor I’ll be writing about some of my favourite places to eat in Brighton, and in this issue I went to Wai Kika Moo Kau to chat to the owner, Faruk, and take a few photographs. The online magazine is packed with great recipes, interviews and articles, so make sure you sit down with a large mug of coffee and enjoy. Let me know what you think!
Thanks to Jacqui and Ron for asking me to contribute.
When Nicola got in touch with me recently to see whether I would be interested in trying some of their products, I literally couldn’t reply any quicker! I’m a terribly ashamed vegan to admit that I don’t try as hard as I should do to buy vegan make-up. I absolutely love Lush’s Dream Cream and honestly believe it’s one of the best moisturisers I’ve tried – but as far as my other cosmetics go, I am fairly lazy. I have a beautiful vanilla scented shower gel which is veggie and not tested on animals, but as my Motherbear works at Boots I frequently get gifted unused testers and cheap giftsets that she’s picked up from work. Some of the products are fantastic, and when I’ve run out I’ll often just pick up a new one because I know that it’s a great product, but what I don’t know is whether it’s vegan or not.
There isn’t a great deal of information out there, either. I remember Mac being helpful in the past, but they’ve seemingly gone quiet on whether their products are vegan or not. I’ve bought a few items from vegan brands in the past, but quite frankly they were shocking. It’s the same with vegan shoes – I honestly don’t know how these companies can charge ridiculous prices for their range, when I can pick up the same quality, made in the same country, and with better design and style, on the highstreet for a fifth of the price.
ANYWAY. Back to Arbonne. Now I am by no means any kind of beauty blogger. At all. You won’t find any shots of me trying these samples out (no-one needs to see my face that close!) but I will say this – their products are fantastic. Their range is entirely vegan, so I couldn’t wait to jump on board.
I received sachets of foundation, day and night cream, freshener and primer. Both the day and night creams were so lovely to use; they had a subtle citrus flavour, and made my skin really smooth. The foundation was quite thick – and it did take me a few sachets to find the right shade for me. I’m as pale as anything, but according to these sachets I was soft blush! The freshener was lovely, too. I can’t say I’ve ever used a product like this before, or even heard of it, but it was silky smooth to use, and had the same fresh scent that the day and night creams had. I’ve never used primer before either, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but it was so smooth to apply and left my skin feeling really soft all day. I really did love the smell of the creams, it made the products seem so fresh and clean.
If you would like to order Arbonne products, get in touch with Nicola. For more information, take a look at her blog, and make sure you mention her ID number when you order:441117872. Enjoy!
Do you strictly buy vegan make-up? Any brands you would like to share?
This weekend was mostly spent at home, which was good and bad. I wasn’t very well on Saturday so we ended up spending the entire day in bed or on the sofa. The sky looked so blue from my window, I was so annoyed with my stupid body. Thankfully Trout was brilliant, and made sure that even though we couldn’t go out and enjoy the sunshine, we still had a fun day indoors. On Sunday we did manage to get out of the flat (hooray!) and even though the weather wasn’t quite as nice, we still had a fun day. A walk around the shops, lunch at Iydea, and a trip to the photobooth. When I met up with Laura last week she told me that Snoopers Paradise had installed a photobooth (I love that a visitor to Brighton had to tell me that!) so I dragged Trout there for some photo fun. We also did a bit of Christmas shopping, and bought some goodies for dinner in the evening.
I love the top-right photo – that was the first one that the booth took, and we weren’t quite prepared for it, hence the quite bored/angry looking faces!
We made a recipe from one of our favourite cookbooks, Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day. It’s fun to mix things up and make something new, it’s our favourite way of cooking. Plus anything tastes good with sesame oil, right?
In the middle of making an asian coleslaw. So bright and colourful!
Bánh mì – super yum!
A total munchkin face. He kept us up all weekend by running around the flat all night. He crashed into the clothes horse a thousand times so there were pants absolutely everywhere. Scratching the carpet, running the full length of the flat, from the end of the lounge, all the way up the stairs, jumping onto our bed then repeating. Over and over again. Thanks, Ras. We tried to keep him awake all day on Sunday but it didn’t really help. Ugh. I don’t know why he has suddenly become so naughty, it’s nights like these that remind me why we don’t let him have cat nip. Last night he was surprisingly good – really cute and snuggly, so here’s hoping it was just a weekend phase.
This week looks to be pretty busy with work, and I’m really trying to finish off the majority of my Christmas shopping. There’s something so nice about the thought of just being finished, having them all wrapped up – and then I just have to wait until I can give them out. I can’t believe that Christmas is less than a month away! I can’t wait.
I hope your week is going well!
It took me a while to get my head around taking time off work if I didn’t have anything to do. That is to say, didn’t have a holiday booked or a family gathering planned or anything at all really. But with so many holiday days left to take this year, I’ve been dotting them around and could get used to four day weeks!
This morning I started the day editing photographs from an event I went to yesterday, before leaving to get to Street Diner before it opened to photograph the lovely Sultan’s Delights for Fresh Vegan. I’ll be featuring Oz’s amazing food in the spring issue of Fresh Vegan, so watch this space. Remember the winter issue will be going live on 1st December – not long left to wait!
After I had taken a thousand photos she kindly let me leave with a tub full of goodies (and a couple of slices of her amazing baklava!) and I headed home to sort through the photographs, before meeting the lovely Lucie and Laura at Cafe Coho. It was so nice to have a little lunchtime coffee date!
After coffee I picked up a fresh tub of Dream Cream from Lush (best moisturiser ever!) before heading home to go on a cleaning spree around the flat, so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it at the weekend. How old do I sound! Anyway, a couple of laundry loads, two clean bathrooms, a clean kitchen, an empty bin and a cleaned out litter tray later, I was done.
Now I’m enjoying my salted caramel candle, watching a bit of TV and checking the clock knowing that I really need to get ready to go out but just a few more minutes. Trout and I are meeting my parents for an early dinner at a lovely Japanese restaurant, before they go to a concert at the Dome. This weekend we don’t have too many plans, so it will be fun to see where it takes us. Do you have any plans?
Life lately has, of course, mostly involved eating and making exciting plans!
I’ve made my Christmas cake! Every year Trout asks me to make our Christmas cake, and every year I either forget, never get round to it, can’t be bothered, don’t see the point for just the two of us… not this year. I had a day off a few weeks ago, so decided that I had no more excuses, it was time to finally make my own cake. I used to absolutely love Christmas cake, so I don’t know why I’ve never made one before.
Gingerbread porridge! Oh gosh, this is just the perfect start to the day.
Enjoying everything squash-related! Butternut squash and roasted apple soup, squash and filo pie, squash tagine, baked squash. So yummy and seasonal.
I was inspired by Sultan’s Delights and tried my hand at making Börek. They were pretty good, but nothing compared to hers!
Salted caramel candle! Geez Louise this smells incredible. It makes the whole flat smell amazing, but also makes me want to bake cookies and caramel and treats and bowls of icing. Which isn’t helping my attempt at a sugar detox.
Indulging in some of Sultan’s Delights vegan baklava. It’s just so syrupy and delicious! If I baked this myself, and it was even half as good as hers, I would eat the whole tray by myself. And that definitely wouldn’t help my sugar detox.
We’ve booked our flights for New Years Eve, and are flying to Barcelona to see my best friend, Laia! I’m SO excited. We have friends joining us while we’re there too, which just puts a big smile on my face.
If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me chatting about a new online magazine called Fresh Vegan. I was kindly asked to contribute to the magazine, and I’m really excited to see the finished copy. The magazine will be going live on Sunday 1st December, so be sure to pop over to the website and take a look through! There are so many wonderful people contributing – including vegan chefs who are sharing some fantastic vegan recipes, just in time for Christmas. You can follow Fresh Vegan on Twitter, and Like them on Facebook.
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately! Do you have any plans for New Years Eve? We’re really enjoying going away every year. Trout hasn’t spent a NYE in the UK for four years, and I don’t think he plans on doing it again for a while!
I recently discovered Good Guys vegan shoes – I think I may be a little bit behind the times with this one, which I’m quite ashamed to admit as I like to think I stay on top of vegan affairs! Either way, I thought I would share this brand with you guys as it’s new to me and I’m totally in love. Swoon. Honestly, if I could design my own shoes they would look like this. They are perfection for your feet.
Hello loafers, you are so dreamy.
Hello brogues, you are so bright and fun.
Hello perfect, practical but fun pair of loafers. You might be my favourite.
And they don’t just make shoes – these bags are brilliant, too! Great for summer. They remind me of my favourite Trader Joes bag, which I sadly had to say goodbye to earlier in the year after I wore it too many times and it died a sad death.
Have you heard of Good Guys?
If you have, WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME ABOUT THEM!
It’s been so long since I put together a Photo Every Hour post – since March, in fact! So here is my Sunday. Even though we usually plan quite a lot to do at the weekends, this Sunday was a day for relaxing. Cooking, catching up with TV programmes, and enjoying some time at home, making sloe gin.
I woke up at around quarter to eight and rolled over to give Ras a tickle and to see if Trout was awake yet. Nope, still snoozing. I turned back and picked up my phone to check my emails and a few tweets that had come through overnight. As I scrolled through Twitter I clicked on the #m42 hashtag, and couldn’t believe what had been happening while I slept. I’m so glad that the situation was resolved, and even though more than a handful of the tweets were so awful, I once again had my faith in humanity restored. There are really good people in this world. I have so much love for all of the staff involved in the emergency. Their patience and knowledge saved a man’s life, and I hope that he can find the strength to move forward, with ongoing support.
I walked downstairs to make myself a cup of coffee, and decided that it was now or never. Time to clear that mountain of washing up that had somehow appeared overnight.
Trout rolled out of bed, so we started celebrating Rasputin’s 5th birthday! We had bought him a new scratching post, and it was pretty pimped. I think he loved his pressie.
We spent the morning catching up with all of the episodes of Masterchef: The Professionals that we’d missed. Which was a lot. It’s one of my favourite programmes, but we seem to miss it every week and can’t find the time to catch up after that. That’s what weekends are for, right?
Coffee and toast break.
Still in bed watching Masterchef…
OK, OK. I’m up and dressed and ready to go! We headed out to Waitrose to pick up a few ingredients for lunch.
Prepping veg and herbs for lunch.
Lunch is served! Creamy mushroom and tarragon pie with roasted vegetables, kale and broccoli, and a parsley mash. It was so good. I love having dinner at lunchtime every so often – it feels like Christmas, or just a special occasion. Which it was! It was Ras’ birthday!
We moved to the sofa and decided to catch up with more Masterchef, and a couple of the chocolate chip cookies that I’d baked the day before.
I don’t think Monica is very impressed with my cookies…
After all that food I needed to change into something more comfortable, before plopping onto the sofa to read some of my book. I’ll be so sad when I finish it.
I’ve still not finished my book, but it was Observer Food Monthly day and I couldn’t wait any longer before diving in.
Time for Lifestyle Bloggers chat on Twitter. I could only stick around for about twenty minutes of the chat this time around, though, which was a shame. It’s a great way of meeting new bloggers and sharing tips and tricks – if you’re interested in joining, just pop onto Twitter from 7pm-8pm and use the hashtag #lbloggers. You’ll soon pick up the topic of the evening and then just start contributing!
Being on the internet while Trout was streaming F1 wasn’t working, so I closed my laptop and got back to reading the newspaper and hanging out with Rasputin.
It may be your birthday Rasputin, but try to have some dignity.
F1 was pretty much over, so we decided to crack on with making our sloe gin. We sat at the table and worked our way through the big bowl of sloes that we had picked, our fingers were red and purple.
After we had finished adding sugar and gin, and swirling it all around, we cleaned up and headed to bed for an episode or two of The League, currently our favourite comedy TV show.
So, that was our Sunday! Nothing exciting, but it was really nice to spend the day together relaxing and celebrating Rasputin’s birthday. Thanks to everyone on here and on Twitter and Facebook that humoured this crazy cat lady by wishing my little whiskerface a happy birthday!
I can’t believe it’s your 5th birthday Mr Whiskerface! I remember going to visit you and your brothers and sisters at six weeks old and holding your teeny tiny body as you tried to crawl inside my coat. Oh gosh, you were the sweetest. You’re a bit of a terror now, but you are one handsome chappy, and I love you!* Happy Birthday!
*CRAZY CAT LADY ALERT!
I’ve mentioned the Head and the Heart a couple of times on my blog, and today I picked up two of their albums. If you have an hour or two spare, check them out. They make such lovely music. I’m looking forward to an afternoon of listening to them on repeat, and maybe whipping up a batch of Ms Cupcake’s chocolate chip cookies. I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!
I thought I would do a little update as I haven’t posted much this week and I’m not sure I’ll be posting for a few more days as I have a lot on at the moment, and quite enjoying some time to myself. I’ve had the week ‘off work’, which has been filled with a big freelance project, so not really a week off at all. That’s not to say that I haven’t been having a lot of fun, because I have. I worked tirelessly on Monday – the kind of length that makes your eyes swell and you come away from the screen blinking, lost in time. I did a bit more work on Tuesday morning before visiting a close friend who was off work. She cooked the most amazing lunch (is there anything better than garlic mushroom on olive bread? With an incredible salad on the side? I think not) and after I left I picked up a few things for dinner and made Burmese curry for Trout and I. It was pretty good.
While I was at Vicky’s house, this happened. I am that girl who has insane friends with outfits for her pets.
On Wednesday I spent the day in London, which obviously had to start with coffee from my favourite local company, before I hopped on a train. I shopped (let’s not say too much about that, and let’s definitely not add up the price tags).
I met a friend for coffee, and we walked around the National Portrait Gallery, which was so much fun. It was the day before the photography prize opened though, so unfair! Especially as we knew it would be all set up, waiting for us. Couldn’t they give us a sneak peek?! We settled for the main collection, commenting on fantastic beards and gigantic heads and beady eyes and portraits of families who clearly haven’t bred outside of their gene pool in a thousand years, before walking up to Tibits for a few (non- alcoholic) cocktails and dinner. I hadn’t been there for such a long time, it was lovely to be back.
Afterwards I left and made my way to the Wellcome Collection for the private view, incidentally bumping into the artists outside as they tried to locate the Premier Inn nearby, and met another friend. It was so lovely to catch up that we hardly even took in the work. We found a quiet spot to chat, but it felt so brief and rushed and not nearly enough time. Dinner in one month’s time together can’t come fast enough.
Apart from working and meeting friends, I’ve been listening to The Flatliners new record:
And new The Head and the Heart tracks:
Catching up with my favourite blogs and eating too much peanut butter (I definitely couldn’t work from home all of the time. Either that or I would have to lock all biscuits, bars of chocolate, jars of peanut butter and other snacks in a cupboard away from my boredom induced hunger). I’ve been addicted to the series, Killers Behind Bars. Each week Professor David Wilson looks at a different serial killer, tries to piece together previously unsolved murders, and matches them together with the traits of that convict, to try and resolve the case.
So that’s what I’ve been up to this week! I have a few half-written posts which I’m sure I’ll be posting over the next week or so. I hope everyone has had a great week, and enjoy the weekend! Apparently it might snow next week, or at the very least it will be very cold, so make the most of any autumn-wear you haven’t cracked out yet!
This weekend was so much fun! We seemed to pack in so much, which always makes for a good weekend. The two days were completely different, going from the busy Big Smoke (hello rain!) to the Sussex countryside, getting back to nature.
I ended up working until 11pm on the Friday evening so I was more than ready to relax when it came to Saturday morning. We left bright and early (10.30am…) and popped onto a train to London with a friend. The best mornings begin with a flat white from Small Batch, my favourite coffee company.
We met a few friends and headed to Brecknock Road for the Vegan Festival. The weather was terrible, so we didn’t stick around very long which was a shame. The Third Estate was absolutely packed, and I managed to try on one beautiful pair of boots, but due to the rain and our hungry bellies we headed off to somewhere warm for some lunch. Sorry if I missed anyone while I was there.
We walked via Covent Garden with the intention of having lunch at Wahaca, but unfortunately there was a 45 minute wait and our bellies just couldn’t wait that long.
I wish we had waited, though. We ended up going to Benito’s Hat, and having the worst burrito ever.
To make up for the disappointing burrito, we found a Mexican bar where we had cocktails and some tequila.
They made me an amazing non-alcoholic mojito – it was so good!
Oh HI ladies! It’s like we’re in a dream.
The guy behind the bar talked Trout and a friend through their selection of tequila, and let them try the most expensive tequila they served. I love this paparazzi shot!
I had a sip of the tequila that they chose to buy, and it was fiery. I don’t know how they drank it! Not my cup of tea. We wondered around until we got to Soho, where we picked a really nice bar that served Indian snacks. I’m a sucker for chaat!
Afterwards we made our way to a cocktail bar, followed by another bar, followed by dinner at Banana Tree. I’ve never been there before, and the food was fantastic. It’s so great that they label everything vegan – there are loads of dishes to choose from, and they even serve tofu and mock-duck! The restaurant was rammed – 9.30pm on a Saturday evening is clearly dinner time for London – but the staff were so attentive and calm, I don’t quite know how they did it.
On Sunday we went home to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. It was so nice to have our family all together, I love it when it happens. Mum, Dad, Sister, Brother-in-law and Trout. Oh, and the dogs. My sister cooked us all lunch, and Dan (Brother-in-law) made dessert. It was so kind of them, and so delicious. The meat-eaters had salmon en croute, and us vegans had a roasted veg tart, all with new potatoes and chilli greens. Dan made the most amazing fruity, orangey crumble, which I drowned in soya cream. Phew, we were stuffed and very happy!
Happy Birthday Papa!
After lunch Trout was asking Mum if there was anywhere nearby that would have sloe berries growing. She rang a friend who works in conservation in the area, who happened to have gone out that morning and found some, so we drove down and got picking. I love coincidences like that! A couple of years ago we made sloe gin, and it was so much fun. It’s pretty simple to make, and I’m hoping we have some leftover to give as gifts.
I love this photo of Trout and my Mum picking sloes <3
The peaceful countryside…
… before the dogs attacked!
Some other berries that we weren’t quite sure of their name.
So that was our weekend! I love that it contained both a busy city day and a relaxing, family day in the countryside. This week I’m off work, but have a big freelance project to complete – so I don’t really have a week off, haha. I have sneaked in the odd day off to spend with friends – today I’m off to visit a good friend while she’s off sick, and tomorrow I’m back to London for the private view at Wellcome Collection, and to spend the day with a friend.
Have you ever made sloe gin? It’s really simple, trust me. I suppose the tricky part is just trying to find those pesky sloe berries! Have a great week everyone!
I’ve mentioned a couple of times how you can also find me over on Amazine. It’s such a great social media platform – the layout looks really good, and it’s a simple but effective way of sharing your blog content, and any other beautiful things that have caught your eye. Recently I was asked by the lovely people behind Amazine to be featured in their biweekly magazine, which is sent out by email. I was so flattered! The team are all so sweet and friendly, and it was such an honour to be interviewed by them. You can sign up to Amazine here, and you can find me here. Have a play around and tell me what you think!
I think it might be too late to receive the newsletter that I was featured in, so here is the interview in full. Thanks for having me, Amazine!
To follow the fantastic tagine that Trout made a few weeks ago, I made a white chocolate torte for dessert. It’s one of my favourite sweet recipes - taken from Steven’s blog, Lustrous Musings - and pretty simple to put together. It’s perfect for when you have guests over too, as it needs to be made in advance so that it can set, so it’s one less thing to worry about on the night.
I used an amazing bar of white chocolate with strawberry pieces that I bought while we were in Berlin – usually I make this recipe with white chocolate buttons, but I’m not sure I’ve seen them for a while, and this chocolate is incredible. When Veganz opens next year in London, I flippin’ hope they stock it.
The torte went down pretty well – Sophia was scraping away at her plate until she was sure she had eaten every last crumb. Even as an 18-month old she clearly has a sweet tooth!
How is everyone’s week going? The weekend went by in a bit of a blur, but was a lot of fun, and mainly involved a lot of food! I went for a drink with Trout’s company on Friday evening, followed by a spontaneous visit to Pizza 7, a fairly new pizza place nearby – it was so good! Usually vegan pizzas are a bit hit and miss as they can be quite dry without the cheese, but thanks to the rich tomato sauce and fantastic base, I can’t recommend this place enough. Their beer menu was great too, and they even served non-alcoholic beer which made me super happy! Saturday I spent most of the day in my jim-jams as I wasn’t feeling too well, but thankfully I was well enough to go to Trout’s brother’s 21st birthday meal in the evening with his family. Hello Mexican food! It was a fun evening. On Sunday an old friend spontaneously decided to pop down to Brighton and visit – it was so lovely. We hadn’t seen each other for more than three years, but it was like it had only been a few weeks. I think that’s the sign of a real friendship. We went for a roast dinner, followed by cake, and it was a pretty perfect day.
How was your weekend? Any plans for this week?
Blah blah blah October went quickly. I say it every month. Everyone says it every month. But seriously, this month went way faster than any other month ever. What did I even do?!
Well obviously the main thing was my sister getting married!
I ate a lot of cupcakes. Actually October was filled with so many cakes, bowls of icing, cookies and chocolate bars that I think I need a serious detox! I don’t know why I’ve been on such a sugar rush lately, but my skin is definitely not liking it.
We went for brunch at Smokeys. It was alright.
I’ve been getting more and more excited about winter and Christmas!
I photographed pretty much my favourite restaurant in the world, for a project that I’ll be revealing in the next few months.
I’ve been hanging out with Ras in the morning.
Our company also moved offices, which was strange. And now I work in the office next door to Trout. Which is weird – really, really weird. But if I’m being entirely honest, it’s also kind of nice. But don’t tell Trout! The official line is that it’s terrible.
Oh, November. What do you have in store?
- I’ll be attending the launch of Wills Vegan Shoes on the 9th, which I blogged about here. It’s part of the Brecknock Road Vegan Festival. Will you be going, too?
- Masterchef: The Professionals!! Ridiculously excited about a new series – it’s one of my favourite TV programmes.
- Plenty of freelance work to keep me busy.
- Private view at the Wellcome Collection, aka my favourite museum. Which means another trip to London, wahoo!
- My Dad’s birthday next weekend, which means that I get to see my family, AND possibly a few of the official wedding photographs.
- An old friend coming down to visit me in Brighton today. And a roast dinner!
- Rasputin’s 5th birthday! I can’t believe my chunky monkey is going to be five. Is it time for another birthday party?
- Meeting up with the most wonderful photographer, Lucie. We’ve ‘known’ each other for a few years online, so it’ll be so nice to meet-up now she’s moved down!
I’m sure there are a few other things that I’ve forgotten about, but it’s looking like it could be a pretty darn good month. How was your October? Any plans for November? I’m still cracking on with my Christmas shopping, which is making me slightly less stressed about the mountain of presents that I have to buy. It feels great to tick people off my gift list. Next stop? Christmas cards!!
A few weeks ago I put together some of the things that are inspiring me in the change of seasons, in terms of clothing – layers, textures, prints, cosy knits, and a masculine edge. As we sped through October and are about to enter November, I’ve started my Christmas shopping, and as the night is appearing earlier everyday I am looking forward to rushing home from work, being greeted by my two favourite boys, preparing a warming, hearty meal and relaxing in front of the sofa together.
We tend to favour risotto whatever time of year it is, but there’s something so lovely about a wintry bowl of roasted, almost smoked vegetables. This roasted cauliflower, sage and almond risotto sounds absolutely perfect – especially if there is a warm slice of garlic bread next to it. And bread bowls filled with soup have always been on my to-try-and-make list – maybe this year I will actually get around to it!
If Ras was an outdoor cat he would totally rock the snowy head look. And blankets! A pile of blankets! Perfect for those winter movies. There’s something so exciting about the first day of snow. Sliding around trying to get to and from work, smiling at strangers who are negotiating the same path as you and trying not to collide into one another. Finally getting home, changing straight into your jim-jams, and picking out a movie to warm up to. And you can’t feel bad about it, because there’s nothing else that can be done! Bliss.
Christmas Day! Although this year we will be spending it at Trout’s house, and their rule is that you have to be up and dressed and ready to go before any presents are shared out (what kind of family tradition is this?! My family get dressed five minutes before the sprouts are on the table, but each to their own…) so there will be no jim-jams on the sofa this year. Although almost certainly a nap.
Christmas decorations! Every year I say I’m going to make them myself, and every year this (obviously) never happens. But it’s nice to look for inspiration! I might have a go at these adorable Christmas treats, though.
I can’t wait to wake up to snow; an excuse for movies and (sweet & salty) popcorn and pyjamas all day long. I can’t wait to have all of my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and waiting to be opened by a loved one. Buying a special dress for Christmas parties, Christmas dinner with friends (a wonderful tradition we found ourselves in a few years ago, and the perfect excuse to dress up, share gifts and enjoy a meal at a fancy veggie restaurant). Time off work to enjoy the season with friends and family. Caramel lattes, gingerbread lattes, Christmas cake, advent calendars, the trickle of Christmas cards as they steadily arrive – choosing our own Christmas cards and spending the evening writing them in a seasonal production line. Trying to get Ras into his Santa bandana, lighting spiced candles, putting up the Christmas tree. Aah I love this season!
all images found via Pinterest
So, my sister is officially a Mrs and no longer a Wilmowski!
It was such a beautiful day – they both looked so wonderful and so happy, as did all of the guests. Trout and I took a few photographs in the morning, before we left for the venue in the most amazing vintage bus. I don’t have any photos of the bus, which I’m kicking myself for, but hopefully we’ll have some great ones when we get the official photographs back.
above: her hair was absolutely stunning!
below: sisters getting ready together, watching Beauty and the Beast.
The dogs were so good while everyone was rushing around getting ready! I think Jasper wanted his hair done, too.
Me and Nat just before leaving the house.
I absolutely love this photo of the two of them. I think it really sums up the day; so in love, and so excited that they’re officially married.
As we left the ceremony this wonderful trio greeted us, singing some fantastic tunes.
Bunting to find your table number.
The venue was dressed so beautifully.
Every guest had their own pot of jam to take away with them.
Butternut squash risotto, with a dish of potatoes, carrots and the most amazing red cabbage on the side.
Pretty much the only photo that we took of ourselves at the wedding! Classic mirror shot.
Mr T looking as suave as ever.
The end of my Dad’s speech, before passing over to the Groom. All of the speeches were fantastic – really personal and funny. I breathed a sigh of relief as my Dad finished his – it was hilarious, and touching.
Boys will be boys!
The cutting of the cake.
I was so nervous about making the cake – it wasn’t particularly complex or anything, I just wanted to make sure it was perfect for them. They were really happy, so phew! The cake that I made was the one that they cut into and shared, and another bridesmaid made the hundreds of cupcakes that the guests enjoyed.
In the evening we had a live swing band, a huge cheese board (including Cheezly!) and crackers, and mini desserts for everyone. We had teacups filled with warm apple crumble, which were so cute and delicious. There was plenty of dancing, bouquet throwing, and photographs with monster sparklers in the moonlight, before waving off the happy couple, before we eventually drove home and slept very soundly with our extra hour in bed. I absolutely cannot wait to see all of the official photographers pics. There were some really fun shots before and after the ceremony, and from what I’ve seen so far they are pretty breathtaking, especially one that I’ve seen from a series that we took outside in the moonlight.
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Harland! Love you both so much.
Growing up I would never have thought that one day I would become a morning person, but I totally am. I wake up a good couple of hours before I need to be at work, just to spend some time by myself, catching up with emails, blog things, freelance work, and to spend some time with the morning air. And, of course, Rasputin. We love to hang out in the morning. Plus it makes it all the more special when you’re met with a sunrise like this.
Red in the morning, shepherds warning.
I love how chunky Ras’ neck looks in the second photo! Even though he’s lost a fair bit of weight, he’s still really cuddly and bootylicious.
We’ve been eating some good food lately. A sweet friend brought over cupcakes for Trout and I – they were seriously good!
We had bacon sarnies. Sort of. While we were in Vienna we picked up a packet of vegan bacon that we’d not heard of before. It was smoky, and with hilarious lines of white ‘fat’ around the outside. It tasted pretty good. Not like bacon, but it was a change to the norm.
Photographing my favourite restaurant. More will be revealed in a few months time.
Things that are making me happy lately…
- Eating more reubens than are reasonably allowed to be eaten in a weekend. What can I say, I’m addicted.
- Watching so many episodes of Orange is the New Black. Well, we were – we’ve watched them all now and I’m so sad.
- Reading a book that a friend leant me called Talking with Serial Killers. It’s totally a page-turner, to the point where I’m running home after work to read it…
- Using up the ingredients in our fridge – or trying to, at least. We have an awful habit of letting food go off, and instead ordering a takeaway or just making something completely different because it’s what we’re in the mood for. Enough! It’s time to start emptying that veg drawer and using everything up.
- Roasted chickpeas. I’m addicted – even more so than ever before. I’m talking a bag a day.
- Chocolate. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately, but I’m craving it all the time!
- Erdinger Alcoholfrei. So good!
- So much writing! Maybe a little too much (is there such a thing?) but I love it. Even if sometimes I take on a little more than I probably should…!
My sister is getting married on Saturday so I will be a little quiet on social media and here on the blog. I’m so excited, if not slightly stressed at the thought of putting together their wedding cake (eek!), but just cannot wait to climb into the giant vintage bus and arrive at the venue, walk down the aisle and (no doubt) cry my eyes out!! Me and my motherbear, and the groom’s motherbear, will be blubbering messes I am sure!
I thought it was about time that I got back into Wednesday Wishes! I can’t even remember the last time that I put one together, and as I have already started my Christmas shopping it’s quite hard not to keep an eye out for nice things that I like.
Ever since my purse broke a couple of months ago I keep searching for a proper replacement, but haven’t had much luck lately. While we were in Berlin I was dribbling over a collection of Matt & Nat purses, and couldn’t get them out of my head. They are so beautiful! Thank you to everyone that pointed out where I can get them in the UK – especially the ones that are on sale. They’re so tempting, I don’t think that I can wait until Christmas List season. The one on the left is really similar to the purse I used to have from Monki, which I loved, but the one on the right has such a cute envelope shape! Decisions, decisions…
Keeping with the vegan theme, this bag is perfect. I love the shape, I love the colour, I love that it has two strap options. Wowza, it’s love.// Everything that &otherstories designs makes my heart skip a beat, and their skincare range is no different. This sweet little bottle of hand soap sounds delicious – and at only £4, who can resist?// I tried a sample of REN’s day cream a few weeks ago, and it was absolutely amazing. They’ve since relabelled the product but the contents are the same, and even though it is pricier than the skincare I usually use, I really think it’s worth it. I’ve heard that all of their products apart from two are vegan, which just makes them even more fantastic.
These shoes from Zara are so simple. I love the detail in the back of them, and they look quite comfortable, too – at under £20 I think I may need to hunt these down! Another Zara bargain is this super sweet blouse. I love that it looks like PJs, and the print is adorable.
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What do you think of this week’s Wednesday Wishes? Anything catch your eye?
On Friday evening we walked 30 seconds around the corner to a friends house, to welcome them to their new home – another reason why I love Brighton; you’re never too far from a friendly face – and we decided to make breakfast (brunch) plans for the next day. Bright and early (ahem) he popped round and we made our way down to the seafront in the wind and the rain to try out a new place that had recently opened which promised a vegan brekka. Smokeys is a cafe/bar/restaurant that I’m sure would be super fun in the evening – or to hire for a party – and the perfect remedy if you have a hangover.
The interior was pretty cool, and the menu sounded great – especially if you’re a meat-eater (pulled pork, anyone?) and they served a vegan english breakfast, so we were all sorted. The breakfast was ok – good coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and the food was fine. Nothing to write home about – watery tomato and mushrooms, a fried wiener, and alright beans. The potatoes were pretty good. To be honest, for the price, you kind of know what you’re getting yourself into. Nevertheless it was a great start to the weekend, and set us up for a couple of hours spent getting the rest of Trout’s suit for the wedding, before heading home and enjoying the rest of our Saturday.
Would I go back? Possibly. If a friend really wanted to try the other dishes on the menu, I would pop along for the vegan breakfast (the only option seemingly available on the menu, although I would be interested to see if they could make a vegan burger). It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great, either. I could make a better english breakfast myself, to be frank – but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house (although maybe not to trek through the wind and the rain for!).
This afternoon we have Trout’s sister, her fiancée and the kiddies over for an early dinner of tagine, couscous, flatbreads and hummus. It took us so long to decide what to cook – something that everyone, of all ages, would like. It’s been forever since we cooked for meat-eaters too, which I think made us even more nervous on deciding on a meal! We’re really hoping this goes down well. It isn’t spicy, just a little exotic, so here’s hoping the kiddies have an open mind.
I hope everyone’s having a great weekend!
Flowers of the week(s).//VegFestUK, and the amazing table of cream buns. Everything was SO.GOOD.//My sister’s hen party! And yes those are Mini Mouse ears with a veil.//Personalised champagne flutes made by one of the hens, each with our own nickname on. Amazing.//A vegan cream tea made especially for me and my sister. So thoughtful of the hotel.//Breaking Bad Quiz! We did pretty well, actually – though that was mostly down to one team member…//Beautiful sunflowers that Trout bought me when I was oh-so-ill on my birthday.//The Level has finally re-opened, and it’s pretty breathtaking at night. It’s alive with people, and feels like such a positive space now.//Tapas!//My little furbaby. Such a cutey!
Have I mentioned before how good at cooking Trout is? Because if I haven’t, he is. The other day I came home to find the most amazing smells filling the flat. Soon enough a plate was in front of me, filled with spiced vegetables, fresh, clean chunks of tomato, garlic pickle, coriander rice, on top of a warm, heavenly flatbread. Boy this man can cook.
In other news, Trout and I have been making the most of a few evenings to ourselves. After a busy weekend we didn’t get to see as much of each other as we usually do, so it’s been nice to spend a couple of evenings just the three of us (don’t you go forgetting about Ras now, meow). Nothing too thrilling, just some nice food, and snuggling up in bed to an episode or two of something on Netflix. Our current obsession is Orange is the New Black, which we’ve been watching every night. I’m absolutely addicted, and it’s the perfect replacement for the Breaking Bad-shaped hole in our lives! Have you seen it?
Weekends, for us, as you may have guessed, mainly involve relaxing, eating croissants, cooking good food and spending time together. A little while ago I was kindly sent a carton of Terrafertil Goldenberry Juice, so a couple of weekends ago we decided it was the perfect time to try it out.
The juice is super sweet and syrupy. It has a really light flavour, quite subtle and I think it would be perfect for most breakfast options because it doesn’t have a strong flavour.
Goldenberry juice is available from Holland & Barrett, Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic.
This weekend has been lovely, and I have the whole day to myself today. Friday we had some good friends over for a dinner party, which was really relaxing and fun. We ended the night with a few rounds of Burnout Revenge (did anyone else play Burnout when they were like 17? It was the best console game) and listening to music from when we were 17 (AFI, Blink 182, Osker, Millencolin, Capdown, Greenday, Bouncing Souls, Ten Foot Pole. Ok so not much has really changed…). It was a nostalgic evening.
Yesterday was mostly spent in our pjs, followed by some shopping, then last night I went to a friends house for dinner and a movie. We watched The Orphanage which was amazing. Such a good film. If you haven’t seen it – and you like horror movies – I would definitely recommend it. Today I think will involve coffee, a new book, some cleaning and laundry, and maybe a wonder around town. I’m having a test-run for my sister’s wedding cake, which I’m so nervous about baking! I’ll probably do another test run before the big day. We’ve not even passed her wedding day yet and we have another wedding on the horizon – Trout’s sister got engaged last night! Aah there must be something in the air, I swear everyone is getting engaged at the moment!
I hope your weekend is going well! What are your plans for Sunday?
I was going through all of my unfinished drafts (there are quite a few…) and realised that I never posted this one up! So here it is, maybe six weeks after I began writing it…!
In the last weekend of August I celebrated a belated birthday after being awfully unwell on my actual birthday (surely there must be some kind of law that you cannot contract a stomach bug on your birthday?). Trout had organised a whole weekend of fun for us in London, which mainly involved eating, and staying over in a hotel. We finally tried The Mighty Fork – I’d been desperate to pay them a visit for months – and these dawgs were definitely worth the wait.
Their menu is entirely vegan and, from what I’ve tried so far, entirely delicious! I absolutely loved my choice – The Brew Dog (right), and Trout’s was really good, too – The Big Chilli (left). Next time I’ve got my eye on the sauerkraut dawg. I am in love with their branding – it’s perfect, simple, bold. It’s true love. When we were at VegFest we spotted their stall, and every time we walked past they had a queue of what looked like around 30 people – and this seemed to be consistent the entire time we were there. It was fantastic to see, although probably quite exhausting for them!
The weather was gorgeous, and we sat on Clapham Common soaking up the sunshine. Luckily for us Ms. Cupcake was selling her goodies at the same market, so we picked up a couple of treats for afters – I had the peanut butter snap bar and Trout had a Ferrero Rocher cupcake. We were so stuffed! Heading back to the tube we decided to pay a visit to The Third Estate – another spot I’ve been meaning to visit ever since I wrote about them back in May 2012 (!!!). Trout was looking for some smart shoes for my sister’s wedding, and I was after a new purse as mine really helpfully decided to break while we were in London. They had loads of Matt & Nat bags and purses, which I was super excited about as I didn’t realise you could buy them in the UK.
In the evening we had dinner at Manna. I love this little restaurant, but it kind of let me down this time. For a fairly pricey meal it just didn’t taste that amazing. My starter was really good (cheese jalapeño balls with garlic mayo) and my main course (carribean platter) was pretty good too, but Trout’s starter (cannellini bean slider) and main course (organic bangers and mash) just didn’t taste of anything that would blow your socks off.
The desserts were pretty good, although by this point I was beyond stuffed! Trout had lemon blueberry cheesecake, and I had the potted peanut butter crème caramel. This was absolutely amazing, but I only managed to eat half of it. My stomach was crying and I needed to be rolled back to the hotel immediately. We hopped in a cab and slept soundly, without the interruption of a certain whiskerface.
It was such a lovely birthday weekend! The next day we did a spot of shopping and wondering around London, before heading to a sports bar off Old Street to watch the football with friends. The perfect relaxing weekend filled with good food. I love going up and visiting London, especially when we stay over in a hotel. It seems like such a different city than the one I used to live in, and I love it so much more now that I can escape back to Brighton afterwards. London is such a hard, tiring city to live in (for me, anyway) and I could never afford to live anywhere nice, which didn’t help.
This week has just flown by! I feel like I’m saying that all the time lately, but honestly – how is it Friday! This evening we are cooking a Mexican feast for two of my favourite people. Trout makes the best food, and I’m making one of my favourite desserts; churros! Wish me luck!
Have you tried Manna or The Mighty Fork? Have you ever lived in London?
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have gathered a few things. I’m vegan. I love food. I love travelling. I love shoes. And I love Meatloaf.
Imagine a combination of them all?! Just imagine…if you can’t (that is a bit of a long shot) why not just imagine a combination of a couple of them. You’re thinking about Meatloaf and Marmite, aren’t you? No? Just me, then.
One of the few tricky parts of being vegan is finding clothing that’s animal-friendly. There aren’t many things harder in this world than buying a non-woolly coat, or the perfect winter boot that doesn’t involve the skin of an animal. Whenever I hear about a new vegan-friendly company I am generally quite apprehensive. Apparently there are only a select few of us who actually like to wear nice clothes, shoes and cosmetics that are also vegan. When I heard about Wills Vegan Shoes I was just as nervous as always, but look how nice the few sneaky peeks we’ve got so far are!
The whole range has been ethically produced, by workers who are paid in accordance with European guidelines, and is entirely vegan. I’ve got my eye on those chelsea wedges! To celebrate the launch of Wills Vegan Shoes, Mr Green is kindly offering a generous £10 gift voucher. Just pop over to his website, enter your email address and once the online shop is up and running, you’ve got yourself a decent discount!
Have you heard of Wills Vegan Shoes? Do you have trouble finding vegan clothing, too?
Last weekend was one of the funnest in a long time. It was the perfect combination of relaxing (going to bed at 9pm on Friday night), waking up early and spending the day in London, getting home, eating food, cleaning the flat, then getting ready and heading out again for a friend’s 30th birthday party. Sunday involved relaxing, a spot of shopping, and eating far more sugar than should be humanly normal.
Saturday was VegFest – did any of you guys go? I was supposed to meet up with a whole bunch of people, but thanks to a total lack of signal in the building it didn’t work out. I kept my eyes peeled for friendly faces, so sorry if I missed yours. I brought Trout, my sister and my friend Rach along with me and we did ourselves proud on the free samples front. So many new companies that I’d not heard of before – not that I can remember most of their names…there was a brand who made raw chocolate, and it was the creamiest ‘milk’ chocolate I’ve ever eaten. It was amazing! Trout and I managed to spend £60 between us, so we’re well stocked with cupcakes, doughnuts, cream buns, faux meats, white chocolate, buttery chicken sauce and condensed ‘milk’! The whole day was so much fun – I LOVE trying new products, or just items that I keep meaning to try but don’t get around to. By the way – if you’ve bought the condensed ‘milk’ before, are there any recipes you could recommend to bake with it? I want to make something that I can’t make in any another way (i.e. I can make truffles with soya cream, it doesn’t necessarily need condensed milk). I’m thinking cheesecake?
Sunday mainly involved eating all of the things that we bought on the Saturday. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much sugar!! Chocolate twist for breakfast, an Oreo cupcake from Ms. Cupcake after lunch (see photo above!), a chocolate-iced, cream-filled doughnut with Trout in the afternoon, and an apricot danish with Trout in the evening. So good! Newspapers, a reuben, hanging out with Rasputin, watching Trout nap, laundry, and enjoying the sunshine also filled my Sunday – the perfect end to the weekend.
How was your weekend? Did you go to VegFest?
I’m still trying to finish off that food round-up of our trip, but in the meantime I thought I’d post a few more photos. When we were in Dresden Trout decided that even though he liked my photographs, they lacked a certain drama.
So he decided that he would add this drama to them. Which basically meant photobombing at every opportunity. To be fair, it was flippin’ funny, and I love looking through all of them. Here are some of my favourites:
Well, let’s see what I got up to in September…
image found on Pinterest
I blogged about my inspiration for this year’s colder weather.
I also blogged about VegFestUK coming to London – which is coming up this weekend! Do any of you guys have tickets? There are still a few left if you’re quick – they’re only £10 for adults, and you’ll get to stuff your face with amazing vegan food, take advantage of exclusive offers, and hang out with a bunch of awesome, like-minded people.
I helped organise, and attended, my sister’s Hen Party.
It was so much fun! We lazed around a beautiful spa, had either a facial or a massage, had a platter of snacks and an afternoon cream tea. In the evening we went to a tapas restaurant, followed by plenty of sweets and a gift of memories for her to keep.
So, that was my September! It flew by, mostly due to our holiday taking up most of it, but it was a lovely month indeed.
October has a few treats to look forward to:
♥ My baby sister’s wedding (!!!)
♥ VegFest this weekend, followed by a friend’s 30th birthday party
♥ A weekend with friends which will, most likely, involve a lot of Mexican food
How was your September? Do you have anything fun to look forward to in October?