Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Vegetarian for life not just for January

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie 

 I've been a vegetarian for 30 years this year. 30 years! I'm damned proud of that actually. My boys are also vegetarian - they have been vegetarians from the moment of conception (husband is pescetarian). They have never eaten meat or fish in their lives (eldest is 13 this year, youngest is 10). They are both really cool with this. OK, there have been times when youngest asks about burgers, but, like me, the cruelty associated with the meat trade outweighs any desire to actually eat it. Saying that, I have always been very clear that once they are able to decide for themselves, then I have to respect their choice whether I like it or not. But I can't hide the fact from myself I hope they will always be vegetarians, it's such a wonderful, rich diet to have - guilt free.
Vegetarian Chilli

Anyway, after I got on the scales after Christmas I was mortified (as expected), so I've been trying to make tasty, attractive food that's low in fat; using Quorn and other meat substitutes, actually makes this easy, especially when feeding the kids; we are vegetarians that enjoy meat alternatives. We do not eat meat because of animal cruelty, not because we don't like the taste of meat, but I know this varies for individuals.
And talking about kids, because if I had a pound for every time a meat eater had tried to "lecture" me about the dangers of babies and children not having meat in their diets (often these people don't have children themselves), my boys are strapping rugby players you would not want to mess with!
So, give it a go.
Even if it's Meat Free Monday, or Fish Free Friday. Linda McCartney, Quorn and various health food shops sell some amazing food products!
Happy Wednesday.

Sunny Days and Flowers

 Just thought I'd post a couple of photos of flowers on a sunny day.

Spring Wardrobe

 Like most of us, I'm pretty hacked off with the cold, wet weather. I know it's still winter, but honestly, snow and plummeting temperatures are bringing me down, and not to mention a hideous bout of flu last week that laid me up for the whole week.
Anyway, in the midst of winter, we have booked a few says away for half term with the kids; 4 days in Whitby, Yorkshire, and I'm so excited.
See, although I don't miss living by the sea (we had almost 7 years in St Ives, Cornwall), I do miss seeing the sea, and this time of year is the most amazing time to witness the ocean at it's most ferocious.
The other thing I like to do on the cusp of a new season is to start thinking about clothes. Now I know there's still a while before I can get my flip flops back on (apart from in the house of course), but a bit of freshening up is always a good thing.
Roll on spring
Clothes: (top picture) top - Joules. Dungarees - Fat Face. 
(Bottom) - Top - Orla Kiely. Pinafore - Jack Wills.

Sindy Doll Glamping

 So, last week my Sindy caravan arrived and I'm absolutely thrilled to bits with it.
 Considering it's over 30 years old (ouch!), it's in very good condition. I say "ouch" because I had one exactly the same when I was a young girl; how time flies.
 So, complete with new summer dresses from Jolly Dolly Shop, wine glasses, tea cups, plates, cutlery, TV and laptop (eBay), and not to forget authentic 1980's Sindy bedding (also eBay), my lovely ladies are ready for a bit of nice weather so they can go camping.
Emphasis on "nice weather" - please!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Waiting for Spring

Like so many of you, I'm fed up with this dank, dark weather, so to cheer myself up I bought this lovely bunch of daffodils and put them in one of my favourite vases from Fish Pye Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall.
Here's hoping for brighter skies tomorrow.

Tutu and Tiara

So, it's now 2018 and my lovely ladies have had a new year make over.
 Inspired by several Sindy dedicated Instagram accounts, I purchased the legendary pink tutu skirt and pumps and teamed the outfit with a denim waistcoat and tiara.
Still loving those Sindy Converse boots though!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year 2018

I'm not a huge fan of New Year's Eve (Christmas is my thing), but I do get excited about looking forward into a new year with promises of positivity, fresh starts, and good health.
I'll be having a fairly low key evening with the husband and our boys, a bottle of VC Champagne and Jools Holland.
Have a great evening whatever you are doing, and Happy New Year!
Here's to 2018.

Too Cool for Skool

This is my new Sindy.
A re-rooted auburn haired lovely to go with my first auburn haired lovely!
As you can see, the two of them are now firm friends and dressed ready for the New Year Celebrations!

And More Snow!

 So, the day after Boxing Day, we woke up to this!
 Now, I love a bit of snow, but this close after the first lot was not as welcome - problem being the ice and trying to get out of our road.
But, saying that, I can't remember having snow so close to Christmas, and it did look really pretty...until the slush kicked in!

Christmas Dining

 Since we're entertaining this Christmas Day, I've gone all out with decorations and all kinds of festive stuff.
 I usually stick to red, green and silver, but this year I've introduced more colours including gold, something I tend to steer away from, but this year I have been converted. 
I've even managed to make use of my growing collection of Tarquin's Dry Gin bottles!
Have a fabulous day!

Let Christmas Commence!

School is out so we're off to the local to soak up the Christmas spirit!
Merry Christmas!

Vegetarian for life not just for January

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