Little Trip – Day 2

Onto day two of our little trip, this was our only full day of being out and about so we made sure we got out early.

How beautiful is this weather, we couldn’t find a cloud in the sky!!

First stop was to a lovely and quite big health food store, it sells everything and anything. We always go in and dream about how we wished we could buy items in bulk and how amazing it would be to get everything plastic and package free in one place! As I brought just my carry on bag we decided buying all the bulk wouldn’t be an option so I settled for two chocolates and a ChariTea, oh and an amazing slice of Vegan Biscoff cake!!

The Lovingearth chocolate is one I’ve had a few times and it’s just out of this world. This one is a wee bit salty so I will probably just go with the plain caramel next time. I especially love this chocolate because even though the chocolate is packaged in “plastic” it’s 100% made out of plants so is compostable. The paper is also printed with vegetable inks. What’s not to love about that!!

Our next stop was to Lush, oh how I love lush!! I had a little list on me of items I needed and even though I didn’t get them all I think I got a really good skutch. You have some new Deo, a Big conditioner, a new soap, some toothpaste, my face wash and some moisturiser. I’d also been drooling over this knot wrap for a long while on the website and just had to buy it, so it will now be in my travelling collection.

Side note: I’ve been using both my new lush shampoo and conditioner and have to say they make my hair feel wonderful. I’m just having an issue with my hair becoming greasy after a couple of days.

Onto our Egg Cafe breakfast, if you ever go you have to have the Vegan Breakfast their tofu scramble is to die for. We also have their handmade lemonade everytime, which is lovely even if I still dream of the ones we had in america.

Next stop was a quick top up on coffee in the train terminal. We all went with Iced Coffee’s this time and I was very surprised that the cashier (the blurry one in the photo) went ” you want it in THAT,” he wasn’t very nice about it, it was the first time both myself and my sister felt bad about asking to have our drinks in a re-usable container.

We had a lovely trip down on the train, we ended up eating our cakes and I came upon my first Zero Waste fail. I had to use a plastic fork. I still have it on me but I felt really bad and once I get paid getting a re-usable cutlery set will go a long way in helping with my Zero Waste travelling dreams.

When we got to Birmingham it was straight into the Bullring to find some Vegan doughnuts we had heard about, while walking into Paperchase I found this card! I thought it’s so true of our Sunday Dinners at home. I might even do a embroidered version because how could I not!

So the doughnuts were an epic fail, they looked just like the ones from a Kind Mama which we were not impressed with but we went past the Lola’s who had Vegan cupcakes! So we each treated ourselves to a couple. This was another Zero Waste fail. I did refuse a bag and shared with my sister but I need to find a re-usable tin or something like it which would be big enough to carry a cupcake in it, or a couple. This would of made this better. I guess I could of gone with a slice of cake and maybe that might be what I’ll have to do next time, still it cannot be hard to have a look around just encase I see a suitable tin.

Next up we had a trip outside Birmingham to Guthrie and Ghani, which we felt was a very upmarket fabric shop. Very very lovely and I was very very tempted. I have a few projects on the go at the moment so I made sure I was buying for projects and not stashing as I’m trying to get away from having a large stash. We have the Christmas Fabric which I got in the sale (I bought all they had left 2.2 meters!), this will be turned into Christmas Napkins/Knot Wraps the same size as my lush one for when we all go to Poland for the Christmas Markets, this way we will have a suitable carrier for any pastries ect we get. The other three fabrics are from Liberty London and will be used on my current Sunday School EPP quilt.

Now for a detour, this was the ice which was left in my Kleen Kanteen after at least a few hours, we had around 2 hours travelling and then another 2 shopping. How amazing is that, I am so impressed with my Mustard Dream, so much so I could be tempted to buy a bigger one for when I go camping!!!

Dinner was at our favourite Chinese ever Cafe Soya, we prefer the little cafe which is in the Chinese Quarter next to the cute cake shops. I went with my normal Vegan Duck for starter and the Pineapple Rice for the main course. Both of which were exactly how I remember them being. Though I did feel like I was dying of sodium lol. My sisters went with the sampler starter, I swapped a couple of nibbles for some duck because I love the Vegan Prawn Toast, just could not handle a whole lot of it.

Last but not least we got in quite early and we were going to watch a movie on the iPad but just couldn’t find it for love or money it was only available in America. So we settled for an early night, until the heat got too much so we decided to go out for a walk and get coffee. I was amazed that the local Starbucks was open till 11!!!!!!!! Completely unheard of over here but was very welcome as we thought we were pushing our luck at it being close to 9.

All in all it was a great if not busy and tiring day! Exactly what we wanted!!

Little Trip – Day 1

This last weekend was hot with a capital H and what better to do that spend the weekend with my amazing sisters and pop on a boat for a weekend away!!

We set off on Friday afternoon, having all met up outside our workplace to grab a quick lunch, yay for hummus and falafal wraps, then a quick fast walk to get the boat. I was really happy in the fact that my sisters had a) packed minimalistly (see first photo, we all took backpacks, for the win!) and b) brought some Zero Waste helpers along with them. We still have a lot more trial and errors to go through, but overall the weekend went great.

On the boat we tried our first holiday snacks, A Kind Mama brownies and doughnuts. I will be doing a review of them soon (spoiler nice but not quiet what we were expecting). Mini Rant – I’m a wee bit upset that even though I was messaging her about getting as little plastic packaging as possible I still ended up having my brownies sealed in twos in separate plastic, sigh!

Touching down in Liverpool was great, I don’t think I’ve been here when the weather hasn’t been lovely. We took a decent trek down to find the hotel, which was a distance away so I got to get my fill of the canal boats. Oh how I’d love to own one. When I was younger we went on a family holiday on one and I love it so much, so many memories, mostly of eating only peas and prawns though lol! I also follow a few canal boat interior things because seriously some of them are amazing inside.

Finally got to our hotel. We had a wee bit of a rest before heading out for food which was nice, especially in the heat!

One of the things I truly love about Liverpool is the street art, this  particular one we seen a few times and I love her more each time.

Oh dinner!!!

Dinner was out of this world!

Seriously out of this world!

I had already decided that I wanted to try Down the Hatch since someone recommended going and I read the menu. I spent weeks upon weeks drooling just thinking about what I was going to have. Trying to find the place though was a different matter, we though we had given enough time to find the place, but after not really understanding where we were we asked a couple of Police Officers who directed us in completely the wrong direction so we ended up being late. Thank God they were ok with us!

In the end I went with the DBL Take and the Seitan Bites for starter, oh I was in heaven, the bites are something else. Sadly having already eaten my weight in food I couldn’t manage all my dinner, so took my seitan bites in my A Slice of the Good Life Tiffin.

And that was our day! I think we managed to cram quiet a lot into half a day, tired little pups we were. I’ll leave you with this poor property we found when walking around after dinner, I couldn’t believe how open he was to the elements and especially how he had neighbors on both sides. I do wonder what happened to put him in such a state.

OMG! What have I done

So myself and my sister’s have just come back from a really good long weekend of just eating food and not only have I put all the weight I lost back on (shock horror, need to get back into the saddle), but I’ve gone and done something stupidly stupid lol!

I’VE JUST SIGNED UP FOR A HALF MARATHON and 5K!!!!!!!

I must be bleeding mad!

Madder than the hills!

Super excited is what I really am!

We we’re in Liverpool on the Sunday to get the boat home and seen so many people who had run the Run Rock’n’Roll and well it made us dream, on the boat back we discussed the possibility of putting our names down, not even thinking. It was seeing that the pre-orders for tickets ended on the 27th and that the price was going to full price which forced our hands. If I hadn’t seen that I think we might of let it go to the wayside, as it is I’m so glad we didn’t as we’ll be doing this together!!

So just a wee bit of background since my ankle went to the dark side I’ve not ran anywhere let alone jogged. I won’t even jump!! Prior to my ankle going to the dark side I guess I could run for 5 minutes and maybe jog for 10, you’d be pushing it though!

We’re hoping (me and my big big sister/forever training partner) to start the couch to 5K on Tuesday and follow it through and then just slowly increase our own fitness. We’ll be taking our trainers when we go to Copenhagen and possibly the Christmas Markets with the hopes of running to work or back or both by March next year, that’s 11/12 miles each way.

So here goes to exciting times! I’m really looking forward to the challenge and making sure I document everything here!!