Thoughts on veggie food, work, play and life in general



Monthly Loves – May 2020

Well May was a month of change.  Lockdown started to be eased – probably a bit too quickly for my liking, however we do have to balance physical health, mental health and wealth.  I still don’t feel happy going out, so I have been making the most of my garden and the glorious weather

Harries Ground Coffee – lovely tasting ground coffee delivered effortlessly to my door from a local supplier. There is also an excellent video which teaches you how to make great coffee in a cafetiere. No more take away coffee for me!

No Mow May – A chance to not mow your lawn and then count the wild flowers that have sprung up.  This goes into a national database and you get an idea of how many bees your lawn can support.  Mine was mainly daisies but the result was  that i am supporting 200 bees.  Not bad for my small patch of lawn.

My local Co-Op has started to increase its veggie/vegan food offering so out of curiosity I tried the GRO Chunky Vegetarian Pasty.  IT was really nice – my one comment being that it could do with a bit more filling (but I think this is a common pasty problem!).  Will definitely be eating it again.

Pebble Magazine I recently met the founder of this magazine which focuses on living an ethical and sustainable lifestyle.  I’m loving the articles and the Facebook Group is also a great community to join.  I am discovering a lot of small businesses with lovely things to buy.

Monthly Loves – April 2020

The world in lockdown has affected many businesses – some stopping completely and others finding new ways to provide for their customers. Her are just a few of the business and sites that have brought a dsmile to my face during April.

Harries Coffee for finally teaching me the right way to make decent coffee using a cafetiere. I haven’t tried the coffee yet but will be ordering some soon.

Oat Milk from Milk & More – In my opinion as good as Oatly oat milk but delivered to your door in the most gorgeous reusable/recyclable glass bottles. In conjunction with my new found coffee making skills I may never have to go out for a decent coffee again. Milk & More’s veggie/vegan range is very good, with a commitment to avoid plastic packaging wherever possible. And all delivered to your door!

Nature – I am lucky enough to have a small garden to relax in. I’m not the best gardener in the world and with my love of wildlife my garden tends to have a slightly ‘wild’ look to it. I tend to leave the edges of the garden to wild flowers that naturally seed themselves and just keep them in check. In April the Forget-No-Nots have been lovely and have brought a burst of colour and joy to the days of lockdown.

April Loves - Forget Me Nots

We have been trying to support local businesses where possible during lockdown. One business has been Al The Pie Man. He usually has a stall in our local market and is now doing home deliveries. He dose meat, veggie and vegan options. I had the Mushroom Stroganoff which was lovely. The sides or mash and peas with wild garlic were also very good, in fact I’m tempted just to order the peas on their own! Usefully the pies come marked with what they are, so no nasty surprises in serving the wrong pie to the wrong person!

April Loves - Al The Pie Man

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