I have been vegetarian on and off for around 10 years. In that time we have had a few Christmases. My sister and brother are now both vegetarian, so it is a very veggie Christmas affair. Every December, my mum will send us a message asking what we want to eat on the big day. We will ping her some recipes over and then make a selection from that. I would happily have all the trimmings, without a show stopper. This year I fancy something different, I have yet to pick from my every extending shortlist. I’ve gathered here some of my favourite recipes, some show stoppers, some easy makes, to please meat free friends far and wide. I’m sticking savoury here, because there’s enough festive desserts on the internet to keep you going for another 100 years or so. Enjoy the festive season friends, may yours be merry and bright. Read more
Last week we had the pleasure of attending The Green Gathering Festival in Chepstow, Wales. Charlie had managed to get a couple of his cabins sold there, and we were lucky enough to attend the festival together. We’d not been to this one before, and it’s always extra exciting to experience a new festival. We worked out that between us, over the years, we have been to an array of different festivals over 150+ times! Many of them are ones we do every year (Glastonbury etc) so the novelty can wear off. However, we were both so excited to experience Green Gathering.
Green Gathering is a small festival, near a racecourse in Chepstow. With glorious views over to Bristol and across the Severn Estuary. It’s entirely off-grid – using only solar, wind or people power. Possibly the cleanest, most caring festival I have had the pleasure to experience.
As it was just Charlie and I, with a small build, our days were relaxed and stress free. We got the cabins set up quickly, and set about getting a little camp area sorted with lots of sticks and logs for some fires over the weekend. I managed to make a little garden of bracken around the cabins to make them feel a little more homely.
Now, I know I work with Charlie, every day. However, I often feel like we don’t really ‘see’ each other. We miss the opportunities to spend quality time together, rising early in the mornings and getting straight to the work, and falling into bed hours later and passing out. This is our routine for most of the summer. His job can be pretty stressful, and he is constantly thinking about staff, the build, future builds in the weeks ahead, that sort of thing. I admit I get quite needy, and sometimes it can cause a rift when I feel like I’m not getting my fair share of his time. We live, eat, work together, yet sometimes I feel like I haven’t seen him all week. My excitement at a whole week with just me and him was through the roof!
The week exceeded all my expectations. One night, after a rather failed attempt at a (useless and cheap) BBQ; which never even got hot, we made our own ‘BBQ’. Our version resulted in nothing but a pile of burnt corn and peppers. Fed up, and still pretty hungry, we made a little camp fire. We grabbed some sticks and whittled them into skewers, making sure our big bag of marshmallows wasn’t going to go to waste. We stuffed ourselves with the toasted, gooey, sugar filled buttons and grinned to each other. We swapped childhood camping memories, reminiscing about nights spent sleeping under the stars. We got THE BEST view of the meteor shower, Perseid, that was taking place. I have never seen shooting stars as big and long as I did that night. We watched it for a good hour or so, cuddled up on a big chair, so wonderfully content. I could have cried with happiness. That night is going down in the books as one of my best, happiest nights ever.
The weekend was filled with laughs, wonderful music, talented craftsmen, spoon carving workshops, thought-provoking talks, drumming in a tipi, too many super strong ciders, THE BEST CURRY EVER, fluorescent pink sunsets, crazy views, exhilarating yoga classes, and the friendliest group of people ever. Thank you Green Gathering, we will most definitely be back.
I’m off on holiday for two weeks, so things might get a little quiet around here. I’ll have access to my Instagram and Twitter, but not much else. I’ll be back in full force in September. For now, here’s some links for a few bits I’m loving this week.
My favourite ex-boss / mega lady is chopping her luscious locks off for charity, and you can support her HERE
Billy’s sweet, funky voice
Have a great couple of week guys!