It’s happened. I’ve finally got myself a Fitbit. I’ve become addicted to counting my steps, seeing how far I’ve walked and how many calories I’ve burnt. Not only that, I also obsess over beating the steps my friends have taken. I’m thinking this is a good obsession, as it helps to keep me fit and active. Walking is the only exercise I currently do and it’s pretty good. It’s free, easy to do and doesn’t impact on my joints too much. Plus, walking Poppy fits in nicely, though her sleepy face after spending a morning walking through the countryside shows that she’s always happy when the walk is over!
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After a lot of consideration, I chose the Fitbit one. I didn’t want to wear something on my wrist all the time and this fits discreetly on my waistband or underwear. This also helps me to forget that it’s there and means I’m happily surprised when I check in. I like that you can update your goals, cheer your friends and link it with other apps, including My Fitness Pal and Lifesum. For me, that’s really useful, as it helps me to see how well I’m doing. It also helps us to plan walks for the weekend and I’d really like to do a walking holiday – as long as we can stay in luxurious hotels with spas along the way!
Last week was a pretty hectic week at Crafty Chai towers. It’s fair to say I was ecstatic when Friday evening arrived. As I’d been so busy, I’d planned a few treats for the weekend. One was a delicious bottle of organic fairtrade vegan wine from Stellar Winery, ticking all my ethical boxes. I don’t drink alcohol very often, but am pleased to have found all of my favourite tipples available for vegans. I’d also planned some cake from Barefoot Kitchen in Oxford. While I did have my eye on a slice of the vegan chocolate cake, it had sold out by the time we got there. So I had a slice of the incredibly delicious banana caramel cake. It was a-mazing!
I also managed to squeeze in two long baths and a few adventure filled dog walks with Poppy, one of which involved Snake’s Head fritillaries, Kenneth Graham’s grave and Poppy falling in to the River Cherwell! It was a lovely weekend and I can’t wait for the next one.
Life can move at such an incredible pace so it’s important to slow down and make time for some of life’s pleasures, like cake and wine!
Everytime we visit Cornwall, there are certain places we go: Gunwalloe Beach, the Lizard Point, Smugglers Chips Shop and Ann’s Pasties. Ann’s is the perfect place to buy a warm and hearty pasty after a morning spent hiking around the Cornish coastal path. It’s unlikely we’ll get down to Cornwall this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to go without Cornwall. Ann’s Pasties.
This is because you can get Ann’s Pasties through the post! I ordered a box of 10 uncooked vegan pasties and popped them in the freezer. They take an hour to cook and need 15 minutes to cool so you don’t burn your mouth on them. I sprayed olive oil on the baking tray so they don’t stick and before you know it, you’ve got a little taste of Cornwall in your own home. This has pretty much made month!
(Can you see one of Poppy’s dog hairs on my plate above?! I don’t know how she does it, but they get everywhere all the time!)
One of the reasons I enjoy spring is the warmth of the sun during the day but the excuse to snuggle up under a warm blanket during the chilly evenings. The sun hasn’t yet warmed the air enough for it to be so warm in the evening that it’s time to do away with the blanket just yet (though truth be told, I’ll still be using mine even in summer!) In our house, every room has at least one blanket in it. You can never have too many blankets and I’ve got my eye on these gorgeous cob weave Welsh blankets from Decorator’s Notebook.
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Not only do the blankets look super cosy, but they also come in a range of beautiful colours. Plus they’re made in North Wales so they’re fairtrade and local. How great is that?! I think I need one in every colour!