Vegan Afternoon Tea at Compton Acres, Poole

While we were in Poole for my Lush spa treatment, we also booked in an afternoon tea at Compton Acres. Phil had done a quick Google and found that they were one of few places that offered a vegan afternoon tea. As this is one of my favourite meals ever, we decided to go there. I hadn’t heard of it before, but there’s a lovely garden, with breathtaking views of the coast, a shop and a small garden centre. We arrived there with enough time to have a whistle stop tour of the garden.

Compton Acres Buddha Statue at Compton Acres Koi fish at Compton Acres As we didn’t have a huge amount of time, I didn’t take many photographs. I’m pretty sure we’ll go back there, especially as dogs are allowed, plus they do vegan cake and I’ll go far for that! The gardens are gorgeous, with lots of lovely areas and water playing a big part of the gardens. There are lots of areas to sit and enjoy the gardens, which lots of people were doing. We headed back to the cafe and awaited our afternoon tea. It didn’t disappoint.

Vegan afternoon tea at Compton Acres Vegan cheese and pineapple on sticks Vegan sandwiches at Compton AcresThree tiers of delicious vegan food. Three whole tiers. I really struggle to know what to put in sandwiches, save for Tofurkey and salad, so this was a real eye opener. When I saw that there was cheese and pineapple on sticks, I was over the moon! My favourite things from my 80’s childhood! Why don’t we see more of this?! It was delicious. Then came the cake. The chocolate cupcake was epic! I couldn’t finish it all. It was so chocolatey and rich plus I wanted to save room for the scones. They were accompanied by coconut cream and strawberry jam. The cream was quite runny, but that didn’t spoil it for me. The fact that I can still enjoy cream and jam on scones without animals being harmed is brilliant. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to Compton Acres, whether it was for a cream tea or just to the gardens. Vegan friendly and dog friendly makes it a winning place for me!

Bournemouth Vegan Fair 2016

A few friends of mine have been to vegan fairs around the country and eaten and bought a ton of vegan food. I’ve been jealous every time so when I saw the Bournemouth Vegan Fair advertised, I knew that I had to go. Best decision ever. I made sure I had plenty of bags to carry everything that I planned to buy. Used them all!

Vegan Salad Hannah Banana vegan salted caramel cupcake Baby seagull on Bournemouth Beach Hananah Banana vegan cookies and cream cake Namaste in with my dog Bournemouth vegan fair haulThe first stall I went to was Hannah Banana Bakery, as I knew that they might sell out. I bought doughnuts, a salted caramel cupcake and the cookies and cream cake. All were delicious. Then after buying paw balm for Poppydog, I headed to Jade Green Vegan stall to buy the Namaste in with my dog jumper, which I’ve only taken off for work since the fair! It gets a little bit hazy after that point, as it was a little overwhelming. Having only been vegan since September, being somewhere where I could eat, buy, wear everything was awesome. Finally, it was like we were all talking the same language.

There was a real mix of people there and a good mixture of stalls. Loads of food stalls, including Mad Cucumber and Badger’s Dairy & Egg free food, where I sampled the most delicious coleslaw, which I’ve been enjoying all week! I got my lunch from Fairfoods and had the salad, but saved the sausage roll to have for lunch during the week. I spent ages looking around, picking up business cards so I could follow people on Twitter, including Turtle Spirit, who have some amazing eco jewellery. I also stopped by the Viva! stall and bought the ‘Live Life!’ t-shirt and got a free magazine. My final stop before heading home was with Eden Perfume and bought a bottle of number 85, which smells the same as Chloe by Chanel. Way better than the Chanel version because it’s cruelty free and way cheaper!

I had such an amazing day, even if I did get wet, sitting on the beach eating my cupcake afterwards! It was worth it. I’ll definitely be going to more vegan fairs, as it’s a great way to get easy access to more cake. Nom, nom, nom!

Tales of Bath at Lush Spa, Poole

As I’ve written before, I love a good spa treatment. For me, it’s the perfect way to relax and destress. In my opinion, they should be available on the NHS! For my birthday, Phil bought me the Tales of Bath Lush treatment and we decided to go to the Lush Spa in Poole to have it. I’ve never had a treatment at Lush before, but seeing as I do my best to turn my sad little bathroom into my own Lush spa on an almost weekly basis, I knew that I’d probably love it. Love it is an understatement. I’d like to move into the Lush Spa in Poole please, yes, that would do quite nicely. Before I arrived, I thought to myself, ‘This is going to make a great blog post’ but I’m not going to go into too much detail about the treatment itself, as part of the enjoyment of the treatment was the mystery around it. I had no idea what to expect, other than what it says on the website. I knew that it was going to be sleep inducing and relaxing. Perfect!

Lush Spa Poole Lush Poole Tales of Bath Lush Spa Poole Shower Lush Spa Poole Tote bag Lush Spa Poole HaulFrom the moment I stepped into the spa area, everything was about relaxing and slowing down. Nothing was too much effort, everything was done on my terms and about taking it easy. The ambience was one of taking things easy and I love the decor in the waiting area. It’s how I would like my country cottage to be decorated. I also have bathroom envy as the shower area was huge and there was an array of Lush products to use. My treatment didn’t involve the shower, which isn’t a bad thing, as it involved a bath. Yep, you get to have someone draw you a bath and you get to relax in it. It’s pretty much heaven!

The whole treatment is vegan, which Phil checked before buying it (mega brownie points!) and is incredibly sleep inducing. While I didn’t fall asleep during the treatment, I certainly felt sleepy afterwards. A little tip from me, if you have this treatment, make sure you’ve got an afternoon of napping or vegging out planned. You won’t want to do much else, trust me. What I loved was the way Lush had thought of everything, from the oils to the music to the lighting. Everything was perfect. The only problem is that I now can’t decide from having Tales of Bath every time or trying something new? Tough choice eh?!

Make the world a better place

Lovely readers, I have to admit that I’m not overly proud of humanity at the moment. Between how we treat others and how we treat the planet and animals, I am despairing. I don’t quite understand why some people feel the need to be so vile. Why can’t we all just be nice to each other, no matter what we believe or where we come from?

Well, the power to make the world a better place is in our hands. It’s during times like this where we need to take back control and be kinder to each other. Not sure where to start? Take a look below.

Chenderit Summer AssignmentA wonderful human being and teacher at my school put this together after his summer assignment last year went viral. You may remember it? Well, this year, he wants to open up the assignment to everyone. Because we could all do with the world being better. We deserve it and we owe it to the next generation.

Over the summer holidays, I’m going to have a go at some of these. I especially like the one about getting up early and watching the sunrise. I might combine that with walking further than I ever have before. I also like the idea of eating something I’ve grown myself and think that I could really do with spending the day being creative and making something new. How about you? What will you do to make the world a better place? I’d love to see what you get up to so make sure you share you adventures on social media and tag it with #chenderitsummerassignment2016 and #maketheworldabetterplace