Fundraising for an educational vegan animal sanctuary: the Bohemian Hippy crowdfunding project

The founder of the UK’s only fully independent and inclusive networking site for vegans, Lynn Jolly, is looking to open central Scotland’s first ever fully vegan animal sanctuary (see here).

The Glasgow ‘Veganpreneur’ who late last year launched Bohemian Hippy – the UK’s first official social networking site with integrated shop, resources and vegan directory – is using the money generated from the site to fund the project and is looking to get others involved in the project through crowdfunding and possible grants. Continue reading “Fundraising for an educational vegan animal sanctuary: the Bohemian Hippy crowdfunding project”

Veganuary: why I decided to be vegan for the month of January

Happy new year, everyone! How quickly 2017 has creeped up on us and now we’re 4 days into the new year!

Instead of making new year’s resolutions, this year I decided to follow one simple quote:

Start as you mean to go on.

I’ve always loved animals and switching to veganism was something that’s always hovered on my mind. I even went along to Vegan Festival in Edinburgh during the summer last year (see here) to get an idea of what my options were and it was definitely something I’d been keen to do.

This month, while everyone decides to give up something to make a change in the month of January, I’ve pledged to go vegan for the month with Veganuary. Continue reading “Veganuary: why I decided to be vegan for the month of January”

Exploring Chiang Mai, Part 3: pachyderm rescue and rehabilitation at Elephant Nature Park

If you were offered the choice of visiting a wildlife encounter tourist attraction for a ridiculously cheap price or one which costs more, which would you choose? The only catch is the cheaper option involves animal cruelty and abuse.

This might be a shocking revelation, but all too true in many parts of the world. In all aspects of life, we can make the ethical choice and choosing a tourist attraction that rescues and rehabilitates abused animals was mine. Here is my story visiting the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Continue reading “Exploring Chiang Mai, Part 3: pachyderm rescue and rehabilitation at Elephant Nature Park”

The Body Shop at Home experience: sampling cruelty free products

I’d been on the look out for brands that were vegetarian and vegan friendly (where possible) but also cruetly free/against animal testing (a must). I’d been searching high and low for various articles which recommended brands and skincare products I could use. So often we look for an up and coming brand that we overlook brands that have been a staple for many years. The Body Shop was established 40 years ago and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably.

I usually pass the store on Princes Street on the so never end up making a conscious effort to stop inside and take a look at their offerings. I’ve been looking to replace some skincare products I’ve been using when I realised animal testing abroad is still endorsed. When I was invited to a The Body Shop at Home experience at The Butterfly and Pig in Glasgow, I felt it was an offer to sample cruetly free products that was too hard to resist.

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A fun day out with friends…and animals!

I really like animals, but living in the city you never really get to see many. They have a simple nature about them and you can normally tell how they’refeeling. Some years ago, the OH and I visited the family park when we travelled to East Lothian to see one of the castles there and we really enjoyed it. East Links Family Park in East Lothian is aimed at children, but it’s also a fun place to go for the young at heart. We had so much fun getting to the top of the castle, coming down the slide andseeing the 10-day old piglets.

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Photos from our trip to the Scottish Highlands: Part 1

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, my best friend of 25 years (eek, it’s been that long!) came to visit the UK for the first time. As any friend would do, the OH and I decided it would be a nice wee trip to go to the Highlands. After all, you can’t fully appreciate the beauty of Scotland without seeing the Highlands!

There are still quite a lot of places in the Highlands that I haven’t seen yet, but we picked two towns to visit and Aviemore was the first. In photos, I tried to capture the beauty of the wildlife at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie as well as the natural surroundings, not cluttered with modern housing and technology. Instead of staying at a B&B, we preferred the convenience and comforts of a wigwam in Badaguish, situated in the Cairngorm National Park.

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My week’s jaunt to Wales

My first ever trip to North Wales has been truly remarkable. We were there for 6 days and it’s gone by so quickly, I can’t believe it’s already back to work and the usual routine of feeding the cats, getting up early for work and any other projects I’ve still got to work on.

It’s been a great learning experience and something I’ve always wanted to be able to do: look after animals and try something new that I haven’t done before, so going to North Wales and helping out on a farm during lambing season definitely ticked 3 of those boxes. We were well looked after and had lots of fun rugby tackling ewes (female sheep) and sterilising the belly buttons of wee lambs, feeding them and helping out wherever it was needed.

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