A Vegan Life

I was vegetarian for 30 years before making the happy leap to vegan in 2017. Here you will find posts about all the things which make me happy – my family, my home, my garden, my boat and my travels.

I’m loving living my vegan life and am working my way slowly through my older recipes and blog posts, updating them to reflect my lifestyle change. 

I also love to make things – you can check out all my crafty ideas here! If you just want recipes and landed here by mistake, click here!

Froothie Evolve High Speed Blender – Review

Froothie Evolve High Speed Blender – Review

The latest addition to my kitchen armoury is this handsome beast. This, my friends, is the Froothie Evolve High Speed Blender, the very latest in blending technology.  AD: This is a review post. I was gifted the Evolve blender. This post contains affiliate links....

Compton Acres Gardens, Poole

Compton Acres Gardens, Poole

It's English Tourism Week here in the UK so I thought it would be a nice idea to have a go at being a tourist in my own neck of the woods. I have two 'homes', one in the fabulous market town of Frome in Somerset and the other floating in Poole Harbour. Our love of...

Turning 50 and Pressing the Reset Button

Turning 50 and Pressing the Reset Button

Well Hello, how have you been? Goodness, I've missed you! For a mixture of reasons I haven't written here for the last three months and it has felt very strange. I could just leap back in with a new recipe, a sailing update or a seasonal craft but first I'm going to...

Sailing Life – Studland, Swimming and My Kitchen on Board!

Sailing Life – Studland, Swimming and My Kitchen on Board!

Today I'm sharing a bit of our sailing life, which I haven't done here for AGES and, oooh, exciting things are afoot! We were chitter chattering over a glass or two of chilled white a few weeks ago and the upshot was that we have decided the time has come to sell our...

Patio Garden Makeover – Moving On

Patio Garden Makeover – Moving On

My kitchen has windows at both ends, the garden wraps around the house and in the summer the sliding doors from the sunroom/dining room are always open. Over the last 15 years children have run in and out with muddy boots or sandy feet, showing me a pebble which...

Food Lovers Visit Dorset

Food Lovers Visit Dorset

Living where Somerset meets both Dorset and Wiltshire means that I am spoilt for choice with local food producers, farmer's markets and - of course - Frome's own utterly fabulous monthly Independent Market. I love knowing exactly where my food comes from, and try to...

Cruising on Island Princess – Sea Days and Surprises

Cruising on Island Princess – Sea Days and Surprises

When I told people that Mr TS and I were going on a cruise they raised their eyebrows while looking me up and down and doing that thing people do with their mouths which says ‘You?! Are you sure?!’ without any words actually coming out. So – did we enjoy it? Yes, we did and this is why!

A Visit to River Cottage HQ

A Visit to River Cottage HQ

A visit to River Cottage HQ with Foodies100 for food styling tips, a tour of the farm and gardens and a session in the kitchen making soda bread and nasturtium butter.

Visit Venice – Our First Time!

Visit Venice – Our First Time!

I've wanted to visit Venice for as long as I can remember so when the opportunity arose to spend a couple of days there ahead of my press trip through the Med on Island Princess*, it was too good to miss - Mr TS booked us two nights in a...

Flowers in the Autumn Garden

Flowers in the Autumn Garden

As August ended we sailed back along the coast past Cornwall and Devon, then across Lyme Bay to Dorset and there was a distinct chill in the air. When we returned to our Somerset garden all the exuberance of late summer was fading and autumn...

My Container Garden Makeover

My Container Garden Makeover

I have an oddly shaped garden which wraps around the back of the house. We are lucky to have driveway parking in a part of our town where that is like gold dust but it doesn't make for a pretty entrance to our front door and it has  been neglected in favour of easier...

Mudlarking on the Thames

Mudlarking on the Thames

London is such an exciting city to visit but there are so many places I 'ought' to go, exhibitions I 'must' see and things I 'have' to do that I can very quickly become overwhelmed. So when my friend Victoria suggested a walk on the beach and a spot of mudlarking...

How to Plant A Summer Hanging Basket – Dreaming of Sunshine

How to Plant A Summer Hanging Basket – Dreaming of Sunshine

It is pouring with rain outside and I have itchy fingers - I want to be in the garden so badly! When November drapes its cloak over me I begin to dream and I plot and I plan for the new season. I have already sorted out the spring planting, the bulbs are in and the...

On Golden Cap – Walking in Dorset

On Golden Cap – Walking in Dorset

Mr TS and I reached quite a milestone this week, on 6th August we celebrated 20 years of marriage - we thought it deserved marking in a special, memory making way! Several ideas were considered and abandoned; nothing felt quite right, was too far for one day or...

Drink Carton Crafts – How to Make Bird Feeders and Plant Pots

Drink Carton Crafts – How to Make Bird Feeders and Plant Pots

I do love hanging out with other crafty people! Last week I took part in a Google hangout with fabulous craft bloggers from Red Ted Art, Zing Zing Tree, Here Come the Girls and Kids Chaos where we all shared our ideas for drink carton crafts reusing tetra pak juice...

Rockpooling, Duck Racing and Pond Dipping – Visit Wales Part 2

Rockpooling, Duck Racing and Pond Dipping – Visit Wales Part 2

Our weekend in Wales was too good to fit into one post so here is Visit Wales Part 2! You'd think we wouldn't be able to top horse riding and tobogganing wouldn't you; that Day 2 would be a damp squib? Oh no, dear reader - we had the time of our lives! Day Two started...

Learning to Ride a Horse and Tobogganing – Visit Wales!

Learning to Ride a Horse and Tobogganing – Visit Wales!

Last weekend saw me, Mr TS and our two youngest children abandon our two older boys to their revision and nip off to visit Wales! I left the guilt at home, packed our practical outdoor gear and jumped into the car with unseemly haste - it was time for some adventures!...

Tout Quarry Scuplture Park And A Rant About How We Treat Teenagers

Tout Quarry Scuplture Park And A Rant About How We Treat Teenagers

Tucked away at the back of an industrial estate on the Isle of Portland, at the end of Chesil Beach in Dorset, is a wildlife haven and sculpture park with views to take your breath away - if you squint a bit you might spot our boat down there! Tout Quarry is an...

Upcycling Tins – From Biscuit Tin to Seed Storage

Upcycling Tins – From Biscuit Tin to Seed Storage

I have a serious tin habit. I drool over tins both vintage and new and find them very hard to resist. Once they have been emptied of their contents they are repurposed to hold cakes, buttons, sewing paraphernalia, toys, craft materials, fabric, wool and more. They...

The Roman Baths – Exploring History with Children

The Roman Baths – Exploring History with Children

Bonus Boy recently had an INSET day when the others did not and we grabbed the opportunity to visit the Roman Baths. Bath is only a 20 minute drive from us and is a regular haunt so it's a bit shameful that he hadn't been before when the others had; my children are...

Family Friendly Festivals – WOMAD Charlton Park

Family Friendly Festivals – WOMAD Charlton Park

I'm not sure we are actually back from WOMAD yet, I'm pretty certain I have left a little bit of myself in a field in Malmesbury - it is possibly the perfect festival for a family like mine. Our wide age range means it can be very tricky finding something which offers...

The Ecover Garden at RHS Hampton Court

The Ecover Garden at RHS Hampton Court

On Monday I attended the preview evening and gala dinner at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show as a guest of Ecover, on Wednesday I was back again with Mr TS - I keep pinching myself to see if I have died and gone to heaven! There is no way I can fit everything into one...

To Hampton Court Flower Show with Ecover!

To Hampton Court Flower Show with Ecover!

If you've been visiting for a while you will know I have a bit of a 'thing' for gardening. I waffle on about my own a lot and I enjoy sharing our visits to others. Last year I worked with World Vision and followed their Chelsea Flower Show Garden from the initial...

Green Plant Swap – A Brilliant Gardening Idea!

Green Plant Swap – A Brilliant Gardening Idea!

Today I'm showing off my garden again and telling you all about Green Plant Swap - I may be a bit over excited! I plant a ridiculous number of seeds, I can't help myself, planting season starts and I'm like a demon. Then, about six weeks later I find myself the proud...

Garden Crafts – Meet the Little Folk!

Garden Crafts – Meet the Little Folk!

Half term passed in a whirl of social activity and revision. Surprisingly the weather wasn't bad so we didn't spend much time crafting indoors apart from on that one torrential day when Bonus Boy asked for modelling clay and we spent a happy hour making mini monsters....

How to Plant A Pizza – Gardening with Kids

How to Plant A Pizza – Gardening with Kids

Bonus Boy and I were set a task  this week. We had to come up with a gardening project, go to Homebase and buy the stuff required, come home and make it - as you can imagine, we jumped for joy! We decided that we would plant a pizza. This is  a fun project for...

Grow Your Own Tomatoes – Gardening with Kids in April

Grow Your Own Tomatoes – Gardening with Kids in April

Heinz have asked us if we would like to take part in their ‘Grow Your Own Tomatoes’ challenge this Spring – well of course we said yes! We grow our own every year so to make this challenge a little bit more exciting for my lot we have decided to grow our own ketchup....

How to Grow Cress Caterpillars

How to Grow Cress Caterpillars

I took part in another Google+ hangout with Red Ted Art and a whole raft of UK craft bloggers last night. I love these hangouts, seeing other people's crafty creations really inspires me. Last night we shared ideas for using up egg boxes and Maggy's chickens, Anthea's...

Story Walks – Mr McGregor’s Garden

Story Walks – Mr McGregor’s Garden

RHS Rosemoor in Devon is a goldmine for Story Walkers and provides the backdrop for a second helping of 'Following in the Footsteps of our Favourite Book Characters' here on Thinly Spread. This time we weren't sure who we were going to meet as we rounded each corner....

Gardening with Kids in February

Gardening with Kids in February

The sun finally came out at the weekend, just as half term was drawing to a close. We spent all of Sunday pottering in the garden and it was good! This week is a good time to finish fruit tree pruning, as usual we have left it to the very last minute but cherry and...

Festive Foraging and Some Sneaky Christmas Preparations!

Festive Foraging and Some Sneaky Christmas Preparations!

I do realise that is the second post this week which mentions the C word and that I may well lose a particular friend as a subscriber as a result but, frankly, it's a risk I'm willing to take. These particular Christmas preparations can't wait and, along with cake...

A Day Trip to See Brownsea Island Wildlife

A Day Trip to See Brownsea Island Wildlife

We spent a perfect family day out spotting wonderful Brownsea Island Wildlife last weekend, we have been many times before, but it had been a while since our last visit. It is a magical place, there is something very Famous Five or Swallows and Amazons about it. It is...

Edible Flowers, Poor Man’s Capers and Save the Bees

Edible Flowers, Poor Man’s Capers and Save the Bees

As September drifts on, all crisp mornings and rich harvests, I'm at my happiest. It's a time for walking along the tractor tracks in wheat fields, for collecting blackberries and beginning the mushroom hunt. Edible Flowers Back in the garden after what has, frankly,...

Yeo Valley – Ticking All My Boxes

Yeo Valley – Ticking All My Boxes

I am now officially in love with Yeo Valley. Not just because of the creamy goodness of their delicious product, not just because of the ethos behind their company which means I have bought that product for years, but now because they are really nice people with a...

Anyone for Celebrity Bingo?

Anyone for Celebrity Bingo?

Press Day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show brought the celebrities out in force. They were mesmerised by the World Vision Garden's beauty and serenity and captivated by the message behind it. One or two were cheeky and I had to strong-arm a couple over for a proper look...

Behind The Scenes at RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Site Visit!

Behind The Scenes at RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Site Visit!

These arrived in the post last week. I may have squealed. John and Sim have been on site at Chelsea since last week and on Sunday morning I donned a high visibility vest and my clumpy boots and headed off to see how they were getting along. The last photo I had seen...

Tea Cup Posies – Quick Upcycled Craft

Tea Cup Posies – Quick Upcycled Craft

Walking past the gorgeous new florists which has opened in our town last week I was very taken with the posies she had arranged in tea cups, buckets and baskets. I am currently very short of cash and I couldn't justify splashing out but the idea stuck in my head. I...

Rich Leek Tart – From Plot to Plate

Rich Leek Tart – From Plot to Plate

This magnificent weather means that the leeks we grew from seed last year and which have spent the cold months over-wintering and keeping the ground occupied in the veg patch, began to bolt. Bonus Boy and I whipped a dozen out of the ground like gardening super heroes...

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