Xmas Day 2012

For the first time in 45 years, Mum didn’t cook a Xmas dinner on the 25th. Instead, the parents came to ours and ate Vegan. Here is a snapshot of the day… It has all the necessary stuff… family, presents, food and a cat.

So this is Christmas | And what have you done? | Another year over | And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas | I hope you have fun | The near and the dear one | The old and the young

The ‘under tree’ collection this year features a Bride, Groom and Cat.

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Not to be left out, the boy had a play, then slept most of the day.

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Vegan Roast – the best kind.

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Present opening on the new sofa.

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Snoozy time in the new arm chairs.

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Sneaky bit of The Polar Express…

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A science theme to my book presents this year..

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Amazingly cool cufflinks!

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The bag says it all…

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And so does the shirt…

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The Big Bang Theory made an appearance too…

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And a funky new wallet from Dynomighty…

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Merry Xmas!

Vegan Xmas Roast

If I had  a pound for every time I get asked ‘What do you eat as a Vegan?’ Fools. Roast potatoes, roast parsnips, roast carrots, roast onions, peas, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, Vegusto roast with No Moo cheese, Redwood Turkey-style roast, meat-free sausage balls, sage & onion stuffing balls, cranberry jelly and roasted onion gravy. Followed this up with Co-Op’s Xmas Pudding and Alpro Soya custard… So, erm, yea, you don’t have to kill animals to have a gorgeous Xmas meal.

Vegan Xmas Meal

Beatbox by Dr Dre

What do Gadget Geeks buy with their wedding gift money? Well, sofas first, but with the leftovers they buy gadgets! We have wanted something to play music on in the living room for a while now as my Marantz amp is getting old and the speakers are just too big for the space. So, after testing nearly every decent iPod dock out there, there was a clear winner… The Beatbox by Dr Dre. It sounds amazing. The bass is truly earth shattering for a non-hifi system. Chillin’ to the Prodigy whilst I write this post. It will do nicely. Sexola to look at too…

Beatbox by Dr Dre

Beatbox by Dr Dre

Beatbox by Dr Dre

Beatbox by Dr Dre

Beatbox by Dr Dre

Beatbox by Dr Dre

Beatbox by Dr Dre

Beatbox by Dr Dre

Beatbox by Dr Dre

If you need an iPod dock, this is the current (sub £500) king.

Vegan Party!

One week after the wedding we held a party to further the celebrations… It was the perfect excuse for Nic to wear her dress again and for me to get suited and booted… Not forgetting of course, another chance to wear a carrot. It was a cracking night and we were so pleased with the turnout! A MASSIVE thanks for all the donations to our wishing well – thank you cards are in progress – we humbly apologise for the delay…

We had loads of positive feedback (also about the all-Vegan buffet provided by The Hutch - big thanks to Nick and Andrew for the amazing food!), so we reckon most people had a good time and you can’t ask for more than that. The cookies went down well – big thanks to Beanos for those and the cake… We ate almost all of that between the two of us. Naughty, but ever so nice. Anyway, here is a snapshot of the festivities.

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The Children’s Photo Challenge!

One of the ways we thought it might be cool to keep the children amused was to hold a photo treasure hunt. Here are the participants’ efforts in alphabetical order. The list of photographs to capture was as follows:

LADY IN A BIG DRESS – MAN WITH A CARROT ON HIS JACKET – MAN DANCING WEARING AN ORANGE TIE – SOMEONE ELSE TAKING A PHOTO – SOMEONE PULLING A FUNNY FACE – PEOPLE KISSING – SOMEONE EATING – PEOPLE DANCING – PEOPLE TALKING – SOMETHING MADE FROM PLAY-DOH – FOOD ON THE TABLE – BALLOONS

Despite the dodgy performance of the flash on the disposable cameras, there were some funky photos produced!
The winner would be the photographer that successfully captured the most photos on the list above and is announced at the bottom of this post…


Photos by Ben

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Photos by Cam

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Photos by J

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Photos (mainly) by Lorelei

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Photos by Seb

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Photos by Tom

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Photos by Ved & Ananya

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And the winner is…

We have a tie!

Successfully capturing 11 out of the 12 photos are Ben and Seb!

Congratulations to you both – a prize each is heading your way soon.

Vegan Wedding

On 10/11/12 we got married! A small, intimate ceremony in Canterbury was followed by lunch at The Hutch for an all-Vegan meal… then back home to chill for a while before shopping for bread and Vitalite. It was a great day and my wife looked amazing. And yes, that is a real carrot.

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Photos (mostly) by Rich @ The Other Day.

Vegan Shirts

Funky new Vegan shirts courtesy of my Best Man… schweet!

Storm

Very sad to hear of the news of the passing of Storm. I only met him once but he was a cheeky, funny and friendly little fella. Storm spent the last two years of his life living with lots of animal friends at the FRIEND Animal Sanctuary in Kent. Rest In Peace x

Prisoner

Taken when I thought I liked zoos. The further I venture into the Vegan world, the more I become disillusioned with zoos. Yea, it’s preserving the species, but for what end? Will they ever return to the wild? If not, what’s the point in keeping these beautiful animals in an enclosure that just isn’t big enough?

Big Fun Run Maidstone 5k

When I saw there was a 5k Big Fun Run in Mote Park, I couldn’t resist. Following broadly the same course as the 10k I did a few weeks back (with the last 1.5kms going around the other side of the lake) I knew what to expect at least… and it was only one lap – easy! The weather looked ominous all morning, with rain and gloom expected to be the pattern for the day, so I wasn’t expecting a very good turnout. How wrong I was! There must have been well over a hundred runners. Photos taken by the Missus. It was also the perfect opportunity to try out my new skull cap running hat. Yes, it’s bright… but it kept the cold out.

Excuse the finger, I was so cold and miserable before the start. Carter USM hoodie did a fairly good job though – I love being able to get in this now as I bought it three years ago and I couldn’t get it over my chest then.

My shoe fetish is well documented and it appears it extends to trainers – one of the ladies was sporting this attractive pair of Nikes…

…which rather put mine to shame, especially with the hole over the left big toe. I went for the trusty Nike Air Pegasus 28+ Trail shoes for this run. I wasn’t happy with the Nike Air Alvord 9s I wore for the 10k. Not as comfy at all.

As is customary at these events there was a very good warm-up session.

Today I decided to participate as it was so cold, though I didn’t actually follow the moves as you can see here – totally doing my own thing. I say my own thing, I was sorta copying the guy next to me who I had concluded was a runner. As it happens I beat him by four minutes so it shows I know nothing about runners and I ought not to judge a book by its cover.

Finally it was time to remove the hoodie and reveal my shirt choice – the trusty Nike DryFit Unfair.

Some cute doggies.

And then we were off. Pretty easy to spot me in that hat.

The medals and goodie bags.

More cute dog action.

First place – a good time, just under twenty minutes.

I came in at 28:15 and I am pleased with that on a wet, slippery course. I really need to find a flat 5k and try to improve my PB a bit. Though, that said, I probably need to remember I have only really been running (rather than walking) for about four months. Fortunately the gloom started to brighten by the 3kms mark, so I finished the run in glorious sunshine.

Another medal for the collection! That’s three so far. I don’t have any other organised runs planned until late December and the infamous Boxing Day Run in Saltwood, but I will keep my eyes open if there are any more close by.

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One of my favourite Vegans…