Was having a not-so-great day, and as a result I decided to treat myself to the bouquet of wildflowers I’d been eyeing up for weeks. A small gesture of self love which, albeit small, made all the difference. Whilst the day wasn’t perfect, it sure ended on a much brighter note than it started on 🌼🌾🐝 Be kind to yourself. Especially when you need it the most 🌿 (or bee kind.. geddit?) #bzz#selflovenstuff
This just might be the cutest ever little beach-side pit stop 🐚🌺🌴 our own little breakfast corner complete with books, plants, iced coffee and the best Açai Bowl I’ve ever had 💦 I also collected lots of inspo for my future home... ahh, some day, when I stop consuming avocado toast (so never, then) 🥑🏡💭
Well, happy #worldveganday folks! 🐮🐷🐔🐣 I was lucky enough to be raised vegetarian thanks to my parents. My mum stopped eating animals when she was 17, much to grandmas dismay. She’s never been afraid to go against the grain; in the 80’s she would protest outside fur shops in Cheltenham. She taught me to care - and you can never care too much.
My dad was a huge meat-eater & never really thought twice about it. That was, until he and my mother went on a trip to China. They saw animal cruelty first hand - lots of it. In their hostel they could hear the screams of pigs being slaughtered upstairs, fighting for their lives. My dad was horrified. All he wanted to do was stop it. He realised - If I’m so appalled by the suffering of these animals, then how could I go home and pay someone to do it for me? His hypocrisy was laid out right in front of him, and he couldn’t ignore it any longer. From that day onwards he never ate animal flesh again.
It was only until a four years ago I was curious one day & did some research. I’d heard the word ‘vegan’ a few times, but I thought it seemed extreme & unnecessary - animals don’t die to make cheese, milk or eggs, right? WRONG. After educating myself on the dark realities of dairy farms & egg hatcheries, I couldn’t believe what I’d seen. It’s hidden so well by the industries & It NEEDS to be public knowledge - it’s so wonderful that there’s documentaries, activists, and so many resources available to spread the word. (Check my tags on this pic!) 🌿
I’m eternally grateful to my parents for raising me so compassionately with my with my eyes wide open. It’s come full circle, too. I showed my parents the footage I’d found, & they’re still proud vegans to this day.
Going vegan was the best decision I’ve made, for my health, happiness, animals, & the planet. I want to say a huge thanks to anyone who’s going vegan / making changes towards a plant based lifestyle 🌍
You’re changing the world for the better (even though at times it may not feel like it!) ❤️ “The question is not, Can they reason? Nor, Can they talk? But - Can they suffer?” ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 👉🏽 check out Dominion & Dairy is Scary on YouTube & challenge22.com ✌🏽🌱
Dancing amongst the Daisies 🌸🌾 also known as ‘Rosy Everlasting’ and ‘Paper Dasies’, native to Western Australia at the Australian Botanic Garden @australianbg 📸 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve grown accustomed to living life out of a suitcase and never staying in one place for too long.
It has its ups and downs; I often crave stability & routine more than anything - yet the freedom of not knowing where we’ll be in a few months time has become strangely exciting. And that’s a musing I’ve surprised myself with; throughout my life I have always been far from impulsive or spontaneous. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But I’ve come to realise that life really does ‘begin’ when you leave your comfort zone. A cliche sentiment indeed, yet cliche for a reason. ✨
A few weeks ago Ned coined the phrase ‘involuntary nomads’ and I think it describes our lives perfectly right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The one thing we make sure we do in every place we’re lucky enough to call ‘home’, is visit the local Botanic Gardens 🌾
It’s become a little ritual of sorts. This one is in Campbeltown, where we’ve been staying for the past few weeks looking after a sweet little whippet called Jazz. I couldn’t resist these paper daisies! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
No matter how lost you may feel, or uncertain for the future, or heck - whatever worries are lingering in the back of your head; creating rituals for yourself does wonders for the mind, body and soul.
Especially if those rituals include being outside in nature’s elements. 🕊🌿
Mermaid latte anyone? 🦋🐚 🌺 I tried something a little different from your usual latte today using @nutraorganics ‘mermaid latte’ blend 🧜♀️ made with an infusion of sea minerals, adaptogenic herbs including liquorice root & ginseng, butterfly pea powder, and spirulina 🌿☕️🌈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that might all sound a bit overwhelming.. but it tastes exactly like a chai latte (just with an extra superfood hit!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
ps. thank you @nedinspace for being the perfect handyman and creating this gorgeous wooden picnic pallet from scratch 🙌🏽 Whether we’re on the beach in the sun or in ‘the bush’ under the stars, we always have a place to put our chocolate and wine 🌙🍷✨ ... I also no longer have excuses for spilling drinks everywhere!
Sunrise mornings by the ocean featuring coffee, @wanderingfolk picnic rug and a new seagull friend 🐚☀️💦 Although our puffy faces and tired eyes could have told you otherwise, waking up at 5am to catch the morning sun in all its glory was well worth losing a couple of extra hours in bed. I’m not usually an early riser, but theres something pretty damn special about watching the world wake up from what feels like the most incredible place on earth. With coffee in hand, of course. ☕️💭 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The sand on Hyams beach is incredibly white. So white, in fact, that it has claimed the title of ‘The Whitest Sand In The World’ in the Guinness world book of records! 🐚🐚🐚 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The past few weeks have been pretty incredible as far as adventuring goes✨ Cave exploring, surfing, bush walks galore, and experiencing the natural wonders of Booderee National Park. I never want to leave! 🌿 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Within just a few days of each other, we were swarmed by a family of kangaroos who we fed and cuddled (we even saw a little joey in his mamas pouch right up close!), saw pods of dolphins in their natural habitat thanks to @dolphin_watch_cruises 🐬 and one afternoon, walking home after a surf at Caves Beach, we had a very close encounter with... a SNAKE! Since arriving to Australia in 2016 my biggest fear has been encountering the dreaded S word. It was big, yellow and black - and I was convinced it was venomous with its sights set on us. After a quick google search, it turned out it was a tree snake, and they’re totally harmless. Phew! 🐍 Australia... you’re a beautiful, crazy place.
Exploring the Booderee National Park and ended our adventure in the most idyllic (and unexpected!) of places. This white sand paradise is so exotic. It feels like a deserted, untouched island in the middle of the Caribbean somewhere 🌺🥥🌴 Nothing better for the soul than sand on your toes, sun on your skin and salt in your hair 💦🐠 Still pinching myself how I even ended up here. I’m in love with this little pocket of the earth. 🌿
My happy place 💭🐾 Lazy Sundays with Edith and Arthur - the sweetest, neediest cocker spaniels you’ll ever meet. Trying to get work done is a little distracting with these pups around... no matter how much attention you give them, it’s never enough! Not that I’m complaining of course; give me puppy cuddles over defacto visa stressfulness any day of the week! 🐶 Bed + dogs + Netflix = peak levels of contentment. Throw a cup of tea in there and woah, you’ve got yourself a perfect Sunday ☕️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A touch of nature indoors thanks to @the_woodwe macbook case made with natural materials ✨ Get 15% off your first order by using my discount code ‘Emily’ at www.woodwe.com 🌿 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Question: What are your favourite tv show/movies? 📺 My all time favourite shows are British comedies. I love the combination of quick speed wittiness and downright absurdity/silliness. Monty Python, Blackadder, The Office, Peep Show, Fawlty Towers.. nothing makes me laugh harder than Basil Fawlty repeatedly losing his thin veneer of decorum and flying off the handle at everyone. John Cleese at his finest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ I’m currently working my way through Mad Men and I’m already up to season seven. Inevitably I’ll binge my way to the finale before I blink twice, so if you have any recommendations on what to waste hours on next then let me know!👇🏽 Ah, it’s going to be a sad, sad day when I can no longer get my Jon Hamm fix... #DonDraper#NetflixAndDogSitting#Woodwe
TURMERIC CAULIFLOWER BUDDHA BOWL✨ Turmeric roasted cauliflower, steamed kale, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, edamame beans, basmati rice, red pepper hummus and garlic oven roasted chickpeas 🙌🏽⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was never a huge cauliflower fan until my mum shared her turmeric recipe with me, and now I could live off the stuff 🌟 Once it sits and marinates in all the herbs & spices, uhhh... it just tastes incredible (tip: a squeeze of lemon also makes all the difference!) if you want the recipe for this dish then let me know and I’ll post it to my story 🍃⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In other news I have indeed returned to Australia safe and sound (not after being held in immigration for 4 hours, interrogated and left traumatised of course....😞) and I’ve been on a little ‘social media cleanse’ I suppose you could say. Often I find that’s the best way to adjust and properly take in my surroundings. To keep you in the loop; currently we’re house-sitting in a small village in the gorgeous Blue Mountains🌲🐾 Sharing a home with FIVE needy dogs, TWO cats and a chicken who thinks she’s a dog. It’s utter chaos, but in the best possible way 🐶🐔🐱🐾🏡 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ....Except the early wake up calls. I never even got the chance to get over my jet lag 💤 I’m now involuntarily a (very early) morning person. That’s a big deal, cause if you know me, you know I could actually win a world record for amount of hours wasted unconscious.
Then again; watching the sunrise over the mountains is pretty unbeatable 🌤⛰ #IdStillLikeMySleepThough#JustSayin#IdAlsoLikeToNotBeCoveredHeadToToeInDogHair#CantWinEveryBattle
After a day of frolicking through flowers and getting stung by bees is there anything better? 🐝🍰☕️ Beetroot chocolate cake, courgette & avocado cake (which I was initially hesitant about, but it tasted like the best carrot cake I’ve ever put in my mouth and I need the damn recipe) and lots of earl grey tea, of course 🌻🌈 I’m returning back to Australia the day after tomorrow, so days out exploring with mum have been mandatory. 👩❤️👩 We’ve eaten our way through so many vegan cakes during my time home that I’m pretty sure my blood has been replaced with icing.. but there’s no one I’d rather drive home feeling sick (and full of regret) with 😂 ‘A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend’ and that’s most certainly true in our case.
Mentally preparing myself for a whooole lot of frustrating Skype calls with bad connection that include screaming at one another about something completely, totally un-important. And receiving emails of weird obscure animals with no words included, because who in the hell needs words when you’re looking at a picture of an Aye-Aye? (seriously. google it.) 💞💞
Sunflower fields forever 🌻🌻🌻 Even though they weren’t in full bloom, this happy little guy and I shared a real special moment 🌾 A day well spent drinking tea, eating vegan cakes, picking wildflowers and frolicking in lavender. Oh! And a bee stung my foot, so there’s also that ....🐝
‘What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward, to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.’ // Jack Kerouac // On the road 🚌🌾🌙
There’s no place I’d rather be than on my bed snuggling with my handsome Barney Bear 🐶 which feels bitter-sweet at the moment as I head back to Australia in just ten days.
The more I visit home the harder it becomes to leave. It gets more painful each time. Honestly, I’m just so sick of crying at airports. Whether I leave England or Australia, half of my heart is always left behind. My life is never ‘full’. It’s always a sacrifice of some kind. 💔 I can’t just drive home one weekend when I feel like it. I have to prepare, budget, and book the oh-so-long flight months in advance. It’s particularly difficult this time, as I don’t know when I’ll be home next. Yep, a one-way flight. The easiest way to make me a hysterical ball of sobbing, incomprehensible mess.
The positive thing about living so far from home however, is that when you DO finally return, you appreciate every. single. ounce of it. Like you wouldn’t even believe! My old bed that I used to hate has never felt so good, the summer we’ve been having has been incredible, though I love it when it rains too. Even when my mother and I squabble over something stupid, I’m so grateful that I’m here to get on her nerves in the first place. I used to hate it when Barney would burst into my room at 6am every bloody morning and lick my face. Now there’s no sight I’d rather see. Watching the news is such a novelty to me because I miss it so much when I’m away. Even just hearing English accents has become a comfort I never expected.
Living on the other side of the world from your family, home and friends is such a big decision and sometimes I wonder if I can keep doing it forever. It’s not easy & there are of course moments of doubt. But then I remember who’s on the other side waiting for me.. and my gut tells me I’m doing the right thing. Oh, and the other good thing is - when I get back to Australia, I’ll appreciate every single ounce of everything I’ve missed since being there too. ☀️💦 Here’s to getting my pommy self back over there and successfully getting that de facto visa! Presuming I don’t somehow get myself kicked out of the country in the next three months... there’s always time 😂🏡✈️✨ #HomeAwayFromHome
One of my favourite things about summer in England is the long days. The sun doesn’t set until around 9:30pm 🌙 So, dinner outside it is! 🍽✨
Lentil tabbouleh with parsley, mint, spring onion, green beans, cucumber & tomatoes, Orzo with mushroom, garlic & lemon thyme, and some grated apple with raw beetroot (this combo is unexpectedly delicious and so easy, try it!!) 🌈 #eatmoreplants 🌱
Reminiscing the magic of Barcelona from way back last year 🥀💭 Seems I really have a thing for narrow, labyrinth-like streets. I’d love to be lost in the Gothic Quarter again... one of the very few times I didn’t mind being lost! #pontdelbisbe
Fun fact: this picture was taken at 5:30am, so it’s good thing you can’t see my face ‘cause my eye-baggage allowance exceeded the limit big time 💤✈️