OneKind calls for freeze on mountain hare cull

Sunday, 2 July 2017
In today's (Sunday 2nd July) Scottish Sunday Express, OneKind are calling for a freezing on mountain hare culls. The article focuses on our petition to the Scottish Parliament for greater protection of mountain hare and also mentions our campaign urging the Cairngorms National Park to stop mountain hare culls.

Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

This was me at the very top of Ben Lawers after bagging me 10th and 11th Munros in the worst winds I've ever encountered when out walking.

My alarm went off at 5.45am last Saturday which for me seemed like the middle of the night. I made my way to Dunfermline to meet Nicole aka Ginger Kitchen and we drove up to Loch Tay.

When we started walking I was glad I had brought some sun screen because it looked like it was going to be a lovely day, but that feeling soon passed as the cloud set in and all we caught was tiny glimpses of the sun trying to fight its way through the clouds with very little success.

It didn't take us too long to reach the top of  Beinn Ghlas (my 10th Munro) although we almost missed it since the summit pretty much hidden on route to Ben Lawers. The next part of the climb was pretty tough in parts. The wind got stronger and we were lucky if we could see a few feet in front of us. However, we carried on and finally about 3 hours after first set off we reached the top of a VERY windy Ben Lawers. I can't even put into words how windy it was when we stood up at the top. There was a moment where I wasn't sure how we'd get down because the wind was so strong in those few seconds when we stood up to take some photos.

It took us about an hour to get down and soon enough we were back in the car listening to Taylor Swift and eating vegan chocolate.

That's 11 Munros down and only 271 to go!


Sunday, 4 June 2017

It's time to start uploading regular content again, so I would start with a What I Eat In A Day weekend vlog.


What I Eat In A Day #16

Friday, 28 April 2017

It's been weeks since I uploaded anything, but here's a What I Eat In A Day video from a couple of weeks ago in North Berwick.


OneKind talks fox hunting and snares at the SNP conference

Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Last week, I headed north for my first party political conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The SNP conference is the largest party conference in Scotland, and came just days after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a second independence referendum.

As well as the main arena, which is used for speeches, the conference is a chance for charities to engage with members, councillors, MPs and MSPs about the issues they are working on. OneKind’s stall with the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland proved to be a popular stop for people during the day. Situated on the way into the main arena, there was a constant stream of people stopping by to find out what we’re doing to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals.

We chose to focus on two campaigns while we were there. We collected signatures for our joint Snare-Free Scotland campaign which calls for an end to the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares in Scotland. This was particularly relevant as it came days after the publication of a review into snaring by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The review, commissioned by the Scottish Government, chose to recommend some small changes to the way snares are regulated rather than consider a complete ban.

Given the recent media coverage the review got, it was an issue people were familiar with when they come up to talk to us. I spoke to people who were outraged that Scotland is one of the only countries in Europe that still hasn’t banned snares, and a woman who knew of a cat that had been caught in a snare a few years back. We also collected pages and pages of signatures from people who supported our calls for a complete ban on snares.

The second campaign we were talking to people about was fox hunting. Despite the sport being banned in Scotland, loopholes in the law mean that traditional hunts are still taking place across the country. Many people who approached the stall were shocked to find out that fox hunting isn’t banned, and even more so when I talked to them about the autopsy of a hunted that OneKind commissioned last year.

I also chatted to people from the Borders who were following the current trial of two men who are accused of hunting foxes with hounds, which was happening on the same day as the conference. The issue was brought alive by footage shot by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland playing on a TV at our stall which shows a hunt taking place. You could see the impact it was making from the disbelief on people’s faces as they stood with their eyes glued to the screen.

Overall, most of the people I spoke to were very supportive of the work done by OneKind. In fact, I only spoke to one person all day who believed that foxes are vermin and should be killed. Everyone else was angered by the fact that we live in a country where these beautiful animals are allowed to be snared and hunted without a second thought.

As far as first party political conferences go, I found the SNP one to be a great way for me to engage with new people about our campaigns. It was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with those who already support the work done by charities like OneKind and the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland whether it be through petitions, membership, and social media. I look forward to attending more political conferences in the Autumn to make the case for Scotland being a leader on protecting animals.

What I Eat In A Day #14

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Just another vegan What I Eat In A Day video. Like, comment, subscribe and enjoy :)

Vegan Monthly Favourites | February 2017

Saturday, 4 March 2017

It's time for a vegan monthly favourites video for February. I picked out some of my favourite food and cosmetic products that I've been using lately and put them in a video for you.

If you want to check any of them out, then you can just click on the links below.


What I Eat In A Day #13

Saturday, 25 February 2017

It's time for another What I Eat In A Day video. This week, I had some great food and took a really nice early morning walk up Calton Hill in Edinburgh.

Like, comment, subscribe and enjoy :)

What I Eat In A Day #12

Sunday, 19 February 2017

It's time for another What I Eat In A Day video. I filmed this last weekend but it's taken me a few days to get round to uploading it on my blog.

I hope you enjoy it!

Vegan Monthly Favourites | January 2017

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

It's time for a new monthly favourites video. I watch all kinds of favourite videos every month, so I thought I would try my own vegan version as I try to get into a more regular upload schedule.

Hope you enjoy!

Weekend Vlog | Loch Rannoch

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

There's nothing quite like escaping the city for the weekend and heading up north. When my friend inviting me up to Loch Rannoch for a few days, I wanted to back my bag straight away.

We spent the weekend eating food, walking around the hills and loch, playing board games, watching movies and relaxing. The cabin also had a sauna which was a very welcome change from the freezing cold weather outside.