Miranda out and about

I have been on holiday to Leuven in Belgium!  I chose to visit Leuven because I discovered that they have a Loving Hut.  After arriving I was ecstatic to find that they also have Vegaverso a vegan cafe, Greenway a vegetarian cafe, and Shavt which is a vegan food shop!

Here I am at Vegaverso, vegan cafe in Leuven, Belgium!

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This is a wonderful cafe which serves a delicious and tasty selection of vegan sandwiches and cakes!

More interiors at Vegaverso, with books and comfy chairs

What you might have for lunch...

It took me a while to decide what to have, there is so much to choose from!

Inside Vegaverso, taarts and cupcakes

I had a peanut butter and jelly cupcake, a vanilla cupcake and a chocolate cupcake, on different visits!  They were all delicious and beautiful!

More cake selection

I also tried a chocolate coconut macaroon, and an oat cake, which were fantastic!

More cake selection!

This is what I had on my first visit to Vegaverso!  It was the most scrumptious food you will ever taste!  I had vegan cheese with vegenaise and a blueberry cupcake!  It was wonderful!

Cheese sandwich roll.  Yum!

Lunch with card Vegaverso

The menus there all have different, individually embroidered fabric covers!  They are so special and lovely 😀
Beautiful Vegaverso menu

Vegaverso menu

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If you live anywhere nearby, and even if you don’t, I strongly recommend you make a visit to Vegaverso.

Blueberry cupcake!

They are open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm.  You could go now!

Vegaverso opening timesI had a wonderful time at this cafe, it is run by friendly people and has a relaxing, happy atmosphere.  Brilliant 🙂 Try the chocolate coconut macaroon.

On the train

Yesterday we took a train ride to the seaside!

Just leaving the station...

Just leaving the station…

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Through the fields we go!

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Over the hills…

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Have a little sit down…

Can you see Reflecto Girl?

Can you see Reflecto Girl?

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Flying high above the houses! 😀

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And even more houses…

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Rows and rows of houses. And a crane in the distance!

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Stopped in a station to collect more passengers…

Here we are!

Here we are!

And here we are in Brighton Station.  Please mind the gap between the train and the platform. 😀

I like birds

It’s time you met the beautiful birds of Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare!  Raystede rescues and re-homes chickens.  They have a lovely big garden to live in filled with places to play and have fun or rest and relax.  As well as chickens they have two magnificent turkeys who inspire awe wherever they go.

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What are you looking at?Photo8347Come closer. I want to see what it tastes like.

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Maybe you could take a picture of me looking to the right? I think my left side is my better side. What do you think? Don’t  I have beautiful eyes?

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If you just come a little bit closer… that’s great.

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Are you still here? I thought you’d be gone by now.

 

http://www.raystede.org/news/chicken-rescue/

We woz ere #1

We thought we’d keep a record of where we’d left a calling card.

See if you can spot the cards and work out where we went last Monday – and since this is the first go at this game, we’ve made it easy 😉

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The pictures are numbered 1 to 6. By which picture did you first know where we were and what we were doing?  And in which pictures did you spot our cards? 😀

Introducing Miranda

Well, Miranda has always been here, she has always been an indispensable part of the Violet’s Veg*n e-Comics team but since she’s now set up a separate username we thought we’d better introduce her properly so that it won’t confuse anyone when they see a different gravatar coming from VVeC.  Violet’s Vegan Comics would be nothing without her, no one would know it existed, so it’s time she got the recognition she deserves 🙂

Please say hello to our Miranda Lemon!

Miranda Lemon: Chief Visionary Officer of Violet's Veg*n e-Comics

Miranda Lemon: Chief Visionary Officer of Violet’s Veg*n e-Comics

Please Please Please

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Please please please let me take my ease,

Let me ride on your back for a while.

My legs are short and not as strong as yours,

I’ve been walking for more than a mile.

polar bears piggy back rides

I’ll just climb on and I won’t take long

Try to stand still here for a minute.

I really appreciate you helping me out

And I promise not to fidget.

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Thank you thank you thank you Mum

This ride is good and comfy.

I can see from your reflection though,

That you enjoy it as much as me!

What they don’t tell you at school about William Wilberforce

What they will tell you:

William Wilberforce

  • William Wilberforce (1759-1833) is one of the best known British abolitionists. He was a Parliamentarian, writer and social reformer.
  • He was a close friend of William Pitt, the youngest Prime Minister in British history.
  • Wilberforce campaigned for health care, educational and prison reform and legislation to prohibit the worst forms of child labour. However, his greatest political efforts concerned the abolition of the slave trade and slavery.
  • In 1788-1789 he presented his Abolitionist Bill before the House of Commons for the first time. In a moving speech, he recited the horrific facts of slavery for three hours and ended with the words: “having heard all of this you may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know”.
  • Despite Wilberforce’s efforts the bill did not pass. Year after year, he re-introduced anti-slavery motions but to no avail. Finally, in 1807 the Abolition Bill was passed with 283 votes to 16, making the slave trade illegal on all British ships. It was an emotional day in Parliament and Wilberforce, having campaigned so strenuously, broke down and cried.
  • However, despite this victory, slavery itself remained intact and Wilberforce soon turned his attention to the emancipation of slaves in the British colonies. In 1823, he published the influential pamphlet “Appeal on Behalf of the Negro Slaves”. It led to the formation of the Anti-Slavery Society, which headed the emancipation campaign.Wilberforce retired from the House of Commons in 1825 and leadership of the Parliamentary campaign passed to Thomas Fowell Buxton. The Emancipation Bill slowly gathered support and was approved on 26 July 1833. On that day, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire.

What they probably won’t tell you is that he was a:

William Wilberforce

  • Even as the slavery issue dominated his personal and political life, Wilberforce found time to champion the cause of animal protection from the moment it first surfaced.  He was present for and involved with every Parliamentary debate on cruelty issues, from the first failed proposal by Sir William Pultney in 1800 to the watershed breakthrough of Martin’s Act in 1822. Over those 22 years, moreover, Wilberforce remained faithful to the cause, against objections that the subject of cruelty to animals was not suited to the dignity of a legislature.
  • He said “If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”

What an awesome man 🙂

What they don’t tell you at school about Leonardo da Vinci

WHAT THEY WILL TELL YOU:

Leonardo da Vinci

  • Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps best known as a painter, with his legendary works including the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man and the Last Supper, among others.
  • Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t just an incredible artist, he was an inventor, scientist, mathematician, engineer, writer, musician and much more.
  • The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most well known painting in the world. It is a half-length portrait of a woman who, along with the composition, background and other details, has been the subject of much speculation and discussion. It is believed that Leonardo da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa around 1503. It has been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris for over 200 years.

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WHAT THEY PROBABLY WON’T TELL YOU IS THAT HE WAS WIDELY REPUTED TO BE:

Leonardo da Vinci

We know this because Giuliano di Lorenzo de’ Medici (Leonardo’s patron for three years, from 1513 to 1516) financed the explorer Andrea Corsali’s voyage on a Portuguese ship and in a long letter to his patron Corsali made a remark about Leonardo when describing followers of Hinduism:

Alcuni gentili chiamati Guzzarati non si cibano dicosa alcuna che tenga sangue, ne fra essi loro consen tono che si noccia adalcuna cosa animata, come it nostro Leonardo da Vinci.

English translation:

Certain infidels called Guzzarati are so gentle that they do not feed on anything which has blood, nor will they allow anyone to hurt any living thing, like our Leonardo da Vinci.

What a guy! 😉

What they don’t tell you at school about Pythagoras

They’ll tell you a lot of stuff about Pythagoras at school, like:

Pythagoras

  • He worked out that in a right angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides: that’s Pythagorean Theorem
  • Pythagoras is often referred to as the first pure mathematician.
  • He was born on the island of Samos, Greece in 569 BC.
  • Pythagoras was well educated, and he played the lyre throughout his lifetime, knew poetry and recited Homer. He was interested in mathematics, philosophy, astronomy and music, and was greatly influenced by Pherekydes (philosophy), Thales (mathematics and astronomy) and Anaximander (philosophy, geometry).

But they probably won’t tell you that:

vegetarian pythagoras

And “Pythagorean diet” was a common name for the abstention from eating meat and fish, until the coining of “vegetarian” in the 19th century.

Stick that in your triangle and measure it!! 🙂

What they don’t tell you at school about Albert Einstein

WHAT THEY WILL TELL YOU:

Albert EinsteinAnd ….

  • He produced perhaps one of the most famous equations ever: E = mc² (energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared).
  • Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on theoretical physics.
  • He worked on many other influential theories and projects including: the deflection of light by gravity, the quantum theory of atomic motion in solids, Brownian motion, an explanation for capillary action and much more.

What they don’t often tell you is that towards the end of his life:

Albert Einstein

Albert EinsteinGenius! 🙂

How time flies

I was just browsing other people’s blogs when I came across this post, titled ‘Napping on a shoulder under a collar’ on Rethinking Life.  It reminded me of the little house marten that my daughter rescued ten years ago because this bird also used to take a nap on her shoulder under her collar.  He/she was a pretty little thing who touched our lives briefly and then flew away.  Here’s a couple of pics of Eve (my daughter) with Minnie (her house marten friend):

Eve with Minnie 2003

Eve with Minnie August 2003

Eve and Minnie getting some fresh air.  August 2003

Eve and Minnie getting some fresh air. August 2003