Bulls and Balloons


So you guys know that last weekend I tried out watermelon island. I know I promised daily updates, but you may have realised my quietness was due to the fact that I sucked at watermelon island! I had one huge success though – I ditched my coffee habit for an entire week. I now only drink coffee if I meet a friend for coffee and I haven’t bought any for at home. I have been sleeping so much better now I am not wired from all of the caffeine.

Friday of watermelon island was pretty successful. Saturday and Sunday were semi successful. I managed to eat watermelon for breakfast and lunch on both days. I ate a LOT of watermelon, however as a person coming from a past of having a terrible relationship with food watermelon island stirred up some very unexpected emotions. Though my physiological needs were most definitely met by my eating large quantities of melon, my mind was playing games with me. Telling me I was being deprived or hungry so on both weekend days I had a simple cooked meal.

As somebody that has inflicted a lot of abuse upon my body in the past I am now all about doing what feels right. What feels kind, nourishing, good and caring for my body. I believe juice fasting, and mono fruit island can offer wonderful benefits for the body, however it is not the correct time in my life for me to be embarking on this, I have a lot of healing left to do and I am maybe not as far along my journey as I believe I am. I know I am being very vague but in the future when I am ready I shall do a series of posts about my past relationship with food, eating and my body. I have a very positive attitude towards food now, I love good food that will nurture my body, make me feel good and my soul shine 🙂

I have had a wonderful weekend that I would like to share with you guys. It started early, at 5am on Saturday when I got up before the sun to go and see a the wonderful sight of over one hundred hot air balloons ascending into the sky over Bristol for the International Balloon Fiesta. It was quite spectacular and such a beautiful morning.

DSCF0262 DSCF0283After the excitement of the balloons I went for a quick run, then back home for a day of knitting, tea drinking and baking. Lots of baking I made bread rolls and vegan chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes. My vegan cupcakes will hopefully be available from the Fruit Me stall outside the Arnolfini this Friday. This means I have to do some maths and work out how much to charge, Olivia doesn’t enjoy maths, ugh!

I have had a super chilled day today. It started out super rainy so I watched a few episodes of Archer with my house mate whilst enjoying a mason jar of banana smoothie. The rain eased off so I met my friend and we headed to a market where I picked up The Cloudspotter’s Guide – a book that I have wanted to read for so long. We headed over to the city farm for coffee and a picnic. The allotments looked absolutely beautiful.

DSCF0320 DSCF0329I made some new friends too…

DSCF0337 DSCF0345I really love the city farms in Bristol. They are so tranquil and beautiful. I love to show the animals some affection, even letting the calves lick me to death hehe. The farm is one of my favourite places to go to when I have free time, I love wandering around the allotments and seeing and smelling all of the produce. There is something about being surrounded with organic abundant veggies that makes my soul happy. Of course I had to buy some produce – I got a giant organic zucchini which I plan on spiralizing tomorrow evening.

This evening I went for a nine mile run and I crushed it! It felt smooth and easy but I was running faster than usual. It felt so good to get out. I am overjoyed by the fact that I am able to run longer distances again as it has literally taken me an entire year to transition to my vibram five fingers and I found the transition period to be the most frustrating thing in the world as I simply couldn’t run in my nike’s and I wasn’t used to running in the barefoot style. My running journey continues however and at the moment I am absolutely loving it – it is my favourite thing in the world. Runners who I find inspiring are Rory Bosio, Anna Frost and Emelie Forsberg, amongst many others. I am so thankful that I am able to run, it is my time for me, my time to be wild and my solace from the world.

Well I am sure you guys have had enough of my late night ramblings :p I hope you have all had a lovely lazy weekend too.

Olivia ♥






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