My Blog:- A Barrel full of Gin~ny

My Set Building Business has had a busy month…

We are so happy to have completed a very hectic batch of work in our set building workshop, here in Gloucestershire.  We worked on three films simultaneously being Britannia Series 2, War of the Worlds and Spanish Princess.  We can't say too much about the details but when the films are published we will be … Continue reading My Set Building Business has had a busy month…

Dean Farm Sanctuary Open Days 2018

I just love this place, so worth a visit and so wonderful the work they go.

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Come and spend a day with our residents

A great day out for everyone, with over 100 rescued animals, woodland walks and activities.  We are a registered charity, all monies raised go towards giving our animals a safe home for life at Dean Farm Sanctuary.  9th June & 12th August. 10:30am-4:30pm both days.


 ADULTS £3.00 · UNDER 16’s £1.00 · UNDER 3’s Free

See more info HERE.

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Plastic verses Organic verses Pesticides

The topics for this blog are mixed up around  - Plastic reduction verses  Organic vegetables. This subject has been bugging me for a while now.  Being a gluten free vegan, I virtually live on vegetables. There are only two available  formulas at the moment 1 -Supermarkets supply Organic veg BUT it is wrapped in Plastic  … Continue reading Plastic verses Organic verses Pesticides

How to make Vegan, GF Dumpling stew

  I never use recipes and I'm a Gluten Free, Vegan so my cooking is always experimental.  I love using spices, especially, Paprika and Turmeric.  Here I am making a family favourite of vegetable stew and gluten free dumplings.   Vegan stew recipe 1 x red onion chopped 2  desert spoons of coconut oil 2 … Continue reading How to make Vegan, GF Dumpling stew

The truth bomb, but not my truth!

On a lovely drive out to the country side, I visited an elderly friend today in her late 80s. We had a lot of catching up to do, and as we darted through all sorts of topics we finally got onto politics. It’s always sensitive to discuss politics with an old friend whom one visits … Continue reading The truth bomb, but not my truth!

The Priory Vegan Menu

Here  We made our first visit to The Priory in Portbury today.  After seeing the post Vegan Bristol, I couldn't wait to go and visit for myself.  It is such a thrill to discover new places with vegan menus.  It's good for us vegans and it's good for the planet. It is such a rare treat to … Continue reading The Priory Vegan Menu

My latest Gluten Free, Vegan recipe

Gluten Free, refried bean and red onion pie. Omg.  I say it myself, I just made the most delicious gluten free, vegan pie.   I had a half open tin of refried beans which I didn't want to waste.  I had some ready made, gluten free Tesco pastry.  So I thought, mmm?  how can I use … Continue reading My latest Gluten Free, Vegan recipe

New social platforms always intrigue me…

I don't think @VeroTrueSocial is new but it's new to me. It always takes time to navigate new sites and figure out what it all means, I love this process. There's always the promise of a really great platform that offers everything in the way of sharing. There's the "Testing it out" phase and then, … Continue reading New social platforms always intrigue me…

Why does this keep happening in my shop?

  We  sell mostly unique items, that we will never see again in our shop, and this story keeps recurring..... It's the strangest thing and it keeps happening. As soon as one customer expresses a strong desire to buy an item in the shop, BUT doesn't buy it right then, the very next person that … Continue reading Why does this keep happening in my shop?

A Fellow animal empath…

And I thought I was the only one with an over exaggerated empathy with animal pain. I seriously doubt my sanity at times, because I get so distressed at an animal in pain. If I see carrion on road, I feel deeply sad. I’m vegan so I attempt to live to the core without hurting or exploiting animals. It is so nice to come across another animal empath. I am glad you shared the story of your fish and I wish more people would be so caring. Thank you.


Did you know that goldfish can live for over 10 years in a decent tank?
When I was 16 and working at Walmart, they had this employee appreciation sale and I had no idea what to buy, so I bought an aquarium. I think I had dreams of having pretty exotic fish since I bought a heater and everything.
I went to the pet store and asked for 2 fish. The woman said something along the lines of “No, you’ll want more. About 80% of them will die within a week, so I’ll give you 10.” They were literally like $.25c each, so I went along with it, but it was pretty morbid to think that the majority of them would die.
But die they did. I was a kid. I had no clue that pH balance was a thing. I’d wake up with a new fish…

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