8 January 2020

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Isn't that all amazing? I remind myself that some of you have been following Ian's vegan journey with me for a long while. Thanks to Lee, Meike, Steve, Kylie. Mary, Bonnie, Red and anyone else who has sent positive vibes in his direction. Lord knows why "Vegan News"(see above)  chose to mis-spell the word "flavour" - opting for the American spelling instead. It's outrageous! Oh, I see they used "chip" in place of "crisp" too!

British readers may wish to note that "Living On The Veg" starts this coming Sunday at 10.30am on ITV 1.
Henry and Ian on the BBC "Breakfast" show this morning.
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On an entirely different note, I wish to share the news that we were given a donkey at Christmas. Well to be more accurate, my brother in France paid an adoption fee so that we are now the proud foster parents of a donkey called  Harbin . He resides at the Leeds Donkey Sanctuary and was found abandoned by a road in Ireland. We received the picture of Harbin yesterday morning and some time in the months ahead we will visit our new four-legged son with a bag of carrots. 

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On another different note, on the grey Sunday just gone I told Shirley that I was heading for a short country ramble  above The Vale of Edale. Surprisingly she decided to come with me and we walked up to Back Tor on The Great Ridge that links Mam Tor with Lose Hill. It is a very popular area for walkers and yet on a blustery day that seemed to threaten rain it was amazing how many other people were out and about burning off Christmas calories. Thankfully the rain held off. Here's Shirley on Back Tor above The Vale of Edale:-

41 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new ass.

    Your wife looks like a lovely lady and congrats to your son.

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    1. She is a lovely lady and thanks for complimenting me on my new ass. The transplant was painful but it was all worth it in the end!

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  2. Well, congratulations to Ian again for a new successful venture. Congratulations for getting outside and enjoying the countryside with so many trails.

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    1. Still no frost or snow this winter but it could still happen. Winter is never entirely gone till April.

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  3. What an ass!!!!!

    I'll bet Harbin reckons you got a bargain! Lucky fellow! :)

    Sadly, so many animals, domestic and native animals have been killed or badly injured during our devastating bushfires. Our hearts are breaking.

    The lads are striking goals left, right and centre! :)

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    1. Yes I have got a nice ass! I hope I get to ride on Harbin.

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  4. The Sheese and Onion sounds pretty good! Wish they were available in the US. I would try them.

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    1. You will have to come to Britain for a holiday - then you will be able to eat Sheese and Red Onion Kettle crisps all the time.

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  5. I've yet to try the vegan options of the types of cheese I like to eat. At the moment, I am using oat and almond drinks as an alternative for milk over my muesli in the mornings, and I like them.
    The Bosh! boys' fame keeps spreading - and more importantly, their message!
    To give an adopted animal for Christmas is a good idea. I've done that a few years in a row for my Dad (who loves animals but "has everything") and my sister.
    Walking with Shirley must have been a nice change to your mostly lone walks; I know how much I enjoy both (walking with O.K. and on my own).

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    1. At Ian's house we only had oat milk and it was perfectly fine in tea and coffee. We couldn't tell the difference.

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  6. How exciting that in addition to their own TV show the Bosh Boys have a snack food product coming out! There's no stopping those guys and how wonderful for them!

    Congratulations on your new little one, Harbin! When you visit him you'll have to get a photo of him with his adopted Mummy and Daddy! That really is a wonderful gift to help abandoned animals.

    I'm so glad Shirley went with you on your walk. With beautiful views like that I'm sure she loved it!

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    1. Ian and Henry have just got to keep on riding the wave. When we do meet Harbin I hope he hasn't been turned into dog meat.

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  7. I want a visit able foster donkey!

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    1. Do they have donkey sanctuaries in Australia? Perhaps you could adopt a thirsty wild camel instead!

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    2. I think there's a donkey sanctuary in southern Sydney. Camels are less cute but I like them anyway

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    3. Australian camels are getting very thirsty. Having a camel called Morrison in your garden would surely scare off potential burglars.

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  8. Congratulations to the two boys, success is running away with them. As for donkeys, treasure Harbin. I had a donkey for years as companion to a pony, they are beautiful and funny.

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    1. They are much abused so I feel a certain kinship with the donkey.

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  9. "Sheese" sounds fun. As to the confusion between "chips" and "crisps". Go to the motherland. Where you will find that your chips are Pommess. No, not pronounced like the French "pommes" where the word clearly stems from but POM eSS. Whilst crisps are chips.

    By the same token I was mystified (on my arrival at these shores) about mince pies (expecting something savoury) and Yorkshire Pudding (wondering why what sounded like a dessert would be served with beef). I tell you, English cuisine, for what it is, is a mine/mind field. Still, everyone tells me my Scotch eggs would sell like hot cakes at the price Fortnum & Masons or Harrods Food Hall will slap on each one. Cottage industry here I come. Thinking of which (Scotch eggs), and it's only a slight dig at Vegans and Vegetarians, what concoction would they come with to replace the sausage meat, replace the egg and still call it a "Scotch Egg", albeit with a big V?

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    1. I think a vegan scotch egg would be a step too far. Possible but why not just take a different tack and celebrate unapologetically the delicious possibilities of plants?

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  10. I wonder what Harbin will think of the crisps.

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    1. I think he would prefer carrot flavoured.

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  11. I use to own a donkey. He was called Trotsky. He did what he liked. Great pictures.

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    1. I think that Rees-Mogg would be a good name for a donkey. Calling a donkey Trotsky is insulting to revolutionary communists everywhere.

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    2. Boris would be a good name for a golden Labrador.

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    3. Varadkar would be a good name for a guinea pig.

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  12. I hope Shirley was safe on that plinth! But worth it for the view.

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    1. I kept saying - "Move a little closer to the edge dear! It's perfectly safe."

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  13. May have to try those crisps when I visit next week. Though I rarely eat crisps, it seems only fair to support your fellows. I also hope to buy at least one of their cookbooks, too. Luckily, I know how to translate them and have British measuring devices. UK cookbooks can be a challenge for US readers due to the differences in weights and measures (still using oz, lbs, etc. and the added complication of differences in the appliance setting/types. Gas ovens in US don't have Mark settings and all types of ovens operate on Fahrenheit temperature. Then there are convection ovens...

    As for Harbin, I think he is a lovely fellow with very soulful eyes. No asinine remarks from me. :)

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    1. If you go into any branch of Waterstones you will find "Bosh!" books and if you are here on a Sunday morning check out ITV 1 at 10.30am. Have a lovely trip Mary!

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  14. Well, until you get grandchildren of your own you can bore people with pictures and stories of Harbin just as I do with my grands. Donkeys are as cute as children. Some would say cuter!
    I can think of very little that would be a bigger thrill than having helped developed a new flavour (I did it for you) of snack food.
    No, seriously, you must be busting your buttons with pride for your boy. He and Henry are truly doing great things.

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    1. It's in the genes! (I am referring to Ian and not Harbin!)

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  15. What a beautiful foster-donkey. Harbin does even look a little like you.

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    1. I thought that when I checked out his undercarriage.

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  16. I saw the lads on the BBC. They gave a great interview.

    I love your new son. I once received a goat that resided in ethiopia as a Christmas gift.

    I spent last evening in the company of Alan Titchmarsh at the grand theatre in Lancaster. Someone asked him why a Yorkshire man like him lived in Hampshire. He replied"im doing missionary work!"

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    1. Did you tell your beloved that you had a secret date with Alan Titchmarsh? Did Alan demonstrate his favourite propagation techniques?

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  17. I saw them on tv in a patient's room

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  18. Cousin Harbin! We were all wondering how you are! You're in good hands now, metaphorically speaking anyway.

    Clever name for the chips! By the way, you might find Canadians use an odd mixture of British and American terms. For instance, we call crisps "chips" like Americans do, but sprinkle extra "u"'s around like confetti.

    The Bosh! boys have worked hard for their success, and deserve every good thing that comes their way.

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    1. I am hoping that Harbin does not procrastinate like some donkeys I have come across.

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