Botanical Gardens


Caught this colourful tram



 People watching
And reading

When I get a chance in between everything else I’m doing I try to make an effort to go somewhere in Melbourne I haven’t been before. I actually got a guidebook actually from Kajsa before I left Scotland and I should dig it out and start ticking stuff off because I’m worried when you slip into an everyday routine you forget to go out and do things. In Melbourne you’re kind of spoilt for choice with things to do.

A little while back I ended up having a free afternoon so I decided to venture over to the Botanical Gardens. I had been in it briefly before but only really walked the outskirts of it. This time I had time to go for a proper wander. I loved how it was laid out. At first glance, when you just enter it, it looks pretty bare, nothing that extraordinary but as you walk further and further in, it becomes something else. You’ve got beautiful greenery, plants and small ponds with people going punting on them.

The weather was stunning and everyone was out having picnics, running, walking and sunbathing in the grass. There was so much going on and it was very peaceful. It was like it’s own little bubble and you don’t realise how close you are to the city when you’re in the middle of it all.

I could’ve stayed and walked around for so much longer but had to head back eventually.

How are you all my dears? This week has been a bit of a tough one for me. I feel a bit broken at the moment. On Friday I smashed my chest against the bar attempting a muscle up with a band. I landed full force on my ribs and the pain was excruciating! I was worried I might’ve cracked something but Mich said she though I was okay and she’s an emergency nurse so I trust her. Luckily it is feeling better but I still can’t do a lot of overhead work, which meant yesterday in class when it was mainly all overhead stuff, I had to do an entirely different session. It’s not a big deal at all but I just don’t like missing out haha. Then I’ve also managed to do something to my pinky last week so sometimes when I lift it is really painful. My calves are acting up again after a lot of double unders and running. And finally, on Sunday afternoon and all of Monday I felt awful and achy. It kind of felt like I was getting the flu but on Tuesday I felt almost completely recovered. Very very odd!

It’s safe to say I’m not in my prime at the moment. I’m just taking it easy and trying to recover for my gym’s competition next Sunday. I’m really hoping I can still take part but if my chest continues to hurt like it has then I’m not sure I’ll be abel to participate. It would be a massive shame but I’d rather recover from this than cause more stress to my chest. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not writing this to complain. I just want to share what is going on because I know I write a lot about pbs and everything going well a lot of the time and right now I’m having a bit of a dip! It’s part of life and I know I’ll get through it. It’s just a shame about the timing just before Battle of the Bluff but oh well. It’s done and all I can do is hope that it feels better soon.

Have a lovely day my dears,

M xxx

Serotonin Eatery // Burnley

Serotonin, a place I’ve been dying to go to for ages. It’s a bit of an institution on the vegan and health scene here in Melbourne. Specialising in food to raise your mood and boost your health through their creations. It is a bit off the beaten track over in Burnley, at least in relation to where we live, and that’s why it’s taken so long to to get there.

Last weekend Mim and I FINALLY decided that today was the day. We were out shopping on Chapel Street with her sister Alex. We knew we needed a good feed after spending hours going in and out of shops trying on clothes so off to Burnley and Serotonin we went. Their café is in a lovely location just by a park and they even offer you to take a picnic basket and eat their food in the park. How nice is that?

We walked in through the door and as soon as we got through the doors we were greeted by their lovely staff. We were sat outside on their swings! The best idea ever to have swings. A guy called Gabriel was the one who helped us during our visit and he was amazing! He got our menus and we told him about how long we’d been wanting to go and asked for his recommendations because we wanted to try EVERYTHING. We knew their famous pancakes were a must but other than that we had trouble deciding what to have on top of that. At this point we were starving. It was just before three in the afternoon and we hadn’t had lunch. Meaning we pretty much would’ve wanted to eat the entire menu because of how hungry we were, that didn’t really make the decision any easier.

We were leaning towards their new pizza, you guys know I’m not a massive pizza fan but it sounded unlike any pizza I’d heard of. It’s been made in collaboration with Simon Hill who does one of my favourite podcasts Plant Proof. Unfortunately it had chickpeas in the base and Mim is quite intolerant to them so I will just have to try it another time because we wanted to share food. After a lot of going back and forth we went for another new addition to their menu, the savoury waffles and we added scrambled tofu to it and also ordered a side of satay tempeh. How could you not order some tempeh with satay sauce? Yuuum!

We of course had to try some of their delicious sounding hot drinks while we were waiting on ur food. I had a peanut butter latte. Yup a peanut butter latte! How good does that sound?! And it tasted even better. What a great idea for peanut butter addicts like myself. Mim had a golden latte and it was lovely too!

I’m trying to find words to explain how good the food was and I don’t feel like there are good enough words to really give you an idea of how insane Serotonin’s food is. The pancakes were beautifully fluffy but moist at the same time. The cashew cheese on the waffles was so creamy and cheesy, I have no idea how the managed to make it taste that way. The scrambled tofu tasted amazing and the satay tempeh, that satay sauce was heaven. I could’ve eaten a whole bowl of that stuff. I don’t think the staff have ever seen to more enthusiastic customers. We couldn’t stop mmming and aaaing over how good it all was.

The food was devoured far too quickly and even though it looked like a lot it all somehow fitted in our stomachs without feeling overly full. We then got the very lovely surprise from Gabriel who asked us what dish we’d like to try next time and he gave us a card each with ten dollars off the dish of our choice next time we come in. How nice is that? Incredibly generous of them.

They were closing for the day at this point and we headed to the till to pay, the last people to leave. It’s a very tempting place around the till because they have all their beautiful cakes displayed just there. Mim and I were discussing the cakes and another guy who worked there gave us one of their raw lamington cakes for free. Wow, I’ve never experienced a place so caring and generous towards their customers and everyone who worked there seemed to love to be there. The positive vibes and energy is contagious.

Wow, wow, wow. I’m lost for words and can’t wait to go back!

World Vegan Day // Melbourne Showgrounds

The crew minus Mich who didn’t want to be in the photo

If there’s something I’ve learnt about Melbourne is that there is always someting happening. If you wanted to be busy every day of the week I’m convinced you’d find something different to do every day. The vegan scene here is pretty amazing. There are vegan events happening all the time. Some of them we’ve been to and been a bit disappointed and others have been fun. At the majority of it’s mainly all about the food, which I’m all down for.

World Vegan Day was a couple of weeks ago and for this day a massive event is held in Melbourne at the showgrounds. Em has been talking about this non-stop for months as she went last year and absolutely loved it. I knew about it from watching Youtuber Bonnie Rebecca’s vlog from her trip to it last year. Little did I know when I was watching it that I would be experiencing it for myself the next year. How times change!

Mim, Em, Mich and I have to been talking about going to this day for ages and the expectations were quite high considering how Em had been singing its praises.

We had the best day for it, the sun was shining and it was a really warm. We got on the “Vegan Express” to the venue, as the train driver called it, and arrived at the Showgrounds around midday. The event was in a massive tent and as soon as you stepped foot in it you were in vegan food heaven. Food stalls were everywhere and vendors were handing out free samples of their products to try. It was a bit overwhelming!

Usually when eating vegan you are limited by what food you can eat. This usually is in my favour as I can never make up my mind. Okay I can, it just takes forever. Here, everything you could eat was vegan. I didn’t even know where to start looking but I was starving and was in desperate need of a refuel. The group split up and Mim and I ended up at a Thai food stall (always drawn to the Thai food) and got a platter with a mix of Pad Thai, satay and spring rolls. It was delicious! Then we couldn’t not have some food from Vegilicious (based in St Kilda), we’ve had their food before and it is insanely good. Their vegan Japanese pancake and stir fry is out of this world.

The cherry on top was meant to be an Acai bowl from Acai Brothers but it was boring and uninspired. t didn’t really taste of anything, which was a shame.

Once we had been fed we walked around all the other stalls for ages. I got my first ever Coconut Bowl, I’ve been wanting one for ages and I’ve used it every day since I got it. I don’t know why but it’s much more fun eating out of a coconut than a bowl.

I also took the plunge and got my first In the Soulshine top. I love it so much and have used it loads since! We were there for the entire afternoon with some breaks outside in the sun. There was so much to look at and we didn’t even get a chance to go to any of the talks or workshops, yet when we left we felt like we’d still managed to squeeze in loads.

It was such a fun day with my girls and we are really excited to go back next year!

CF 3018 Partner Comp 2018

Where do I even start to explain yesterday? It was incredible and there’s so much to be said. I’ll be writing more in-depth about the comp but I thought I needed to get something up anyway.

The day went by at the blink of an eye, as comps tend to do I’ve noticed by now. My sore body is what is reminding constantly of that yesterday actually happened. Especially my quads!

When you’re in a comp you feel like you’re noticing everything. I think it’s the time in my life when I feel like I’m the most present in the moment. Once that timer goes off it’s only you and the workout ahead and of course in this case your partner. All those nerves playing up and the thoughts in your head go quiet. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. I felt a lot calmer going into this comp than my previous two. I think it made a difference. Probably because I had Mich next to me and also having some experience of how it all works from before.

Now looking back, whilst I did feel so present. The day is already a blur and a jumble of experiences and emotions. That’s why I love having this space to write it down and reflect on what actually happened. It’s also great to look back on in the future.

I’m so grateful to have been able to share it this day with my incredible Crossfit fam. What a crew we were, competing and cheering each other on until the end. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have this crew here Australia who I get to see every day and do what I love with. Life would’ve been so different if I hadn’t have started Crossfit back in Glasgow that’s for sure. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t know how I would’ve found friends over here if it wasn’t for it. It’s tough as an adult to find like-minded people if you don’t go to uni and just work.

Anyway, enough blabbering for now. There’s more to come! I can’t wait to share it all with you,

M xxx