Attending events such as this makes me reflect on what I was like before I became vegan. I cringe now when I think that I was once a person who had a narrow minded, ignorant and plain old stupid view of ‘animal libbers’. I imagined them all to look a certain (hippy) way and to be annoying in the same way, all because that’s what the media chose to show and what I chose to believe. The truth is when you attend a rally like this, you will see people you know and you will see yourself. I see families that look like mine, couples in their 60s that look like my parents, grandparents that look like mine and people of all ages who care so much about animals. I took DeeW (my six year old daughter) because I had explained why I was going and so she wanted to go along too. Truthfully, she wanted to make a massive sign that said “I love cats too!” but she knew exactly why people were going today. I don’t think people give kids enough credit for thinking for themselves. All too often parents are accused of dragging their children to these events, when the kids with handmade signs today were choosing to show their support:
Before the rally, DeeW and I checked out the trade stalls in the Treasury Gardens. It got much busier after the rally. And look at that gorgeous Melbourne spring weather! Which meansÂ we’ll probably be freezing again in two days:
I was looking forward to trying treats from The Compassionate Kitchen. Check out their creations page and you’ll see why! I even took my own container to load up. In the end I exercised some restraint and went with a zesty lemon ginger slice and a raspberry jam coconut slice. Oh, and I got the Belgian waffles too. Exercising restraint? HAR HAR! This is Veganopoulous you’re talking to, we have no genuine restraint here!
Delicious! My own Belgian waffles turn out super crappy because my “one of the best on the market” Belgian 4-waffle maker can’t make up its mind where to distribute the heat so I getÂ half burnt half under cooked waffles. But the Compassionate Kitchen waffles were great and made for a most satisfying brunch. Here are some more of the tasty delights at The Compassionate Kitchen’s stall today:
If you bought a slice you got a raffle ticket to win a hamper full of awesome. DeeW was so looking forward to winning so I had to do the whole preparing-child-for-not-winning-the-hamper-of-awesome talk. When the raffle was drawn, it wasn’t our ticket but the ticket holder wasn’t there to claim their prize (you had to be present at 3pm to claim it). So another ticket was drawn and this time DeeW was the lucky winner:
There was a brief moment of terror on the walk to the tram stop when the wind blew away that voucher you see, but thank goodness it got stuck on the wire fencing and I was able to quickly retrieve it. Â NOTHING GETS BETWEEN ME AND MY TREATS. Not even, like, nature and stuff.
Anyway, here’s what we (I mean DeeW) won. A packet of Belgian waffles!
A packet of ANZAC biscuits!
Some giant Rainbow chocolates (think giant VEGAN versions of chocolate freckles, something I haven’t had since I was a kid):
Stop already! Chocolate muffins!
WHEN DOES IT STOP?!
Even the box is great because it’s the perfect height to store all our messy Wii games and control thingies under the tv table. Yes that a VCR. How else am I supposed to watch my dad’s old collection of Star Trek:The Next Generation? Captain Picard in sexy pyjamas people! Doesn’t everyone keep a VCR for that?
DeeW and I really enjoyed our day out and she was super ecstatic she won the raffle because we’d bought the rainbow chocolate during the day and she went back for another. On the tram it was all “Mummy I think you should put the prize on the seat and you stand up”.
I hope World Animal Day was a great one for you!