Camping in the Summer

We try to go camping as much as we can every summer, especially near the sea when we can as we love snorkeling and free-diving. This year we have not been to the sea as often as previously however we have still had some great camping experiences.

PaleoIrish camping
PaleoIrish 20yr old tent

Last month I went to the International Taoist Tai Chi workshop in Foxford, Co Mayo and I dusted down my old tent to go solo camping. I really enjoyed sleeping on the ground and listening to the sound of the rain on the flysheet. The fact that the rain stayed on the outside of my tent added greatly to my enjoyment. My newest tent is almost 20yrs old so I wasn’t sure that it would still be weather-proof however buying good gear has always paid off especially when it comes to hiking and camping. I store the tent in a large home-made breathable bag which also helps it to age gracefully.

Nobo Vegan Paleo Ice cream
Nobo Vegan Paleo Ice cream

Last weekend we did some van camping which is our usual habit. We went to Crann Og, a lovely organic farm near Gort, in Co Galway for a small community event “The Lunaghsa Fair.” We arrived along with some others on Friday evening to help with the set-up of the structures for the weekend and the main event was on Sunday.

We brought  a treat with us for our hosts, an Irish vegan paleo ice cream called Nobó which was really yummy. Of course we had to try it out in the rainy car park outside the shop to ensure that it was edible and there was still enough left for six of us to enjoy when we arrived at Crann Og. I love the name of this ice cream, bó is the Irish word for cow so it means “no cow”.

About two hundred people came on Sunday to enjoy the Fair, we had many different workshops on offer ranging from massage and cranial sacral therapy to wood carving with draw knives. There were games galore for both young and old and great food all day with the home made pizza oven and barbecue getting fired up in the afternoon. The event finished with a fiery flourish – a great display of story telling with fiery effects. For the full effect check out Crann Og’s facebook page.


Getting a little movement into November

As some of you know I’m often over on twitter and on Tuesday evenings between 8 and 9pm I join in a chat with a group of twitterers who come together to chat with each other. Most of us are from the western edge of Europe (Britain and Ireland) however lots of people are joining in from elsewhere and it’s great fun. You just search for the hashtag #paleohour on twitter on a tuesday eve and join in, although it can be hard to follow a conversation you will develop your own knack for doing so.

This week some paleo peeps were talking about doing the Whole30 which is a 30 day plan to clean up your eating when some others realised that really they needed some help with increasing/changing their exercise regime or, like me, motivation to exercise regularly.

So the creatives (well done!) came up the the notion of #Fitness30 – moving our bodies for each day of November, doing something new be it going a 30min walk or trying a yoga pose. It will be different for each of us. We will try to keep a record or our efforts either by posting on twitter using the hashtag #Fitness30 or on facebook (same hashtag) or some people write it up on their blogs.

Sometimes social pressure can be unhealthy, for example people can develop strange ideas about the perfect body if they are influenced by mass media or find it difficult to change to healthier eating patterns if their peers pressure them into not being “different” however this is one time where I am going to use social pressure to help me make some positive changes. We can choose to use social pressure to motivate and encourage us to make changes that seem difficult to make alone.

I don’t exercise in any particular way and some days I exercise very little so this is a big motivator to me to get off-my-butt and do something everyday. Mostly I think I will go for a walk (30 minute minimum) however I may surprise myself and find that I am trying out some rusty Yoga poses. You will have to pop over to Twitter to find out!

I am in the fortunate position of planning some work in Portugal this winter and if all goes according to plan we will be heading away in mid-November. I hope to keep up the #Fitness30 challenge while we travel and once we arrive however I may not be able to tweet about it each day as I don’t yet know what my access to the internet will be like.

Please let me know if you are going to join in, leave a comment here or over on either facebook or twitter. It would lovely to hear from you and know what you are planning to do too.