I'm SO thankful we're finally in February, not only because it's my birthday month but also because February signals lighter days and a tiny hint of spring! I don't have a huge amount of updates this month, just a small number of things that I've been enjoying over January and have made that particularly cold, dark, and difficult month, slightly easier to deal with.
WWF Donation Update
For those of you that don't know, I donate to 2-3 charities every month (not big amounts of money, just £5 each), but I always choose charities that are not only important to me but ones that will send me updates of what my money is being used for, I know some people hate all that but I love to see it, and especially when we live in a world constantly bombarded with bad news and scary headlines, these little updates really make me smile.
If you want to know more about the charity donations you can read my actual post where I post updates about which charities I donate to or any news I've got back from them, you can see that here. I won't spoil it too much because I'll be updating that post soon with all the info but I'll leave a quick summary now; throughout 2021 I was donating through WWF to help Jaguars in South America, and I saw the improvments in numbers as well as a growth in their habitat size due to funding directly through the WWF to protect certain parts of jungle and help educate local communities on how to work WITH jaguars rather than against them. This year I've gone for turtles! Each time I pick a new animal to adopt I try and pick one on their "most endagered" list and it turns out that all 7 species of turtle are at risk from extinction.
I've had my own personal experiences with turtles on the two times I've been lucky enough to go on holiday to Barbados with my parents. The first time me and my dad were swimming near coral reefs and saw a huge wild green turtle lazily swimming around the reef, it looked up at us but it was gone when I turned around, then the second time hundreds of what I think were baby green turtles hatched on the hotel beach and we sat and watched them wiggle their way out to sea...I know it's so important to let nature take it's course but there was also a huge number of crabs that were eating the baby turtles so I did pick a few up and move them closer to the shore to make it into the water, but then a team of Turtle Rescuers turned up, chucked all the babies in a bucket and took them to a protected beach where they could make the journey in peace. Both times were beautiful and I'll never forget them, so when I saw turtles on WWF's list I knew they were the next one for me!
I'm really looking forward to seeing how turtle numbers will (hopefully) grow over the next 12 months and hopefully, WWF can get the funding they need to protect more reefs and beaches to help generations of sea turtles to come!
Quorn Vegan Fish Fingers
These fish fingers come in a box of between 10-12, I can't quite remember the exact amount, and although they're not the biggest they are very tasty and accompanied with some chips and beans or veg they make a great meal! The first time I had these I made chips to go with them and had a fish finger sandwich for the first time in years (ignore how pale the chips are...I was being impatient) and it was good. Quorn has finally got it right, these fish fingers and golden and crispy like the real ones, flaky on the inside and they do have a quite strong seaweed/fishy taste to them which is a HUGE improvement on the vinegar taste of other vegan fish brands, although I've seen Moving Mountains are doing big vegan fish fillets, they're only available at Waitrose and similar higher-end stores that I can't be bothered going in to, so I'm more than happy with my £2.50 Quorn Vegan Fish Fingers!
What a mouthful of a title that was! But I wanted to give it its proper name so that once you've read about this tea and found out the price of it, you can run down to your local supermarket and grab a box! This was actually a Christmas gift from my partner's mum; we're into giving practical, cosy gifts like tea, books, and candles so when I unwrapped this I couldn't wait to try it.
I'm a sucker for green teas and fruit teas, anything that smells amazing or has a colorful box I'm instantly drawn to...but these are something else! You can smell the sweet peach and orange through the box and as soon as the boiling water hits the teabag it's like a little summer burst on an often grey wintry day. I have to admit that these don't have a huge taste, there is a little bit of sweet orange citrus coming through but mostly it's just all in the smell, which I prefer more anyway, I don't really drink tea for anything other than it smelling nice and I enjoy a quick drink of warm water, haha! So these are perfect for me.
Do you see what I mean about the box, how is this not catching your eye?! Tetley describes on the box that they've worked to include peach, orange, and a hit of vitamin C to not only provide a sweet, fruity tea, but also a helping hand in getting in those vitamins we need to support our immune systems, especially in the winter!