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22 August 2016

Soul Circus ~ Yoga & Wellness Festival {Review}

Soul Circus ~ Yoga & Wellness Festival {Review} // 76sunflowers
This weekend the time had finally come for me to attend the inaugural yoga and wellness festival that is Soul Circus. I left home on Friday morning with some apprehension about what was to come; I was leaving my family behind and going it alone to a festival. The date had been marked on the calendar for months; I was organised, I was packed for a weekend of yoga, I had made my plans, I had practised putting my tent up solo yet I was still worried.
I was stepping into the unknown!
The weather certainly wasn't helping my nerves with the forecast predicting heavy rain and high winds but I told myself the weather is beyond my control, worrying about it will not change it, so I took a deep breath and moved on.
I said my goodbyes with a bug hug for the husband and kiddos and I was on my way to a field in Elmore, Gloucestershire.
Leaving the M5 at Junction 12 the festival site was easily found with clear signage on the local roads.
Soul Circus ~ Yoga & Wellness Festival {Review} // 76sunflowers
Getting onto the site was quick and easy with a chatty steward telling me everything I needed to know. The size of the site meant parking up and getting my tent and gear into the camping field by myself was pretty stress free - although why I didn't just drive across and tip everything out of my car before parking up I don't know! Neighbouring campers were all friendly with a mix of solo attendees, friends and families and I was told to shout should I need any help with the tent. Choosing a spot against the bordering hedge and next to a nice big camper I felt relatively sheltered and relaxed up a bit more about the weather.
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Project 365 2016 #33

Week 33 of Project 366 meant a lot of my time was spent sleeping in a tent in varying weather!
Project 366 2016 day 227 - Somerset camping // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 228 - Glastonbury graffiti // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 229 - Brean Down // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 230 - Big Ideas! // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 231 - Soul Circus packing // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 232 - Soul Circus Ibiza Chilled Yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 233 - Soul Circus Raw Cake // 76sunflowers

Day 227
It was a glorious Sunday full of Somerset sunshine for my annual camp out with the kiddos at our favourite site. This made setting up camp a relatively easy task, albeit a bit sweaty!
Day 228
Today we headed down the road to Glastonbury for a wander around the town and shops. Since we were here last a new piece of graffiti had gone up. Following the traditional purchases of incense and a trip to the little toy shop that the children love we walked up the Tor for a blustery sunny picnic then went to spend some money in Street.
Day 229
Living where we do means getting to the coast is a bit of a trek. The closest we have is along the Bristol Channel and today we headed out to Brean Down. Here we found the beach and could just about make out the water in the distance; with high tide set for 6.00 pm and a bank of dangerous mud and sand in between us and the water paddling was off the cards today. Instead we built a sandcastle, played catch with a variety of products purchased from the National Trust shop, ate delicious Marshfield Ice Cream and climbed up to the top of the down where beautiful views could be found.
Day 230
Sadly time to head home today. The sun continued to shine so the tent was dry so I carefully packed it away ready for my yoga festival on Friday. Back home we chilled and sorted the laundry and I began to think of some future big ideas!
Day 231
I packed up my bits today ready for Soul Circus! I tried not to look at the weather forecast too much but did throw in extra tent pegs and guy ropes as I feel I will be battening down the hatches as rain and high winds have been forecast. Hopefully the tent will hold up and I won't be dealing with any disasters on my own!
Day 232
I safely pitched up in the rain and had a fantastic first day at Soul Circus taking part in three yoga classes finishing off with Ibiza Sunset Chilled House Yoga underneath the twinkling disco ball.
Day 233
The weekend wasn't all about yoga and today I treated myself to a delicious Pistachio, Ginger and White Chocolate raw cake - it was delicious!

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13 August 2016

Project 366 2016 #32

Week 32 of Project 366 2016 saw a lovely end to our time in Norfolk and a lazy week before setting off on some more adventures!

Project 366 2016 day 220 - Run Norwich 10k // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 221 - Sunflowers // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 222 - Garden camping // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 223 - Scroobius Pip Distraction Pieces Q&A Bristol // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 224 - Yoga Sky // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 225 - Yoga in my quiet place // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 227 - Garden sunshine // 76sunflowers

Day 220
Today I returned to my home city for the first time in years to take part in the Run Norwich 10k. It was a sweltering hot day but with support from my brother, his partner and my two kiddos I dragged myself round in a quite respectable 53 minutes 37 seconds so I was pleased with that!
Day 221
Due to an accident blocking the M4 and a detour around Newbury we took over 7 hours to get home but we arrived safely and that's all that matters. The garden sunflowers had grown loads since we had been away.
Day 222
Garden camping time! I'm not sure if we'll get around to a family camp this year so we decided to put the tent up in the garden, which needed a post Camp Bestival clean and airing, and I slept out with the kiddos. It was a lovely evening of BBQ, toasting marshmallows over the fire and a peaceful night's sleep was had by all.
Day 223
A lazy day at home was on the cards; the children played football in their pyjamas in the garden, I had toasted bagel with chocolate spread in the tent brought to me by my girl and then I did housework. In the evening I headed into Bristol to meet a friend and go to a Q&A with Scroobius Pip on his Distraction Pieces book tour. It was a great evening of chat and humour plus the obvious beard and tattoos!
Day 224
We got out and walked into town to the toy shop and supermarket where Lego, glow in the dark stars and camping provisions were bought. I decided after all to book a camping trip for me and the kiddos to our favourite site near Glastonbury as the weather is looking good next week - and it also makes me feel less guilty about having a few completely lazy days at home doing nothing much! I got out tonight for a much needed yoga class though with the realisation on the way home with the darkening yoga sky that Summer will soon be coming to a close.
Day 225
A guilt free lazy Friday as the children are more than happy to play at home. I packed the tent away ready for camping, after sleeping out again last night with my girl, and got together some of the other paraphernalia needed for three nights in a tent. Later I did a little bit of yoga in my quiet place before a lounge camp out and Star Wars with the kiddos.
Day 226
The husband is in London at The Oval today watching the cricket with a friend so that gives us an excuse to have another lazy day! But, I will be packing for camping and making the children walk to the local supermarket to get some fresh air, exercise and last minute supplies. In the meantime my garden is looking lovely, when the sun comes out.

x x x
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10 August 2016

Camp Bestival 2016 {Me Time}

Camp Bestival 2016 {Me Time} // 76sunflowers
Having looked at Camp Bestival from a family point of view, and shared some lovely images, today I got to thinking about what I got out of it as an individual trying to find some me time. Camp Bestival is clearly billed as a family festival but that doesn't mean, with a bit of planning, us grown ups can't find some time alone doing some grown up things.

We struck a good balance again this year as a family unit which gave everyone the opportunity to do the things they wanted to do. I planned ahead and booked another nature run with Nick, having loved it last year, and it didn't disappoint; with a gentle 5k+ around and beyond the festival site I can definitely recommend it - a morning run set off at 9.30 on each of the mornings and cost £5.
Camp Bestival 2016 Nature Run // 76sunflowers
The nature runs set off from the Slow Motion area which also homed a yoga tent so you just know that I spent some of my me time there! Becoming a bit of an early riser I dragged myself out of bed and up the big hill onto the main site for two 8 a.m. classes; Qi Gong on the Saturday and Rise & Shine Yoga on the Sunday. Qi Gong was new to me and felt similar to Tai Chi, it was very gentle with a calming focus on balance, breath and stretching. The Rise & Shine Yoga I was more familiar with and was taken by a last minute replacement Kali - Kali Green Yogini - who has reignited my desire to move to Cornwall just so I can take some more of her classes! This year all yoga and meditation classes were free.
Camp Bestival 2016 Yoga // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2016 Yoga // 76sunflowers
Camp Bestival 2016 Yoga // 76sunflowers

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