Thursday, 29 September 2016

SoulJahs Cafe - Roleystone, WA

By Chris R.

We visited SoulJahs Café and Wellness Centre last week, just five weeks after its grand opening. The Cafe is run by the great folks responsible for Solace Raw Foods and tucked away in a hillside on Brookton Highway, amongst the tall native trees. SoulJahs is only five minutes from Araluen Botanic Park - the perfect positioning to walk off a tasty lunch or cake.

SoulJahs Menu

The time and care given to both the beautiful décor and amazing menu selection at SoulJahs is impressive. We were welcomed by smiling staff as we perused the specials board and the amazing range of alternative teas on offer.  

We selected a warm seat with glimpses of the treed valley below and decided on a ‘Sweet Nothings Burger’ - an amazing lentil, brown rice and sweet potato creation, served in a fresh roll with all the salad trimmings -  and a side of steaming hot potato wedges. So many fantastic cruelty free choices on the menu, including kids options. We then shared a vegan waffle to finish. It was decorated with the best vegan ice cream we’ve eaten and copious quantities of fresh strawberries. The coffee is also good and takeaways are available in bright arty cups.


Support establishments working towards a kinder world. You can find SoulJahs on Facebook and drop in for breakfast, lunch or a delicious cake or muffin. Also look out for their wellness events including yoga, meditation, dance and art workshops. When you visit, be sure to say "Hi" to the little girl and owl in their Mural, created by local artist Esti Nagy.



By Chris R.

With the onset of spring comes the need for the PVAS flock to be shorn. Shearing is essential for our sheep friends. While the nights can still have a chill, with September comes flies, which can cause terrible issues for sheep as the weather warms.

The woolly residents were yarded and readied for their annual all over haircuts.

We are fortunate to have found a wonderful shearer who is experienced and gentle with all our residents, paying particular care to the seniors and ailing members of the flock. Paul, the blind ram, was surprisingly calm, being yarded with best friend Phillip.  Paul responds very positively to contact and did well in his shearing session.

Another milestone was Lucas Lamb’s first shearing!  He was also surprisingly calm (more so than his nervous human). He came out looking half his size once his wool was shorn.  Lucas has an amazing merino fleece of pure white. He did suffer some small cuts, an unfortunate outcome of his very wrinkly skin underneath that magnificent coat. Digby Damara Lamb was chief onlooker for the morning, not requiring shearing due to his self-shedding coat.

In six months, the shearer will visit again to crutch the flock. Wool around faces, tummies and back ends is kept short to avoid fly and prickle issues.


PVAS at the Perth Peace Expo: 28th August 2016

By Chris R.

Maggie, Kym, Chris & Mark at the PVAS stall

The Perth Peace Expo was held at the Perth Town Hall on Sunday the 28th of August 2016.  The Expo was developed to promote ethical alternatives and compassionate eating. Funds raised at the entries were donated to the three Perth Animal Sanctuaries – Possum Valley, Happy Hooves and Greener Pastures.

The Expo was huge – for six hours people packed into the Town Hall and listened to inspiring guest speakers, enjoyed cruelty free fare from donuts to golzemes and purchased ethical items from the many stalls showcasing their animal friendly wares.  The Possum Valley stall had an amazing day – t-shirts were popular, as were our many handcrafted jewellery items.


We would like to say a special thank you to all the organisers, in particular Alex Green and her committed team of volunteers, for producing such an enjoyable and successful event.