Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween 🙂 .  In honour of Halloween I had a pumpkin Bircher muesli for breakfast that I prepared the night before; 1/2 a cup each of pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, oats and almond milk.  Stir and mix in 1 level tsp cinnamon.  Leave overnight.

I had to go to Ramsgate so took it with me and ate it overlooking the marina and willing the sun to come out and shine.  It did.  I had a cafetierre coffee with it.  Our most recent visitors had left fresh milk and a packet of ground Ethiopian coffee – thank you very much!

My mission today was to do a decent walk to make up for the excesses of the weekend.  I walked out of our beach house and turned right, towards Sandwich and Deal.

Just a few hundred metres away, is the beginning of a wide and long promenade.  It is part of the Viking Cycle Trail which is a 27 mile long cycle route round Thanet.  So walking along is flat and level and easy.  You have the sea on your left and a variety of buildings on the right.  The first one of note is ‘The Regency’ which is one of the many splendid buildings erected by the Georgians, Victorians and Edwardians who loved to visit Ramsgate.

I like a little bit of information to read.

Looking behind me I can see the marina in the far distance and the port, where the cross channel ferries load and unload their cargo.

Looking ahead I can see Sandwich in the far distance and on the shore below me are the sandy beaches, with the groynes trying to keep the sand on the beach but facing the relentless battle against long shore drift.

I soon come to Ramsgate’s tidal pool.  I wonder why all three Thanet towns have a tidal pool.

Next point of interest on my walk was the enormous sculpture of copper hands holding a molecule, imaginatively named “Hands and Molecule”.  The sculpture was funded by Pfizer, a pharmaceutical research company located nearby at Sandwich, to commemorate the opening of the Viking cycle trail in Thanet in 2000.

The Boating Pool has a children’s playground, boating lake and licensed cafe which Duncan Bannatyne donated some money to for refurbishment.

I love these windswept trees and the charming flint wall.

This enormous terrace, Westcliff Terrace, was built in the 1840’s as a speculative venture but it failed and the houses were split in to flats in the 1860’s.

By this terrace the cycle trail ends at a wall which encloses a grassy area and playground.  I was not sure I was going the right way but I kept going and came to the cute little flint houses of Pegwell Bay village.

Opposite the Belle Vue tavern ( which has a pretty garden overlooking the sea) where we enjoyed drinks one warm evening this summer, is this sign in a window.  It marks the site of the shrimp and shrimp paste factory which was busy in Victorian times when Pegwell Bay was a popular bathing spot.  Hungry bathers would be served shrimp, which was caught in the bay,  in the gardens of the Belle Vue tavern opposite the factory.

All that remains of Pegwell Village today are the flint cottages, the Pegwell Bay hotel, the Belle Vue and the Stanley Grey pub.  It is a charming place and worth a visit, especially for a drink, overlooking the sea.

On the way back, I noticed a “Footpath” sign.  I can rarely resist a cute looking little footpath so I strolled down it and saw this really cute doorway.  I would love to know what was behind it.

I wanted to walk back beside the sea so I walked down one of the Victorian pulhamite walkways to the beach.

I love being by the beach.  You can hear the waves crashing on the beach and smell the sea when you are close.  The tide was coming in and the waves seem to be in such a hurry to race up the beach.  But usually they are thwarted as they smash in to the promenades and walkways around Ramsgate.

Even better than being by the beach is being ON the beach.  Yay 🙂 !

All around the beach is so much that is beautiful or interesting.

I spent way too long on the beach but it was too gorgeous to leave.  It was warm and sunny and relatively peaceful.

I returned to the house and had a shower then headed off to Broadstairs.  I had been recommended a wet fish shop but for the second time it was shut when I visited.  I found out it shuts at lunch time on Mondays and Wednesdays!  So no fish for our supper tonight.

I popped in to a cafe and bought a sandwich to eat in the car on the way home.  I thought I had bought prawn in a seafood dressing with lettuce.

Unfortunately it had crab sticks in it. YUCK! Plus one of my complete pet hates – margarine.  YUCK again.  And despite the sign outside the cafe boasting of their delicious bread, this was the cheap and nasty thin brown stuff that comes in plastic bags and doesn’t get hard or go off for weeks. YUCK for the third time.   This was inedible so I was very hungry.

I picked Harvey up from school and took him to Henry’s halloween party.  All the kids dressed up, the house was decorated and they went trick or treating round the beautiful village of Smarden.  The children stuffed the sweets they had been given and left most of the food.  But I was hungry.  Sound the alarm bells.  Zoe is sitting down at a table full of snacks and is very hungry!

I started troughing 😦 And troughed and troughed and troughed.

And troughed some more.

Looking at these pictures I am shocked to remember how much I ate.  It was excessive over-eating.  I was hungry but I could have eaten the grapes, tomato or cucumber, at least to start with.  I think they are the only things on the table I didn’t eat.

What I must do is be better prepared.  If I go for a walk I need to have food ready to eat when I finish.  And if I know I am going out in the evening, which I did today, I need to think about supper in advance.  And never go to a children’s party on an empty stomach!

Apart from the troughing, I had a very happy halloween.  Hope you did too.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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