I am a very lucky person because I have 3 sisters. And today was a lucky day because we spent all day together. This is not a post worthy of a diet blog or even a healthy living blog. But for a post showing a wonderful day with special people which is good for your soul, mind and spirits, then this is it.
I started eating well, with a green smoothie.
Mixed salad leaves, almond milk, chia seeds, protein powder and a small banana. Not bad.
Harvey and I then caught the train and tube to London. Two of my wonderful brothers-in-law, Trevor and Richard, took the kids to London Zoo so we could have some girl time. Thanks chaps. We made the most of it and popped the first cork before the front door was even shut behind you. Cheers 🙂 . Note to self, when you are the largest person in a group, don’t sit closest to the camera, sit as far away as possible.
Lucy made us all a delicious lunch of baked salmon sprinkled with jerk seasoning and freshly minced garlic, roasted vegetables and salad.
Holly brought a plum tart with half fat creme fraiche. Yum!
We then set off for a walk to Hampstead Heath and soon came to the enchanting looking ‘Holly Village’.
We entered the heath at Parliament Hill Fields.
Despite her excitement at being let off the lead, Sunshine gave an exemplary display of sitting and waiting until she was called. Very impressive.
We walked up to the highest point of the heath, which meant we had a decent walk and as a bonus we had a great view of London.
We took tea at the cafe which provided us with an industrial sized tea pot! We also shared a huge piece of pannettone and a carrot cake muffin which had the cream cheese icing in the middle. Calorific but delicious.
Time to head back to Lucy’s as the sun was setting.
With a little detour in to the pub at the end of her road. Note to self number 2: definitely sit behind the others in group shots so you look smaller.
A traditional London pub offering; a pint of beer and a bowl of pork scratchings. For those of you who have not come across this food item, they are made from pig skin with a layer of fat on it, which is salted and oven baked to produce a crispy and salty snack. I dislike the concept of, taste and smell of pork scratchings and these were not mine (neither was the pint).
Richard had arrived with Lucy and Emily.
We finished our drinks and collected Trevor who had taken the children home so we could finish our drinks in peace. What fabulous Bs-I-L I have 🙂
We headed off for dinner to the local Italian which had a traditional pizza oven. Pizza!
Olivia was told she could choose whatever she wanted. I’ll have a hot chocolate with whipped cream then please. Well, we did say she could have what she wanted. I think she enjoyed it 🙂
I made a dreadful diet choice with a really high fat Quattro Formaggio. I just wanted it. I was relieved to discover it was not as loaded with cheese as some are and I did share some with others. My dining companions kindly donated some greenery as I was a bit shocked to be handed just a large pizza with no vegetation on it. It was absolutely delicious and definitely worth every calorie/point. It certainly cured the sugar hangover I had been left with after the previous evenings chocolate binge.
It was great fun and all the food was really good and very reasonably priced – £10 a head for pizza and a beer!
Before we headed home we were visited by some Christmas folk:
It was a wonderful day and a total pleasure to have all day with my lovely sisters. Thanks to Trevor and Richard for taking the little ones out so we could relax.
P.S. Can we go to Paris next time? Pretty please.