Another disastrous morning with the trains!  I had to run all the way from the far end of the car park and missed it.  I was already later then usual and then the next one didn’t go to London Bridge so I had to wait half an hour for a train.  Glad I don’t need to catch one for a few days.

I made it outside at lunch time and bought some fruit treats for the weekend.  Know what these are?

Mangosteens!  I also bought some weird aubergines – that photo has made me giggle, remembering what Harvey did with them 🙂

So good to be in Turnips again.

And to eat one of these again.  Boy this was good, even better for being eaten at 3pm when I was really hungry – what a late lunch!

I have worked very hard this week and long hours.  As recompense, I was allowed to leave at 4pm today and I met these 2 gorgeous people and we headed off to Leeds Castle.

I thought of you today Kath – remember when we used to meet here every week when those boys of ours were toddlers?

This is such a beautiful castle and we were here to watch the Olympic torch.

We struck lucky and were right in the front.  Whoop whoop.  I do love a good view.


Here it is.

We wandered round and looked at the stands, receiving free Natures Valley bars and bottles of Coke.  The corporate branding is everywhere.

There was a fly past but I was too slow with my camera – hope these guys got it.

It was all over quite quickly though so we decided to go out for supper.   The timing worked out for James to join us so we met at the pub and literally turned in to the car park at the same time.

I had been recommended the The Hawkenbury Inn, which is between Staplehurst and Sutton Valance a couple of years ago.  When we sat down and were handed the menu my heart sank.  It was a glossy colour menu with about 50 items on it.  No decent chef can make that many meals from scratch and sure enough, everything was bland and microwaved.  I had salmon fishcakes on a bed of Mediterranean vegetables (apparently)

followed by a school pudding – treacle sponge and custard.

We had a pleasant evening but will not be returning there.

It was fun going to Leeds Castle and being part of the torch relay and we have just enjoyed watching it on the local news 🙂

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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11 Responses to Illuminating

  1. Lara says:

    Great blog to represent a great day!! 🙂 x.x.x

  2. Sarah says:

    A lovely photo of James, L & H…xxx

  3. laura1952 says:

    I had to repost on FB because this is such a great blog of what real life is at the best of times, let alone being there for the Olympic Torch arriving. Thanks for taking us readers along for the ride Zöe!

    Hugs to Lara for the great pictures with Harvey! Looking great my dear!

  4. Abi Ellson says:

    Loving Harvey’s haircut, very smart boy. That pub should be shut down serving food like that – grrr it does make me cross! Are Mangostines the same as Rambutan? If they are then I will happily travel all the way to Borough market to get some, my favorites xxx

  5. KiwiKJ says:

    Oh that made me a tiny teeny bit homesick! I do remember so well spending time there with you and our 2 small boys! even in the snow! It looks lovely in the summer, well done seeing the torch relay, lucky you! Harvey has grown so much, looking very grown up these days

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