Hop Exchange

I went on a little detour to the office in the morning and found this lovely building.

I have never seen it before and having found it, I discovered it was built in 1868 and was used as an exchange where hops (used to make beer) were traded.

The entrance is grand and has some wonderful sculpture above the door.

I took a peek through the large wooden doors.

And then stole a peek inside. Not a great photo as it is shot through glass but you get the idea.  The floor is tiled and in its day, when it had a domed glass ceiling, it would have been a stunning building.  Now it is used as a party and corporate venue.


This is becoming a daily habit!  Sometimes they pour the coffee with a leaf pattern but today I had a heart 🙂

Smoked salmon bagel to go with my coffee.  Not diet friendly but I really enjoyed it.

Wheatgrass is good when you are feeling tired.

Wheatgrass in a green smoothie is even better.

This is the green deluxe.

Little treat – vanilla pecan ice-cream.  Yum!   Naughty but yum !

I had a delicious salad for dinner.

I picked some lettuce, chard leaves, spring onion and my first carrot of the year.  Quite straight for a homegrown one so I am rather proud of that.

Lara cooked me some bacon and I also had some blue cheese

Added those to tomato, sugar snap peas

Plus grapes.

Delicious.  What did you have for dinner?

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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9 Responses to Hop Exchange

  1. Sarah says:

    Tonight (Matthew) I had fresh linguine with king prawns, scallops, spinach, cherry tomatoes and lemon. I confess, however, that my summer holiday suppers have not all been healthy, largely because about 80% of them have been cooked in a garden or on a beach! After 4 weeks of roaming the country, I’m now home for the remainder of the holiday. I’ve missed you terribly – are you around for a catch up? xxx

  2. Veg Grower up the Road says:

    Well, as tonight was a special night, due to Emily’s excellent results, we spoiled ourselves and went out to The Curlew at Bodiam. I had potted shrimp with pickled gherkins and rye bread, followed by roasted plaice with samphire, spinach and new potatoes. Michelin-starred and delicious. Well, you did ask! x

  3. laura1952 says:

    We haven’t had dinner yet but we are having our first fresh corn on the cob from our neighbour’s awesome organic garden, along with some freshly picked cherry tomatoes and cucumber. I have sausage stuffed with tomato and basil. Baked potato with Greek yogurt and chives. And…of course wine. I haven’t decided which one yet tonight. Probably a Shiraz.

  4. Lucy Murphy says:

    I had a very delicious salad of pea shoots, raw carrot, beetroot, avocado and cherry tomatoes with cold poached salmon. I had this two days in a row because I was home alone. It took 2 minutes to make and was delicious. Plus I feel virtuous. So why don’t I do it every day hmmm?

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