An Outside Day

Today was an outside kind of a day.  It would have been a waste to have spent today inside so sympathy to everyone who had to be inside.

Several cups of tea in my gardening mug were enjoyed in the early morning sunshine while I measured and designed and planned.  Grand Designs indeed.  There is the small matter of financing such plans and persuading my vegetable disliking husband to give up a large part of the garden to vegetable production but a girl can dream.  And plan.  And scheme.The Lawn RangerThen time to actually get on with some work.  I planted out the leeks

leeks 2013 and cauliflower plants – thank you Annette and David for sharing them with me.cauliflower 2013 Lots of lettuces.  lettuces 2013 Breakfast time.  Deja vue – spinach, beetroot leaves and bulb.beetroot and leaves Plus a blood orange and 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds I soaked in water for a couple of hours.Blood orange and pumpkin seeds Popped in the blender with a mango and coconut water.beetroot in blender This was not as good as yesterday’s Sunshine Smoothie.  I think the Alphonso mango I had yesterday was better and the Tahini worked better then the pumpkin seeds.  But I still enjoyed it.smoothie 27-5 I should have eaten these parsnips a while ago as they have gone a bit woody but they are still edible.  Does anyone know if the leaves are edible?  They are such a lovely bright green colour I want to eat them but for some reason am reluctant to – does any one know?parsnip leaves I roasted these and was going to make a soup but forgot about them and when I remembered they were a bit charcoal like – oops.muddy parsnips So I had a salad instead.salad 27-5 2 I made a guacamole with avocado, lime juice, salt and coriander and served it with mixed lettuce leaves, celery, tomatoes, spring onion and some purple olives.  Which we ate………. outside, of course!salad 27-5 After lunch we headed over the road to take the dogs for a walk.walk 27-5 4 Harvey’s friend Lucas was visiting and the three of us enjoyed being outside in the woods.  It was beautiful over there today.Woodland walk 27-5 3 walk 27-5 2 Woodland walk Milton in water Bluebells walking 27-5 1 Sheep and oak tree Harvey came and helped me with some gardening – so much more enjoyable with a little helper.  Harvey put the snow peas in the tray which have been soaking all day and I hope to be eating pea shoots in my salad soon.H in greenhouse I had a night off from cooking as James cooked a whole turbot which he served with asparagus and samphire.  The samphire was a lovely flavour but too salty for me so I didn’t have any with my meal.Turbot and asparagus

So lots of exercise today as I spent about 6 hours gardening plus walked for an hour.  My meals were all very healthy but I did have a huge bowl of granola and yogurt in the afternoon as I felt really hungry so that was annoying.  Hopefully calories expended equalled or were less then calories consumed.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to An Outside Day

  1. Kathryn says:

    Love the bluebells, how wonderful to be enjoying them after such a drab winter.

  2. Lucy Murphy says:

    Wow, look at your veggies. That ‘patch’ is becoming a field.

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