In A Fret

10 out of 10 for effort with exercise today.  I started the day with a 5 mile bike ride.  Not massively impressive other than that I did get up and go and as the area I live in is hilly, it was all up or down hill.

Those lovely people at Detox Your World had sent me a free sample of a product made by Raw Health.  It is germinated raw buckwheat – click here for more details.  Because it is raw, nutrients and enzymes have not been destroyed by cooking so it is healthier for you. It is dry and very crunchy.  I really liked it.

Raw Health sprouted buckwheat I sprinkled 1/4 of a cup on top of my smoothie.  I made my current favourite smoothie which is frozen blackberries, a fresh banana and kiwi fruit and fresh mint leaves.  Delicious.

smoothie and buckwheat What is Harvey looking at?H and H moth Any ideas?Hawk moth An Elephant Hawk Moth.  The underneath is all pink and furry – cute.Elephant's Hawk Moth We had an early lunch of salmon fillet, potatoes in a small amount of mayonnaise with red onion and salad.salmon etc 30-6-13 The salad all came from the garden; spinach, 2 types of lettuce and pea shoots.salmon, potato salad and salad We had an early lunch as we were meeting Holly and Richard at Ditchling Beacon for a walk along the South Downs.

Ditchling Beacon is 7 miles north of Brighton. At 248 metres above sea-level, Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and from its summit you get a stunning 360 degree view. Look south out to sea, north across the Weald or east-west across the Downs

It was sunny and hot until we got to Ditchling Beacon, thanks to a Sea Fog or Fret that had rolled in.  It was quite bizarre looking around.  It was sunny looking North, West and East but to the South, the stretch of coast between Seaford and Brighton was cold and foggy.  As we walked today, the Fret rolled in and with the wind it was quite cool which was comfortable for walking in but you wouldn’t want to sit and have a picnic in it.

What is a Fret?  The good people at the BBC explain it perfectly here but it is actually a sea fog which is quite common in the East of England, more unusual in the South.At Ditchling Beacon We set off on a route Richard found for us which takes in part of the South Downs Way but is a loop around it.  Incredibly, in the group of people walking towards us in this photo …………setting off on the South Downs way was Richard’s sister and her family!  What a coincidence.H on gate This was a beautiful walk.  Classified as having gentle gradients, which I agree with mainly.  A couple of parts were quite steep but no wonder – look at this beautiful undulating landscape.undulating scenery Pigs are so common in England but I rarely see them.  This was a large pig farm with lots of piglets.  I do not like the idea of eating these creatures when I see them.Pigs and piglets We walked through fields of Barley and Wheat.wheat field The Fret rolled further inland.Baa The chaps are watching the skylarks.watching skylarks By the time we rejoined the South Downs Way, the view had disappeared in to the fog.Hay bales and sea mist These trees suggest it is often windy here!

That was a really good walk and one we would like to do again.  It was a good distance of 4.5 miles and the scenery was gorgeous.  Thank you Richard for finding it for us.

The Mr Whippy style ice-cream van in the car park at Ditchling Beacon sells excellent ice-creams and we all had one.  I felt justified after that walk and the earlier cycle.windy trees Back at home a roast chicken was ready in the oven and I picked some more lettuce and spinach.  We all really like roast chicken with gravy and lettuce – try it if you think it sounds weird.  It is delicious and much easier than cooking veggies.lettuce and spinach Accompanied by a baked sweet potato and washed down with a well earned cold beer.roast chicken and salad

I was happy with today’s eating and delighted with today’s exercise.  I hope you had a happy and healthy weekend 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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2 Responses to In A Fret

  1. laura1952 says:

    Thanks for teaching me something new today about The Fret. When I read the title, I was worried something was wrong, but as it turns out, you had a fabulous day, so today, I am that much more knowledgeable than I was when I woke up, after a fabulous sleep in a cooled down night with no rain.

  2. laura1952 says:

    I thought of you yesterday as Canada turned 146, remembering well celebrating Dominion Day on July 01, which became Canada Day on October 27, 1982 and celebrated as Canada Day for the first time on July 01, 1983, 30 years ago now. Here in Canada, it is still a Statutory Holiday.

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