The Bridge

People who know me and the things that really scare me (heights and not having my feet on firm ground) – prepare to be impressed!!

When I met my friend Guy, in Australia in 1989, he used to make us amazing scrambled eggs.  He still does!  Scrambled eggs on granary toast with smoked salmon.  What a lovely way to start the day.scrambled eggs and smoked salmon

We all got ready to go on a hike today but unfortunately the dogs couldn’t come.  Archie didn’t mind – he likes lieing on the sofa.Archie Gumboots lined up and ready.Gumboots One day I want to come back here and do a long tramp (hike) but what we did today was enough for now.Waiohine Gorge Board

There is absolutely no way I am walking over that!The Bridge 2 See you later guys and I will relax and admire the view from this side.The bridgeNo, I really can not do that.  I did try but the bridge wobbled and it was soooo high I felt tearful and really shaky so I just couldn’t do it.  Be safe and have fun 🙂


4 on bridgeBex wouldn’t let me stay behind.  She was very insistent I walked over the bridge.  She is very  bossy persuasive.  

Bex on bridge

Look how far down the river is!River from bridge 2 I loved the view but I really hate heights.river from bridgeYes, stunned and shocked faces – I did it.  Woo hoo!on the track These are our lovely friends we are staying with; Guy, Bex, Ruby and Jake.  They all bunked off work, Uni’ and school today so we could spend the day together.  Happy days 🙂G,B,R and J The bush round here is so beautiful.  It was grey and drizzly today but to be honest it didn’t matter at all because the foliage is so dense you can’t see the sky anyway.  The scenery is so breathtakingly beautiful.  In the background you hear the water tumbling over the rocks and the gushing of numerous waterfalls.  It was a magical place.H climbing The euphoria of having walked over the bridge was then replaced with the fear of having to return back over it.  The return was slightly easier than the outgoing journey.  Shame about the bridge trolls we had to bypass 🙂3 on bridge This tree fern was a long way below us which provided the opportunity to look down on it and admire the beautiful pattern.Tree fern from above Go me, managing to take photos on the way back!waterfall beside Waiohine RiverGuy treated us all to a lovely lunch at a local vineyard.  There are many vineyards in this part of New Zealand so it seemed appropriate to visit one.
Vineyard Cafe Vines in the background.Bex and kids We all shared some bread, humous and dukkah to start with.humous and dukkah Then I had corn fritters with bacon, avocado, chipotle salsa and sour cream which was really good.corn fritters In the afternoon Guy was very kind and took the children off so Bex and I could indulge in some retail therapy.  We went to Martinborough which is a quaint old town and promotes a lot of locally produced and sourced products.Local Products There is a huge wine store where we bought some lovely locally produced wines.Martinborough Wine Store I popped in to the library to visit Shirley, who used to live near me at home.  It was lovely to see her again.

The buildings round here are so quaint – it looks a bit like the towns you see in old cowboy films, set in the American Mid West.Martinborough Hotel

Instead of dessert, we went to a chocolate shop called ‘Shoc ‘and bought a selection of choccies.  Yummy.  Sorry but we ate them all too quickly to manage a photo of anything other then the label!  This is the wine we enjoyed tonight.

Margrain SB

We had a delicious dinner at home which Guy and Bex cooked; chicken cooked with spring onions and courgettes after being marinated all day in soy sauce, sesame oil and fresh ginger.  Served with rice and salad.  It was delicious.

chicken and rice

I can’t believe I walked over that bridge today, twice, there and back!
Guy's photo of Swing BridgeAnother wonderful day in this amazing country with very dear friends.

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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6 Responses to The Bridge

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    oh, we loved Martinborough. you lucky people xx

  2. Kathryn says:

    I am SOOOOO amazed about the bridge, you see, we broke you in gently with the Sky tower!

  3. laura1952 says:

    You deserve a huge High Fives for doing the bridge and a Standing Ovation for taking pictures on the way back. I would have been hitting the vineyards too if I had conquered that, if I was afraid of heights. The feet not on the ground, I can definitely relate to.

    Thanks for the spectacular photography. That Fern is so awesome. I really does look like a spider web in brilliant green.

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