River Cottage, Axminster

We have endured crazy weather today down here in the West Country.  Fortified with a delicious poached egg on toast and plenty of coffee, we set off to visit one of our favourite places.

poached egg 20-10-13 On the way we stopped by the sea front in Sidmouth where the waves were wild.Sidmouth Beach 20-10-13 The sea was dark red due to the colour of the sand and the noise was quite deafening as the waves sucked up tons of pebbles and then smashed them on to the beach.Sidmouth wild sea I love being on the beach in all seasons and this was just as enjoyable as a fine sunny day but obviously completely different.wild sea Sidmouth 2 It was very invigorating being down by the sea.wild sea Sidmouth After a good walk in Sidmouth we drove on to Lyme Regis.  I have so many happy memories of this beautiful little seaside town.from Cobb towards Lyme Regis Whenever I visit I like to walk along the Cobb.red boat at Lyme The wind was so strong the waves were crashing over the Cobb today!Harvey at Cobb Some of these little boats were sinking. boats at Lyme The kayaks added a good splash of colour against the very grey sky.kayaks at Lyme Regis I have visited this beach most years of my life. It is always a pleasure and today was no exception.looking at Lyme The beach huts have been spruced up.beach huts, Lyme RegisHarvey and I had a fun visit to my cousin Miranda’s and we all walked back in to town together.  The kite surfers were out.  Rather them than me!
kite surfing at LymeFull moon means very high and then very low tides.  I have never seen the harbour with no water left in it before.
Low tide Lyme Regis Our next stop was Axminster.Axminster sign Home of the River Cottage, my favourite chef Hugh F-W’s eatery.  I have never eaten in there before and was really looking forward to it.River Cottage menu I had the seasonal vegetable mezze board with organic leaves.  I shared chips with aioli and buttered greens with Helen and Harvey.  It was all delicious, the service was friendly and efficient, and the ambience was relaxed and easy going.  I was not disappointed and will be going again.River Cottage Vegetable platter In the afternoon we watched clever Aunty Hillary in a wonderful concert with her orchestra.  I enjoyed it all, especially Faure’s Pavane op.50 .  I was very impressed with Harvey who sat and listened to the concert too. My strategic decision to sit him next to the guide dog was a good move 🙂 After the concert was a tea and cake smorgasbord and I was very pleased with myself for managing to resist them all.Aunty Hillary We then spent a delightful afternoon at Aunty Hillary’s and Miranda joined us too.  We had glasses of fizz and far too many delicious nibbles and it was all very wonderful.at C and H's When we arrived back at Ian’s there was more food.  Which was of course delicious so we ate again.Dinner 20-10-13

So I feel like fois gras and can hardly move.  I did manage to resist sugar today which I am pleased about.  But I ate at least twice as many calories as I should have.  I will have to behave much better tomorrow.

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 River Cottage, Axminster

  1. Hi Zoe – what a wonderful day! I love the pictures of the sea and the beach huts are so pretty – I adore the west country, especially in the Autumn.


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