What a fun weekend we have just had.  We ate plenty of nourishing, delicious and sugar free food, had a sleepover in London at my sister’s and saw the Boomtown Rats.  It was all really good fun and very enjoyable.

Saturday began with a slight disappointment as the scales at the Leisure Centre were out of order.  I have been trying really hard recently and wanted to see how I had done.

I bought some provisions at my favourite local shop, Hartley Dyke Farm Shoprye bread with slice This Rye bread was wonderful but Harvey and I both thought it was quite sweet so I need to check if it contains sugar.rye bread I had one slice with butter and then another toasted with a perfectly cooked boiled egg which is an eating experience of pure and simple joy.egg and soldiers For lunch we had some Halibut I had bought from Hartley’s Fishmongers which was delicious.  It is a lovely fish, quite meaty and with a good but not too strong flavour.  I served it with some homegrown potatoes, aubergines and peppers I had roasted in the oven in coconut oil.  It was delicious.Halibut and veg In the afternoon we travelled up to North London where my sister Lucy and her family live.  She had cooked a delicious shepherd’s pie which was served with lots of steamed vegetables.  I managed to be very good and resist seconds, even though it was delicious.shepherd's pie and veg We left the children watching a film in the home cinema with a babysitter

Kids watching a movieand the four of us headed off to The Roundhouse in Camden to see the Boomtown Rats.

Boomtown ratsThey were excellent.

Boomtown Rats at RoundhouseAs was the venue.  I have never been to the Roundhouse before and it was really good.  I prefer standing at a concert as I think you get a much better atmosphere and most of this venue is standing room only.  We enjoyed a couple of beers, some fabulous music, a bit of a dance and a wonderful atmosphere.  It was brilliant .

me and B at Boomtown Rats

In the morning I was treated to some homemade spelt and soya milk pancakes with cheese.  I had 2 of these and they were very moreish.spelt and soya pancakes It would have been too easy to sit about drinking endless cups of tea and chatting but Sunshine (the dog) had other ideas so we set off for Hampstead Heath.  The architecture in North London is lovely.  There is such a variety of periods and styles it is an absolute pleasure to walk around.Highgate Library Holly Village is quite enchanting.Holly Village 2 Holly Village Statue at Holly Fields The sun did its best to shine through the clouds and occasionally managed to brighten up our day even more.sun on the leaves We walked through Parliament Hill Fields and almost immediately walked right past Ed Milliband.   Then another political commentator whose name escapes me.  Parliament Hill Fields


If you ever want a beanfeast, head up to Parliament Hill and this place will cater one for you!

Catering for Beanfeasts

What a lovely walk it was.  There were lots of people out on the heath today, walking, running, jogging. scootering, chatting, pushing strollers, sitting and watching the world go by.  The mob on the right hand side of the photo below were enduring British Military Fitness – quite the thing to do on a Sunday morning it would seem judging by the numbers of different groups hard at it.  Not my thing at all.  For us, we enjoyed walking along, chatting and admiring the views of London in the distance.  It was quite hazy but we could see the Emirates stadium, part of the Olympic stadium, Canary Wharf, The City, St.Paul’s, The Shard and even the Roundhouse, where we had been the night before.
London from Hampstead heath
It was so good to spend time with my sister and her lovely family.all the murph's There are several ponds on the Heath.  This was the male swimming pond and there were 2 brave souls in it.  I really want to swim here one day and it is on the list of things to do. Not in the male pond, obviously!  There is a mixed pond and women’s pond too.Men's swimming pond Hampstead After a lovely long walk and a coffee we headed down to Covent Garden.  The boys went off to Forbidden Planet ( a huge store selling comics, action figures, Lego etc) and the girls managed a bit of shopping.  Well, someone has to 🙂

Neal's Yard colourful buildings Neal's Yard 27-10-31 We all met up at Jamie’s Italian for a much needed meal. We had a late booking and were all very hungry.  We shared 2 bread baskets between 8 of us which we dipped in to olive oil.  Balsamic vinegar contains sugar so I had just oil rather then the dish of oil and vinegar mixed together. Jamie's bread basket We were in a booth which I always like.  It is more private and less in the booth at Jamie's

I had the Jamie’s burger with a green salad and 2 glasses of red wine.  It was all fresh, full of flavour and very delicious.  I had one chip and several polenta chips with it followed by a Cappachino. Burger at Jamie's ItalianThank you Lucy and Trevor for such a lovely weekend.  It was wonderful to spend time with you all and a bonus to do so many fun things.

Our train journey home took at least twice as long as it should have thanks to signal failures and cancelled trains.  We now have a severe weather warning in place in Britain tonight and tomorrow, with a major storm coming in from the Atlantic.  So batten down the hatches, be safe and only travel if you have to.


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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