A New Florist

I began today with a smoothie, mainly to use up a very over ripe banana and half an avocado I thought was rotten.  The avocado was actually perfect and this lot

Smoothie ings 6-4-14 plus some of thisBiona Kefir made a very pleasant smoothie.smoothie 6-4-14 We decided to treat ourselves to a lunch out.  Lara wanted to try The Milk House but it was full so her second choice was The Goudhurst Inn.  We really are spoilt for choice round here.  I had roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, steamed veg, roast potatoes and creamed horseradish.  Apart from the potatoes which were quite unpleasant (James ordered chips instead as they were barely edible!) and the gravy which was mediocre, it was all very good.roast beef at GI Lara and I shared 2 desserts; chocolate and hazlenut torte with honeycomb ice cream and sticky toffee pudding.  In-cre-dible!  Both were amazing and I nearly finished before I remembered to take a photo.  So not good for the diet but a treat worth every calorie.pudding at GI We enjoyed our lunch and it was a treat to not cook or wash up on a Sunday.  We all like the Goudhurst Inn.  Unfortunately the outside area with the lovely view was too wet and cold to sit in today.boxes and candle I like the way this pub and exterior have been decorated.outside Goudhurst Inn Next stop was a new florists, Astilbe & Sorrel,  which has opened up next to the The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst.  Astilbe & Sorrel sign

The florists has opened up in one of the outbuildings that used to be the seed store and it still has the old cupboard from when this was the garden for the big house.

seed box at Walled Nursery

It is small but very charming with unusual varieties of favourite types of flowers.

Inside A & S

I really liked this vintage style bouquet and my neighbour loved the bunch I bought for her which was made with feathered tulips and scented freesias.A & S flowers I confess I did treat myself to this little bunch as I liked the erygniums so much (blue spiky ones).  Apparently I can grow these myself so I might try.flowers A and S I liked the colours and shapes.flowers from Astilbe and Sorrel Back at the ranch I had left George and Dan working wonders in the garden and was looking forward to seeing what they had done today.  It is not easy setting up raised beds on my lawn as the garden is on a slope but they are doing a great job.veg garden 6-4-14 4 I now have 2 new beds, creating an “L” shape around the BBQ House.veg garden 6-4-14 3 They will be back next week to put down the gravel and fill the beds.  I can’t wait to see it all finished.Veg garden 6-4-14 2 The extension to the veggie garden has been designed to create one large vegetable garden so I can walk from one section to the next without having to go through a gate.  When I use the BBQ House, we can remove 2 gates and we have a gravel path leading straight to it from the lawn.

There will be a new greenhouse and fruitcage too.  Veg garden 6-4-14 The tomatoes I sowed in the coir pellets have finally germinated.  I am behind with the tomatoes but hopefully they can catch up as they have a new greenhouse coming for them!coir plugs

We had a picky supper of pitta bread, taramasalata, an apple and some cheese.  Not the most diet friendly but it was easy and pleasant, munching in front of the tv.  There is a large glass of wine with my name on it so I am going to enjoy that now.  Cheers 🙂

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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One Response to A New Florist

  1. laura1952 says:

    Thanks for sharing Spring with me. I love the flowers. They are so fresh and unique. I am sure your neighbour was beyond happy and surprised. What a nice thing to do.

    The garden looks awesome. I love their planning and creating. Again; Well done boys.

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