The 140th Birthday Party

Saturday was all about my lovely Aunty Hillary’s and Uncle Clive’s 70th birthday party.

Harvey, Harry and I drove down to Lyme Regis on Friday night.  Harvey and I are staying in a light and airy apartment on the sea front in Lyme Regis which is gorgeous.H in window seat The lounge has 2 bay windows and a huge picture window and the views are just stunning.H in apartment Looking East towards Charmouth and the Golden Cap.looking East Looking West along Lyme Regis sea front.Lyme Regis early We had no provisions so in the morning we wandered round the corner to the Town Mill Bakery for breakfast with our house guests, Holly, Richard and Emily.  We were later joined by Abi and Lucy – this is such a sociable place.  We had a boiled egg, toast and pain aux raisin so nothing diet friendly or healthy but very tasty.Town Mill Bakery Back to the apartment for some more scenery boat in distance Love this view!Lyme Regis beach At Midday we wandered round the corner to the hall where the birthday party was on.  We all had a Ploughman’s lunch which was bread and cheese.  Being in Dorset all the bread and cheese was excellent.Ed's flower vasesMy Uncle and Aunty hosted the entire family for lunch and dinner.  The birthday cake had 3 tiers; lemon, sticky toffee and fruit and it was decorated by all their grandchildren.
birthday cake for C and HWell decorated guys.
cake decorators looking at the cake Happy birthday Uncle and Aunty.70 birthday cake We had speeches and champagne.Clive and Hillary Happy birthday to my sister Holly.faily And lots of opportunities to catch up with each other.cutting the cake The stripey people.The stripey picture We coudn’t resist a quick relax back at the apartment after lunch.chilling in apartment Aunty Marion and cousin Hannah.Hannah and Aunty M Grandpa Ian – every one loves the window seats 🙂Ian in apartment This is the view from the kitchen.view from kitchen We reconvened at 4pm for a game of skittles in the Pilot Boat pub.skittle alley at Pilot Inn Competition was definitely keen and I am pleased to say I was on the winning team (but I take no credit for winning!).Hannah at skittles Go Team Hilary !skittle scores At high tide the children decided to throw themselves off the harbour wall.wading to the harbour wall Be careful Little Fella – he who has no fear of anything.on harbour wall We couldn’t get close enough to see properly and from a distance they looked like little lemmings, leaping in to the sea and then somersaulting in !children jumping in to the sea Cousin Daniel had waded over so we were quite relaxed from our vantage point on the beach,  as he watched over them.Twig, Katie, Hannah family on the beach 1 Lyme Regis frim beach Well, relaxed until he came back with the youngest ones.  The Little Fella had decided he could swim well enough to swim back round the harbour wall and back to shore with the older and more experienced cousins.  I found that to be a very stressful 15 – 20 minutes waiting but he did it and was justifiably proud of himself.IMG_6818

We then had a wonderful evening, eating quiches, salmon, salads and various desserts back at the hall.  It was so lovely to spend time with my big family but the camera stayed in the bag!


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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