Slimming World is really easy to follow and calculate when you prepare your own food but I do find it difficult to calculate when I eat out, as I mainly did today. Especially when eating at local places which are not on the syns list.
I am besieged by technical problems at the moment. My main camera is not working at all so I have to use the little one so apologies for the inferior picture quality and my laptop keeps freezing so I usually give up trying to post anything. I need to take it to a repair place but have not had time recently.
Watermelons are delicious at the moment – they are so sweet and juicy I really enjoy eating them and began the day with a plateful.
We popped in to Cranbrook this morning and decided to go in to the new farm shop at Hartley which has recently opened. It looks so different it is hard to believe it is the same place since being refurbished. It seems much bigger, it is light and airy and has been knocked through to the coffee shop next door.The produce is beautifully presented but it does not have anything close to the range of Hartley Dyke. The deli and bakery sections had samples of their produce and I tried 2 types of cheese and 2 cold meats.
I thought the butchers and Deli seemed particularly good, everyone was very friendly and it is a pleasant environment to shop in. I will visit again but I will also continue to shop at Hartley Dyke. I think we are lucky to have 2 good farm shops to choose from and I hope they both do well.
I particularly enjoyed bumping in to Catherine and James and Linda and Peter – it was very sociable in there. After shopping in Cranbrook we went to Cocolicious. I did resist all the cakes but had a bite of Harvey’s cake and pancakes.
Harvey had the chocolate cake with white chocolate icing and declared the icing to be the best he had ever tasted. It was really good and did taste like white chocolate but with the consistency of a whipped butter icing. I think i did well to just have one bite. The coffee was excellent, full flavoured, in a mug and not a glass and the perfect temperature. The milk was thick but not too foamy which I like. They were selling cinnamon buns! I did resist but had a bite of Lara’s so that makes 3 bites of cake! Lara and I had an unplanned but extremely enjoyable lunch at Carluccios in Tunbridge Wells.
We shread their excellent bread basket and olives, all of which were not diet friendly at all but really tasty. I had their Primavera salad which was crispy pancetta, Gorgonzola cheese, rocket, walnuts, spinach and radicchio leaves with a balsamic dressing and a generous amount of pepper. It was very enjoyable.In late afternoon I took the dogs on a walk through the woods over the road with Lara and we walked the longer loop which took over an hour so that was a good walk.
I have tried to estimate the syns I had today but I found it impossible so I guess the scales will tell on Tuesday!