I have been without my favoured camera, my Canon EOS, for a couple of months now.  It had stopped working and what with one thing and another I didn’t find anywhere to take it to have it fixed.  A few weeks ago, whilst walking round Tunbridge Wells, I noticed RedBox Cameras and asked if they could take a look at it for me.  Well they did and it was repaired, cleaned and serviced in less than 2 weeks (they had to send it away and wait for a part so quite quick I think) and for a reasonable price.  The staff in the shop are very helpful and knowledgable which made me wish I had found them ages ago.  So I am passing this on to all my local readers in case you or someone you know is looking for a camera repair/service shop.

Red Box Cameras

01892 544 702
(Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm)
5 Monson Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1LS

inside Redbox Friday is weigh in day.  The same again !!!!!  I was disappointed but at least staying the same is better than a gain.

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This is a new packet of nutritiousness I bought at Wholefoods in the week but had not had a chance to try until this morning.  I added 1 tbsp to 2 frozen bananas, 2 persimmons, some coconut yogurt and a splash of almond milk for breakfast.  Complete deliciousness.chia and flax seed powder I then set off for my photography course.  I often have an image in my mind of what I want to photograph but I am often disappointed so I booked a 2 day course at the Adult Education Centre in Maidstone.  It was very reasonably priced (£90), enjoyable and  I learnt a lot.

I have wanted to be able to do this for ages; choose part of the photo to be in focus and the rest increasingly blurred.  Now I can do it 🙂3 lemonsI took lunch in with me as I wasn’t sure what the lunch time options would be.  I had more carrots than this but otherwise just the carrots, celery and humous.
humous carrots celeryWe spent the last hour of the day directing a shoot with the assistance of the others on the course.  There were only 3 of us so we had 20 minutes each to tinker about which was really good fun and a great learning opportunity.
photography course I wanted to photograph a white mug,white mug 8on an undyed natural coloured piece of fabric,white mug 7against a white background.white mug 6 I wanted to experiment with different aperture, shutter speed and ios settings with different lights.white mug 5 I didn’t want to be distracted by different colours.white mug 4 I wanted the shapes and textures to stand out.white mug 3 It was really good fun.white mug 2And I learned a lot.  I ate 2 of these crisp and juicey apples – they were mine and not the teacher’s props, honest!

red apple side lit One of the others on the course was more interested in achieving different effects with the professional lights as he already knew a lot about aperture and shutter speed squirrel unlit It was very interesting and I am looking forward to part 2 next squirrel lit Unfortunately at home I do not have professional lights and I didn’t use any lamps so apologies but these are out of focus more than I wanted them to be but you get the idea of what we had for supper.  I made onion bhajis for the first time and they were very tasty.  Easy to make and well worth it.  I never knew they had potato in them.bhaji ingredients You make a batter, stir in gram flour, spices and grated onion and potato and fry them.  Nearly as easy as making pancakes and apart from grating the potato and onion, about the same time too.onion bhaji frying Instead of eating them with a greasy curry we had them with salad made with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks and mixed sprouts.  Harvey had a sausage too as he baulks a bit massively at being vegan or even vegetarian.

I tried to eat the salad undressed but it was all too dry.  I couldn’t be bothered to make a dressing as we had started eating so instead I had some Salad Cream which has egg yolk in it.  So not a vegan supper but vegetarian at least.onion bhaji and salad Onion Bhajis (recipe from the back of the packet of gram flour!!!)

Ingredients (made 4 bhajis)

75g gram flour
2 tsps cumin seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp salt
½ tsp mixed spice
4 tbsp water (I needed 6 tbsp but the recipe says to use 4)
100 g grated onion (almost 1 whole medium sized brown onion)
25 g grated potato (about half a medium sized potato
1 tbsp oil for frying


1. mix together the gram flour, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt and mixed spice (I gorund mine up so there were no “bits” in it i.e. the cumin seeds
2. stir in the water and beat to a smooth batter
3. add grated onion and potato and mix well
4. Heat the oil and drop in 4 (you could make them smaller if you want) spoonfuls of mixture
5. Cook until golden brown on both sides and drain on kitchen paper before serving

I shallow fried mine whereas the recipe uses 5 tbsp oil.  They were not oily at all and tasted really good so we really enjoyed them.  It made a change and I will make them again as they were very easy and quite quick.

I am now relaxing with a little snifter of sloe gin I made a couple of years ago.  I am now on my second and it is going down rather easily!  Cheers.
sloe gin


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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1 Response to Photography

  1. Kathryn says:

    excellent, onion bhaji’s for dinner, was wondering what I would make, now I see how gorgeous these look, that’s it. I will add some peas maybe. Thanks! And well done on not gaining, it’s all about the trend downwards.

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