Gary Yourofsky and Ticehurst

I have not blogged for a while due to too many other things needing my attention.  Such as my little cherub’s birthday.

Harvey

Today was glorious and I had a near perfect start to the day.  I woke up when I was ready to wake up (instead of when the alarm told me to), we only had fun on our agenda and both of my children were at home.

I did spend the first couple of hours alone in the veggie patch.  I had a lot of seedlings to plant out and to keep me company I had Gary Yourofsky.

Tea and Yourofsky Not literally!  Gary is a vegan activist and a superb orator.  I was listening to his speech on You Tube called’ The greatest Speech You Will Ever Hear’.  I highly recommend it to anyone.  He talks with great passion about why you should be vegan: for animals, for your own health and for the planet.  I admire his oratory skills and passion.  There is a section of the speech where he shows a graphic short film of life in slaughterhouses.  It made me cry.  If you eat animals, you should watch it, particularly if you eat cheap mass produced meat.  You should know where it comes from.  There is a warning in the speech when he is going to show the slaughterhouse film so you can skip it if you want to hear his speech but can’t face the film.

If you want to hear a great speaker, explaining why being vegan is such  good idea, you can find his speech here but do be aware it contains a graphic film.Gary Yourofsky

I was very busy out in the veggie patch.the veggie patch 24-5-15 I planted some green beans and lots of spinach in to the bed with the purple beans, broad beans and mange tout.planting spinach Loads of rocket in the bed with the mizuna and celery.planting rocketI had already planted out the courgette plants earlier in the week.
Courgette bed 2015 By the time I came in the sun was shining brightly and we all had a fruit salad for breakfast.  Nothing more was needed but ripe, sweet fruit.24-5-15 6Our garden was looking fantastic.  We have lots of rhodedendrons and azaleas so the garden is always stunning in May.
24-5-15 5 24-5-15 4 24-5-15 3 24-5-15 2 24-5-15 I seem to be too busy, always rushing about.  Recently I have been on several long car journeys with Lara and Harvey and we whizz through cute little towns and villages, with never enough time to stop and look at them.  So today’s agenda was to drive to one, park, walk around and find a bite to eat.  We chose Ticehurst.Ticehurst 7 So many cute little cottages near the centre.Ticehurst 6 Ticehurst 5 Ticehurst 4 Ticehurst 2 Ticehurst 1I am always amazed at how many churches we have in this country and how old they are. This one is 14th Century !!!!  It is incredible that such a building was constructed in such a small village so long ago.
St Mary Ticehurst Ticehurst Church Ticehurst also had an interesting range of shops but they were all closed.L and H in Ticehurst Singing Rain Sanctuary Artichoke Gallery red post box Kent signpost Luckily the pub wasn’t closed so we went inside.  This is The Bell.The Bell 8 The Bell 7 It was a warm enough to sit outside so we did, in their pretty garden.  This part of the garden leads to the little rooms you can rent out and stay in.  This is the path to the ‘Honeymoon’ room.The Bell 6 The Bell 5 The Bell 4Last night’s visitors were leaving when we arrived and they all said it was a wonderful place to stay.  This is a fire pit in the evening which would be really good fun to sit around.
The Bell 3 The Bell 2 Back under the archway was where we sat for lunch.The Bell 1 As usual, no vegan options so I had vegetables; new potatoes, broccoli, fries and a salad.  Unfortunately I didn’t ask for no butter so I failed to have a vegan lunch.  I did manage to resist dessert and just had a coffee.lunch at The Bell

This evening Lucy came round for supper which was lovely as I haven’t seen her for ages.  We had a green salad.  These greens came from the garden; mizuna, broad bean tops and baby swiss chard leaves and I added some spinach too.

greens from garden I bought these wraps from Waitrose yesterday.  piada I have not tried this brand before but I liked the look of them because they are organic and because they only have a short list of real ingredients.  The amount of non food items in a standard wrap is dreadful.4 flatbreadsI spread the wrap with humous, lined up the raw veggies in the centre, rolled it up like a sausage, placed them on a baking tray and baked them in the oven on 200° C for 10 minutes.  Really quick and easy to prepare and really tasty.  I served them cut in to half but you could also make pinwheels out of them by slicing them thinly.veggies chopped and humous We had baked potatoes.  I par boiled the potatoes for 10 minutes, drained them and then coated them in a little olive oil, thyme, paprika and garlic and baked them in the oven on 200°C for half an hour so they crisped up.

paprika potatoes Instead of a salad dressing I made guacamole with an avocado, lime juice and a chopped tomato.  A simple supper but a tasty one.supper 24-5-15

Enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco.

I really enjoyed my day, I hope you did too.

 

 

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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3 Responses to Gary Yourofsky and Ticehurst

  1. dropscone says:

    Those potatoes look perfect.

  2. JastunnaNaturals says:

    Gary is an awesome speaker !!

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