Sissinghurst and Ramsgate

I had a very pleasant Saturday lined up today.  I had the morning to myself, part of which I spent cooking to get meals prepared for tonight and Monday night, a dog walk with a dear friend and an evening in Ramsgate with both Lara and Harvey.

Lentils!lentils I made 2 lentil ‘shepherd’s pies’ which created a lot of washing up but it did mean I had Saturday night supper and monday night supper sorted.washing up The larger dish was packed up to take to Ramsgate and the other left in the fridge.  I love the large pyrex dishes I have with plastic lids as you can bake in them, travel with them and freeze them!shepherd's pie and shreds shepherd's pie close up 9-1-16 Breakfast/lunch was a large pink juice made with 4 ruby grapefruit and a bunch of black grapes.  That was all I had until supper time but I wasn’t hungry so that was easy.grapes and grapefruit juice 9-1-16 I met Lucy for a walk around Sissinghurst Castle gardens.  I will be returning to see the International Garden Photographer Of The Year exhibition.Siss walk 5 Siss walk 4 It was overcast but not raining and still managed to look lovely.Siss walk 3 The scenery around Sissinghurst is so pretty.Siss walk 2 Siss walk 1 The coffee shop was shut, to our initial disappointment.  But the sign on the door directed us to the plant shop and a temporary coffee shop had opened up in the old dairy.  It was really cosy with its wood burning stove and we decided we preferred it.Siss dairy 3 Siss dairy 2 I had a soya milk latte and resisted all baked goods.Siss dairy 1In the late afternoon we had a horrendous drive to Ramsgate in extremely blustery conditions and had to contend with closed roads and poorly signposted diversions but we got there in the end.  We popped round to the Queen Charlotte where I had a beer and a packet of crisps and some nuts (forgot camera hence no photos) while the shepherd’s pie heated through in the oven.  Served with broccoli and a good glass of red, I was very pleased I had made supper earlier in the day.  We snuggled up on the sofa with supper on a tray and watched a film.  The storms at sea on the tv were an equal match for the gale blowing outside!
shepherd's pie and broccoli

I managed 12,249 steps today and am hoping the storm dies down so we can do some decent walking tomorrow.

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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