April and May 2016

This is the longest I have gone without blogging since I started!  I have been busy, with some significant life changing events and also lots of celebrations with dear friends and family.  This blog will not be so much about food but what I have done recently.  I am hoping, that having done a quick catch up, I can get back to more regular blogging and definitely dieting.  I have been dreadful lately; eating too much and of the wrong kind of food and in huge quantities.

I have only taken a small fraction of the photos I would usually and unfortunately I did something wrong when I imported them and have lost many which is a shame as we have to been to some wonderful places with some of our favourite people.  But here is what I do have.

We had a family weekend in Chichester at the beginning of April, celebrating Richard’s 50th birthday.  All the photos of the family party are missing apart from this one of my dear daughter who made a batch of scones to take along to the afternoon tea which kicked off the weekend’s festivities.

P1060235.jpgWe have also, thanks to Lara for organising it, had a lovely evening at the Udderbelly.P1060287.JPGThe Udderbelly is like a Big Top but cow shaped.  Purple and cow shaped!P1060289.jpgOutside is a selection of bars and pop up eateries, in a fun landscape, reminiscent of a music festival but thanks to the astro turf, minus the mud.

P1060298.jpgWe ate in Wagamama before we went inside.  Wagamama is a good choice for a vegan as they have information about the contents of all their dishes and there is a reasonable range you can choose from.  I started with the vegetable gyozas.P1060293.jpgFollowed by one of their rice noodle stir fries.  Deeelish!P1060292.jpgWe watched Closer by Circa and it was fabulous.  The run of that particular show is nearly over but I do recommend it and if you miss that show, or don’t fancy it, there are plenty more to choose from.P1060299.jpgWe have had some lazy weekends at home which we also enjoy as we need downtime sometimes.P1060352.jpgThe next birthday to celebrate was James’ 50th.  He chose to spend the day at a Heronry in Northward Hill in North Kent.  We didn’t actually see any herons but we had a lovely walk through the bluebells and then an interesting drive around the Isle of Grain.  Definitely worth visiting and I hope to return there one day.P1060380.jpg

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P1060366.jpgP1060363.jpgOur next fun event was Emily’s 21st in Bristol.  In Clifton in Bristol to be precise.  We stayed in The Victoria Square hotel which was very good value, especially because it had family rooms.  It was located in this square and we shared the hotel with most of my dearest friends.   The whole weekend was lovely and we began in style with a  fantastic party.P1060388.jpgAfter a long and leisurely breakfast together, I bade farewell to my Besties and went for a wander around Bristol with Lara and Harvey.  We walked over the world famous Bristol Suspension Bridge, which was not for the faint-hearted but the views were spectacular.P1060385.JPG

P1060381.JPGP1060384_2.JPGWe spent most of the day in Bath, visiting the Royal Crescent and the Roman Baths.  It was a beautiful day but sadly I have lost most of my photos which is a shame as Bath is stunning.

I can share this one of us having a coffee at the Royal Crescent Hotel which has beautiful gardens which are far larger than you would imagine behind the facade of a building on the Royal Crescent.

I will also share a travel tip I received from my Father, before I went backpacking at the tender age of 18.  His advice was, if I ever needed a bit of luxury but couldn’t really afford it, dress as smartly as I could and go to the best hotel I could find for a drink.  I have often done this and it is a great tip because the best hotels provide an excellent service and allow you to rest in luxurious surroundings.  So the three of us had about three staff on hand, to show us to a table and serve coffee in their beautiful garden.P1060389.JPGWe have also spent a lot of time in Hastings recently and the last 2 times with my sisters.P1060481.JPG

I have needed to be with my family recently and the last weekend was spent with all 3 of my sisters in Lyme Regis.  Abi and I stayed with our Step-Father Ian and his wife Helen in Sidmouth but we spent most of our time in Lyme Regis with my other 2 sisters.

The weekend involved lots of walking and we were blessed with constant sunshine.P1060513.JPGIt’s very hilly in Lyme Regis so I definitely did my fitness a lot of good with the regular walks up and down to the town.P1060516.JPG

P1060518.JPGWe noticed a sign for an open garden and went to visit as the house looked lovely and we expected the garden to be equally gorgeous.P1060519.JPGWe were not disappointed.P1060521.JPGP1060522.JPGThe owners had spent 9 years creating their garden paradise in the cliffs overlooking the sea.

P1060524.JPGI loved this swing seat and might have to treat myself to one.  It is from a company called Sitting Spiritually who are based in Lyme but who deliver father afield too.P1060523.JPGThis was a lovely garden to potter about in and gawp at the loveliness or just sit and stare.  We did plenty of both.P1060525.JPG

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P1060532.JPGP1060533.JPGThis was one of those day where nothing was planned and it just flowed and everything seemed perfect.  Such as bumping in to our Aunty and Uncle in the beautiful garden. P1060538.JPGWe weren’t expecting to see them until the next day so this was a double pleasure. So we wandered round the garden again.P1060541.JPGP1060539.JPGP1060545.JPGOn Sunday it was still sunny – which is unheard of when I go to Lyme.P1060550.JPGIt is all part of the ritual to go for a walk along the Cobb, which is what we did.  We walked there and back again which must have burnt off gazillions of calories.  Through the sheep field again and past this tree, which was split in half by lightening!

P1060553.JPGP1060554.JPGThe beach was packed with people and some were swimming and paddle-boarding in the sea.P1060561.JPGP1060563.JPG

That was a truly wonderful weekend.  Just what I needed.

I am happy to be back blogging again and hope to make it a regular event again.  Matt has sorted out my lap top for me, the last weekend has restored my happy mood and so i have no excuses.

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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4 Responses to April and May 2016

  1. laura1952 says:

    Welcome back and thanks for the virtual tour again. Happy belated to James. Waving to you all across the waters and continent.

  2. bernie6774 says:

    It’s good to have you back – am very glad that you have returned as your blog is very inspiring to me as someone who is also trying to be healthy, eat healthy and lose weight. Your blog has such honesty and you post wonderful pictures of places that I have visited and love. I have really missed reading your posts over the past couple of months. Looking forward to hearing from you again soon!

    • Thank you Suzanne for your kind comment. I wonder who reads my blog and it is great to hear from people who do. I intend to blog regularly again and hope you stick with me. Thank you again for such a positive comment.

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