Broadchurch and Sidmouth

I had a wonderful weekend with Harvey in the West Country.  We stayed at my Step-Father Ian’s beautiful home in Sidmouth for a couple of nights.  I am lucky to have such loving and welcoming hosts as Ian and Helen and the comfortable home to stay in is a bonus.

I really wanted to see my Uncle Clive while I was in Dorset and to go to ‘Yarn’ in Bridport, a shop that sells everything you need for knitting.  So on Saturday morning we met Uncle Clive in Bridport for coffee, with his niece Melissa and her fiancee Alistair. We met at the Soulshine Cafe on South Street which was very good. P1080475Yarn was great too and the lady who runs the shop, Rosie, is so helpful I left a happy customer and with my next project all bagged up and ready to begin.P1080477I did well to leave with only one new project as I could have chosen loads.P1080478After a potter about Bridport we went to The Stables for lunch and they had a vegan menu which always makes me happy.P1080480I had the Bute Island Blazer.P1080481It was fabulous.P1080482Are you a Broadchurch fan?  P1080488I am and near Bridport is West Bay where Broadchurch is set, so we had a good look around.P1080484This beach  features in every episode.P1080486The hill in the distance was the setting for the argument with the newspaper editor this week and the round building is the police station in the drama.P1080487The harbour is in most episodes.P1080489This amazing pear sorbet has nothing to do with Broadchurch but it was so delicious it deserved a photo.P1080490P1080491There is a river that feeds in to the harbour which I found very picturesque.P1080493All very lovely.P1080494My step-Mother, Helen, loves plants, inside and outside and she is very good at nurturing and growing them.P1080495This conservatory is a wonderful place to sit and relax in.  It’s lovely all year round and particularly in the sunshine.P1080496I should have taken a photo of the dinner table on Friday as it was so pretty and dinner was lovely.  Ian and Helen went to a lot of trouble to buy multiple vegan food offerings which I was very grateful for.  P1080509We had pasta on Friday and on Saturday we had a very tasty black bean casserole with falafel and salad.  I really enjoyed it.P1080510We had quite a lazy at home day on Sunday.  P1080524I had a large fruit and vegetable juice for breakfast and we then strolled along in the bright sunshine, beside the river to Sidmouth beach.P1080511Such a pretty spot.P1080512P1080514P1080515The red cliffs of Sidmouth beach are quite dramatic and if you look at the sea, the first few feet closest to the shoreline are red too.P1080517P1080519We walked along the promenade to the part of the beach near Jacob’s Ladder.P1080520We then pottered about in the rock pools.P1080521We left the beach via a steep staircase called Jacob’s Ladder.  Good views at the top.P1080523I had a delightfully tranquil afternoon, reading, knitting and snoozing in a chair in the beautiful garden.P1080508Every inch of this garden is filled with beautiful flowers and there are no weeds anywhere.

Helen even has a lemon tree full of lemons!P1080502I have potting shed envy.P1080504For supper we had bbq’d pizza and salad for supper.  Mine was delicious.P1080525Thank you Ian and Helen for such a wonderful weekend.  We both felt very loved, well entertained and certainly well fed.

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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