Weekend in the Cotswolds

I had a fabulous weekend in the Cotswolds with 3 very dear friends.

P1080717We stayed in this cute little cottage in the village of Ebrington; Spring Cottage, which is the cottage in the right with the red brick extension.fullsizeoutput_f1aThe garden was a very pretty place to sit and i spent Sunday morning here, chatting and knitting.P1080718This is the back view of the cottage.P1080719Beautiful flowers.P1080721The kitchen was small but furnished to a good standard.fullsizeoutput_f25A small and cosy lounge.P1080725On Saturday morning we had a look around Chipping Camden.

The villages and towns in the Cotswolds are very pretty and most buildings are made of the same yellow stone.

We stopped for coffee and cake and I had a delicious slice of vegan treacle tart.  It had lemon zest in it, just like my Grandma used to make.  This was worth every calorie.


In the afternoon we did a long and rather hilly circular walk from Blockley; another pretty village.

Very well navigated Gini, from a little map on her phone.

There are some rather large houses and plenty of horse studs round here.

Plus lots of beautiful scenery.P1080712We finished the weekend with a roast in the Ebrington Arms.fullsizeoutput_f26A very pleasant ending to a lovely weekend.P1080726

I worked from home today and really focused on my diet.  I felt a little dehydrated after rather a lot of alcohol and salty snacks during the weekend.  So I made a large pot of water with ginger and lime which I sipped all morning.  I started off with a glass of Kombucha.fullsizeoutput_f27I had some left over mashed potato in the fridge from Friday’s supper and I heated that up in the oven and had it with half a can of baked beans. 1.5 syns for 1 tsp Flora Freedom in the mash.fullsizeoutput_f28I made a quick tofu stir fry for lunch.fullsizeoutput_f29Half a bowl full of mixed salad leaves and smoked tofu with veggies.  I “fried” it in water to save calories.

2.5 syns for 100g Taifun smoked tofu with almonds.fullsizeoutput_f2aI finished working at 6pm and headed off to the beach.  It was chilly but sunny and we walked for 2 hours and it was gorgeous.  Rebecca and Beryl joined us and we all enjoyed the fresh air and scenery and walked further than we usually do which contributed most of the 13,000 steps I walked today.fullsizeoutput_f2bThis was Milton’s first proper walk since his operation and he loved being outside.  It was wonderful seeing him so lively and happy.fullsizeoutput_f2cI made a cauliflower and potato curry for dinner.  A very tasty Deliciously Ella recipe but it did take an hour so we had a very late dinner!

4.5 syns for 100 ml light coconut milk and 2 syns for 1 tsp olive oil.fullsizeoutput_f2d

I had some almond milk for my Hex A (but not 1 litre) and no Hex Bs.








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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