Pirate Day Hastings 2017

Our new town likes a festival and this weekend it was Pirate Day.  So everyone dresses up like a pirate and there are numerous events on throughout the town.  Even the dogs get dressed up.

fullsizeoutput_1140I managed a striped t-shirt, bandana and pirate hat.  I would like to get a really good outfit for next year.  Harvey did not want to get dressed up at all.

IMG_5427There were some fantastic costumes.IMG_5460And props.IMG_5450


IMG_5410There were events on all over town.fullsizeoutput_114b

IMG_5423fullsizeoutput_114fView towards St.Leonard’s from the pier.fullsizeoutput_114eARRRRRRRfullsizeoutput_1150This was some circus skills which anyone could have a go at.IMG_5412A huge whale!IMG_5411We watched the Tigers Free Fall Display Team land on the beach which was impressive (unlike my photos!).fullsizeoutput_1147We then walked over towards the Old Town and I fortified myself with a rum and ginger ale which was very refreshing.fullsizeoutput_1145We walked to the Stade which was very lively.  There were some games to play, stalls to browse around and live music.IMG_5443


fullsizeoutput_1142We grabbed a bite to eat here and I made a really bad choice.  I misheard the man and my butternut squash pie had goat’s cheese in it.  It was very tasty and I did eat some but gave the rest to Harvey.  The salad was substantial so that did me until we got home.fullsizeoutput_1143We walked home through the Old Town.  This is the new mural on the side of Porters.  I saw a photo of the artist creating it with spray paint rather then a paintbrush.  I don’t know if it was all done that way but creating such a huge mural is really impressive.  This is the end of a 2 storey building, to give you an idea of how large it is.

IMG_5455Entertainment a plenty; this was in Butler’s GapIMG_5456and this just a few metres away on George Street.IMG_5461I had a coffee in Hanushka where they do not serve any vegan cakes so I can’t claim I exerted any willpower but that was all I had.IMG_5464I enjoyed Pirate Day and next year I think it would be fun to get properly dressed up and go with a crowd of friends/revellers.fullsizeoutput_1144We were home in time to watch 2 sets of the men’s final and all the mixed doubles final.  Such an occasion, which I enjoyed with Rebecca, called for a bottle of wine and some of the lentil crisps and Bombay mix I had bought the day before.

After such a lazy afternoon we did take the dogs for a walk in the park and I actually ended the day having walked 16,365 steps which was good considering I spent the afternoon sitting down.   IMG_5465I didn’t actually eat much all day as for breakfast I just had a green smoothie made with coconut water, bananas, a nectarine, spinach and Superfood greens.  Unfortunately the snacks and wine (and rum/ginger ale) had loads of calories so not a brilliant diet day.IMG_5409I did much better today.  Another green smoothie for breakfast, made with coconut water, bananas, spinach, nectarine, Superfood greens and hemp seeds.IMG_5466I was busy all morning and ended up having lunch late.  While I made my salad, I munched my way through a punnet of cherries and drank a lot of water so I wasn’t tempted to snack on anything more calorific.IMG_5467My lunch was delicious:  a huge green and purple leaved salad, cucumber, red pepper, tomatoes, coleslaw (made with kohlrabi, carrots, gherkins and Vegenaise) and avocado mashed with lime juice.  fullsizeoutput_113fI forgot to photograph dinner but it was  portion of lentil shepherd’s pie with broccoli.

No alcohol today, lots of gardening and I walked 8, 457 steps so not bad.  Most of my food was very nutrient dense and a lot was raw so I am really pleased with how I ate.  I am determined to eat well tomorrow 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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