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 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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