The Exchange

People who know me are aware I have been trying to sell my house in Sissinghurst for a long time (16 months).  I never imagined it would take so long to sell such a beautiful house in such a wonderful area of the UK.  Well it did but we finally exchanged this week and a new lucky family move in on Monday 31st July 2017.

While I waited to exchange and to take my mind off what was about to happen, I went for a swim at Bulverhythe.  It was a murky day and I was very tired, having been kept awake the night before by a storm and a seagull!  The storm was mainly lightning which was very bright and very close to our house.  The storm also seemed to have washed up a variety of sea creature parts which kept Milton occupied and very happy while I swam.

The seagulls have been a bit of a saga.  It seems they are nesting on our roof and as the young seagulls become mobile, they fall or fly on their immature wings and land on the flat roof above Harvey’s room.  Once there, they caw for their parents and peck at the roof and the window which disturbs us both.  Hopefully they will soon be able to fly and we can return to our more usual and peaceful existence.

fullsizeoutput_11beOn the way back from the beach I popped in to one of my favourite shops as I needed some more Vegenaise (best ever vegan mayonnaise) and sprouts.  I couldn’t resist a vegetable pakora.

Still not exchanged so I popped over the road for a coffee with Rebecca.  The sweet peas have been wonderful this year.fullsizeoutput_11bfBack at home I squeezed 4 oranges and 2 pink grapefruits to make a lovely fresh juice.fullsizeoutput_11c0Yum.fullsizeoutput_11c1Finally, at around Midday, we exchanged.  It took much longer than it should have done but we got there in the end and I was delighted.  Suddenly I was very busy with a lot to organise.

I had a nourishing lunch; huge mountain of green and purple salad leaves with cherry tomatoes, red kidney beans, cucumber, alfalfa and radish sprouts, beetroot, boiled potatoes and a dollop of vegenaise.    Very tasty.fullsizeoutput_11c2I have been doing a beginner’s Ashtanga yoga course on a Wednesday and after a very emotional day I was looking forward to the session.  It was a very pleasant evening for a stroll over to The Beacon.fullsizeoutput_11cbThis is a multi functional building; some people live here and others work here or hire parts of it for various uses.  Such as yoga!fullsizeoutput_11c4Lovely views over Hastings from here and in the distance I can see the Terrace I live on.fullsizeoutput_11c6After yoga, feeling more relaxed, I enjoyed walking back along the pretty route.fullsizeoutput_11c3I walk along St.Mary’s Terrace.fullsizeoutput_11c5This is one of my favourite roads because the houses on one side are so pretty and all different and on the other side of the road is the lovely view.fullsizeoutput_11c7

IMG_5511Down some steps,fullsizeoutput_11c8over the railway line,fullsizeoutput_11c9along the path

fullsizeoutput_11ccup some steps and I am back on the Terrace, which I can really call home now.  We are both enjoying living here and selling the Sissinghurst house means I can relax and throw myself in to our Hastings life which is thrilling.fullsizeoutput_11cdA simple supper of pasta, tomato sauce and Violife vegan cheese equivalent.fullsizeoutput_11ceA little later Rebecca came over with a bottle of champagne which was very kind of her.  Harvey joined us for a celebratory glass and we then polished off the bottle and had another half bottle.  I do like the bubbles.fullsizeoutput_11cfI have a very busy 10 days ahead of me until we complete the sale and then, my chores are done and I can settle properly in to my Hastings life.  We have all enjoyed our 15 years in Sissinghurst.  It really is a delightful place and one which we have many happy memories of.  The good news is that it is only 30-40 minutes away so I can easily keep in touch with all my gorgeously lovely Sissinghurst (and surrounding area) friends.  They will hopefully come and see me 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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2 Responses to The Exchange

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe I wish you, James, Harvey and Lara when she visits, all the best in living in Hastings.

  2. carolyn munro says:

    Good luck in your new home. Xx

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