Fairlight Hall and Hastings’ Seafood and Wine Festival

My view seems to have disappeared!  This is what I woke up to.IMG_0896After a misty start to the day, the rest of the day was spent in sunshine which was lovely.  The sea was ultra calm today so we had a lovely swim.  Harvey swam with me (well, he was in the water at the same time) and Milton scavenged around for mussels.  I upped the distance to swim 8 times between the groynes today.  The swimming was so enjoyable and we both relaxed in the water for a while before getting out as the water temperature is still warm enough to enjoy being in.

Breakfast was a bowl of porridge made with almond milk (HE A) and with 1 tbsp linseeds and 1 tbsp sesame seeds added in (HE B) and topped with half a fresh mango. That plus a strong black coffee and a hot shower warmed me up nicely.

IMG_0918Our next outing was to Fairlight Hall, which I have never been to before.  WOW!  WOW! WOW!  I am going again.IMG_0932There are so many stunning plants there; I highly recommend a visit.

I was impressed they have so much colour in their flower beds but I nearly swooned when I saw the vegetable garden.  It was laid out out in a beautiful (and huge) walled garden.

With raised beds packed full of delicious looking veggies.  Cabbages.


Swiss chard – so much better than mine

Carrots, beans, beetroot, celery, asparagus and so the list goes on.

They are not perfect though – this looks like parts of my veggie patch.

IMG_0961This was perfect though.  The greenhouse really was beautiful.IMG_0965IMG_0971IMG_0969IMG_0968I was so impressed I have signed up to get a Fairlight Hall vegetable box.  The vegetable gardener is new so they may not take off properly until 2018 but I said I would like to start this year if possible.IMG_0934There was a plant sale and I did treat myself to a couple of plants and a plant support for next year’s sweet peas.

We both enjoyed our visit to Fairlight Hall.

At home I munched on a couple of bananas as by then it was 2pm and I knew we were not eating lunch for a while and I was hungry.IMG_0989We walked for half an hour to get to The Stade to the Seafood and Wine Festival.  It was packed!IMG_0993I am obviously not a fan of seafood but Harvey likes it and I wanted to support a local venture which is why we went.  I managed to avoid all the fabulous wines on offer which was a relief as I don’t need the calories and the wine makes me forget my diet!

These were my favourite fish for sale.IMG_0992Harvey chose a paella and I had lunch from this van:  IMG_0998Punjabi Samosa ChaatIMG_0999and I also bought some samosa’s to share.  None of it was at all greasy but I have no idea how to work out the syns.IMG_1001It was very crowded at the festival so we walked round to the beach and enjoyed our lunch, sitting in the sunshine.IMG_1003IMG_1006I have never sat at the harbour arm end of the beach before and it was very pleasant, watching the boats coming and going and the paddle boarders drifting along.IMG_1010Hastings looks very small compared to the huge cloud hanging above it.  When the rainclouds began to get larger and darker we walked home.  So as well as swimming for half an hour today, I have also walked 13,500 steps which is great.IMG_1013My view was back when we got home.IMG_1019I hope you all had a good weekend.  I certainly did.










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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2 Responses to Fairlight Hall and Hastings’ Seafood and Wine Festival

  1. Christina Harfield says:

    The gardens looked brilliant Zoe. Your photography is so good. Keep up the good work on the healthy eating. Tina.

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