Rye Bonfire Weekend

That was a fun weekend!  Not very diet friendly though but so much fun, who cares?  Well, I do of course but sometimes I just like to go a bit crazy.

My little girl came home on Friday which is always a treat for me.  We had a quiet night in, eating a vegetable curry I made.IMG_2778On Saturday evening, Lara and Harvey came with me to Rye.  I was in the procession for the bonfire event and they were going to watch which I was really delighted about.  We had a few drinks outside a pub.IMG_2785Rye is a very pretty town.  All the pubs and restaurants were busy and people were enjoying themselves, including us.IMG_2918We had booked a seat on a coach with one of the drumming groups so we were there early as they have to be dropped off before the roads close.  Having spent rather a long time enjoying one of the local pubs, I left Lara and Harvey so I could go and join the procession.  I was walking as a member of Hastings Borough Bonfire Society.  Here they are.IMG_2788 I joined the procession and was given a flaming torch to walk along with.  Thousands of these are made, by hand, by volunteers, for the processions.IMG_2789Off we go – wheeeeeeeeIMG_2795It was loud and colourful and hugely enjoyable.IMG_2799I was hoping I would recognise the spot I had left Lara and Harvey at because it all looked different with the streets packed full of people.IMG_2802I believe about 60 members of HBBS were in the procession at Rye.IMG_2805We wear jumpers in the Cinque Ports colours, a jerkin, a hat (some say it should be pirate but all kinds of hats are worn), black trousers and long red socks.IMG_2807Luckily Lara spotted me before I walked past and took these pictures of HBBS andIMG_2910yours truly.IMG_2913After walking through the town we entered the bonfire site.  When all the bonfire societies were in the site, we lit the fire by throwing our flaming torches at the huge bonfire.IMG_2814IMG_2826Then the fireworks began.IMG_2827IMG_2857The fireworks were fantastic.


Many hours after we had left home we returned.  Several drinks had been consumed and not much food so I was pleased I didn’t look too shabby at the end of a crazy, bonkers and fun night.  I had walked over 20,000 steps which was good for fitness.


This morning we went to Bannatyne’s and I swam 66 lengths and then relaxed in the sauna and jacuzzis.  That felt good.  We then headed in to Hastings Old Town because I had booked a table for lunch at the Hastings Arms on George Street.  We had not been there before but we will be going again.  It was lovely.  The decor was pared back, lots of wood and quite basic which made it comfortable and cosy.

There was interesting art work on the walls and importantly, the food was good.  I had a vegan roast which tasted great and was very reasonably priced.  My two little carnivores had roast pork and the three roasts plus 3 bags of crisps/nuts cost £32 which is very reasonable.

As always it was sad to say good-bye to Lara but she needed to return to London.  I rather fancied a snooze on the sofa but Harvey needed to take some photos for a homework assignment so I kept him company.  He was looking for shadows, lines and reflections in modern architecture so we started at the Jerwood Gallery.

Next was the boat sculpture.  Do not let that sunshine fool you, it was FREEZING out there today.

By the time we got to the pier of the year, I think my blood had begun to freeze as I was dressed for what the weather looked like (sunny) rather then the Arctic temperature, which blew through you as it was a bit windy.

IMG_2904IMG_2905IMG_2906It looked stunning though, as the town shone golden in the late afternoon sunshine.IMG_2907Eventually the photography assignment was finished and we came home where I retreated to my sofa, initially with an ok snack of nuts, dates and hot tea, but as I was so cold and so tired, I gave in to Harvey’s request and we had pizza for supper.


Tomorrow is another day and I had a fantastic weekend so I am happy with that.


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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