Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Weigh In Wednesday [31]

I've had a good week full of new recipes and much more satisfying meals, and on some days have struggled to actually eat enough calories.  Up until yesterday that is, when I met a friend for lunch and just indulged ... big time!  Despite that, I have still managed to lose another pound this week so now have a total loss of 32lbs in 32 weeks.   
Linking with Weigh In Wednesday.

211/365: Over the Fence

Peeping up over the fence from my neighbour's garden - I love the colour.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 98

This is where I had lunch today, sat at a table shaded by one of the red umbrellas in the garden of the Jolly Sailor next to Saltford Lock on the River Avon.  I met up with Suzy, who I haven't seen for ages ... so long ago that I can't actually remember when we last met.  We had a lovely meal together catching up on all the gossip; I had a fisherman's casserole followed by a really fattening cheesecake - I've gone way over my calorie allowance for the day but it was worth it!
Here's some more photos of the river ... 

210/365: Begonias

Monday, 28 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 97

Not the best of days, but now curled up with a book and a mug of coffee - just relaxing.

209/365: Petunias

Sunday, 27 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 96

I've thoroughly enjoyed myself today. I've been to a quilting workshop/course at Midsomer Quilting in Chilcompton, about 30 minutes drive from home.  We've been making a start on a disappearing 9 square mini quilt.  I didn't manage to finish this first stage but I only have to join the five strips and it's done - or so I thought but on closer inspection when I got home, I can see that I need to redo part of the strip on the left of the picture - you can see that the corners don't meet properly. It won't take long to do but I'm too tired to do it tonight. 

Stage 2 will be to add the borders, do the quilting and add the binding.  I'll be booking my place as soon as I finish off what I started today.

208/365: Honeysuckle

Guess what tomorrow's job is?  I can't delay any more, it's time to prune it back so that it is no longer growing over into my garden.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 95

Just cleaned the sewing machine ready for tomorrow ... starting to get excited!

207/365: Raspberries

I thought the raspberries had finished so am delighted to see signs of a new crop.

Friday, 25 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 94

Playing Mind Games, I finally solved the puzzle I've been stuck on for days.  Also happy that the next game (shown in the photo) is going to be easier - I don't have any problems solving Sudoku.

206/365: Lupins

New flowers on the lupins.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 93

Happy to report that my car passed the MOT first time, no work needed!!

205/365: Honeysuckle Berries

The flowers have gone and the honeysuckle is now producing its berries.  These will eventually turn black.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 92

It's been a productive day, getting lots of little things done and out of the way.  Today I had a combination lock fitted to the side gate, the key safe fitted to the back wall of the house, took 10 bags of shredded paper to the recycling centre, ordered a new washer/dryer, booked a theatre ticket, arranged for a carpenter to give me a quote for some work I want done and I've just returned from dropping my car at the garage for its MOT tomorrow.
I've earned a rest, so plan to spend the rest of the day simply relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet.

Weigh In Wednesday [30]

I've had a better week and have managed to lose the pound I put on last week, so back to a total weight loss of 31 lbs to date.

I'm experimenting with different meal choices this week.  I'd got back into the habit of having snacks which obviously leaves fewer calories for each meal so this week I'm padding out each meal with more fruit and/or veg and eliminating the snacks.  So far it is working - I feel full and haven't wanted to snack. 
Linking with Weigh In Wednesday.

204/365: Pieris Flower Buds

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 91

For the past month I haven't been able to get any of the ITV channels - it just said 'bad signal'.  I checked with the company that installed the TV aerial to be told that the heat can sometimes affect the signal; ITV signals are particularly susceptible to this and although they could fit another booster, there was no guarantee that it would work so I decided not to bother.
I switched the TV on today for the first time since the power cut during the storms of last weekend and was happy to see that it is working properly again - all channels displaying properly. I don't watch TV very often but its good to be able to have the full choice of programmes again.

203/365: Pieris

According to the internet, this is a pieris fruit.  I had no idea they had fruits, but apparently they do!

Monday, 21 July 2014

100 Happy Days: Day 90

Catching up with friends ... laughing ... crying ... feeling good!

202/365: Mystery Plant

Does anyone recognise this plant? From the shape of the skeleton leaf I posted here, Ladkyis thinks that it may be Japanese Knotwood.
When the shed was demolished, this pot was found squeezed behind it.  There are two plants in the pot, both of which have probably self seeded.  The other is easily recognised as a bramble but I don't know what this one is - even with watering it hasn't grown much!  If it is the dreaded Japanese Knotwood at least it is contained in a pot and it can be incinerated easily.