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Wobbles and blobs and a wild imagination .....

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I was away in Kurdistan for a fortnight recently and in spite of all the wonderful fruit and veg on offer,
I did succumb to more than my share of the local flat bread - the little bakeries use wood-burning ovens and the thinly rolled-out bread is thrown onto the sides of the adobe walls until it is baked - it looks, smells and tastes wonderful! But after all is said and done, unfortunately it is plain pure white bread.

Hard working bakers in Urfa



A baker`s supply of wood stored nearby....




So hot and crispy ......



On the exercise side of things we walked a lot most afternoons and in the morning I did a bit of gardening and some stretching and gymnastics so I kept on track there, thank goodness ....



At the end of the fortnight I looked and felt bloated and very flabby around my midriff. Anyhow, when I got back to Bremen I didnt dare go near the scales until I had cut out all bread and cookies for the last four days. This morning I looked hard in the full length mirror and saw that my arms and legs look more toned and tanned than before the holiday and that my blobby, wobbly tum was just its usual lumpy self. So I pulled myself together and hopped on the scales - and "Ta Da" - (drums rolling etc. please) - I had lost half a pound instead of the dreaded, imagined gain of a couple of kilos! Sometimes it is all in the eye of the beholder!

Just now my hubby (who is still in Kurdistan) gave my a Skype call to say he has discovered a local bakery that uses whole wheat flour in its flat bread dough - well now, it looks like that little problem is solved for my next trip!

  
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WAY2GOCAT 4/17/2014 3:56AM

    It would be hard to resist. Glad you could enjoy the food and still come out ahead. My scale can vary 5 lbs overnight for nothing. I just don't weigh all that often.

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FITMARY 4/16/2014 5:53PM

    "blobby, wobbly tum was just its usual lumpy self" emoticon Very funny!!!
And more beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!!!

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SUE5007 4/16/2014 4:31PM

    That plate of food looks delish! And the tulips are beautiful! I love when the sun shines through them like that and makes them glow.

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Urfa in Kurdistan

Sunday, April 13, 2014

On our latest travels to North Kurdistan we went for a day to see the sights of Urfa. We got caught in a sandstorm blowing in from the east in the late afternoon, but managed to see most of the highlights! This is part of the waterways set out near Nimrodīs fortress Many pilgrims from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths come to Urfa as it is one of the cities where Abraham may have been born. The temperature was already about 28 degrees celcius and in summer 45-50 degrees is the norm!
We cooled our steaming feet at one of the shady tea-gardens beside the ornamental ponds full of sacred carp and watched all the fascinating people walking by.... Afterwards we explored the bazaar which has been in existence for hundreds of years - Urfa was an important oasis along the Silk Road where trading caravans rested and got new supplies. The region is famous in the Near East for itīs red hot paprika!

After a delicious lunch of salads, spicy beans, flat bread and yogurt we climbed up to the moat at the foot of Nimrodīs fortress .... Then we sat for a while in the gardens and watched a group of Kurdish villagers decked out in their finery having their photo taken. On the way home we went to "Gold", a shop specializing in sweetmeats made of nuts, raisins, grape-molasses and coconut - mouth-watering to say the least, but after 20,000 steps on my tracker we had earned a little treat!




















  
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PINKNFITCARLA 4/13/2014 10:37PM

  Awesome read, loved the pics. Thanks for sharing!!

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JACKIE542 4/13/2014 6:19PM

    Thank you for the great pictures, and for telling us a bit of the history of where you are. emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 4/13/2014 2:27PM

    Thanks for taking me with you through pictures and words!

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FITMARY 4/13/2014 1:39PM

    Oh, thanks so much for sharing these wonderful sights! Looks like such a fascinating trip!
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GEORGE815 4/13/2014 10:32AM

    Great pictures. 20,000 steps. Great!

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Baltic Bliss!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

After a winter of too much work, an injured achilles tendon and not enough fun, I decided to go away for the weekend instead of blowing a fuse! My youngest daughter is helping restore an old farmhouse near the Baltic Sea in north-east Germany, and I had a standing invitation to come and have a look. I jumped into the car on Friday afternoon with a box full of organic goodies and whizzed up the autobahn for 3.5 hours. It was a relief to just keep my eyes on the road and have a rest from manic multi-tasking!

The farmhouse was divine - old beams, red bricks and the smell of newly sanded pine floor-boards paired with young people full of enthusiasm - just my cup of tea!
Hannah was in fine fettle and we sat in the huge kitchen eating polenta and fresh veggies, chatting for hours.

I slept for 9 hours solid and woke up feeling like the new dawn! After breakfast I "inhaled" the historic atmosphere of the little village and then we went for a lovely walk along sandy paths between the salt marshlands. My foot felt fine and when we got back to the house I even had a little afternoon snooze for the first time in donkeyīs years!


On Sunday we made Irish scones for old times sake, swapped recipes for green smoothies (avocado, cucumber and mango is amazing....) and then headed off to the seaside. The Baltic was a vast expanse of calm clear water and the air a delight.....



Just for the sheer thrill, I balanced out along to the end of this wave-breaker (ha, just testing my fixed foot...)

In the evening I drove home along the scenic country route and my soul soared like a lark!

Now I am ready to tackle those last few measly kilos - Resilience reigns!

  
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PINKNFITCARLA 3/8/2014 5:26PM

  Great trip and wonderful pics! Thanks for sharing them :-)

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MOMMAPAM1 3/5/2014 1:22PM

    It sounds like you had a terrific time. Thanks for sharing

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JACKIE542 3/5/2014 9:41AM

    Beautiful emoticon

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PHEBESS 3/5/2014 8:28AM

    Wow that is a gorgeous farmhouse!!! Wonderful trip!!!

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FITMARY 3/5/2014 6:36AM

    What a wonderful trip! Even more beautiful than I had imagined. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures! It's wonderful that you could get away and see your daughter!
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JUSTME9898 3/5/2014 2:15AM

  AS I read I smiled the entire time. Thank you for sharing. What a loving message to both your daughter and yourself. Enjoy!

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My highlights of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

As the year draws to a close, I am looking back on my personal highlights.
First of all, I didīnt gain weight over the Christmas season for the first time in 10 years, so I steamed into 2013 full of enthusiasm.

In February, we flew to Scotland to visit my mother and I noticed that I didīnt cave into all the offers of shortbread and scones - I also had so much more energy to tramp the cobbled streets of Edinburgh!

In April I hit my goal weight of 58kg and felt wonderful to have reached this milestone!

To celebrate, I started to run more seriously and signed up for the Hamburg Womenīs Race (5k) in August 13. I actually came first in my age group (50-55), so that was an amazing bonus!

I ran another 5k in September and then unfortunately partly tore my achilles tendon while hanging up a bird feeder in the garden - dang! - I have been having physio therapy since Nov. and hope to get back to running in the Spring! Due to lack of activity and as a result of silly food choices in the autumn, my weight has gone up to about 60kg - but the good news is: I will get rid of them in 2014!
Letīs keep the Spark fire roaring!

  
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MOMMAPAM1 12/28/2013 9:22AM

    Best wishes for 2014! emoticon emoticon

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FITMARY 12/28/2013 8:19AM

    Turning down a shortbread? Well, that is a miracle!
I love the Spark fire too! Hope that tendon heals quickly...
All the best for 2014!
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Greetings from Bremen

Sunday, December 22, 2013

I am very lucky to live in Bremen, a city with a rich historic background. It was a damp, dark afternoon yesterday so I took my camera with me to motivate myself to walk an extra mile or two! The strange light brought out the beautiful atmosphere of the old buildings which I hope is visable in these photos.




The Christmas market was full of bustling people buying last-minute presents and enjoying the food and drink on offer - the smell of mulled wine and spices was delicious!



On the way home I saw a window display of the Grimm fairy tale - Red Riding Hood - the granny is adorable!!



  
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FITMARY 12/22/2013 9:30AM

    Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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JACKIE542 12/22/2013 8:58AM

    You are lucky, so beautiful there, the buildings are gorgeous, thank you for posting the beautiful pictures. emoticon

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