Easter with wonderful old friends
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
I've known Brian since I was 3. We went to Sunday School at the same church, he lived round the corner and was one of the big boys. Fast forward many years, both of us married with sons who are 3 and get taken to Sunday School at the old church. We'd both been away from the area but had bought houses about a quarter of a mile apart. Our spouses got on well and so 30+ years later we are still meeting regularly and having great times together. We've just planned a trip to Prague in September but we'll see them before then.
Rog and Brian have generally been about the same size but since I have been Sparking Rog has been eating the healthy stuff and walking many miles too. They both still share the same liking for real ale, fresh bread, curry and cashew nuts. This weekend has been a wonderful time eating, drinking and making merry. We have walked too, Flower has not been neglected.
For many people on this site a "holiday" weekend can bring quite a lot of misery and hurt. With such great friends of longstanding we no longer have to put on a show or be careful what we say because it's forgotten in an instant. We might have "trodden on toes" occasionally but one spouse would put the other right! We have had good rows in the past but our friendship is worth more than an odd disagreement.
So, with a Real Ale festival (I don't drink it but the others do so I had some cider) a food fair and lots of tastings I certainly was not eating my normal food. We had cooked breakfasts 3 mornings, the full English as it is known, our bacon is different to the usual American rasher. I have overdone my sodium quite a bit, however several litres of water will correct that and my normal daily intake is within range so I am ok about that. Yes, this is for the rest of my life so I have to allow for feasting. I won't be fasting to compensate just being more selective!
We were fortunate with the weather. Although there were a few snowflakes in the air it didn't rain so we kept dry. The wind was strong (indoors too!) and we had a rosy glow after our walks on the beach. We walked through to the other towns, stopping for refreshment and "comfort". Kay thought she hadn't been to Broadstairs, we assured her she had but perhaps by a different route!
Rog wore his walking boots out! He'd had them for a walk about 5 years ago so they had done quite well. The soles were parting company from the uppers and would need industrial glue to stick them. Fortunately we were able to get replacements at just before 5pm on Saturday. The shops here must remain closed on Easter Sunday and like most men can be difficult about getting new attire! The shop had lightweight boots at half price, his size was there so he was happy. Cotton Traders are one of our favourite outfitters.
So now we are back to just us. Time to catch up on the post, emails and Sparking. I've put a bit of weight on, but that's only on the scale. I can still do the buttons up on my jeans! I will be back to normal before too long. My palate is looking forward to a fresh fruit salad!
Next Saturday will find a select few Sparkpeople walking around our bit of coast. Everyone is invited but only a few have signed up. It will be interesting to read the different blogs! If you want to do the virtual walk with us look up the Viking Coastal Trail. We will be walking around the most Eastern point of Kent, so we will be waving to the French Sparkpeople (but not like the archers at Agincourt!) I am really happy knowing such great people!
Hope everyone had a good Easter. Our next holiday is Mayday on 6th May....it has to be a Monday! We have another holiday on 27th May then have to wait until Aug 26th for the one after that. It gets worse...there is no public holiday until Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. So we have to make the most of the few we get. Like all things in life, make the best of what you have!