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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts A very close look at the binge demon
Thursday, October 11, 2012      231 comments

I wanted to put this monster under the microscope. When I first noticed him in the emoticons, I thought 'how cute, a little imp'. Later I realised he's not cute at all. He's ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Walk first, then run
Wednesday, October 10, 2012      221 comments

I've got the mind of a hare and the body of a tortoise. Today, two of my colleagues told me that I look thinner and wanted to know how much weight I've lost. Yesterday another colleague said I'm noticeably a different shape. This is interes... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Decisions, decisions
Tuesday, October 09, 2012      261 comments

I get home from work and I'm starving. So ok, I'll tell you something you don't already know. Don't put me off my stroke. Hit the kitchen, fast. Ravenous. However, there's a problem. I want to get sparking, I want to put my day's cal... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Sometimes it's hard to believe the food tracker
Monday, October 08, 2012      194 comments

I've just added my final calories for the day and I'm still 51 below my lower limit. Yes, reach for your reading glasses by all means (I've got varifocals myself, no way will I ever be able to keep track of two pairs, one is bad enough), I ... Read more
Taking stock
Sunday, October 07, 2012      38 comments

When I started sparking, my absolute limit for walking was about five miles, and yesterday I did eight. What's more, if I hadn't run out of food and water - and walk! I could have gone on and done ten I think. The walks are part of my new lifest... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Be bloody, bold and resolute
Saturday, October 06, 2012      204 comments

That's from Macbeth. I'm feeling a bit gothic today. Well, I decided to walk from Loughton to Epping today and let's be honest, it's about time I succeeded in doing it. There was the time I couldn't find the path at all. There was the time... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Songs from the wood and scaredy cat soup
Friday, October 05, 2012      176 comments

Well, no point in slacking is there? I may not be on the Cote d'azur any more but there's no excuse for not going for long walks. Less in fact: the weather's cooler here (and how!). So I set off this afternoon with a flask of fruit tea and Bach ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Red-faced
Wednesday, October 03, 2012      50 comments

I said I had overdone things earlier, I got loads of sympathy that wasn't particularly deserved because one of the things I overdid was lunch. Here's how it happened, and how I came to overdo other things too today. The gory details. I... Read more
Pretty flamingoes
Tuesday, October 02, 2012      37 comments

Today I met up with my friend Birdie and we went to Porquerolles, an island due south of Hyeres. On the way to the port to get the boat we passed the saltings full of flamingoes and Birdie, who is keen on birdwatching, gazed longingly out of the... Read more
St Tropez: landscape with boats
Monday, October 01, 2012      46 comments

Today I take the bus to St Tropez. (These are boats, not the bus. We'll get to the boats in a minute, but I put in a pic of the boats because the bus was not pretty. Wel... Read more
Red dragons and large pink birds
Sunday, September 30, 2012      35 comments

Today I take the bus down the Giens peninsula, which lies to the due south of Hyeres. Here's a photo I didn't take myself, this one's from NASA earth observatory and it shows ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Wagon?
Saturday, September 29, 2012      76 comments

Get up bright and early to go to the market in search of soap. Provencal markets usually have stalls with 97 flavours of soap, and every year I stock up. Unf. Hyeres' market hasn't, possibly because the tourist season is over. Instead I sat outs... Read more
Eurospark to France
Friday, September 28, 2012      27 comments

Have renamed Eurostar for the day. Don't tell them I'm inflicting indignities on their corporate brand, willya? Get to St Pancras for Eurostar at crack of dawn. Scanners, French passport control (very nicely packaged monsieur at the contro... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Do the sundance for me
Wednesday, September 26, 2012      115 comments

I'm going on holiday to the south of France in a couple of days' time. Looking forward to all that hot, sunny weather. Or I was. Think again, girl, because the weather forecast is atrocious. 12C (55F), cloudy, raining, thunderstorms. I didn... Read more
Ten triffic things that happened to me today
Tuesday, September 25, 2012      35 comments

I always think it's the small pleasures in life that are important. Here's my top ten for today, and only one of them involves eating empty calories. Time was when it would have been all ten: 1. I had half of last night's smoked fish pie le... Read more

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