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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!

Happy Sparking!
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    Easter sounded great Sandra and I can't wait to get back to the UK and meet up to do another walk.
    With my fourth child and his family told I'm welcome to put my feet up but there is stuff to do like housework whilst daughter in law and son are out at work and grand kids are at school. Well done on all your achievements love to you both
    1866 days ago
    emoticon glad you had a good Easter & wishing you good weather for your walk with Spark friends :-) glad I'm not alone with a little gain ;-) I've been hearing your words in my head though & don't feel too bad about it - this is a life journey and a little gain is just a bump in the long road :-) putting it behind me and carrying on, again lol.

    Take care & great blog as always

    1874 days ago
    Glad you had a fab Easter with your good friends :)


    By the way, this, I loved: "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! "
    1875 days ago
    What a wonderful holiday you had. It sounds like fun with great friends.
    1877 days ago
    Sounds amazing.
    1877 days ago
    That sounds like a wonderful holiday! I'm glad you have such good friends to share your adventures with. The food sounds good, too - you are absolutely right in your attitude towards the occasional extra-sodium or extra calorie treats. :) You gotta enjoy special foods sometimes!

    The trail you'll be doing sounds like a lot of fun too. LOL @ the archer reference. Heh. :)
    1877 days ago
    Love your blog. You really understand SP, and I believe you will continue to be successful in your weight loss journey because you know that special times happen, and you don't have to deprive yourself, because it's only for a day or two, and then you get back on track. Hurrah for you! It's wonderful to be able to spend time with old friends. I will be spending next Monday with a friend who is in Toronto from Nova Scotia, and who extended her trip so that we could have a day together. That's real friendship! When I visit my son in Nova Scotia in June, we will get to spend some more time together.

    1878 days ago
    It is so great you are still living close to your friends.
    I do miss friends from the past. I used to write Air letters but replies have dwindled so there are just a couple of Christmas cards that go across the water.

    I hope you find Prague to be beautiful. My SIL and her DH have been often. They say they get really good flights and rates from the UK.
    How lucky for you. HUGS Pat in Augusta Maine emoticon emoticon

    1878 days ago
    That is so great that you have been friends for so long and still get along well. Very cool. I would love to do the Viking Coast trail. I will look it up. Glad you had a good holiday.
    1878 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful holiday! I think it's important not to stress about holidays. You can't be perfect all the time and I think holidays are the perfect time to "let loose" a little!
    1878 days ago
    Your blog brought a big smile on my face... Aren't old friends just wonderful? I am glad you had such a great time! And I'll be waving back next Saturday from across the Channel!
    1878 days ago
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