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Fun - and re-couping

Friday, November 08, 2013

I've been really idle for most of this week - desultory workouts and failing to get much done at all. Yesterday - thanks in large part to a Spark friend sending me emoticon galore I pulled myself together and got more done in a day than I had all the rest of the week. emoticon emoticon

I then went out for a Celebration of Autumn Game meats at a local restaurant. I knew it wouldn't be good for my Spark tracker - well for ME in fact - but I'd promised, so off I went. Very delicious food emoticon but, of course, heavy on the meat - several set courses of Pigeon - Pheasant - Venison - Grouse. Very small portions thank goodness and accompanied by delicious vegetables so all was not lost. I skipped the dessert but each course had matched wine with it so that was a bit of a disaster. emoticon
Pretty well impossible to calculate calories but I was definitely over my allowance. Still - it was fun and I really enjoyed it so I'm not going to let it bother me. However - I WAS determined to make up for it. Today I have eaten really carefully and will be at the lower end of my calories. This morning I did a thorough workout and went for a long long walk on the South Downs above Brighton.
My partner, who doesn't do much walking, drove me to one of the ancient little Downs villages - all of them built along a spring line and still mostly quite quaint and not really in the 21st century yet.

I started off along a lane lined with renovated workmens' cottages . . .

I went up the hill at the end . . .

crossed the stile on the top . . .

and then scrambled down the other side of the hill to the manor house and its church.

It was very muddy and harder than I expected - far too 'scrambly' for me to take any pictures on the way down! Too busy hanging on to handy branches so I didn't slip too much! emoticon There is also a pub which used to belong to the Lord of the manor but has since been taken over by the villagers - handy because I could meet my partner in the pub for a glass of sparkling water to keep him company while he drank local beer.

I enjoyed every minute of it and I feel quite virtuous today. emoticon Just need to keep it going and refuse any invitations to big meals for a while!!

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    I really enjoyed your blog. I am originally from that neck of the woods so it was lovely to see the photos - thanks for sharing.
    1657 days ago
    Good for you making up for that meal the next day and what a gorgeous walk! I can imagine the history of the manor house! Love those kind of places! Anytime you want to share your walks with us, is ok by me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1657 days ago
    I know this part of the UK well, it's beautiful. I'm in Hampshire, near the Surrey border. Thanks for sharing your walk.

    1657 days ago
    Beautiful! Great success to you!
    1658 days ago
    emoticon emoticon proud of yers emoticon

    makes up for ECA emoticon

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    1658 days ago
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