Bryony's Blog

Happy Christmas everyone!

(25/12/10)

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Well, this is to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. It's going to be quite a full twelve months, partly because I hit sixty in February...but don't get my pension until January 2012 - thank you labour government!! We are spending a quiet day having a beautiful piece of rib eye beef for lunch and a small Christmas pudding, then we'll veg out in the sitting room in front of the fire, reading our books and playing with our new toys.

I gave myself (prior to Christmas) a set of digital scales. I have never bothered to weigh myself because I don't see the need - I know how much weight I have put on or lost by what my jeans feel like. I have now been eating carefully for nearly three weeks and so stood on the new scales to see what I had lost. It said 88kg. Not being a kilo kind of girl and having not read the instructions before throwing the packaging into the recycling bin I didn't know how to switch over to pounds, so googled it. 88kg = 9st 2lb. Huh??? I weighed a full blooded 13 stones a month ago! Then I was told I had to put the scales onto flat ground - not onto a carpet so this morning I did that, and I weigh in at a tidy 12st 4lb which means I have lost ten pounds in just under three weeks! I am really pleased as it has been so easy to cut back and if I hadn't had toad in the hole last Sunday and a pasta bake on Monday and three chocolate truffles yesterday AND gave up the sauce, I would have lost a heap more! However, by continuing to eat sensibly (I have given up writing it down in a diary) I should be comfortably down to nearly 11 stone in no time at all. Watch this space! Roll on the sales and a size 14!

CORRECTION>>>

(25/12/10)

I must apologise - I have been on my diet now since the end of november, so it's a bit more than three weeks! However, the fat is going and frankly the slower and steadier it disappears, the better! Must go and chill the Sancerre for lunch...!

UPDATE ON GIRTH CONTROL...

(12/12/10)

Well, it's just under three weeks since I started whittling away my waistline and so far, so good. I actually managed to squeeze into a pair of jeans yesterday a size smaller - they were very tight and acted like a spandex girdle but it felt good, I can tell you! We had fillets of bream for supper with spring onions, ginger, garlic and soy - NO OIL at all - just spinach and some steamed potatoes and courgettes. The fish were caught by Mike the Gardener from his boat off the coast of Brighton and were delicious.

ILLUSTRATIONS FOR A CHILDREN'S BOOK.

A month or so ago I was asked by a friend of an old school friend to see if I could help him with a children's book he has written since his illustrator no longer was in a position to carry out the artwork. I didn't think I was going to be able to as I haven't lifted a paint brush for over three years, but was willing to give it a crack. The long shot is that I have been having a wonderful time and have nearly finished all the pictures. The story is called,
Sillybillikins and the Stargazy Pie. It is based on a Cornish legend from the 18th century. Here are one or two of my attempts:

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Let me know what you think?

DIET NEWS AND SNOW NEWS

(02/12/10)

Well, I've more or less managed to stick to my new eating routine. I write down each day in my diary what has passed my lips as a discipline - I had a weak munchie moment the other evening and ate three Heroes...I am human! However, I do feel that my jeans are just a tiny bit looser but I've a long way to go...

Last night Catherine (friend and neighbour) made us some parmesan crisps. We checked the fat content of this particular cheese and it was less naughty than Brie and certainly better than cheddar. She grated about a cupful while I lightly oiled a baking sheet. I found some animal cutters in a drawer and laid these on top. Then Catherine spooned in some grated cheese about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep into each cutter and placed the lot on the middle shelf in the oven. We have an Aga, so it's hot and therefore they needed very careful watching. It only took about five minutes and when she removed them from the oven the cheese had all but disappeared, leaving a crispy biscuit. Carefully, she pushed them out of the metal shapes and allowed them to cool. They were really nice, albeit slightly chewy, and would go well with almost anything.

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LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW.....

Scenes greeting us this morning...

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CHARLIE ENJOYING THE SNOW!

(02/12/10)

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