Monday, 11 March 2019

Relaxing on our Chef Boutonne riverbank

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

Apologies for the lack of Sunday Post last week and the delayed arrival of this week's edition. Between long days of driving back up into France and a two-day stopover at our friend's offgrid place en route, I was pretty exhausted. I spent last week's post writing time trying to catch up on Comments instead - and, yes, I know I am still waaay behind!!

It's lovely to be back here in the Deux Sevres now. We were absolutely delighted to see two Roe deer just across the stream from our static caravan on our first morning back. We know there are lots of deer in the area, but hadn't ever just glanced through our window right towards them before so that was pretty exciting.

Also exciting was digging out the bathroom scales from the depths of the clutter in our Spare Oom (Mr Tumnus, Narnia!). You might remember my trousers problem a couple of weeks ago? Well, it's now official. I've lost a stone and a quarter since I last weighed myself back in late October and I am confident that it's all actually gone since the beginning of January, so over about ten weeks. Woo hoo hoo!

My new eating regime is certainly paying off, but I haven't given up sweet treats altogether. That would be taking it too far. Instead, I'm going with occasional baking so I know exactly what has gone in to what I am eating. My favourite recent discovery is Welsh Cakes. A simple pan-cooked cake-biscuit crossover flavoured with cinnamon, ginger and sultanas. Dangerously moreish! I use this Baking With Honey recipe.

Welsh Cakes 

In bookish news, I spotted the Jhalak Prize longlist announcement on Twitter yesterday. The Prize celebrates the work of BAME authors. I've already read Happiness by Aminatta Forna and Ponti by Sharlene Teo. Which of the longlist have you read?

Jhalak Prize longlist 

Giveaways closing soon
11th Mar: Win a signed copy of Consuming Fire by Catherine Fearns, plus Consuming Fire stationery and a cuddly peacock
(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
February Reading Challenges and Bookish Bingo
#WorldReads - Five Books From Kenya
Cover Characteristics - Looking Out To Sea

Literary Flits
Histoires à lire le soir by Marc Thil review
Trials And Trails by Jim Halverson review + #Giveaway
The Laughing Policeman by Sjowall And Wahloo review
The Pact We Made by Layla AlAmmar review
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton review
The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klinec review
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck review


  1. Traveling can be exhausting. Congratulations on the weigh loss.

  2. Hmm, those Welsh cakes sound pretty good! And I keep forgetting you have more than one blog- I see a few posts I need to go check out!

    Have an awesome week!

  3. I love hearing about all of your travels. It would be great to look out and see wildlife from time to time. Congratulations on the weight loss! The Welsh cakes sound amazing. Have a great week!

    1. I couldn't imagine living somewhere where I couldn't catch even a glimpse of wildlife. I'd miss the connection too much

  4. Congrats on the weight loss. My husband and I quit a rather nasty habit last July and have gained what you have lost.

    1. Oh no! If that's cigarettes you mean, Dave and I ballooned when we stopped too. It's so unfair that doing a good-for-health thing like that leads to other problems. (If you didn't mean smoking, I probably don't want to ask!!)

  5. We get deer in our backyard sometimes, and I will never tire of seeing them. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. They are just the most perfect creatures. So delicate and graceful yet with that amazing ability to leap.

  6. That's great it is going well. I think any eating plan which is extreme in any way is bound to fail. (Unless it is a severe allergy of course, then it must be eliminated.) We are reducing sweets and carbs but not eliminating them. I love hearing of your travels. We have daffodils here now too. Spring?!?! Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I know my food weaknesses and what is likely to grind my efforts to a halt so I am avoiding those feelings. I am finding that my tastes are changing for the better though. Eating fruit like a banana every day instead of a teatime cake or cookie means sugary foods are now starting to taste unpleasantly sweet. I started a quick slice of bread and jam a couple of days ago and had to throw it in the compost. Horrible flavour!!

  7. I only recently discovered Welsh cakes. They ARE dangerous. So yummy...
    I both envy and applaud your weight loss. I need to try some of what you are doing! :)

    1. Lots of fruit, vegetables and walking.
      Easy on the Welsh cakes!