Canary Wharf, London, England

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I went for a train ride yesterday and ended up at Canary Wharf.  I had hoped to see some of the 15 street pianos that were there but I somehow missed them.

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It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day and I took a few photos.  I arrived on the Docklands Light Railway, which is strange as I was sitting facing forward and could see ahead into the other carriages so could see the train swinging from side to side unlike the old London underground trains where you sit down the sides facing the people opposite and can’t see the other carriages.  This has changed on the new underground trains, they are more spacious so at less busy times you can walk though the carriages and see them curving round.

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Canary Wharf had a great atmosphere outside in the early evening and I discovered an Italian restaurant that I would really like to visit Amerigo Vespucci, it had a very enticing menu.  It is a restaurant with an alfresco bar open with tables and chairs on the terrace overlooking the water.

I happened to be on Twitter this morning and linked through to someone who had favourited one of my tweets.  His latest tweet was on visual storytelling and microblogging.  On clicking through to his article, I discovered the app Steller (which is free) and had a go at using it.  Here is the link to my first ‘story’ on Canary Wharf https://steller.co/s/4ukCuGNSfbR.  If for some reason this doesn’t work visit me on Twitter – see link to the right.  This app can really tell a story.  There are different themes and you can write text either separate from, or on, the photos.

The original Tweet was mainly about a different, new (updated) visual storytelling app Storehouse.  I am just downloading that now for free and hope to blog about it soon.  Social media and it’s related parts are really eating into my time and I daren’t go there this morning else the day will be gone but I am really enjoying finding out more about it all.

Here are just a few more photos of some of the buildings.

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Mum’s Legendary Chocolate Cake

Love this post and Anna’s blog, especially the letter to her mother which you will find if you visit her blog. Kay

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IMG_7338[1]It’s moist, sticky, irresistibly chocolaty, ridiculously easy to bake and is even yummier the next day!

August is the month where all those Christmas party conceptions come to bear. Nearly every day we seem to be celebrating the birthday of a family member or close friend. We don’t go much on gift giving excesses but we do like to celebrate these special days with food and more specifically Mum’s chocolate birthday cake.

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Notebook Memories from my Garage (1)

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When I was out on my daytime travels the other day, I visited a garden centre and they had an inviting display of fruit and vegetables.  Bramley apples caught my eye and I recalled memories of an apple cake I had made many years ago when I attended a cookery class with my mum in my twenties.  So, with that in mind, yesterday I went out to my garage book shelf to retrieve the notebooks I had kept for so many years, along with other old recipes I had collected since that time.

Just a brief glance reminded me of close friends we used to meet up with regularly, trying out different three course meals on each other.  At the time I collected a Cordon Bleu magazine course so many of the recipes for our dinners often came from this.  Sadly, broken relationships lead to related joint friendships being lost and only the memories, and the recipes such as Black Forest Gateaux, remain.

I will be sharing some of the recipes, and other memories, in future posts.

Enjoy your day.

Kay

Healthy Diet or Healthy Eating – are they one and the same?

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When I was setting up my Waves and Pebbles Facebook Page, it is possible to select interests to show what groups of people you would like to see your page.    What was fascinating is that in the process of doing so, the numbers of people who have expressed an interest in specific things is shown.

I found it startling that 22,554,479 people expressed an interest in “Healthy Diet” against just 34,552 in “Healthy Eating”.  It may be that it was their own choice of wording for their interests.  However, regardless of what is behind the figures,  it got me thinking about the different perceptions of “healthy eating” and “healthy diet”.  Are they one and the same?

For me, “healthy diet” brings to mind trying to lose weight and implies some kind of planning of menus, whereas “healthy eating” is about having knowledge about what is healthy or not (or at least supposed to be) and eating a balanced diet which includes all the nutrients that the body requires.  I believe that healthy eating is the key to losing weight, as once a diet comes into the equation the mind can become obsessed with thinking about food and wanting to eat things that are banned on “the diet”.  I know that in my twenties being on different diets was a big part of my life, as it was for my friends, until I did eventually lose the weight I wanted and stayed that way for many years (through healthy eating).

I’d be interested to hear what others think.  (I’ll copy this onto my Healthy Eating Forum page https://wavesandpebbles.wordpress.com/healthy-eating-forum/.)

Living on Water – Chatham Maritime, Kent, England

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The other day I was at Chatham Maritime with time to spare and decided to take a few photos.  The people who live at the top of the blocks of apartments must have an amazing view.  There is much going on in the area to appeal to different interests and it is continually growing.  There is a large university campus with three universities, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Dickensworld, cinema and numerous restaurants.

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Reminiscing by the Estuary Coast – Allhallows, Kent

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The other day I had to go to a doctor’s appointment at a different location.  So, unplanned, it  took me near somewhere I used to spend much time and of where I have very special memories.  So I decided to take a detour.

It was our weekend escape to stay in a caravan and I was able to write in peace and walk along the coast with the sea breeze blowing through my hair.  There were many precious family times, fun and laughter.  It was also our temporary home in between house moves in the freezing cold of winter.  I never forget the first time I saw it, emerging over the brow of a hill with the panorama of the estuary coast on a beautiful sunny day.

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Introducing my Healthy Eating Forum for Bloggers across the World

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I know I need to eat healthier.  It’s not that I don’t eat reasonably healthily, as I think I do.  But it is what the ‘reasonably’ stands for.  Some days it’s chocolate, including keep returning to that delicious block of Belgian chocolate gateaux that I thought was such a bargain as I can slice it straight from the freezer and no longer wait for it to defrost.  Other days it’s butter, too many things throughout the day that just wouldn’t be the same without it: hot buttered toast, mushrooms cooked in butter, cauliflower cheese with a rich sauce.  Then recently I bought a second hand Kenwood food mixer and have been making my own bread and baking cakes.  How do people who bake all the time manage to keep trim?  And going out socialising, eating and drinking in restaurants and cafes.  Yesterday I was offered dessert (after a fairly healthy and very filling jacket potato with cheese and salad).  Usually I decline but I was tempted by their homemade Raspberry Pavlova.  When it arrived the raspberries were sitting on a thick blanket of fresh cream.  It was delicious but even I realised it was a bit over the top.

When I was first diagnosed with leukaemia in January this year I was in hospital for three months and lost about a stone and a half (I never can visualise my metric weight).  I must admit I was glad that I had some weight to lose as I eventually couldn’t eat and had to have nutrition intravenously.  The medical staff were concerned that I got my appetite back and ate things that would build me up.  So when I could eat, it wasn’t particularly what I would call healthy – it was a bit of a mix.  Which is probably where I am at now.  I do believe that as long as the healthy and unhealthy is properly balanced then it is not a problem.  But what is that balance?  Balance is probably the wrong word as it definitely should not be 50:50.  What do you think?

When I was in my early twenties I was forever trying to lose weight, trying different diets with my friends then putting the weight back on.  Then I stumbled across something that worked for me, losing over two stone and keeping it off for many years.  I still recall that I had a set menu every day, it became a routine.  I had cereal for breakfast, crispbreads with apple sauce (yes, sounds strange, but I discovered it and it worked for me) then a chicken salad in the evening.  I also walked to and from work, a good half hour each way.  The thing was I didn’t have to think about what I was going to eat.  I knew.  Once I got used to it, I stopped being obsessed with thinking about food.  Have you found something that has worked for you?

I know what I need to do.  I need to plan what I am going to eat, make a shopping list and stick to it.  And how difficult is that?  Simple.  Then why is it so hard to do?  Why do I seem to have such a block when it comes to planning my diet?  I have come across some blogs on here which focus on healthy eating, including people who have been affected by cancer and discuss the best types of food to eat.  The problem is there is so much information out there and it’s knowing the best places to look.  Have you found a really good blog or website?  Is there a book you would recommend?

I should have the motivation.  I have good reason to want to eat healthily but somehow that isn’t always enough to do what’s needed.  There must be other people out there who are struggling like I am, or who have moved on and now living a healthy life.  I am therefore setting up a page which people can visit and share their own experiences, what has helped them overcome blocks to healthy eating, what healthy eating means to them in practice, what the risks are – such as what has stopped them following a healthy diet, what has got in the way.  Things such as stress, relationship break-ups, long working hours, cooking for family?  I’d love to hear from bloggers all over the world.

Please visit my new Forum https://wavesandpebbles.wordpress.com/healthy-eating-forum/ and let me know what you think of this idea.  I hope it will bring people together to discuss their issues related to healthy eating.  You may have noticed I don’t talk about losing weight.  I do need to lose weight but I think that once I am eating a healthier diet, my weight will gradually reduce which is the best way of keeping it off.

I look forward to hearing about your own experiences and am hoping that by doing this, it will help me, and others out there in the blogging world, live a healthier life.

Happy blogging.

Kay