Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Sublime weather and an OOTD

Rhubarb Spritzer

The weather has been sublime...
sunny and warm and a gentle breeze.
I've been wearing straw hats and sunglasses on my walks.

Last Saturday Mr. HB and I went out to lunch and sat on a waterfront patio.
I had a pink gin with elderflower, citrus and rhubarb syrup.
It was so delicious and refreshing.
I ordered a Weight Watcher friendly salad with arugula, grapefruit and beets.


I wore a black cool Cut Loose top with capri tights and my red ballet flats.
I popped on this fun artisan designed necklace that I purchased several years ago...
I just wish that I could remember the name of the artist.

After lunch
we relaxed on our deck.

Chester kept us company.
He and Pepper are "indoor" cats but we allow them to come out on the deck when we are able to supervise them so that they do not escape!

This book is so atmospheric...

it is set in 1580 and Maggie O'Farrell captures the scenes with a deft insight.
I am savouring the chapters, reading slower, so that I can immerse myself in the era.
Although I am not finished the book...
I can highly recommend it to you.

Auriculas in a small pot on the porch...
I love these pretty little plants.

Counting Weight Watcher Points 
has helped me lose 13.5 pounds since mid January.
Walking 5 km a day and frequently getting 10,000 steps
makes me feel so much better about my health.

I am stronger and can see the results of the weight loss.
I am by no means slim, but I do feel like I am moving in the right direction.

Hope that you are feeling good.
Perhaps you've been one of the lucky ones and have had your vaccination.

What's new with you?
Please leave a comment if you have the time or the inclination.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~



  1. Congratulations on your progress and feeling healthier! I love those red ballet slippers on you.

    1. I love red shoes! I just ordered a book called The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes. Hope you are keeping well...your white roses are gorgeous and way ahead of mine.

  2. Long time follower, first time commenting. I love the tone of your blog - very gentle with your beautiful photos and book recommendations. That drink and salad both look perfect for spring/summer. Good for you on your success with WW - I am a lifetime (somewhat lapsed) member, but need to re-focus my attention on healthy eating.

    1. Hi Barbara, happy to hear from you!
      I am a lifetime member who has also lapsed :-)) The program does work if we follow it!
      Stay safe and take care

  3. Congratulations on the weight loss! Your food always looks delicious. I have that book on order from the library - there's a very long waitlist. Isn't this weather gorgeous? I've been out working in the garden and walking, too.

    1. Thank you Lorrie. Covid cooking had a negative affect on my weight gain but now I am taking back control and winning at losing!
      Our weather has been so fabulous...we are in for some rain which our gardens need. Enjoy this last bit of sunshine.

  4. That salad looks delicious! Congratulations on your perseverance. I've just started one-on-one training at our community centre. I'm getting my vaccine this afternoon. Such lovely warm temperatures for April! You might enjoy reading The Brideship Wife by Leslie Howard. Did you know that there were bride ships sent to Victoria? The young women were displayed at the Inner Harbour. I wonder if any of the wives in Ross Bay Cemetery arrived this way.

    1. Yes I knew about the local brideships...it was very common for local men to marry these newcomers. One on One training sounds safe and you'll get more attention and focused exercises that will help you tone up. Hope you are happy with results for your efforts.
      Hooray for you getting the vaccination...my husband gets his tomorrow and I am getting mine next week!

  5. Good for you! Progress is such a great thing. I need to take a page out of your book. Always enjoy your posts.

    1. Progress is slow but I am seeing positive results. Good to be able to see rewards for my efforts...and really it is not that difficult.
      Take care and stay safe Jeannine

  6. OHHH that drink sounds DELICIOUS!
    I have had ONE SHOT get the second soon!
    Looking forward to MAY and the EXPLOSION of ROSES!
    YOU keep walking for both of us!!!

    1. Congratulations on your shot!
      May is the first flush of Roses here too! Our garden is resplendent in May. I will walk for you too :-))

  7. I must agree with Barbara above about the tone of your blog -- it is gentle and positive and so friendly! I am inspired by your progress with WW.

    I am one of the lucky ones who have completed my vaccination series!

    1. Hi Beth,
      Congratulations on your vaccinations! We are so close to getting our first shots. Am keeping my fingers crossed that our number of active cases will slow down. We have had a spike since Spring Break. I am eager to say farewell to the pandemic...and return to being social and gathering with friends and family again.
      Take care


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