Following a discussion on the 1940s Experiment FACEBOOK PAGE here is the Wartime Farm Christmas Special which I just found on YouTube!


So we’ve decided, on wet weekends when we can’t really go anywhere, we will visit vintage style tea rooms.

Am I worried that a delicious scone and a generous slice of cake will undo all the good I’ve done so far? Yes, A LITTLE, but only a little. I’m going to up my exercise regime, forgo puddings throughout the week and eat more veggies and salads and REALLY look forward to a delicious afternoon tea a couple of times a month.


Today was wet and miserable so we googled ‘Vintage Tea Rooms in Sheffield’ once again and decided to try ‘The Vintage Pantry’, partly because it was set in an antiques centre and partly because it had great write ups and we liked the ‘shabby chic’ decor!

Once again we ordered an ‘afternoon tea for two’ and we had a lovely big pot of loose leaf tea which gave us several vintage china cupfuls each! The sandwiches, lemon scones, clotted cream and jam came out on a 3 tier vintage cake stand. Also on our cake stand was a small shot glass of jelly and an oreo cookie which we were not expecting, I guess it was a quirky touch which fitted in well with the quirky setting! After we had eaten our sandwiches and scones we selected a large slice of cake each (as part of our afternoon tea) from the counter and the owner kindly put these in a box for us to take home as we were absolutely STUFFED. The afternoon tea was delicious and good value for money at £9.95 each.

Cakes at the Vintage Pantry – photo courtesy of The Vintage Pantry

The tea-room is small with about 5 tables, and popular, so we would recommend that you call 24 hours in advance and book a time slot and table. The staff are friendly and the owner came over to chat before we left and made us feel most welcome. The menu also has breakfasts and lunch.

I contacted the Vintage Pantry late yesterday evening by messaging their FACEBOOK PAGE and they got back to me very quickly.

We would definitely return and can’t wait to go back and also spend a couple of hours poking around ‘Sheffield Antiques Centre’ where it is located.



Giant floating poppies were beamed on to historic St Nicholas Church in High Bradfield on November 1st, 2015 and continued to be illuminated onto the church every evening until and including Remembrance Sunday, as part of a charity project to boost Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and the church.

We braved the rain and wind to find our way to the church on the evening of Remembrance Sunday. There were lots of visitors arriving by car and parking in the dark country lanes and walking down the steep cobbled street to the church to pay their respects.

It was dark, and windy and quiet, peaceful almost except for the whistling of the winds coming off the fields.

The giant poppies projected onto the side of the church really made you stop, stand and think….

C xxxx






We reserved a table in advance for this popular cafe and tea-rooms on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield.

Jameson’s Cafe and Tea-Rooms didn’t disappoint! The staff were very courteous and considerate and we were shown to a table for two in the quieter 2nd room further from the main entrance. The table was nicely set with a table cloth, vintage crockery and silverware and 1940’s piped music played in the background creating a nice atmosphere. The piped music was soon replaced by a young male pianist playing on the piano in the main reception room. Playing contemporary popular songs in a gentle, soft, Art-Deco era style, added a lovely ambiance to our visit.


We ordered ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’ at £12.95 per head from the rather lovely menu.


For this we had a choice of several fillings for our finger style sandwiches (with crusts removed), a choice of scones (we chose blueberry and white chocolate) served with clotted cream and jam, a pot of loose leaf tea served in a vintage style tea-pot, cups and saucers and finally a generous slice of fresh cake (there were about a dozen different cakes to choose from which included lemon, victoria sponge, coffee and walnut, chocolate, lime and vodka, almond, rocky road, gluten free options, sticky toffee, and fruit style cakes).

Photo courtesy of Jameson’s tea rooms

The sandwiches and scones were delivered to our table on a rather nice tiered serving stand. I think for something to feel like a lovely treat, aesthetics are important. The attention to detail to give a traditional vintage feel/experience were quite lovely.

We will DEFINITELY be coming back to Jameson’s. They have a good varied menu to entice us back again and we will be very much looking forward to it!

Jameson’s Cafe & Tea Rooms
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If one day you wake up and that yearning to complete a feat of endurance begins to overwhelm you, don’t ignore it anymore…

Don’t tell yourself you are too FAT…
AND don’t let anyone else tell you, that you can’t do it.

Once you’ve ignored those things just start taking your first steps towards achieving your goal. If you want it that much you REALLY CAN DO IT!

My eldest daughter Jess and I achieved something together we are both very proud of. On Sunday, we BOTH completed a Marathon at the 1st ever ALL WOMEN UK Marathon in aid of Cancer Research.


At 270 lbs I walked non-stop (except for peeing) for 8 hrs and 45 minutes to walk 26.2 miles. I started at 10 in the morning and finished LAST in the dark but I NEVER gave up.

Don’t EVER let anyone tell you that because you are a fat girl you can’t do something athletic. YOU CAN!!!


Just six months ago I could only walk 1/4 of a mile at a slow pace before having to sit down because of crushing back pain and general unfitness. This was because I weight had crept back up to 310 lbs.

One of my goals by the time I got to 50 years old (I’m now 49) was to do a Marathon. On the spur of the moment, without little thought I signed my daughter and myself up as it was not only a huge challenge but it was for Cancer Research, something we are passionate about.

I also signed my daughter and myself up to Pure Gym, we’ve spent more bonding time together which to be honest I’d missed.

As the weight started coming off the back pain got less, I was able to walk for longer on the treadmill.

First it was 10 minutes at 4 kmh, then after a few days 15 minutes then 20. As my muscles began to get stronger and confidence grew and my weight continued to drop my speed went up to 5 kmh then 5.5 kmh and then even 6 for short periods of time! Once I could walk on the treadmill for an hour at 5 kmh we began going for long walks in parks most weekends.

We started using free apps like Runkeeper and MapMyWalk on our phones to track our distance and pace. Walking outside is harder work than the treadmill as you encounter different types of terrain and undulations and it’s fascinating to see afterwards what you’ve achieved…. it’s really encouraging!

Going for one long walk at the weekends in addition to 3 treadmill sessions at the gym per week really helped us build up stamina and also really helped with losing weight (slowly but surely). It’s also a GREAT way to enjoy scenery by doing our walking in the various free parks we have in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, and an ideal opportunity to breath in fresh air and get happy and feel the sunshine on our skin!

Just 4 months into our training we managed to do a 15 mile walk in 4.5 hours and it was at that stage we dared to hope that we actually REALLY COULD achieve the Marathon goal..

Part 2 (coming soon) – Big person foot injuries and set backs and the day of the race!

I wore the dress!

It was two sizes too small (size 20) but thank goodness it was stretchy as I plucked up the courage and wore it anyway. It was just LOVELY to get dressed up in 40’s style for the first time to an event and if anything, it’s given me more reason to keep working at losing the weight to do more dressing up next year!

First of all I am being brave and posting the photo that I DON’T want anyone to see. BUT it’s the photo that will remind me that I still have at least 100 lbs to lose…


And here are some other ones..


And here are the photos you REALLY need to see! Some FANTASTIC re-enactors and people just dressing up for the day! The full album of over 80 photos is on my 1940s Experiment Facebook page – CLICK HERE


Kale is the new doughnut…


It feels great to actually be craving a big plate of veggies after coming back from the gym rather than cheese or chocolate (am not eating both right now).

Only a short session tonight which consisted partially of walking at 5.5 – 6 kmh at a 5% incline on the treadmill. It was only 4 months ago that I couldn’t even walk 1/2 mile without having to sit down (because of back pain) and that trying to walk at anything but dead flat on the treadmill made me feel like I was going to die!! LOL! Just shows how you can change things around pretty quick if you just keep persevering!

I’ve a LONG way to go in this weight loss journey to be at a healthy weight, probably another 100 lbs to get into the mid 160 lbs BUT every little lb and every little healthy choice over a processed food makes a difference.


It will ALWAYS be a battle here. It’s like an addiction. My mouth watered at work today as doughnuts were being passed around the office and imagined it felt somewhat like someone with an alcohol problem craving for a drink (and everyone around them is drinking). I sooooo could have eaten one, but then it would have been 2 or 3 or 4 – hell I’ve eaten 14 in one go before!!

It’s hard saying NO but I’m learning to do that more in all aspects of my life and that is a good thing. I am slowly becoming a stronger person.

So it’s 9 pm, I’m tired. Tomorrow I have a health check at my doctors so I have the day off work and I think I’ll start the day with moving another step closer to becoming healthier and head over to the gym again. Oh and my plate of sauted kale, leek and tomatoes, that I just ate now was delicious and I really mean that.

KALE IS THE NEW DOUGHNUT! Well definitely for me anyway… :)



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