Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #117

{Just hangin' out with handsome friend:  ^Edinburgh Castle^}
Howdy CAMPERS!  I write this half peeping around the corner...half sort of hoping that not too many people mind that it's a little on the late side.  I'm never late you see.  I'm the weirdo that turns up half an hour before everything just incase.  Being late worries me.  But if the truth be told, this lateness was caused by a sudden decision from myself yesterday morning, to take my little self off up to Edinburgh for the day alone.  I always write this post on a Tuesday evening but returned from {the loveliest!} five or six hours scampering around and about Edinburgh town with the mother of all headaches.  I've only got myself to blame.  I walked alot {but you've got to in Edinburgh - most of the charm is in just meandering around} and didn't drink enough knowing that I'd got a train journey home to contend with.  Me and train toilets?  No, just no.
Anyway, enough of that!  I'm feeling jolly refreshed and actually a little bit eager to get back to work on Friday!  And more than that, ready steady go-ing to share a super duper list of lovely things from this week so far!  And then I'm going to procrastinate from hoovering and tickling our little somewhere and drink tea and eat a chocolate brownie!  On your marks.....
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1.  A new 'do!'  I've been putting off getting my haircut for at least a month and a half now.  We've spoken about my dislike of hairdresser visits before so i won't bore you with the details BUT i recently changed hairdressers and couldn't be happier! Today {Wednesday} i had an appointment and decided to go shorter....and a little bit different from my usual 'just take the smallest amount possible off and keep it all the same length' {i know rebel}.  I'm not going to lie, I've had free time during my few days off and i have spent alot of time on Pinterest {aherm}.  At the moment i LOVE it and cannot stop swishing and swooshing it all of the time!  Big thanks go out to Louise at the lovely Violet White in Carlisle.

2.  Green Fingerrrrrrrs.  Sort of sang like 'Goldfinger'.......i digress!  My herbs are growing!  I SAID MY HERBS ARE GROWING!  In a typically un-green-fingered manner i have totally forgotten what the hell I've planted, or least which is which so we're playing this fun game where we're both guessing what's what the more each pot grows.  I know what you're all thinking:  We know how to party right?!  We've definitely got good growth in each pot and i know they're either basil, coriander or parsley.  All bets are on...

3.  Happy lunches.  We all know I'm a creature of habit but one of my very favourite things about being off both last week and into this week has been being able to eat better lunches.  I've largely lived off avocados, hummus and sundried tomatoes interspersed with various leaves, herbs, grains and vegetables.  It's been all of the yum!

4.  Me time.  I work with a big team of lovely girls at work and i love them all dearly.  We're all very different and a good mix of ages too but we all get on and it's like a jolly great family at Monsoon Towers.  But spending a good few days mostly just being quiet little me:  Pottering, film watching, reading, scrap booking and sorting through life has been just the ticket.  I guess I'm just one of those people who needs a little solo me time once in a while. In fact, scratch that, i actually think that no matter how busy you are or how sociable your little life is, that we should all make time for ourselves once in a while.  It's good for the soul....

5.  Adventuring.  I guess sort of as a sub-point to ^above^ point.  Taking myself off up to Edinburgh yesterday was something i toyed on and off with ever since i started my time off.  I made excuses most days:  the weather, feeling tired still, having too much to do at home etc etc.  Not because I've never done anything on my own - far from it - but just because i wasn't sure if I'd have as much fun!  I woke up to sunshine yesterday morning and thought 'stuff it I'm doing it!' and off i popped.  I got some lovely eatery recommendations and enjoyed a day of mostly walking {in glorious sunshine!} and taking in the beautiful buildings in the Old Town.  I visited the castle and stood and watched the city hustle and bustle from the top, armed with a big takeout coffee.  I did a little bit more people watching sitting and eating my lunch in Henderson's in the New Town {gorgeous food!} and also managed to treat myself to a few little things in Anthropologie {aka 'The Mothership'} and generally just experience Edinburgh in the Spring. I've only ever been in December, ever!  Weird but true!  A day well spent i think.

6.  Booja Booja chocolate truffles.  100% vegan and dairy free.  Except don't let that sway you because {and if you don't know by now} I'm the world's hugest most massive chocolate cheeks trust me.  I'm not sure if I've chit-chatted to you on here before about my taste-shift in chocolate over the last year or so.  In short, I'd started to fall out of love with your general run of the mill chocolate and started to realise that a lot of the time i ate it out of habit and not because i actually wanted it.  So i stopped.  And when i did eat chocolate i made sure it was the really good stuff.  It was more expensive but i noticed that i hardly ever wanted the stuff and that when i did, i really enjoyed it.  Enter Booja Booja.  Trust me these truffles are the bees knees thank you please!  So rich, dense and......well they're heaven in one little mouthful.  I found a little deli in Edinburgh that stocked mini-packs {the boxes are pretty pricey!} and so last night we curled up with spicy Chai tea and a toasted hazelnut and a  champagne truffle each.  Oh.  My.  Word.  Please do try them!

7.  New routines.  Gee-whizz I'm like a broken record!  We all know i love a routine {so it would seem, of any sort} and i've been doing the same arm workout {mixed in with various other bits and bobs and my cycling} for the last......almost a year?!  It's fab.  It really does work in toning and sculpting your arms and really builds up you strength in your upper body too.  {wait, who am I?!}  This week i added in another workout i stumbled across by the same wonderful lady {Mary Helen Bowers - search on YouTube - all ballet and barre-based exercising - she is FAB} and again it's another short and easy to fit in one at a little around 11minutes.  It's also very different from my other arm workout too and so mixing it up has been fun!  I've decided to do both of them back to back twice a week {about 25mins in total} and so far, well don't judge me but I'm sort of loving the burn.....

8.  Learning.  I religiously buy The Simple Things magazine monthly.  If you've never heard of it where on earth have you been?!  Go forth to the newsagents and buy a copy now!  It's an order!  I love how much i learn from this sweet little magazine.  In this months issue there is the loveliest article all about birds and why they sing at dawn and dusk and how to pick out the birds you here and whereabouts in the country you'll find all of the mentioned birds.  Now I've read this back it sounds totally geeky!  But i love it and so i don't care!  

9.  Toasted rye bread slathered in crunchy peanut butter and piled high with the sweetest, juiciest British Strawberries that there ever was.  What you thought there'd be a Wonderful Wednesday where i didn't mention breakfast?!?  As.  if.  This ticks all of my sweet and savoury boxes and more and it's just flippin' delish!

10.  Later nights and lazier mornings.  By that i mean hardly any different to normal really but isn't one of the very best things about being off work is that you can go to sleep when you're tired - stay up later drinking tea and just chit-chatting or watching a film all of the way through safe in the knowledge that you can just wake when you do {which is barely a lie in and is usually 7:45am anyway} and tip toe into the kitchen and make tea and then take it all of the way back under the duvet and be nice and cosy listening to the wind whistling and the birds singing...?!  I don't even wake up that much later, but some how coming too when i wake up instead of being disturbed by an alarm is just bliss!
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And that's that!  I can barely believe a week has whooshed past my little ears since i hit 'publish' on last week's post!  But that's life, 'Que Sera' and all of that jazz.  I mean I'm late, but it's still here *waves hands manically and jumps up and down on the spot*.  I hope you didn't mind too much!?!  I'm off to tackle several big piles of laundry that need putting into their correct homes and not just moved from one spare chair/sofa/bed to another.  Tell me it's not just me who does that?!? 
Remember if you're on the hunt for more happy {and quite frankly who isn't?} then skip on over and read along with Kate, Cat, Michelle, Katie, Emma, Jo & Helen, 's #wonderfulwednesday posts.  Better still, join in yourself and leave a sweet comment below to tell me what the best bits of this week so far have been for you.  Or join in the chit-chat on any social media platform.  I'm @sallytangle on everything and remember to use the #wonderfulwednesday tag so we can all see!
Have a tip-top rest of week!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #116

{Feasting on the bluest and brightest of icey skies lately}
I'm having one of those weeks.  The kind when you wonder how on earth you got to today:  How you your little legs carried you from the start of one day onto another and how much each of them have fast become and felt like one long day.  I'm a little bit tired and as you read this, I'll hopefully be curled up under our 'soft as a cloud' duvet having worked eight days in a row.  Before you go feeling all sad and sorry for me, I'd just like to add at this moment that I'm also now off for ten whole days!  TEN!  I'm beside myself with excitement!  There are no grand plans as such. Just to wind down, catch up and potter around and about and hopefully pedal as much as is possible.  Did i mention that the weather forecast is snow for the rest of this week...?!  I feel like we should probably get onto the good stuff from this week fast..... SNOW in APRIL?!?!?  
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1.  Sleep.  Take my sleep away from me and I'm pretty much useless.  I sometimes envy those who only need a handful of hours of the stuff.  For me it's at least seven or you're in dangerous territory.  I'm grumpy, lack lustre and not really worth being around if I'm not sleeping properly. But when i am i feel like i could run the world and more!  Lately's long stretch of days at work has meant my head has barely touched the pillow each night this week and already I've been asleep!  The heavy and deliciously deep kind where nothing on earth disturbs you and if it wasn't for an alarm clock you feel like you might sleep for years.  Pretty flippin' great if you ask me!

2.  Exercise.  I don't mind telling you {heavens we're all friends here!} that this week I've really struggled.  I've really really had to muster up the want to turn those pedals, to stretch during those workouts and to want to do it with gusto.  But despite really rather wanting to make another cup of tea and not move at all; I've pushed myself to do it.  Each time it's been within in just a few moments that I've been grateful:  grateful to feel fresh air thundering into my little lungs as i pedaled faster and faster around our little park just before dusk.  Stretches that i could just feel doing my little ache-y muscles some good after what often felt like the longest day.  And always, always feeling better inside and out afterwards.  With rosey cheeks to boot!  

3.   Freshly washed hair.  Is it just me or is the thought of washing your hair pretty much the worst thing in the world ever?!  I've perfected the art of only doing mine once a week now {lifesavers come in the form of dry shampoo, waves and many hats incase you're wondering!} but even then the thought of washing it, leaving it as long as is humanely possible before taking a hairdryer to it and then having to make it look half decent is often the most unappealing of thoughts.  I spend far longer not looking forward to it and then quick as a flash, as soon as it's dried, smells all mmmmm and is as swishy and shiny and silky as it ever can be; i forget it quick as a flash.  {I'm hair swishing as i type....}.  Is there anything better than clean hair?!?  Probably realistically but lately it's been right up there with some of my favourite things.  I can't wait for it to be warm enough to go to bed with it slightly damp....

4.  The smell of green. That's right you heard me, it exists for sure.  Since the weather has been less than consistent up north this week, and i've been feeling all sleepy-eyed too - it's been more about appreciating the little green shoots and splashes of colour than it has real and actual rays of sunshine.  You can't not love how lately smells.  I'm forever grateful to live somewhere close by so much green space and i especially love how at this time of year, even if i am living in a city, you still get sweet wafts of grassy and green loveliness as you walk to and from work.  You can even smell it's sweet scent as you sit with the window open just before the sun sets.  Is it just me who loves the scent of grass at dusk?! Reminds me of being little and playing in the garden way past bedtime.... 

5.  Purple Rain.  You'd have to be living under a rock if you didn't know that the great genius and musical legend 'Prince' sadly passed away last week.  Words cannot describe how special this man was and how much wonderful music he tickled my little ears with throughout my life so far.  My mum would listen to Purple Rain turned up so, so loud when i was little and so it's mostly been on repeat lately.  That and pretty much his whole back catalogue.  I'll admit to shedding the odd tear too....such a magical talent.  I feel privileged to have known his music and to be able to have something to keep with me always afterwards too.  

6.  Sundried tomatoes.  I'd live on them if i could lately.  You know when you just get a craving for something?  The kind of craving that has you 'allowing' yourself a certain number of, 'so' many spoonfuls/scoops or pieces of for the only reason that if you don't you fear you might find yourself consuming the whole jar, tub or pot in one sitting?!  I'm allowing myself three a day.....but i could quite happily eat the lot.  I tossed them through fresh pasta on Monday with avocado oil, fresh basil and black pepper.  I've been enjoying them mixed through feta, dipped in hummus or even straight from the jar with a handful of basil leaves.  That Mr of mine is a lucky, lucky man.....

7.  Favourite jumpers on cold, ccccoooold days.  Have we spoken about the weather?!  I mean this time last week i scampered out on my bike without a coat and yesterday we had rain, sleet, hail and the coldest iciest wind that I've felt in forever.  I'm going to breeze {see what i did there?!} right past THAT and tell you that the very best part of yesterday was scampering home as fast as i could, putting on my favourite dark grey skinny jeans, my little pom-pom slippers and my most favourite cream ruffle-y jumper.  And filling my cheeks with a hot bowl of pasta spiked with chilli, capers and oregano.  Where would we be without knitwear?!  Oh and pasta......

8.   Nuts and raisins.  I'm a snacker.  Always have been.  I can't eat a huge and whopping meal or i just want to curl up, render myself 'a lot of useless' and fall asleep.  I eat little and often and that's just that.  This week I've been loving nibbling on mixed nuts and raisins.  They're so easy to pop in a tupperware first thing when I'm making my lunch for a day at work and the addition of a few raisins curbs my sweet cravings without leaving me wanting more ten minutes later.  My favourite nuts are walnuts and pecans....I'm not a squirrel honest! 

9.  The thought of a day off.  Okay I'm not going to be smug but the thought of TEN DAYS OFF {aherm} or honestly even just one day off is the bees knees.  Sometimes the actual thought of it is better than the thing itself.  Unless you know, it's TEN days off.  You really can't beat sinking into bed the night before a day off and knowing that you can spend the whole of the next day moving a little slower, being a little gentler on yourself and maybe adding a chocolate brownie into the mix.  

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Aaaand it's over to you!  Write your own little list of happy today; tell me about something good and great that's been making you smile ear to ear all week or share something you're really looking forward to or that's been making your mid-week that bit easier.  Remember to pop on over and wrap those peepers around my lovely and inspiring bunch of #wonderfulwednesday recruits:  Kate, Michelle, Katie, Jo, Em and Helen and Cat who also write a weekly post just like this one.  Reading a lot of lovely happy lists each week really does brighten my week and really helps - especially if i'm having a tough one!  Remember you can find me as @sallytangle on both Twitter and Instagram if you fancy a natter.

Happy mid-week-ing!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #115

{Just give me all of the colour lately!}
Oof.  I mean really April where are you going?! Scratch that, life where are you going?!  Wait that's a bit of a deep way to start a post isn't it?!  It's not just me who wonders it though, surely?!  Remember when you were just a little dot - how the Summer holidays really did feel like they lasted about a year.  I remember always worrying that I'd forget how to write or worse just absolutely everything I'd been taught so far.  Worse still maybe even my eight times tablesThey were my least favourites.  I still have 7 x 8 ingrained into my little head and even now i know it's a sum I'll never forget.  My mum would shout it at me at every available opportunity so that it would stick.  Well stick it did.  The answer's 56.  Incase you were wondering...

I digress.  Where do you find me?  Well in this exact moment, as i sit and collect my little bits of happiness from my week so far, ready for this week's #wonderfulwednesday i'm half examining the ends of my hair and wondering how much longer i can put off getting it cut.  I'm also a little bit singing to Last Shadow Puppets most recent release and looking forward to a long hot lavendar-ey shower.  Because mid-week it is but it's felt like a long way to get to it.  And after today's day off....well I've got seven whole days in a row before my next day off.  I think i might need those happy bits like you wouldn't believe.....send help!  Or just tea and a really big brownie.....

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1.  Tea.  Not just any tea - because there is no such thing may i have you know as just any tea.  This:  Taylor's 'Rose Lemonade' has been something I've been sort of re-falling in love with all over again lately.  Since i seem to be spending a large proportion of lately convinced some kind of cold or flu is brewing, this concoction has been just the ticket.  Think.....warm Vimto with less sugar and a hint of zesty lemon.  It's the bees knees, elbows and armpits it really is. Better still i can totally imagine it working scrummily when if the weather warms up ever, served iced with huge wedges of lemon and maybe a little bit of torn basil through.  Mmmmmm!

2.  My new fancy pants #Archivebyalexa Marks and Spencer's blouse.  If you haven't heard about the Archive By Alexa range that M&S launched last week then really where have you been?!  I'm not usually one for bandwagon jumping where clothes are concerned BUT i made a rather large exception to pick up the 'Harry' blouse in pale rose pink from Alexa's collaboration.  I'd been stalking it everywhere since i first heard about the collection and it was the piece i was most excited about.  I'm probably going to see the whole wide world wearing it but for once i don't  care.  It's a soft, cotton-ey ruffle-y piece of perfection that i know I'll treasure forever! Even if i do look a little bit like an Eighties cream cake wearing it...

3.  Vegetable fajitas.  I sometimes think i could be a vegetarian you know.  We eat vegetables, pulses and the like pretty much all week and only really tend to pick up meat when we have got time to spend shopping for it and picking out the really good stuff and have the time to do it justice {Sunday night roast lamb shoulder with a parsnip crust I'm totally looking at you!}.  This week we both craved the spice of fajitas, but not the meat.  So we concocted much the same kind of dish but with courgette, rainbow peppers, red onion and garlic and served them piled {far too high - is it just me or don't you always over-estimate quite how much you can fit into a floured tortilla?!} high with grated carrot, rocket, torn up coriander and a great big dollop of creme fraiche and pineapple salsa.  That salsa by the way?!  Pure.  Genius. It totally made the whole meal.  So great that i took another tortilla, a good few spoonfuls of it, a great handful of coriander and the most perfectly ripe avocado with me to work the following day and made the best sandwich for my lunch.  Don't you love a dish that just keeps on giving?!

4.  The best/most 'geeky but i love it so i don't care' TV show to ever be invented:  'Hidden Britain:  By Drone.'  Oh. My. Word this programme is SO good.  Does anyone else watch it?!  It's essentially a peep into all of the places in the UK that you're usually forbidden to see.  There's been so many interesting places on it!  A little sea fort in the middle of the ocean which has it's own flag, currency and football team.  A gated neighbourhood in London that you can't enter unless you live there - it's MASSIVE.  Or last weeks cottages in the very most highest part of Scotland that were abandoned but were so hard to get boats etc to move all of the owners possessions that they just left them as they were.  They were INCREDIBLE:  Just left, like little mini time capsules of days gone by - biscuit packets,tinned food just preserved as they were.  Am i sounding a bit too excitable?!?  Give it a search...It's well worth watching.  

5.  Bulb buying and herb-shaped hopin'.  Despite the fact that it's felt positively arctic up here sometimes lately, this week i took myself off in search of bulbs to fill our pretty ceramic planters out back.  I didn't get around to planting last year and ended up just buying some bedding plants in a hurry but there's something lovely about the thought of nurturing a little plant from a bulb.  In theory!  I've picked up Ranunculus and Anemones so far, OH and also some herbs to pot on the window-sills before it gets too hot.  Hmm don't think i need to hurry up too much with those!  Speaking of herbs....

6.  Fresh basil.   One of my very favourite herbs and one which I'm always more drawn too come the warmer {ish} months of the year.  I'm embarrassingly excited for the first few crops of British tomatoes to start appearing but for now I'm teaming my favourite leafy companion with the first British strawberries, torn roughly through fresh pasta, added to lemon-ey infused water for pottering at home on warmer {ish} afternoons off and sometimes {between you and i} even just nibbled as it is.  I just love it!  

7.  Early morning or later lighter evening birdsong.  I don't know if it's just me but there's something ever so lovely about birdsong first thing in the morning or last thing at night.  Maybe it's because i actually make a point of standing or sitting still and listening because I'm usually winding down or gearing up for the day.  Or maybe it's simply because there is precious else going on first and last thing and birdsong is usually {at least around our parts} reduced to one little bird chirruping alone to another.  There's something ever so calming about listening to nothing but just that.  

8.  Avocado Oil.  You heard me right!  It might be one of my very favourite other things to eat lately.  Because somehow completely and totally unintentionally this week's post seems about all of the fooooooood!!!!! I'm putting it down to the change in seasons and the change in variety of things that are around and about.  What can i say?  It gets me excited.  I picked up this little dreamboat in our local M&S.  It's apparently made in small batches, cold pressed and is 100% Avocado oil and nothing else.  You know me and my avocados.  I've so far used it to wilt some spinach with garlic to go along last night's pasta-y dinner and also mashed through avocado itself with heaps of dried chilli, sea-salt and lemon juice and spread generously on top of toasted rye bread for lunch.  It's dreamy!

9.  Pink.  There's no doubt about this one's totally down to the time of year.  The other day i wore a pink top {see point 2}, pink underwear and drank my pink tea {see point 1} from a pink cup whilst simultaneously considering re-adding little bits of pastel pink to the ends of my hair.  Some blame it on the boogie.....I'll blame it on the blossom!

10.  Smiling.  I'm generally a smiley person and spend a large part of my day smiling at strangers {for work - okay that's not my actual job description but it comes with the territory!}   and it's so lovely smiling at people on a sunny day.  Is that a bit weird?!  If it's wet or grey or cold generally people come into work huddled into their coats and scarves or are rushing in and out as quick as possible.  This time of year leaves extra room for people smiling back, for people lingering and simply for people being generally nicer back.  Go Spring!

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And that's it!  This weeks {somewhat chatty over wordy- sorry!} best bits so far.  Care to join my gang and i?!  That's right there are only now blinkin' SEVEN of us curating little posts all about our very best bits of our weeks so far.  Go read them all {Kate, Michelle, Helen, Cat, Katie, Jo & Em  }  Because do you know what?  There's nothing more heart warming and nothing that puts things into more perspective than reading all about someone else's happy things. Try it.  Better still, join in too!  Tag us in your #wonderfulwednesday tweets or photos or join in and leave a lovely comment below.  I'm @sallytangle on both Twitter and Instagram and i'd love you to get involved too!
Happy half way all! 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #114

{Because:  ^Blossom^}
Bonjour all and hello to the mid-week and half way point between now and then.  'Then' of course being the weekend.  This week feels all kinds of 'all over the place' since I've worked the last....six {?!} days in a row.  I barely know my name let alone what day it is.  What i do know though is that i'm off Wednesday and Thursday this week and i intend to relish my 'mid-week weekend' no matter what the weather does.  There might not be much cycling, but there will be longer, lazier mornings, even lovlier than usual-shaped breakfasts and maybe an afternoon candlelit bath too!  
 
Shall we catch up on what's been great so far this week already?!
 
1.  New season strawberries. Hells bells and beyond do they taste the bees knees too.  I try my hardest to eat along with seasons.  Apart from the fact it's usually cheaper, what's actually in season tastes miles, miles better than it does if you buy it and it's been force-grown in a massive whopping 'i don't know where' type...place.  Do you see where I'm going with this?  Hope so.  I'm flailing and digressing like there's no tomorrow!  This week was the first time i spotted British grown strawberries at our local market.  And also the week when i got through an in-ordinate amount of British asparagus too.  Oh and also alot of Cashew and Cinnamon butter.  But that's pretty standard....
 
2.  The brightest, most vivid orange coloured carrot juice. Never-mind it being able to make me see in the dark, i think this stuff would make you be able to see from the flippin' MOON it's so bright.  We do have a juicer.  And so I'd love to tell you that this was pressed and squashed with my own fair hands machine.  Actually i have bought it two days on the trot from a local juice bar on my lunch since I've been feeling the ever so slight twinges of *whispers* a cold on the horizon.  On the second day i added a shot of fresh ginger.  I know what you're thinking:  Wild.  I'm actually feeling smug as said *whispers again* cold has stayed away as yet.  Keep everything crossable, crossed that it stays away for the foreseeable.  
 
3.  New hair bits and bobs.  I don't spend a lot of money or time on my hair.  The jig is up.  It's neither straight or wavy and sits somewhere in the middle.  Most of the time i plonk a floppy fedora on my head.  Or lately a turban headband.  Or sometimes a little silk scarf. This week though, my local Boots store reduced some Bumble and Bumble gift sets to a measly £10.  The one i chose had four full sized products in and the two i have tried are AMAZING.  Have i been sucked down a Bumble and Bumble over-priced hole?!  We'll see.  It's early days as to whether I'd re-purchase any of them BUT i have been loving swishing and swooshing my barnet and the fact that it feels generally more lovely and.....much-y?!  Is that a word?
 
4.  First sunglasses-wearing.  I write this as the rain hammers above my head on our little office skylight window and i have the heating on full blast.  It's April and so far the showers are coming thick and fast {sad face!}.  I did enjoy a very brief dalliance with some cloudless blue after work-shaped skies at the start of the week though and it felt all kinds of nice actually having to wear my sunglasses to shield my eyes and not because I was tired.  Aherm.  
 
5.  Feta.  I don't mind telling you that it's one of my very favourite cheeses.  Now I'm not a big cheese lover by any means {give me chocolate over cheese all of the time.  Oh and these folk that order cheese and biscuits as a DESSERT?!?!  Who ARE they?! } but i do love a little bit-a-Feta.  And halloumi too.  Hmm maybe we'll do something fancy-pants with Halloumi towards the end of the week.... I DIGRESS! This week we piled feta on top of a Monday night hurried pasta dinner. I took a teeny tiny pot of it and munched it along side seeded oatcakes and BRITISH STRAWBERRIES and I'm thinking i might even scatter a little bit over pizza later on in the week.  What can i say?  We know how to feta.  What do the kids say?  Go hard cheese or go home....?!  Ho ho ho...
 
6.  Raindrops on roses windows.  It's a jolly great job i can find the positive in all of the rain we've had so far this week up north.  But i mean REALLY who's stolen Spring?!  Please can we have a bit back?  That said there was something a little bit lovely about being disturbed by the rain thundering down above my head onto our little skylight in our bedroom.  Only to find that the sun was just coming up and I'd actually fallen asleep with the fairy-lights that are entwined around our headboard on.  Even if i only got to snuggle under the duvet and fall back asleep for another hour or so, i was the cosiest!  
 
7.  Another morning ritual.  You know me, i love a routine.  Lately I've started referring to them as 'rituals'.  Feels kind of nice.  And makes me feel like a *little* bit more 'zen' and a lot less of an old lady!  Grey mornings this week have been spent making time to stand, sip my first cup of Lady Grey and watch the day wake up and nothing more for ten whole and delicious minutes. Whilst it's been mostly wet and cold, it's not been terribly cold. I have to admit to opening our kitchen window the littlest amount.  Just enough to hear the sweet chirrup of birdsong to accompany my tea.  
 
8.  Facial oil.  I spoke last week about my good skin run of late and i really am heralding this solely down to getting on board the facial oil wagon. My skin type has always been oily to combination and for that reason I've always shied away from anything oil-y thinking that it would actually make me look a little bit like I'd been 'Mr Sheen-ed.'  It's only over the past couple of years that I've learnt that actually a little bit of oil can do wonders for the more combination skin types amongst us.  I am currently using a brand called 'Good Things' {sold in most Boots stores i think} and their 'Rejuvenating Facial Oil' with Argan oil and i just LOVE it.  It's so light for starters which has had me pressing a few drops onto my skin after my evening shower and then slicking on my usual face cream - also by 'Good Things' too incidentally.   I've also loved using after exfoliating.  After I've cleansed and exfoliated i spend a few minutes really massaging the oil up my neck and across my face and it's the dream.  Plus my skin tone and general appearance the morning after is so, so lovely.  

9.  Planning a little getaway.  It's been ages since the Mr and i made a conscious effort to switch off and go away and do something.  We seem to have been both working alternate weekends and then it can often feel like we just exist through the week.  Jobs get done, post its get written and at the end of the day we both collapse on the sofa, sometimes without really making much effort to do much else.  I'm planning a few nights away at the end of the month and i can't wait.  It'll be so lovely to be just us and just to 'be' without the mundane or '9 to 5' getting in the way.  
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Now it's over to YOU!  What has been making you smile so far this week?  What little precious nuggets of loveliness have been making you feel all warm and fuzzy in your tum?!  I'm so chuffed to say that there are now SEVEN people aboard my lovely #wonderfulwednesday boat.  Go and visit Kate, Michelle, Jo, Emma, Helen, Cat and Katie 's blogs and read their posts too!  Better still share in the chit-chat online and talk to us about your #wonderfulwednesday on Twitter or Instagram.  Remember to use the hashtag so we can see!
 
Have the most MAGICAL mid-week all!


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