Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #136

 {Because ALL of the signs are there!  Hello dear Autumn!}
Well HELLO there!  How the devil have you been?!  For once it actually feels like a little while since i was here, tip-tappin' to your sweet faces.  When do i ever say that?!?  Maybe it's because life lately has been filled with stuff and things and i was off work last weekend {an extremely rare treat} and so that threw me out of sorts a little bit and then here we are again once more.  I'd like to say i've achieved lots, and that I'm high-fivin' the mid-week with the kind of enthusiasm it sounds like i should be, when actually i've mostly just been being.  Having two days off at the end of last week {and one of them with the Mr} really helped me reboot, refresh and has somehow awakened some kind of crazy inspiration and want to buy each and everything for my 'Autumn/Winter wardrobe in me.  Suddenly i feel like i'm fully 'on' Autumn mode somehow.  The changes are everywhere:  the undeniable 'nip' in the air first and last thing, the dew on the grass {and spiders webs!} too, the light - oh my the light!  It's fitting really since as i type this {Tuesday 20th September} it is 'officially' the first day of Autumn, officially.  Oof I'm excited!  I feel all kinds of fizz in my little tummy!  

Is that weird?!  Let's not answer that one and instead chit-chat about the best bits of my week so far....

1. Nuts.  Blah-de-blah i know, i know they're pretty much in each weeks post somewhere, somehow! This week straight up, plain and simple.  a mixed bag of nuts have been my very best friend.  In fact they're so flippin' moreish i have to put them away or i risk finishing the whole damned packet! Nut-shaped highlight?!  Adding a couple of crumbled cashews to a sort of 'hap-hazard' lunch of brown rice, marinated kale, leftover broccoli with a peanut-y satay-esque dressing.  Best.  Idea.  Ever.

2.  New piercings.  Incase you haven't seen me wittering on about it on Twitter or seen my cheeky cheeks pop up on your IG feed {I'm @sallytangle incase you're wondering} then you might not know that i finally summoned up the courage to go and get my nose pierced!  I've been toying with the idea for so long and decided to just do it!  I'm super happy with the result.  I wasn't very adventurous and opted for a teeny tiny swvaorski crystal stud set in white gold but it's just the right amount of sparkle.  Better still, i also bumped into one of my favourite blogging ladies {and fellow #wonderfulwedensday -er!!} Jo in there too!  We had a lovely little catch up and it also took my mind off the pending piercing too!

3.  Dungarees.  Finding the perfect pair of dungarees has become much like finding the perfect pair of jeans for me:  ie:  I'm always on the hunt.  I don't know why because last weekend i re-discovered an old pair of faded, slouchy blue denim ones i picked up in M&S yonks ago in our spare room of doom {called such since i am still wardrobe-less and dressing mostly out of boxes, sigh!} and skipped for joy!  I've pretty much been living in them since:  The perfect softness, the perfect shape, and the perfect 'throw on' for cooler days pottering at home or for after work with a slouchy tee and my hair tied up crazily on top of my head!

4.  Candles!  ALL of the candles. I mean i bought one, then another and now I'm considering another too!  I've only lit one of them but when i find a scent that i love I'm always worried it'll all sell and i wont be able to get it again.  I mean the struggle is REAL.  My two favourites so far?  An Olivia Blake Tangerine and Patchouli {sweet, citrus-ey and a little spicy} and a Lily Flame one called 'Dolly Rocker.'  I ADORE Lily Flame candles - this soft pink gem sits sweetly on the chest of drawers in our bedroom and it's floral but deeper, heady and rich just like a floral scent should be come this time of year.  I remember buying a Heather and Honey one last year and it was the dreamiest Autumn candle.  

5.  Blankets.  Whilst it's not quite been 'light the fire/put the heating on' weather just yet we I have been relishing longer pyjama bottoms and using the darker-quicker evenings as the perfect excuse to rest a soft blanket over my legs in the evening after my shower.  It's the littlest things folks, it really is.

6.  The prettiest commutes home.  It's so easy to put your head down, fill your ears with music or to get lost in emails, electronic devices and the like when you're commuting - whether that be on foot or train.  The light lately on my 30min walk home has been so beautifully breathtaking that i've almost not been able to stop looking at how pretty everywhere around is!  I've vowed to switch off from everything on my evening wanders home now and to really soak it in because it always feels like the days draw in so fast at this time of year and before we all know we'll be knee-deep in the 'C' word and the daylight will have slipped away come 3pm.  For now at least I'm switching on to everything around me and switching off to everything else.

7.  Rose Jam.  Because it's Autumn and because Autumn showers smell of only one thing and that's Lush Rose Jam shower gel.  It's limited edition usually and tends to come out around October/November time so i always stock up!  It's the prettiest rose-y smell you'll ever, ever smell:  all jammy, sweet and heady with a little hint of lemon and each time i smell it, it reminds me of the cooler months.  So stumbling across a little bottle I'd forgotten I'd squirreled away last year had my skipping to the shower on Monday evening!  

8.  Helping.  I mean that's my job.  Sure i don;t help people in the same important way that say, doctors, nurses and far much more serious people do but i still help them.  Instead i {hope!} that i help people feel better about themselves, teach them how to mix and match clothes and accessories in a way that feels all new and yet totally 'them' at the same time.  When i get it right it gives me the loveliest feeling!  At the beginning of the week i helped the sweetest 70 year old lady who told me I'd made her feel 'snazzy again' and like her old self.  she was the sassiest little lady that i've ever met!  And it's a teeny, tiny drop in the ocean of kind but it made me feel so happy know I'd made her happy too!
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And just like that with a fizz and bang and a bong and a TING;  We're all done!  But if this isn't enough to perk up your mid-week peepers, go skip on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El and Kerri's   blogs {can't you see we're gathering together quite the gang now!  Isn't it happy-making?!?} and have a little read about what's been making them happy this week so far.  

Better still - join in!  The more the merrier i say!  If you'd like to join the #wonderfulwedensday club {and let me tell you writing and reading these posts is flippin' great for the heart and soul!} just give one of us a nudge on any social media platform and we can add your lovely link.  Or simply tweet or tag us in any post on IG with the #wonderfulwednesday hashtag and tell us your best bits.  As always, I'm @sallytangle on both! 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #135

 {The PRETTIEST light on Tuesday's commute to work!}
Good day!  Hello and how do you do?!  I write this post feeling ever so slightly....delirious and over-tired {is that even a thing?!}.  The kind where you reach tiredness and the point of feeling like you aren't able to achieve much more and then WHAM bam you have a sudden burst of something and lots gets done and ticked off and suddenly you are ruling the world, sailing the ship of success with one hand held up high for victory and then......then what?!  Then you reach a mild state of delirium where you could laugh with the same ease you could probably cry.  Anyone else?  No just me then!  Fear not world, as you read this i shall be off and my plans are nothing except to be a little bit selfish and spend the day on myself!   I plan to move slow, eat well and rest up a little because heavens ABOVE does my heart and soul {and my legs, OH my legs} need it!

Let's sit for a moment and talk about the bestest bits of this week so far...

1.  The art of TWO cups of tea, one  after the other and both equal in their goodness and magical properties.  If you are an avid tea drinker you'll know this is a task and a half.  But the trick i've found, is not to play the guessing game as to whether you'll want another cup of tea halfway though the excellent one you're already drinking, but to just make two cups at exactly the very same time.  It's the most simple solution to a very common problem i think you'll find and one which made Mondays' exhaust-able afternoon at work quite simply, almost plain sailing.  

2.  Veg.  Most people think/presume I'm a vegetarian.  When asked why, they can never really answer why.  I've always expected it's down to my hippy messy style and tendency to put flowers, scarves or elaborate headbands in my hair and that most people are too polite to say such.  I'm not though.  Truth is I'm fussy.  I won't eat meat unless i know exactly where it's from, how it was cooked and if i can, what it had for breakfast before it ended up on my plate.  I joke, kind of.  I eat meat, just only here and there.  Lately i've really been feeling the veg though, like really feeling it.  Imaginations have been used a lot and we've really been getting excited about creating wonderful veggie dinners and everything we've put together has been so bloody delicious that actually......i don't think i've eaten meat for about two weeks.  I'm not planning on becoming vegetarian any time soon, it just feels good to be excited about food when it's so easy to end up in a little bit of a routine when you're tired and both work full time!

3.  The change in birdsong.  I'm not sure quite what it is of even of actually the birdsong has changed or more that I'm just noticing it much more BUT since the nights are sneaking in that little bit earlier day by day, i've been so loving listening to the birds calling to each other as the sun sets.  Maybe it's the silence brought about by the darkness or maybe they actually are more sing-song-y come this time of year.  Who cares it's just lovely whatever!

4.  The most no-bra-bra that there ever was.  I can't not where a bra, ever.  There i said it.  For those women who wax lyrical about cartwheeling through the door and ripping off their bras and slouching about in their pyjamas at 6pm, don't hate me it's just not me!  Sure i've got my slouchiest, sloppiest ripped jeans and my battered bretons galore BUT I'm always underwear-ed up too.  This week i treated myself to a couple of new bras from our range in Accessorize.  They're simple lace triangle bras and i bought one in black and one in teal and OH MY!  Hello feeling like there's nothing there at all with just enough support to still feel dressed and together...?  I don't think there's enough 'bra' or support {for my small chested self!} to wear outside the house but i *think* i might have found a lingerie-shaped middle ground.  I also sort of love how dainty and pretty they are under my crumpled up 'everythings!'

5.  Closing the curtains and cosying up.  Okay okay let's be honest and get it out there that actually we've only just got curtains for our living-room and whilst I'm still not sold on them being the right ones {curtains:  worst thing to buy EVER}, what i am loving is closing the french doors, pulling the curtains closed and lighting a couple of my favourite scented candles once the sun sets.  Surely a few of the best parts of this time of year, no?!

6.  Writing this sweet post as the sun sets.  Our little office-come-room for 'everything that doesn't already have a place AND still without wardrobe too' desk is sat right under the window and lately I'm SO loving typing out these posts as i watch the sun set.  I know the timing wont be this way for too long so i'm writing it here now to remind me quite how pretty it is after a sunny day!

7.  A new addition.  This week I'm welcoming {with the biggest hugest hug!} the lovely El to the #wonderfulwednesday gang.  This girl is one of my very favourite internet ladies and has writes over HERE.  I'm finding it crazy and equally amazing that i now have NINE beautiful, inspirational and talented internet friends that join together and share their best bits from their weeks so far.  GOSH it makes me feel all fuzzy!

8.  Basil.  Not just any basil but our basil.  Sure it's really the taste of a balmy Summer evening is basil, but I'm stretching the celebration of ours out for as long as it's alive i can!  This week it's been lovingly scattered over a roast vegetable pizza AND added last minute and sort of wilted {?!} through some warm pest-y pasta and it still tastes a jolly great, green and good as it did back in June.  Oh, i did mention that i grew it didn't i?!  From SCRATCH.  Let's overlook the fact that most of the other things i grew died way back when shall we?!
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And that it!  We are DONE!  I'd love to know what's been making you smile so far this week; what's been rocket-fuel to hopefully power you through to Friday or simply what the very best part of your week has been so far.  In fact we'd ALL love to know!  Incase you didn't already know you can also get your #wonderfulwednesday fix by popping to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El and Kerri's   blogs and reading their best bits.  I'll be back the same time next week, hopefully less tired and far less delirious too.  I'm hoping.  
Happy mid-weekin'

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #134

 {I can feel it in my bones.  This Autumn's going to be the prettiest yet.}
Hello.  How do you do?  Here's-a-hopin' you've had the kind of week where you come out {even at a mid-week halfway point} feeling like you're the super hero of your own week.  Me?  If I'm honest this week the balance has gone out of the window.  You know, that famous work-life juggling balancing act that most of us tug, pull, push and wrestle with on a day to day?  This week I'm all off.  I'm finding switching my worrisome work-head off and so I'm feeling lumbered with lingering headaches and nights where i feel as if i've slept....busily somehow?!  Almost like running in your sleep without actually getting anywhere.  Which to be fair is probably a God-send.  Who wants to go to bed in the bedroom and wake up somewhere else entirely?!  I can imagine that being nothing but exhausting on the soul!
So to sum up, this week i need this little corner and my #wonderfulwednesday gang to remind me of the joyous littlest bits of this week so far BUT I'm keeping this weeks' post short and snappy since as I'm more than ready to curl up on the sofa with that Mr of mine and eat pizza and simply just be for a bit, you know?  
Let's get on it....

1.  TK Maxx bargains. That place is lethal.  I'm forever going in on the hunt for something useful such aaaas a spatula, or tea-towels etc etc.  However on Tuesday lunchtime i stumbled upon a great big huge tub of my very favourite Emma Bridgewater body cream.  It was discontinued a little while back, predictably after i found it and fell in love with it.  It's a sweet scent called 'Black Iris' and came in candle and diffuser form at the time too.  Big smiles were had for this turning up in the oddest of shops.  That's sort of why i love that place!  I'm going to savour it for as-long as i can!

2.  Blackberries.  The sweetest, hugest and most vivid of blackberries so great and blackberry-ish that they turn your fingertips and tongue purple in moments!  This week they've been eaten at every opportunity:  Straight out of the little cardboard punnet in the fridge, piled high on sourdough crumpets  with peanut butter after being smooshed with a little maple syrup and popped on top of oatcakes with a generous dollop of cottage cheese and some torn mint leaves.  SO good!

3.  Golden light.  I know, i can say it now, heavens i've typed it and muttered it to many customers at work but there, it's officially Autumn. Although not judging by Tuesdays' muggy, damp feeling extra humid-come-massive-hair-day!  Sure enough though, the month of September is one which i look forward to each year.  I always feel ready for a new season to be honest, no matter which one it is.  Our bodies are just wired that way somehow don't you think?!  What's been great so far?  Well so far, that undeniably 'Autumn' light.  Yes the temperature hasn't cooled down nearly enough for most of the good Autumn-y stuff but that light?!  Somehow just more orange:  Warmer, rusty and just pretty beyond belief.  Who else is ready to embrace a new season?!

4.  Chai tea before bed.  I alternate between that and camomile but somehow, call it the change in the season; somehow the warming spice that comes from a cinnamon-y, cardomon-y, ginger-y based tea sweetened only with a dash of milk, and sipped right before bed is really the very best thing lately!

5.  The quiet.  Not to go 'deeply dippy' on you BUT when you're finding it a little bit harder to switch off the 'to-do's' 'haven't dones' or 'unexpected jobs' that are whizzing around and about your little head; sitting in total and complete silence when you get home:  French doors flung wide open and the smell of an amber sunset tickling your little nose.  Sometimes there's no need for anything else.

6.  Rose pink.  Because normally i love all of colours and as many as i can get!  Lately though, that 'just so' sort of a shade of dusky rose pink is right up my street.  I don't mind telling you that i've got my eye on the most perfect rose pink cable knit hat for when it gets a little cooler.  Isn't it funny how much of an effect a colour can have on you?

7.  Christmas jam.  That's right we skipped right on past Autumn and BAM i've hit you with the 'C' word.  Fear not.  It was squirreled away from last year and stumbled upon when we moved house.  This week we cracked out the mulled fruit conserve and spread it on top of toasted teacakes as big as our heads!  And it was warm and spicy and we regretted it not one bit!  
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And we're done and dusted! Can you believe i'm-a-tip-tappin' this little gem out to you at 7.30pm Tuesday evening and it's getting darkLet's not digress!  If this sweet selection isn't enough happy for you and your pretty peepers {and let's face it when can you ever have enough eh?} go go go right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Kate, Cat, Sam and Kerri's blogs  because these gals are my #wonderfulwednesday -shaped dream team and i love them all dearly!  Their posts will fill you with so much happy you might burst!  Go go!

Happy rest of week all! 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #133

 {Favourite everythings:  Shoes, tiles, colours - the LOT!}
Good day to you and a happy #wonderfulwednesday - more to the point!  How are you?! I'm sending all of the happy thoughts and jolly great thoughts that this week so far {which feels like - thanks to an extra long sunny bank holiday weekend for which i was working ALL of {I'm not bitter} as if it's barely begun.  Here's hoping that it makes for an extra quick one to make up for it.  If you're reading this as it goes live at 7am promptly on Wednesday morning, I'll be tucked up under the duvet on my first day off after another seven-day stint.  Don't feel bad for me, i've got 'those' crumpets for breakfast {if you follow me on Instagram you'll know the crumpet-shaped obsession} and another day off on Thursday too.  Whilst we'll say no more on the back end of last week other than it was....beyond naff; THIS week is shaping up pretty okay - exhaustion-based delirium aside!  

Let's get listin'....

1.  The best cookies that i ever ate.  And what might also be the most happy-inducing cookies that i ever ate too.  That's right.  Even better than homemade.  In fact the only thing {which we both agreed} that would make them any better would be if we could have them warm out of the oven and still a little melt-y inside but we'll live.  I'll let you in on our secret.  Only if you promise not to buy them all, OK?  They're M&S Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate and Chilli cookies and they're on offer for £1 a packet.  They're the BOMB.  I can't even describe to you the happiness these cookies bring.  If you're a real biscuit fiend and you really like your chocolate, these are for you.  I *may* have bought four packets yesterday lunchtime......

2.  Turning what *oh so nearly* was a 'I can't find a wedding guest outfit i vaguely like anywhere' so i'll just pay £200 for a dress i adore but **CANNOT I REPEAT CANNOT** afford into a spur of the moment £30 dress on Ebay and sale Anthropologie accessories with an extra 20% off moment.  Smug much, what me?!  I bet it'll rain...

3.  Mushrooms.  Not one of my favourite things in the world if I'm honest.  Lately thoughAll over it. Okay well putting them all over things is a smidge more accurate.  Namely the most delicious whopping-great pizza with mozzarella and speck ham torn up and lots and lots of rosemary and oregano.  Rosemary and mushrooms?  Absolute winner of a combo right there!

4.  Being more dark than blond.  I washed my hair the other evening and all of a sudden it seems oh so much more dark than blond.  It's so funny and sometimes i even forget that it's any kind of dark until i catch myself in a mirror and remember! Funnily enough when i look back at myself it's just like looking at the real me somehow?  It's like i feel like i look more like the me i was when i was about 10, but a woman?  Wow this is far too deep and emotional for a Wednesday chit-chat.  Let's just say i feel less like I'm hiding behind a crazy creation of white blond hair and more like my actual insides?  Weird?  OK weird!

5.  Our garden.  I know, i know it's old news but guess what?!  Having a garden doesn't get old and i can'Y even put into words how grateful i am because of it.  Because we are an end terrace, if you stand out on the patio after dinner as the sun starts to sink behind the houses in the distance, all you can hear is a little birdsong and the rustling of the leaves in the trees.  Sometimes i just stand there, in my pyjamas, cradling a mug of tea - simply just being {oh so sappy sounding} in the then and there.  Right at that moment i wouldn't be anywhere else.

6.  Peanut butter, with a spoon in any kind of time of need.  Don't you just love that any kind of nut butter needs a good stir before you can use it?  As if i need an excuse!  One of my favourite things lately is the time it takes for my rye bread to toast in the toaster - ie: The time i can stand with a teaspoon stirring my nut butter and sneaking in one or two cheeky spoonfuls into my cheeks!

7.  Treats.  Was it just me who felt like July was the l-o-n-g-e-s-t month in whole world ever?!?  Last Friday we got paid and since i've mostly been spending anything and everything on bits and bobs for our new house, i decided to treat myself to a few odds and ends.  Two beeeaUtiful skinny silk printed scarves to swizzle through my hair and wrap all Kate Moss-esque around my neck {i wish!} and some prettily printed peasant-y smock blouses to add to my collection of about 2million.  Who cares!  

8.  The nights drawing in.  Don't hate me!  I genuinely love summer evenings:  All balmy and the scent of sweet fresh cut grass wafting through the air BUT this week it's felt noticeably darker earlier and i've sort of enjoyed it.  I can't wait to make a ginger crumble and custard and to dig out my cable knits.....

9.  The pending excitement of some new {a little too expensive!} skincare treats as and when they arrive. Eep!  See point seven.  You only live once right?!?  Who needs to eat?  Or to house ones clothes in a wardrobe or to have curtains at all of their windows?!? 

10.  You!  And you and you and YOU! I bloody love this blog.  Bu most of all i love all of you, dearly and really and truly and SO MUCH so that i wish we could all meet up and have a #wonderfulwednesday -shaped party.  I read all of your tweets, comments and ever-so-lovely emails and feel thankful and glad and on top of the world because of how lovely you are.  Thank you quite simply from the bottom of my over-emotional heart.  I shed a small tear writing that.  I'm not sure if maybe i need to get out more...maybe it's hormones or something....aherm.  Pass the cookies....
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And that's another week done!  Go go go right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Kate, Cat, Sam and Kerri's blogs  because they joined the #wonderfulwednesday brigade to share their happiest bits too AND they're uplifting and flippin' happy-making to read each week and so you should too!  Better still share your best bits through social media channels {I'm @sallytangle on everything!} or by bobbing a sweet comment below.  
Thank you and goodnight!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #132

 {When it's really is VERY beautiful!}
Oh my WORD what IS this weather?!?  That's right I'm going all 'cliche Brit' on you and throwing the weather talk at you from the get-go.  But i mean really.  My hair resembles 'Side Show Bob', my face is as shiny {and probably just as round!} as the moon and my energy levels?  Well they're not where they were last week let's put it that way.  It's weeks like these that I'm grateful for this space and this post and for being able to give myself my usual hour on a Tuesday night to sit and ponder about my week so far; to dig deep{sometimes really deep - I'm only human afterall} and pull out and record those little moments of greatness that would have otherwise got lost in yet another week.  Which, may i add seem to be just merging into one another at rocket-speed of late.  I feel as if my feet have barely touched the ground!  Can you believe that we are on the brink of September?!?  That means it's 'technically' almost Au-...No I'm sorry i can't say it yet i just can't!  
Let's talk happy things....

1. Stranger Things.  I wont go into the ins and outs of why everyone on EARTH should watch this TV show except to say:  WATCH IT!  I'm SUCH a tough crowd when it comes to TV and i really find something has to be extra fab and super and down right kick-ass if it's to hold my attention past ten minutes, let alone a whole series.  If you loved the Goonies, The XFiles and anything Stephen King and Eighties TV related this is right up your pipe.

2.  A white tee.  Like striped tees i own about a million, no jokes.  Still i return to the same one:  ripped a little on the seam {but just pretend you didn't notice ok?}, seams all skew-iff from being worn to death and fabric a little more see-through than I'd like BUT it's my favourite ever white tee.  Nothing has ever come close and if I'd known then what i know now, I'd have bought seven.  Honestly.  It's my fail-safe when everything else is too tired to make sense and i just want to feel together, cosy and comfy.  This week it's been worn ALOT. In fact I'm writing it as we speak/type/catch up....

3.  Dried apricots.  We've got a love/hate kind of relationship if I'm honest and lately it seems all kinds of crazy even contemplating eating dried apricots when there are fresh ones in season and all yummy and juicy BUT, and there's always a but:  The other evening i was looking for something exciting to pep up some cous-cous and cinnamon spiced sweet potato wedges and suddenly sticky dried apricots, a couple of left over dates and some stray sultanas came to the rescue.  With a squeeze of orange juice and some grated orange zest the whole meal was the bees knees.  I've been munching the devils whenever i get a sweet craving ever since.  I'm rather loving them dipped in almond butter too...

4.  Summer rain.  In fairness since the weekends wet and dreary weather i shouldn't complain about the warmer days.  I'm never happy am i?!?  You just can't beat the scent and feeling that a good summer downpour brings though you really can't.  It's the only time of year that the rain smells that good and if you've nowhere else to be, that actually it feels rather lovely to get absolutely drenched and scamper home and eat tea and biscuits!

5.  Sisters.  Because no matter what there's nobody that knows you better.  I don't see enough of mine, which hopefully is about to change since we are now only three streets apart {THREE!}.  She's forever on my side and someone i just don't know how I'd do without.  It's both the strangest and most comforting to see so much of yourself in another person and yet so much difference.  I feel ever so lucky to have that girl in my life!
6.  The thought of making a banana bread.   It's something we love and yet it's been SO long since we made one!  I love it still warm from the oven before bed with a hot spiced chai tea or toasted lightly the morning or two after and slathered generously with nut butter and sunflower seeds.  Mmmmmm!

7.  The yellow-ist bush that there ever was.  I've barely looked at our garden since we moved in.  Luckily the back is grassy with a little patio and i've managed and successfully transported at the sweet terracotta plant pots from our flat's yard to our new patio. Out front we've just a drive a  little patch of soil under our kitchen window.  I've got grand plans to plant a Hydrangea bush there but i need to read up on the best time to do that and i'm thinking it might be a job for next year...?  At the moment that little patch is filled with a happiest looking bush of bright yellow flowers!  I haven't a clue what they are but they've not stopped being in bloom since we moved in and attract the sweetest collection of bumble bees and butterflies! It's the loveliest sight when you come home or when you're pottering about in the kitchen tidying up after dinner.  Afterall, is there a happier colour than yellow?!?

8.  Blankets.  I know i know that technically it's still Summer but for a brief moment the other evening i was cold and tired and so i lit my favourite scented candle, snuggled under the blanket on the sofa and watched re-runs of Nigel Slater on Sky and i was The Cosiest!

9.  Dark chocolate covered mini corn cakes.  I've never been a rice cake fan.  There's just not enough....substance somehow?!  Oh no, give me an oatcake or a cracker any day!  Until i discovered corncakes.  Even better, corncakes covered in dark chocolate.  All the moreish-ness of popcorn with the delicious-ness of a little-but-just-enough chocolate. They're my before-bed snack of choice most nights....

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And that's a wrap:  Quick as a flash; whizz, bang, bong and ting:  We're done for another week!  Do fire all of your happy bits from this week so far below in the comments box or join in online with all of the #wonderfulwednesday chit-chat on Twitter and Instagram, i'm @sallytangle on both.  BETTER STILL get right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Kate, Cat, Sam and Kerri's blogs for even more #wonderfulwednesday -shaped greatness!!!

Have a super lovely rest of the week!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #131

{Oh, that?  It had me at 'heart-shaped'}
Hello!  How have you been?!  Frazzled by The Heat Wave yet?!  No just me then?  I've come to the conclusion that my ideal 'happy temperature' is around the 18-20 degree mark.  To me, that's enough warmth to feel summery without resembling a beetroot or fiercely boiled lobster!  I've stopped wasting my time wishing that i tanned because i've realised that even if i did, it would never happen since my attention span and 20degree + temperature toleration is, well zilch.  But it's okay i've come to terms with it and what, it's only taken me just over thirty years!  Today's post also comes at you with another stark realisation.  Remember last week i had my lovely few days off and i was basking at fannying and faffing and simply mooching to my little hearts content? Well i went back to work all fresh as a daisy on Friday last week and I.  Was.  Useless.  I couldn't muster up any kind of energy, enthusiasm or beans to get anywhere fast with anything.  
But today, you join me after five days back, cream crackered and barely able to utter my own name but man, i've nailed this week so far!  I've NAILED IT!  I'd punch the air if a) i was cool enough and b) if i could be bothered enough to lift up my arm.
Let's talk happy.....
1.  New TV.  I know i know like everyone man and{?!} we decided to give Netflix series 'Stranger Things' a go and HELLS BELLS it's a good one!  Please please no spoilers!!!! But if you haven't watched it yet and loved The Goonies {does it remind anyone else a little bit of The Goonies?} and Sci-Fi and a little hint of XFiles then go, go, go!  You'll love it!
2.  Porridge and peanut butter.  Probably the most inappropriate weather sort of a sentence i can utter lately BUT on Monday and Tuesday when we were due to do a food shop and it was all i had to cobble together {with the welcome addition of an at first assumed {wrongly!} overripe mashed banana} for breakfast, it really hit the spot!  I'm not entirely sure it wasn't mostly responsible for my super powers and 'get stuff done' mojo that's been with me this week!
3.  Cobbled together lunches.  See above^^^.  I raided the fridge yesterday morning cramming into a packed lunch box the leftovers of a minty bean-y salad, some sprouted lentils and beans, and some leftover pesto-y roasted veg and took it with me alongside a very questionable flat bread from the weekend.  Oh and a little crumbled feta too.  I forgot about that!  Do you know what, it was the yummiest lunch i've had in ages and it was just what i wanted on a sticky, hot Tuesday too.
4.  Mirror-finding.  I've been after a mirror for our hallway for ages.  Oh i know what you're thinking, "Sally have you still not found a new wardrobe yet?"  No, no i haven't have i?!  But this blinking beautiful mirror is distracting me from such awfully mundane-ness and I'm excited for it to arrive so i can squirrel a sprig of eucalyptus leaf behind it.  I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately.....
5.   Vegetable curry. Okay this was technically created at the weekend but since i worked all of it and haven't been off since I'm allowed to sneak this one in!  Made entirely from scratch, by me and served with cauliflower rice and a great big dollop of natural yoghurt.  It doesn't matter if the Mr told me how it would be delicious with lamb in or that he preferred Basmati rice because i flippin' LOVED it and was so damned proud of myself!  I ground spices, made a paste and filled it with peppers, spinach, red lentils and courgette and it was the best vegetable curry i've ever had!!!  Hurrah for me! And for leftovers later in the week.....ho ho hoooo!
6.  An old perfume.  I'm a fussy madam when it comes to perfume and i haven't really worn any in a little while since my last bottle finished and i couldn't find anymore.  Then i stumbled upon one of my all-time favourite scents:  Philosophy Baby Grace and had to grab some.  I love how familiar 'your' perfume can make you feel.  I've been delighting getting a gentle scent wherever i go and smelling it on my favourite scarves and jackets.   
7. Sunlight.  It's a no-brainer and maybe a little contradictory BUT isn't it the best?!  In my defence I'm not even talking about the cloud-less bright blue 'gotta cover your eyes' and 'can't look at it' type you get on a hot, hot, hot summer day.  No, my favourite is 'Lately's' hour or so before the sun sets:  That golden glow that touches everywhere, that creates gentle whisps and whooshes of cloud pattern and leaves in its wake, a distinctly 'Real Summer Evening' smell you just can't beat.  All cut grass, dry ground and.....parched earth..?  I'm really selling it aren't i?!?!?
8.  Getting stuff done.  That unmistakable feeling of achieving things.  I'm a lot too hard on myself where work is concerned.  I'm never happy with my day's 'lot' and I'm too often focusing on what i didn't get done.  I'm aware of that though and this weeks celebration of kicking arse needs to be remembered for me to keep up the momentum and remember that put simply:  I can do what i put my mind to.  If you know i allow realistic time-frames blah blah blah....
9.  Day three.  Because as i've discovered {this has also taken me roughly thirty something years to discover!} that is the number of days after my hair has been washed that it looks at it's very best:  Not too soft, not too done and just the right amount of messy.  It's had just a whisper of dry shampoo and i can do anything with it!  Probably even conquer the world!  At least that sometimes what 'Day Three" hair feels like and i feel like that's worth celebrating!
10.  Dipping biscuits in tea.  Who knows why i haven't done it in SO long but the notion occurred to me mid way through a spiced cinnamon and apple-y oaty M&S creation and dipping it right into a cup of spiced Chai might have been this weeks' very best decision...
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And whooosh just like THAT we're all done!  Incase this dose of happy isn't quite enough for you, scamper right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Kate, Cat, Sam and Kerri's blog's and fill your #wonderfulwednesday boots!  Personally i can never get enough, i look forward to reading these gals posts each and every week and also to reading your lovely comments too!  Let us know what's making your week so snazzy on social media channels using the #wonderfulwednesday tag so we can all join in together!  
Have a super duper lovely rest of week all! 


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