Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #124

 {Because is there anything cherrier than watching bright yellow buttercups bob, bob in the breeze?!}
Good day and-a happy mid-week to you!  Quite frankly i couldn't tell you what day it is.  After my few-too-many days in a row at work that we spoke of last week, last weekend i was lucky enough to grab two or three days off together to sort ready for tipping everything out of our attic and into our new house next Wednesday.  I wish i could tell you that i spent that time super-productively - parts yes - but it took a good two days to just catch up with myself if I'm honest!  The last day or so was spent de-cluttering, charity-shop trippin' and despairing {me} and organising paperwork, being rather calm and despairing {him, at me}.  It's a jolly good job he's a patient sort who doesn't mind my fizzing and flapping - oh and only ever using 5% of his own wardrobe, draws and the like to allow me to fit all of my stuff in. Still. 

So we'll keep this weeks' post short - i hope you wont mind.  I feel a little guilty sat {allbeit surrounded by boxes!} luxuriously writing down the good bits from this week so far like i don't have any thing better or more useful i should be doing.  BUT for me, to keep a little routine in amongst the chaos of moving house, and taking a moment to dig deeper for the good in a week where I'd usually struggle; well it's important i think.  More so than ever!

1.  Tea.  I'm really rather relishing drinking tea lately.  I briefly went through a little phase recently where i just couldn't make myself a good cup of tea.  What is all of that about?!  I mean i've had 30+ years experience!  The tea-making mojo hath returned and maybe it's the monotony, the habitual ritual call it or just the joy of simply sitting and sipping my favourite Lady Grey tea and being alone with just me and my thoughts. If only for minutes.   Who knows what it is because tea any time is pretty magical.  Lately though? Well it's been a bit more magical.

2.  Dusky pinks.  I'm forever a riot of print and car-crash of colour and can usually {and probably!} be spotted from the moon with all of the bright colours i wear!  Lately has all been about soft dusky pinks paired with charcoal soft grey skinnies or slate-y grey slouchy ripped jeans and messy hair - the messier and low maintenance the better.  I feel like the colours i wear really impact how i feel.  I've been saving those brights and prints up for long days at work where i need all the fizz and energy i can summon!  Those softer tones have been worn when I'm at home tickling, packing and generally trying not to flap too much.  I feel much calmer in softer colours.  Don't you?

3.  The radio.  I've always favoured the radio over the TV, ever since being a little dot.  Having the radio on always reminds me of spending weekends at my Nana's.  Even though she had a little black and white portable television {it wasn't that long ago - she just preferred her little black and white one!}  she always had the radio {or The Wireless as she called it!} on as she pottered about from room to room.  I often woke up to the radio and fell asleep to it too.  Maybe that's a comfort thing too - who knows.  Lately i've been loving listening to Magic FM as i tinker about at home.  

4.  The restorative nature of ballet and exercise in general.  I've always used exercise this way.  Sure it's an added bonus that all exercise helps keep me fit and tones and shapes my body gently too.  But really, finding exercises that i love {even though that's taken me about 30 years too!} was much more about finding something that helped my mind just as much as it helped my body.  Riding my bike does that - breathing in fresh air through my little lungs at a rate of knots and watching all of the green and flowers as i go.  But the slow-paced ballet exercises i do as and when i can squeeze them in also really help clear my mind. I follow the simple steps, enjoy the repetitive nature and the way have very little else to focus on but my posture and breathing.  And all i need is my little yoga mat.  And i can still squeeze that in and around the boxes *wink wink*.  I've even thought about trying a little meditation.  Any thoughts...?  Who am i?!

5.   A welcome breeze.  the weather {my oh my it's number five and I'm only just talking about the weather!} has been...ish lately.  There has been spatterings of rain, great and almighty rainstorms and then sneaky bright blue skies that come out of nowhere and disappear as quickly as they arrive!  It's been ever so blustery this week.  Normally i loathe the wind.  My legs walking to and from work or lapping the park on those two wheels have to work so much harder!  But a warm wind come this time of year is a welcome one!  Especially when my head feels full to bursting and my lists have sub-lists and bullet points all of their very own!  A Summer breeze?  That's something I'm definitely on board with! 

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And we're done!  Short and sweet this week!  I'm already panicking that our internet might not be up and running in time for next week's post.  Next Wednesday will be the very first night in our new home!  Eeek!  Anyway enough about me - if this isn't enough happy for your pretty peepers:  Hop, skip and jumper over to Jo, Michelle, Kate, Helen and Cat's blogs to read their #wonderfulwednesday greatness!  Better still, join in yourself!  Leave a sweet comment below or join in with the nattering on any social media channel using #wonderfulwednesday.  I'm @sallytangle everywhere!
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Happy halfway through the week favourite faces!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #123

{Lovely lilacs and sneaky sunshine after the greyest start to the day!}
I'm writing this SWEET little post in what can only be described as a 'six day in a row at work {soon to be seven! *wimpers*} half delirium-cum-trance.'  I'm with it, I'm just not with it - if you get what i mean.  That combined with a few moving-house shaped stresses and disagreements over silly things like new sofas and the like.  

We've never really owned anything together, between us or as one before.  Well unless you count a washing machine but that's about the most non-descript thing that there ever was.  When deciding upon its 'requirements' in the shop, there were only two:  That it washed things and that it did so quietly.  Sofa?  Sideboards?  Curtains?!  They're a different ball-game altogether.  I keep trying to explain that i've got a vision, that i've got a Pinterest board for this and a moodboard for that and i want it look like this and feel like that *points to impossible decorating inspiration in silly overpriced glossy magazine* only to be met with:  I don't like it.  Why?  'I just don't.'  I'm not sure if my head hurts from that or the lack of day-off more.....
So bear with me, this week's post *might* be a slow starter.....

1.  All of the berries.  Oh ho ho you say, not just one fruit this week?  Oh no, all of the fruit.  Or berries as the case may be.  You know it's real and actual Summer when blackberries, strawberries and raspberries are cheap as chips and taste like heaven!  Which means we put berries on everything humanely possible. 

2.  Berries and cheese.  Okay a cheat point considering ^^^ but it's my post and this little creation was wonderful enough to warrant its own little mention so there.  The kind of casual lunch that comes about from sleeping in, prioritising breakfast making over lunch making pre-work and feeling very un-inspired when my lunch time swung around.  I grabbed a punnet of raspberries, a pack of oatcakes and a tub of cottage cheese.  And spent the next little while wondering why the bobbins I'd never considered such a concoction before now. 

3.  The perfect top-knot.  Not to go all shallow and vain on you as i know that quite often this post is about green leaves, bird song and appreciating things a little less.....'me' BUT a good top knot is something i strive for alot but rarely {i can probably count on one hand!} achieve, if ever.  Since my hair is now short, short short, this IS made even harder.  But the other morning, quick as you like, with the least amount of thought possible, i grabbed the top section of my {should have been washed} hair and pulled it halfway through a hair elastic, gave it a tug a stuck a kirby grip in for extra 'grab' and what do you know?!  The perfect amount of messy, 'done' and 'hey maybe she knows what she's doing when she gets dressed of a morning' -shaped topknot appeared.  I spent most of the day afraid to move my head too much.  But it was worth it.  It's also worth mentioning i haven't been able to recreate it since.  Except for before the shower last night.  Why is it that always happens?!?!

4.  Home magazines.  Or actually if we're being really honest the M&S home magazine and catalogue too.  I may or may not have cut out several images even though they resemble nothing like what i can afford and also have used almost a whole pad of post-it notes book-marking, cross referencing and generally writing silly ideas down.  It's made me feel all kinds of organised.  Have i actually packed anything yet?  Well we'll come back to that one another time......

5.  The smell of Summer rain in a city.  Don't get me wrong the very best kind of rain smell is just after an almighty down-pour in the country.  But when you've worked almost a week solidly and not really had any time {see point 4, aherm} to scamper out into the green on those two wheels, that's just that.  No, there's something lovely about the smell after a jolly good pour down in the city.  The kind of rain that has you thinking that someone's got thunder you know the kind i mean?  The heavy, warm and drenched tarmac smell where the air clings to your skin and makes your hair suddenly three times it's size?  Well there's just something rather lovely about that, don't you agree?

6.  The first sip of a really lovely cup of tea after a really long day.  I don't need to explain this one.  But the kind of cup that has you instantly wanting another when you're only a few sips in.  I have learnt over the years that you can never make two cups in a row that good so i don't even try.    I just make the extra lovely one last as long as possible and give it my whole and undivided attention.  Bliss!

7.  Hazelnuts.  I'm often convinced i was a squirrel in a past life. I adore nuts!  I'm often heard tinkling and rattling as there's always some kind of nut in a tin, packet or box in the bottom of my bag as I'm forever hungry and forever in need of a little 'something.'  Lately has been all about hazelnuts:  Toasted and chucked on top of granola with raw cacao nibs, eaten just as they are on Monday's wander homeward or chopped on top of strawberries with a great big spoonful of coconut yoghurt.  I can't remember the last time i ate hazelnuts until recently and all of a sudden i can't think why?!  I'm eyeing up a jar of hazelnut butter in our local health food store since my peanut butter is almost empty.....

8.  Sleeping with hair that is ever so slightly damp on the most humid of Summer's nights.  The loveliest feeling ever!  There's nothing worse than not being able to sleep because it's too warm and humid!  Sleeping in your loosest cotton's with hair that's damp and smells of mint and coconuts is a little bit like heaven.  What wasn't so heavenly was what it looked like come 7am.  Thank goodness for point 3...

9.  Cooler showers.  They sort of go hand in hand with ^^^ but there really is nothing lovelier than a cool minty shower after the longest of warm, sticky days and the itchiest nose and eyes from forgetting to take hay-fever tablets.  

10.  First elderflower spotting!  Don't you love how the seasons flow from one into the other so seamlessly...?  Each year i love to watch the snowdrops sprout, then the daffodils peek through only for the wild garlic and bluebells to come into their own only weeks later.  Now it's elderflower time!  I'm loving seeing their sweet pom-pom-esque flowers brightening up what just seemed like green ordinary hedges before.  Their smell is pretty special too!  I haven't had any elderflower cordial this year yet, i must rectify that quick-march!!!
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And we're done!  Another week another dollar #wonderfulwednesday!  Who can believe we're almost half way through June already?!  If this sweet slice of happy pie doesn't quite float your boat or you're just hungry for more, hop skip or jump right on over to Jo, Michelle, Cat, Kate and Helen's blogs and fill your boots with their #wonderfulwednesday posts! Also don't forget to join in on social media by chit-chatting about your own #wonderfulwednesday.  I'm @sallytangle on both Twitter and Instagram!

Happy halfway though the week!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #122

{Wavy messy hair and the prettiest sunny evenings = happy me!}
I'm writing this POST with hair that I'm convinced is getting bigger by the second.  It's 23 degrees outside - but not a nice 23 degrees {just for the record I'm not complaining about the weather - I'm over the moon it's dry sunny and doing what June should do - just for the record you understand?} it's a humid, sticky kind of heat that made me just enjoy putting our food shop away in the fridge far more than usual.  In fact if i could have fit {which FYI i couldn't have, if only for the sheer - and probably slightly deliriously bought - various punnets of berries and the like that i've crammed in there because, you know; it's Summer etc} inside it too - then rest assured I'd be happily nestled amongst the strawberries and tubs of coconut yoghurt.  Don't get me wrong, i adore the sunshine - but my peak temperature is around....18 degrees?  Anymore and i go a bit mad. 

Oh and add to it the whole pa-lava of organising moving dates, *trying* {except largely failing due to, oh the sunshine} to sort and pack and the like for moving house and what i actually wish i could do is fill a paddling pool with water and sit and drink Pimms and ginger beer.  Oh and if someone could fetch me some pizza that might also be nice.  It's not hard to find some good in this week - despite my heat-rant {I'm only British afterall!}, but I'm glad I'm writing this little post if only for the actual process of sitting here {with my head half out of the attic window} and remembering the down right lovely bits.......
1.  Strawberries.  Oh i know, another week another fruit.  Or lately that should probably be 'fruit-S' since i feel like i could happily exist on not much else come this kind of heat.  It makes any kind of cooking {something which i usually love} my very least favourite thing.  Breakfast this week has been the sweetest, juiciest British Strawberries chopped and piled high aboard the saltiest, crunchiest peanut butter and slathered on toasted rye bread.  If i wasn't a grown up {which i have been having to remind myself to be far too often lately - see most of first and second paragraph for evidence!} I'd eat it also for lunch and for dinner.  
2.  Wet hair on a Summer's eve.  Is there anything lovelier than being so very hot, then cooling down with a minty shower and then padding around in the loosest, softest cottons with damp hair...?! Nothing cools me down more than damp hair.  The fact that by the time I'm ready for bed it barely needs anything done to it at all!  Because in weather so humid - what's the point anyway?!  
3.  Au naturel s'il vous plait.  It's only over the past few years that i've realised that my skin isn't half as bad as it used to be.  When you have horrid skin growing up it's hard to shake it off and not want to do all you can to cover up your cheeks!  Lately has been all about embracing the littlest amount of makeup as possible and actually rather enjoying seeing a sprinkling of freckles.  Another thing i used to hide when i was younger!
4.  Garlic bread.  I rarely eat bread.  Well unless you count my morning rye toast that is.  But when i do i love to indulge:  There is something a little bit heavenly about crispy, warm ciabatta - light on the inside with the crispiest most light of crusts - rubbed with garlic and olive oil and served warm with a little oil for dipping.  The problem is, because i eat the stuff so little...once i start i could quite happily eat a whole one to myself!
5.  The lightest of nights!  I know, i know i've waxed lyrical about how super duper the extra evening daylight has been but lately my evenings really have felt like they have lasted forever.  Those sticky, sunny days has meant it's been light to 10pm and just felt lovely!  It's so nice to wind down alongside the light {weird comment!} as apposed to going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark in Autumn and Winter.  The downside is quite often waking at 5am and feeling wide awake....
6.  Smock rockin'! Because who wants anything clingy-y and fitted come this time of year?!  I've been loving wafting around our little attic in A-line dresses, swing-y smocks and the loosest clothes i own.  There's nothing better!

7.  Coconut yoghurt.  I love this stuff all year round {Coconut collaborative is my jam - so yum!} but somehow eating thick and creamy coconut yoghurt at this time of year is just the bomb.  I've been loving dunking ripe peaches into the stuff and sprinkling a handful of chopped almonds on top for a quick before bed snack.  Another thing i could quite happily eat a whole big pot of all to myself.  I'm actually rather pleased that the Mr hates this stuff!  As I'd hate to have to share.....

8.  Mornings.  I've always been a morning person.  I find lying in ever so hard and the only time it ever happens is when I'm run down or not feeling well!  I've been so relishing pretty sunny mornings lately.  Waking early and sitting sipping my lady grey quietly sat amongst all of the cushions on our sofa with nothing but the singing birds for company.  The stillness is the loveliest.  In fact it's probably the stillest part of my whole day!  It feels like it really gets me ready for a day at work mentally and physically - just giving myself that little ten or fifteen minutes peace and quiet.  

9.  Time spent outside.  Something else that's good for the soul!  Even if it's inconvenient that the heat makes you feel like you can't do anything at the rocket-fuelled speed that you're used to, actually what's great is that sometimes by slowing down?  Well that's what makes you see, notice and catch things you'd been too busy to notice otherwise.  Nature works in mysterious ways my friends....

10.  Planning as a twosome.  I'll try and not witter on too much all about our little house move BUT one thing is for sure is how much fun it is actually having the time to plan together and to plan exactly how we would like our new home.  We fell in love with where we are now but there wasn't actually much we could do with this little spot due to it being so oddly shaped and little.  Our new house has lots more room and lots of ways we can put our own stamp on it and i can't wait to make it ours!  Eeeeeee!  {PS i've been Pinteresting every spare second lately - rather predictably no doubt! You can find me HERE if you'd like to follow along}.  
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Anyway, enough about my happy things, hop on over to Kate, Michelle, Jo, Cat and Helen's blogs to read their posts too!  And remember to tag us all over on all the social media channels if you want to join in too using #wonderfulwednesday it's always lovely to read about what's making someone else smile!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #121

{Pom-pom sneak peek and all of the wildflowers!}
Bonjour!  Comment ca va?  Oh heck well this week has been the most un-productive feeling one yet!  And after the loveliest Saturday and Sunday off last weekend too!  I awoke feeling ever so bright eyed and refreshed on Bank Holiday Monday and ready and raring to go!  
This feeling didn't last very long.  Maybe i peaked too soon?!  Who knows but these past few days i have felt rather unlike my usual self and severely lacking in what can only be described as 'va-va-voom.'  Fear not though, all is in hand.  I went-an-evening cyclin' after work on Monday evening and also picked a delightful little bunch of wildflowers from the hedgerow that are making me smiley each time i look at them perched prettily on our kitchen shelf.  Oh and there's a pizza-shaped dinner for tonight {Tuesday} because if that can't get me out of my funny-feelin' funk then i don't know what will.  There's no real rhyme or reason for it so I'm just running with it - letting it run it's course and diving head-first into this week's happy post which i just know will do me the world of good.....

1.  Moving.  Oh did i mention that we are moving house?  It was only last week that we were nattering here about re-jigging our attic space etc.  That got us thinking that maybe we might buy a new sofa.  Then the Mr bought a car.  Oh and then towards the very end of the week somebody tipped us off about a house we might like. Turns out they were right.  We don't do things by halves i can tell you!  I'm excited for a fresh start, to really {try!} to declutter a bit too.  For a new sofa and a sweet little hallway and a living room with the sweetest french doors opening right onto our own little garden.  That's got my heart all a flutter! Our very own garden to sit and eat my breakfast in, to watch the stars in and a little place to put our potted herbs and hanging baskets that is our very own and nobody elses.  HURRAH!

2.  Sleep.  Because when you're feelin' all down and out you feel like you really appreciate the real, heavy-headed slumber that comes from having lots on your mind - thoughts of cancelling energy suppliers; where rugs, cushions and blankets will go AND THE NEON POM-POMS!  WHERE WILL I PUT THE NEON POM-POMS?!  It's all happenin'!  And it's all racing around and about that little noggin of mine!

3.  Peaches.  I know, last week it was peaches and citrus and this week it's still citrus and peaches! Truth be told it's flipping flopping fruit in general and who can blame me with skies so blue and sun that has shined so brightly lately?!  This week and most of last weekend have all been about the donut peaches.  Again.  And not just eating them bent over the sink.  Dropped into thick and creamy cottage cheese with oatcakes on the side; chopped into chunky pieces and scattered across the yummiest breakfast of crunchy peanut butter on toast or even eaten alongside the thickest, creamiest coconut yoghurt that there ever was!  Summer time is my favourite time of year for fruit.  

4.  Golden temporary tattoos a-plenty.  Not the horrid kind that i just know you're imagining!  The prettiest, swirliest most curliest collection of mandalas in both gold and silver. I've been swirling them around my arms, ankles and across the top of my feet now that the sun's come out to play and the sandals have been dug out!

5.  The bird whisperer!  The Mr is convinced he can 'talk' to the little family of blackbirds who sit and call to each other just as the sun sets each night.  It's the funniest thing!  I've tried to explain that actually i think that they're just listening to one another and not his whistling but he remains convinced that when he whistles, that he's talking to them.  It melts my heart a little bit!

6.  Pastures new.  It's pretty crazy that i've lived in the city i do for.....well let's just say over ten years and yet there are parts of it that i've just never explored before.  Since we're moving north of the river we've been taking little de-tours here and there just to see what it's like around and about where we'll be living soon.   Unfortunately what we have discovered is that my walk or ride to and from work will be SO up-hilly that I'm probably going to have rugby player thighs in no time!  What i do love is how much greener and quieter it all is.  Did i just say that?!  Am i old?!?  Wait, don't answer that.....

7.  My new completely ridiculous and frivolous pom-pom jacket.  If you follow along with me on Instagram {I'm @sallytangle} then you *might* know what I'm talking about.  It'd been a long, long week and i was aimlessly flicking through the Zara website whilst i waited for dinner to cook {the kind of dinner that seems to take forever because as soon as you put it in the oven you realise how all of a sudden you're STARVING and could commit murder! No?  Just me then?!}.  I digress.  Said jacket is a soft pale blue cotton number adorned with the prettiest embroidery along the sleeves and neckline and the most joyous little bundle of pom-poms on each side.  And the very best bit?!  It jingles when i walk!  Makes me smile every single time i pop it on......

8.  Pastel de Nata. These are something i've been meaning to make ever since i first tried one a couple of years ago but despite them being pretty easy i just seem to have never ever got around to it!  {Must.  Try.  Harder!}.  I *might* have done a little happy dance on spotting them in the pastry section on our weekly food-shop this week.  They're essentially the bees knees of all custard tarts and are BEYOND delicious.  Google at your own peril.....

9.  Hazelnut milk.  Hold onto your hats it's all about to get all rock and roll over here!  I always use almond milk in my tea, porridge and cereal.  Mostly because the really good almond milk is the only kind i've been able to find {not the rubbish-y 2% almonds 98% stabilizers, thickeners and general rubbish you get in most supermarkets}.  I adore brands like Rude Health and use their nut milks if I'm making hot chocolate or cooking BUT whilst they're without the nasties, their nut content {AKA the super yummy creaminess!} is also low.  UNTIL i discovered a random bottle of Hazelnut milk in the same brand as my usual Almond Milk in our local health food shop!  Errrrr where has this been all of my life?! It's the sweetest, creamiest drop of yum that i've ever had and if it wasn't Summer and almost 20degrees outside I'd be totally going in on the raw cacao hot chocolate with it!  I can imagine it tasting just like Nutella...except a little better for your tum!  Either way it's making my morning porridge taste damned fine!

10.  Bare-legged bike riding shenanigansYou know me and my bike, that we are pretty much joined at the hip/pedal etc.  Well I'd forgotten quite how wonderful riding a bike was once it's warm enough to do so minus trousers and long sleeved tops.  You really cannot beat the feeling of a warm sunny breeze tickling your knee caps on a warm cycle ride you just can't! I can't get enough of being on those two wheels lately.  Oh yes even more than usual!  I just cannot imagine how i coped before that bike of mine!

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Happy mid-week all! 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #120

{^^'Cos it's all i seem to rant and rave about lately!^^}

Hello, hello, helloooooo! Golly gosh folks - do you know what i've learnt first and foremost this week?  Don't book for decorators to come and plan a little house re-shuffle of furniture and DIY when you're working all last weekend and up until the middle of this week.  I.  Am.  Cream.  Crackered.  I'm not going to lie, i walked through the door on Sunday evening after work, took one look at everything everywhere and boxes filled to the brim with stuff and promptly announced that i was going out on my bike for an hour.  God bless that kind Mr of mine for all of the packing up and sorting and generally putting up with me!  A few days on and we've made progress.  

Walls have been painted and new furniture has been {almost} picked.  It's been a bit like starting afresh and once i got over the shock of quite how upside down everything would be, I'm actually beginning to enjoy all the de-cluttering and blank canvas-ey feeling each time i potter in from work.  If i don't look at eh three boxes of 'stuff' in the hallway.  Hey well Rome wasn't built in a day was it?!?  
I've surprised myself with actually how much energy i've still got as i sit and tip-tap this up on Tuesday evening.  I'm putting it down to another sunny day {and another pre-dinner bike ride enjoying a little bit of it!} and the extra cup of tea i had today for extra rocket fuel.  It worked.  I feel like this week has been FILLED with great things......
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1.  Colour.  Because all of a sudden {and maybe down to a fair few torrential Spring rain-shaped downpours in the early hours - the delicious kind that you can smell drifting in through a slightly open window} it seems like everywhere there is a riot of colourful flowers!  All the beds in our local park are filled to the brim with neatly organised floral abundance, the Wisteria that climbs up the walls along where i ride my bike are *just* starting to bloom and i even saw a Hydrangea bush starting to flower the other evening too.  Seeing so much colour in the sunshine is serious happy-making!

2.  Donut peaches.  Spotted in M&S on a quick early morning scamper in to pick up some milk.  I hurriedly grabbed a couple of cartons and had them resting in the sunshine in a pretty bowl since the weekend on our little windowsill.  The start of this week saw the first couple start to ripen and man ALIVE were they delicious.  I ate two in a row {over the sink - the true measure of peach/nectarine ripeness!} on Monday and sliced another on top of toasted rye bread spread generously with crunchy peanut butter this morning {Tuesday} and telling you all about how yummy they are is making think i might slice another into some coconut yoghurt later.....

3.  The sound of 'now.'  Not to go all 'zen' and 'mindful on you' BUT lately i've really been relishing not listening to any music on my bike rides. I initially stopped as i had a few problems with Willow the pushbike last week making some odd noises and since she's been fixed i've been worried she'd get poorly again and I'd not notice.  Do you know what, as a serious music fiend {I'm listening to Corrine Bailey Rae as i write this} i am surprised to tell you how much i've been enjoying really switching off and just enjoying being in the now:  the wind whooshing through my ears, early evening birdsong, the clinks, clonks and general cog-turning sounds that bike of mine makes {turns our she's a noisy little madam!} is really sort of lovely you know?

4.  Getting wavy with it.  Discovering i can still wave my hair now it's shorter.  A totally vain point but it means stretching out washing it a little longer and means i can embrace the mess that it inevitably becomes anyway.  Plus there's something rather lovely about being able to enjoy the opposite of how your hair behaves when you do nothing to at all and its normal state.  Don't we always want what we haven't got?!?!  

5.  Exhausting myself physically and not mentally {for a change!}.  When i was younger i hated P.E.  And i mean i really hated it.  To the point that I'd have voluntarily participated in double maths instead.  And if you know me you'll also know that i hated maths too.    But since i've grown up i've really begun to appreciate the power of really and truly exhausting yourself:  Feeling your heart thud in your chest, your legs ache like they might give up on you any second and best of all?  This, outside in the fresh air - and it thundering into your little lungs and filling you with what should probably be terror - but actually, the very best happy 'i can do anything in the whole wide world' feeling even for just a few moments.  I never ever would have thought exercise would have that effect on me.  Of course I'm talking about riding those two wheels....but i do think that everyone has one exercise that they could enjoy just like this.

6.  Watching Chelsea Flower show each night while eating dinner.  Because well...Flowers.  That is all.

7.  Eating colour.  It makes total sense i guess BUT when there is so much colour around and about and the days are so light and bright and downright sassy-pants sunny it makes total and complete sense that i crave even more colourful foods.  This weeks' highlights so far:  butternut squash ribbons, grated courgette, great big wedges of sticky sweet beetroot and as much citrus as i can get.  In other much weirder citrus-related news, yesterday i ate something called a 'Pamplemousse.'  I thought it was a grapefruit.  In fact it tasted like a cross between a mandarin and a grapefruit and was bloody lovely!

8.  The thought of a day off all to myself.  Is it just me or is sometimes the thought of a long awaited day off even better than the day off itself?!  Sort of like the thought and run up to Christmas day?  Just me then?  That's my tomorrow {Wednesday} and I'm so flippin' ready for it!

9.  Summer skin. I know i know that bloody sunshine, it's all i harp on about lately!  Even my little face has been looking a little lovelier because of it.  I feel like all of those early evening or morning bike adventures leave me needing less makeup, less blusher - well less of everything. And since i'm not really all to clever with anything make-up and don't really think it suits me somehow {?} this is definitely something to celebrate! 
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Remember! If this isn't enough of a slice of happy pie for you then hop on over to Michelle, Helen, Kate, Jo, Cat, and Katie's blogs to read their very own #wonderfulwednesday.  Better still join in too and tag me in your happy posts on both Twitter and Instagram.  I'm @sallytangle on everything!

I'm off to have another donut peach....maybe with a few wedges of grapefruit....Have the jolliest most lovely of weeks!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #119

 {Pretty prints upon even prettier tiles....}
Happy MID-week!  I'm sat here wondering to myself quite why I'm so flipping flopping cream-crackered this week and it's just dawned on me that i have worked the last seven days in a row.  This happens quite often and actually isn't half as bad as it sounds.  I love my job, but dare i say it...when you work in retail and part of your job is to be accommodating and lovely and efficient and all of the other things expected of you by customers; for eight whole hours a day?  Well let me tell you it is EXHAUSTING.  I sometimes worry that I'll run out of 'nice' and 'helpful' for those times when I'm not at work.  Luckily it's not happened yet!  So I'm more than looking forward to my day off today {Wednesday}.  There's no grand and fancy plans:  simply to sleep until i wake {which will probably be annoyingly early! No matter - sipping hot tea under the duvet is far better than careering around and about worrying that you might have put your mascara in the fridge!}  The forecast aint great {le sigh!} so i expect much tidying and sorting to be done and maybe some cycling if it's not as wet as it's predicted to be.  
How ARE you?  Has your week been as full of longer lighter days as ours have up here?!  It makes everything seem so much more do-able with some much needed vitamin D don't you think?!  Shall we press on and get cracking on the best bits of my sleepy, sunny week so far?!?

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1.  Feelin' alfresco.  We've not braved a picnic this year yet.  That's largely due to recently selling our little car and the fact that i've also worked a fair few Sundays and when i haven't....well life has just got in the way.  Pleasure has been found in tip-tapping away at our little computer with the skylight cracked wide open, the radio on and a hot cup of tea and a biscuit for company.  It sort of feels picnic-y and also a little bit like you're sat up in the clouds.  It's as alfresco as it's got lately food-wise and I'm not complaining!  

2.  Not having a cold.  Since last week i've been the snottiest little madam that there ever was!  I couldn't quite tell if it was hayfever or a cold and so i've been echinacea-ing, vitamin c'in and adding various hayfever remedies to my day-to-day in an effort to rid myself of it!  As of Monday i've been finally starting to feel 'me' again and convinced that it actually was a cold.  Here's to being able to breathe through my nose, smell the flowers i picked the other evening and to being able to taste again!  Hurrah!

3.  Homemade cookies.  Technically made last Sunday night but eaten right through until almost the middle of this week for 'medicinal purposes'.  Boy did they do the trick!  They were the most perfect ratio of soft and squidgy in the centre and crispy and buttery around the outside and hell I'll just come out and tell you that maybe just maybe they actually fixed me just as much the endless extra fruit and vegetables i have nibbled on the past week!  

4.  Pixi by Petra 'Glow Mist.'  Do you know what?!  Put the word 'glow' onto anything and I'll buy it.  I'm forever on the hunt for something that makes me look ethereal and wonderful.  Despite me actually falling in love with the idea of this stuff first, after researching it and reading reviews to see if it was worth picking up and having now used it for a good few weeks i can confirm it's amazing-ness.  It's a light mist you can either spritz on before applying make-up or afterwards as a way to set it and add radiance.  I use it for the latter and it's just FAB!  It adds a slight dewiness to my face whilst ensuring that my make-up lasts until the end of the day.  And it's packed full of natural ingredients and buckets of Argan oil etc etc and general happy skin stuff.  I'll never be a beauty it, it's ace!

5.  Grapefruit and orange.  Better still grapefruit and orange wedges served alongside toasted rye bread with crunchy peanut butter for the breakfast all champions are made of!  I swapped my usual banana for some extra vitamin c {during 'Cold-Gate'} and i might like it more!  The tart citrus is the bees knees alongside the salty nut butter and it's just the yummiest on these sunshine-y mornings and yet i can imagine it really cheering up a grey start to a day too.  What's a #wonderfulwednesday without breakfast chat hey?!

6.  Pom poms.  Put a pom pom, a tassel or fringing on something and I'll buy it.  Last week i treated myself to a little cover up from Zara {here} that's adorned with brightly coloured pom poms and i ADORE it.  It makes me feel happy whenever i swish and swash about in it and even though i have been paring it with skinnies and a grey marl tea {and sometimes a scarf tied amongst my messy mop!} i can imagine it really working over a plain cotton sundress or with a denim skirt and little tee.  It's just beautiful!  

7.  Getting all green-fingered.  ** Herb update**  If you've read along with at least the past couple of posts you'll know i've been trying to grow some little pots of herbs on our window sills ready to pot in the tubs outside our little attic.  They've absolutely shot up and despite my losing the little cards which said which was which, it's now becoming a little bit easier to decipher between the three!  Our little baby basil pot is actually starting to smell all 'basil-y' and fragrant and i can't wait for it to be a bit bigger!  I'm keeping everything crossed that they survive!  Anyone got any herb keeping alive/re-potting tips to share?!?

8.  Mascapone cheese.  I can take or leave cheese.  Don't hate me!  I mean, i love it in it's rightful place but you're unlikely to find me eating it on crackers or just little squares of it or worse still, choosing it as a dessert {chocolate all of the way thank you please!} BUT there's a time and a place when the right cheese on the right thing is just the bees knees!  This week mascapone cheese was dolloped generously across a pizza which was piled high with portobello mushroom and torn up ham and a heavy-handed helping of dried oregano and fresh basil.  The truth?  It was HEAVEN and i wish that I'd made two pizzas for us and not one because i pretty much begrudged dividing it in two....

9.  Water.  I know i know but sometimes the very best things are the very simplest.  I've been drinking gallons of the stuff lately.  Largely to try and flush out the cold discussed in point two.  I already drink a fair bit anyway and can never understand those who say that hardly bother about it at all.  If i didn't i think I'd be asleep before midday and have a face as grey and miserable as who knows what.  We are so lucky in this country to have fresh water on tap {sorry!} and i know if i don't drink enough i really do feel it!  Those fair few gallons of water have certainly helped propel me through the past seven days in a row at Monsoon Towers i've no doubt about it!

10.  Singin'!  I just love it.  For me though there's no middle ground.  I sing...okay well i sing most of the time.  But if I'm honest i consciously sing when I'm either really very happy or if I'm feeling a little blue or down in the dumps.  Favourite thing to sing?  Impossible to answer as it varies so damned much.  Just like when people ask you for your favourite song.  How do you ever answer that?!  Depends purely on how i feel at the time or what's been whizzing around my ears lately.  I'd love to have a proper go at writing a song.  For someone who loves words and writing so much, and music it seems ridiculous that i never have.  Apart from the teeny tiny insignificant detail of me not being able to read music or play any kind of instrument.  Last thing i sung?  My own accoustic-y take on Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel'.  I like that the Mr has plenty of guitars lying around and about so i can pretend i know what the heck I'm doing!
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 Go go!  Head right on over to  Kate, Jo, Michelle, Cat, Katie, Em, and Helen 's respective blogs and catch their lovely #wonderfulwednesday 's!  Better still tell us about YOU!  What's making your week fab?  What are you looking forward to?  What is powering you though?  Heavens we'd all love your hints and tips on rocket fuel for the rest of this week for sure.  Remember to follow along on social media using the #wonderfulwednesday tag so we can all chit-chat about the jolly great things until our merry hearts are content as can be!


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