It's been ever such a long while since we just TALKED. You know just sat and talked about what's been going on. Truth is that lately has been a little bit lovely. I am a terrible 'season-cheat.' When its Winter i throw myself full throttle into it, cover anything and everything in cinnamon and tinsel. And i am adamant that it is my VERY favourite season hands down. I EMBRACE all that it means, all that it brings and i can't even begin to think of anything other than just burying my head in it wholeheartedly. Until Spring starts to peep through. Then i drop Winter without a care in the whole wide world. The very same can be said for Summer and for Autumn. The truth is that really there are SO many beautiful reasons to love each season that maybe deep down i just love them all equally. I do hope they know that.
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Lately it feels as if everything is jolly-dee. I am back to those heavy, long and deep sleeps that i had been missing. I think sleeping with the window open a tiny amount and a big floral mug of camomile and honey tea has been really helping. Days have been busy at work and EXCITING seeing the new Spring Summer ranges filter through and even more lovely putting in new window displays. It feels as if there has been a real shift in the weather here up north - days have felt long, largely blue skied and perfect for getting out on those pretty two wheels of mine.
Don't you find anything, everything and anyone feels and looks better with a BLUE sky?! It is impossible to be grumpy when you are surrounded by such beautiful bright blue skies and pretty blossom-ey BLOOMS. I cannot get enough of the stuff. My camera is full to bursting with various blossom-ey goodness and there is no sign of it stopping anytime soon. I love how it looks, how it FLUTTERS in the breeze and how pretty and cotton-candy-esque it looks when it all starts to fall from the trees. We have had a pretty jam jar filled with some cuttings on our window-sill for the last few days and it's the loveliest thing to see. If i had my way there would be a blossom tree on the edge of every street. Can you imagine?!
I have been enjoying easing myself (read:: throwing myself) into a much more SPRING-ey wardrobe of printed blouses, soft printed blue jeans and oversized rosey knits and cheeks to match. It seemed a bit too soon to dust of those floral garlands but with all of the blossom…well i couldn't resist. It has felt lovely to wander to work in LIGHTER layers and i can't remember the last time i wore tights. I even braved a bare leg, a tapestry trophy skirt and a lighter knit to work a few days back. My woollen hats have been squirrelled away for Autumn and i have been using any excuse to wear last years khaki fedora.
Easter Sunday was spent with the Mr up at my parents in Scotland. After acquainting ourselves with their new puppy, we had the PRETTIEST wander along the coast and through a beautiful harbour village. I always forget quite how much i love the coast until i go back. My parents are lucky enough to live five minutes away from this sweet little spot. Its a heavenly little place with the sweetest little gift shops, cafes and country pubs.
Since the weekend i have enjoyed a few early evening bike rides which have been so BEAUTIFUL. These lighter evenings make me so much more productive and i feel ever so rested and more relaxed because of it.
How have you all BEEN? How did you spend Easter and have you been making the most of these lighter evenings too?!
Happy week dear BLOSSOM POSSUMS! How the bobbins is it just Wednesday?! I feel all kinds of mixed and jumbled up due to being off Good Friday, in the Saturday, off Easter Sunday and then working Sunday hours on a Monday. I have 'Day Jet-lag' and don't argue 'cos I'm making it a THING starting now! I feel like this week hasn't really begun and i am still attached to last week somehow…i digress. For there are lots of things to smile about so far this week as there usually is…
* A new PUPPY. How can you not smile around a new puppy?! Unfortunately not our puppy. No matter how much I tried to smuggle the little cherub under my jacket! My parents have just re-homed a 5 month old working cocker spaniel named Storm. He is the sweetest little man. He is a shiny little black puppy with a big black nose and a little white diamond on his forehead. How someone could have even let that little face go I do not know. The Mr and I drove up to Scotland to spend Easter Sunday with my parents (and to meet the new arrival) and fell in love a bit. He has a curly tuft of hair on his sweet little head that he loves you to scratch; he loves to jump up and dance with you but he is most happy when he is curled up on the sofa with his head on you snoring. Serious puppy envy going on right there…
* ROSE and VIOLET creams. An acquired taste i think but i adore them. I treated myself sneakily to a little box a little while ago and forgot about them. They are the perfect late afternoon treat with a little cup of Lady Grey tea: All rich, sweet and decadently flowery and delicious. The box didn't last so long…
* Bargain-ous FLOWERS. It went a bit like this: On Monday i got so excited after coming across PEONIES in our local M&S. Until i picked up the bunch of four, and realised that they were £8. EIGHT FLIPPING FLOPPING POUNDS! Now i love flowers and usually treat myself us to a bunch once a week. But i have my limits. Peonies are one of my very favourite flowers in the whole world. They are a Summer flower though, and so they can be pricey when they first start to appear. If i bide my time i shall be able to fill our jam jars soon I am sure. What did make me feel better was stumbling across a MASSIVE bunch of red, yellow and orange roses in Tesco on the way home. They were reduced from £7.50 to 75p. Baaahahahaaa!
* Stunningly beautiful early evening bike rides with only London Grammar in my ears. Or sometimes nothing but birdsong and a gentle breeze. It is the PERFECT way to wind down, de-stress and just tidy away all of the lingering thoughts of the day into the right place.
* CLEAN bedding. Is there really anything better?! I am one of those people who can't go to bed without a little bath or quick shower. But having clean little self, clean slightly damp hair (perfectly allowed come the milder weather), clean pyjamas and a big clean fluffy duvet is theBEESKNEES beyond belief. Throw a slightly open window into the mix and you have yourself the recipe for a sleep-filled night like never before, honest john!
* Granola with ICE cold organic milk and chopped banana. Once we get a few days of sunshine in a row or the milder days start to peep through, i start to crave much colder, fresher breakfasts. Whilst i am a little sad to abandon my morning ritual of stirring porridge over the stove; i am also quick to welcome an extra ten minutes in bed and a huge bowl of granola and icy cold milk. I could eat a whole box of cereal. Infact if it wasn't extremely frowned upon i would quite happily eat cereal for lunch and dinner too. Before i lived with the Mr i could get away with it. Now, well not so much. My current favourite morning munch is Dorset Cereals Oat Granola or their Spelt muesli. Or sometimes a handful of each. Mmmm!!
* MIXING it up in the jacket, coat or cardigan department. I tend to have one or two Winter worthy coats. It gets cold up North and so a good Winter coat is essential. But the milder weather means i can get away with a chunky cardigan, a sweet quilted floral jacket or a sweet little tapestry trophy jacket. I love all of the opportunities Spring and Summer bring. As a Brit, i know not to invest too much in Summer…just incase. That means i am well trained at layering and knowing what i can get lots of wear out of. I have really been enjoying foraging through that Narnia-esque wardrobe of mine and digging out some old classics and wearing them a little bit differently this year. Keep it up Blighty, i am really rather enjoying those blue skies!!
Tell me what has made you HAPPY so far this week?! Are you a cereal muncher? Have you been getting out and about in this milder weather?!? I would love to know!
Have you noticed how much happier, upbeat and generally LOVELY everyone is when the sun shines?! It's hard to be in a bad mood when there is a cloudless bright blue sky above your head. The kind that you almost have to squint to even look up. Lately i can't get enough of it.
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We have been lucky up in Cumbria, to be spoilt with several days of solid sunshine. It's often hard to believe quite how much of a different this makes to EVERYTHING. Every single thing in the world looks better with sunshine behind it, around it or shining brightly down upon on it. There is no getting away with how much friendlier everyone is, how much friendlier I want to be and how much better you feel inside and out. Sunshine makes you want to eat better, it makes you want to get out and fill your lungs with as much of that bright blue skied air that you can manage. If you are British there is always that feeling of not quite knowing how long such beautiful weather shall last. For that reason i feel as if I live life much more when Mr sunshine is peeping down at me. Each second of it is PRECIOUS and not a moment of it can be wasted.
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These images MELT my heart. I love that amber glow, that special golden hour when the very last drops of sunlight start to slide down behind the hills. Sometimes i think i love it more than any other time of day. It is my very favourite time to take photographs too. Everything feels so still, MAGICAL and beautiful and just sitting there watching the sunlight drift away is quite special.
Have you been lucky enough to have some beautiful SUNSHINE too? How does it make you feel?!