Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #171

{Favourite shoes and sunshine!}
Well oh well what have we here then?!  ANOTHER #wonderfulwednesday and list of silly happy making nonsense designed to propel one through to the weekend you say?

Oh okay then.  So far this week has been higgledy-piggledy for one, having not had my usual day off and routine.  You know me and my routines, one little deviation and I'm all over the place.  There's some kind of comfort in knowing where you are and what you're doing in the world, as lovely and inspiring as a little spontaneity can be at times.  I like to know what I'm having for breakfast in the morning, you know?

It's worth noting i felt compelled not to share a list this week due to the recent events that unfolded on Monday evening and into Tuesday - the day that i usually tip-tap out this little post.  I was born in Manchester and have a lot of friends and family there.  Then it struck me that i should go right ahead.  Because as heavy-hearted and as sad as i feel, more than ever it seems important to count the little things and my own blessings and be very grateful for everything.  Even more than ever.

Shall we....?

1.  Kindness.  In the many guises it takes every day - little and large.  This weeks 'notes of kind' so far?  A lovely gentleman not only holding the door for me as i meandered through M&S on a mission to pick up a mirror, but also for saying 'Good morning' too. People don't do that often enough, i don't do it often enough.  And telling somebody that they looked beautiful in what they were wearing for no other reason than they did and i felt they should know it.  I want to make a point of counting the kind more often. We all should.

2.  A through breeze.  The kind only achieved by having the kitchen window, the french doors and both bedroom windows open all at the same time {and crossing everything that no doors slammed shut in the process} on a warm almost Summer-feelin' afternoon.  Because fresh air fixes everything.  

3.  Saturdays spent together.  I know it was last week but since my days off are all-muddled and be-fuddled i hope you'll excuse me.  We never get a Saturday together.  It's just the way it is and that's okay, we work around it and make Sunday's extra lovely because of it!  But last week i was off the Saturday and back in to work on the Sunday.  The Mr went into work for a couple of hours leaving me curled up in bed.  Then i walked to town in the pouring rain to grab some bits and a coffee and he picked me up and we went a wandering around an old salvage yard and then had a lovely chat over coffee.  It was just nice you know?!

 
4.  Nectarines.  Because you know when you just get that Summery feelin' and want to live off nothing but fresh strawberries and nectarines?  Yes that.  I've got a bowl of the little dreamboats on our kitchen windowsill and i can't wait for them to soften and ripen and to eat them sliced on top of cottage cheese with torn mint leaves.  Mmmmmm!

5.  Hearing nothing but the wind tickle the leaves in the trees on a sunny afternoon bike ride.  That and nothing else.  

6.  Perfectly cooked scrambled eggs.  There's such a small window between perfectly creamy and still soft,  and over-cooked isn't there?!  This week i nailed them!  And had them with fresh Dill, avocado and a peashoot-y salad for supper and it was DIVINE.

7.  Natural greek yoghurt.  It's all i've been craving lately and I'm enjoying using it as a vessel for anything and everything but mostly strawberries and chopped hazelnuts.
8.  Coffee sipped outside on a sunny day.

9.  That feeling when you've cleaned the house top to bottom, emptied the laundry bin and sit down with freshly washed hair, clean pyjamas and the treat of also clean sheets.  That my friends is winning at everything and a sure-fire way to have the very best sleep of your whole life!



 And just like THAT, we're all done!  Don't forget to hop right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's blogs to catch up on their happy lists!  'Cos you can never have too many happy lists, can you?

Happy mid-week folks!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #170

 {When ^that's^ your commute home...}
Hello's all round and big waves too and even bigger hurrah's for the fact that we're already halfway through this week!  For me it's a week that feels so flippin' long because i haven't had a day off since last Wednesday - I'm all discombobulated and today feels far more Friday and far less Wednesday than it should and quite frankly all kinds of upside down! 


If you are casting your pretty peepers over this sweet spot on Wednesday morning as keen as the keenest bean then i shall be jetting up to the pretty city of Edinburgh for a work meeting.  I've booked an earlier train that gets me in an hour earlier than i need to be purely because it made me SO sad the last time i went up for work and meetings ran over and i ended up spending the whole day in a hotel before leaving and getting straight back on a train.  What can you even do in Edinburgh for just an hour?!?  Gosh i feel i could spend a week there and only scratch the surface!  Nonetheless, I'm going to arm myself with a big cup of tea and wander - cross your fingers and toes that its dry will you?!

Enough about gallivanting and more, more, MORE happy things 'cos this week this gal needs all the extra rocket fuel...

1.  Waking before my alarm.  Not the best and yet lately it seems to have become a bit of a habit!  Instead of rolling over, grumbling and sleeping terribly for an odd half hour, i've been getting up and moving a little slower; sneaking in an extra mug of hot water, ginger and lemon and doing a little bit of stretching.  It seems to make me feel lots better:  Less thrown into the day and more....ready?

2.  Brazil nuts.  If you read last weeks post you'll already know I'm switching up what i eat for a few weeks in a {to give you the ever so brief and edited version} bid to reset things a little.  This week Brazil nuts have been my go to for in between meal snacking.  If I'm being really honest i've only ever really given them the time of day when they're covered in dark chocolate.  This week i picked up a little bag of them and I'm hooked.  They're meatier {?!}, a little more substantial and great crunched alongside a really sour green apple.

3.  An accidental too many snips of my fringe.  Anyone else with a fringe will know and appreciate the daily struggle of maintenance.  Heavens often it's a miracle if we leave the house without mine standing up on end or looking like i've slept face down and rubbed my face in a pillow all the live long night through!  After having had a fringe for many years, i've sort of got the hang of trimming it myself - good job since it seems to grow at least 50% faster than my actual hair!  But last weekend i slipped and cut it far too short.  It's one of those things, there was nothing i could do to hide it and i knew it would grow back but i still felt a bit conscious.  Ironically SO many people have said nice things about it!  And without me even explaining the slight 'excitability' with the scissors a few days before.  Who knew?!

4.  Cottage cheese.  For being so blooming simple and brilliant and again being another 'something' i can do many things with:  for being a great all round dunking vessel for many a chopped carrot, radish or stick of celery.  For being the PERFECT accompaniment to a seedy rice cake {or TEN - because let's face it, you do need a fair few of the little devils!} and for even being just the ticket to stick a spoon right in straight from the fridge after a long walk home.  If you ask me, cottage cheese is underrated.

5.  Berries, berries, BERRIES.  Because nothing else quite tastes like summer than a big bowl of berries with torn up mint leaves and an almighty scoop of the thickest creamiest greek yoghurt you can find.  FACT.

6.  Rain.  No your eyes AREN'T deceiving you, there i said it:  RAIN.  The weather up here has gone all kinds of funny peculiar:  All angry showers that can't come fast enough followed by the brightest 'eye covering' bursts of sunshine for mere moments before it all happens again ten minutes later.  Walks home through the little cut and up through a sweet hidden forest have smelt AMAZING.  Even if i've had an umbrella up and down and UP and DOWN.  I'd quite happily bottle the smell of damp rainy green and flowers and smell it all day long!

7.  Porridge.  Because since things have gone all topsy turvy food-wise around here and i've been finding my feet, i'd sort of abandoned the stuff in favour of rye toast and nut butter.  Largely since I'm not allowed to eat bananas and everyone knows that porridge isn't half the porridge it could be without a mashed banana through it.  Turns out stirring through coconut oil and frozen berries and topping it with toasted seeds and a great big drizzle of almond butter is actually okay too.


8.  Bare legs.  That's right.  As it turned out in ended up to be a bare legs in the rain kind of a day in the end but still it was bare legs all of the same.  Luckily i wore sensible shoes.  Nothing quite beats the feeling of fresh air tickling your knee-caps!
9.  Really late evening birdsong.  I mean we're talking 11pm here which I'm sure is way, waaay past a little birds tweet/bedtime no?  Either way, with our window open a little crack and on a night where i couldn't seem to stop the 'noise' whizzing and whooshing around between my ears of thoughts and such like; it was a welcome and pretty distraction that sent me straight off to the land of Nod!
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What's been making your week memorable then?!  Better still, what's your secret rocket fuel that's keeping you going until the weekend?!?  Tell me because i'd love to know!  Don't forget to go and bob right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's  #wonderfulwednesday 's and wrap your peepers around even more kinds of lovely happy lists.  What more do you need from a Wednesday?!?
Happy mid-weekin' folks!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #169


{Because there 'aint nothin' a blue sky can't fix!}
Hello and good morning, good afternoon or good evening to you - depending upon when you cast your peepers over this sweet post.  How the devil are you?!  Here's hoping that some sunshine has found you wherever you are because heavens do i wish there was a way to bottle the stuff!  What a difference it makes to an almost three mile walk to or from work - sometimes both!  Not only that, i find my spirits lifted; a spring in my step and even for me - little miss 'rush-a-lot' i find myself slowing down, not rushing from one place to the next quite as much.  Often just because the view of a blue sky and the feeling of a little warmth on your cheeks might be one of the best things ever. Are you with me?!

I feel a happy list coming on.....



1.  Challenges.  Without going into huuuuge details, I'm on a strict diet at the moment.  Not the losing weight kind of diet, one designed to give my tummy a little rest and reset.  I've had a painful tummy for as long as i can remember and nobody seems to be able to work out why or any kind of pattern or link to it.  So lately it's been about going back to basics, stocking up on supplements and the real ingredients and committing to eating this way for three whole weeks.  I'm almost a week in.  If I'm honest i have good days and bad days - i've never ever restricted what i eat in any shape or form and cutting out anything processed, refined or vaguely sweet is harder than i ever thought.  And this is from someone who was convinced she didn't eat very much processed food anyway! But with each tough day, comes a really positive, good day.  The kind where i have bags of energy and i don't notice my tummy all day long.  So much so that i forget that it's ever caused me any problems.  And then i remember why I'm doing it and it's the little burst of rocket fuel that i needed.  {PS before anyone goes getting all concerned, this has all been advised and approved by a natural practitioner and homeopath.}  



2.  Hummus.  Never has such simple thing been such a life-saving and hunger fixing JOY.  I mean i love the stuff and could happily live on it anyway but since, in it's most basic state and rubbish-free it's one of the things i can eat, we've gone through a fair few cartons.  Since I'm staying away from any kind of sugar {natural or refined, apart from some fruit} it's the snacking I'm struggling with! Hummus and celery or carrot have been saving my life!  Plus when i think of Summer and sunshine it goes hand in hand....



3.  Lavender pillow spray.  Since I'm also trying to dial down the stress factor a little here at Tangle Towers, because naturally that can also contribute to lots of other things; i've been trying out a little lavender spritzed onto my pillow each night before bed.  That, combined with a little open window and {thankfully} I've been sleeping like a baby....



4.  A garden.  I mean i knew i was missing out not ever having had a garden to call our very own but I'm not sure i ever realised how very grateful I'd be for our teeny tiny patch of green.  On Sunday afternoon i was feeling a bit fed up.  I remembered I'd bought a magazine a little while ago that had been unintentionally buried underneath some mail in the kitchen and forgotten about.  As the grey sky started to lift on Sunday afternoon and gave way to a brilliant blue and cloudless sky; i made myself a big mug of tea and dragged one of our big printed floor cushions out into the garden.  I curled up in the fresh air, wrapped my fingers around my cup of tea and read that magazine cover to cover in the fresh air.  Afterwards i felt SO much better.  Hurray for many more afternoons spent in the garden.  I quite fancy a hammock.  Is that utterly ridiculous?!?!



5.  Masterchef.  I wanted to write 'I can't help it, it's my guilty pleasure' until i realised there's no shame in it!!!!  It's sort of taken over our evenings lately as it feels like it's on every blinking evening!  Except that i can't risk missing even one night because it's so bloomin' addictive!



6.  That Mr.  For always being the most supportive of everything and not tiring of tolerating my 'i really want chocolate but i can't have chocolate' moans over the weekend.  Or just being really jolly well good at pretending....



7.  Pea soup.  I know, i was skeptical too.  I mean i love my soups, but when the Mr announced he was making a pea soup our of nothing but shallots, peas, mint and chilli even I had to wonder if it would be worth eating.  Turns out i was wrong.  Whizzed up until it's silky smooth and dolloped with natural yoghurt and pea shoots and served with rice cakes and cottage cheese - needless to say we'll be having it again.  I even ate a bowl cold for lunch the next day.  Is that acceptable?!



8.  A new routine.  It's no secret that I'm a lover of a routine:  Of knowing where I'm going, what I'm doing and who I'm doing it with.  A little upset to it and i can feel all.....funny and unsettled. Lately has taught me that in life you can't always stick to a plan, and that sometimes going with the flow is actually okay.  I'm already making a mental note to compromise more.....



9.  Frozen berries.  For being just what i want lately.  Dropped into ice-cold natural yogurt and topped with crunchy cacao nibs and seeds.  Sometimes oats.  What can i say I'm a rebel and there are ways and means to get a chocolate-y fix!!!!


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Go go!  Go cast those pretty peepers over Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's #wonderfulwednesday loveliness!  And of you've got any recipes for refined sugar-free{and natural sugar free!}, yeast free and un-processed snacks then fling them my way.  I need all of the help i can get!  Today is my day off and i think I'm going to try out an apple soda bread....sounds delicious don't you think?!?

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #168

{Hangin' onto the prettiest carpet of cherry blossom over here...}
I feel that before we all get started tip-tappin', that i should tell you now that this #wonderfulwednesday edition might come 'atcha with a little bit of a Bank Holiday tinge.  Now i know not everyone in the world gets to appreciate a Bank Holiday weekend BUT most of the time neither do i!  Working in retail means that these kinds of holidays off work and weekends themselves aswell are pretty much rare and unheard of.  So i hope you'll allow me a little bit of indulgence since i booked this one off and the whole weekend {oh and also until Saturday *cough*} entirely by accident and purely to use up holidays.  Just incase you thought this post was getting far too smug already, if it helps to balance things our oven broke last night, mid-way through cooking soooo I'm-a need all of the positive thoughts for the foreseeable 'little bit' until we know what's what and if it's fixable/saveable.

Before i get all sad that tonight won't be our usual 'Pizza Tuesday' shenanigans, let us get a grip on reality and count some happy shall we...?

1.  Cliche 'schmiche'  BUT this past few days have been mostly bright and blustery and warm enough to not need an actual warm-keeping kind of coat so naturally I've been racing in and out hanging out washing to dry like my life depends on it!  Happiness this week has been a shower/hair wash and clean line-dried PJ's and bedding.  If they could bottle that feeling/scent I'd keep it in my bag forever.


2.  Slower breakfasts.  You know the kind that starts with a mug of tea under the duvet, listening to nothing but the world waking up and the birds-a-singin' and leads to breakfast munched sat with your little feet resting in the garden and the french doors open.  There's nothing like it!


3.  First sleeps with the window open.  Which also quite nicely coincided with clean me, PJ's and bedding night too.  I've been sleeping like a baby all week and I'm convinced that this has alot to do with it.  


4.  Berries.  ALL of the berries!!!!  With the sun naturally comes the cravings for summer fruits and nothing, nothing nothing tastes lovelier than in-season fruit and veg picked up on a long lazy weekend.  I've been stacking strawberries as big as my fist onto crumpets spread thickly with cashew nut butter.  Or piling them on top of the coconut yoghurt thick and creamy enough to stand up a spoon in!  Summer in a bowl!


5.  Project DIY.  If you dip in and out of Insta- Stories you'll have noticed that we spent a fair amount of time paint pickin' over the Bank Holiday weekend.  Who even am i?!  The sign of a Keeper is one who doesn't really object too much at how long it takes you to get down the pain aisle in Homebase and B&Q and equally quite how important it is to pick exactly the right kind of creamy grey.  FYI i actually wanted a light, muddy, chalky pink but had to compromise.  We've got an old Victorian chest of drawers with little feet which i ADORE but it has been needing a sand down and TLC since we picked it up at a scrap yard abooooooout four years ago?!?!?  I can't wait to show you.  We've painted the top and sides and now i just need to faff a bit with what's going on top of it..... {BEST BIT!!!}.


6.  Time spent.  With each other.  I've had the LOVELIEST time just being with the Mr and having a pottering-pal over the Bank Holiday weekend.  Yes we live together, sleep together and see each other every day BUT often our heads are down and buried in the 'Nine to Five' world and it's rare that we just faff around, tinker at home, eat nice food and stay up later and watch things we both want to watch.  It's done wonders for that little heart of mine you know!


7.  Colour charts.  Am i the only one who loves a colour chart?!?!  Maybe it's the Mood-boarder, serial 'Pinner' or crazy creative 'faffer' in me but there's nothing i love more than laying them all out and looking through all of the colours and their names.  I came away at the weekend with the prettiest little bundle of them and I've currently got a few of them pinned up on our notice board for who knows why!


8.  Turning over the calendar.    And the start of brand new month and the 'fresh-start feelin' that brings.  The neat and tidy beans inside me also loved that the 1st of May also fell on a Monday this year too.  It really is the littlest of things....


9.  The anticipation of a {probably too extravagant!} Anthropologie order coming.  Eeeeep!!!!!! Can you tell last Friday was payday AND that the little charmers at Anthro know the way to my little heart and snuck a cheeky 20% off discount code into my inbox on Saturday morning?!?  AND i accidentally also smashed one of my very favourite Anthro plates early Saturday morning when i was 'umming' and 'ahhhing' as to if i should even make an order.  Not one to not listen to the universe and all that of course i HAD to oblige......


10.  Longer, longer,    L - O - N - G - E - R    feelin' evenings.  Okay so i've been off work since Saturday anyway BUT the lighter brighter days are having me rise earlier and the lighter, brighter evenings just make it feel like lately lasts forever and it feels like just the tonic to lift my spirits and make me feel happy!

And just like that we are all done and dusted for another week.  Sometimes, like this week; this post comes out quick-march and is just as easy as the best Sunday morning.  Other weeks i really have to dig deep.  Either way, just doing it, writing it down and the time and energy spent collecting the best bits of my week and finding a place for them to rest; well it's sort of become just a little bit therapeutic somehow you know...?  ANYWAY go now!  Go fill your eyes, head and heart with more good and great and indulge in Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's #wonderfulwednesday loveliness.  Talk to us online on any social media channel and don't forget to use the ^^^^tag up there^^^^ so we can all see and we can all join in!

Sending LOVE!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #167


{It's ME!  At one of our very favourite places to leg-stretch and explore the green!}
How do you doodle do #wonderfulwednesday writers, readers and 'head-popper-inners..?!'  You find me flailing a little this week.  I mean, may i just say:  How is it only Tuesday {as i write this}?!?!? It feels like the l-o-n-g-e-s-t of weeks that there ever was which is probably my own fault since I'm off the whole of this weekend coming and since my last weekend off was so very lovely, well i mean i just CAN'T WAIT dammit!!!!  I know, i know because I'm always telling everyone else to not wish there 'everyday' away but sometimes it's hard.  Is it odd that i almost don't want Friday to come because as soon as it does it'll whizz by and before i know it, it'll be Sunday?!?!?  Sometimes there really is no pleasing this little bean....


So maybe we should get listing..... 


1.  Honey.  I mean i can take and leave the stuff.  I use it, and maple syrup a lot to sweeten things rather than using a refined white sugar and i find that if I'm feeling under the weather, a teaspoon of honey in any of my favourite teas, is the biggest hug in a mug that there ever was.  But lately?  Well i've been sort of loving the stuff!  It's mostly just been cascaded over almond milk porridge with a scattering of mixed seeds on those mornings where 'simple {read: easy} is best and my co-ordination and 'awake-ness' levels are particularly low....

2.  Cut grass.  Yes to the smell and YES to the sigh of it.  I love a tangled cottage-y feelin' garden and in my head that's how I'd love ours to be but honestly...?  I just don't have the time {at the moment at least} to over-haul our very square and neatly-edged garden.  We just have a patio and a little square of grass and so most of the plants we I kill grow, are in big and little terracotta pots.  The last couple of weeks we've given the lawn it's first proper cut since Winter and it looks so neat and tidy and lovely.  Plus the smell was a bonus.  Is there anything lovelier than the smell of freshly cut grass....?!?  

3.  Hummus.  Buzz off -1 degrees on Monday April temperatures!  I'm going to eat my way into Spring and Summer even if the weather isn't playing ball!  *stamps foot*.  I love hummus any time of year and could quite happily eat a tub with a spoon and call it dinner {i have never done that!  Aherm.  Sorry i think there's something caught in my throat...}.  Lately though it's been my go-to lunch condiment.  I'm already excited for tomorrows chopped carrot and celery combo with a little snack pack of seeded oatcakes thrown in for good measure.  Don't tell me i don;t know how to live!


4.  Washin' whites.  There's something a little bit lovely about a) hanging your washing on the line to dry in general but mostly really b) when it's all of your pretty white cottons all clean and bright and sparkling and their blowing in the breeze on a sunny Sunday {that really was only 5 degrees and yet somehow, somehow that Spring breeze won and i brought them in dry at 4pm!  Hurrah!}.  I'm just getting them ready for when Cumbria decides it's going to give us actual Spring-shaped weather conditions.  I mean, I'm on my marks ready to go....


5.  New tea.  Hells bells is this weeks post just all rock and roll and wild!  I'm not even sorry.  My names' Sally and tea makes me happy! This week when pottering on my lunch at work {the lethal kind where you should really probably leave your purse at work} having had to wade through a violent five minute hail shower; i picked up two very lovely things from M&S.  The first a pretty packet of Wildflower seeds and the second a new tea:  Rooibos, vanilla and cocoa nib.  Doesn't that sound like the dream 'before bed' milky drop that ALL of the sweetest dreams will be made of?!?!?  I'll report back.  Well you know, if anyone cares as much as me since it's only Tuesday evening when I'm-a tip-tappin' this and so I've yet to try it..... *drum roll*.  

6.  Forgotten hand-creams.  Silly but true.  Since it's dropped a few million degrees in temperature up North this week {have i mentioned that yet...?!} i've been left with hands so dry {a stubbornness to NOT wear gloves/mittens in April...tsk..} i could sand a piece of wood.  Almost as if the stars aligned and the universe came to my rescue i stumbled across a fancy pants tube of the stuff some kind soul had bought me for Christmas i think and have had it in my back pocket for most of the week...


7.  Pesto.  Yes more food-y related nonsense.  'Cos that too says a little bit 'Summer' or warmer weather at least dontcha' think?!  It's been stirred through charred and roasted peppers and courgettes which in turn were all mixed up in a delightful tangle of pasta and also flicked {creatively i thought...} across a pizza before piling it high with rocket and shoving into the oven.  I just cant' get enough of it's herb-y goodness!!  Anyone got any other great ways to use pesto...? Pesto porridge...?  No, no.  Too far!


8.  Surprising sunshine.  Oh yes the kind that comes right after the stormiest, windiest hail shower so cold it made my little cheeks hurt.  It was flippin' lovely though and i sort of basked in it, stood still for a moment, the way that you do.  Before seeing the black clouds ahead and scampering for cover pronto.  I mean i feel grateful for sunshine at any rate lately but there's something even more grateful-giving in the kind that you really, really don't expect, you know?!

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And just incase this little #wonderfulwednesday -shaped collection of happy isn't enough {and i mean can you ever have too much?!?} skip your little self right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's AND  Emma's blogs quick-march and delve into their very own happy lists!  Don't forget you can join in too:  Chit-chat happy with us all online using the #wonderfulwednesday tag ooooorrrr tag any of us in your posts across any social media.  We're a nosey bunch so we love to see!
Happy mid-weekin'!!!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #166

{Things that make me happy number 1234567899:  A little blanket of 'sunshine' on a less than sunshine-y day}
 
Hello there.  Tell me, what month are we in again?!  Oh, April  you say?  I'm sorry it's just that i woke up this morning to a blanket of white frost and a weather man that told me it was MINUS ONE outside.  Can somebody send - not just any sun - but the kind that feels warm and means i can plant my baby sweet-peas in the garden and they can stop living on top of the refrigerator in the kitchen because quite frankly they're starting to look a bit ridiculous.....

Thanks.

Oh where were we?  Yes!  A #wonderfulwednesday -shaped happy list is in order...Pardon me.

1.  Coffee.  Okay so just one coffee.  Don't go fretting and worrying your lovely little head for i haven't gone mad and tea is still my one and only and pretty much always will be BUT, right this moment I'm chilled to the bone and so very tired and somehow, a coffee when we got in and i realised I'd yet to tip-tap out this post and so dinner would be a little while; well the coffee came 'a callin'.  It's something i have to really be in the mood for and i think the last time i actually had it miiiiight have been at least a fortnight ago BUT, sometimes you can't beat the warmth, bitterness and little whoosh that i flowery mug of coffee brings.  I only wish i had a biscuit or two aswell....

2.  M&S Chiccy Choccy Eggs.....or you know AKA as M&S' version of the infamous Cadbury Mini Eggs.  Actually and quite controversially I think nicer than the Cadbury ones.  I'm just putting it out there....  I didn't go too mad this Easter:  We indulged in the sweetest softest, toasted buttered Hot Cross buns for breakfast on Sunday and then some M&S chocolate eggs.  Because you can't not mark the occasion at all , it's RUDE!  Weirdly enough i didn't really fancy chocolate much on Sunday.  They went down rather well on Monday evening with a big mug of chai tea before bed instead though.....

3.  Birdsong.  Now it's not something i've never mentioned here, but lately in particular what i've been ever so grateful for is extra early morning birdsong.  For one reason or another...and one which i cannot pin point but that i hope sorts itself out very soon BUT i've been waking up ever so early each day - since Sunday infact.  I can't get back to sleep and end up snoozing lightly until my 6:30am alarm.  What has been lovely is listening to nothing at all except the song of the first little birds when it's still dark.  I mean it must be about 4am...ish?! Lying there all cosy in the dark listening to nothing but just that has made the fact that i haven't been sleeping so great actually not too bad at all....

4.  New shampoo and conditioner.  Okay so not even new but an old favourite shall we say?  When i coloured my hair, even though i wanted to use shampoos without sulphates and parabens and use those that were a little more natural; well my hair had other ideas.  It was forever like a sponge and needed at least half a bottle of super strength 'something' just to get a comb through it.  Fast forward over a year and now my hair is back to its natural colour I'm suprised at how little washing, shampoo and conditioner and general styling it even needs.  I treated myself to Lush Cosmetics 'Daddio' shampoo and 'American Cream' conditioner after running out of my usual set-up.  I'd tried both of these products in the past and adored the smell:  Daddio is a violet shampoo and is deep and heady and wonderfully scented - so much so that i can still smell it three days after washing my hair!  And American Cream is a vanillary strawberry concoction that is just heaven.  They're honestly both the only shampoo and conditioner combo that i have ever used which has scented my hair the longest and made it so very swishy and shiny to boot!  There is something quite lovely about beautiful smelling hair....

5.  Wildflowers.  Despite the pretty much arctic temperatures up north this week, those pretty little wildflowers are defying the odds and popping their little heads up here there and everywhere!  I gathered a little bundle on my walk home through the woods on Bank Holiday Monday after work - a little present to myself - and i've now got the prettiest posy of wild bluebells sitting pretty on our kitchen windowsill.  And you know what?!  They smell pretty lovely too!

6.  A clean white t shirt.  I've got only a handful of favourite tees.  You know the ones:  They're constantly on rotation and those extra soft, perfectly fitted and baggy in one t shirts that are just the epitome of comfort for ANY day but especially the ones that have left you feeling a little less than happy.  There really isn't anything lovelier than your favourite white cotton t shirt - fresh from the washing line and thrown on with your softest, slouchiest denims after a hot shower and the longest of days.  

7.  The smell of tomatoes.  This year I'm hoping to try and grow some tomatoes.  But since the daffodils i planted in our garden are only just flowering i wont go getting my hopes up anytime soon....  This week though has been the first time i've picked up British Vine tomatoes from the market and I'd forgotten how beautiful they smell.  The lovely man in the market gave me the strangest of looks as i stuck my nose in the brown paper bag of vine tomatoes!  That sweet smell of green is just the smell of summer, don't you think...?  I've currently got them in a little china bowl on the kitchen windowsill so they can sweeten in the sunshine and are hopefully oblivious to the fact that it's only five degrees out there....

8.  A new candle.  Because i love to light them all year round and not just the colder months.  There's something completely different about lighting a candle at this time of year though.  I pick up softer scents:  We've currently got a Lilac Blossom, a Peony and a Sandalwood and vanilla candle on rotation in various rooms.  There's something comforting about candlelight, no matter what time of year.  

9.  Sunflower and pumpkin seeds.  I'm starting to think I'm the only one who could eat handfuls of these little things non-stop.  Usually just as a stop-gap in between meals but lately, when there's time i've been toasting a handful of each in a dry frying pan with nothing but sea-salt.  Then chopping up some of ^those^ tomatoes; drizzling them with olive oil and then tossing through torn up basil leaves and toasted seeds.  It goes with everything and is getting me so excited for more Summery flavours....
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And with a hop, skip and a jump {or a half an hour spent with a mug of coffee as big as my head and the promise of dinner being made for me} we're all done for another week.  Seriously where do these weeks go?!?  It feels like only yesterday i was lamenting over mince pies, woolly hats and everything cinnamon and now it's all almost Summer {almost being the very operative word!} and well; Here we are!  Don't forget to skip right on over to   Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's AND  Emma's blogs and catch their very own #wonderfulwednesday posts!  And remember to join in online as always; remembering to use the #wonderfulwednesday tag so we can all see and have one big #wonderfulwednesday mid-week shindig and jolly big catch up!  Are you in?!


Happy mid-week-in!

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