Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #186

{Falling for all of those golden beams of light lately...}
Hello there and how the bobbins do you do?!  I'm writing this on a Tuesday afternoon instead of an evening since it is my day off this week.  I've currently got London Grammar up loud, the window open and bright golden sunshine peeking through the gaps in the blind in our spare room. Life is good.  London Grammar are. Just. The.  Best.  Her voice.  It travels up and down my spine in pretty waves of lovely and gives me goosebumps all over.  It's just beautiful!

This week has been a funny one.  The kind where i havent really noticed it start but one which i'm definetly looking forward to it ending! I feel like my head's been busy:  like my sleeps have been long and heavy-headed and maybe even IF it was a thing i've been sort of busy in my sleep too?  Do you ever get tha?  I'm ready to count some happy and to sit still, if only for a an hour so and just think about one single thing.  God bless this little haven of a post!

1.  Squirrels.  Actual real life squirrels.  Spotted on this mornings bike ride through the park; scampering around and about and completely oblivious to me and my two wheels parked close by.  They were racing up and down the hugest tree, pinching conkers and swishing their big fluffy tails.  So lovely!

2.  A suitable coat scenario.  Silly but oh so true.  I'm dying to break out my tweed woolly wintery-ish coat but it's also not really that cold once the sun creeps up and has been warming up the sky for a few hours.  This week i re-discovered an old rusty brown trench coat i'd completely forgotten i had and re-remembered {is that a thing?!} how put-together and chic i feel wearing it, no matter what's underneath it!  Today i threw it over my favourite blue jeans and striped navy breton tee and even popped on my sunglasses.  There's something so lady-like and timeless about a good rain mac/trench coat, don't you think?!

3.  Lemon, honey and ginger.  I feel ever so slightly like i'm getting a cold.  It sort of comes in waves.  An odd day or two i've woken up with a scratchy throat.  Then last night i could NOT get warm no matter how hard i tried.  I've been firing everything at it in a desperate bid to deter any kind of looming illness and one of my favourite things has been lemon, honey and ginger.  I mix a teaspoon of manuka honey, some roughly grated ginger and the juice of half a lemon together and top it up with warm water first thing in the morning.  Standing sipping it, and watching the sun slowly peep up from behind yesterday is doing all of the magical things:  ie:  so far ensuring I havent yet caught a cold!  Little victories!  I used to have lemon and warm water every morning when i was working but sort of fell out of the habit in favour of Lady Grey....

4.  Bonfire plans!  One of my favourite times of year.  Is it weird that i might like it more than Christmas...?!?  {retail worker woes}.  This year we've got plans to go to a bonfire set in the grounds of a castle ruin and I'M SO FLIPPING EXCITED!!!!  I can't wait for hot jacket potatoes, for mulled anythings and for cosying up and watching fireworks.  Who can believe we're halfway through September already?!?!

5.  Butter beans.  If you know me you'll know i pretty much like any kind of bean in any kind of way but this week i elevated that love to another level by randomly tossing some leftover butter beans in a pan with some coconut oil and leftover greens {baby kale, peas, sugarsnaps, edamame beans and fine beans} and served them piled high on some mixed leaves and drizzled with sweet chilli dressing and chunks of half of an avocado i needed to use up and it was the BEES KNEES!  It reminded me of how much i LOVE warm salads come this time of year and also reminded me to get more imaginative with my leftovers and my meals more often!  I think it would also be lovely piled on toasted sourdough or with some rice noodles tossed through and some chopped coriander.  Mmmmm!

6.      Kindness.  This point could stretch for miles/words.  I feel a little bit like i've lost my way lately - in a job sort of a way.  Without going into too much detail or boring you to the ends of the earth i feel a bit trapped.  I'm SUCH a creative person and always have been.  But the problem with wanting to do anything vaguely creative for a living is how vast and wide open a path it can be - especially if you've never ever known which path to forge, which direction to take or even if anyone would want to pay for the kind of creative talents that you have.  If i could sing, make and eat porridge, write long and tangling descriptions about anything and everything, take photos or work somewhere preparing nourishing seasonal food {especially breakfasts!} and making it look beautiful then i would feel content.  But all of those things...?!  Where to start and where to stop?!  I digress.  As i usually do!  But this week i have had so many kind words about my writing:  Instagram comments, even a lovely email and a private message on Twitter and i can't even tell you how lovely a feeling that is.  It might just be my natty description of an amateur snap of my feet or the sky but writing the words, well that's my very favourite part and those that take the time to read and talk to me?  Well you're all just the BEST and i can't thank you all enough.  

7.  Golden-ness.  It's that time of year, or at least it's very almost is that time of year:  When the light changes; gets caught up in the first scattering of fallen leaves and casts a magical golden glow wherever it touches.  If i could press pause on now then i surely would.  Aren't the seasons just magic?!  It's been making me crave butternut squash, sticky sweet potato wedges with spiced paprika; ginger and oat crumble topped fruit and figs!  Because cinnamon baked figs with runny honey are just beyond heaven!  If there was a time of year to roast, caramelise or toast everything it would surely be now.  

8.  Porridge with honey.  Nothing else.  A simple, piping hot bowl of creamy porridge made with hazelnut milk, a pinch of pink salt and a really good drizzle of heather honey across the top - perfection!

9.  Meal planning.  This is something we don't really do but something i'm trying to change.  Largely so i don't end up going to the market and three other supermarkets just to get what i want for the week's groceries.  This is the second week of meal planning:  recipe books, scribbled lists and many a post-it AND i'm already wondering why we haven't been more organised for the last seven years of our relationship!  Am i turning into my mother yet?!?

10.  Meridian peanut, chocolate and honey butter.  I bought this today {Tuesday} and havent tried it yet BUT do you know what?  I've never met a Meridian nut butter i didn't like!  I already know i'm going to love this and i'm beyond excited for breakfast tomorrow!  But then that's nothing new....

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And that's that.  Another #wonderfulwednesday -shaped happy list sat, pondered and tip-tapped out in an effort to spend a little time each week counting the littlest bits of lovely in my week.  Why not pop right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs  and have a read of what's been making their very own weeks wonderful?  Better still join in with the chit-chat online across all social media channels using the #wonderfulwednesday tag so we can see.  As always i'm @sallytangle  everywhere!
Have a lovely rest of week!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #185

{Autumn is that you?  Yes, yes i do believe it is...}
It's official folks:  We have Autumn.  I am sat here, tip-tapping out this little post to you on Tuesday evening gazing out of our office window into the greyest, darkest sky that there ever was and listening to the rain hitting the window and gushing so fast down our tiny drainpipes.  Also, of it's own free-will and without any encouragement from yours truly {who always gets the blame for putting on the heating when it's not quite cold enough!} the heating has clicked on all by itself - it's the very first time since i can't remember when!  There's something magical about curling up, getting cosy and piling on the layers come this time of year though and i feel more than ready for ALL of that! Don't you??!

I feel as if this weeks' list might come to me quiiiite easily you know...

1.  Changin' up my scents.  I'm already steps ahead with wearing my more 'colder-weather' fragrance and have sprayed most of my lighter early-Autumn scarves already.  But this week we also said goodbye to some candles that i'd been burning over summer and had all but ran out and replaced them with heavier, richer and deliciously cosy scents.  I picked up two new candles:  One 'Tobacco Pipe Smoke' a heavenly heady sandlewood scent with smoky undertones of....almost leather..?!  And i also snuck in another candle in 'Midnight Air' which smells exactly like the smell you get wandering home on an early autumn night:  All first coal fires entangled with dampened grass.  They're really doing the business in putting me in a cosy mood each evening.  We've also swapped our reed diffuser from coconut to vanilla and that too is a deliciously lovely scent to breathe in when we're cosied up on the sofa.  

2.  Toast and jam.  You know me, give me a jar {or ten!} of nut butter and i'll spread it on anything and everything imaginable or just sit on the kitchen floor and eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon.  But sometimes, a slice of hot, salty buttered sourdough bread with as much jam piled high on top as you can muster before it leaks through the holes and you have to lick your own wrists {#toastfail right there} alongside a mug of tea is just the bees knees!

3.  Lamplight.  The worst part for me about the colder months is definetly the lack of light.  I've been staving off the possible vitamin C deficiency and certain glumness by making sure i light some lamps and candles as i'm pottering about after my evening shower or getting ready in the morning. It does a little in cheering my little cheeks just before bed or when i have to be up before the daylight tickles the windows.  

4.  Red cabbage.  You know when you suddenly just crave something?!  I didn't want to peak too soon as have red cabbage the way i usually love to:  cooked low and slow and braised with apple and redcurrant jelly.  Instead we made it into a quick pickle by mandolin-ing it, seasoning it well with sea salt and black pepper and scrunching in a generous slug of red wine vinegar.  We made enough to last us a lifetime all week almost and have been eating it at any given oppurtunity!  We made some lamb koftas at the start of the week and rolled them up in floury tortillas with red cabbage and cottage cheese and it was SO GOOD!

5.  Cuddles in the morning.  Or anytime really because who can beat a cuddle as the ultimate way to cheer you up, make you feel cared for or simply just warm you up?!?  It doesn't help me want to get up on these darker mornings {what does?!?} but it is a lovely way to start the day/warm my toes!

6.  Nutmeg.  Have a peaked too soon?!  I couldn't get my usual brand of almond milk for my porridge this week so i picked up hazelnut instead.  Even on it's own it's so hard not to get a chocolate-y taste from it or to want to put it alongside anything and everything chocolate!  I tried to be imaginative and shook in a great heap of nutmeg alongside my usual mashed banana and it was INSPIRED.  So much so that i'll be most likely having it until the end of the week!  If i could eat porridge for every single meal then i genuinely would!

7.  Old favourites.  Is it just me or does anyone else have a handful of favourite clothes items that no matter how worn, loved or tatty they might be; that they couldn't even entertain ever getting rid of them?!  I've got far too many really but top of the list and something i dig out every year without fail {infact i actually dug it out a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the cooler months just so i could wash it and give it a freshen up!} is my over-sized grey and cream speckled cable cardigan. It's made from wool and has to be the softest, cosiest thing i own and i wear it with anything and everything:  Pyjamas included.  It's also sadly the bobbliest thing i own but each year i hunt for a new  one and can never find one quite as lovely!  

8.  First tight-wearing.  I'm actually rather proud i lasted until the 11th of September this year!  Now there's officially no going back and i'm fine with the fact that i'll most likely be wearing tights from now until at least May next year!  What's not to love about something that you can pull right up to just under your bra and be the toastiest that you'll ever be?!?  

9.  Rain on the darkest, coldest night so far.  Okay so there's been a couple of them lately.  But lying in bed, in only lamplight with the rain thundering against the glass and the wind howling is one the the BEST feelings.  Are you with me?!?
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And we are DONE!  All happy list-ed up and ready for the rest of the week!  Don't forget to bob right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's    respective blogs and read all about what's been making their weeks' really rather lovely!  And join on online with the #wonderfulwednesday chit-chat on any other social media platform - as always i'm @sallytangle everywhere!
Have a wonderful rest of week!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #184

{S'all about the berries!}
Good day to one and all!  How the devil are you?! I'm just going to be a squillion percent honest with you from the get-go and tell you that until about precisely 0.5 seconds ago i was in the HUGEST grump to end ALL grumps.  For absolutely no apparent reason and out of completely nowhere!  Sometimes I can be the oddest bean that there ever was.  BUT as quick as that little grey cloud enveloped all 5 foot 3 inches of me, it has just vanished without even a trace!  I've got no doubts whatsoever that it's purely down to the big mug of the hottest most perfectly brewed tea  {which i have just finished} and the fact that i have Destiny's Child up loud and i'm singing and typing altogether at once!  Anyone mind if this weeks' post is just the lyrics to 'Bugaboo?'  Thought you wouldn't.  Isn't the human mind and body an intriguing thing?!  

For a little moment there i was worried that this weeks' happy list was going to take a while!  But off we go!  HURRAH!

1.  A new primer.  Scratch that, my FIRST primer.  I've made no secret of the fact that i'm the most useless when it comes to make-up.  I also don't really have the energy to put the effort in and would much rather spend my time picking out the perfect scarf to match with what i'm wearing in the morning.  Who am i even kidding here?!?  I'd much rather spend the time stuffing my face with porridge and nut butter.  This week though i tried Lush Cosmetics first ever primer:  Magical Moringa.  And magical it is.  Not only is it 100% natural, self-preserving and smells BEAUTIFUL; it makes my skin feel like velvet and look so lovely that i actually need less make-up.  You know what that means...?!  More time for breakfast....

2.  A new candle.  I know 'blah blah blah' how many times do i harp on about candles?!?  But for me they're just the ultimate feel-good 'picker-upper' anytime of year.  I've got into a little day off routine now where i always burn one in the morning and somehow it feels even more luxurious than ever!  This week though i picked up a new scent for our livingroom candle:  'Tobacco Pipe Smoke' which is MAGIC:  All woody, smoky, deep and rich and perfect for ever-so-slightly edging into the cooler weather.....

3.  First acorn spotting.  Remember when you were little and used to collect little trinkets like acorns and conkers and pretty leaves just because?!  Well on one evening walk home from work this week i spotted the most perfectly formed little baby acorn, still wearing its sweet little acorn hat {i'm sure there's a more technical term for it!} that had fallen from the hugest Oak tree that i'd never ever even noticed before.  Not quite sure how i missed it!  I stuffed it into my cardigan pocket and it's sat on the desk in our little office.  Not quite sure what to do with it yet.....But looking at it is making me happy soooooo.....

4.  Afternoons spent with my sister.  I love that girl with all my heart and whenever i spend anytime with her i leave feeling full of inspiration and.....just guts!  Like i could take on the whole world in one stride!  There's forever never enough time to cover everything i want to talk to her about, ask her advice on or tell her but the time that we do spend together is one of my very favourite things in the whole entire world!  She's one of the very few people who is forever on my page and it's the BEST feeling ever!

5.  The anticipation of good bread.  I don't really eat a lot of bread.  I am forever vowing that i will learn to get better at baking my own but apart from a try at soda bread - the easiest of them all - which actually turned out to be delicious i've never quite gotten around to it!  Patience you see - it's not something i have in volume.  Or at all.  It's awful but i always want everything yesterday!    SO this week i stumbled upon the NICEST loaf of dark rye sourdough in a bakers.  It smells like HEAVEN and i'm already excited to slather it in salty butter and pile scrambled eggs on top.  Or zig-zag it with tahini, honey and ripe peaches OR maybe spicy tomato-y butterbeans.....the world is my TOASTER!

6.  Celebrating the very last of summer.  By buying myself the very last bunch of scented stocks on my lunch-break the other day. They have filled the kitchen with the prettiest floral scent and i've been breathing it in over and over whenever i get a chance.  Soon it'll be time for jam jars of eucalyptus, red berries and the like.  Don't go thinking i'm not as equally excited for those though....

7. A hat!  Any hat!  Okay so between you and I, I might have bought a winter hat the other day!  But it's the prettiest wintery purple shade and it's the softest angora beret {which technically is more than appropriate in late autumn also too, am i RIGHT?!} which goes magically well with my grey woollen coat and soft woolley scarf from the last few years.  Is it just me who finds an AMAZING sense of satisfaction when you stumble across something in just the right shade to go alongside something else...?!?

8.  Porridge-y mornings. Let's not go fooling ourselves here. I've been eating porridge on and off all summer.  But i've been 'summer-ying' it up {read:  stopping myself melting} by topping most bowls with frozen berries.  This week was the first time i've curled up, on a grey and drizzly Monday, with a hot bowl of honey laden porridge made with the creamiest almond milk, mashed banana and a little ground cardamon and it was HEAVEN.  So heavenly infact that i've stocked up on all i need to ensure i can eat it every single day this week.....
9.  First scarf wearing. Just a lightweight soft leopard print scarf but all of the same, you can't quite beat nuzzling into one of your favourite scarves, sprayed lightly with your favourite perfume, on a drizzly wet pretty-much-autumn morning, can you?!

10.  Blackberry picking. I'm mega late to the party here but just hadn't really spotted any in enough abundance to get excited about.  Until the other night. I filled up my lunch box and scampered home.  I ate far too many of them dunked into creamy greek yoghurt and wildflower honey later that night and i've frozen the rest for now.  Fire your favourite blackeberry recipes this way!  

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And we're DONE!  All happy listed out for another week can you believe it?!?  Quick-march your lovely self right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's  blogs to catch another lot of happy listing #wonderfulwednesday -style orrrrr join in too!  Chit-chat online with us over on Twitter and Instagram {as always i'm @sallytangle} and remember to use the #wonderfulwednesday tag so we can all see!
Happy mid-weekin' !!!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday 183

{Bike rides are my favourite!}
Hello there!  How are you?  Are you feeling as upside down and darn well inside out after the bank holiday?!  I had most of last week off and then was back at work for Sunday and and Monday and then to be off Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Sunday felt like Monday.  Yet today {Tuesday - the day that i always put together this little post} is also the most Monday-feeling Tuesday that there ever was!  Que-sera!  I've got Haim up as loud as the speakers on our little Mac will allow and i've just got an email saying that my HUGE Amazon book order has been delivered to the Mr at work {saves those annoying 'sorry we missed you cards'} so life is GOOD.  

Shall we chat more good and great and bloody lovely...?!?

1.  Bed sheets.  I mean i've always had a penchant for a pretty bedroom and a well-laid bed.  I think i get that from my mother - i spent a lot of my littler years helping her change the bed, fluffing pillows etc and so i will forever have an appreciation for a perfectly fluffed up bed and cushion combo!  Over the past few years though, i've learnt a lot more to appreciate the feel of a comfortable bed:  The right mattress, the seasonal appropriate tog of duvet {if you'd asked me a few years ago i probably didn't even know what 'tog' meant - i still think it's a funny word!}, and most importantly the best thread-count and fabric you can get hold of, for sleeping under.  Maybe i just got old and fussy in my later years BUT sleeping under and surrounded my natural fibers is the DREAM - literally.  Okay well that and them being line-dried in the sunshine to boot.  I feel like i'm constantly washing bedding this week in a desperate bid to give each set a good clean before it's too late in the year to dry them outside anymore!  The struggle is REAL dammit.  What was my point?  OH YES buy cotton bedding, wash it and dry it outside and breathe in the gloriousness that it brings!

2.  Alfalfa sprouts.  I mean who am i and what am i even talking about?!?  These little gems are my thing lately:  Sprouted seeds snipped just before they grow into lettuce, radish or the like.  I keep meaning to sprout my own since it seems so flippin' easy that even i shouldn't kill them, right?!  But then they're usually just £1 or from Sainsbury's and at the time....well that just seems easier.  What do i do with 'em!?  Pile them high on everything!  On top of toasted rye bread with a little bit of mashed avocado and flaky smoked sea-salt; just as the crowing glory on top of any kind of salad that sits alongside my supper - since there's usually one every day; dotted across the top of a stirfry; added on top of a vegetable burger {my favourites are beetroot, mint and quinoa or harrissa, lentil and red pepper} after some crumbled feta or sometimes just on top of scrambled eggs!  So versatile and leafy just as much as they are seedy!

3.  A breeze.  It's getting almost to that time:  Soon the leaves will no longer be bright and green and lucious.  Soon they'll be blanketting the ground and i'll be relishing crisping and crunching through them at every chance i get!  But lately i've been noticing the change in the breeze:  It's cooler, fresher and 'nippier' but more than that it sounds different too:  When the wind catches the leaves in the trees now you can hear the change from a gentle rustle, to a more pronounced rattle...?  Tell me it's not just me who notices these things...?  Or thinks that they really are rather lovely too?

4.  The most purple plum.  So purple infact that my thumbs are still a slightly pretty shade of crimson from this mornings afternoon snack!  If i'm sad at the though of nectarines and peaches no longer being in season; then i am in equal parts comforted by the thought that soon they'll be victoria plums, damsons and gooseberries for at least a little while. Nothing is yummier than dark purple plums and cinnamon.  Oh and if you want a real treat?  Pile them high on any kind of toast that has been spread with Pip and Nut's Cinnamon Cashew nut butter.  You can thank me another time!

5.   Spiders.  Not the huge and great MASSIVE one that parked itself on the floor in our spare room and that i nearly stood on WITH BARE FEET the night before last!  No, a little love is going out to the teeny stripey one which has made a pretty web on my sweet-peas and who i've named Trevor and talk to nearly just as much as i do my actual plants.....

6.  The anticipation of a new season and all that it means. You know me and 'looking forward to things' - what can i say it's just my thing?!  As well as crumpets, porridge, riding my bike and wearing a hat {#thingsimknownfor} probably!  I love to start thinking about changing what i wear, mixing up our weekly meals a little bit and adding in new season fruit and veg and thinking of ways to save some summer in the cupboard.  Have i told you that i really want to make an 'End of Summer Kimchi' oh and maybe a Nectarine Preserve?  Well i do and i'm bloomin' excited!

7.  Wearing outrageously huge and tassel-ey earrings with my favourite jeans, slouchy cardigan and a grey tee.  It's been my go-to lately and i'm really rather loving it.

8.  First berries. Sort of relates to number six really.  I'm loving spotting the first berries appearing in the hedgerows on my walk through the woods home. I also spotted some apples the other day!  It made me very excited for apples. I feel like it's been AGES since i ate a really crisp, crunchy apple you know?!  And i always feel like Autumn {THERE i said it} is definitely the time for apples to shine, don't you?!

9.   1st of September.  There's just something about the 1st of September.  I mean i know i'm not at school, uni or college but even so i just think that its somehow instilled in me that the 1st of September is a new start; a fresh chapter and a chance to begin again.  And i like that feeling a lot.

10.  Chai tea.  I'm usually a camomile tea with a little honey before bed but lately, it's all been about spicy, milky Chai tea and i've been sleeping like a baby. Maybe it's the impending change in season, a little drop in the temperature - who knows why but it's a much-loved addition to the end of my day either way. 

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And just like that - as per usual we're all done and another #wonderfulwednesday post has been tip-tapped:  Things have been shared, documented and celebrated!  Don't forget to hop on over to   Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs    who have done exactly the same!  And don't also forget to join in online yourself too!  Use the #wonderfulwednesday tag on Twitter or Instagram and share the best bits of your week too! 
Until next week...

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #182

{^Current colour palette inspiration^}
Hello there and how do you do?!  It's just me, back once again with another post of great and good and the littlest snippets of lovely for you!  This week is whizzing - like the rest of them - right on by my little ears!  I've got a few days off this week and i'm trying my hardest to slow down, to be a little lazier and not feel guilty for it and to get outside in the fresh air on those two wheels as much as i can!  I've really been feeling the need for a bit of a 'reset' in the run up to this week and have barely lifted my head to do anything other than work, work, work all the time!  This week is all about {mostly} ME and i'm not even ashamed to admit it!
Let's get listin' shall we?!?

1.  Friends.  I'm one of those people who doesn't have many friends, not the close 'bare everything, see all sides of me' kind anyway.  I genuinely don't see that as a bad thing at all.  The few and close group of people i do call my closest are those that i know i don't have to see every single week {because life sometimes gets in the way!}, and those that i know that when i do; it'll be just like always.  I can be my complete self, flaws and all and they get it. This week i've been lucky enough to spend time with one of my DEAREST friends who now lives over in Perth in Australia.  I've not seen her in almost TWO YEARS!  Today we had a catch up and it was just like always!  

2.  Mornings.  If there was one part of the day i could really make slow down it would definitely be mornings.  My ultimate luxury is a day off morning:  One where i can get up early; make hot tea in my favourite mug and take it back up to bed and read.  Then pitter-patter down the stairs to make crumpets - usually - piled high with some kind of nut butter and some kind of fruit and seed combo.  This week its been all about Meridian Peanut and Seed butter {so yummy it might have taken the crown of my usual Crunchy Peanut butter favourite! It's crammed full of roasted peanuts, black sesame seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds} spread thickly and then topped with ripe and juicy wedges of peach.  Mmmmmm!  Then i like to light a couple of candles, open the curtains and put on the radio whilst i get ready.  If only every single day could start this way!  I'm sure i'd feel all the better for it!

3.  Taking in the green.  I've been craving greens to eat and to see this week - if that makes sense!  I like to listen to my body as much as i can and i'm a firm believer that if you're craving something, it's probably because your body needs it - emotionally or physically.  This week there's been smashed avocado on toast {with a squeeze of lemon and chopped coriander to freshen things up}, there's been chunks of ice-cold cucumber eaten alongside thick cottage cheese-laden oatcakes and tart green apples cut into wedges and spread with almond butter.  I'm also planning to mash some peas and mint into some regular mashed potato to go alongside some cod fillets we are having later in the week.  But as for seeing green:  Well i've been out on those two wheels at every given opportunity - i've rode laps and laps of our sweet green park and taken almighty great gulps of heavy sweet summer air.  I even took a detour through the woods home yesterday afternoon just because i felt like it and didn't have to be anywhere!  I think it's my body's way of telling me to make the most of all of the green before the leaves start to fall and the temperature drops.

4.  Haim.  I'm so out of touch with most current music!  I stick to a lot of what i already know and I'm already familiar with {i think it's the whole attaching memories to songs and being a sentimental at heart!} but one band i have loved/wanted to join/spend what feels like always hop-scotching and skipping along to, are Haim!  Who else loves there new album just as much as their last?!  And also wants to join them...?  Just me then...

5.  The smell of freshly cut grass.  We cut ours this week and the day after a   l-o-n-g   night of rain i woke up to sunshine.  So i sat out with my mug of tea in my pyjamas and it smelt all kinds of wonderful.  

6.  Breakfast for tea.  When i say that i don't mean cereal or porridge orrrrr crumpets and peanut butter {although it was a regular occurrence when i was at uni and couldn't be bothered!}, i suppose what i really mean is brunch-shaped supper.  This usually occurs after a grocery shop when neither of us can be bothered to cook.  We used to always order a pizza but over the years that's sort of developed into us both choosing our favourite lazy supper that we wouldn't normally get to eat since the other person hates it.  I pretty much always have avocado on toast or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs since the Mr hates salmon of any kind and wont even entertain an avocado.  It's the BEST!  {if not slightly weird...}.

7.  New bedding.  Because that actually needs no other further kind of explanation.  I picked this set up form M&S last weekend when i had just changed our sheets the night before.  I did entertain changing them again just to put on new sheets but settled on washing them, line drying them and just looking forward to them.  Yes i'm that weird person!  So worth it and a million percent heaven!

8.  The sweet scent at the end of a really humid day that's felt like it needed to rain all the live long day but hasn't. I'm currently breathing in that exact scent as I tip-tap this post out; with a wide open window and the prettiest cloud-patterned blue sky.  

9.   Silence.  Because it's the thing i crave so often!  And this week i have had it in buckets so far and every part of me feels better because of it.  

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Wow.  I think that this weeks' list might be the simplest list i've written in a long time!  I sort of love it the most, somehow?  Sometimes life can be so fast and overwhelming and big {?} that it's so easy to lose the little things.  And ironically they're the things that i love the most.  What a funny thing the world can be?  BUT before i delve into anymore deep thinking-shape philisophy, make sure you hop, skip and jump right on over and check out: Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's #wonderfulwednesday posts.  It's exactly how i plan to spend my Wednesday afternoon too.  And commenting and sharing and joining in, in a merry celebration of all of the little things that make our lives better.  It's be lovely if you joined in too!  Chit-chat online using the #wonderfulwednesday tag, share some links and tag us if you share anything similar.    

Happy mid-week you lovely things!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #181

 {Genius sweetpea-growing right there!}
Hey hello-a and how do you do?!  I'm feeling like i have BAGS of energy and that i'm full of beans lately and i'm putting it solely down to having two days off together at the end of last week.  Not only that, instead of hurrying and rushing and sort of nearly running myself ragged on those two days.  I took it extra   s-l-o-w  and you know what?!  I think i needed it and that i really should learn to listen to my body a little bit more.  Far too often we're made to feel bad for being a little bit lazy when actually from time to time, it can be just what we need.  I feel like i've approached this week with extra steam power and felt all the more motivated because of it.  Or maybe it could be thought of ten whole days in a row off work from Friday...?!  Sorry..i couldn't not mention that.  

Either way, let's celebrate the extra super powers with a pretty lovely list of happy, #wonderfulwednesday style of course!

1.  I'm always harping on about looking forward to things and the fine line between that and wishing the time away.  It really is a balance i'm yet to really master fully! There's nothing wrong with looking forward a bit though, right?!  Especially when it's because one of your very best friends in the whole wide world returns from Australia to visit this week and you haven't seen each other in just about two whole years!!!  I am BEYOND excited to be reunited with one of my partners in crime!

2.  Beetroot hummus.  Piled high on flippin' everything but particularly on top of an actual beetroot and lentil vegetable burger and served with an almighty salad of the loveliest most sweetest tomatoes from the window sill, peashoots and toasted sunflower seeds.  Could be one of my favourite concoctions to date!

3.  Cinnamon in porridge. Ok i'm sorry but YES i went there.  Okay so i know it's August too but it's been really mostly torrential rain up north since Sunday evening AND i thought i was coming down with a cold on Monday evening and so on Tuesday morning i thought SOD IT.  I'm going in with the creamy, warming and spicy-type porridge and i don't care who blinkin' knows it!  I made my usual porridge but instead of my usual mashed banana; i added one grated apple {skin and all!}, and half a teaspoon of cinnamon.  Then i topped it with pumpkin seeds and a great big table-spoon of Pip and Nut's Cinnamon and Cashew Nut Butter.  I'm not even sorry.  Infact i might even eat it all week.  For medicinal purposes you understand....

4.  Pinterest.  Because i love nothing more than losing myself on there for a little while when i'm on my lunch at work or have a spare hour or so on an evening. There's something about an impending change in the season that makes it such an inspiration.  Even if it's just looking back at my own boards.  Is there anything better?!

5.   Slug-shaped victories.  Not sure if i mentioned on here last week {?!} - i do know i pretty much ranted about it to every customer i served at work and had a bit of moan about it on Twitter!  My poor baby sweetpea plants that i have nurtured, and talked to and watered each and every day got ferociously nibbled by slugs at the end of last week. I was so sad!  They're just about to flower and are one of my faaaaaavourite Summer flowers in the whole wide world and they looked so sad and sorry for themselves!  After a few recommendations {and about a million inches of rain interspersed with bouts of glorious sunshine} they are fighting back and have grown SO MUCH.  Hurrah!  Sorry slugs, i know you've got a job to do and all of that BUT if you could stick to the bigger plants and flowers and lave the baby ones alone that would be grand.  Thanks.  

6.  Fringe games.  I love my fringe.  In fact when i pin it back to wash my face or shower and catch myself in the mirror i look so unlike me!  I think i've had a fringe since i was ten.  Oh well apart from a brief notion to 'grow it out' aged nine and also around the time when it was fashionable to wear those really thick padded headbands that had your name written on? I used to have to push it right back with one of those and even then, bits would creep back through and get into my eyes.  I think i only lasted a little while and had to beg my mum to cut it back in. This week i trimmed my fringe for the billionth time and it is really straight and even and lovely and even when the rest of me is a total MESS, it somehow stays neat and lovely.  Hurrah for fringes!  

7.  *whispers*  A new dress.  But not just ANY dress:  A LIBERTY printed dress.    I had a big clear out and had to say goodbye to some of my favourites that i had worn until they were quite literally falling apart and i've been on the look out for some replacementsTransitional ones, the kind that i can happily scamper about in now with tan sandals and a cardigan and then that i can layer up with opaques, brogues or boots and a woollen coat when it gets cooler.  I mean i don't mind skirts and tops and jeans and tops but well; i'm always much happier in a dress.  I accidentally fell in love with a green Liberty printed one which came this morning {Tuesday} and that i almost daren't open incase it's too beautiful and isn't really practical somehow..?!  I just fell in love with the print and thought: 'I'll make it work i will, I WILL!!!'.  And now i can't quite remember if it'll be okay for what i want.  I'm going to save opening it until my day off on Thursday...I'm quite enjoying the excitement.....

8.   Clouds.  I often think if i could be any one random thing, it would be a professional cloud-watcher.  Not even the meteorological technical kind that studied the weather.  No, no just someone that found really pretty ones and took photos of them, for a living.  There's been some beautiful clouds around these parts lately; what with all of the erratic weather.  I take photos and photos and photos galore and it's only when my phone memory tells me that it's full that i realise quite how much i photograph clouds.  Oh, clouds and crumpets in equal measure actually.  Think that's what i might call my autobiography:  'Clouds and Crumpets' what do you think?!?

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And just like that, another week has whooshed right on by.  Who can believe we're heading for September - between you and I i'm really rather excited as i can't help but still think of September as a new start month; even if i'm not at school or university anymore.  Plus i'm feeling ready for a new season too.  Anyway, enough getting too far ahead!  Remember to pop yourself right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs so you can catch up on their weeks and fill your boots with another happy fix.  Remember to join in yourself online with the tag #wonderfulwednesday and share what's been making your week so flippin' lovely!

Have a beautiful rest of week!


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