Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #175

{Because cloudless blue skies are happy-makers times a MILLION!}
When you read this, i shall be a couple of hours into working a 12 hour shift.  Not only that, said 12 hour shift will have followed a 14 hour shift the day before.  If there was a some kind of award for services to retail/retail olympics than i definitely feel like I'd be more than in the running for a gold medal/highly commended 'something' right about now.  Those my friends are the woes of summer sale time!

On a different note, before said mentioned grueling many hour-shaped shifts, i have indulged in seven whole days off work.  So i can't really complain too much as it stands.  The weather has been mostly kind to me {hayfever has reared it's oh-so-sneezy head but WELL, you can't have everything and wearing sunglasses indoors just so you can have every single window and patio door open really isn't that bad!}  

I'm mostly feeling a little bit dis-jointed this week - in the way that a little upset to your usual routine can make you feel!  But I'm sure once my few   L-O-N-G   days are done, I'll get back on it.  The seven days previous to this little post have spent indulging in a little much needed self-care and down time and i really do feel SO much better for it.  I just need to find some way of fitting this into my working week instead of feeling like i need a whole seven days off just to properly switch off.  I think sometimes we rush, hurry and dash this way and that - often merging one week into another - that we lose track of ourselves - at least i do, far, far too often.  I'm forever missing the signs and leaving myself feeling exhausted, burnt out and like I'm just not the best version of me.  I'm always too hard on myself, too critical even and i need to learn to slow down a little and to step back.  I'm working on it i promise. But any steps to fit this in would be gratefully appreciated?!  How do you switch off?

I feel like it's time to count some of the gems of the past few days...heavens by the end of this week i might have re-visit this post just to remind myself what they were....

1.  Homemade ice-lollies.  This time last year we didn't have a freezer.  Scratch that this time just a few months ago we didn't have one either.  Don't ask.  I'm not sure how we coped but we did and it was okay.  But the addition of a freezer this summer definitely meant i was realising some of the ice-lolly recipes I'd been 'Pinning' for last three million years.  First of all, how EASY?!?  It's almost not worth the effort of getting in the car or wandering along to the shop to pick up over-sugary ice-lollies filled with all funny ingredients that you can't quite pronounce/have no idea what they are.  Our favourite so far?  The simplest of them all:  Frozen blueberries, a drizzle of raw honey and a good glug of creamy Greek yoghurt.  All 'zoozed up' in a blender and frozen.  DELICIOUS.

2.  Sleeping with damp hair.  When it's so warm that you worry you'll never ever get to sleep no matter how many windows and 'through breezes' you can cultivate at 11pm.  Praise be to three things:  Going to bed with wet hair therefore not having to use a hot hairdryer aaaand being off work so it really doesn't matter too much what your barnet looks like anyway!

3.  Tzatziki.  There's just something about natural yoghurt combined with fresh torn mint leaves that's just the epitome of summer for me.  I'll dip anything in it or could quite happily eat it icy-cold straight from the fridge if it's warm enough outside.  Sunday evenings supper was cobbled together lamb kebabs, flat breads, window-sill tomatoes and a great bit bowl of Tzatiki.  We also quite often make it as an accompaniment to curries, to go alongside nice breads instead of oils or other dips {or when i've eaten all of the hummus} or to have zig-zagged across pea and mint soup.  It really is the summery bees knees.  

4.  New pyjamas.  Beautifully printed ones at that.  I'm a fuss pot when it comes to nightwear.  I'm not someone who will ever wear pyjamas that don't match, or even a pair of leggings and baggy tee.  Even at this time of year, even if i don't actually sleep in my pyjamas in favour of a soft bra and ruffly knickers {who sleeps in very much at all when it's still 20 degrees outside?!} i do still like to put a pretty pair on after my evening cool shower to lie on the sofa with some camomile tea before bed.  Whilst i was gallivanting about last week i picked up a pair in the sale from Cath Kidston in the prettiest blue and white floral.  I haven't even worn them yet but i can't wait.    I need to make sure i get my timings right.  New pyjamas definitely call for a clean hair, clean sheet sort of situation, don't you think?!?

5.  New bowls.  If you stick your pretty head by here often you'll know how much i ADORE Anthropologie.  So expensive, but so, so beautiful.  It's a jolly good job i don't live close by a store or I'd most certainly be bankrupt.  Last week i also treated myself to a couple of new bowls I'd had squirrelled away in my wishlist that had gone into the sale.  I can't wait for them to arrive!   

6.  Summer mornings.  There's just something beautiful about the scent of a summer morning, don't you think?  I'm so much more of a morning person over an evening one and at this time of year i find myself naturally waking up so so much earlier, purely just because of the light.  When i'm not at work and plan-less i love nothing more than tip-toe-ing downstairs and flicking on the kettle and opening our little french doors whilst the kettle boils.  It's so lovely to just perch on the step and listen to the city waking up.  We're so lucky that we're right on the outskirts and also at the very end of our little courtyard too.  All you can hear first thing are the leaves in the trees and the birds.  It's the most relaxing way to start the day!

7.  ALL of the citrus!  You can't help but crave fruit come this time of year.  And even though I'm a tea-bean through and through and couldn't get through the day without my morning cup of tea made in my favourite mug just how i like it; lately i've been so much more thirsty when i wake up!  I've been squeezing the juice of half a lemon and a wedge of lime into a large tumbler and topping it up with a few mint leaves and some ice and it's THE most refreshing drink!  I've also been known to have a couple more throughout the day too if i can.  It's such a hydrating little thirst-quencher and lemon is such a good fruit for flushing out any toxins too so it's perfect for the morning.  Plus it's kind of mojito-y too. And that can't be bad!

8.  Freckles.  DEFINITELY something to celebrate.  I spent most of my teenage years and first-foray's into make up badly trying to cover them up!  Now as soon as they make an appearance, it means i don't have to wear anywhere near as much make-up! HURRAH!

9.  Sleep.  SO much affects the quality of sleep that i get.  I'm such a dweller and worrier and general over-thinker that switching off for me is SUCH a challenge!  On the upside i really notice a difference when i get good quality, decent sleep and it's something i just can't scrimp on.  No matter what! Amen to those nights where you're ready for bed early, sip your favorite tea in your favourite pyjamas after a lovely cool bath or shower and get the chance to sleep until you wake up.  Bliss!

And we're only flipping DONE already! 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 and catch their happy lists and #wonderfulwednesday -shaped goodness!  I already can't wait for the end of the week so i can have some time to do just that!  Right about now i've convinced myself i need to go and make one of those lemon-y lime-y concoctions with ALL of the ice!

Much love!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #174

{When the grey clouds make way for the prettiest wander home after work...}
Hello.  How do you do?!  Remember me?  Just askin' 'cos i feel as i lost my way a little bit with last weeks post.  I mean i know that this post is all about digging deep and finding the goodness and last weeks still was, but it was hard for me to write that with what has been happening in the world.  Whilst i feel a little bad for that probably being the least happy-reading one I've ever written, I'm in equal parts half-comforted by the fact that i was honest and upfront with exactly how i was feeling.  I'm struggling a little bit lately, it's hard to not be overwhelmed with the real world somehow?  I just need to remember how lucky i am, to continue to be grateful and thankful and to count my blessings each day.  Sometimes in a world as big and as....uncertain as ours; it's counting the littlest bits of lovely that keep us all sane.  Me at least! Shall we get going...?!?

1.  Looking froward to things.  Is it just me who thinks that sometimes the process and run up to things is a lovelier feeling than the things itself?!?  What are YOU looking forward to this week?

2.  Crumpets.  Back on that bad wagon SO hard.  After those few sugar and yeast-free weeks {yes i promise I'll stop harping on about them sometime soon} this week was my first crumpet-shaped breakfast {soon to most likely be breakfasts} after almost six whole weeks.  Say whaaat.  I did myself proud by piling one high with coconut and almond butter and fresh strawberries and the other with the most perfectly ripe banana aaaand crunchy peanut butter.  Amen to crumpets.  No REALLY.  

3.  Pink.  Such a comforting colour for me.  Do you have certain colours that make you feel happy too?  Or is that just me too?!  Now we're not talking bright fushia pink - although there is definitely a time and place for that shade in my life even if right now is not it.  I mean that perfectly pretty dirty dusky kind of a pink.  It's the colour of some of my very favourite things:  a well-worn over-sized jumper, my favourite quilt cover and some of my very favourite crockery too.  Isn't it interesting how much of a part colour plays in our lives?

4.  Destiny's Child.  Listening to them up LOUD walking from work on Monday and feeling like i could power-walk for miles purely because of them.  Hurrah to music that makes you feel like you could rule the world!

5.  Tea.  Again for comfort.  What is it about a mug of milky tea in your very favourite mug?!  You could fix the world with that stuff.  In fact I'm pretty sure if more people new of it's magical properties then the world would be a noticeably nicer and friendlier place....

6.  Sundried tomatoes.  Which i somehow only ever remember exist over the summer months.  Not sure what that's all about!  This week they have been re-discovered in abundance!  I ate a late day-off-shaped breakfast on Tuesday so lunch was a little lighter and involved chia rice cakes piled high with turmeric houmous {thank you Sainsbury's} and scattered with basil leaves and sundried tomatoes and it was YUM.  I've also been known to finely chop them through a pasta sauce or whizz them up with pine nuts and more basil and make a quick pesto to toss through warm wholemeal pasta.  Either way lately i just can;t get enough.  

7.  Coconut shampoo.  A 'sort of' right of passage come this time of year.  If i can also find a coconut shower-wash and body cream then even better!  There's something lovely about coconut-y smelling hair over the Summer months.  It's a little bit holiday without the expense...kind of?  

8.  Peonies.  I know, i know I'm not the only person in the world going on about these little devils lately.  But they're one of my favourite flowers based purely on the fact that they look like a massive pom-pom and are as bright, beautiful and gutsy as a flower gets and i just LOVE that.  You can't miss them!  We've currently got three jam jars full dotted all over the house in varying stages of flowering and just glancing at them makes me SO happy!  

9.  The wind in the willows trees!  It's been the blusteriest up here these past few days!  A little joy has been found listening to the wind whistle and whoosh through the trees walking home {the scenic route!} through the woods or simply just lying in bed at night - which is literally all you can here in our bedroom at night.  It's a lot of lovely!
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I did it!  I'm BACK!  Back and putting a #wonderfulwednesday -shaped fist high, so high in the air and hoping you do exactly the same!  Big love and thanks go out to everyone who stopped by and read last weeks post and for all of the love and kindness on both Twitter and Instagram.   This little #wonderfulwednesday community is pretty special.  OH!  Go go and catch up with the rest of the gangs posts and delight in Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's posts and what's been making their pretty little faces happy this week.   

Sending so much love and week-shaped well-wishes!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #173

{Without a little rain, there would be no green!}
I have had so many mixed feelings about writing this weeks post.  I'm going to, because I'll be damned if the world or the world's events or anyone puts a stop to any kind of positivity, happiness or good feeling, in whatever form that may come.  

Without going into great depth and detail, I feel a little bit like I've lost my way with the world at the moment - almost as if that faith that i have is the wobbliest it has ever been and being positive is hard.  That mixed in equal measure with feeling so grateful for what i do have and for each day and feeling like i need to work on those kinds of feelings and use them to somehow propell myself through...?  As someone who claims that words are her 'thing' {well you know that and porridge, crumpets and wearing as many colours and prints all at once!} - they're increasingly hard to put together and to make sense of at the moment.  Whilst this post is forever a positive one; i also wanted it to be a real one too.  This list is hard this week.  And it's bloody raining to boot!  I'm drinking bottomless peppermint tea and have mostly eaten an entire bar of hazelnut chocolate as big as my head this afternoon {Tuesday} though so that's helping in small amounts....

Let us dig the deepest that we ever have and share some silly, little and happy bits!  

1.  Good sleep.  The heavy-headed, nothing can wake you kind that only comes from being absolutely worn out.  But one that you wake from feeling like a new person entirely and also in the exact same position that your head hit the pillow the night before!  

2.  Editors.  Because; and here's a little story for you; i saw them live in the rain at V Festival many moons ago and so for that reason alone, they're my rainy day go-to playlist.  It was a wet festival and i remember being soaked.  So much so that water was actually running down my nose!  But nothing else mattered but the music and it sort of seems to fit greyer days.  Go forth and listen to them today - especially if it's raining where you are too.

3.  Kindness on Twitter.  I've said this a million time over but i genuinely wish i could get all of my Instagram and Twitter followers together for a jolly good knees up - oh okay a tea party with crumpets a plenty and bottomless caffeinated beverages.  Either way, they're great and i wish i could tell each one of them face to face.  They inspire me, cheer me up and make me feel normal as much as any of my real-life friends do.  The internet is pretty special at times, no?

4.  Peanut butter and banana.  I know, i wonder how many times i have mentioned this one?!  It really is a no-brainer and for the girl who up until just under a week ago couldn't eat bananas, well that deal just doubled - TRIPLED even - QUADRUUUUUUPLED.  Okay you get it, i love bananas!

5.  New diffusers.  Since most of our home is open-planned downstairs I'm always over-concious that it doesn't smell of last nights supper!  As you can imagine this does nothing for my over-zealous candle purchasing {ho ho ho!} but lately i've also been loving diffusers.  My favourite place to pick them up lately is Sainsbury's {I'm forever lusting after most of their home department already anyway!} and this week i picked up a new one in an Orchid and Coconut scent which i've carefully tucked away behind the television on the sideboard.  It's currently diffusing all of our home with what can only be described as the scent of Summer:  a little bit vanillary, coconut-y and clean - sort of suncream-y.  ANYWAY it smells lovely and it means at least it smells like Summer inside especially when outside just smells......wet.

6.   Hugs.  Never underestimate the power of a bloody good hug.  Especially one that you weren't really expecting and one that you apparently just looked like you needed.  Hug someone today!  You'll make their day.

7.  Love.  In ALL of the many ways it sneaks upon us and especially those silly little ways that aren't always as simple as a straight forward 'I love you' and probably mean the most:  Kisses on foreheads, hand-holding without even giving it a second thought, tea made in your favourite cup and not needing to explain things always - Love  and togetherness are the most powerful things lately:  Tell someone you love them and better still - hold them the tightest that you ever have.  If you take anything from 'Lately' be it that life itself is the most precious that it's ever been and that you should take nothing for granted. 
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Go go!  Go and wander right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's spectacularly #wonderfulwednesday posts because lately we need all of it - all of the great and good and happy things and we need to treasure each and ever single one of them!  Huge and whopping thank you's to each and every one of those ladies for taking part too.  Here's hoping they articulate a post much better than i have this week.......{FYI normal much more positive service will resume next week i promise}
Sending love to each and every one,

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #172

{A last glance at Spring before it's June and Summer all of a sudden!}
I'M sorry but how is it now already?!?  How is it Wednesday when Saturday only feels moments ago?! How is it that we're nearly in JUNE and so pretty much dipping the edges of our little toes into SUMMER?!?  It genuinely doesn't seem that long ago since it was Christmas ?!?  Do you feel it too?!  This week has flown by at lightening speed and in the way where i barely feel as if my two feet have touched the ground.  It's weeks like these that i am grateful for this little post:  Stopping, even if it is jut for an hour on a Tuesday evening; it's an hour to think, to reflect and to count my blessings in a week that might have sped by and hurtled into another without me even realising!  Having something happen at the same time each week; whatever that may be is a good 'stopper and marker' of even just time itself.  

Shall we count some goodness?!?!?  My little soul needs it!

1.  Chocolate CoYo coconut yoghurt.  I bought a tub ages ago in a fancy pants hipster deli shop and haven't spotted it since.  This week i spotted it on our weekly shop in Sainsburys and it was on offer.  I'm not sure if I'm allowed to eat it yet {if you read last weeks, the week before that aaaand the week before thats post you'll know that I'm cutting out yeast and sugar for a little while} and my next appointment with my Naturopath is tomorrow {Wednesday of this week} so please cross all of everything that i can eat sweet once more because i cannot wait to tuck in!  It's the richest, creamiest pot of lovely that you'll ever eat!  

2.  Energy.  Something i have so rarely taken for granted.  This whole 'lack of sugar' lark hasn't massively affected me in terms of missing things - in fact the only thing i've really missed are bananas and raw cacao powder {do i need to get out more...?} but this last week i have really, really been struggling energy-wise and it's the sort of time where I'd naturally reach for something sweeter to give me a bit of a boost.  I have never cut anything out of my diet before and had never noticed it before how much not having sugar made a difference to me until it wasn't there anymore and not even the bad kinds of sugar either!  I have been feeling woozy, light-headed and like i needed to eat twice as much food just to get through the day!  It was only on Monday this week that i have started to feel a little bit more energetic.  If you need me I'll just be quietly sitting here, hopefully counting down the hours until i can eat a banana....

3.  A new pot of cleanser.  I use Lush Cosmetics 'Ultrabland" cleanser {could not and would not ever live without the stuff - it's a miracle worker, have you tried it?!} and you just can't beat opening a new tub.  It's a rose-y, honey-y, beeswax-y treat for your cheeks!

4.  Frozen blueberries.   One of the very few 'sweet things' i can nibble at the mo' and so rightly, i've been putting the little blighters into and onto every single thing you can imagine!  Scattered on top of rye bread slathered with cottage cheese and mint leaves......dropped into warm almond-y porridge with a jolly great drizzle of almond butter or even warmed up and swirled into greek yoghurt and scattered with toasted nuts and seeds.  I'd never really picked up blueberries so much until these past few weeks.  Turns out they're rather yummy!

5.  A cool breeze.  Last week was lovely - warm and sunny and lovely but as it headed into the weekend it got SO humid and muggy.  God bless this week's slightly cooler temperatures and delicious evening breezes that are much more sleep-friendly and kind!  Even if you do have to have the odd shower along the way....

6.  Pip and Nut Almond butter.  For being the perfect amount of runny and thick which is a perfect nut butter consistency for dipping and zig-zaggin' in and across anything and everything or sometimes {let's be honest!} straight from a spoon!

7.  Sleeping in your under-crackers.  With the window ever so slightly open and the softest, whisper of a light-cotton duvet cover.  Heaven!

8.  Spotting a surprise Elderflower bush right at the bottom of our little garden and already pin, pin 'pinnin' away all of the ideas on what to make with them!  Anyone got any lovely ideas...?!

9.  The most perfectly ripe avocado.  I know, i know but these kinds of things never get old, am i right?!  So perfectly ripe in fact that i was able to mash it in its skin, save on the washing up and i also ended up eating the whole lot because it was so damned yummy not to.  

10.  Scrambled egg-shaped suppers.  The kind of evening where you just don't know what you want, you can't be bothered to really go to all that much effort and so decide on making scrambled eggs.  The kind of supper that also turns out to be just what you wanted all along and really; any kind of breakfast-come-brunch shaped meal for supper is always going to win awards in my little book!

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SO come on, do share - tell me what's been making your week lovely so far please?!? Answers below or better still chit-chat with us on Twitter or Instagram using the #wonderfulwednesday tag.  I say 'Us' because there's a whole lovely LOT of great gals writing happy lists of their very own!  Skip to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's , Peta's , Kelly's blogs and make sure you have a nosey at their #wonderfulwednesday lists too!

 HAPPY mid-weekin' all!

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!


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