Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #223

{Wonderful, glorious, summer blooms...}
Well hello!  How the devil do you and 'all that?!'  This week has been a tough one.  Long and lasting since this time last week.  If you read this early-doors i'm hoping i'll be curled up in the deepest sleep born entirely from sheer emotional exhaustion and a distinct imbalance in hormones.  Those little things are demons lately.  I'd put good money on the fact that they are trying to kill me i really would.  

Fear not.  I'm present and correct to count the best bits and i'm doing so to some of my favourite music.  Let's get on it...... 

1.  A breeze.  Even if it's one that brings with it a sprinkle or two of pollen and few hundred sneezes as a sneaky side order.  How ever it comes - be it sneaking up and under couple of curtains or just tickling my knees after a few crafty laps of our dear sweet park after the longest 'never-ending feeling' day; it's this time of year that makes you grateful for it.  For it's welcome cool, for the sweet wave of summer scent that travels upon it and even just for the ability it has to bring calm and clarity when you're feeling frazzled and tired and just done  for the day.  A summer breeze is just the bees knees.  

2.  A cool spot.  It's all about the 'keepin' cool' this week!  You can't beat the feeling that comes from finding a special cool-cottoned spot to curl up in and doze on a heady, heavy and humid feeling summer evening.  The kind where sleep doesn't come easy and you often wake feeling like you've been busier than you were awake - tossing and turning and unintentionally shrugging off the sleep that's trying it's very best to come.  That magical little cool spot is exactly that. 

3.  Mint tea.  Yes i'm that person that still likes hot drinks come this time of year.  I still crave my morning Cup of Magic no matter how good an icy glass of crystal clear water spiked with a few wedges of citrus tastes first.  Despite that, this weeks' beverage choice isn't even born out of a restless tummy - as it often can be where mint tea is concerned!  No, it comes purely from the fact that mint tea has the magical ability to cool, calm and refresh me no matter what time of bed.  It's the perfect mid-morning refresh-er; the most delicious after dinner 'settle-r' and even the very thing to calm a restless mind before bed.  It's the 'Fixer' of all teas in my opinion and is *even* delicious iced......Between you and i that was a little bit of an accidental revolution!

4.  Natural-ness.  I never appreciated how many other colours were dotted and sprinkled in my natural hair colour.  I count every single day as lucky that i have only one single grey hair on my head {i'm too scared to pull it out!} and have loved noticing what a difference a little bit of sunshine makes upon my little head.  You don't get that when you colour your hair - not that there's anything wrong with it - but you lose track of what's yours and what's not.  I always thought my little bright and light platinum blonde 'helmet' would stay with me forever but i weirdly feel more 'Me' than ever before with that tangle of dark blonde speckled with sun streaks of red and light blonde.  

5.   Ballet.  Have i told you i used to do proper ballet classes when i was a little bean?!  Despite the fact that we moved away and i distinctly remember forever being told by my mum that i was much more of a 'Pet Elephant' than any kind of graceful swan; i really used to love it.  I haven't plucked up the courage to try a proper class but i have been dabbling in You Tube ballet and 'Barre Core' exercises for the last two years or so and i really, really love them.  I love the slow stretches; the calming repetitiveness of it somehow and even the pain it brings.  It's brought more shape and definition to my arms and upper body and also my waist and for me it's the perfect antidote to a long and stressful day.  I roll out my mat, stretch and switch off.  This week and the seven days in a row at work that i feel like i've currently been wading through has had me really relishing evening time spent on my mat.  

6.  Music, magical music.  As i type this i'm listening to a live recording of 'Cosmic Love' by the mighty Florence and the Machine and i don't mind telling you that i have tears prickling my eyes and it's taking all of the will in the world to make sense and to concentrate on not letting them spill over and trickle right down my cheeks. I'm ok!  But it's been a funny week and i feel both physically and emotionally.....just a bit exhausted.  I'm in that kind of mood where i don't know *quite* what to do first.  And when i feel that way i listen to music and i write.  And it helps.  It fixes whatever wasn't really wrong somehow.  It fills that funny void and gap of 'nothing-ness'  and evens my little heart out again.  Music and words have always been my solace and this week they've really helped my frazzled little self.  Words have always been my 'Magic' and coupled with music.....?  Well in some form or another they'll forever tug at my heart strings and bring me comfort. Let's not even get me started on singing.....

7.    Sweet-pea FLOWERS!  Okay this had to go in this weeks post.  Incase you haven't seen my sweet-pea progress and approximately five billion squillion Instagram Stories tracking my green-fingered progress; this week my little baby-not-so-baby sweet-pea plants finally came into bloom!  I have grown them from teeny tiny seeds and i am ridiculously proud of that!  They're the prettiest tangle of flowers you've ever seen - all twisty and turny and a haphazard selection of green, white and purple.  I can't stop smelling them each morning and night when i also give them a little drink.  I just want to wait for a couple more to bloom before i can finally pick some to pop in the house.  

8.   A fringe.  For many fringe-shaped reasons simply for the fact that it covers my non-existent eyebrows meaning an extra few moments in bed has definitely been spent instead of fiddling and faffing  with make-up that i have just realised is actually entirely pointless given that it can't be seen.... OH AND for making me look younger.  Let's face it that's probably the reason it's stuck around for so long.  That and i have had a fringe for so long that i imagine it's nigh-on impossible not to have one.  My non-existent eyebrows and pale face would probably resemble a boiled egg.  

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And i'm done.  I don't mind telling you this week's post has been tough.  I might have dug deeper than i ever have before.  But i knew i the words would come and that the the tumble of music as dear sweet company would propel me through. Sort of reminds me of revising for exams with my headphones on and my music turned up embarrassingly loud.  It felt like the world didn't understand how i could concentrate or how i could hear any kind of anything above and beyond the music in my ears.  Truth be told some of my very best work through school and university came from exceptionally loud and deceptively distracting music and singing at the top of my lungs at the same time.  Nice to see that not much has changed!

Oh!  Listen to me still rambling!  Cast those beautiful eyes of yours over my favourite faces:  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's blogs and catch up with their very own #wonderfulwednesday posts!   

See you next week...?!?  Where i promise they'll be far more frivolity...and far less spelling mistakes, missing words and general melancholy.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #222

{Those dear sweet Donut peaches....}
 I feel funny this weekA bit like there's been no middle-ground on anything:  I'm either not hungry at all or all of a sudden could eat my own arm if i could and might cry if i don't eat quick-march.  I'm either freezing cold and can't get warm {not normal for this time of year!} or so hot that i just can't sit still  and even less of an attention span than usual.  I'm either ridiculously chipper that i could give the birdsong at silly o'clock in the morning a run for it's money in the 'happy stakes' or i forget to do something silly and immaterial and okay to forget and i could actually cry.  I mean i'm fine.  I'm fiiiineI'm even Fine.  But did i tell you that i'm fine yet?!  But i think i'll take it easy tomorrow on my day off:  Less rocket power and more crumpets and tea and few slow laps of the park on two wheels if the weather plays along.  Because if it's one thing i've learnt as i get a little bit older, it's to listen to my body and the little voice in my head more.  It's there for a reason afterall.   

So right now i'm going to count some really lovely things, because these kinds of posts - both reading and writing - are a great big shot of happiness and a great way to put things into perspective.   Let's go, go, GO!  

1.  Grass cut.  Yes we're going right in and jolly well head-first with just about the most simple thing ever:  A jolly good grass cut.  Apart from the solid-gold 'summer is here'- shaped joy of the sweet scent of cut grass {best sweetly inhaled after a long balmy summer day and on the evening of such, whilst you stand and marvel at the neatness and maybe swing a little watering can here and there....or is that just me?!?} - another one of those 'if i'd bottle it i surely could' type scents - then there's also the tidiness too.  I'm going to admit right here and now that this week is the first time our grass has been cut since.....Maybe last October....?!? Overgrown is the biggest understatement of the whole year {and let's face it we're only halfway through!} but now that it has been cut and trimmed i just want to be in the garden even more than usual.  Which FYI is already all of the time....

2.  Elderflowers.  The 'what comes next' of seasonal wild forgaging {or at least my knowledge of it!} after i've finished putting wild garlic pesto on anything and everything!  We've got a baby Elderflower bush at the very bottom of the garden {which i can now see - hurrah!} and i'm debating picking some flowery stems.  I'm just not quite sure what to do with them...?  I'm not really someone who drinks a lot of sugary drinks to make it worth making cordial.  I wondered if i should wait for the berries...?  Or infuse it into gin for a gift...?  What do you reckon...?!?  Either way the sight and smell of Elderflowers is just 'summer' to me!

3.  A jolly great thunder storm.  I say 'jolly great' and at the time it was neither really! The thunder woke me up with such a jump that i tossed and turned for a good few hours after and couldn't really settle back to sleep at all.  What was a little bit lovely was the sound of the kind of rain that only a heavy, thick and hot sky can bring.  And the smell - the smell of thundery rain is just - delicious, don't you think...?!?  Murky, humid, heavy and damp....but weirdly comforting.  It just does something to my heart and soul.  I'd never usually leave the windows wide open if it poured rain any other time of year; but summer rain and an angry rock and roll of thunder too?!  I had ours as wide as it would go and even though i was a bit annoyed at being awake; i lay still as a mouse watching the the crumpled cotton curtains light up and waiting for each roll of thunder to follow.  

4.  Ice cold cucumber.  A savoury watermelon if you will since the smell and taste of the both of them remind me of each other in equal measure and i've often been known to snack on wedges of the both of them at the same time.  Maybe it was the two or three heavy-headed and humid days that came before The Storm of the other night, but this week already i've eaten two huge cucumbers.  Is that excessive?!  They were totally worth the five or ten minute round of hiccups i got after a few too many slices.  When i'm not eating cucumber wedges, i'm slicing them into iced water with torn up mint leaves.  I got a funny look at work the other day because i was eating slices of cucumber with mint leaves squished in between!  I'd like to add this was an accompaniment and not my actual lunch....I just can't get enough!

5.  White cotton tops.  I daren't admit how many i own.  But they're my spring summer fail-safe and if i only buy on thing each spring or summer it's usually a variation on a white cotton top.  If it's Broderie Anglaise or seersucker to boot or indeed has any kind of ruffle detail then i'm there.  They go with every single thing some this time of year:  Slouchy soft pale blue denim jeans, wide-leg and floaty cotton trousers, tucked casually into a midi skirt and sometimes even worn with a pair of pyjama trousers for sitting in the garden on a lazy Sunday morning.  I'm wearing one as we speak i type.....

6.  Growing things.  I think i mention a variation on this every single week or have done since i planted some bits and bobs in our garden but there is honestly nothing nicer than planting something and seeing it grow and chit-chatting to it each day; watering it and nurturing it.  I feel so proud that i have expanded the three ceramic pots i had last year and this year have NINE POTS with things growing in them!  I have neither killed or destroyed anything!  I don't want to wish away 'Lately' since this summer is proving so flipping lovely BUT i can't wait until it all flowers and i can pick my very own blooms!  I'm most excited for Hydrangeas and Sweetpeas.  They're both just the epitome of my childhood.  Maybe next year i'll branch out {see what i did there?!?} into some fruit or vegetables....

7.  Less of everything. Well this could apply to a hundred and one things couldn't it?!   But if there's one jolly great thing about warmer, brighter and more sunny weather it's the fact that you can care less about hair, make-up and the like.  Everyone's skin is better with a little bit of vitamin D:  a sweet scattering of freckles and a little bit of sun-kissed colour.  All i've been wearing lately is SPF and a few dots of concealer and a little blusher.  And i'm finding i need to bother even less with my hair:  I can leave it to dry and only really have to rough dry my fringe and rub a little coconut oil through the ends and i'm good to go.  Hurrah for sun and blue skies!  And embracing natural 'Everythings.'  **makes mental note to embrace more often**

8.  First Donut peaches.  Picked up excitedly at the weekend from our local Sunday farmers market and left to excitedly ripen on our kitchen window-sill.  There's nothing better than thick coconut yoghurt, chunks of juicy Donut peach, a zig-zag of runny honey and a scattering of chopped walnuts.  Or!  Thick and as creamy as you can get cottage cheese spread on dark toasted rye bread with wedges of Donut peaches and torn up mint leaves.  Or!  Griddled 'dribble down your chin' -ripe peaches with a scoop of coconut milk ice-cream, a drizzle of tahini, one of honey and lots of black sesame seeds.  I'm actually considering making this flavour combo into an ice lolly.  What do you reckon?!?  DONUT PEACHES FOREVER!!!!! 

9.  Commuting sing-songs.  I always sneak a lift to work in the morning with the Mr as he drives past the city centre on his way to work most days.  This week we discovered an old David Bowie CD that we'd both forgotten about and have been enjoying singing 'Star Man' at the very top of our lungs together each day on our drive to work.  It's rare that we both agree on music but David Bowie has always been an exception - a 'meet in the middle' if you will and a little sing-song morning karaoke has been the perfect antidote to bleary-eyed sleepy morning drives.
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And i'm all done and dusted and loved and listed for another whole week!  These posts are rocketting around each week {infact it sometimes feels like the weeks get faster and faster lately, do you feel it too?!} and you'll join me this time next week almost at the end of eight days in a row at work!!  So brace yourself for some seriously long and under-punctuated sentences and far too many brackets!  

Don't forget, since you're already here and sitting comfortably; to pop right on over to my favourite  ladies Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's  #wonderfulwednesday posts and catch up with their weeks and what's been making their little hearts happy!  I'm excited to spend this afternoon curled up with bottom-less Lady Grey and a little blog catch up myself since as it's my day off on Wednesday.  
Find me me here same time next week....

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #221

{Beautiful blooms whichever way you look...}
You know that feeling...?  When a wave of sheer exhaustion hits you in one huge swoop and it suddenly occurs to you that you have in fact worked another eight days in a row!  That's my Tuesday evening feelin'.  So let's all be thankful that this post makes it out to you at all and please courteously look past the terrible lack of punctuation and cast your pretty peepers quickly past any spelling mis-haps you might notice whilst you're here!  

That said i'm running on somethin':  A heady mix of sunshine, double figure-d temperatures as far back as at least this time last week {?} and probably a considerable few litres of Lady Grey tea for extra good measure

Shall we celebrate the best bits since this time last week....?!?  

1.  Sun.  Not just Sun.  I mean i could sit here and write a whole post precisely dedicated to that burning ball of gas {?} up above and how much of a difference it makes to every single last thing.  I wont.  But i could.  This week's 'Sun chat' is the Summer Sun kind of Sun - typically the kind that arrives from nowhere.  The kind you just wake up to - blindingly bright and a sky light on clouds but with air so humid and heavy that you feel your hair start to double in size even as you lift your sleepy head from the pillow.  That said it's also the Sun that means it's okay to freeze anything and everything - wedges of lime, ice cubes with edible flowers {a sure-fire way to perk up any kind of beverage - iced tea or otherwise - for the kind of awkward fuss pot that doesn't really drink anything other than tea and water}, grapes, leftover spinach, crushed watermelon {granita style - served best with wedges of ice-cold cucumber}.  And eat everything outside, always.  Especially early morning porridge topped with frozen berries and nothing but two wood pigeons for company.  But the very best bit...?  Windows and french doors flung open until almost 11pm and long chats under the stars.  This kind of consistent sunshine is so rare up here, it's felt like the very best thing to happen in a long time!

2.  Acai powder.  For smoothies i thought.  Iced berries 'whizzed' up 'clitter-clattering' in a blender with a scoop of the thickest creamiest coconut yoghurt i could lay my hands on and maybe even frozen into ice-lolly moulds too.  I plan to try this, this week.  As far as i got last week and into the start of this one was adding it to my morning porridge {yes i still eat porridge in the Summer!} alongside a fudgy, spotty sweeter-than-sweet mashed banana and topping it with peanut and coconut butter and frozen blackberries and blueberries.  It was the the purple-ist breakfast that i think i've ever eaten but it tasted all kind of yummy!  And i'm not sure you could fit anymore antioxidants into one bowl of porridge if you tried.... *flexes muscles*

3.  Bare feet.  Well you know what it's almost always bare feet at home over here.  Unless it's minus a million degrees and then it's sheepskin slippers all of the way!  But this weeks warmer temperatures reminded me of how lovely it is to pad about on cool wooden floors at home with bare feet.  How comforting it is to feel the warm patio stones against to soles of your feet and quite how lovely bare feet on cool green grass is.  It's the little things sometimes always!

4.  Bare legs.  I know, i know bare 'this bare 'that' this week!  Bare anything come this time of year!  I jest.  After the longest Sunday at work on a bank holiday weekend, spent cooped up doing pages of percentages and figures and nonsense, nothing was more lovely than riding my bike home; via our pretty bright green and leafy park;  wearing a sundress and feeling the warm breeze tickle my knees;  tug at my hair blowing behind me and propel me all of the way home with a pretty scattering of freckles as a sunny souvenir!  

5.  Home buys.  Buying for our home sometimes beats buying for me.  Scratch that, buying home bits and bobs always beats buying for me!  You only have to open our cupboards, rummage in our bedding chest or cast your eye around the squillion cushions scattered across our bed or sofa.  And know that to sit or sleep anywhere in our home you pretty much have to remove 95% of the soft furnishings so you can fit on!    Last weekend i did a mini H&M homeware shop {their Spring Summer stuff is just the bees knees!} .  I picked up some new pale green leaf print curtains for our office {i will get it finished!}, a new rug {which may or may not end up on the wall yet} and some storage knick-knacks, some new cushions {'cos we are short on them *cough*} and some new bedding.  Homeware shopping is the BEST!  And there really is something about a change in the weather which just makes you want to update things and have a little refresh, don't you think...?!

6.   Cobbled together suppers.  The kind that are born from that awfully British excuse of 'it's too warm to cook' AKA let's just get lots of little things that don't need cooking or very much attention at all or really go together but then we can live off them for at least two suppers and maybe even lunch too.  I'm talking fresh olive bread, anti-pasti, pesto, baby new potatoes, hummus, fresh mint and yoghurt, pickles, cheeses and chutneys.  Also AKA how to make yourself feel like you're on holiday even when you're working eight days in a row AND the whole entirety of the bloody bank bitter...?  Noooooo....

7.   Candles on Summer evenings.  You know me, it's candles any time to be honest. But there's something quite lovely about dotting tealights about the home on a lighter evening.  Inter-mingled with the odd Citronella candle and the sweet scent of my new favourite Summer fragrance oil in our little burner:  Peony and Sage.  

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And i'm all done, dusted and feel like this post could have almost been three times the size had a sudden wave of tiredness and the thought of a leftover falafels, crusty bread and hummus for supper not all occurred to me at the exact same time {aswell as a face mask and maybe some tea and chocolate before bed too} and made my tummy grumble beyond belief.  Eat or sleep?  Eat or sleeeeeeeep?!?!?   

Whilst i ponder life's most important decisions, go and sneak a lovely peak at Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's #wonderfulwednesday posts and marvel at their very own happy list and list of lovely to celebrate.  It's exactly how i'll be spending some of my day off tomorrow.  The rest of it will be spent hunting down donut peaches.  I'm planning a hot lunch date with a couple of them, some torn up mint leaves, cottage cheese, chopped walnuts and some sourdough.  You can't say i don't know how to live over here.... 

Much love!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #220

{Cow parsley crazy! Oh! And pretty paisley jackets forever!}
Oh hello you.  How the devil are you?!  Here we all are again, back and ready for another list of great and good and mid-week JOY.  My week has been pretty damned lovely since i have been off work since last Thursday.  Man alive was it needed and it couldn't have been better timed if i'd tried.  I had the worst summer cold at the very start of last week. I don't think i've had a cold since last Autumn.  This combined with a bit of a stressful time at work meant i was more than ready to rest.  And rest i have done!  There has been a cheeky extra hour in bed each day, each day has started with all of the windows and and french doors flung open AND mostly also with some kind of toasted breakfast.  Days have felt like holidays and been long and sunny and filled with riding my bike with bare legs and dresses and sandals too.  I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK!!!!!

Just joking.  But if someone could arrange to give me a job where i eat crumpets, ride my bike and sit in the garden and generally just faff with things then i think i'd be more than okay with that.  But to this weeks #wonderfulwednesday LIST we go.....

1.   Eating outside.  Well doing anything outside is 99.9% better than it is doing it inside, right?  But there's something about any kind of food or drink eaten or drank outside {i guess come rain or shine but you're much more likely to find me out there with a snack or beverage when Mr Sunshine pops his floppy fedora on} that just tastes a million percent better! Sort of much better a biscuit tastes when you dunk it in your tea....ish.  On this weeks few days off i've eaten outside at every given opportunity and even when i haven't i've flung open our french doors and brought the outside in.  Even sitting curled up on the sofa in my pyjamas with a hot mug of tea just watching the garden and listening to the birdsong is just bliss.  

2.  Moving.  When i was little i was forever being told to sit still or that i'd 'got ants in my pants.'  Fast forward far too many years to mention and i struggle to sit still for longer than twenty minutes or so.  I'm a film lovers worst nitemare!  If you manage to hold my full attention for any longer than that then you must be pretty special.  For that reason i find relaxing and switching off quite hard.  It has only been the past few years, and probably really since i got my bike that i realised that to relax you didn't have to sit still.  That you could still think, switch off, relax and just be in that exact moment {did i just type that?!} just the same but by being active:  walking, running, cycling - even yoga.  This week i've not stopped.  But when i say i've not stopped what i really mean is that i've walked, i've cycled everywhere and i've enjoyed gulping in great big lungfuls of fresh air and feeling sunshine on my pale skin at every given opportunity.  And because of that one simple thing i've felt a million times better both mentally and physically. 

3.   Being in your pyjamas when it's still light.  To be honest it's not really been getting dark-dark until almost 10:30pm here most nights lately which is hardly early.  But remember when you were little and had to have a bath or shower and put on your pyjamas when it felt like it was only 4pm?!  I forever felt like i was being tricked into going to bed far too early.  I remember we'd run around the garden in our pyjamas with damp hair as my mum shouted to us that it was time for bed and there she was watering the garden and it was still sunny and so it couldn't possibly be true!  Nowadays i feel like it's a bit like heaven getting out of the shower and wrapping up in cool cotton pyjamas and watching something or reading a book with the french doors open.  It's almost a luxury and i feel extra relaxed from being ready for bed whilst there's still daylight left.  Who even am i.....?!

4.   The tahini-train goes next level.  Just when you thought these weekly catch ups couldn't quite possibly get more exciting here we all are chit-chatting about Tahini again.  Have you tried it?!  Just by itself it's rocket-fuel and full of the good stuff - a high protein paste made up from whizzed up sesame seeds - essentially i guess, a more savoury nut butter....?  I've been eating the stuff non-stop this Spring summer:  Zig-zagged across warm purple-sprouted broccoli and sprinkled with black sesame seeds {this gal can never have too many nuts and seeds}.  Sometimes i add a tablespoon to the juice of half a lemon and just half a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard and toss it through roasted baby carrots OR just in a bag of wild rocket.  This week though, things got serious.  My Tahini love reached new levels as Mr Tahini met a sorry looking bunch of flat leaf parsley from the bottom of the fridge and a past-its-best half of a lemon and some of them jumped in a blender and lived happily ever after and created the yummiest Summer dressing/dip.  I used it to liven up some leftover quinoa in the fridge and then proceeded to eat the stuff for the next three days solid.... It's that good and also the happiest green thing you'll ever see!

5.   Sleeping until you wake up naturally.  I'm convinced i'd be a happier and more productive person if this was the case every day.  This week i've been off work and have woken almost religiously at the same time - give or take ten minutes - each and every day, roughly 7:30am.  I've padded downstairs and flipped the kettle on, done some stretches whilst it's boiled; made some tea and hopped right back into bed under the duvet for half an hour.  Now i might not be quite so productive if i did that each day but HURRAH for no alarm clock apart from my actual body clock!

6.  Less is more.  Maybe it's the sunshine and the fact that since we had such a long and grey and cold winter i quite frankly want to lie down on the floor in a star-shape and thank the world from the bottom of my heart for each day of light and bright and vitamin D-filled sky or moment the sun shines BUT this warmer, lighter and brighter weather means i've been spending so much  less time on things like my hair, my make-up and so on.  Even I {little miss paler-than-the-palest-thing} look better after a couple of afternoons out in some sunshine with only SPF and a little under-eye concealer on.  That coupled with a little rest, self-care and numerous laps of that dear park of ours and i feel like my skin is the best it's been in a long while.  HURRAH!

7.   Progress.  However it comes progress is mostly always welcomed.  It's a sign that something has gone the way it was intended or even of it hasn't that some kind of movement has come from it, be that in the direction you'd hoped for or not!  It's all getting a little deep here and all i wanted to tell you about was how proud i am that my plants are all growing in the garden and are on the brink of flowering and i can't WAIT until i can pick all of the things!  

8.  The Royal Wedding.  I mean i'm sorry but i couldn't not mention it.  I'm one of those people who wasn't really too bothered about it.  I didn't even watch the live stream.  I was off work on Saturday - an oh-so-rare occurrence - so naturally i took advantage of the quiet outside and took myself out on my bike for a couple of hours of unusually quiet Saturday morning-shaped bliss. Then i watched the highlights later and cried my little eyes out.  I'm not even sure where the tears came from!  I don't think i've even cried at anyone's wedding i've attended that i actually know!  It was MAGICAL.  And on that teary note...*sniff*....

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And whizz, bang, bong and ting and i'm only flippin' floppin' done for another week of 'wonderfulling' and 'Wednesday-ing'.  Spare a small thought for me if you read this on the day it's published as i'll be back at work for the first time in six days and just thought of it makes me want to hide under the duvet!  

Don't forget to hop, skip and cartwheel right on over to my dearest Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's blogs to catch their very own #wonderfulwednesday mid-week happy lists-come-rocket-fuel for the week type lists!  There the best part of my whole week!  Even if i don't always get around to reading them until the end of the week!  They're good for the heart and soul for who knows when!  

See you same time next week...?


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