Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #150

 {Icy blue skies and the barest of branches!}
I'm feeling quite pleased that this week's post is a nice round number.  It somehow seems apt to end the year on one, tidier almost?  Or is that just me?!  What.  A.  Week.  I can't believe Christmas has been and gone and i honestly feel as if it was pulled from underneath me in the blink of an eye - a blink that was filled with longer-than-long days at work;  of getting tangled in ribbon and tape and wrapping paper and lists of lists of things to get or do and places to be.  And then WHOOSH.  That's it.  If it's true what people say, that time flies by faster and faster the older you get, i fear I'm going to have to start holding on a little bit tighter!

I thought it might be nice in this week's post - end of 2016 and all that - to list a little bit of the best parts of this year.  For reasons i can't put my had upon quite as i write this; it's felt like a year with a little bit of grey cloud hanging over even the sunniest of days, have you felt it too?!  Between losing some of my very favourite artists and greats of this world to generally feeling like i have been a little bit too hard on myself and tried to take on just too much; well I'm more than ready to start a fresh and learn to take things a little more....gently shall we say..?

But enough about grey cloud and fuzzy headed-ness and more about what has warmed my heart these past few months.  Surely when times are tough, being grateful for the littler things is even more important.

1.  You! And you, and you, and you and even YOU!  This little corner wouldn't be what it was - which let's face it:  A collection of #wonderfulwednesdays a not much more really.  It's no secret that i feel a little bit lost in quite which direction i'd like to take this little corner of the internet BUT i can't write a post about this last year without giving a HUGE shout-out and virtual hug to those that have climbed aboard the #wonderfulwednesday boat and embraced all and what it means with arms wide open.  If i could hug each of you i really would!  You make writing this post mean so, so much more and it's lovely knowing that a little team of creatives want to join in. It's heart-warming beyond belief and thank you doesn't even come close!  You know who you all are *wink wink*...

2.  Stepping back.  I've had a year full of so much this year that it's felt a little bit overwhelming to fit it all in.  I often set such huge lists, tasks and personal expectation upon myself that when i don't achieve them, i feel like i've let myself down.  It's only taken me thirty years or so to master the art of recognising this and being able to step back and say 'actually, yes there are a million and one adult-shaped and important things i should be doing and i will get to them BUT today i'm going to please myself and ride my bike and drink tea and eat brownies in my pyjamas.'  Learning to look after yourself is something I'm learning to get better at...

3.  Family.  I'm not lucky enough to live in the same city as my parents or brother but i am lucky enough to live just round the corner from my sister.  Family meant a lot to me when i was younger but it's only really taken the last year to realise how much the dynamic of us all has changed and what a special relationship i have with each and every one of them - all different but all really special.  I'm not huge on New Years resolutions but this year i'm certainly going to make even more of an effort to spend as much time as possible with them all, wherever we are.  

4.  Feeling comfortable in your own skin.  That's something that I'll never 100% master - i mean who does?!  But I'm definitely learning that this is how i am now.  I feel settled in having a good exercise/active balance and i know what my body needs to make it do the very best that it can - and also what makes it do quite the opposite.  It takes such a long time to tune into that - if only you knew all of this when you were a teenager and could tell your future self:  "It really will be okay, you'll work it all out."

5.  Giving less time to the material things.  This is a massive work in progress and a big learning curve for me but moving house - purging everything from our little attic flat and having all the extra room to keep it all has kind of made me not want a lot of it.  I'm always going get butterflies in my tummy if i see a Liberty print anything and want to live in Anthropologie but what moving this year has taught me more than anything is that what actually makes home feel like home is the person i live with and the items i've collected that have love and memories attached.  The rest of it is just...... fluff.  Pretty fluff all the same but still fluff.  I've emotionally hoovered up a lot of it and whilst that spare room of ours is a million miles away from the clean, tidy and simple space i want it to be - I'm getting there!

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Golly gosh has that turned into a little bit of an emotional Spring clean come early!  Sorry if you were hoping for tales of birdsong, clean sheets and the best mince pies i ever ate.  Expect more of that in 2017 {2017 PEOPLE!!!!)'s first #wonderfulwednesday I'm sure.  But for now skip your little self over to that lovely bunch of fellow #wonderfulwednesday -ers   {Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle} and read all about their very best bits of the week so far.  

And from me and this little blog - a very Happy New Year and thanks times a squillion for still being here 140 {!!!} #wonderfulwednesday posts later?!?!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #149

{A rare moment of absolute calm}
1.  Taste.  You know me, i love my food.  And not to harp, harp, harp on about it BUT almost three whole weeks not being able to taste has had me fully miserable!  Behold taste-buds and everything tasting so much better than you ever thought it could AND the urge to just eat and eat and eat.  WELL it is Christmas after all.

2.  Quiet mornings.  Work is so manic come this time of year, frantic even.  And when you're around so many other people being frantic and stressed and trying to cram in as much Christmas shopping in as they possibly can PLUS try and work around them, it's nigh on impossible to find any kind of calm.  This week i've been loving my quiet fifteen minutes eating breakfast with only silence, the Christmas tree lights and my thoughts for company.  I've also been loving our quiet drives to work with Radio 2 Christmas music and the silence of the roads into the city come this time of year now that the schools are all broken up for Christmas and everyone is still asleep.  

3.  Eucalyptus oil and maybe mostly the kind pharmacist in Boots who told me to add a few drops of the magical stuff to a cotton pad and leave it in the floor of the shower, out of the way of the direct flow of water.  This has changed my LIFE. Or my sinuses at least.  Doing this creates the menthol-y shower that ALL of the dreams are made of.  Combined with rubbing my chest with Olbas Oil afterwards and before bed and OH MY.  These two tricks have made a world of difference to lately, let me tell you.

4.  First clementines.  Okay so I'm mega late to the citrus party this year but in all fairness, i've been without taste for the past wee while.  Praise be to the yum that is the Christmas clementine not only for being great anyway but for being the first thing i could taste at the end of last week.  Must remember to pick up some more....

5.  Kindness. I'd like to think that Mother Tangle brought me up well enough to remember my manners {they cost nothing!} and to always be mindful of others kindness.  Lately though, in my sorry state of a self; i feel like i have noticed it even more.  I'm a lucky duck to have so many lovely people in my life - online or otherwise.  

6.  Wrapping paper.  Packaging, it'll forever be one of my vices.  Sure enough i'm still massively dis-organised with present-buying this year BUT i did enjoy picking out my wrapping paper and cards earlier in the week.  Everyone might end up getting prettily wrapped clementines if i don't get my behind into gear!

7.  This.  That's right:  this little post.  I felt miserable and ill and quite frankly YUK last week but i soldiered on.  This week i'm almost there and praise be to being able to find more than a handful of good things already....

8.  Exercise.  Bike or yoga mat?!  Either!  That time out on my two wheels OR on my yoga mat is precious, hard to squeeze in but pretty downright essential to me lately.  Without going all 'peace man' on you all, it resets my little head, calms me down and gathers my thoughts all in one go.  Whether that's fifteen minutes or an hour.  I've been snatching moments as and when and not feeling even the littlest bit guilty.  

9.  Frangipan mince pies.  You heard it right!  Just when you though the humble mince pie couldn't get any better, right?!  Quick-march yourself down to M&S pronto because these bad boys are the best mince pies that i have ever eaten!  Delicious pastry cases filled with mincemeat and topped with a fluffy cloud of frangipan and sprinkled with icing sugar and flaked almonds.  You're welcome!
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And I'm DONE!  It's strange to believe that this time next week we'll all be rocketting towards 2017.  This year has gone crazy fast for me, faster than any before.  I think i might use next week's #wonderfulwednesday post to document my highlights of the year instead of my usual weekly list, who else is game?!?

Don't forget to skip on over and visit the #wonderfulwednesday 's gang {Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle} and their very own best nits too.  It's exactly what i shall be doing.  Probably whilst simultaneously wrapping presents, watching Love Actually and eating Frangipan mince pies....
Merry Christmas lovely faces!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #148

 {Really rather loving all of the flashes of red and green every which way lately, aren't you?}
I'm here, I'm here. I'm heeeeerrrrreeee! Better late than never, right?!  Or something like that!  If you follow me on social media you'll have noticed i said I'd been a little under the weather this week.  *Might* be the actual understatement of my whole life.  Do you know what's kind of funny but not really?!  About two weeks ago i started taking an Echinacea and Elderberry supplement to give me a little bit more defense towards viruses etc at this time of year.  Work is manically busy, all of the day merge into one and knowing my typically un-organised self; well i wanted to be on top form for all of that last minute dashing and busy-ness.

Except since taking said syrup {it's probably not its fault but it's a pretty big coincidence!} i've had quite possibly the worst cold i have ever had in my whole life.  It started as a cold.  Quickly morphed into the flu and is now a full blown respiratory infection and viral sinusitis WHICH as of today {and finally admitting that my little bones just aren't beating all of this nastiness alone} i've finally got antibiotics for.  
SO excuse the late post and quietness on most social media AND now i really need to list some lovely to cheer myself up!  Let's GO!

1.  Tea.  Always and forever but mostly now.  I think i've drank buckets of the stuff.  There's something about cradling a warm cup of tea in your favourite mug and drinking it that just fixes everything, don't you think?

2.  Painkillers.  Boring but true.  Sadly you wont find much in the way of inspiring tidbits of info about what i've been eating lately since i haven't been able to taste or smell for over a week now.  Amen to painkillers though. No really.  For fixing the ear ache, jaw ache, headache, shivers and temperature which have been alternating over the past week or so.

3.  Friends.  It shouldn't be this way but sometimes it really does take for you to have a hard time and feel totally rubbish to realise that your closest friends and colleagues and family are even more lovely than you even thought they were.  

4.  Christmas tree-ing.  Finally something i don't need all of my senses to really appreciate!  We popped ours up at the weekend and we've only just got a new set of lights {ours blew when we plugged the devils in!} as of today.  I'm already excited for breakfast by the Christmas tree.  The light of a Christmas tree makes even the shortest darkest days seem not too bad.

5.  Sunlight. Golly gosh i've missed it lately.  It's been all grey and mild and drizzly up North and I'm ready for some sunshine and frost again please!  On today's day off {Wednesday} we were treated to blue skies and pretty cloud collections and it cheered me up no end!
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And {if you'll be so kind as to excuse the short and sweetness} we're done!  Don't forget to pop on over to   Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle's lovely blogs to feast your eyes on the very best bits of their own week's.  It's exactly where i'm-a-headin' this second!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wonderful Wedensday #147

 {Prettiest light + winter berries = loveliness!}
Would you judge me if i told you that i *almost* stuck my head under the duvet and cancelled #wonderfulwednesday {imagines that the inward gasp of breath the world over causes some kind of climate-shaped disaster. Jokes!}.  But i DIDN'T.  I'm HERE!  I'm sort of falling apart at the seams from the most horrid of colds that there ever was.  And i NEVER catch colds, i NEVER do!  The appeal to just come home from work tonight {Tuesday evening} and have the hottest bath and the earliest night has been rescued by the promise of pizza.  I'm a fickle bean at times.  SO i've had a cup of Lady Grey as big as my head, I'm wearing my comfiest slouchy blue indigo dungarees and my sheepskin slippers AND said pizza is in the oven {speck ham, black pepper, rosemary and mushrooms with mascapone incase you're wondering - my favourite!} and we are going to DO this!  I need me some HAPPY people! Send forth all that is good and happy-making!

1.  Being warm. Something that hasn't come easy to me this week.  Scratch that, maintaining any kind of normal happy medium where body temperature is concerned has been a real effort.  I've either been about a million degrees {or felt it} or frozen cold to the bone.  Queue lots of 'i want a hot water bottle, no I'm too cold you can have it, no GIVE ME MORE DUVET.'  If i haven't said it already, that Mr of mine is a lucky, lucky man.  

2.  Soup.  If I'm honest largely for insulation purposes since as i can't taste a thing.  But actually I'd live off soup.  You know if i wasn't already living off porridge, Lady Grey and crumpets.  Is there anything more comforting than a huge bowl of soup and really lovely bread to dunk in it...?!  

3.  First mince pies:  Warm and slathered obscenely with brandy butter with little or no shame incurred whatsover.  T'is the season and all that.  Fun fact:  I went years and years before i even tried a mince pie - i mean we could be talking only in the last five years or so - purely because i really wasn't keen on the smell of the mincemeat itself.  Then i tried one and i have never looked back.  I feel as if I'm legitimately allowed to eat at least a couple a week purely on the grounds that I'm making up for lost time/pies.     

4.  Pukka Elderberry Syrup.  Ironically I bought a bottle a couple of weeks ago in a desperate attempt to boost my immune system and avoid colds like....oh the one that is currently residing in my little nose.  All the same i've been keeping up my daily spoonful and adding in another one when i get home each night and it's the most soothing little tincture of yum and it does make me feel better and keep me away from Beechams, Lemsip etc etc.  {Fun fact #2:  I always see it as some kind of personal challenge to get through a cold without medicine medicine.  Not sure why.  I'm not keen on taking tablets and so instead i ramp up all the green and good and try and be extra kind to myself.}.  It's a delicious mixture of Manuka honey, elderberries, echinacea, rosemary and ginger and honestly?  I could drink a whole bottle.  

5.  Chilli-shaped plans.  Don't tell him i said so but that Mr of mine makes the worlds' BEST vegetable and lentil chilli that there ever was.  It's crammed full of great things like celery, peppers, carrot - sometimes even squash or sweet potato - and lentils and we always eat it with tortilla chips and a wonderful pineapple salsa.  He's promised to make me an extra spicy one later on in the week in a bid to blast away this horrid cold and i am more than excited.  Better still it means I'll have leftovers for lunch for at least a couple of days after.  

6.  Over the top earrings.  Not surprisingly because of what i do and where i work i rarely buy jewellery and accessories anywhere else but Accessorize.  This week though i treated myself to the greatest, tassell-ey most OTT earrings form H&M to wear over Christmas.  They are black and gold and wonderful and i just know that Mr of mine will make some smart and sarcastic joke about them being like curtain tassels or who knows what but you know what?!  I don't care.  They're a bit OTT but if you can't go OTT at Christmas then really when can you?!?  

7.  Crumpets, banana and creamy cashew and cinnamon butter greatness.  Don't panic, i haven't fallen out of love with porridge but lately i can't get enough of crumpets.  I'm working slightly longer hours at work now {woe is me come this time of year and working in retail!} and have been sneaking any extra available time under that duvet of mine.  Crumpets have just been quicker and just as spicy and filling and yummy as i've wanted lately.  And the crumpets, the bests ones?!?  M&S Five Grain Sourdough Ultimate Crumpets hands down.  Better than any other trust me.  And i've pretty much tried them all now....

8.  Wearing golden stars on my face.  For no apparent reason other than i found them in a little drawer and Monday was grey and miserable and i thought well why the heck not?!  I felt all Abba-esque, snot or no snot!

9.  Belated birthday presents.  It was my birthday last week and so i took a few days of work to simply pootle about.  That meant going back to work on Monday i received several belated cards and presents and i've still got more to come!  Hurrah for birthdays that go on and on and on!  

10.  A day off.  I sometimes wish i could capture that feeling right before you go to sleep the night before your day off - pause it and savour it because sometimes looking forward to a little rest and not very much else other than keeping warm is better than the event itself.  I often think the same about my birthday, about Christmas or other things I'm looking forward to.  Life seems to zoom so fast lately that sometimes it's all just too fast!
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And we're DONE!  Pizza is calling my name and a day off tomorrow is calling it even louder.  There might even be more mince pies but they'll definitely be crumpets and tea and hot lemon, ginger and honey and all of the hot water bottles!  Don't forget to fill your heart and soul with even more lovely by bobbing on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle's blogs and reading their very own #wonderfulwednesday 's.  Better still share what's been making your week so lovely down below in the comments.  Or chit-chat with us all online and over social media using the #wonderfulwednesday tag as per.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #146

{Jack Frost has been making a little bit of an appearance lately!}
 Ahoy there #wonderfulwednesday readers!  Gosh it really does feel like Winter is well and truly upon us which actually seems rather right and proper {and when are the British seasons ever that?!} seen as come Thursday this week we'll be into December!  I can quite honestly say that summer time doesn't feel like it was that long ago and already it's almost Christmas and i have {predictably!} not even done any form of Christmas shopping or preparation!  When will i learn?!  This week has got off to a lovely start. It's my birthday on Friday and so i've got a few days off in a row to be a little bit lazy and a lot warm!  

Shall we get on to my favourite bits of this week so far?! 

1.  When cold hands get warm.  Bear with me a little here.  This weeks list will mostly all be about the keeping of the warm! You all know i cycle or walk everywhere and lately, on those bitterly cold mornings where the icy air slices into your little knitted mittens like little Jack Frost-shaped daggers at first and then all of sudden you build up speed or momentum {or your legs start pedalling twice as fast maybe} all in a better bid to get the circulation going and bloody pumping?  Well THAT.  That rush of blood to your hands, cheeks, nose and little feet that has your silly mind all fooled into thinking your're warm.  Until you stop.  Sort of reminds me of having PE first period at school and icy morning cross country in SHORTS.  I've crossed my legs just thinking about it....

2.  Nakd Christmas Pudding Bars.  Yes it's true.  It's gotta be a great flavour combo to make me abandon my usual Chocolate Orange variety i'm telling you.  I remember these from last year and spotted them in Sainsbury's earlier in the week.  If you love marzipan and cinnamon and spice and raisins then these are for you.  I've been munching my way through them with Chai tea for company.  Oh YEAH!

3.  Flashes of red.  I'm usually all about the muted colour palettes but somehow this time of year really does call for all of the jewel-hued colours with a little bit 'a glitter thrown in for good measure.  I think it's the antidote to the shorter days.  Whatever the reasoning i'm enjoying digging out my red lipsticks {anyone else only wear lipstick at this time of year too?} and sporting flashes of red where i can.  Read:  Red socks, red tights, etc etc. 

4.  A little flowery guest.  This should have actually been '3b' but she's such a pretty that she's getting her own happy point all to herself.  I also picked up a teeny tiny Poinsettia plant for our kitchen windowsill when i did my Nakd bar smash and grab at the start of the week {see it's ALL about the festive!} and she's sitting pretty upon a sweet blue and white willow pattern plate.   I've named her Rosemary {because if i name a plant there's less chance I'll kill it}.  I hope she doesn't develop an identity disorder with such a confusing name though.  

5.  Scrambled eggs.  Man it's been a while.  I used to eat scrambled eggs at least once a week and now i suddenly can't even remember when i last did you know.  I was chilled to the bone after Tuesday mornings bike ride and had the lovliest plate of salty, buttery and bright yellow scrambled eggs with some grilled baby tomatoes and sauteed spinach and it was HEAVEN.  

6.  Fruit and herb teas.  I'm a water baby.  Not in the swimming sense - in fact if my little life depended on my swimming ability suffice to say i would die.  BUT i do drink gallons of the stuff.  Only at this time of year it's harder to summon up the courage to throw icy beverages down your throat when it's -3 degrees outside.  It's generally an excuse {as if i need one} to pick up a few more herbal and fruit teas. This week i've been guzzling Pukka's 'Three Mint' 'Turmeric Gold' and 'Echinacea and Elderberry' like there's no tommorrow and feeling both warm and raring to go!  Win win!

7.  The BFG film.  For taking me right the way back to reading the book when i was about ten {whilst simultaneously making me want to dig out my old copy and dive right back in} and all of the lovely memories.  I flippin' LOVE Roald Dahl.  If you haven't seen the film GO GO right now!  

8.  Brioche Bread and Butter toffee pudding with apple compote.  I thought bread and butter pudding wasn't reeeeeally my thing.  I have forever ranted and raved that the best way to ever have bread is to toast it and slather it with jam or peanut butter or salty butter.  I may have been proven was like eating a CLOUD of custard-y loveliness and not nearly as heavy as i had expected.  

9.  Peachy perfect sunsets.  And those days when i can watch them un-interupted from our little spare bedroom window instead of having my head busy with other bits and bobs at work.  They're quick!  Gone within moments and we're all blanketted in the dark and the cold until tomorrow.  There's something rather lovely about that, don't you think?! 

10.   My bed.  Is it rather wrong for the first thought of the day to be that of counting exactly how many hours it is until you can be snuggled back under the duvet?  Tell me it's not just me?!? Lately has been so so busy at work that my very favourite part of the day {say apart from breakfast!} is my head hitting all of those pillows and cushions and a little hot water bottle tucked between my knees.  Bliss!

11.  The new H&M Christmas advert.  Peek HERE and prepare to fall hopelessly in love with magic of Wes Anderson and Christmas combined......YOU are welcome my friends!

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 And once more another #wonderfulwednesday is all done and dusted! I'd love for you to join in by telling me what's been lovely in your own week so farYou can leave a little comment below or join in the chit-chat online using the #wonderfulwednesday tag too.  Also don't forget to bob on over and visit  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle's blogs for even more happy lists!  What's better come these shorter days than curling up with a hot drink and a happy list or..... twelve is that now?!  My heart is well and truly warmed!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #145

 {Look at them apples!}
Hello and ALL of the 'how are you's?!'  I write this on the cusp of a mild delirium caused by a pretty long stint of days in a row at work {Eight if you're askin'} and a very long day of 9am-10pm on Monday due to that wonderful thing we call stock take.  There aren't even the words to tell you how much I'm looking forward to being off on Wednesday..... 

But! On to the great stuff....

1.  Lifts.  Not the elevator-shaped, just the kind hearted 'i know/can see that you're utterly cream-crackered and so I'll come get you if you like' ones.  It's no secret i like to walk. Or ride a bike.  I think i can count on one hand the amount of times i've sat on a bus here where i live and rarely ring a taxi.  Truth is, wherever you are in this little city, you're pretty close to the centre and even though we've moved northwards of the main centre, it still only takes 25minutes to walk it or 12minutes or so to cycle.  Sometimes though, sometimes when you're so very exhausted that you barely know your own name, a lift is good news.  Especially an unexpected one.  There was no greater joy than a heated car and knowing i'd be home in moments and therefore in bed even sooner!  Sometimes gratitude hides itself in the most unexpected of places doesn't it?!?

2.  Glimpses of Winter.  We're only halfway through November-ish and already we've had a few days this week that have felt oh so much more than Autumn.  Last Sunday i very much 'skated' down the hill to work since Jack Frost had covered the city in a white blanket of the most sparkly, glistening of cold, cold frosts.  I revelled in it a lot little bit and enjoyed layering up in my thickest mittens, toastiest scarf and favourite leopard print beret.  I was only sad i couldn't pick up coffee and visit the park for an early morning walk!

3.   Crumpets.  Well always and anytime let's be honest here! But this week they've saved my bacon not at breakfast time but for late finishes at work and savoury-come-a-little-bit-sweet cravings when i haven't wanted too much right before bed.  Peanut butter, chopped banana, crumpets a deux, DONE!  Is it just me who gets secretly excited at the excuse to legitimately have breakfast food for lunch or dinner...?!  

4.  Best marmalade.  To be precise Tiptree's 'Tawny Orange'.  Oh golly gosh it's good!  It's a wonderful dark amber-y orange with the thickest slices of tart orange zest and made with dark muscovado sugar.  And on toasted teacakes as big as my head?!?  YES PLEASE!

5.  That Mr.  For picking me up, dropping me off and for generally always being the person to see me at my very best and very worst in equal measure and never treating me any differently.  Even of sometimes i really could commit murder when i'm hungry.... 

6.  First berries.  Just as the vivid orange canopy of leaves fade first to yellow and then to softer shades and drift from the treetops in a flurry; right there ready and waiting are the very first berries of winter.  I'm not sure what they all are BUT i've already spied me one thing i do recognise and that's HOLLY BERRIES and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

7.  Blankets.  Is there a greater joy than the softest of blankets come this time of year?!  We keep two in the living-room {because sometimes we don't want to share!} and i honestly love nothing more than snuggling up underneath one with a hot cup of chai tea and a chocolate cookie or two.....Being cosy is where it's AT this time of year.  

8. Glitter.  Whilst i'm a print and colour lover through and through this time of year i just LOVE the glittery hints every which way and even though i rarely buy anything to wear that's too sparkly for fear of not getting much mileage out of it once Santa has visited, i can't help but be swayed by a little bit here and there.  I picked up some little glitter pots in silver and gold and some teeny tiny golden stars which i am looking forward to dusting across the very tops of my cheeks soon.  I also picked up a skinny sequinned scarf from work which i have been loving pairing with t-shirts and jeans.  I'm blaming the darker, shorter days for my indulgences!

9.  Being warm.  Lately what with longer shifts, a definite change in the weather and feeling a little bit run down i feel as if it takes me forever to warm up.  Once i am though i can't imagine being happier.  The cold where your little toes, fingers and nose feel a little bit numb and the tip of your nose *might* even display the smallest of icicles...... The only thing for it is the hittest shower, the softest cosiest pyjamas and a hot drink with a book in bed.  Mmmmm.

10.  Apples. Or more to the point the sweet box of apples sat on the doorstep of the prettiest little house on my walk to work on Sunday morning.  Perched next to the kindest handwritten note saying 'Apples, free to a good home - help yourself.' My heart was warmed.  And my tummy too since i've cooked them down and added some All Spice to them and have been topping my morning porridge with them!  

11.  New wardrobes!!!! YAAAAAY!  Not so much yay-ing for dusting off the screw-drivers to put together the bloomin' things if I'm honest with you BUT there is a little joy in the knowledge that very soon I'll be getting dressed out of an actual real life wardrobe and not a cardboard box or black bin bag AND the thought that when i decide what i want to wear, i might actually be able to find it!  HURRAH!  
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And with a whizz and a whoosh we're all done!  Don't forget to hop-scotch yourself silly right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle's blogs to read all of their smiles, happy things and general merry musings on their weeks so far.  If you didn't need an excuse already.  It's my first day off in eight days this #wonderfulwednesday and i am BEYOND excited to snuggle up with maybe both blankets, bottom-less Lady Grey and maybe a chocolate brownie too!  

Don't forget to chit-chat along online on social media using the #wonderfulwednesday tag orrrr just share what's been fab about your week so far in the comments below! 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #144

 {Sweet snap stolen from my Instagram! Oh so pretty!}
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to you.  If there's one thing i've learnt over the past seven days it's how important these silly little happy lists.  In the grand old scheme of things, they're a drop in the ocean of the huge and massive world that we live in BUT they're also a bigger drop in the smaller little ocean of my life.  To sit down, even for just once a week and make myself a list of the very best bits of life so far - small or big - well that's important.  It forces me to appreciate what i've got, to be thankful and better still to look on the bright side, even for just an hour.  And better even still, i get to share that little list with you and moreover to read that special #wonderfulwednesday troop's posts and stretch out the warm and fuzzies for a few moments longer.  And for that, i am forever grateful.  

Shall we?! 

1.  Firsts!  Because what's a new season {if we excuse the last couple of days of oddly mild temperatures} without a fair few firsts?!  First sprouts.  I actually can't believe i've lasted this long!  But last weekend {i know, i know it's not this week but this is too good to not shout about!} we had the mother of all roast lamb dinners and we chucked a few sprouts in their along with some honey and mustard roasted parsnips and carrots and MY.  OH.  MY was it glorious!  I even enjoyed some leftover sprouts and butternut squash with an Autumn-y Winter-y inspired salad for lunch on my day off on Tuesday.

2.  Lazy days.  I crave them even more come this time of year.  Partly because of the shorter darker days but also as it gets busier and busier at work!  This one was filled with longer sleeps, blueberry buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and only leaving the house to pick up lunch and dinner. The rest of the day i caught up with house work, television and dipped many a biscuit into many a cup of Lady Grey.  These kinds of days are good for your soul i swear it!

3.  Clear outs!  Unseasonable surely?  Usually the kind of thing reserved for after Christmas and for Spring time, this year I'm getting on the bandwagon early doors.  It *might* have a little somethin' somethin' to do with ordering a new wardrobe last week FINALLY *does cartwheel*.  Towards the end of last week i photographed a huge pile of clothes to sell on Depop {I'm @sallytangle by the way and you can shop my wardrobe HERE} and it's the nicest feeling to have a little sort out and clear through on a few things!  I shall be popping up some more bits over the next little while so keep those peepers peeled!

4.  All of the spices!  Okay so i've gone from a little bit of cinnamon on my porridge to downright filling it full of ALL of the good things!  Typically i've been craving anything cinnamon - i know i know me and the rest of the world!  But on Monday i decided to throw a little more spice at my breakfast by putting a good sprinkle in each of Christmas Spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little Turmeric and OH MY.  ALL of the yum in my little tum!  I've promised myself to recreate it later on in the week with the addition of some apple compote....

5.  Speaking of which...It's funny.  We've only moved a few miles north from where we used to live but around and about our not-so-new-now house, everyone is so much more friendly and it feels a little bit like a village within a city.  On my cycle home on Tuesday's day off i spotted the sweetest thing outside one of the houses i regularly pass and swoon over *aherm*.  They'd popped a basket of picked apples outside their garden gate with a little note saying 'Please help yourself!  Freshly picked apples!'.  If i wasn't juggling far too many bags and what-not I'd have been tempted to grab a few for my porridge....

6.  Candles in the morning!  It's my new day off tradition as I'm tootling about in the morning and getting ready to go out.  It feels ever so lovely lighting candles in the soft morning light and a bit more of a treat somehow since as we always have them lit downstairs in the evening.  

7.  Cold walks home.  Okay I'll admit it i did think that once the days shortened and i couldn't cut through my little short cut along the river to get home, that I'd soon tire of the 25minute wander it takes to get home after work and maybe, just maybe i will the busier work gets and the tireder i become BUT i've really been rather loving my dark, cold walks home.  They give me {mostly!} silence, room to breathe and reflect and time alone with my own thoughts {the luxury of all of the luxuries} and i really rather enjoy them.

8.  Ballet and stretching.  In a little bit of a similar vain to the above, i have really been loving and appreciating time spent on my little mat.  I've got into a routine of how often i do my little workouts and can fit them into my day with ease and i really look forward to them.  And if you know me, apart from those two wheels I'm really not the exercising type!  Better still I'm getting better and better and stronger and stronger and can see and feel the progression in each little session i do.  Go me!

9.  Flapjacks.  I'm a snacker. I can't help it and i don't think there's a any shame in it either! My little tummy is happier with smaller, littler meals more often with a scattering of snacks thrown in for good measure.  Whilst a banana, a spoonful of any kind of nut butter or a handful of nuts are regular go-to's; lately has all been about the flapjacks!  There's just something ever so comforting about munching one en route home, when the 11am munchies call or even before bed with a cup of hot chai.  Hells bells I'll eat them at any given opportunity lately!  Ours are made with maple syrup and have dried blueberries swizzled through and they are the bees knees!  

10.  Favourite perfumes.  I'm all about perfume come the cooler months.  In summer I'm a 'body cream and go' kind of gal and somehow i tend to find that perfume just doesn't sit on my skin as well in the warmer months.  So lately has all been about spritzing my favourite perfume on my cosy scarves and enjoy the little comforting waft that it brings wherever i am.  
So that's IT, all done and dusted for another week, quick as a flash!  If this isn't enough happy for your peepers {and quite frankly can you ever have enough?!} then hop, skip and jump right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle's blogs and catch up on what's been making their 'lately' all kinds of lovely!
And I'll catch you next week.  Same time, same place!


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