Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #141

{The crispest, brightest most beautiful mornings!}
Happy halfway to the weekend to one and all!  I'm not quite sure where this happy disposition has come from since as I'm working all of the live-long weekend!  BUT it is in order to have a few days off in a row next week which i shall spend selling some things {mainly printed clothes that i have too many of}, planting things {the rest of the daffs, snowdrops and bluebells i have collected for our tiny garden} and.....oh yes bloody well ordering a bloody wardrobe before i drive myself demented.  I have resigned myself to the fact that I'll never get a massive second-hand Victorian wardrobe up our little stairwell and so Ikea it shall have to be.  I do feel a bit defeated, is that weird?!  I'm determined to pick up some second hand bedside tables and a blanket chest to make up for it.  

How are you?!  How has your week been so far?  Mine has been cold and busy and if I'm honest a little bit all over the place!  I'm ready for my day off this week which is actually Wednesday as it happens!  I plan to savour it - to lie-in an extra hour, spread a little bit too much almond butter on my toast and maybe even sneak in a chocolate brownie if i'm feeling the need!  Shall we get onto business?!?!?

1.  Favourite cardigans.  Now that the days are getting colder, i've been digging deep and rummaging through my favourite knits, tugging them out from boxes and falling in love with them all over again.  Just like jeans, i have my favourite collection of much-loved pieces that are a bit mis-shapen, a little bobbly but a lot loved.  I worry that they're so irreplaceable that i wish id bought two of them all way back when.  Except that nobody ever has the hindsight to know how 'favourable' a piece of clothing will become {FYI that would totally be my super power!} and so you could never possible achieve such.  Mmmm I'm wearing my favourite cream cable bobble cardigan as i type....

2.  Mushrooms and rosemary.  On a pizza.  Oh so simple but oh so very yum!  Sometimes the best things really are.

3.  Picking out a new shampoo flavour/type.  I'm so fickle when it comes to shampoo. i rarely pick one that i hate - i mean they all clean my hair don't they?!  But i like to switch up my shampoos and rarely use the same one again.  I spent the summer using an Organix Coconut shampoo and conditioner and have just finished them.  They felt seasonably suitable - afterall who doesn't love the waft of coconut on a balmy summer's evening?!  Now I'm on the hunt for something new.  I'm actually thinking of re-purchasing the same brand but in their lovely Argan Oil range since as i know my parched wavy birds nest will thank me once Jack Frost visits.  Is it just me that gets excited about this kind of thing?!

4.  Parsnips.  Technically served with Sunday's roast lamb most yummy dinner of the year ever so really part of last week but hey ho, they were too good not to shout about.  Smothered in equal parts of wholegrain mustard and runny honey and roasted until they were caramelized and heavenly.  So flippin' good!

5.  Waking up to a warm house.  I'm wholeheartedly so enjoying waking up waaaay before my alarm does the past few mornings this week simply because the heating has clicked on.  There is a certain comfort in both knowing that you don't need to get up yet and also that the clay tiles in the bathroom will be so toasty when you sleepily pad through in an hour or so to splash your face.  And that you have a warm radiator to rest little bottom on while you take the first few citrussey sips of Lady Grey tea on a morning.  

6.  Misty starts to the days.  The kind of mornings where you can see the houses around you's hot water and heating creating a pretty swirl of hot mist into the morning air, just as the sun is rising.  Also the kinds where you spend a good few minutes breathing out heavily to catch your breath doing exactly the same when you should actually be focusing on locking the front door and being responsible.  Oops.  

7.  Eucalyptus stems.  Bought for next to nothing from our local flower stall when quite frankly no kind of flowers in a vase felt almost right at this time of year somehow?!  It's not quite 'berries in vases' o'clock and i feel my hyacinths and past there best somehow.  They've dried beautifully though and have been resigned to the bedside table where they are sitting pretty in an old jam jar.  Our eucalyptus stems are perched proudly in a Kilner bottle and look ever so pretty on our kitchen table.  Plus i can't get enough of their menthol-ey aroma, wafting softly into the room.  

8.  The thought of planning my very first homemade wreath.  Sorry.  Except that I'm not really because i've never had my own front door in the whole of my little life and it's a red front door too.  I am beside myself with joy and i'm actually really rather wondering if having a wreath both inside and out is some kind of Christmas-shaped faux-pas?!?  Thoughts?

9.  Highlighting primer.  Shallow but trust me, finding the wrong kind of highlighter-come-primer for someone as pale and fair eyebrow-ed and eyelash-ed as me is no mean feat.  Get it wrong {which i have spent the last thirty-two years doing - FYI I'm thirty-three this year *weeps*} and one simply resembles the Moon, after a jolly good polish.  I reckon i've nailed the right balance and i love it.  Plus come this time of year my face needs all the highlightin' help it can get.  

10.  First cold weather hat wearing.  Now if you know me you'll know I'm no stranger to a hat.  Truth is i wear the flippin' things all year round and my floppy black Fedora is my 'too often' go-to for bad hair days.  But i've been holding off wearing a woolly hat for as long as i could manage but on Monday morning i could manage no longer!  Wearing my sweet black angora beret with my cosy furry leopard print jacket had me feeling SO snuggly and warm.  I'm looking forward to rifling through the box labelled 'Hats & Such' in our spare-room and to starting to wear some of my favourites!
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  Now it's over to you!  Share the very BEST bits of your week so far below or shout about it online on Twitter or Instagram {I'm @sallytangle on either!}.  Also don't forget to bob on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle's blogs and read all about the best bits of their weeks' too!  Also make sure to join in with the #wonderfulwednesday chat by using the tag so we can all see!
Happy halfway through the week!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #140

{Sometimes i actually dress appropriately for the weather!}
I nearly didn't write this post.  No, god no i don't mean completely in a 'not at all' kind of a way - i mean i don't think i ever could miss a #wonderfulwednesday.  They're kind of like my very first cup of Lady Grey - they're just part of me somehow now.  No i mean i nearly didn't write it now:  3pm on Tuesday afternoon.  For starters i usually write it much later on in the day but I'm off today and so i planned to get it all organised and ready to go so i can eat pizza and catch up on Made in Chelsea later now so i had a little time to myself later.  

I'm also not in the best frame of mind for collecting the best bits of my week since as i've just got well and truly soaked to the bone riding back from the city centre on that little bike of mine due to a major weather mis-judgement which saw me cycling the two and a bit miles home in torrential rain and wind wearing only a cardigan, t shirt and jeans.  I'd already waited for forty minutes for it to stop and in the end thought:  It's just water.  It actually wasn't quite as bad as it sounds and i was almost home and accustomed to water running down my nose and numb fingers when a car decided to drive past me right by the biggest puddle.  I saw the puddle mere millseconds before but had nowhere to go and the kind driver splashed ice-cold muddy road-y rain water up me from top to bottom.  So to say i was not best pleased was a small understatement.  I was so cold when i got home that i could barely unfasten my sodden clothes!  

But that's that isn't it?  I'm alive.  I had the hottest, longest shower that there ever was; turned myself lobster pink and drank the hugest mug of coffee i could muster and here we are.  Pink cheeks, pink ears and all ready for the happy......

1.  Raw things.  Trust me to go a little bit off kilter, but the tummy wants what the tummy wants.  I know i should be stewing and roasting everything come this time of year but this week i've really been craving raw vegetables.  I've also not really been feeling inspired by lunches lately too.  Thankfully the two have come together quite nicely and i've been enjoying a plethora and rainbow of chopped raw veg and hummus each day for lunch this week.  Veg-shaped highlights have included radishes, raw butternut squash sticks, cauliflower, tender-stem broccoli and sugar snap peas.  All of the yum in my little 'tum!

2.  Hot showers.  I'm one of those people.  Once I'm cold I'm really flippin' cold {we're talking blue lips, icy hands - the lot} and it takes thousand degree temperatures to really warm me up again.  There's no better feeling than standing under a really hot shower.  Especially on a fairly wet Tuesday afternoon...

3.  Being a bit less-ier.  I'm not going to go all 'hippy hippy shake' on you but I'm starting to get cabin fever.  Not the normal 'holed up in a small place' kind, the 'too much of everything' kind.  Since moving i have thrown away/given to charity a fair few bits and pieces.  Since we're still wardobe-less {i know, i know sort it out gaaah}  and have a lot of our spare room still to sort; our downstairs and our bedroom are both actually really rather clutter-free and minimal {for us!}.  Do you know what?  I like it too.  I'm finding I'm spending less time on that phone of mine of an evening too and just giving whatever else is going on my full attention.  It's making me want less of everything around me.  Am i weird?!  I want to find a good balance.  So YES, less = thumbs up!

4.  Roast chicken.  More to the point, the crispy buttery chicken skin on a roast chicken.  Is there anything more yummy?!?

5.  Purple porridge.  Achieved by cooking down some 'past their best' blackberries at the end of last week with a glug of maple syrup and a little squeeze of lemon.  Piled high onto Monday mornings' porridge with a drizzle of almond butter and toasted coconut flakes.  Mmmmmmmmm!  

6.   New Kings of Leon.  I always listen to the radio when I'm tootling about at home and my station of choice at the moment is BBC 6Music.  I'm SO flippin' floppin' loving the new KOL tunes and having them back.  They remind me of uni days and dancing stupidly until the early hours and still having enough 'get up and go' to be at a lecture at 9am the next day.  Fairly sure I'd need at least a week off nowadays...

7.  Pink and grey.  Again I'm being a rebel and not dipping myself in mustard, orange and plum tones lately and instead I'm sort of just continuing my love affair with soft slate-y greys and dusky pinks.  It's the scheme - in the loosest sense of the word - that i've opted for in our bedroom and i just love it.  I've also just ordered some grey and white curtains for our spare room of doom {christened as such since it's still very much how it was when we moved in...aherm.} and so I'm hoping to keep that room fairly neutral too.  It's just such a calming collection of colours for sleeping in don't you think?  Who even am i anymore....

8.  Finding a film we both like and sitting and watching it all of the way through {that's right even 'twitchy bum' me!} together.  Even if i started out reading my book because i thought the film sounded rubbish.  Okay well maybe i just switched off when he uttered the words 'Sci-fi.'  Whatever.  It was called 'Insurgent' and it was FAB.  

9.  Yellow roses.  A sweet little gift from a little lunch date with Mother Tangle last week and still very much going strong a week on!  It's been ages since i bought flowers - sort of got out of the habit somehow - and yellow roses are the perfect little rays of sunshine to look at when it feels like the days are starting darker and ending darker too......

10.  Slippers.  Oh yes!  You've never had happier feet until you wear slippers once it gets colder FACT.  Mine are from last year and are pink velvet with little grey pom-poms.  This year i'm thinking of asking for some sheepskin ones for Christmas.  That's it i'm definitely getting old.... 

  Pop over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle's blogs to catch yourself EVEN MORE happy listin' and don't forget to share your own #wonderfulwednesday lovliness with us below or on all of the social media channels.  I'm @sallytangle on them all!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #139

{Crisp, crunch. Crisp, crunch. Just when you thought there wasn't anything lovelier than walking through leaves!}
Happy half-way-through-the-week to one and all!  Give yourselves a pat on the back and maybe a sneaky high-five. See it wasn't that bad at all now was it!?!  I've had rather a lovely week.  Lovelier than expected given that Monday was a return to work after a good long stretch off.  
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I was ready for it though.  I spent my week resting up, making compotes, riding my bike in the Autumn sunshine and reading.  What better way is there to spend your days?!  So i felt ready and raring to go back to work and since my departure, the weather had turned very much to Autumn and those hip, hop and hoping for an Indian Summer were to be left a little disappointed.  Not me though, i practically cartwheeled through the front doors at work knowing fine and well that we'd be all bedecked with knitwear, hats, scarves and gloves and this seasons new boots.  There something about buying Autumn or Winter items that seems totally and completely justifiable - not least because we all know we'll be wrapped up in them until at least May.  Don't you agree?!
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I'm digressing but it's only because I'm excited!  Shall we chit-chat happy and the best things about this week...?  And then you can tell me all about yours!

1.  A fully working and functioning boiler.  Not something to snigger about let me tell you that!  This week {Tuesday evening to be precise} we tested our heating out for the very first time in our new house since moving in....about four months ago?  That's pretty good going in itself but we picked this little home largely because of its sunny positioning and so haven't needed any kind of heat really until now.  We did a merry dance that everything was in working order and that it worked and got warm and toasty so fast!  Then both proceeded to scamper off to a radiator to warm our chilly bums!

2.  Pom-pom scarves. Or an Accessorize Pom-Pom scarf more to the point.  We did these scarves years ago and i still have mine.  This year they've brought them out again and they are made of the cheeriest happy little pom-poms in mustard, teal, red and green.  The perfect thing to cheer up chilly grey days no?!?  They cheer me up just looking at them and i've been re-inspired to dig out mine!  If i can find which box it's buried in.....

3.  Tan boots.  What is it about tan boots and Autumn leaves?!  They just go hand in hand don't you think?!  I'd completely forgotten about mine until i stumbled across them whilst trying to sort out a few boxes in the spare room of doom!  They go perfectly with so many things come this time of year.  

4.  Tights.  Because who doesn't celebrate the arrival of tight wearing season? You'll never be as warm and as toasty as you you'll be when you've got a pair of tights that pull right the way up to where your bra ends.  Fact!  That Mr of mine is a lucky, lucky man....

5.  Almond butter.  As sweet as it is savoury in a completely different way than any other nut butter is.  I could shovel spoonfuls of the stuff into my mouth and quite often do when the need arises.  I mostly eat it in a sweet way, but lately i've really been enjoying it with chopped carrot.  Mmmm!

6.  A perfectly ripe banana right after a really painful {the kind that's as equally pleasurable/satisfying as it is sore!} workout on Monday evening after work.  I don't know what it is but it's my go-to snack after exercise.  It really hits the spot.

7. Chasing the daylight home.  I'm making the most of this one!  Lately it really feels like i just get all the way up the hill and scamper through the woods and along the river just in time for the sun to fall behind the trees.  I'm really relishing that magical golden light because I'm not looking forward to walks where it'll be completely black!  Pom pom scarf!  Must think about that jolly pom pom scarf to keep me warm and make me smile!

8.   Birdsong on dark mornings.  The kind where you can hardly see a thing:  You stumble out of bed, bleary eyed and draw back the curtains, squinting in a little lamplight.  The world feels fast asleep - all except you.  You and the sweet little bird calling out his morning song from a tree as faraway as it feels close by. It's all you can hear and it feels all the more loud and special because of what you can't see too.  It's a little bit comforting and it's making my mornings pretty okay lately.

9.  Smiling at strangers.  It's a weird one so bear with me.  Last weekend somebody walked past me and gave me the widest, hugest big smile.  I didn't know them and i hadn't ever seen them or knowingly crossed their path before.  I didn't do anything for them and they didn't do anything for me.  But i couldn't help but smile back.  And it gave me the warmest feeling in my little tummy.  So i made a vow to myself.  Whenever i passed people in future, or for as often as i could manage to - whether that be nipping out on my lunch or walking to work of a morning - i was going to try to make more of an effort to smile at people.  And without sounding like a crazy hippie 'happiness coach' {that's actually a thing!} it makes the world of difference!  It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and because of it i've actually had a few 'good mornings' 'your skirt is beautiful' 'isn't it a lovely day' etc and i flipping well love it!  

10.  Roasted nuts.  All of the roasted nuts.  Top tip:  Don't roast nuts.  Unless you don't mind consuming at least three times as much as normal.  Especially don't roast almonds or hazelnuts because hells BELLS are they delish. Just sayin'.  

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And with a quick wish and a whoosh we're done for another weekAs always I'd love to know what's been making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, if you also regularly smile at strangers {or now maybe you might be inspired to?} and if you love almond butter too?  But I'll happily settle for just what's been making your week magical so far this week.  Don't forget to tag along and catch up with the rest of the gangs #wonderfulwednesday -shaped action by popping over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely Isabelle's blogs and seeing what's been making them giddy as a kipper too.  And as ever, join in on all social media platforms with the #wonderfulwednesday tag.  I'm @sallytangle everywhere!  

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #138

 {Autumn being all super and duper every where you turn lately!}
I'm sat here with what can only be described as the strangest feeling!  It feels all kinds of upside down to be sat whilst the sun is streaming in through our little office/spare bedroom/room of whatever else wont fit anywhere else {yes 'wardrobe gate' is very much still alive and causing me stress!} whilst writing out this weeks' #wonderfulwedenesday post!  How very odd it is!  I usually scrabble this post together after work and after our Tuesday evening weekly food shop before i set about making dinner {which FYI is always pizza on a Tuesday since it takes mere moments and is all we ever want after traipsing up and down the supermarket!} so i feel a little bit discombobulated writing it now! 
How the devil are you?!  I'm coming at you having been off work since....Saturday?  Suffice to say that I'm actually really only just starting to feel fully relaxed even now.  Sometimes it takes for you to really and truly stop to catch up and feel yourself once more.  Don't you agree?!  So naturally I'm going to hit you hard with all of my lazy-daisy bits of this week and predictably tell you that so far it's been a little a lot of bliss.....

1.  Starting a new book.  It's anyone's guess if I'll finish it since i really do have the attention span of a goldfish these days!  It's also not anything new, exciting or gripping but 'Starter for Ten' by Richard Nicholls {he who wrote such gems as 'One Day and 'Us'} and a book that my sister bought me.....for Christmas?!  Crikey.  Must.  Try.  Harder.  Truth is, when i was little I'd get lost for hours, days even in a book and now i just really struggle to commit!  I'm much more akin to a magazine {tearing, cutting and sticking forever!} or you know, Pinterest *aherm*.  

2.  Letting my mind wander.  Again something i used to spend forever doing when i was a little dot.  So much so that my school 'news' journal was never really and actually 'news' but a very fabricated and imaginative 'look' at what I'd 'done' at the weekend/half term/school holidays often complete with magical lands, dragons and sometimes princesses!  Now I'm just guilty of quite the opposite.  This weeks has been lovely to tootle around our little park on my to wheels simply just letting my mind wander wherever which way it wanted to.  

3.  Mornings.  Because lately they have simply become my very favourite part of the whole day.  I've never hidden the fact that I'm much more of a morning person than i am a night owl {this little bean struggles to get past 10pm on a regular!}  but this week, my mornings have been the best!  Each day i've been stirred awake to the Mr getting up for work {is there anything lovelier than not not being the first person up on a morning?!} and tip-toed downstairs at 8am to make a mug of Lady Grey and sip it buried beneath the duvet whilst listening to BBC 6Music and watching the dappled sunlight dance on the while walls in our bedroom.  Then I've got up, made more tea and eaten breakfast in total and complete silence.  Not watching the time, not hurriedly gulping tea and munching furiously but simply taking as long as i wish.  Just bliss!

4.  Birds.  Since we now have a little garden i've been trying my hardest to make it bird-friendly.  I popped a little coconut shell filled with seeds on our fence post and waited.  In the whole almost three months since we've been here, all i've ever spotted here are pigeons and crows.  Until Monday morning.  Whilst i was sat dilly-dallying sipping on my tea, the sweetest little robin and chaffinch {they are chaffinches aren't they?!  The sweet yellow and blue ones?!} took it in turns to rest on the washing line and sneak seeds from the coconut.  It made my silly little heart ALL kinds of happy!

5.  Coyo raw chocolate and coconut yoghurt.  I've been trying to track this little dreamboat down for what seems like an eternity and finally this week our lovely little health food shop in the market said they could order it for me.  So, in the fridge sit two little cartons of what might be about to become one of my favourite things ever.  I haven't even tried it yet.  I'm sort of hesitant to do so because i don't want it to be gone. Is that weird?!

6.  Swishy and shiny hair.  Today {Tuesday!} i popped to get my haircut.  I wont bore you with my annual moan about how much i hate getting my hair cut {i think March might have been the last time?!? Crikey!} but i will tell you that i did love two things:  First being how my hairdresser understands how little to take off my hair and doesn't seem to fuss and pile it high with lots of products and make it look like it's not me underneath it at all and secondly that she told me that my hair is in beautiful condition!  ME!  YES ME!  MY hair hasn't been told it's in 'beautiful healthy condition' since......well YEARS.  Getting rid of the super-duper light blonde was so much better for it as it's meant that i only have to wash it once a week if I'm lucky and having it cut has made it so swishy and swooshy and fab looking.  

7.  Leaves rustling.  You know, when that's all you can hear.  Since our house is an end terrace and right next to a park, lately if you lie with the window open just a little, it's all you can hear and really it's quite magical.  It's Autumn in a conker nutshell!

8.  Eating dinner together.  Ah one of life's' simple pleasures.  Getting our little two person dining table and mis-matched chairs might be one of the best things we ever did.  Actually sitting face to face, eating dinner and talking to each other without any kind of distraction is the best thing ever.  Only this week it's felt even lovelier since i haven't been firing dinner down my neck in a rush or letting my mind skip over onto work-shaped stuff.  Dinner time is fast becoming one of the best times of the day.  Well you know if you don't count breakfast time.....

9.  New woolly hats.  Yep i did just write that.  I've said it once and I'll say it a thousand times over:  Autumn and Winter attire is worth investing in simply because our cold weather lasts from mid-October until what?  May!?  See, totally justifiable.  This dreamboat is a deep rusty Rose pink in a chunky cable-knit bean-y shape and I.  Just.  LOVE.  it.  

10.  Spinach. It's one of very my favourite things anyway but this week it's been getting all of the heart eyes!  It's been stirred through roasted peppers and courgettes fresh out of the oven {along with a huge dollop of leftover pesto!}, strewn across pizza before baking or simply wilted on a low heat in a little dot of coconut oil and served with whatever lunch-shaped leftovers our fridge has to offer!

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And that's a WRAP!  I'm giddy as a kipper at quite how many lovely other #wonderfulwednesday writers there are now!  I mean i actually can't quite believe it!  If this isn't enough happy for you - and quite frankly when can you ever have enough of the stuff?!  Go and pop on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, Mimmi's, Martina's AND lovely new-to-the-blog-shaped party and to the #wonderfulwednesday one, Isabelle's blogs and fill your boots!  Thank you SO much to each and everyone who pops by and supports this little spot, or who tweets and gets in touch online and especially thank you SO much to my little #wonderfulwednesday troops ^^^ you guys are the bees knees!!!!
Have a fab mid-week all!


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