Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #128

 {For all you know this could be my handy-work....clue: It's not but i wish it was!}
Hello hello and how do you doodle-do?  My word i've had one of those weeks where i just do not know where each and every day so far has gone!  I feel like i've blinked and all of a sudden I'm halfway through the week and I'm not quite sure how i got here!
 
I'm sat here writing to you, trying my hardest not to write the words I'm singing as i type {"Hello from the otherrrrr siiiiiide" incase you were wondering.  I flippin' love listening to Adele but even more than that i love singing her songs SO very much too.  Sometimes i even pretend I'm playing a piano and not typing at a keyboard but that's just between you and i, right?}.  I'm more than looking forward to having my #wonderfulwednesday as my day off this week too.  I'm keeping everything crossable, crossed that they'll be sunshine, a little bit of a later sleep and maybe even a chocolate brownie in the mix somewhere but we'll see.  Shall we get on and chit-chat about the best bits of my wizz-bang sort of a week so far..?
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1.  Crisp, tart green apples.  'Cos for some silly reason i've been craving them so much lately.  I've been hiding them in a brown paper bag in the fridge and tucking into them ice-cold and delicious on these humid days we've been having and sometimes on the evenings too.  I imagine that I'll spread them with nut butter like i sometimes do with red apples but then before i know it i've already devoured half of my apple....
 
2.  Christine and the Queen's song 'Tilted' which i don't believe you if you tell me you haven't heard it and can more than bet my life {and all of my apples!} that you probably have!  It's the catchiest song that makes me want to dance wherever i am!  It's one of those songs that once you've heard it you'll be humming away to yourself for the rest of the day i can promise you....
 
3.  Carrot cake 'Nakd' bars.  OK so i don't even know that I'll like these yet except that I'm willing to bet all and everything that they'll be my new favourite thing by this time tomorrow.  I daren't even begin to imagine how much money i've spent on Nakd bars over the past three years or so.  Most likely well over the amount it would cost to buy the food processor i always complain i cant afford to make them from scratch myself!  My favourite flavours are the chocolate orange and cherry bakewell and since my favourite cake in the whole wide world is carrot, I'm expecting to be impressed with this limited edition flavour.  
 
4.  Curtains.  That's right I'm officially heralding the greatness of curtains and putting myself in the old lady club.  But trust me after three weeks with 'officey' soft grey vertical blinds and nowhere selling curtains i even vaguely liked or were affordable, to find some and to finally put them up {even if they are about 9ft long!} made me one happy bunny.  For the time being we've kept the blinds and snapped up the sheer floral white curtains from Ikea which actually look SO pretty!  Our room gets the sunrise very first thing, before the light moves around to the garden and back of the house in the evening; and having such a pretty reflection when we wake up is making us me so very happy!  
 
5.  The cheekiest starlings.  Since we moved in we've had the sweetest pair of starlings {I'm convincing myself it's the same pair because i like the idea of that much more!} visit us most evenings just before dusk.  They scamper around and about on the lawn collecting worms and singing to each other, it's the sweetest to watch.  Whilst I'm here, has anyone got any tips to attracting more lovely birds into the garden?  That might be the most old lady-shaped question i think i've asked in my life.... I've bought a little seed ball for the fence but nobody seems to give two hoots tweets about it.....
 
6.  Beetroot.  Jeepers i feel like this week's all about all of the food!  Lately i've been putting beetroot in and with every thing i can!  I've been loving roasting it and dicing it through quinoa with chopped apple and pecan nuts.  If I'm at home i make a honey dressing to drizzle over the top too and it really is the bees knees! Failing that, beetroot and feta cheese might be one of the very best combinations that there ever was!
 
7.  Turtle doves.  We've got a pair that seem to live on our roof for what certainly sounds like always.  Waking up to them coo-cooing to each other is the nicest sound!
 
8.  My walk home.  It really is the prettiest:  right along the river and then by the prettiest houses that there ever was {if you follow me on Instagram you have probably spotted a fair few of them already...I'm @sallytangle!} and it's fast becoming one of my favourite parts of the day.  
 
9.  Cool showers.  I never thought I'd type those words.  I'm usually *that* girl who has the shower on as hot as it will go come rain or shine but lately, well lately there's been nothing for all of this crazy hot, sticky and hair-expanding weather than cooler showers right before bed.  Then slipping into the coolest cottons and sleeping with the windows as wide as they'll go and with a sweet breeze tickling your toes....
 
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It's over and out from me!  If you fancy some more 'wonderful' then quick-march over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Cat or Kate's blogs and read their very own #wonderfulwednesday.  Better still join in yourself by writing a post, dropping a sweet comment below to tell us what's been making you happy so far this week or follow along on Instagram and Twitter using the #wonderfulwednesday tag so we can all see!

Have a wonderful rest of week lovely ones!


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #127

 {The sweetest little wall from the weekend.  I wonder how many people have climbed those little steps?!}
 
As i type to you i've just had the hottest, sweatiest uphill-from-town-shaped ride with those two wheels of mine and I'm sat staring at the big mug of Lady Grey i've made and wondering what planet I'm actually on.  The sun maybe..?  It sure feels like it out there today and our spare-room-come-roo--of doom gets the sun in the afternoon which i definitely did not fully consider when i claimed that this would be the best room for our office space.  FYI it's the most un-office-y space at the moment since i am STILL wardrobe-less because we can't both make an educated decision on exactly what kind of wardrobe we want.  Despite the fact that it shall probably most likely be housing MY clothes.  Surely the decision is mine?  But then tell that to the boy that's had to endure me buying even more cushions {despite us having less sofa than before} and more plants for the patio that are actually frazzled to death for sure now if they weren't already.  
 
Aaaand.  Breeathe.  Because I'm sort of tangent-ing and actually life is good {if you don't look to the left and deny all knowledge to the heap of boxes out of the corner of your eye...}.  We've settled into a rough routine up here now {you know me and my routines!} and i've got a few days off this week so i've settled into a lovely little morning pattern and there's all sorts of jolly great things to talk to you about this week so lets get on it!
 
 
1.  Iced coffee.  I never thought i was that person who orders iced coffee.  I usually just stick to my usual cappuccino for day off-shaped after bike ride wandering.  Sometimes i might sneak a shot of hazelnut syrup in there or gingerbread if the season calls for it.  I once tried an iced soya latte and wasn't struck.  It was too......heavy, weak and milky.  I know!  Maybe it was all of the milk that's meant to be there etc, why am i surprised?!  But after yesterdays million degree ride to town i really fancied one!  I explained the predicament to the lovely barista and she made me an iced soya cappucino and i am HOOKED.  I drank it in about two minutes and actually considered going straight back for another but then i remembered CAFFEINE and the fact that i had a doctors appointment an hour or so later and didn't want to be all jittery and over-excitable for that kind of a thing....
 
 
2.  Washin' on the line!  Who knew one could get such bloody lovely pleasure from churning out loads and loads of washing and getting.  It.  All.  Dried.  Oh in about half an hour?!?  It makes a refreshing change from having to hang it over doors, in showers and quite honestly and probably on any guest that stood still long enough in our little flat.  And the smell?!?  I swear to the gods i had the best night sleep of my LIFE after changing the bed on Sunday evening.  Who am i?!  My mother apparently.....
 
 
3. Pleases, thank-yous and general manners.  It's weird but actually really rather...nice?  We've barely moved five miles away from where we were before, just north of the river and people actually talk to you?!  Our neighbours for one.  They say good morning first thing and ask how your day's been if they see you later.  On my ride into town the other day a kind gentleman stepped to the side of the cycle path to let me past and then we had a lovely chat about the weather and about the plants and the birds.  I feel a bit like I've stepped back in time and it's really rather lovely!
 
 
4.  Progress.  The big discovery of my week off so far is that it's not me, it's my bike.  That little cuteypie does NOT like hills.  Turns out her gears aren't made for building up speed and rocketting as fast as your legs can take you up steep hills.  You've have to be gentle and resign yourself to the fact that you have to go steady.  And slower than you'd like.  and that you wont win.  Not that it's about winning ever.  Because if you don't your gears slip and you end up tipping this way and that and almost landing in a hydrangea bush.  To be honest there are worse ways to go.... What has been good is finding that uphill ride home that bit easier the more and more i do it and enjoying what's going on around me all that bit more too all because of it.  I've *just* got to practise the art of keeping my eyes on the road and not on the pretty doors, gardens etc etc on my way.....
 
 
5.  A cheery little sprig of hydrangea.  Because mine has given up {is it true they can come back again next year...?} and i spotted the sneakiest little bush peeking out of a hedgerow {cheers birds!} and it's the perfect thing plonked prettily in a jam jar and perched upon our less than cheery window sill in the bedroom.  It's only less than cheery due to the fact we still don't have curtains and have to make do with horrid white blinds until we find some curtains we can both agree on...are you sensing a re-occurring theme i wonder?
 
 
6. Crumpets.  One with tangy orange marmalade, the other with crunchy peanut butter.  It's the perfect day-off shaped brekkie alongside my usual Lady Grey.
 
 
7.  Lazy lunches!  The kind where you get home and realise that you've completely missed lunchtime and actually it's almost 4pm but as soon as you realise you feel as if you could eat your own head you're so flippin' hungry!  I stood at the chopping board and eat warm toasted pitta, carrot sticks and the yummiest hummus that there ever was and all of a sudden all was right with the world {and my 'tum!} once more.
 
 
8.  Water.  I drink gallons of the stuff anyway but lately i feel ever so grateful for delicious, ice-cold glasses and glasses and glasses of the stuff.  How can people not like drinking water?!?
 
 
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Time to join in!  What's been floating your boat so far this week?  I'd love to know.  Make sure you also hop, skip or jump on over to Jo, Cat, Michelle, Kate and Helen's blogs to catch up on their #wonderfulwednesday posts.  Let me know if you'd like to write your own and i can tag you too!  And delight in having even more happy to read!
 
Have a super duper rest of week!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #126

 {Secret patches of wild lavender on wander home from work last week}
Hello there!  Remember me?!  Heavens it's only been two weeks since we last sat down and caught up here, but to me it feels like an absolute eternity!  I felt awful that i missed last weeks post and i *think* if I'm correct, out of 125 Wonderful Wednesday's - it was the very first one that i have ever missed.  I'm not should if that makes me super cool or really rather sad!  We had Wifi issues after moving into our new house which we didn't forsee and so it couldn't be helped.  It didn't stop me from feeling all kinds of guilty though!  

It was so so lovely to have so many tweets, emails AND an actual real life person at work say to me that they had missed my mid-week cheer.  It was the LOVELIEST feeling!   So I'm back to it and feeling all kinds of funny because it's ever so odd being sat a computer typing to you lovely lot, as i have done some 125 times before and yet in a totally different place.  

Our new house is FAB.  Last week it wasn't fab.  I was the tiredest I'd been in months after our house moving accidentally landed right in the middle of launching two sales at work and two or three ten hour shift and most days off spent packing, sorting and cleaning.  Last week, on a fair few occasions i just wanted to be back in our little attic, somewhere i knew; that was familiar and felt like home.   

But as it got to last weekend, we turned a corner and remembered why we'd moved in the first place.  Last Friday evening when we both got home, instead of slumping on the sofa and flipping through the TV, or phones or Ipads, we made some tea and sat out in the sun in our own little garden and just talked.  It was the nicest evening and such a lovely way to end the most stressful week.  We sat and watched the {then!} blue sky and cotton-wool clouds and listened to the nothing-ness - absolute silence save for the birds and the wind tickling the leaves of the sycamore tree at the end of the garden and suddenly it was home.  

Yes I'm sat talking to you still surrounded by boxes and yes i have run out of underwear on several occasions since i do not seem to be able to locate half of it and yes i do wish it was all sorted BUT it's coming together slowly and i just know we'll get there eventually.  And actually, even if i am the most impatient person that there ever was; half of the fun so far has been the planning, imagining and deciding what comes next and what will go where.  
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But maybe we should get on with this weeks' happy listin' before i get really carried away.  Although i shall warn you that it's almost entirely the moving house edition...  

1.  Familiar things.  I feel a little guilty for saying so but sometimes, things and more to the point your things in a new, strange or just plain different place; can be what makes home feel more.....home-shaped?  We're getting there and this little place is feeling more and more like home the more we're here too.  But wearing my favourite super soft {if not ripped too much!} faded slouchy jeans and my much loved black and white breton tee when i get in each night, coupled with about a million other familiar things in 'getting-there-but-not-quite-there-yet' surroundings such as cushions, quilt covers, scented candles etc etc, is making the world of difference to accepting a new routine altogether.

2.  New discoveries.  'Cos hells bells there's been SO many of those since we last spoke but ones that = short cuts home after a long day - OH are they welcome!  Especially when they run right along a river, through a little bit of woodland and keep my eyes so busy at all of the green, blue and white and wild flowers that I'm almost home in what feels like no time at all!  I'm not so sure how said pretty route will walk come the icy months....

3. Outside space.  It's not rocket science and to be honest since i harp on about the greatness of green all of the live long day, I'm not entirely sure why it's come as such a surprise quite how much i love our little garden.  It's perfectly square and is only the size of a postage stamp but it's ours.  And so far i've enjoyed placing our little terracotta pots on our patio (a pot of ranunculus, one of wild lavender, something i can't quite remember or pronounce but I'm sure I'll love when it eventually flowers AND a sweet little tub of fushia} and the time the two of us have spent on {rare, SO rare!} sunny evenings after work:  Sat cross-legged on cushions on the patio with mugs of chai tea and tales of our days to tell each other.  

4.  Silence.  I'd never really realised how noisy our little attic was.  If it wasn't beams rattling or wood creaking then it was the busy main road and the buses that chug-chugged along it night and day.  They were sounds I'd learnt to tune out, and some of them i became so used to that i almost found a strange comfort in them and a feeling of unrest when there wasn't any kind of racket!  Now the only sounds i can hear falling asleep are the rustling of the leaves on the massive sycamore tree that lives at the bottom of the garden.  And that's it.  And actually, it's the most calming thing and one of the reasons i feel like sleep has been coming ever so easily since we moved....

5.  Switching off.  I mentioned that i didn't post last week due to problems with our Wifi.  Whilst i really did miss taking time out of my week to share the bits i've loved, appreciated and am grateful for, i don't mind telling you that i really have been rather enjoying far less screen time and not to go all funny on you BUT just a little more time in the actual real world.  I've felt more relaxed and far less stressed.  But that might also coincidentally have something to do with unpacking and finally getting a little more structure into my life than i have had over the past ten days or so....

6.  Space.  Inside and out and all of the places!  I never realised how little space we actually had until moving.  She writes this sat tucked away in the corner avoiding poking herself in the eye with her own elbow due the large volume of boxes and other random paraphernalia that there is still to find a home for....  Aherm.  Spare rooms don't count though...right?  The idea was always to pack everything into this spare room and sort from it so as not to disrupt the whole house and to be able to get some kind of routine and order in our new home.  Maybe that's also having something to do with how much calmer i feel being here too.  It's less about trying to make things fit and more about being able to place them in a way that makes me happy....?  

7. New sofa-ing.  To you, from someone {called me!} that hardly spent that much time sitting on a sofa and was forever being told to 'sit still for one minute'.  You will never understand how great an invention the sofa is until you spend a whole nine days without one and have to eat your breakfast and dinner and sit on nothing but cushions, boxes and small pouffes on a hard wooden floor.  I was close, SO close to hugging our sofa delivery man.

8.  A silly yellow rain mac.  That sort of makes me feel like i should be on 'Deadliest Catch' whilst also reminding me of Captain Cod Fishfinger and also that I'm not entirely sure I'm quite cool enough to pull off OR should really be spending any money on at all given that I'm wardobe-less and have most of my clothes still in bin bags and boxes BUT one which makes me feel so flippin' happy and damn right giddy as a kipper whenever i wear it that i don't care.  I'm callin' it some kind of rebellion to all of this dreary wet, grey and nasty un-summery weather we've been having!

9.  Incense that smells like sweetpeas.  Which is fixing the fact that i haven't picked any this year yet whilst also making our new home smell SO pretty and summer-like which is also contributing to point 8.  Just imagine me sat in my little house, wearing my bright yellow silly mac, the rain pouring and with a big huge smile across my chubby little cheeks because it smells like summer inside! 


10.  My trusty ballet exercises!  For saving me and my tired self all of last week when it was too wet and horrible to explore on those two wheels and i felt so discombobulated that even just adding in a few more of these exercise sessions on my little yoga mat - in a amidst all of the chaos; sort of really flippin' well kept me feeling much saner than i could have been!  

11.  All of the sweet, kind and generally bloody lovely emails, tweets and ACTUAL real life in person-shaped comments i received after not posting a Wonderful Wednesday last week!  It both filled my heart and made me feel ever so guilty in one fair swoop!  But i'm hangin' onto the lovely feeling in my heart which reminds me how lucky i am to have this corner and for all of the lovely lot who take time out of their weeks to read this little post.  You are all WONDERFUL!

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And, on that note if you so wish to fill your heart with even more happy; skip right on over to Jo, Cat, Michelle, Kate and Helen's blogs right now and delight in discovering FIVE more lots of #wonderfulwednesday greatness for you eyes!  Better still join in with us on any social media channel {I'm @sallytangle on both Twitter and Instagram} by using the #wonderfulwednesday tag and telling us what's been so great about your week so far, or even share below.  I know we'd all love to know!  

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