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...?

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #219

{Because Monday-shaped sunshine is a blessing beyond belief!}

It's me!  Reporting for #wonderfulwednesday duty definitely with maybe one eye open and even more definitely counting down the hours until i can go to bed!  It's been such a long and busy week - the kind that feels like it should be so much further along than just Wednesday somehow.  Do you ever feel that way too?!  

I'm full of a horrid cold because i've been not being kind enough to myself and have been working too hard and too fast and i fear that the world is simply telling me to slow the fluff down and take care.  Fear not, operation 'Put Me {mostly!} First' is in full swing as of Now and i'll soon be back fighting fit before you know it. 

But without further ado, let's get-a-listin' shall we?!?  

1.  Raspberry ripple porridge.  That's right i'm going right in with the big guns this week!  You and i both know how very much i love my porridge-y breakfasts - there's nothing that brings me more comfort than a huge big bowl of the stuff for breakfast each day and it's something i'll never ever tire of!  This week i ran out bananas *feels the world rock as everyone gasps*.  YES I KNOW!  Truth be told i could have picked up some more but i like bananas from a certain place {they're The Nicest - believe me i know my bananas, some might say i could write a book on them! That's not cool is it? Is it?!}  *cough* and i think i'd rather have The Nicest Bananas than rubbish ones.  SO {i mean are you even still following?!} in a bid to make up for the fact i was lacking in my favourite porridge flavour {mashed banana and Maca powder incase you're interested} i tried something NEW. I know.  I mean i can be a trail blazer sometimes.  I let my oats and hazelnut milk and one scoop of Maca powder blip-blip away in the pan whilst i mashed up some 'almost-past-their-best' raspberries with a teaspoon of honey in my porridge bowl. When the porridge was creamy and cooked through i poured it on top of the raspberries with a heaped tablespoon of chia seeds and folded them through roughly.  It created the prettiest raspberry ripple porridge!  I finished it off with a great big zig-zag of peanut and coconut butter and some toasted coconut flakes and it was HEAVEN!

2.  The sweet scent of a sunny Spring morning after it's rained all night long:  All sweet, fresh and heady with the soft scent of wild garlic and the first buds of flora and the tail end of bluebells.  In a word:  Heaven.  I filled my little lungs with great big gulps of the stuff on Sunday mornings' bike ride to work and felt all the better for it whilst simultaneously wishing i could keep on riding and not go to work. 

3.   The Ultimate Chocolate Eclairs.  I mean are there ever four words that will catch your attention and stop you dead in your tracks more than those?!  I'm not sure if you know but i'm a bit of a chocoholic.  I mean i'm a fussy chocoholic - i like good chocolate and mostly the expensive kind too which actually come to think of it is really rather handy otherwise i'd have no teeth left if i could eat it all of the time.  BUT that does mean where anything and everything is mostly concerned:  Puddings, snacks - anythings - you can bet your bottom dollar i'll always choose a sweet option and i'll mostly always choose a chocolate 'Something' over anything else.  Last weekend we picked up Marks and Spencer's Ultimate Chocolate Eclairs as a treat for after supper and OH MY.  I felt so ridiculously happy and in some kind of delicious chocolatey coma for all of and a long while after.  Between you and I, it's taking all of the will in the world not to buy another packet already and it's only Tuesday.  They're a chocolate choux pastry eclair; filled with a dark chocolate creme patisserie and topped with the fudgiest most deliciously decadent milk, white and dark chocolate ganache across the top.  If like me you ADORE chocolate you MUST try them QUICK.  They equal instant joy!

4.   That heavy kind of 'feeling a bit under the weather sleep' that only comes from sleeping in your softest pyjamas with a pair of fluffy socks {yes i know it's Spring}, a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your pillow and the window open.  The kind where you wake up, not having even moved an inch; don't know your own name or what day or time it is and only that you feel ridiculously better than you did when you went to bed.  Sleep is the ultimate fixer for sure.

5.   Blusher.  I never understand people who say that they either don't like blusher or that they prefer bronzer.  How can you not like having a rosey flush?!  And what's the point of bronzing any part of your face when the rest of your body is paler than a milk bottle and the only sign you've ever been in any kind of sunlight full stop is the sweet scattering of freckles on your arms and across your nose.  The jig is up!  This week a gentle dust of rose pink blusher on the apples of my cheeks has been bringing life to that sleepy little face of mine!  And distracting from my red nose....

6.  The most delicious box of things to munch.  And leftovers too!  There's a certain kind of happiness that comes from using up everything in your weekly shop and being creative right down to the very last wilting leaf of lettuce.  I always find it an enjoyable challenge {i know, i'm that cool} as it forces me to be creative and i love being creative.  I often make sauce and freeze the leftovers to use as the base for other things.  I put homemade pesto into ice cube trays and wilting herbs are also fired into ice-cube trays - sometimes with soggy chunks of raspberry or strawberry, or wedges of lime and sliced ginger- they make great water 'spicer-uppers.'  This week i fired torn up mint leaves, the last few chunks of a massive cucumber, some grated beetroot and sliced leftover strawberries alongside some black sesame seeds and ate the lot of them altogether with my sandwich on Tuesday.  It was like a little tub of Summer AND it emptied the last few odds and ends from the fridge before our mid-week, weekly shop.  HURRAH!

7.   Impromptu family time.  I've been the tiredest soul that there ever was lately and sometimes when i feel that way, once i get home i just want to curl up with my book on the sofa and be just by myself.  At the weekend we drove up to my parents in Scotland straight after i finished work.  My heart wanted to go but my head and 'self' was beyond sleepy!  A sunny drive north with the Mr - leaving the city behind and driving into the 'green' along the coast fixed me beyond belief and once we got there we had the LOVELIEST couple of hours of catch ups and laughs and lovely food and chat.  Family time really is the most precious of things!

8.  Cosy cardigans:  Slung over faded grey tees with slouchy jeans after work; wrapped around shoulders with damp coconut-ey scented hair and pyjamas of an evening or even worn first thing in the morning; sipping Lady Grey in the garden with only the early morning sun and couple of wood pigeons for company.  It's my cosy go-to for whenever and whatever!  Tell me, do you have something you wear that instantly makes you feel better and works with anything and everything...?!

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Golly GOSH and we're all done and dusted and i'm still awake!  Running on who-knows-what {but i'm betting it's mostly all about the tea} but i'm here and we're done and there's only one more day at work and then there's SIX of them off and all to myself for sleeping and eating crumpets and breathing in as much fresh air as my little lungs can manage!  HURRAH!

Go go and hop and-a-skip right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's - my very FAVOURITE gang of #wonderfulwednesday -ers and get lost in another handful of grateful and happy lists!  You must!  Writing and reading these kinds of posts in equal measure is magic for the soul and is even more 'fixing' than any super-hero cosy cardigan cape or millionth mug of something hot, trust me! 

Until next time...

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #218

{When you want to remember a moment forever...}
I don't think there's anyone in the whole of the United Kingdom that hasn't been rejoicing about basking in, scampering about in and generally frolicking with wild abandon in the glorious double-digit sunshine that we were lucky to have over last weekends' long Bank Holiday weekend.  I mean i worked most of it and i took every given opportunity to be outside!  Thank goodness for longer lighter evenings and sunlight from 5am!  I feel one million percent {and more!} better for a jolly great dose of vitamin D, don't you?!  

As i type {sat in my usual spot and my usual Tuesday evening slot} the sun and warmth that came with it as been all but abandoned in favour of grey skies and the odd rain shower.  But i don't even care!  I'm still riding on the euphoria that a few days of interrupted sunshine brings and as such, this weeks list has quite predictably come to me quite easily.... 

1.  Gardening.  Now i won't profess to actually be any good at the thing but i do love it so!  I'm getting better and since last years very first attempt with my very own patch of green to call my own {Albeit a little square of grass and a patio. But there are french doors, and it's south-facing and has the prettiest old Sycamore tree right at the bottom along with a beautiful Elderflower bush too!}.  I've learnt from what didn't work so well then,  and this year i'm going to be even better!  But it's not even that - the 'being better' isn't 'It.'  It's lovely to learn something new; to nurture something from being a teeny tiny sproutling {i'm making that a 'thing' FYI} into something that i hope will be beautiful and all my own doing. It's the quiet and the tinkering around and about with terracota pots on a light, balmy 'almost feels like summer' evening with only a pair of wood pigeons for company. Maybe i'm old before my time...

2.  The scent of a warm evening.  Nothing like a Spring one.  More.....sweet, balmy, slow and sleepy.  The kind of evening where you linger, loll and laze about even - maybe grab a watering can and stand on the patio in your bare feet and pyjamas with hair damp from a coconut-ty shower, watering pots galore with nothing to hear but birdsong and a gentle breeze tickling the leaves on the giant sycamore tree at the very bottom of the garden.  Bliss!

3.  Hummus. This weeks yellow split pea and turmeric spread on anything and everything as a quick 'can't be bothered/don't have the energy' sort of a snack.  With a little {read: not very much at all quite frankly} effort; spread lavishly across toasted sourdough and piled high with slow roasted baby tomatoes from the windowsill, tossed in leftover torn up basil leaves and salted and peppered too.  That's Summer supper on a plate right there dontcha' know?  Sometimes even just eaten straight out of a tub with icy cold chunks of cucumber sprinkled in black sesame seeds.  

4.   Almost bare 'Everything' sleeping.  You can't beat the feeling of cool cotton bed-linen against your skin almost as much as you can't beat the first hop and a skip right back into sleeping in pyjamas as Summer slips away.  That mixed with a wide open window and a cool breeze makes heavenly dreams.  This time of year somehow makes me need less sleep somehow too.  I've been naturally eased awake by the birdsong most mornings this week at 5:30am and have felt oddly rested and peaceful; not thrust into a dark early morning.  That said i've been curling right back up and cat-napping until my 6:30am alarm because i fear if i got up that early my tummy might expect lunch at 10am....

5.  Freckles.  Only a few moments even thinking about sunshine and the little devils dot, dot, dot themselves across my arms and you can bet your bottom dollar they'll be a few hidden under the dusting of blusher on my rosy cheeks.  I spent most of my teen years hating them:  covering them up at every given chance and wishing them away more often than i'd care to say.  But now we're best of friends.  Mostly because as soon as they appear i can get away with even less make-up.... mwahahahahaaaaa...

6.   When nature takes your breath away.  If you're me then that's all of the time.  Do you ever sit and wonder and think about how amazing the world is?! As cheesy and as maybe daf-  WAIT! No it's not silly or daft.  I love the way the seasons change, how much that impacts, affects and changes the littlest most special of things.  How all of those little things are intrinsically linked to mean that day can become night and Sunday can become Monday, May can become June and so on and so forth.  Infact if i sit and think about it too long i feel like i've fallen down a little bit of a rabbit hole!  

On Sunday evening, i cycled home from work via the park.  It was twenty-two degrees when i left work and the sky was a brilliant blue and not a cloud could be seen.  I last visited the park oooonnnn, Friday maybe?  The verges were a vast blanket of green:  Nettles, tiny sprigs of baby cow parsley yet to flower and a blanket of wild garlic leaves.  In just two days they'd become a riot of colour and an almost-overnight meadow of brilliant white wild garlic flowers, cow parsley flowers and white and blue bluebells.  I must have stood for a good ten minutes just taking it all in.  I wish you could press pause for those kinds of moments:  the kind where nature knocks you a little bit sideways.  I naturally did the next best and probably most millenial thing instead:  I saved it to my Insta-Stories.... {HERE}.

7.  Wisteria.  The very first spotting of the stuff:  Dots of beautiful lilac blooms just starting to unfurl; twisting and turning up the front of one of my favourite houses on my wander home.  I'd love a tangle of Wisteria across the front of our house but wouldn't even know where to begin growing or planting one.  I'm dipping my more green than last year green fingers  toes in with 'Climbers' with a baby honeysuckle bush i bought at the weekend.  He's been re-potted into a big terracotta pot and is happily sat next to a tangle of sweet-peas that i hope will give me sweetly scented blooms all Summer long...

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And i'm DONE!  All loved and listed up for another seven days!  Consider this your mid-week rocket fuel to see you through until the weekend.  Can we all hope and pray it's just as nice as the one we've just had?  Please?!  'Cos wasn't it the best of our lives?!  I mean i say this and i worked most of it so i can only begin to imagine how ridiculously dreamy it was if you snagged the whole bank holiday off work *begins search for typical 9am-5pm office job*.  I jest!  

Since as i've got you here, why not skip right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's and catch up on the best bits of their 'Lately?'  Let's reminisce about that golden sunshine and magical light altogether shall we.  Better still if you got some spare, send us some north - it's decidedly chilly and that blue sky has all but vanished in favour of a heavy rain shower or three.  It smells pretty out there though....

Sending all of the love!


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