Happy #wonderfulwednesday all – hope you’re all having lovely jubley weeks and looking forward to the loooong weekend. I am, and my weekend is even longer as I’m taking Tuesday off as well which means I have 5 deliciously long days of holiday to look forward to. And without further ado, here’s what’s put a smile on my face:
1. That holiday – how great is it when you know you’re about to be away from work? For me, it’s not just the being away that’s nice, but the looking forward to it makes the previous few days better too as I count down 🙂 And this is going to be a lovely little unplanned unstructured few days. Although I’ve got lots of baking, cooking, family visiting and walking ideas to keep me busy 🙂
2. The first time I ate outside this year. I had to go to a rather pointless meeting in another town, but the sun was shining all the way as we drove through the gorgeously lit up countryside, and when we got there we decided to have the meeting outside, with cake. Not so pointless after all.
3. The second time I ate outside this year. This was a hastily, greedily grabbed lunch of a pork pie and pickled onions (for is there a better combination?) eaten outside on my deckchair, which had its first outing at the weekend. The two hours I spent reading the Sunday Times cover to cover, eating my pork pie, napping and listening to the birds were the absolute highlight of my week. I came back inside and felt like I’d had a mini-break. Delightful.
4. Hot Cross Buns, for breakfast, for an afternoon snack, for pudding. I know you can get them pretty much all year round, but I like to save them – it gives a sense of occasion, remembering the turn of the months and the seasons. Delicious with copious amounts of butter.
5. Swimming when there was noone else in the pool. Always fabulous.
6. Stars. When I lived in London I hardly saw a single star. I never really thought about it until I came home to visit my parents and enjoyed the sparkling twinkles in the blackness above. London skies are rather orange. Now I’m back up north #absolutelyloveit I often stand outside my back door and look up and enjoy searching out the different shapes, and stare and stare until more stars appear as my eyes get used to the light. They make my think of my childhood, when my grandad would take me out into his garden after dinner and point out the different constellations.