Wonderful Wednesday 23 March 2016

IMG_2427.JPGHappy #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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.

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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.

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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.

My Wonderful Wednesday chums have plenty more to say on the subject โ€“ head on over to the blogs of Sally,ย  Kate, and Michelle for lots and lots of #wonderfulwednesday fabulousness ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Natasha says:

    I completely agree with you on the star front! I moved up here to the Lake District in 2014 and the starry nights are breathtaking – you don’t get them as often living in big cities or towns so I cherish spotting them. Love the shots of the crocuses too and hot cross buns for breakfast are always a winner. – Tasha

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    1. Yes I’d forgotten the starts existed!! Love em ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Natasha says:

        They are lovely to watch!

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  2. Cat says:

    I really do miss seeing the stars when in London…but it probably makes me appreciate them all the more when I venture out into the countryside!

    I applaud your pork pie and pickled onion lunch – dream combination!

    C x
    http://happygoluckycat.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. And lets face it – London has lots to make up for lack of stars! Hx

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  3. Kate says:

    I never fail to be blown away by how magical the stars are. They make me feel so small, knowing there’s so much more out there. We are incredibly lucky to live in areas where we can see them so clearly.
    I still need to indulge in my first hot cross bun of the season. I love the smell as they toast and always lashings of butter.
    Hope you have a lovely fews days off. Enjoy them
    Kate xx

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    1. He he enjoy that first hot cross bun – think I may have had about 6 by now!! H xx

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  4. sallytangle says:

    Hello!
    This is such a pretty list! Your deck chair lunch sounds – AH – just BRILLIANT!!!! is there anything better than eating outside?!!? I haven’t quite got there yet but i did enjoy my usual after bike ride coffee sat blissfully swinging my legs sat on a wall in the sunshine.

    The stars up here are so pretty! My parents live up in Galloway and there is a little hut near them you can book and star-watch. They even provide hot chocolate and blankets!

    Lucky you with your fancy pants 5day weekend! I sandwiched in a rogue days hol in between my usual two days off this week and that’s felt pretty lovely. I left it plan-less and have simply been pottering, cleaning, buying flowers and readying my little ceramic tubs and pots to do some planting, hopefully soon!

    Have a lovely Easter Mrs and thank you for joining in again ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx

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    1. I love planless days off – sometimes the ones you plan end up in too high an expectation – but unplanned means that everything’s a bonus! Have a lovely Easter! H x

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  5. Haven’t the stars been incredible lately? It’s one of my absolute favourite things about the clear spring days we’ve been having. Husband and I took the hounds for a late night comfort break this week and spent about 20 minutes spotting the constellations (some of us made stupid jokes about the moon – him!)
    And yes yes yes YES to eating outside. I’ve been taking my lunch outside in the garden and it makes that hour out of the office feel like two.

    Have a wonderful long break, your relaxed plans sound really bloody lovely.
    M x

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    1. Yes love the outside eating – at work I sit in the park with my headphones on and drift off to another place! Love it! H x

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  6. I honestly have no idea why I didn’t think to take more days off over Easter! I am so ready for my long weekend. The stars made me super happy this week too, at the weekend we were camping in Borrowdale in a barn and the stars out there were epic. Enjoy your lovely extended Easter break. x

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    1. Borrowdale sounds AMAZING it’s such a beautiful valley isn’t it? Have a nice Easter! H x

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