Wonderful Wednesday 6 April 2016

Wonderful Wednesday.JPGI’m so grateful to the #wonderfulwednesday posse. Sally, Michelle, Kate, JoCat and now  Emma are busy scribbling away, writing about what makes life wonderful, and I can honestly say I’ve felt generally that little bit happier since I began to remember what’s made me smile in the week. You’ve just got to hold onto it haven’t you? – or it gets lost in the humdrum of life.

This week’s happy things included:

1. Sitting in the park listening to to music and basking in the sun on my lunch break at work. I was all happy soaking up the rays, although I have to admit I did still have my big thick coat and scarf on – it’s not that warm… Still nice though – there’s something good for the soul about feeling warmth on your cheeky. Just plain ol’ happiness.

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2. Speaking of plain ol’ happiness – watching the sun go down over the sea is one of life’s joys isn’t it? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s something of a feel good factor about being by the sea. The smell, the fresh air, the wind battering your cheeks, the views and the seagulls. It’s invigorating and restorative and I just love it. Last Thursday it was a bright sunny day with the BBC Weather promise of a gorgeous sunset so we headed out after work to make the most of it. I was so glad we did. We armed ourselves with the freshest crispiest fish and chips (lots of salt and vinegar please) and had a little wander up the coast, before sitting down for the final few minutes and soaking it up.

Wonderful Wednesday 6 April 2016.JPG3. Gorse that smells of coconuts.

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4. Spending a Saturday on the sofa. I read Around The World in 80 Days which brought me back to memories of reading a child’s version of this classic in my dad’s old room at my gran’s house. This time, I drank camomile tea and later, white wine. Later still, peppermint tea, and I had a lovely ol’ time chillin with music and the birds.

5. Roasted sweet potatoes and red onions with sumac and spinach. Because if that’s not a little lunchbox of deliciousness I don’t know what is. Made my colleagues very jealous.

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6. Planning holidays. As I’ve mentioned before, I LOVE planning. I love being organised, and I love thinking about what I’ll do, before I do it. What a weirdo. But it’s true. I’ve planned many many holidays in my time. To Egypt, sailing down the Nile on a boat to see the Valley of the Kings after 3 nights in a hotel in Cairo; to St Petersburg, making a side trip to Helsinki (possible by both ferry and bus); to San Fransisco, taking in Yellowstone National Park and a potential excursion to LA; and now I’m back to more realistic possibilities considering both time and money limitations – I’d love to go back to Scotland this summer. I love busy city break holidays, especially now I live more rurally, but there’s something so restful about being in the middle of nowhere. So I’m currently trying to find positively isolated holiday cottages, the more remote the better. I’d prefer to be on the National Grid though I think (some options were discarded due to lack of electricity – although Elizabeth and her family managed and thrived on a similar property in Shetland).


7. This gorgeous basket full of tomatoes we ate last night on toasted sourdough with grilled chicken. There are still a few left 🙂 I doused the bread in olive oil and added copious quantities of chopped basil. The smell of summer then drifted around my little kitchen and made me very happy indeed.

Anyone else for the #wonderfulwednesday train? Hop on!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Natasha says:

    Seaside sunsets are a real treat for the senses, there’s just something comforting about them isn’t there? And I’m so glad someone else has added gorse bushes to their list because I love them! That bright yellow shine adds so much colour to the fells this time of year, it’s lovely. These posts always make me smile so thank you! – Tasha


    1. I just love the smell – it’s so unlikely that it smells of coconut!!

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      1. Natasha says:

        It is a lovely smell!


  2. Cat says:

    Beautiful photos Helen, I wish I lived by the sea! I was at university in Scotland for four years, living by the sea, and I miss being by the sea. That’s my plan for the future – to move back to the coast, somewhere!

    If you’re looking for a remote place to visit in Scotland, I’ve heard really amazing things about Kylesmorar – http://www.kylesmorar.com/ It’s on our list of places to visit and looks absolutely gorgeous. Happy planning 🙂

    Have a wonderful rest of your week xx


    1. Ooh thanks so much for the suggestion I’ll look it up now!


  3. Kate says:

    The sea has such a calming power of me. I feel the most balanced when I’m by the coast which is why I so excited to move their in just 6 months. You’ve taken it up another notch with fish and chips and sunsets though. It sounds marvellous.

    Your meals always make me feel so hungry and ready to try new combinations. I have a sweet potato waiting in cupboard so I’m excited to try something new. I can’t wait until we have tomatoes ready to pick straight from the plant. That always signifies summer for me.

    Have a blooming marvellous end to your week
    Kate xx


    1. Ooh are you growing tomatoes? I was going to but I was worried we wouldn’t have enough sun – keep us updated!! H x


  4. sallytangle says:

    Bloody heck Helen you are a planning MACHINE! Fancy planning my holibobs for me?!

    Those tomatoes look yummy – we’ve got some sat in a little dish on our windowsill and they are the juiciest! I used to think i hated tomatoes, now i can;’ get enough! Funny eh?! Your chicken and toms and sourdough sounds like the bees knees – in fact this whole post is making me hungry and giving me beach-shaped wanderlust in equal measure!!! Is there anything better than Fish and Chips by the sea?! You lucky duck – beautiful photos as per!

    Have a fab week lovely one xxx


    1. Do you know what – the chicken and tomato bruschetta meal went down a TREAT and I’m deffo going to repeat it very soon – so quick, healthy and yummy! 🙂


  5. Michelle says:

    Hurrah for being one of those restorative power of the sea types too. There’s not much in life better than finishing work, de-suiting and heading straight for the sea. It’s like fitting a whole other day into the day. So nice.

    I’m extra sorry about all of my coatless chatter this week. Sort of. It’s been gloriously sunny here and warm enough yesterday to head off to work with no coat and no suit jacket!

    Wishing you a week filled with more seaside shenanigans and long languid reading sessions. And more holiday planning because that’s one of the most exciting ways to pass the time.

    M x


    1. Totally know what you mean about the extra day in the day! That’s why summer evenings are so so nice 🙂


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