I’m so grateful to the #wonderfulwednesday posse. Sally, Michelle, Kate, Jo, Cat 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.
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.
3. Gorse that smells of coconuts.
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.
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!