I’m not sick of the daffs yet – aren’t they just the happiest flowers? They make me think of spring walks and fluffy clouds and the first day of the year you don’t take a coat with you (that was last Wednesday for me, but now it’s back on, it actually SNOWED yesterday. I kid you not. SNOWED – on April 25th). Here’s the little things in life that have made me happy this week:
1. Having a truly lazy Sunday, not getting dressed until midday, and not leaving the house at all. I read a great new book for a few hours (A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara) which is about a group of four friends living in New York. It’s completely gripping so far and I’ve only got to the third chapter. Her characters are so lifelike I feel like I know them already, and every other page there’s a little snippet about life that rings so true, although I’d never thought it until I read it on these pages. I drank three cups of tea and a smoothie (more on that shortly) and cooked a huge vat of courgette and celeriac stew (also more on this later – but on another blog post). I had a bath, did some blogging, made some soup, and enjoyed a gorgeously chilled glass of sauvignon blanc and some (perhaps all) of these excellent little nutty beany things:
I then watched a few episodes of Sex and the City (Season 4 – when Carrie gets back together with Aidan), read a bit more of my book and then went to bed all happy and content. Absolutely perfect day.
2. On the first non-coat wearing day of the year (14 degrees in the sunshine was enough for me) I got up extra early and drove to a little isolated spot near our house. I tried not to disturb the sheep and their lambs as they’re very protective at this time of the year and you can have them running all over the place if you’re not a little bit cautious. The way the lambs were positively springing up and down was SOOO cute I stopped several times to just watch them play. I heard the grouse and the sheep, the wind and my footsteps, and had an hours perfect pottering (loving that alliteration) before work.
3. Continuing the week of firsts – my colleague and I had a lovely jubly drinkie after work – OUTSIDE – for the first time this year. We had some cool Pinot Grigo blush and some little bits and pieces from a deli board – grilled vegetables, pate, two types of creamy Lancashire cheese, crusty white rolls, soft smoked salmon and a huge bowl of double fried chips. We sat by the canal and gossiped and chatted and had a thoroughly and unashamedly girly evening.
4. It’s slightly scary that Performance and Cocktails came out 17 years ago – but I know every word to every song. I used to listen to it on my discman (remember those?) on long car journeys with my family. Favourite song? I Stopped to Fill My Car Up. I love the lyrics. Part of my weekend involved listening to this as the rain drizzled down outside. There’s something nostalgic about seeing drizzle on window panes. Maybe my childhood was full of rainy days? Might well have been, being brought up in the Northwest.
5. I’m so aware of being behind the times here, as the trend was SO 2015, but I’ve had a smoothie every day for breakfast this week, in an attempt to lose a few pounds and boost my vitamin intake. Maybe every woman and her dog knows this already, but WHAT a great way to start the day! I’ve actually been saving mine until I get to work, and sipping them at my desk is making that first half an hour much more enjoyable. I made raspberry + banana, and strawberry + banana earlier in the week, and they were good, but this mango and coconut one really made my little heart sing and put a huge grin on my face on Sunday morning. It’s so sweet and tangy and just yummy. I’ve already blogged the recipe (ie the ingredients – the method is just ‘whizz’) and am hoping to add some more to the collection very soon (I’m thinking peach and coconut…). Next thing will be for me to add some oats, and then I’ll start getting creative with spinach and kale etc – I felt I needed to build up to that. Anyone got some good flavour combos they’d like to share?
6. Having a new ‘do’. Actually – my hair’s been the same for the last twenty years or so, but there’s something about a nice cut and colour, not to mention a professional blow-dry, that makes me feel very pampered and put together. My hairdressers do an utterly indulgent scalp massage as they rub the conditioner in – I never want them to stop!
What’s making your heart sing this week? I’m looking forward to seeing what the other Wonderful Wednesday ladies have been up to this week – find out for yourself over on the blogs of Sally, Kate, Michelle, Cat, Katie, Jo & Em.
Have a lovely week!