Wonderful Wednesday 27 April 2016

DaffsI’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:

Babbling Brook

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.

Grass and Sky


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.

Mango and Coconut Smoothie

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 SallyKate, Michelle, Cat, Katie, Jo & Em.  

Have a lovely week!



10 Comments Add yours

  1. Books And Boardies says:

    Getting out and about in the fresh air always makes you feel good. Aww the lambs, they are so adorable 🙂
    That girly evening sounds absolutely amazing I won’t lie, all that great food and a girly catch up is always guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Also woohoo to no coat weather!!


    1. They’re so cute aren’t they? I just love the way they spring into the air! H x


  2. Cat says:

    Oh I completely agree about the head massage at the hairdressers – I never want them to end.

    Sounds like you had a really wonderful week, Helen. I always feel like I’m able to enjoy a vicarious dose of the countryside through your weekly posts, the shot of the little lamb has made my day 🙂

    I haven’t had a non-coat wearing day yet but it’s so close, I’m sure I can almost touch it… Hope you have a fab three day weekend xx


    1. Ah I’m glad I’m providing a dose of virtual country air via the internet! Have a great week x


  3. Natasha says:

    Love the shot of the sheep with her lamb, they’re just so sweet and I’m not sick of the daffs yet either, they’re just like bursts of sunshine. The shot of the river is lovely too. – Tasha

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  4. Kate says:

    Perfect pottering could be one of my favourite phrases ever! I concur you really did have some perfect pottering with those gorgeous lambs. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had to focus myself so that I don’t lose control of the car whilst going past any field of baby animals. The calves are just too cute right about now too.

    I’ve enver got into smoothies. Like Sally, I wonder if I’m going to be full enough if I just have whizzed up fruit for breakfast. Running around coaching sport definitely needs something a bit more substantial, but your flavour combinations sound lovely!

    I am all for outside eating. Doesn’t everything taste that little bit better? Drinks and chats just make this even better.

    Hope you have a fabulous end to your week and we get rid of this snow soon. I NEED warmth! xx

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  5. sallytangle says:

    Helen! This is such a good list i don;t even know WHERE to begin! No coat wearing {my day was last Weds too – but what’s bloody happened now?! I rode out in my Winter coat through hail, sleet and snow and rain earlier today!}. Food outside is the bees knees, if that doesn’t sing Summer i don’t know what does.

    Such a sweet snap of the lamb! I love how the skip and jump about, i’d love a little lamb, you know if could live inside and be a little lamb for always!

    Your smoothies sound yum – although i’m just not sure i’d be full enough..? I’m up and down stairs, and ladders and generally never stopping at work and so i worry i’d get hungry ten minutes later. It is the time of year for it though – i’m starting to really crave fruit lately and i already eat it quite regularly. I had the yummiest pink grapefruit the other day.

    Have the loveliest rest of week lady xxxxx


    1. Ooh I love a pink grapefruit. Yes smoothies aren’t the most filling – so I’m going to try my next one with some oats. I’m not sure how they’re going to blend up but apparently it works fine so I’ll have a go! H x


  6. Michelle says:

    That head massage at the hairdressers? There are few things I find more relaxing than that. So nice!
    I’m beyond jealous of your Sunday, I haven’t had a good old lie in since we got the spaniels – weirdly they don’t like lounging about! That bit of time to just lie and be and read and do all of the little things you want to do is just lovely.

    My week’s been full of people (in a good way) and some really lovely outdoorsyness. No lambs though, they don’t go so well with spaniels either!

    Hope the snow bogs off soon and you get to have lots more al fresco drinkies.

    M x


    1. He he there are talks of travel disruption on Friday – it’s almost MAY! H x


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