Happy Wonderful Wednesday! And goodness me I need it this week. Here’s what made me smile this week:
1. A non-eventful Saturday. I woke up a little wound up. Work’s been busy busy busy in an office-politics kind of way. It’s easy to dismiss office politics for being just that – politics of a group of people who don’t really want to be around each other all day, being around each other all day. But I DO want to be around my colleagues. They’re my friends. I’m incredibly lucky to have a close knit group of pals with whom I hang out, chat, discuss, argue and work with all day long. But with close friendships and work-structures comes conflict, and I find it hard. So Saturday started slowly. As the day wore on however, I had a little read, did a little food shop, and started really relaxing around 6pm with an icy cold Gavi and some crisps. I baked a cake and all was well.
2. The afore-mentioned cake. I’m not a huge cake eater, but a home-made ginger cake courtesy of Nigel Slater’s recipe (it’s the best ginger cake recipe ever I promise you – found in the Kitchen Diaries) washed down with a peppermint tea hits the spot nicely.
3. A walk at lunchtime. I’d got out of the habit of having my little lunchtime walks and I’m not sure why. I walked as fast as my little legs could carry me on Friday in one direction, and then I turned and retraced my steps to make up my lunch hour. The sunshine, the smell of the water, the sounds of the ducks, was exactly what I needed.
5. Gooseberries. I’ve been searching high and low for them for AGES! Quite a few Booths supermarkets used to stock them, but they seem to have either sold out or stopped stocking them lately. But then, on an unrelated visit, I found hundreds and hundreds of them! I scooped and scooped and filled a huge bag with the little beauties, and have been having them in smoothies and whipped up with cream ever since.
6. Having the most perfect Sunday ever. Sometimes a day just works, you know? Waking up happy, energised, with the whole day ahead of you. We went to a beach and walked and walked and walked. We smelt the sea and listened to the waves crashing up onto the shore. When we arrived the tide was in but as we walked it started to go out and by the time we’d walked to the furthest point we were walking on sand. I was so stiff afterwards but it was so so so worth it. We had a wee little picnic and an ice cream and I was smiling all the way home.
7. The taste of Spring. Of asparagus and peas, beans and strawberries. The strawberries seem to be early this year – or are they always around in May? I snatched some great value ones this week and ate them with a spot of speedy granola – just a little melted butter, toasted oats and dark sugar. I ate it slowly with a little spoon as always, and it was super delicious.