It’s been a funny olde couple of weeks. I’ve had a strange and unsettling time at work which is thankfully almost over, and Mr Roast Chicken’s been away working, so I’ve been without my favourite chum to bat around our little problems for what seems like ages. I should have turned to books, music and exercise to banish the negativity that’s been flying my way, but instead I turned to junk tv and mindless internet surfing. It’s too too easy to give in and give up, to go to the things that provide a quick fix (and they do provide an hour or two’s diversion) but that make you feel worse not too long after that. It’s hard though, as when my mind’s too busy, I find it really hard to discipline myself into doing calmer and more fulfilling activities – I feel like I need more instant stimulation to take me away from stressful situations.
I’m determined that next time I hit a slump I’ll deal with it more wisely. And this week, with a calmer work / home life, I’m not craving rubbish tv and alcohol, but instead have been gulping huge glasses of water and testing myself with lots of pilates. I feel so much better.
And what’s more….
1. The FLOWERS at the moment are just the absolute BEST aren’t they? HUGE blooms of the softest white rose petals are peeping over their climbing frame, as well as the coolest flower I’ve ever seen, which is an orange rose tinged with bright pink stripes. It’s super sexy, for a rose 🙂 And the scent….can anyone tell me something that smells nicer than burying your nose right into a rose and breathing in? No? Me Neither. If I could bottle it, I would, or I would buy some more expensive-but-delightful Jo Malone Red Roses and spritz that around instead. But it will never compete with the real thing.
2. The fact that the weather has really turned has made me smile no end. There’s something so liberating about bare feet, as I’ve mentioned before, no coat, and sitting out in the sun at lunchime, wolfing down a nice fresh salad. All the smells are heightened, and things are so much more relaxing when you’ve not got your shoulders hunched against the wind, hood pulled down over a slightly wet forehead.
3. I’ve been Sorting Out The Garden this week. I’m not really much of a gardener – even though I’ve had my very own little outside spot for nearly a year now. I planted some bulbs last autumn though, and they’ve had me smiling since January, seeing the little snowdrops, then daffs, then crocuses and tulips spring up. But the garden’s positively ERUPTED in the last couple of weeks. There’s leaves, branches and general tangle EVERYWHERE and there’s only so many weeks I can get away with calling it a ‘natural’ effect. It’s rather too natural, and I’ve spent a good few hours this week generally de-tangling and weeding. It looks SO much better. I can see the plants I actually want to see now, away from the mess of dead bracken and ferocious brambles.
4. Evening strolls are my favourite little wanderings. When the suns beginning to sink and lately, lose its intense heat. When the blackbirds really begin to sing before bed and everywhere settles down for the night. I never really see many people out and about, and that’s always good for my little hermit-like tendencies.
5. I had nearly a week off blogging last week. I just wasn’t feeling it. I had lots of ideas in my head but when it came to actually scribbling them down… not happening. So this week I’ve been enjoying getting back into it with perhaps the best salad I’ve ever created: Grilled Sweetcorn, Samphire and Avocado Salad (really can’t be too sorry for that little boasty boast as it’s absolutely YUM). The blogging community is the friendliest – one of the reasons I love it so much, and it’s nice to be back after a short little break.
6. Speaking of breaks and food, I’ve actually had a LONG time away from cooking for a cookaholic like me. Last week I was away over the bank holiday and was fed by my mum and sister, and I returned to a couple of ‘bitty’ meals on Tuesday and Wednesday as Mr Roast Chicken was away and I could get away with it. Then I had visitors, went out for dinner and then was away all weekend. I got back to notice that a) the freezer could do with a little defrost and b) my shopping bill was DOUBLE the usual amount last month! So I’ve decided to intentionally prolong the cooking slump and eat some freezer meals (pizza, fish and chips and frozen home-made stews from AGES ago) until the freezer is empty and our pockets are replenished. So last night I enjoyed an Extremely Tasty goats cheese and caramelised onion pizza (thanks Booths and your 2 pizzas + side + bottle of prosecco for £10), and tonight we’ll be digging in to pasta with frozen broccoli, spinach and peas (with PLENTY of parmesan, obvs).
7. Getting back to normal after being in such a whirlwind is a really lovely, calming, satisfying feeling. Having time to make that second cup of tea, read a little, potter a lot. Love it 🙂
8. Couldn’t really leave my Wonderful Wednesday without mentioning my SUPER wonderful lunch yesterday. It’s taken me a while to get into rye bread but hello hi heya g’day I’ve ARRIVED! Toasted with cottage cheese, chives and the juiciest sweetest tomatoes ever (in England that is – they’re always better around the Mediterranean aren’t they?). That was a little lunch of bliss. Think I might always eat rye bread from now on it has the most savoury ‘bready’ taste. And better, it’s firm enough to be able to pile high with yummy toppings. Any suggestions?
Have a super lovely week all!