It’s been a wonderful week in many ways, but if it weren’t for this space I think I would have missed some of them. I wonder why us humans dwell on the negative and the stressful. Why are our thoughts so often full of little worries and annoyances, when there are so many lovely things to be thinking about. Anyone have any ideas?
1. This week, my now-weekly yoga sessions all started to come together. My downward-facing-dog no longer strained my wrists and pulled my calf muscles and I got the hang of breathing through the poses to help lengthen and stretch my whole body out. We did lots of hip stretches – apparently lots of a person’s stress is ‘held’ in the hips, a bit like when we walk around with a frown and hunched shoulders. Who knew? I stretched and stretched and felt amazing afterwards. When I went swimming later in the evening I felt a little bit like the olympic swimmers. A bit.
2. Speaking of olympics – isn’t it great? Obviously the weirder the better – canoe slalom anyone?
3. I’ve been loving ENERGY BALLS this week. I know – I have officially arrived in the kingdom of the yuppy. I bought the Deliciously Ella cookbook yesterday in order to create more of these little beauties. Next up is definitely going to be some made with peanut butter – what could sound more luscious? I’m enjoying the virtuous sensation of feeling full and satisfied but not feeling that I-just-ate-a-whole-bar-of-dairy-milk-bloatedness. Bring It On.
4. We walked around Ennerdale at the weekend, and although Coniston’s always going to hold a special place in my heart, this Ennerdale ramble was pretty special. One of the best things about it is that it’s so far away from everything else in the Lakes, which makes it really quiet. Someone called it ‘the most satisfying walk in the Lake District’ and they’re not far wrong. Of course, it was a Saturday in the middle of August on a glorious day, so there were a few dog walkers and campers around, but even for hermits like us – it was fairly peaceful. It’s a 3-and-a-bit hours walk all around the lake, which is a perfect length to feel like you’ve made an effort without becoming exhausted. The further you get from the car park, the quieter it gets, and at the very end we sat and picnicked by a fast running mountain stream, listening to the water rush by and sunning ourselves as we caught our breath. Not a bad way to spend the day.
5. That butterfly above. There were several on this walk – how beautiful are they? Some of natures little stunners.
6. Planning holidays. I feel like I haven’t been on holiday for AGES. I don’t want to be ungrateful, as I’ve had plenty of little outings, a couple of weekends away and lots of time spent with friends and family. But a long break from work? That was back in February! I’ve booked a week off very soon, and I Can’t Wait. I’m going to have a little potter around England visiting some friends, but I’m going to make sure I have a couple of non-days too. You know, putting 3 loads of washing on, having that third cup of morning tea. Doing a bit of gardening. Bit of Saturday morning kitchen. Bit of cooking. Maybe. I need to get away and recharge – I need to feel like ‘me’ and rest and relax.
7. A good burger. I think it’s my favourite meal – a burger and chips. When the meat is juicy and rare, when the chips are thick and crispy. A proper salad with good ingredients and plenty of tomato ketchup and mayo. My mouth’s watering just thinking about it.
8. Just all these flowers. How nice is it to watch different flowers coming out almost daily at this time of year? This is the first year I’ve had a proper garden, and I must say, since the little snowdrops in January, to these FABULOUS daisies – the garden’s been a treat. Wish the lawn mowed itself though.
So – over to you. What’s made your life wonderful this week? What’s made you smile, laugh and have a giggle? Do let me know – and enjoy the next week! And if you’ve not had enough of the lovely in my life – have a look over here for more wonderfulness: Sally, Kate, Michelle, Cat, Jo, and Samantha. Helen xx