Wonderful Wednesday 31 August 2016

Chicken

So many wonderful things have happened this week I don’t know where to start! Actually – the last two weeks, as I’ve been off for a gloriously long time. I’m writing this on Monday evening, which is a good job as I feel thoroughly rotten for having to go back to work tomorrow. This little post is helping me to hang on to the good times!

So, in no particular order, here’s what’s been blissful over the last few days:

Seaside

1. Sitting here by the seaside for a whole hour doing nothing but sorting stones into different colours and watching the waves. I brought a book but didn’t touch it. My phone lay in my bag as I just looked out to sea. It was a warm but fresh day with a good breeze blowing the clouds overhead. The seagulls were pinching chips straight from the hands of passers by and squarking all around. It was a quintessentially British afternoon by the seaside at its very very best.

2. Eating fabulous Greek food by the coast. We had chargrilled, juicy chicken skewers and a huge bowl of taramasalata. The pita bread was soft and crunchy, being fried in delicious Greek olive oil. We had tender olives and thick chunky hummus. We enjoyed the best stuffed peppers that have ever been made, and Mr Roast Chicken even managed a huge chocolate torte. Just a peppermint tea for me, before we staggered home. Really, really good.

Clouds

3. Having a drink alone, in a beer garden, in the evening. Sometimes it’s nice to pause and have a little sit, just me. I read a great new book and sipped away until the sun sunk into the horizon. A summer’s evening in a beer garden is a jolly nice one.

4. I’m LOVING yoga at the moment. I do enjoy my pilates, and of course my swimming, without which I would be a very grumpy grump indeed, but lately it’s yoga that’s getting me going. I used to think it was a bit hippy, and a bit too spiritual. I’m not sure I feel fully ‘into’ it in the spiritual sense, but it certainly provides a certain calmness done straight after a cup of tea before starting the day. I feel flexible, and for the first time in my life, strong. I can even do a few push-ups! It puts the biggest of smiles on my face and makes me feel pretty invincible πŸ™‚ I’ve been following Yoga With Adriene. Easy, energising, fun and light-learted. I love her so much πŸ™‚

Palm Trees

5. A good mooch around London. Last time I was in London I wasn’t feeling it. It felt alienating and strange – and I felt out of place. This time I embraced it. The weather was hot, and we explored Soho and the Southbank, and I remembered all the things I loved about London. Even the tube. Especially the tube, to be honest. I love people-watching. Where are they going? Where do they live? Do they have families? What’s their home like? Just a nosey parker really. On the train on the way into London I heard the most fascinating first-meeting conversation between a super tall man and a similarly epically giraffe-legged girl on her way back from France. They were getting on like a house on fire and I just couldn’t wait to hear what happened next. So I followed them (in as non a creepy a way as possible) and found, to my little heart’s delight, that they were swapping Facebook details. Pity it wasn’t phone numbers, like in the olden days, but hey ho – they’ll see each other again. Hope they get married and have super-tall babies. Love that I overheard their little beginnings. After my spying and wandering round Soho we went to have Sushi and it was the most tender most succulent I’ve ever had in my most favouritest Japanese restaurant. Thanks Ten Ten Tai – you always deliver πŸ™‚

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6. Yeo Valley Greek Style Vanilla Yoghurts. Because they’re creamy and delicious and have, like, no calories. Love them.

7. Swimming in the sea. What could be more liberating, more refreshing, more guaranteed to put a smile on your face? Best when you’re boiling hot, as we were, having petched up Beachy Head in the midday heat last week. Totally sweaty and totally baking. The first bit’s always a killer though isn’t it? When you edge your way in and a big wave comes and sweeps up around your waist? But once you’re brave enough it’s the best feeling ever. Deliciously cooling. I had a huge grin on my face. Then I spent the next hour sunbathing which was also lush.

8. Chicken. Ok – it’s the title of the blog so it’s a kind of prerequisite that I’ll be mentioning it. But it really is so good isn’t it? I seem to have eaten buckets of it in the past couple of weeks. Baked on top of rice and tomatoes, fried with potatoes and steamed in the oven. But best was yesterday, when we had WHOLEMEAL BREAD breaded chicken. What a good idea of mine. So a little more healthy than usual, deffo more healthy than a KFC. And so delish. One of the most fulfilling aspects of this tasty creation was the fact that the chicken stays piping hot when encased with flour, egg and breadcrumbs. It’s a keeper (and will be on the blog very shortly)!

9. A few days of nothing. I’ve spoken about my love of the nothing before, but lucky me found myself with a few days at home last week, which were possibly my favourite few days of my whole holiday. I did loads of gardening, yoga, reading and watched an entire season of Sex and the City. It was so relaxing and good for the soul πŸ™‚

I hope all your weeks have been as lovely as mine – watch out for next week’s post where I expect I shall I have to dig a lot deeper!

For more happy thoughts to tickle your toes – head on over to Sally,Β Kate, Michelle, Cat, Jo, Kerri and Samantha.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Cat says:

    OH MY GOODNESS Ten Ten Tei is my favourite Japanese restaurant too?! Isn’t it fantastic? I’m really glad you enjoyed your visit to London and I absolutely loved reading the little love story in the making. So curious about how the story continues!

    Lovely to have you back – we missed you last week! C x

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    1. Wow what a coincidence! Not sure I can eat sashimi anywhere else now though having been reminded how it should be done! H x

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  2. Peta says:

    It sounds like you had such a lovely week ❀ I adore Yoga With Adriene too, I find her videos so easy to follow along where as other's I really struggle with!
    Wishing you a beautiful week this week too!
    Peta xx
    24hoursintoday.com

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    1. Yes there’s something about them that just keeps you going! H x

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  3. lifeasunusuals says:

    I need more seaside afternoons in my life. I wish I lived a tiny bit closer than a three hour train ride away as I’d go more often, but sadly we don’t. With any luck I might make it there this weekend!

    I have a little trip to London planned for later in the month, which should be nice. I’m not the biggest fan of London, so we only pass through when travelling to other places, but it’s nice to see from time to time.

    Your breaded chicken has given me an idea… I wonder if tofu will taste good with a breadcrumb crust on it… hmm, I’m going to have to try that out!

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    1. ooh that sounds really good – might give that a try myself!

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  4. Natasha says:

    I love all of these stunning photos – those skies are just the most gorgeous blue! Long may that sunshine continue (or at least for another week!) πŸ˜€ Love the point about the beach, sometimes it’s just the simple case of re-charging by doing nothing while watching the waves roll in. – Tasha

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    1. Yes the sky was as blue as it comes – lovely! H x

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  5. sallytangle says:

    Flippin’ HECK i’ve got life envy haha! You have most definitely made the very best out of your time off and it sounds like it has done your soul the world of good! Reading this sweet list has filled my little heart with so much happy!

    Sending love to you and your lovely self xxxx

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    1. I’m so glad to hear it – I’ll have to dig deeper next week though!

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  6. Michelle says:

    Adrienne is brilliant, she helped me get a teeny tiny base yoganess so I didn’t look a complete berk at the first class I’ve been to in years.
    The wholemeal breaded chicken sounds delish and I’m jealous of your alone time, there’s something really restorative about one’s own company (I think so anyway!) even better when you can hear waves sploshing in the back ground.
    Have a great week
    M x

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