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:
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.
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 🙂 I’ve been following Yoga With Adriene. Easy, energising, fun and light-learted. I love her so much 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
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!