Happy happy #wonderfulwednesday to you all! I’ve had one of those weeks where things have been a little quiet. Not in a bad way, not in a ‘my-life-is-so-calm-and-perfect’ way either. Just quiet, which can be rather nice. Little bit zen. Here were the highlights:
1. The heady scent of a bunch of lilies, which I bought for that reason. Some people find them too much; I find their overpowering fragrance makes me feel like I’m sitting in a tropical garden. They also make me think back to uni, where I used to buy them to disguise the smell of kitchen fat that used to pump out of the extractor fan next to my bedroom window.
2. Soon it’ll be time for me to get off the air waves with this one – but oh that lasagne. This time with a green green salad of cucumber, spinach, rocket and celery, dressed in sharp apple cider vinegar. Melting mushrooms and bitter spinach, creamy Philadelphia and garlicky juices. My my. Recipe (not mine – here – but do double the veggies).
3. The figs, the plums, the greengages and the damsons. It’s really the best time of year for fruit isn’t it? As I gobble up the last of this year’s continental peaches and nectarines the English plums are ready, bursting with juice. Best eaten straight from the tree, but not bad in a crumble. Damsons are in a league of their own. Intensely sticky, tart and sweet I really can’t get enough and this year I MUST freeze some stewed damsons for porridge throughout the year, rather than having to wait until next September. If I can only remember…
4. A good film. It’s been ages since I snuggled down on my beloved soft sofa with a cup of herbal tea and a film. My film of choice last week was Carol, and it was stunning. Beautifully shot and powerful acting, with the cinematography mirroring enhancing then contrasting with the emotive thread. Such a good watch. Made me think. And the soundtrack was great.
5. I got the munchies for something sweet on Friday night. Quite unusual for me – I’m usually reaching for toast and marmite past 10pm if hunger strikes. The cupboard was bare, and it was raining. I toasted up some oats with a little butter and maple syrup and left them to crunch up a little. I dolloped some Blackcurrant Longley Farm yoghurt (my fave yoghurt in all the world) on a quartered fig and scattered the oats on top. I then made myself an apple and cinnamon tea, and the combination was a little bit like eating a fruit crumble. NICE.
6. A deli supper for tea. Mr Roast Chicken doesn’t consider this a proper meal, but I do. I love having a little pick at this and that. And look at that salmon! Washed down with a super cold Sauvignon Blanc on a pleasantly uneventful Saturday evening home alone watching a few Eastenders repeats (6).
7. That first hour of the day. I’m a morning person. Not a super 6am morning person, more a leisurely tea-at-7.30am kind of girl. The first part of the day is always the nicest for me. Watching the birds in the garden while I drink my tea – the day all ready to unfurl. Best on weekend days when the unfurling consists of more tea drinking and perhaps a little stroll. It’s peaceful and the solitude pleases me.
8. Blogging. Lately I’ve been reading and writing more. It’s such a treat to have this warm, big community out there which I now feel kind of part of. People to laugh and share things with – people who are not my friends, but are kind of supporters none the less. Thankyou one and all!
And speaking of all you lovely folk out there – what’s made you happy this week? What have you noticed that’s a little out of the ordinary, that’s made you laugh? It’s these little moments that get me through this little life, and I love hearing about them. Above are my little snapshots – but have a look over at these women who have stored up the little things over the last few days – I guarantee they’ll make you smile: Sally, Kate, Michelle, Cat, Jo, Kerri and Samantha.