I’ve been on holiday, and it was rather wonderful. Lazy days, long walks and lots of champagne have made this holiday rather special. Here’s my round up of the particularly lovely little moments:
1. The gentle ticking of the clock in the sitting room of where we were staying. Some people find this a bit nervy, but I rather like it. It reminds me of my Gran on my Dad’s side, who had a really old clock in her dining room. I used to be first up when we went to stay, and I used to wander through the dining room looking at all her family photos, with this great clock ticking before the rest of the house got up. The room smelt of barley sugar and polished wood, and it was always really warm and cosy. So the tick tocking of clocks now takes me back to those calm, still mornings, and brings me a little bit of nostalgia.
2. Getting out for a wander in the rain. We were in Scotland, so we couldn’t have expected clear skies for a whole week. We were lucky to get a few days where the air was fresh and the sky was a glowing blue. And others where the skies were grey but the visibility was great. On one day the rain just did not stop. The loch in front of our house was shrouded in a thick mist and we couldn’t make out any of the towering mountains surrounding it. So what followed was a day of reading, of cooking, of drinking tea and of little naps, wrapped up in a thick dressing gown with fluffy moccasins. Mid afternoon we decided to venture out regardless of the weather, and in one of life’s happy little accidents, it was the nicest walk I’ve been on in some time. The sun, on it’s homeward journey down to the horizon, shone through the leaves, illuminating them from behind and catching the light reflected on the droplets of rain that speckled each leaf. We entered a fairy land of dark shadows and sunny glades. Of jeweled beech trees and water gushing through a gully deep below. It was magical.
3. Those little moments in life where you float above yourself and see that really, you’ve a lot to be thankful for. This happened to me whilst driving home the other day. We had 90s britpop blasting out and were singing our hearts out. The car turned a corner and all we could see stretched out in front was mile after mile of open moorland. A rainbow spanned out across the hillside and for a few seconds I just felt a whole lot of happiness. It didn’t last. It never does. There are just these little pebble sized windows of pure joy that flit, fleetingly into the mundane. They come, and go – but they’re what I live for.
4. Clipper sleepeasy tea. My new fave, in a big mug wrapped up in a big throw. Sent me to sleep for an early night with a hot water bottle and the food pages of the Sunday Times 🙂
5. Oh these dark wintery nights. The weather’s begun it’s first cold snap (love that expression) and last night I hibernated (after a rather yummy pizza in my fave Italian in town) with a cup of peppermint tea and my new fluffiest dressing gown. I also wrapped up in a tartan throw and included a hot water bottle to hug for good measure. I sat down with some chocolate coins (definitely not too early) and wrote this blog, away in my own little land of happy thoughts while the snow moved its way across from the moors towards us.
6. Beachcombing. Finding little shells that look beautiful on the beach, and kind of plain at home. Sifting through the top layer of sand, to the gravel and larger stones beneath. Walking on a thick carpet of seaweed. Listening to little waves lapping up upon the shore. And that smell.
7. Watching a bit of boat-life. I wish I lived a little closer to the sea. Actually I’m really lucky – I’m only a few minutes’ drive away from the sea. What I mean is I wish I lived right on the seaside itself. While we were away I loved watching the early morning fishing boats set off, and the nightly salmon catchers make their way back to base. There’s a timeless feel to a seafaring life. Some of the ways and customs have not changed for centuries. It’s an honest life, of bringing back food for people to enjoy. Of braving the elements and having nature impact so much on everyday life. We’re cocooned by central heating and electricity so much of the time – I enjoy watching those who live a more natural existence. In my heart I wish I were one of them. In my head I know I just couldn’t cope.
8. Hearing a storm outside. The other night I lit my candles, poured a large glass of red and nibbled at cheese whilst reading cookery books. It was one of the most peaceful moments I’ve had for a long while.
And that’s the wonderful little nuggets of happiness from my week – time to hop skip and jump over to the rest of the Wonderful Wednesday gang to see what they’ve been up to! Take your pick of the following wonderful women: Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina and Isabelle.