Well hello there lovely internet dwellers. I’ve had a mixed week of highs and lows, of laughing till I’ve cried, and of feeling poorly and hibernating with a cuppa and a blanket. Of being so busy I found myself holding my breath several times a day, to lounging around on the sofa feeling… restless.
Here were the best bits:
1. The highlight of this week, in fact, my whole LIFE, has GOT to be our fabulous new sofa. It’s a HUGE corner sofa, and it’s made me SO happy I’ve felt the need for EXTREME capitalisation. It’s deep as well as long, a lovely soft tweedy texture, and a very calming / Scandinavianesque shade of grey. I never need to leave the house again. I have covered it in the most elegantly shaded cushions and throws and that makes me a Real Grown Up.
2. Stollen. I just love it. I love the fact that the marzipan is soft and buttery rather than dry and fudge-like on a Christmas cake. I nipped into Booths last weekend to buy tissues and mince, and came out with a whole lot of other things including a pack of mini stollen bites. Other uneccesary but delicious items included pomegranates to scatter their seeds over salads; cashews to roast and nibble on, a big fudgey chocolate cake for Mr. Roast Chicken, and some craft lagers pour moi. I returned home to an extremely enjoyable hour of stollen-eating and camomile tea-drinking whilst flicking through the paper. It’s what Sundays are for.
3. Lighting candles and arranging fairy lights. My house looks ever so slightly like a department store lighting department at the moment, with my oh-so-artfully arranged lamps and glowing LED strings. Come 4pm and I’m closing all the curtains and hunkering down with the lights turned down and the hygge factor turned up to the max.
4. A solitary drive. I don’t actually like driving. I find it really stressful and I’m not very good at it – I just don’t think my reactions are quick enough, and I tend to annoy other drivers on country lanes by driving too slowly. But sometimes, when the roads are quiet, I don’t mind the odd little drive. I traveled an hour up to a little village in the middle of nowhere last week. On the way back the stars were glinting above and with the headlights on full beam I wound my way through the lanes back to the main road. It was a little adventure, a step out of the ordinary which is always good for the soul.
5. Eating a really juicy pork chop. Am I the only one who finds pork chops really hard to cook? They’re almost always dry and rather chewy. Except this one. I managed to get one thick enough to withstand a high heat on each side for 5 minutes which slightly chargrilled the outside and left the middle tender and oh so juicy. Mopping up the juices with some mange tout and Maris Piper potatoes I was a very content little Miss Roast Chicken.
6. My woodwick candle. At the risk of my Wonderful Wednesday post being about wonderful candles, I shall explain why I need an extra bullet point in this list to extol the virtues of another candle. It’s a lovely lineny smell, always lovely, but the beauty of this little wonder is that the wick (made out of wood – geddit??!) crackles as it burns. It’s like you’ve got your own little fire right there on the coffee table. Turn the music off and tune in – so peaceful 🙂
7. Reading blogs. I’m so grateful for this little world. I don’t know a community with kinder, more giving people, always happy to share, to appreciate, to compliment. It’s nearly two years since I started hanging out in this little space of mine, and I have to say it’s changed my life in so many little, and significant ways. So thanks dear readers, for welcoming me into this vast, warm world.