Wonderful Wednesday 23 November 2016

Autumn Leaves

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 🙂

Autumn Leaves

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.

For more Wonderful Wednesday happiness, have a look at the blogs of the other Wonderful Women – over with Sally, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina Jo and Isabelle.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Cat says:

    I know what you mean. It’s lovely to be surrounded by such a lovely, warm-hearted, supportive group of people.

    Now where can I get my hands on one of those candles?! I long for an open fire and that sounds like the perfect cosy interim solution!

    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. C x


    1. Helen says:

      ooh not sure about the candle – it was a present- but I’m sure you’ll be able to find one online! h xx


  2. I am so with you on thr blogging community and your Wonderful Wednesday posts and beautiful photography make my week, every week. Why, oh why is the big fudgey chocolate cake getting more air time in this list? That sounds like wht my dreams are made of.
    Solitary drives are amazing. Driving always allows me to clear my thoughts because I am alone with them. Advventuring anywhere a little out of the ordinary is good for the soul.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Kate xx


    1. Helen says:

      thanks so much for your kind words they mean a lot – have yourself a lovely weekend too!


  3. You have made me CRAVE Stollen now! Actually screw that, you’ve made me crave Marzipan! Also, I almost included a candle in my Wonderful Wednesday post, so I am totally feeling the appreciation for them! xx



    1. Helen says:

      There’s always room for some more musings on candles – stick it in your next one! h xx


  4. Peta says:

    Oh it sounds like such a lovely week. I hope you’re feeling a little better Helen. The Stollen bites sound incredible as does your camomile tea Sunday reading newspaper moment too! Well done on the drive, as you say doing something out of the ordinary is always good for the soul.

    Have a lovely rest of the week,
    Peta xx


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