Wonderful Wednesday 13 December 2016

Blustery Tree

Happy mid-week to you all, hope you’re having healthy, happy weeks so far. Here’s what’s been making my work rock lately:

1. Gingerbeer with a dash of lime. The full monty includes a dash of whisky too, but it’s too strong for me – I’m like a kid with their first sip of alcohol when I have whisky – it’s just too much! Me and Mr Roast Chicken enjoyed a whole family bag of sea salt Lancashire crisps to ourselves last Saturday night, which we scoffed while sipping spicy ginger beer and lime in a room lit only by candles and fairy lights.


2. It was a bit naughty, but as well as the family bag of crisps at the weekend, we also got through a rather large box of truffles. Naughty both because I suppose chocolate shouldn’t really be lunch, and because it was a christmas present we couldn’t resist tucking into. They were good though, lashings of real cream in them 🙂

3. A whole hour and a half of yoga, in a warm room, with a lovely instructor, just round the corner from where I live. When I left work I was so wound up with all those silly things that seem so important in the heat of the moment, and so nonsensical a few hours later. I was power-walking up the hill towards my house in order to rid myself of some of the stress that had built up during the day. Subsequently I arrived at the yoga class rather flustered, but that vanished within minutes as the teacher calmly lit candles and placed them around the edges of the studio, took the clock from the wall and put it in another room, before we had a good, long stretch out. It was bliss.

4. Watching the little birdies peck at the feed I bought for them. In fact – they’re pecking a little too much, as it’s going down really quickly – I think I bought luxury feed that they’re LOVING! It’s a real sign that winter’s nearly here, with the birds hopping and picking, the grass now a little too firm for pulling up worms.

The Lakes

5. A spot of Christmas music at work. I think you feel more festive around other people. We’ve got a little jolly in the office lately, fairy lights and Christmas classics surrounding us. Needless to say work’s taken a little bit of a back seat, but after the last few weeks – I think that’s just as well.


6. Hearing carols in a church. Beautiful to listen to in their own right, and a church is both spiritually and acoustically the perfect environment. Added to this hotpot of loveliness is the sense of nostalgia they invoke. Singing along to Hark The Herald Angels at the weekend brought me right back to sitting on my primary school floor, with an orange paper booklet of carols with big illustrations. I can still smell the floor polish and rubber pumps.


7. Christmas pudding Nakd bars. So I’ve been munching my way through the different varieties of Nakd bar and can confirm these to be the best yet. Didn’t like the carrot cake ones at ALL although they looked and sounded promising. These however… They’re like supercharged raisins, moulded together with the most Christmasy of spices.

And that’s about it this week. For more wonderfulness hop over to Sally, Jo, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri’s, Mimmi’s, Martina’s and Isabelle’s blogs and have a smile 🙂

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Michelle says:

    We just got back from the first carol service of the year in the MOST beautiful church-there is something weirdly magical about the whole thing whether you’re religious or not.
    Ginger beer with lime sounds like a bit of a game changer too!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week, full of festive cheer and more of those Nak’d bars!
    M x


    1. Helen says:

      Do add the whisky if you aren’t a wuss like me! H


  2. lifeasunusuals says:

    Ah I wish I had a little garden to feed the birds in, but I don’t so I usually keep some seeds on my bag and feed them when I’m out and about… let’s also ignore how much of a crazy bird lady that makes me.

    I’m loving the tree theme of the photos too! You always have beautiful photos to go alongside your WW post!


    1. Helen says:

      Aw thanks – and it sounds like a LOVELY idea to be a bird lady! 🙂


  3. Laura says:

    Ginger beer is my absolute favourite! Especially with crisps! Sounds like the perfect night to me 🙂 My work isn’t that festive at the minute so I don’t really feel like it’s Christmas until I get home and can turn the Christmas tree lights on! Enjoy the rest of your week! Laura xx


    1. Helen says:

      Love tree lights they’re so pretty and yes there’s nothing like sinking into the sofa and just watching them twinkle! 🙂


  4. Cat says:

    I love Christmas carols in a church – sometimes just being there listening to them makes me well up with how beautiful the combination is. Love 🙂

    Your photographs are as gorgeous as ever too, Helen xx


    1. Helen says:

      Thanks! And yes – think I’ll hunt out some more in the week running up to Christmas – it’s only once a year after all! Hx


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