View Halloooooooo one and all – how are you?
I’m really pretty tired being in the middle of a busy olde work week – but next week I’ll be off to lounge and read and potter about in the sun so mustn’t grumble!
Here’s what’s made me smile this week:
1. A perfectly ripe peach, cut into slices (ALWAYS cut up the peach – so much better for a non stingy-bits-in-your-teeth eating experience) eaten reclining on a deckchair in the garden this Sunday. It was in pretty good nick for May – although I’m afraid that yes, it had traveled pretty far.
2. A wander along the lakeshore with a stiff breeze. It was chilly but sunny, the clouds were speeding along by and the leaves were blustering and buffering up above. The lambs were hyper in the fields and Spring was aspringing all around. The kind of walk to make you feel alive.
3. And then, the kind of walk to chill and relax, to slow down and wind down. Mr Roast Chicken and I enjoyed a Sunday night dinner at a waterside pub (fish and chips for him, a gigantic deli board for me with extra crunchy chips) and we certainly needed a stroll to work it off afterwards. We had a long walk along a canal, through some fields and back round along a country lane as the sun was setting that evening. We were walking slowly, taking it all in, admiring the little calves and the still, still air you only get for a few isolated weeks in the year in England.
4. Breakfasts of cold stewed gooseberries, yoghurt and granola. I like to shake it up a bit for breakfasts, and this one’s been a winner; sharp and sweet and crunchy and creamy 🙂
5. A spot of Elton John on a Saturday morning. Because there’s nothing better than waking up with the weekend opening out in front of you, brewing up and opening a book (The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory on this occasion) for a little flop on the sofa.
6. A picnic by a stream. We ventured off-piste in a popular area of the lakes last weekend, and I’m glad we did. Away from the push chairs and hiking poles we found ourselves in the middle of a bracken-filled valley with the most idyllic little stream bubbling through it. We sat and listened to the kinds of sounds you want to bottle up and keep for those rainy days in the office – the splashing of the water, the rustling of trees, and even a far-off cuckoo. Well worth the wet feet we got on the way back due to an ill-thought out short cut through a bog.
7. Sipping my first cup of tea outside before breakfast. It hasn’t really been warm enough yet, but the other day I slipped out when the world around was still really quiet and all I could hear were the sparrows squarking and my slurping of tea.
8. Some super stretchy yoga. My favourite kind; stretching out all those muscles you forgot you had. Yes pigeon.
9. It’s a cliche, and I’m certainly not the only one to have noticed, but…. THIS WEATHER! Isn’t it nice to finally not wear a coat to go out, to dare to bare legs, to go sockless. It’s only going to last a few weeks, with a good few weeks or torrential rain thrown in during said few weeks, so I’m going to make the very most of it while I can.
So that’s it my friends – I hope your week has been lovely, and I hope you’ve got lots to look forward to in the coming days. If you’re craving a little more loveliness (and aren’t we all?) then jump straight to the rest of the Wonderful Wednesday Squad Sally, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina , Peta, Kelly AND Emma for more!