Hello view halloo and welcome to Wonderful Wednesday this stormy rainy windy northern week. How ARE you all? I’m soaking up the little bits of sunshine that have burnt through the clouds in the last few days, but also quite liking being the snug and smug feeling of being tucked up warm while the wind howls through the chimneys at home.
Here’s what’s been wonderful:
1. A late evening walk. Actually it wasn’t late evening; it was just 4pm, but by the time we got back to the car it was almost dark – oops! But it was a very pretty stroll none the less. It was freezing cold, that cold that stings your cheeks and makes your eyes water. We wandered along a ridge high up above sea level and got a wonderful view of the farmland all around. As we wound our way back the lights in the barns and farmhouses started to twinkle on one by one as the animals were put to bed for the night. It’s a restful, contemplative time of day, and with a good companion and a hearty dinner to look forward to it was an hour or so of pure joy.
2. Made in Chelsea. I know. It’s a barrel-load of shite, but it’s so addictive, so aesthetically pleasing and such a mind-numbing way of relaxing at the end of the day (or indeed, the start of the weekend) that la la la I don’t care. Go on, hate me.
3. The way the light shines through the trees at this time of year. It’s probably the time of day really – early morning or later in the evening, but because sunrise and sunset are now at more humane times, it means you’re more likely to catch those golden hours in Autumn and Winter. Just look at the colours!
4. Loving Vincent. What an unusual, clever, beautiful film. There were a couple of strange bits, and I felt the storyline was trying too hard to be a storyline, if that makes sense, but nevertheless it was just lovely to sit as Van Gogh’s paintings swum into people and places before my eyes. Go see.
5. Laughing and laughing with friends. You have the serious friends, the kind friends, the friends who will be there no matter what. Then, or also, you have the friends who make you laugh until tears come to your eyes and your stomach muscles ache.
6. An excellent pizza. With molten goats cheese, salty olives and sweet sundried tomatoes. Crispy round the edges and chewy in the middle. Large enough to feel satisfied, not too large to feel bloated. Helped down with icy Sauvignon Blanc and bucketfuls of chilled tap water it was the feast of the week.
7. Many, many cups of tea. I’ve gone tea-mad lately. I’ve always enjoyed my two PG tips in the morning, but with these chilly days I’m augmenting the experience with a third cup of Earl Grey. Drunk while almost too hot, these little cups of heaven are getting me pepped up for the day in the most peaceful manner.