Wow – even January is whizzing by for me this year – anyone feel the same? Maybe it’s because the weather hasn’t been quite as atrocious as usual!
Here’s what’s made me happy this week:
1. Getting out on a good long walk. We walked all the way along Grasmere’s shores a few days ago, with the wind biting at our cheeks and the water lapping up at the shore as we passed by. The lake smelt particularly… wet? Maybe it was more the muddy grassy banks, but I really love that smell. It reminds me of many a Sunday afternoon spent splashing and exploring lake shores as a child. After Grasmere we headed over to Rydal which was perhaps even more picturesque. The sun had half broken through the clouds by that point and was casting interesting shadows over the fells. Pretty magical. One of those days where we returned to the car with noses streaming and ears stinging and warmed up with some nice home made soup.
2. And soup. Comforting, soothing, just what you need after a bracing January ramble. This week’s was spiced parsnip made in Mr Roast Chicken’s favourite new toy – a soup maker. So you don’t really NEED a soup maker to make soup. In fact I half wonder whether washing out the big container, then the blade attachment isn’t more hassle than just washing a pan and a stick blender. But hey ho it’s a fun gadget, and has a plus that you can just leave it to it’s own devises to chop, heat and blend the soup, which is ready in less than 30 minutes!
3. A porridge-preparation tweak. Not much, but I’ve taken to leaving the water and oats to simmer unstirred for a few minutes before beating it up to make it creamy. This way you get a more chewy, nutty bite to the end result. Still with a swirl of homemade honey. Still every morning. Now often in the evenings too.
4. Howling winds. Better heard from the comfort of my lovely squishy corner sofa whilst drinking the third tea of the morning. We’ve got two chimneys downstairs in our house and the wind swirls around them making us feel all cosy and happy to be warm and dry.
5. An afternoon in the pub. In fact, almost an afternoon AND an evening in the pub by the time we’d finished. I met up with an old friend, and we gossiped and chatted away the hours whilst picking at a deli board. Gotta love a deli board with creamy cheese, sharp pickles and huge hunks of bread 🙂
6. A big smile. I took our car over to a garage the other day. The person who served me was full of smiles and pleasantries. It makes SUCH a difference doesn’t it? In our busy little world we can often just forget, in the rush of life and all it’s little problems. I know I do. So it was nice that even though I was his first customer at 8.30am; he hadn’t finished making a cup of tea and there was a huge hail storm going on he still managed to be happy and cheery 🙂