Happy New Year internet dwelling friends!
As per my yogic guidance suggesting a period of gentle hibernation during winter, I’ve been lying low lately. Life is already manic with both me and Mr Roast Chicken working freelance, plus us now caring for Little Miss Roast Chicken; there seems little sense in further rushing around. We’ve done our fair bit of quiet socialising and outdoor rambles, mind, and that’s what’s been keeping a smile on my face lately. I prefer winter strolls. Fewer people and crisper air, clearer skylines and there’s all the frost to crunch through.
Here’s what’s been particularly lovely:
1. A long walk by the sea after what seems like ages. I think it’s been a couple of months since I was by the sea, and I’ve missed it. The fresh breeze, the smell, the sounds of the seagulls and the far off horizon are so uplifting.
2. A good philosophical debate. Dreams, the unconscious, Freud. We covered it all over tea and Asti (not together).
3. Re-watching Interstellar. For the soundtrack, and the thinking. Still not sure of the Black Hole analogy though (if you’ve seen it and have thoughts let me know!)
4. Walking on the quiet lanes. I keep banging on about this, and I shall continue – there’s nothing better than a solitary little stroll. Today it wasn’t solitary, but a companionable little ramble up some local lanes. Not for us the clearly signposted route. we walked away from the car park and away from the Other People. Perhaps because it’s New Year’s Day as I write this, there were some Others on the route (how ruuude) but not many, and once we’d meandered a fair while we lost them too. Alone in the clear blue skies and calm air we chatted and mused on not very much, and a lovely time was had by all.
5. Cashew milk. I PROMISE I won’t turn into one of THOSE people (you know who I mean) but really, have you tried cashew milk? So, so much creamier than almond or coconut, it’s a revelation. I’ve been warming it in the evenings and adding a pinch of turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom, and using it to make icy smoothies in the morning (even in winter I wake up BOILING hot!). The next step along this nutty journey will be to use my brand new blender to make my own. Cue next wonderful happening…
6. For YEARS (at least two) I have used a £20 Sainsburys blender to make smoothies. No More. I invested (it really was an investment) in a super duper NINJA (yup) smoothie maker and I am DELIGHTED. It needs ALL the capitals. What’s so good? The smoothies are SMOOTH. It’s all in the name. It’s also super-clever, so it stops and starts whilst making the smoothie, to give the ingredients time to fall back down the cup a little bit and blend up some more, as well as ensuring that the unit doesn’t become overheated. It’s great. This morning I had (don’t laugh) a spinach, celery, ginger, apple, banana and cashew milk smoothie and it REALLY was delicious. Not just saying that. Even Miss Roast Chicken liked it 🙂 In fact she had absolutely loads and then did a giant poo such was the power of this smoothie.
7. Remembering what I like doing. That sounds so silly doesn’t it? But I’ve been reading a few old Wonderful Wednesday posts and it strikes me that the best days for me are the quiet days. It’s strange, because to meet me you’d think I was a completely sociable extrovert. I do love a good chat with friends and I’m not shy, but for me, the highest levels of content, as proved by the fact that they make it with frequent regularity to these lists, are gained by quiet nights in and walking in the fresh air.
8. Robins. The cheerfulest of birds.
9. Little almond biscuits / stollen bites my mum got me for Christmas. De-Li-Cious 🙂