Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Darling wonderful POPPITS! How the bobbins is it Wednesday again already?! I cannot believe that this time next week, yesterday i shall have turned thirty. I have MIXED feelings about the whole she-bang to be completely honest. I have days when i think 'yay we're going to Edinburgh and it's my birthday and it's three whole days off together woo' (an extremely rare treat) and then days where i think 'heck i am thirty and not married, a house owner or know anything at all about the boiler in our kitchen.' The latter part was proven on Monday night when we arrived home to a broken boiler. More on that another time because this little post is all about POSITIVITY and there aint nowt positive about a broken boiler at this time of year! How are your weeks going? Mine is set to be a l-o-n-g one. A late finish tonight and a 7am start on Thursday has me already looking forward to my day off on Friday! Lets get on though shall we? Time is precious!
* GLITTER. It's the only time of the year that it become completely acceptable to add glitter to the every day without looking like you never left the nineties behind. This week i bought two sparkly tinsel-ey crowns and a super duper glittery Essie nail polish. And that is not only totally fine, it's bloomin' exciting!
* Christmas TREES. I have started to notice the garages and supermarkets around and about us stock piling up their Christmas trees and it has made me a little bit giddy! I love decorating our sweet little tree. Each year we get a little teeny tiny real Christmas tree and i get to play around with where to hang all of the little ornaments we have collected. It's also an excuse to have fairy lights that aren't just in the bedroom and to make paper chains too. And all with a glass of mulled wine. That's become a little tradition too. Eeeeee!
* The arrival of my most recent (and the last - well until after Christmas at least ) Ebay-shaped BARGAIN: A rose gold brand new Cambridge Satchel!! I shan't reveal the price but let's just say it was under £30!!!! It might be my best find ever!!! I gave her, her first outing on my day off on Tuesday and she was a little dream! It's the size up from my minty green one so i can fit a little more inside and i just love the rose gold metallic leather. No more ebay-ing until after Christmas now…promise!
* MAXIMO PARK. I mean i listen to them again after what must be at least…three years…? Suddenly i am back at uni dancing like a lunatic until four in the morning. If i stay out past 11pm now i need a week to recover! It makes me wince to think i did that and made my 9am lectures. Crikey. I have been playing Maximo Park up loud all week - i just can't get enough. I just love it when you rediscover a gem and suddenly you can be right back when, in just a few notes, just amazing.
* Sausages and mashed potato. After last weeks macaroni cheese efforts i was sure i really couldn't manage sausages and mashed potato. But since the Mr has worked pretty much the last ten days in a row i felt i owed him his request. Man ALIVE i could have eaten it all over again as soon as i had finished! I do not know where the hunger monster inside me came from!!! It was just HEAVEN and came along on a perfect damp and drizzly day. It was just delicious: We bought our favourite pork and fennel sausages which i browned off first and then popped in the oven to finish off, alongside a little caramelised onion and a slathering of pear and ginger chutney. Mmmmm! We had them with colcannon, green beans and onion gravy. Perfect Autumnal food if you ask me!
* Warm MINCE PIES. I haven't got around to making my own first batch yet…mostly due to the time factor but i also always worry that making a dozen mince pies means that we will polish off a dozen mince pies…Are you sensing a theme?! We treated ourselves to a couple of mince pies, warmed them up in the oven for a five minutes and served them with a dollop of double cream. This is all just insulation you realise…you know for the up and coming cold snap that we are bound to witness at some point?
* STRETCHES. Silly simple really! You just can't beat the first s-t-r-e-t-c-h of the day you really can't. I have been sleeping especially deeply this week - each day has left me throughly exhausted - and i feel as if it's taking me a good while to wake up on a morning. A long stretch is just the ticket before you admit defeat to the day ahead and have snoozed your alarm for as long as is possible.
* SLIPPERS. I havent worn slippers for….well for years. At least not since we have lived here and that's coming up to four years. Our house just isn't very cold, and it's quite new and so i have always been happy padding around in bare feet. Plus because our floors are mostly wooden, i quite like walking in bare feet on wooden floors. I recently treated myself to a little pair of Boden's sweet pompom slippers and OH MY. I am a slipper convert. I might not be cold but man alive slippers are just the bees knees whatever the weather. Hands down the best feeling poppin' them pretty pompoms on first thing in the morning. They are like a hug for my tootsies!
* PEANUT BUTTER. Always crunchy. Always spread on toasted cranberry and raisin bread and always, perfect alongside a hot cup of chai tea on a morning. Mmmm!
* Yellow ROSES in jam jars. For brightening up our little attic bedroom when the daylight just doesn't last long enough.
* Christmas coffee DATES. 'Cos we don't really do dates. But a cinnamon latte and sharing some kind of christmas confectionary novelty 'something' or other is just lovely lately. Later opening hours means that we can sneak them in after work. It reminds me of when we first met and we would sneak in coffee dates like this every day almost. Now it's nice to tell each other about our respective days and watch the Christmas lights twinkle. It's one of my very favourite things to do.
* A new HANDCREAM. And remembering to apply it and to wear gloves to boot. It makes my little paws smell just like Palma Violets and is packed full of cocoa and Shea butter and really helps keep my hands soft. I just need to keep it up to avoid the sandpaper type hands that i always seem to acquire come this time of year!
What has been making your week all the more WONDERFUL so far then? It doesn't matter how little or insignificant it might seem, being mindful of all of these things when other things get you down is what counts really. In the grand scheme of everything, it's so easy to forget the tiny little pleasures, so I hope that by reading my little Wonderful Wednesdays, you shall learn to appreciate your special little things too. Remember if you feel like sharing them you can drop me a lovely comment below, or you can always tweet me your #wonderfulwednesday too. I'm @sallytangle.
Enjoy the rest of your WEEK dear faces!
Sunday, 23 November 2014
This is what most of my camera roll consists of lately: leaves and sky. Sometimes, if i'm feeling really ADVENTUROUS, it will be leaves and feet. The Mr joked last night that i'd never ever had a picture on my blog with my feet and the sky. He's right you KNOW. Why have i missed such an INGENIOUS opportunity?! Once we realised said photo would involve me rolling around on my back with my feet up in the air and a camera in public we sort of went off the idea. Especially given the time of year and all. I can't help myself where out and about is concerned. Everywhere is looking so flipping pretty this year. Each time we slide into another season i am forever adamant that it is more BEAUTIFUL, more lovely and more enjoyable than it was this time last year. Does anyone else feel that way? I'm never sure if actually i just forget quite how wonderful it is until it comes around again.
I am always in AWE of how much the light changes too. I feel as if my days off are spent as outside as i can be for as long as i can be too. Just because i know how little daylight there is now and how my days are only going to get shorter and shorter. We have been so LUCKY with the weather and really only had the odd hazy, drizzly day. It has to be a really awful day to stop my trailing those two wheels outdoors - it's my very favourite thing to do. It clears my head, gives me time to think and gives my legs the exercise without me having to use too much brain power. Over the past week or so i have also SPOTTED my fair share of squirrels, baby rabbits and the odd heron alongside the river. It seems taking those two wheels out first thing has its benefits!
I'm not ALONE when i tell you that i love being cosy. Whilst we can all also admit to loving bare legs, feeling the wind in our hair and slipping flip flops onto your feet for the first time; there is equally also nothing like the feeling of the FIRST time sleeping back in proper pyjamas complete with hot water bottle and the sweet little weight of a blanket across your legs. When i haven't been outdoor lately, i have been PADDING about our little somewhere being cosy and getting accustomed to all my very favourite knitted layers from last year - with just a couple of new additions. I have made it a ritual that any days off i have now, i start them with a big mug of tea in bed. Funnily enough its a ritual that i am having no problems becoming accustomed to! I have been adding BITS and BOBS to my Autumn and Winter mood boards too. I am particularly enjoying putting together the Winter one: Lots of cream cable knits, metallic touches and messy hair. Which is your favourite?