Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #198

{Magical 'Wintery wonderlands' for always please}
This week will forever be remembered {by myself at least} as the week when Winter came.  Not just Winter by the month.  You know in an 'oh it's December, it's officially the start of Winter.' No, we're talking 'Winter by weather.'  I genuinely can't remember the last time it was so cold or the last time my face ached from icy temperatures and that i couldn't feel my toes through 200 denier tights that almost went up to my chin aaand woolly socks over the top!!!  That said it's been pretty damned magical {in an icy Narnia sort of a way} and even if i have worked the past seven days in a row; i'm ready and raring {and a little bit more rested after today off, Tuesday} to count some good things...
   



1.  Real Winter weather.  It's been icy, icy for most of this week and it's been SO beautiful!  I can't remember the last time it's ever been quite as cold in my whole life.  I awoke on Monday morning with my phone telling me it was -8 degrees outside!  What has been mostly lovely though is the brilliant and bright blue mostly cloud-less skies that have accompanied said 'arctic blast' type weather {save for the odd swish and swoosh of white whisps here and there} and seeing a fair few days in a row of Winter sun.  I wish that all of Winter could be like this - right up until about March time when the snowdrops start to scatter across the grass and the first brave little daffodils poke their cheery yellow flowers up and out of the ground.  When Winter is Real Winter, it's pretty magical.


2.  Roasted tomatoes.  There's no denying that tomatoes taste their very best after being sat on a sunny July window ledge for a few days and served only with flaky salt, good olive oil and some torn basil leaves BUT, they've been something i've been craving this week, so i've taken to 'Wintery-fying' them {which is totally a thing may i just say!}.  Tuesday's supper was a simple one:  Slow roasted baby tomatoes with a little dried thyme and oregano and served smooshed, salted and peppered and spread on top of hot buttery sourdough toast.  And yes, yes they were heaven!


3.   Beret-wearing.  To be honest come this time of year and most definitely this kind of weather; there's no chance i'll leave the house without some kind of hat on my head!  Lately it's all been about berets!  I've worn berets for years {i blame Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City circa season fiiiiive????} and since they've suddenly become all 'Trendy Wendy' i've managed to add a couple more to my collection.  There's something about wearing a beret that just makes you feel all kinds of pulled together even if underneath your put together hat and coat combo you're wearing your bobbliest jumper and your scruffiest jeans...


4.  Feeding the birds.  A few weekends back i picked up some seeds and fat balls for the birds over the Winter and as of this weeks' cold-snap i couldn't have timed getting them, better!  It was so nice on my day off on Tuesday, to sit and watch the sweetest pair of little robins flit from bird feeder to bird feeder and fill their little tummies up before swooping away.  


5.  Shopping independent.  I'm trying so very hard this year to buy local or if not local, to support smaller businesses in the run up to Christmas.  Not just that but i've also been trying to buy less too - which might  seem a little odd!  I just feel so overwhelmed with Christmas  this year - i mean i do every year but the older i get the worse i think i feel about it somehow.  My very favourite part of Christmas is having a day off, spending it with some of my very favourite people and cooking and sharing a lovely little feast altogether.  I just don't believe in spending lots, getting stressed and giving lots of things all for one day.  It just doesn't sit right in my little heart somehow...?!  


6.   First mince pies.   I can't believe it's taken me until almost mid-December to have one!  But it has and i did and it was GLORIOUS!  I just wish i hadn't got quite so excited and forgotten to pick up some kind of rum butter or delicious cream or ice-cream.  But there's the rest of December for that...


7.  A day off.  As i forever used to hear my mum say when i was small:  'I'm meeting myself coming back' lately!!!  I also truly understand the meaning of the sentence too!  At work lately the weekdays disappear into weekends and the weeks themselves are just rocketting forward like nobody's business lately!  I think because i rarely work the same days each week or ever a Monday to Friday, i lose weeks even more than the next person.  This weeks' Tuesday and Wednesday off together are needed more than ever and whilst i have about a squillion things to do; i really am trying my hardest to take time to take care of me too! Lying in bed this morning {Tuesday} and not rushing to get up and sipping my tea back under the duvet was heavenTomorrow {#wonderfulwednesday itself!} is for putting together that wreath i keep wittering on about and for tying up some Christmas present-shaped loose ends!  All with cups of tea aplenty and maybe some candles and Christmas play-listing for good measure....


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And i'm all done and dusted and a little bit in disbelief at how last week's post really and truly only feels like a day or two ago and wondering if there is a way that we could all just slow down a bit...please?!?  Don't you dare forget to hop, skip or jump right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs and catch up with their list of lovely and stories of happy because in the hustle and bustle and little chaos that has become of lately; well we could all do with stopping to smell the roses count the little things.  Don't you agree...?


See you here next week...?  

 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #197

{Stillness & quiet at it's very best}
If there was ever anyone that just needed to sit and to be for a moment today then that person would be me.  If i could put both my hands and feet in the air all at once I would.  I feel so in need to just sit and be quiet this week.  The noise of Christmas is getting a bit.....loud and i can feel panic creeping in and what i really need to do is just take a step back and realise that Christmas is not about presents.  It's about being around the people you love and care about and showing them how special they are to you. And that doesn't need to be with things it just needs to be with you!!  I mean i know this, but oftentimes someone just needs to sit me down and remind me.  So as you can imagine this weeks #wonderfulwednesday couldn't have come at a better time....


Let's list some littler even more lovely things....
  

1.  Thoughtfulness.  Do you know what this is so very much something I {we!} should be grateful for and notice so much more often than I/you do, don't you think?!  Last weekend was my birthday and i was overwhelmed with how many people remembered, took time out of their day to get in touch and even pick me out such perfect and thoughtful gifts.  I try my hardest to thank anyone that shows thoughtfulness in whatever capacity it comes - and definitely not just on days like birthdays, Christmas etc, etc - BUT we're all guilty of sometimes just missing the tinier moments of it.  So here are my three {I'm pretty certain i could think of more but i'm trying my hardest to not digress as this as only point one of this weeks post...}mini thoughtfulness moments from this week so far:  Somebody at work remembering exactly how i like my tea {and i'm a fussy tea drinker, i can't help it!}; having the door held open for me by a kind elderly gentlemen on a quicker-than-quick lunchtime scurry over to M&S foodhall on Tuesday afternoon.  He also wished me good day.  They don't make 'em like that anymore, do they?  Oh and last but not least;  Somebody finishing off a job at work that i'd started, and got completely swept up in another {as my days at this time of year usually go!}.  I didn't ask her to.  She didn't have to.  But it helped me no end and i was ever so grateful.  At this time of year my job can get so hectic!


2.  Friends.  The good kind.  The simplest way to describe a really good friend..?!  The kind that you haven't seen for far too long {where does the time go?!} and you meet and all of a sudden it's like you only saw each other yesterday and pick up exactly where you left off.  ALSO the kind of friend that you leave and afterwards feel invigorated, inspired and the very best version of yourself.  These kinds of friends are solid gold, totally and completely. 


3.  Escape.  Whatever your form of escape is, this weeks mantra is:  'Do THAT or IT more.'  Maybe that will be the whole of next year's mantra...?  A quick escape for me is usually riding my bike - i'm forever slotting that in here and there and whenever i can simply because i just know it makes me feel physically and mentally better for it.  A treat escape is long and lazy walks somewhere quiet, green and beautiful with one of my favourite people.  That was my last weekend:  All i wanted to do on my birthday was just that:  No fuss, no great extravagance or expense, save for the petrol to get somewhere and the few pounds to fill our tummies with tea and scones.  The Mr and I spent a few delicious hours in Keswick doing just that and the icing on the cake was a little wander around the beautiful lake that is Derwent Water. It was peacefully quiet and the escape was just what we both needed.


4.  Sainsbury's 'Winter' incense oil.  It's not very often i'm swayed away from the comforting smell of their 'Line Dried Linen' oil because that stuff is just divine in itself and who doesn't want every corner of their home to smell like the outside on the warmest hint of a blue skied Spring day?!?  But i picked this up on a whim and it's beautiful:  All frosty winter woodland dancing along a little bit of an icy breeze.  It's not a million miles away from the linen scent....it's just more....icy?!?  Either way i can smell it wafting along our hallway as i type and it's making me happy!


5.   Hints of Christmas.  I know that everyone hurries to pop up their Christmas decorations as soon as December hits and due to the gloom and doom and little light of lately i've been almost tempted myself.  But traditionally we've always waited until after the 10th December as my birthday falls at the very beginning and my brothers the weekend after so Christmas has never really felt like Christmas until those two things have been done and dusted.  But i've already snuck in a couple of strings of clear fairylights - one that i particularly love scattered across our kitchen windowsill.     It's the room that at this time of year only really gets any kind of sunshine very early on and that all dissolves across the roof and around to the back of the house come midday.  The twinkly glow of the fairylights fix any kind of doom and gloom!  I also picked up some old fashioned paper ornaments in a soft dusky pink a few months back {purely because i adored the colour so much!} and i've hung a couple of them around the bedroom. Now i just need to pick up some more fresh Eucalyptus to make my little wreath....


6.  Citrus.  I mean call it the doom and gloom of shorter days and darkness all of the darn time BUT lately it's just all i want.  We scampered over to our favourite little fruit and veg market at one of local garden centres last Sunday and stocked up and we now have the biggest bowl of citrus known to man!  They're so so much cheaper than supermarket bought oranges and SO much nicer!  I even picked up some rainbow carrots to roast with maple syrup and mustard and some of the shiniest, reddest apples that i have ever seen!  All for about £3!  The heart wants, what the heart wants!


7.  Hair grips with days of the week on.  I picked these up on a website recently whilst trying  to do some Christmas shopping and i adore them.  Yes they're twee, and silly and i'll most likely only really use to pin up my pesky fringe on an eveningor  when having a wintery bubble bath BUT that's okay because they just make me ridiculously happy!!!


8.  Winter sunsets.  Because now we're officially in December, we're officially in Winter.  And, maybe i say this about sunsets or sunrises at every part of the year BUT there's something extra magical about a glorious amber and orange sunset in Winter. I think it's because of the definite lack of light and daylight in general come this time of year:  It's exactly why we festoon our little 'somewheres' with all of the jewel-like colours; all of the strings of fairylights and rosey-red and pine-green ornaments and decorations galore: It's to bring us light.  So YES, a Winter sunset, it's forever unexpected but boy oh boy is it something i'm grateful for lately.  If only i had the time to stand, head tipped back as far as i could, to just stand; gazing at it:  Watching the birds swoop and swish against it's unicorn-swirl of a backdrop.  They really are something to be treasured this time of year.  


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And i'm DONE:  With a flourish of gratitude and heart full of feeling just better for sitting and taking a moment in the hectic-ness of 'Now.'  Go and fill your own heart with even more happy and skip right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's  blogs and catch their very own list of good and great!

Better still share your own - let us all know and we can share it too!  Or just tell us what's been lovely about your very own 'Lately' down below in the comments or on any social media channel:  I'm @sallytangle as per usual. 


See you in seven?!?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #196

{Icy starts making lately, lovely!}
Hello!  How do you doodle-do?!  You join me in a little bit of a sleepy state and after another seven day in a row stint at work which comprised of all of Black Friday weekend.  As we speak you read this though, i hope i'll still be wrapped up under the duvet, sleeping soundly and dreaming of the delicious breakfast of crispily toasted crumpets, crunchy peanut butter and sliced banana with a mug of tea as big as my whole head!  For today is my day off you see!



 What.  A.  Week.  If i've said it once, i've said it a squillion times - I really am getting too old for this seven day in a row malarky.  By the end of the weekend i could hardly co-ordinate my mouth and limbs together and bumped my head and 'self' on so many things during Sundays shift that i think i've lost count!  Not that spacial awareness is one of my strong points as it is {there's forever a bruise somewhere that i can't remember!} so factor a little sleepiness into the equation and you can only imagine!  



SO today's job {Wednesday, Wonderful Wednesday!!} is for being wrapped up warm-so-warm and indulging in a little lazy!  But now is for counting, and remembering and maybe even for feeling like i have to dig a little bit deeper this week.  Regardless of any of that, the good and great {or little and 'lessy'} is what we are here to count are we not...?!?!



1.  Dungarees.  But not just any dungarees.  A pair i bought actually at the back end of summer in the sale and tried them on, wasn't one hundred percent sure i was cool enough to wear and promptly forgot about them *covers eyes.* I must stress to you that doesn't usually happen. But all is well!  Turns out i am cool enough, or a few weeks down the line have led me to believe that i am and now i feel all kinds of comfy and sassy pants and fabulous.  {AND have worn them pretty much the live long week!}.  Who knew 'comfy' and 'sassy pants' would even come together in such wonderful dungaree-y shaped goodness!?!  These are cropped flare-y ones in a dark slate-y black wash that fasten with a zip all of the way up.  They're my most favourite thing to wear lately:  with a pair of boots and a stripey little roll neck and a beret for extra snazziness.  



2.  Toasted teacakes.  If you're a regular around these parts you'll know that toasted 'things' make a regular appearance around these parts quite often and you'll also know quite how much i fully endorse the right to 'breakfast' at any given opportunity.  Lately i've really been craving marmalade and slathering across buttered and hot toasted teacakes on days that have been hectic and busy have totally  been my marmalade jam lately.



3.  Doing my make up in daylight.  Silly but true.  Lately my mornings are forever so dark and my days feel so short.  Getting ready in the morning in false light {?} isn't nice.  I get up exactly the same time all year around but find this time of year so much harder!  A little bit of later start {even if it was due to an even later finish} and pottering around getting ready in actual daylight perked me up no end!



4.  Blusher. If there's one thing that's made me at least look like i'm still living and breathing this week then it's a little smudge of rosey pink blusher across my cheeks. I'm not ashamed to say that when real exhaustiveness kicks in, most of my make up takes a back seat and i tend to favour a few dots of concealer, mascara {blonde eyelashes are not the one!} and as much blusher as i can get away with without looking too...flushed!!!!  Praise be to rosey cheeks!



5.  Picking a new calendar.  Call me silly, but i find it quite cathartic picking up a new calendar.  I'm fussy and i like to pick the right one and i get a little bit excited to write on all my important dates for the year ahead.  And just like the feel of a new diary, i guess to me a new calendar is just as important!  I know what you're thinking.....it really IS all rock and roll around these parts!!!



6.  Eucalyptus.  For me, it's the Christmas-sy flower.  Even if it's not a flower.  Since i still think it's a little bit soon for Christmas decorations; my little tradition is to start to pepper our little home with a few strings of clear fairylights and to pick up some sprigs of green eucalyptus to sneak behind the mirror in the bedroom; to display in a clear glass bottle in the hall and even to bob into shelf in the bathroom {the smell when the steam from the shower catches onto its little leaves is so lovely} to just start to build up gently to Christmas.  The leaves also look even prettier when they soften in colour and dry out and can last for months.  



7.  My BIRTHDAY!!! Hurrah!  Well not so much hurrah since as i feel a million miles away from the thirty-three that i'll be; but mostly HURRAH because i'm off Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and i just cannot wait to spend some time with that Mr where we don't both just work, eat and sleep.  Oh that and a very big Anthropologie-looking-shaped parcel arrived this morning and i'm BEYOND excited to know what's inside!!!!



 8.  Clean hair.  Oh so silly but oh so lovely.  Long gone are the days where i'd wash and dry my hair each and every morning.  Now i'm lucky if i fit it in twice a week. Please don't judge.  Nowadays sleep and breakfast come high above most other things!  In truth though, the thought of washing my hair is not the one.  The feeling right after though?!?  When it's all soft and shiny and swishy and smells like clean coconuts?!?  Well it's always worth it, isn't it?!!?



9.  Stars.  Lately nights have been so cold and crisp and icy clear.  I've loved nothing more than being able to see the stars above walking home.  They forever seem so huge and vast and so very faraway.  Which is because they are!  They still fascinate me now just as much as they did when i was little and used to stand look up at them.  



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And by jingo if you don't mind me telling you i'm so very glad we're done.  My eyes ache and i can smell honey roasted parsnips and well; i love you all ALOT but gosh do i also love honey roasted parsnips to the moon and back!  Don't forget to bob right on over to that gorgeous gang of gals: Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's  blogs and check out their very own #wonderfulwednesday lists of good and great things to be downright celebrated!  Betterter still, join in yourself and let us know!  Tag us across all social media by using the #wonderfulwednesday aaand remember always, i'm @sallytangle.  



Same time next week...?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #195

{Frosty wanders to work are a little bit of bliss}
Do you know i'm still not used to the shorter days and longer nights and how many weeks has it been...?!  This week has so far been about catching moments of light and bright in whatever capacity i can {is it too soon for fairylights?}, eating crispy kale and sprouts at every given opportunity and of taking hot and steamy eucalyptus-infused showers.  It's also been one of those seven day stints at work and this week i'm left feeling a little bit worse for wear and like i should take care of myself a little bit more this week.  I'm off today {It's Tuesday evening as i write this for tomorrow} and Wednesday this week and i'm working the late night shift on Thursday.  Today has been for hurrying and scurrying and tidying up the whirlwind of the last seven days and tomorrow is for being lazy and also for taking a bit more care of myself.  


Even though it has been a whirlwind start to the week; i'm happy to report i've still had time to count the best bits...


1.  Time.  It's precious that stuff i tell you and it's something i am forever short of; constantly chasing and generally complaining that i lose it on a regular basis! It's an overwhelming battle that i imagine i'm not the only one who faces and one of my big, big 'things' for 2018 - hells bells i've already gone there - {i say 'things' as a lose term because i don't like to call them resolutions} is to try my hardest to rekindle that 'me' and 'time' balance.  I'm convinced it's part of the reason i get myself in such a 'tizz' and a 'flap' on a regular.  Where was i?!  YES! Time lately is getting less and less and so i'm trying my hardest to really treasure those odd moments of delicious silence.  Gone are my walk to walk 'stompy full of bass and gutsiness' playlists and walk home 'thought-provoking' podcasts.  Not forever and not for always i'm sure.  But lately has felt so busy and overwhelming that i'm dedicating any quiet time to nothing but utter silenceI try and think about nothing at all except putting one foot {or pedal!} infront of the other and breathing in.....and oooooout.  And it's been really helping.


2.  Time spent all alone.  I'm just one of those people who needs a little time away from it all - even from those i love - from time to time.  I used to feel guilty about it, that i should be spending every second of when i was at home with the Mr with him:  talking, being and spending my time.  But as much as i love sharing my forever with him, i also love my own space.  Even if that's my walk to and from work and my hour in the evening having a bath or a shower with some candles, my favourite music and just me.  It's a time i treasure and have really started to appreciate lately.  


3.  Walks in the rain. Something i highly advocate.  So long as you've nowhere to be and no-one you don't mind seeing you soggy and disheveled!!  'Lately's' weather has been so un-predictable and changeable beyond belief!   So walks in the rain have often been not so much of choice but simply also a 'getter' from A to B.  There's something about being bundled up under a floral umbrella though:  jeans tucked into boots and chin nestled into a colourful blanket scarf and wandering and noticing how different everything looks and smells in the rain.  And the smell?  Well that's the very best bit:  All smoky, damp and heavy with wet green grass and sodden leaves.  It's not quite as delicious as filling your little lungs with a frosty morning BUT you've got to take your pleasures where you can find them haven't you?!


4.  Candles in the morning.  Come this time of year you've got to get your light and your 'sunshine'  fix when and wherever you can.  My grey mornings have been cured not only by tea, sheepskin slippers and a bowl of porridge as big as my head but also by lighting a couple of candles as i get ready too.  I can't bring myself to put on a big light, much preferring a softer lamp light and a couple of candles instead.  I feel like starting my day much more softly and gently is also working wonders in curbing that pre-present panic that's churning away in my little tummy!


5.  Turmeric and split pea hummus.  It's just my favourite lately.  Spread generously on toasted rye bread with as many toasted seeds as i can balance on top  or even spread into the ridge right along a celery stick and with crumbled walnuts and feta on top of that:  I actually think it would go on anything and everything.  Not as harsh and garlicky as some hummus:  All warming, mellow and beautifully yellow.  It's another kind of 'sunshine' i've been welcoming into every corner of lately. 


6.  Wreath planning.  If it's ONE THING i am going to achieve this year it's making some kind of wreath for our front door this Christmas.  It was our first Christmas in our new place last year and i swore that there was no way we could have a red front door without a wreath and yet somehow time got the very better of me and then i couldn't find any anywhere that i liked and i admitted defeat and hung white paper chains and clear fairylights everywhere instead.  This year will be the year of the wreath and the fairylights I'm sure of it!


7.  Layers.  I've never been one for the skimpy and the strappy and so this time of year:  damp, icy or otherwise, is absolutely my jam.  Lately has been all about tucking things in, layering things up and feeling as cosy as can be! Is there anything better?!?  I've also made a sneaky new coat purchase in form of a rusty rose pink teddy bear woollen coat and i am GIDDY AS A KIPPER for it to arrive!!!  


8.   Lemon in warm water.  I'm not going to lie, it'll come as no real surprise to you that my natural instinct is to reach for a mug of hot Lady Grey tea first thing in the morning.  But i got into lemon water in the summer first thing in the morning when i'd have it piled high in a tumbler of ice and torn up mint leaves and it left me feeling all zingy and refreshed.  Lately i've been getting back into it, cold-weather style!  I add the juice of half a lemon to warm water, along with finely grated ginger and a swirl of raw runny honey and it's DELICIOUS.  It also seems to be helping keep those pesky cold and flu bugs at bay too.....


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And with a whizz and a whoosh that's another list of stopping, counting and being grateful for the littlest moments of lovely.  Make sure you hop, skip and jump right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs because if there's one thing that 'Lately' needs more than anything, it's all the list of happy that it can manage.  Somebody once said there's no such thing as too much of a good thing and do you know what?  They were definitely onto something there......


Sending so much love!   

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