Wednesday, 18 September 2013
52 Weeks Of Happy - 39/52
Some simple happy things from my week. Joining in with Jen
Watching & Waiting
Since the boys have gone back to school, my routine has become a little more leisurely. Olly asks daily "What are we doing today, Mummy?" and a plan is made. We make time every day to do something fun. It usually involves a walk of some sort. He is at nursery on Wednesdays, and my walk takes longer. I have found I stop lots. I look and see. I wait for things to unfold. It may be that I watch an insect. Or the kite surfers throwing themselves up in the air. This morning I watched the rain come in. It gives me great happiness to slow right down and take it all in.
My boys are not impressed with frou frou. They spurn the fancy cupcake. They baulk at swirls of cream and frothy meringue. Simple plain bakes. That's what floats their boat. Plain flapjacks. Lemon (with a hint of drizzle) cake. Oatmeal (without the raisin or cinnamon) cookies. Olly and I made lots of these yesterday. They went down very well. The biscuits are very good tea dunkers too.
We are awash with Blackberries here. This is my first attempt at Bramble Jelly. I had to strain the berries through a pair of 40 denier tights! It did the trick though. I followed this recipe. I have a bit of a geek crush for Hugh. Easy peasy to do, but untold pleasure at the result. These mark the start of my homemade Christmas presents. I'm thinking little foodie hampers and a framed photograph of my own taking. What do you think?
Living here is very nearly perfect. If I was to ask for anything else, it would be an Ikea. My friend Nina graciously let me take this catalogue home with me. "I'm all Ikea'd out at the moment," she said. How can that be, I thought. She's Norwegian too. If there was one near me, I'd practically live there. It would be my go to happy place. Although I do have a dim memory of Brent Cross Ikea, a thumping hangover, hordes of people, tripping over a Lack occasional table and getting to the warehouse to discover that what I wanted wasn't in stock. Again.....
That's the happy.
I'm off to tidy up a friends garden. Ironic really, as my own one is a disgrace.