Making Me Happy Today....








Making me happy today....

....a really good morning latte shared with a good friend....

....late afternoon sunshine streaming through my kitchen window after a blustery rainy day....

....planning an August getaway to France....

....spring-cleaning (always my feel-better stand-by!)....

....daffodils on my windowsill....

...buying the perfect gift for a friend....

....my train journey today where I read for almost 2 hours straight....

....making "tourist" plans to explore London for the upcoming Easter holidays....

....carrot cake with cream cheese frosting....

.....my new watercolour of "Clover Fields" bought at the Country Living Spring Fair last week....

....finally finishing the season 7 boxset of "Grey's Anatomy"....I LOVE that show!!

....re-reading the gorgeous Monday post that my lovely friend LouBoo wrote...and all the lovely comments too, thank you so much....




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GUEST POST: Simone, my friend...

Photograph by Polly Wreford

Hello, hello. Happy Spring day! I am Lou from the blog Lou, Boos and Shoes. I have decided, resolutely, that it is Spring, even though the sun is threatening to retreat already and in the Southern hemisphere I am reliably informed that winter woolies will be making an appearance any time soon.

We know that our friend Simone has a few things to juggle in life at the moment, so she asked me to do a guest post so you don't get lonesome...

Simone and I always joke that we have parallel lives. We both have a girl and a boy of roughly the same age. Both enchanted with our bold, beautiful girls and our headstrong, curly-haired boys.  We are both married to men who cook. I have been struck as our friendship has developed over the past year or so, that there are many, quite frankly spooky similarities between us. However one stark difference; Simone lives in London and I live the country; we are, to all intents and purposes the town and country mouse of the fabled tale.

...from me to you Simone; photograph by Polly Wreford...
We both love pretty pictures, we both have more than a soft spot for earl grey tea. We both worry about things we probably shouldn't expend time worrying about. Love of shoes? Let's not even go there! Simone is my 'even keel' of the blogging world; we share emails where our little hearts are spilled (actually mainly mine; she is an awesome listener) and we each dispense advice accordingly. A wonder really - as we have never met.

...nice cuppa tea? Photograph by Polly Wreford
For Simone's town life of fabulous London parks, shops and museums, I have the opposite of the beach and a quaint market town. I long for her take-the-kids-with-me-to-central-London joie de vivre and she (I think) longs for the simple pleasure of walking by the shore line; toes in the sand. Of course the British weather hardly allows for such toe-dipping at the moment - but we have plans for the summer time!

...beautiful Welsh blankets...photograph by Polly Wreford...
Simone is one of the most grounded people I have come across; she has a wonderful no nonsense approach to life. I feel quite lucky to have found her. When I have a troubled time, her contact steadies me, much like when you hold someone's hand as they cross an icy patch. I know lots of you feel the same way; Simone is the fairy blogmother to many of us.  

So, wishing you all a happy day - whatever the weather!

Photograph by Polly Wreford

Lots of love...Lou xxx

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....I want a meadow....

This has been a week of seeking comfort, staying calm and remembering to breathe for me....
thank goodness for beautifully sunny days all week so far....

Thank you for all the lovely comments - and emails - earlier this week.....
I wish you all a happy week-end....


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Hello....


Here I am....
it's been quite a week...
and so long since I last blogged that I almost feel as though I have forgotten what to do....it's only about 10 days but I blog every day pretty much, I miss it!

Last time I blogged I was leaving for a long week-end in Rome with my daughter as part of her 10th birthday celebrations....


We went to Rome but had literally only been there a few hours when I had a call to say that my father was seriously ill in hospital....

As you know our week-end away was much anticipated so I had a real dilemma as to whether to fly home or to carry on and not tell my daughter anything. I chose to stay - which was the right decision - and we had a wonderful time, more of which on another day.


I talk a little about my family here on my blog, I have mentioned that my parents divorced when I was just 8 and that I have "challenging" relationships with both of them, for different reasons, they aren't always the easiest of people.
This week has thrown up all kinds of issues, with our immediate family and others slightly less close - as these things often do. It's been exhausting quite honestly!

I have seen my father several times this week, I saw him today...and he is stable - I think. My brothers and I have talked to doctors, tried not to think about the worst that could happen - but, on the other hand, can't ignore it....and we know, pending more tests to come this week, that we have a long and difficult road ahead of us.
We have found ourselves thrown into totally unfamiliar roles.
It feels very odd, almost surreal.


The other major event this week - at totally the other end of the emotional scale - was that my precious, beautiful and wonderful daughter was 10 years old yesterday.
Double digits. A whole decade!!

She loved Rome.
She took trays of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to school on Friday for her classmates - best birthday treat ever apparently!
She had a cake-decorating and drama party for 10 friends yesterday.
She got a much longed for hamster.
We had a fantastic day.


And today - unaware of exactly what is wrong with him and in a ward full of very poorly people - she sat doing crosswords with her grandfather, making him laugh and telling him that she loved him.
Making his day just like she makes my day every day....


And so, as I write,  I am in my pjs, eating chocolate caterpillar birthday cake, drinking tea, listening to music....and being entertained by Syrup the hamster who apparently thinks she is in the Hamster Wheel Olympics....wow, these little things can move!!

Thank you to everyone who has emailed me wondering where I am.
Rachel....I owe you an email and a huge apology for not catching up with you last week-end in Rome - my iPhone got left in the taxi on the way to the airport last week so I had no phone while I was there!! Thankfully the lovely taxi driver had delivered it to my house when I got home....phew!!!


I have a lot of catching up to do this week - blog writing & reading and emails etc....it will be a very welcome distraction from everything else going on to be honest and I shall try to ease myself back into it very gently as soon as possible. I've missed it....and all of you too :)


Phew!!


Phew....I am missing blogging so much - reading and writing it....

Having two trips virtually back to back is certainly a lovely problem to have....but it has meant I have been so busy with a million things getting organised....off to Rome on Friday, will be glad to board that plane!!
Add to that a bout of insomnia - something which I have never experienced before....I am exhausted!!

Thank goodness for sunshine this week, it's been gorgeous here in London!!

Matches


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Spring Sunshine.....



Beautiful blue skies in London.....bright yellow daffodils on my windowsill and in my garden.....
it's now officially Spring!!

From now on I am thinking good weather, sunshine and I'm looking forward to warmer days....I hope it's not tempting fate to pack away at least some of my winter scarves etc, there's no looking back now :)


It's amazing how good a sunny Monday morning can make you feel....
I'm definitely a "new start" kind of a girl.....
sunny Mondays..January 1..a new notebook with empty pages....
all make me feel so hopeful and energised to make new plans.
By the end of today, you can bet l will have browsed the flight schedules of one of the major airlines, I just can't help myself!!


So, windows at home all wide open, large cup of Earl Grey in hand, I'm off to start my week....

Happy Monday!!


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