Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #202

{Red sky at night, JANUARY delight...}
Well hello there!  And happy halfway through the week!  Congratulations dear friend, you made it here un-scathed {i hope!}.  You join me on my first day off in EIGHT WHOLE DAYS and let me tell you i feel little bit like a shadow of my former self!  But fear not!  Life is good and plans for today's said day off are to re-charge and rest up a little!  This list is much needed and despite feeling a lot sleepy, i'm also feeling ready and raring to with bags of inspiration!  
Shall we dive straight in?!  

1.  Inspiration.  Heaven's when i've got some, i feel like i could run the whole world!!  That nothing is un-achievable and that anything is possible.  I wish i could squirrel away pots of the stuff for when times feel a little less inspiring.  But heck!  Inspiration that comes and knocks you sideways in mid-January {AKA the longest and dreariest month of the whole year} well i'll certainly take that and cycle run with it for as long as my little legs will carry me!  Inspiration for what i hear you ask?!  WELL this blog:  it's layout and the much needed 'refresh but haven't got a clue what i want' which is sort of turning into some loose ideas.  Also for content - i'm so limited on time due to working in a job that makes me feel forever zapped and like i'm just keeping my very sleepy head above water SO i'm trying to get more savvy with what is achievable and stop comparing myself to those who post SO much great stuff.  And generally just everything around me - that 'New Season' feeling outside - yes it's freezing cold and minus 'who knows what' BUT there are buds, and shoots and the odd break in the grey cloud AND MY DAFFODILS HAVE FLOWERED.  Most likely coming to an Insta-Story near you soon.  You know when i'm actually at home in real life daylight....  That's right i'm turning January around from NOW!

2.  Spices.  Not the hot hot kind - just the gentle, warming, comforting kind.  They've been all i've been craving lately and i can't get enough.  I've been adding them into everything i can:  Roasted cauliflower tossed in coconut oil, ground turmeric {sunshine on your plate!}, cinnamon, curry powder and ground coriander; chunks of sweet potato and butternut squash steamed and mashed with ghee, sea salt and a liiiittle pinch of nutmeg;  Cinnamon spiced porridge drizzled with maple syrup and topped with toasted walnuts and apple chunks and sour green apple wedges half dipped in almond butter and dusted with cinnamon.  I think it's my body's way of craving warmth throughout these colder months.  I'm not quite ready to surrender to cold salads as yet - warm spicy things are just ticking all of my boxes!

3.  The patter of snow.  It's been forecast all week and i've been sad that it hasn't really come to much or settled at all where we are.  That said, the intermittent sleet and rain has been lovely to lie and listen to, all curled up in bed on Monday evening with a hot water bottle resting on my tummy and a little lavender and nutmeg sleep spray on my pillow.  

4.  Chocolate porridge.  This recipe never gets old you know.  I must have made it about a zillion times and i'm really not exaggerating.  I've always loved chocolate.  And i often find i crave something rich and sweet first thing and this, is the perfect 'Fixer' for this without being full of rubbish or have me crashing come 11am and wanting biscuits!  I use normal porridge oats which i mix with one mashed {the riper the better} banana and warm through gently in a pan with hazelnut milk {any milk would be fine but hazelnut and chocolate?  WELL there isn't a better match quite honestly}.  Once it starts to 'blip-blip' i stir in a tablespoon of raw cacao powder until it's dissolved.  I turn off the heat and stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil {which is totally optional}.  I usually top it with cacao nibs and walnut pieces or if i'm feeling extra indulgent; a jolly great zig-zag of peanut butter.  It really IS like absolute heaven.  This week it's been my 'almost every morning' breakfast and it's been YUM.

5.  Oldies but goodies.  We're talking jumpers.  Weirdly i don't own that many.  I say 'weirdly' since i'm the coldest person you'll ever meet and i'm rarely warm enough! Truth is, i'm fussy.  Last weekend i was rummaging at the very back of the top shelf of our wardrobe when i felt something brush my hand.  I couldn't reach {which is not anything new - FYI i can never reach most things in life!!} and had to get a little stool.  It was one of my all-time favourite jumpers that i actually looked for a few weeks back and had that little 'oh, i must have sent it to charity' sink in my tummy.  But alas!  There it was in all of it's bright and light pink striped woolly gloriousness and my heart {and body!} was so happy.  Infact i'm wearing it as we speak i type because Spring is for stripes and my heart is definitely ready for Spring even if the weather and the world isn't....

 6.   Sale buys.  I know *hangs head in shame*.  I always feel guilty buying in the sales after Christmas because i have always received such wonderful and thoughtful Christmas presents.  In my defense though, this is the only thing i've actually picked up and it's beyond spectacular and was reduced from £159 to £40!!!  Not in my defense though, it is ludicrously a lot impractical and definitely isn't something i'll wear every single day.  That said, putting it on and twirling and swirling around and even just staring at it hanging up makes me ridiculously happy.  And if you can't be a bit silly and buy something that cheers you up in long, grey January then who even are you?!?!?  It's THE most beautiful fringed, knitted cardigan-come-jacket from Anthropologie AND it's all oranges, pinks, mustards and reds and it's HEAVEN.  

7.   Tea.  I know if you had a pound for every time i've wittered on about that stuff on here then yes, okay yes, you would be a gazillionaire!  But this week, after working the last eight days in a row it really has been saving my bacon/sanity.  I even made two cups after my lunch at work on Monday. What's worse {or better...?} is that i made the second halfway through drinking my first because it really felt like it was fixing everything.  And do you know what?  The second cup was just as delicious as the first.  If, like me you're a professional seasoned tea drinker you'll know this is the equivalent of winning the lottery!

8.    Feeling happier in my own skin. This point has the potential to go on. And on.  And on and on and on and on and on and ON.  But in short, about a year ago i stopped using anything on my face, body and self that i didn't know what was in it.  This was really hard with make up.  You just get so used to covering your face up - piling on the products filled with who knows what.  I've always used natural skincare - well at least for past ten years or so but i only really started consciously putting thought into make-up over the past year or so {don't get me started on household cleaners - that's a essay story for another day!} and it's hard.  You don't realise a) how much you rely upon covering up and masking your face and b) finding products that work and don't cost the earth so that your new 'regime' is maintainable.  Well i think i'm getting there.  Better still i find that because my skin is better, i ironically am wearing less and less make-up than i ever would have.  I've never had perfect skin {who does?!} and i've forever envied those who cleansed, moisturised and dabbed a bit of concealer 'just where they needed it.'  But now that's me.   To some, this is silly.  To me it's a big deal.  Maybe i should share a bit more about natural stuff....?  Shout if it's something you'd like to read about.  

9.  Leftovers.  Gosh.  This weeks post is all very.....foody isn't it?!  I'm blaming the weather {because if in doubt always blame the weather!} and the short and dark days and my inclination to fuel up and hunker down somewhere warm.....  I digress.  This week has also been about pickles and chutneys and adding little teaspoons of sweet and sour to all kinds of dishes.  Big great thank you's going out to everyone that didn't laugh when I put 'interesting pickles, chutneys and jams' on my Christmas list way back when.  Chestnut chutney with crumbled feta, wilted spinach and cous-cous anyone.....?!  NOW who's having the last laugh...

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And i'm zip, zip zippin' off again for another week already!  Don't forget you can fill your heart with ALL of the #wonderfulwednesday great and good by hop-scotching right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs  and reading what they're using for rocket-fuel for the rest of their weeks and what's been making their hearts happy.  Spread the word too! Also join in and chit-chat all things #wonderfulwednesday across social media remembering to use the tag so we can see!  I'm @sallytangle as always!

Have a lovely rest of week!  

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #201

{Crisping & crunching into the midweek...}
Who can believe that pretty soon we'll be almost halfway through January?!  More than that who also can't wait for first snowdrops, then daffodils then crocuses and hyacinths?!?!?  Have i even got the order right?!  Who cares just give me all of the flowers and all of the colour right about now please!  I bought my first bunch of daffodils this week.  They're still pretty pricey in the shops as it's a bit too soon for them yet {?} but this sorry little bunch were sad and wilted and reduced to 25p!!!! And you know me, i can never resist reduced rescuing bunches of blooms.... I'm currently watching their every move and after two days in water their little green buds are just starting to open.  I'm excited to bring some colour indoors now that we're Christmas tree-less!  I have still kept the fairylights strewn across our kitchen sill though and around our headboard in a bid to banish the short grey days and lack of light.  How are you cheering up your January?!


Enough wittering and more listing, #wonderfulwednesday style!


1.  Fresh air.  Never ever underestimate the true power of a few lungfuls of it - it really does do wonders for everything:  It clears my head, calms any nerves or anxieties, boosts my mood and better still if i'm my usual power-walking self or happen to be on those two wheels of mine; it also gets my heart going and those endorphins whizzing every which way.  However it comes:  as a walk to work, a tired wander home or an energetic few laps of the park on my day off - it's the fixer of most things!  Hurrah!


2.  Concocting.  Isn't it great when you throw a couple of things in a pan and something fantastic and better still, exactly what you wanted, comes out and you feel like you could eat and eat and eat it.  Tuesday afternoon's 'day off' lunch was exactly that.  Three eggs whisked up.  A great big handful of baby spinach wilted down in some coconut oil until almost ready and then the whisked eggs folded through gently until they were cooked.  I piled the whole lot into a bowl and topped it with toasted black sesame seeds, chopped coriander and lots and lots of salt and black pepper and it was HEAVEN.  


3.   Sleep.  I just can't do it.  Late nights are not and never will be my jam.  I'm ever so productive in the morning and it's all just down hill from 6pm if we're being really honest!  I've been off work since Sunday.  That's right, a blissful three whole days off in a row and the most i've had off since my birthday at the start of December.  The best bit?  Sleep.  Sleep, sleep and sleep.  I love it so much i'm actually thinking it should probably go on my CV....  




4.   Time.  Another thing that really does just pass me by so fast the older i get.  Remember the days when school holidays literally felt like forever?!?  Those really WERE the days.  Now it just goes.  These couple of days have had me slowing down and not feeling one little ounce of guilt.  Even if it is in a desperate bid that life itself might follow suit....Has anyone found the pause button yet?!


5.  Routine. Okay so a few days off work haven't helped the 'get back to normal' routine post Christmas and upside down shifts and hours and days and weeks feeling like they were all part of one great big.....THING.  BUT there has been comfort found in cooking our usual weekly staples, having normal bed times {i.e not becoming distracted by another great Christmas film or version of something great at silly o' clock!} and even strangely, in plainer, greener, lighter and lovelier food.  I write that as i've just drank two cups of tea in a row and ate far too many mini malteaser bunnies which i found squirrelled away at the back of the cupboard...But what is life if it doesn't have some balance in it!?


6.  Power walking with Beyonce.  Oh okay so not literally {because if i was that would definitely at the very top of this list!}  BUT having that gal up the loudest it would go in my little ears even for just twenty minutes on a grim, minus 'who knows what' dark evening and not only that but singing at the top of my lungs all of the way; cheered me up no end and sort of made me feel like i too could....run the world.  Yes, yes i did just write that and no i don't care who blooming knows it.  We all find our January blues/ 'Picker Uppers' in the oddest of places....


7.  Lush Cosmetics 'Celestial' moisturiser.  Okay so i'd be lying if i said i already wanted it to work for my skin even long before i knew what the heck was in it purely because of the name.  Sometimes i'm very easily influenced!  But i was on the look out for a new facial moisturiser a week or so ago and popped into our local store to ask some advice.  At the moment my skin isn't very dry, but in cold weather i definitely feel the need to ramp up the moisture but want to not feel like i'm wearing something that's heavy on my skin through the day.  I like something that will balance, be kind to any sensitivities {'cos i'm forever a little bit rosey or red without makeup} but also sit nice alongside my makeup.  This stuff is the DREAM!  It's gentle, light but heavy {i know, sorry, this is why i'll mostly never be any kind of beauty writer!} and i can dot it on lightly for through the day and add a little more in the evening and wake up feeling like my skin has been really nourished throughout the night.  INFACT because i'm pretty much convinced it's also helped with my red and rosey bits; during the day i've been lightly applying this and Just.  Wearing.  Concealer.  And of course my usual blush and mascara.  This for me is big news, really big news.  I've NEVER been a 'i just dot concealer where i need it' sort of a person.  Celestial, i salute you.


8.   Support.  However it comes and whatever it's for {this might win the award for the most cryptic #wonderfulwednesday point ever} those who appear and are miraculously just there when you need them most - hell especially when you don't even know you need them - they just know you need them {are you even following?!} are worth their weight in GOLD.  Whether it's a hug, a very well-timed message or just saying exactly what you needed to hear exactly when you needed to hear it.  Well they my friends, are your Keepers.  Hold onto them tight and don't let them go!


9.   Pushing yourself.  I'm a stickler for a routine, we all know that by now.  We all know how i like my tea, my porridge and that i like to know what's-what with life.  I rarely push myself in life - in fitness?  All of the time.  In cooking?  All of the time.  Hell in what i wear, all of the time BUT in life?  Not so much.  Why? Fear.  Fear of failure, of the unknown and maybe even lack of self belief in my own ability.  This week i pushed myself.  Not very far but far enough and it made me feel like i could do ANYTHING.  Again, apologies as this is also the second most vague point i've ever wasted words wittered on about on here.  But soon i hope i'll be able to explain.  Either way if you learn one thing from it:  Sometimes, it's good or great to step outside of what you're used to.  It makes you appreciate your greatness.  and whatever your 'Great' is, you've all got it!


10.  Rude Health 'Rye Oaties.'  Because 'things' have all got a little bit deep and verging on a Beyonce-style self-help book and not a #wonderfulwednesday SO #balance.  AND these little morsels are the bees knees and elbows.  Little round biscuits {are they biscuits or are they crackers...?} of savoury rye and oat delicious-ness!  I'm not going to lie, i've mostly eaten them straight out of the box when i've been hungry but not craving fruit or something sweet - which is rare for me in itself!  BUT i imagine them being delicious dunked into Dahl, swished around in soup or simply spread with hummus.  They're a more savoury digestive biscuit with a bit of cracker-power thrown in and i do LOVE them so!



 
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And we're only flipping done!!!  What a list!  This week i could have kept going, and going and going was it not for the fact that i'm starving and having roasted tomatoes and avocado on toast for supper and i'm EXCITED.  As we all know by now it doesn't take much to get me excited.  Hell i might even go ALL OUT and crumble some feta on top too.....


Don't you dare forget to hop right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs and devour their very own #wonderfulwednesday -shaped loveliness!  These gals are just the very BEST and their constant love, care and support of this little corner and this little post no less, is pretty special.  Go show them some love too!


Until next week, it's goodbye from Me!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #200

{I couldn't have put it better myself...}
Welcome, welcome pull up a chair!  Hello and a Happy New Year and the warmest of welcomes as you join me in 2018's very first #wonderfulwednesday post on what might go down in history as the worlds most 'un-Wednesday feelin Wednesday' ever.  Apologies i didn't drop by this little corner last week.  I hope you didn't mind too much.  I was knee-deep in work and funny hours and WELL, i just wanted to re-charge a little.  I do hope you're well?  And that you had a lovely Christmas filled with all of your favourite things but more than that, that you too, took time to rest and to switch off also...?

I can't tell you how much it pleases me that 2018's first #wonderfulwednesday is post number two hundred.  And woah, where did the other one hundred and ninety-nine other posts go?!?  How have i even found the words!?!?  And yet here we all are...and here they all come for another list of great and good!

1.  A new page.  I know, i know it's all you've been hearing, seeing - breathing even!  Whilst    i wittered away on Instagram the other day about not really being one for New Year's resolutions {not for any other reason other than that i could do without the extra pressure if i'm honest} i do like the fresh-start feeling a New Year can bring:  That 'all slates are wiped clean/new books started/new chapters on the brink of being written' and all-in-all twinge in my tummy that anything is possible and that this year can shape out to be lots of things that i might not even know about yet.  And whilst i do prefer to know what's what, there's also a little bit of excitement brewing too....can you feel it too?!?


2.  Family.  It's rare to get all of my family in one place for more than thirty seconds, let alone a day or two but one thing i do love about Christmas {mince pies, roasted parsnips and sprouts aside} is the fact that for Christmas - we all make an effort. Not just me:  Everyone everywhere. You're forever hearing tales of people driving hundreds of miles just to spend that one day with those most special to them and that's the warmest feeling.  I mean, i love presents - giving more, but receiving also - but Christmas really is about being with those most special to you.  Life is so precious and we should be so grateful for that time.  


3.    Lazy film afternoons.  I'm not really a T.V kind of a gal.  I've spoken on here at great length about how my attention span last little over half an hour unless i'm really hooked.  Of course there are the odd exception to the rules here and there but at Christmas i feel like T.V is so good!  All of the good stuff:  Some Ninenties nostalgia in a little bit of Home Alone, some festive GBBO, a little Harry Potter thrown in plus Christmas and New Year specials from all of my favourite T.V chefs.  It's the ultimate in cosy, nostalgia and Christmass-eyness all curled up in your pyjamas dunking Christmas tree-shaped shortbread in spicy chai tea.  Mmmm!


4.   Parsnips.  Because they *could* go down in history as my very favourite vegetables and that's a grand claim and a half!  This year we nailed roasting them to perfection:  all crispy and edges curled on the outside and squidgy-caramel sweet on the inside and tossed in a little maple syrup and a good table spoon of wholegrain mustard at the last moment.  Maybe if i made a New Year's resolution it would be to do more things with these heavenly vegetables *puts thinking cap on quick*.  


5.  New cook-books.  I tried to ask for sensible presents for Christmas.  I mean of course there were the odd indulgent 'less useful but damned pretty' ones that got through the net: More Anthropologie crockery, some beautifully soft black clogs that i want to wear with printed socks and maybe even more candles {but can you ever really have enough of those?!} but i mostly got cook books and man oh man have i been enjoying spending the last few evenings with my pretty pack of Liberty print post-it notes, book-marking and making long lists of things i want to make and cook and create, when life feel's like it gets back to normal and Wednesday's start feeling like themselves again!


6.  Lighter mornings. That's right now we are post-Winter Solstice {the shortest day of the year} i really am going to chit-chat about ever so slightly longer days until the cows come home it feels like i have a whole other day to play after work and i can walk to walk with daylight tickling my little cheeks.  Yes, yes i am that person and what of it?!


7.   Looking forward to Spring.  Because are you even truly and genuinely 100% British if you don't almost want this season to be done and dusted months before the next is scheduled to arrive.  I'm over-looking the fact that it's pretty much certain we wont see Spring up north in Cumbria until the end of April IF we're lucky....  I just want to open all of the windows, clean everything so that it shines and smells of lemon juice and sleep under cotton sheets that have been dried out in the garden.  It's not asking that much....is it?!


8.   Fig chutney.  Because up until not so long ago i'd not even tried any kind of chutney!  Who can even believe it?!?  Don't lose sleep, it's okay i've more than made up for it and have been chomping through jars of the stuff with anything and everything ever since.  Fig might be my all time favourite and whilst i'm not so much of cheese 'person', you can't beat fig chutney slathered on top of a warm cheese scone with a little Parmesan for extra measure.  


9.  Porridge.  Because i swear to goodness it's saved my whole life this Christmas:  For every morning breakfast and as the only rocket fuel which keeps me going until lunchtime and even in smaller portions after late, late shifts and a tired self when nothing else but tea and porridge will do.  I've hardly mixed up what i've been putting in and on it either - believing that it really has had super powers:  Oats soaked in warm water for five minutes and cooked gently in almond milk with mashed banana, cinnamon and a generous scoop of Maca powder.  Then all topped off with a good zig-zag of peanut butter and toasted sunflower seeds and a dusting of chai seeds.  It's the bees knees i can tell you!


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And golly gosh are we DONE!  All typed-out and weary but feeling most excited for this year!  There are changes afoot dear and lovely faces!  I've got plans for this little spot and for me and i'm determined that THIS year shall be mine for the taking!


But for now, enough about me!  Go forth and cast your peepers over  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs and catch their very own #wonderfulwednesday posts and what has been keeping them going on this very odd and un-mid-week feeling Wednesday!  Let me know what your magic has been lately and what has been keeping a smile on your cheeks!  

Same time next week...? When it shall hopefully be feeling far more normal and far less, Topsy-turvey!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #199

{Winter at it's most beautiful}
Heavens!  How did it get to now and where did then go?!?  I'm predictably only half-organised for Christmas and feeling a bit frazzled and exhausted if i'm being honest.  I can't tell you how very much i'm really looking forward to sitting down to my Christmas dinner on Christmas day surrounded by some of my favourite people.  But that right now seems both a long way off {and too many long and busy shifts away!} and only round the corner in equal measure! I'm sort of relishing hiding in this weeks' post for a little while:  Switching off the stressful part of my little brain and just thinking about the littler, lovely and things that i'm grateful for this week.  Are you ready.....??!?!

1.  Breathing.  Silly really but doing it properly has made a huge difference to my Lately.  When things {*cough* Christmas *cough*} feel like they're getting a bit  too much; taking the time to focus on nothing in the world BUT breathing, has been helping put everything back into perspective.  ie:  It really is just one day out of the whole year long and not worth getting oneself into a silly little tizz about.  

2.  Sour apples.  I'm blaming the bowlful's of sweet and sour citrus we've been devouring week on week over the cold months on the fact that this week i've been craving even more 'sour.'  This is a bit unusual for my sweet-toothed self!  I've fixed myself up by picking up the greenest, crispiest and sourest apples i could find and i've been enjoying chopping them into quarters and either slathering them in salty almond butter orrrrr eating alongside a few squares of crumbly cheese.

3.   Coal.  Or was it wood?!?  Who knows to be honest except to say that 'Lately's' wander home from work in freezing fog and skatier than usual pavements also found the air thick and damp with the smell of some kind of fire.  Walking slower {due to said ice and minus temperatures} and breathing in great big gulpfuls of Wintery Night  was actually really rather lovely.  I can't smell a burning fire without being taken right back to being small and staying with my Nanna and Grandad and they're sweet little coal fire.  

4.  Banking sleep.  This week is my busiest of the whole year at work and will see me doing a fair few twelve and possibly thirteen hour shifts so naturally i've been curling up and catching up on those Zzzz's as and when i can.  I notice such a difference in how i look and feel and how productive i am with enough sleep and as i've grown older {!!!} i've really learnt to appreciate the importance of it.  This week has so far been for not feeling guilty getting up a little later when time permits...

5.  Chocolate.  The coconut kind.  I know it's because i'm in a little bit of a 'Tizz' and feeling a lot stressed this week but i've been craving chocolatey 'everythings' all the live long day.  Shout out to Ombar Coconut milk chocolate buttons and for Meridian chocolate peanut butter for keeping me suitably 'Cocoa-ed Up.'

6.   The smell of freshly washed laundry.  I'm finding comfort every which way that i can this week, have you noticed?!?  What can beat it though, the smell of drying laundry as you step through the door after being out in the cold.  It's been the smell i have come home to most days this week since there's been washing hung from every possible hanging space imaginable!!!  It's also worked a treat at making me feel all warm, cosy and relaxed each evening too.   

7.  Nuts, nuts, NUTS!  They've been my go-to snack this week.  Well let's be honest they pretty much always are but this week i've needed even more rocket fuel than usual!  I always carry a little tub of them around with me as they're great for on the go pick-me-ups!  This week it's been all about walnuts and dried apricots!  

8.  Frangipane Mince Pies.  I mean i love a mince pie as much as the next person.  Okay maybe a little more than the next person.  So much so that i almost squealed in delight when i spotted Frangipane Mince Pies in Marks and Spencer!  If there's one thing i might like more than mince pies it's almond flavour anything and Frangipane always.  These crumbly little dreamboats didn't disappoint.  So much so that halfway through the first box i went out and picked up a second.....just incase they sell out!  They're that good. 

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And i'm done and with time to spare to sit awhile and maybe write some Christmas cards by the tiny tree i've christened Rodney:  Rodney Tree!  It's odd to think that this time next week as i'm writing my #wonderfulwednesday post Christmas will be all done and dusted and we'll be gearing up for New Year and all that comes with it!  I for one am ready for a new year, a fresh start-blank page feeling {because there's somethin' cleansing on the heart and soul about opening a new diary afresh, hanging up a new calander, don't you think...?!} and a chance to see where 2018 takes me.  How about you?

But enough of that for now, don't forget to skip right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs and catch their very own #wonderfulwednesday post's.  If there was ever a time to stop, think and be a little more grateful and thankful for what you've got, it's now.  Am i right?!?
Merry Christmas you beautiful bunch!

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