10 things that’ve made me happy this week!



This week has been, in a word, glorious. Aside from Wednesday (when I was in London for a day of press events) I’ve taken a little break from all things Internet, and it’s been so great to step back and recharge. Instead of being glued to a screen, I’ve spent the past few days indulging in my favourite possible activity- pottering! I spent twenty minutes on Monday morning figuring out how to make the hose work so that I could do some gardening (I kid you not, twenty full minutes. It should’ve been underscored by the Benny Hill music…), am just getting started on a wardrobe door-painting project, and also treated myself to a pack of colouring pencils and one of those colouring books for grown ups so have spent hour upon hour indulging my inner 5 year old. It’s been total bliss! I’m definitely not someone who can relax by doing nothing at all (spas are my idea of hell on earth, I went to one once and hated every serene minute of it!) so doing little tasks all week long has been amazing for switching off my head. I hope your week’s been a lovely one too? :) here’s a round up of my week in silly, happy moments…

1. Reading magazines and drinking coffee outside in the garden each morning. Such a peaceful way to start each day.

2. Banana, strawberry, yoghurt and oat smoothies for breakfast.

3. The herb-filled planters Jason and I fixed to the brick wall next to the deck in our garden last weekend! They cosy up the space so nicely, and it’s such a treat having a supply of fresh rosemary, sage, mint, and thyme. And marjoram too, which I bought by accident thinking it was oregano! Side note: Anyone got any great recipes featuring marjoram?

4. Toasting marshmallows over the firepit I convinced Jason we most definitely needed to buy and not hire for the wedding. He’s glad I did convince him though, because you know, man make fire and all that! ;)

5. Chit chatting with strangers in London, about the rain and hats and ticket machines and what not. I’ll never understand why people say Londoners are unfriendly!

6. Whatever Jason does to roasted smashed new potatoes that makes them taste 1000x better than when I make them.

7. Getting my new passport through the post, in my married name! I was 80% excited because it’s starting to all feel so official, and 20% excited just because I’m a worrier and had convinced myself there’d be some major issue with it that’d mean I’d end up missing our honeymoon!

8. Snagging a new pair of gym leggings from Gap in the sale. I’ve become one of those women who gets absurdly excited about new gym clothes. Next thing you know I’ll be buying a juicer and making my own almond milk…

9. Spring cleaning! I’ve been on a mad blitz the past week or so, and our house has never looked better for it. Now all I need to do is find some way of stopping Ted from shedding, and it’ll stay that way!

10. Getting stuck into The Girl on the Train. It feels like ages since Jason and I read a book together! We’re maybe 50 or so pages in, and enjoying it so far. In fact, I’ve found it hard to resist the urge to plough through it solo whilst I’ve been home this week…

Since I’ve not been Internet-ing this week, will you link me to something good you’ve read or written in the comments? I’m so out of the loop!

Tell me too- what’s made you happy this week? :)

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  • http://www.writelikenooneswatching.com/ Charlotte Taylor

    This post always makes me smile. I’ve not read much this week as work has been crazy, but I’ve been loving watching Jane the Virgin. Have you seen it? SO good. xx

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    It really sounds like you’ve had a lovely week :) Taking some time off the internet must’ve been really nice. I don’t know what it is about this post, but everything about it made me so excited for spring and early summer. Always love these posts of yours!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    Reading a book together is something that Alan and I always discuss doing but never actually do.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://www.lucyjlove.blogspot.com Lucy-J

    Ahh The Girl on the Train is SO good. I absolutely devoured it last week, and had separation issues when I had to put it back in my bag after reading it on my lunch hour :’) Hope you both enjoy it! xo
    LJLV | UK Personal Style

  • Rachel Burdett-Smith

    Sounds like a perfect week! Can’t wait to have a week just like that once all exams and assignments are finished for uni.


  • http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/ Rosie McKay

    A lovely collection of happy things again.
    Your morning ritual sounds very serene and blissful :)

  • http://www.adventuringandthings.co.uk Becky

    Ooh how exciting about the passport?! This time next year my bestie will be celebrating her first day as a married woman, I’ve become wedding-obsessed on her behalf!

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

  • http://www.daisyslife.co.uk Daisy

    Ooh, we’ve ordered a fire pit this week, which should be delivered next! Absolutely can’t wait to try the first marshmallows on it. So pleased to hear that you’re enjoying yours!
    Daisy x

  • Anna

    I love how every week you find little things that make you happy <3

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I’ve just started Girl on the Train as well! I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it! x

  • Izzy

    Aw i love these posts, they always make me happy for some reason x


  • http://thousandworldsthousandstories.blogspot.co.uk/ Eleanor Rose

    your week sounds lovely! If only i could convince my SO to read with me, i’d love it! I was happy this week to spend lots of time with my nan :)


  • http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk/ Georgina

    Oh please make sure you let us know how you find Girl on the Train, I borrowed it from work but had to return it before I had finished and haven’t been sure whether to buy it or not, I’ve heard mixed reviews. Would love to know how you feel about it!
    Happy this weekend for me has been pedalling on my new bicycle through the countryside in the sunshine with James, I actually broke out into spontaneous laughter and couldn’t keep the smile off my face. That’s also going to be a total spoiler for my friday post next week ;) xx

    Georgina | The Librarian

  • http://www.lifestylemaven.co.uk Lifestyle Maven

    Sounds like a great week. I’ve been treated to some lovely pampering this week which has made me happy.

  • https://www.diaryofatwentiesgirl.com/ Claire

    Pottering is one of my favourite things to do too – I have genuinely considered putting it on my CV under hobbies. I had mixed feelings on The Girl on the Train in the end – looking forward to hearing what you think!

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