Things that are lovely:
Comments from strangers that say: thank you for writing what you write and the inherent comfort of the words: ‘me too’.
English prettiness at its best. My friend Alison’s Cowparsley at Home range that is just heart-swimmingly lovely. The bees are my favourite. Until my house is finished I have to console myself with the accessories range; I choose a keepsake box which arrived this week to brighten my day.
Wearing yoga clothes all day. Comfort is all.
Conversations with my ten year old son about how long goldfish live for. Apparently 45 years, it has been known! I see that come half term next week we will be visiting the fish (pet) shop. When my daughter was ten we got the much loved puppy. My son will have to make do with a goldfish! But getting a new pet is something rather special, isn’t it?
Knowing that even when I am wracked with self-doubt, somewhere deep in me gumption arrives and saves the day. ‘I think I can’.
Penning the book plot in my mind…all the time…like…all the time. It’s in my thoughts as a constant companion and I like that.
Listening to ‘Women’s Hour’ as a podcast; as I rarely catch the live transmission on the radio. I absolutely adore Women’s Hour. I learn something new every time I listen. It really is an institution.
Evening walks with old friends. English hedgerows and dog walkers who say ‘good evening’ as if we live in Hardy’s time and we tip our cap to each other.
Coffee with old colleagues; talking about the good days. I went back to IBM today and was among the people who work. Get up each morning, put on a suit, go to work. I did this for so many years, it’s strange but fitting to be a visitor in that land of the corporate. I am no longer one of them.
In my efforts to get offline, I have seen an immediate positive affect. It takes discipline but honestly, a lot of what I was spending my time looking at was not a need-to-know. Instagram; you’ll have to do without me for a bit. Pinterest; you’re harder to quit but reading this article (suggested here) did make me smile! How silly we have become.
I am getting ready for the house build phase two…it will be lovely when it’s done…when it’s done!