Wonderful Wednesday Fifty Five

wonderful wednesday fifty fiveGood day! I’m mid way through a week off work, one of those weeks we’re using just to potter about and get jobs done around the house (garage sort out anyone? Thug life chose me). I was about to say that things are feeling pretty idyllic as I sit here at the breakfast bar with my grub and a whopping cup of tea, the latest Hashtag Authentic podcast as my soundtrack and a pint glass of pilfered daffs brightening up the place. But breakfast is a totally un-insta sausage sandwich (you can take the girl out of the north…) and it’s taking a lot of effort to ignore Betty trying to get it on with Pete’s newly groomed head over there by the radiator so….nah, not idyllic.

Sex pesting dogs aside, it’s been a brilliant week so far. I’m sure I’ve mentioned somewhere before that it took a long time for me to feel like our now not so new house was my home and now I finally do, there aren’t many other places I want to hang out in all honesty. It’s felt like a huge treat to just mooch about these little rooms, flinging the doors open to let the sunshine stream in (and then slamming them shut again instantly to keep out the hail). On with the rest of the wonderful: pancake dayPhotos Ignoring the ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ rule, I got me a new lens. It’s a Yongnuo (no idea, sorry) 50mm F1.8 and so far I love it. It was super cheap for a camera lens, about £70, so might not last as long as the Sigma or Nikon branded lenses I’ve already got but it’s made me fall back in love with taking photos again. Like these, which I *LOVE*.

De-Clutter It’s not news that chucking stuff out is all kinds of cathartic and we’ve done a whole lot of it this week. A whole garage worth of utter shite that we should have ditched a long time ago is gone and we discovered all kinds of forgotten treasures in the process. Cue a little reminiscing and a whole lot of laughing at old photos, letters and memories. I also unearthed this spaniel collage thing of beauty which is now gracing the wall of the shed. Everyone, to the shed! wonderful wednesday fifty fiveCrumpets There once was a time when celebrating a new job would start with some bubbles, followed by more bubbles, ending with some messy dancing and a portion of chips, kebab meat and mint sauce. Don’t judge, you couldn’t pay me to put that in my face now. Instead this weekend we celebrated my friends’ very very exciting new job with crumpets and tea. Actual hot buttery crumpets and lots of laughter. Sometimes this adulting lark is pretty damn awesome.

Pip’s Peanut and Maple Butter I’m certain that Sally has been banging on about this stuff forever, I finally got my hands on a jar and it is properly delicious. I’ve smothered it on my pancakes with fresh raspberries, slathered it all over my morning toast and spooned it straight from the jar into my face. I think it’s on offer in Sainsbury’s too at the mo, go go go! Grab a jar of the Malteaser spread whilst you’re at it, because MALTEASER SPREAD.wonderful wednesday fifty fivePete’s Do I spent more on Pete’s haircut than I do on my own, it was totally worth it – look at his dapper little face. He smells decent too (he did until about half an hour ago when he found a convenient patch of death to roll in). We spent the couple of hours without him at the beach with Betty who loved being the only dog in the village for a bit.

Hot Chocolate It was chuffing freezing at the beach so we grabbed hot chocolate from the hole in the wall – the good stuff with flakes and cream and everything – and stuffed our faces in the car. We’d parked the wrong way round so no sea view, just a weird burnt out car and the ticket machine but still, it was the thought. wonderful wednesday fifty fiveAnd that’s enough wonderful. I’m off to make my fringe look less insane read a book for a bit, days off at home are THE BEST.

How’s your week been? Tell me good stuff!

SallyKate, Helen, JoCatEmma, Sam, Laura, LynseyKerriPeta Sarah, ElJasmin, Debbie, Katie  and Mimmi are all also full of the cheer. >> If you’re in the gang and I’ve missed you off, please please let me know! There are so many now I lose track! 

Let me know if you decide to join in, there’s a hashtag and everything #wonderfulwednesday 

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  • Rosie

    I love it when de-cluttering leads to hours spent on reminiscing before, inevitably in my case, everything being put back where it came from. I spent a nice evening with my mum last night, watching as she made her way through a gigantic laundry pile whilst I ploughed through the red wine – what a supportive daughter I am. This weekend, we’re going to see Danny Baker and catching up with an erstwhile friend who’s moving back to Leicestershire after being in London for a year. Sadly, this is due to him breaking up with his girlfriend but, selfishly, I’ll be glad to have him back up here.

  • Charlie Elliott

    *gets whiplash in the rush to buy Malteser spread*

  • Gaaah i’ve just tweeted you mid way through this {have to say it was the Pip and Nut comment that swung it} becuase this list is THAT GOOD. It’s so good i don’t even know where to BEGIN! Except to say yes to PB of the maple kind {ALL of their nut butters are the bees knees ESP cashew and cinnamon}, YES to teeny tiny Pete and Betty – SO ruddy cute and OH SO MANY YEP YEP YEPS to a week off work sorting and mooching. Aint nothing like it!

    I’m taking my hat off to you Michelle…i really am….

    Sal xxx

  • ALSO hell YES to crumpets – i live off them. *just* saying that they are all kinds of YUM with said PB on and sliced banana. You heard it here first….

  • Having a whole week off work sounds wonderful! And yay for crumpets – they’re wonderful with that Pip and Nut nut butter (I can vouch for it!). Also Pete is such a handsome little fellow.
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Mimmi x

  • I had a bit of a ‘mini spring clean’ too this week and completely feel you on it being sooooo good for the soul.

    Also, Pete does look VERY handsome.

    Enjoy the rest of your week off of work, I hope the weather gets a bit brighter for you! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

  • always look forward to reading your wonderful wednesday books! Looks like a lovely week 🙂 and definitely gonna have to go and get some of that peanut butter -sounds delish!

  • That hot chocolate looks so good in the final photo and it’s reminded me that I can’t wait for it to be hot enough so I can indulge in getting some ice cream at the beach again! I do enjoy a little de-cluttering now and again, I’ve just discovered junk and art journaling and I’m hooked so I’m going through my horde of paper items (I don’t know how I’ve amassed this many leaflets and travel brochures but they’re coming in handy now!) and I’ve managing to de-clutter whilst indulging in a new hobby, so I’m happy. Also, how cute does Pete look in that photo?! I loved his tie! And the photo of you and Betty on the beach was lovely too. Hope you have an amazing rest of the week lovely! – Tasha

  • Danny Baker?? What’s he doing? I love a bit of Danny Baker! And to be honest, is there anything more supportive than a bit of solidarity wine consumption? Nope!
    Have a great rest of the week.
    M x

  • Can confirm that the spread definitely eases the pain of the whiplash. And the sprained ankle off of skidding through the aisles.
    M x

  • Ha, your tweets made me chuckle – that Pp and Nut stuff is immense though. And WOAH cashew and cinnamon? Those are two of my all time favourite things.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful week. Get that hat back on though, it’s ruddy freezing again!
    M x

  • Oooh I’ve rarely tried anything other than a whole lot of melted butter on my crumpets but you and Sally have convinced me to try otherwise! Especially with a jar of Pip and Nut’s burning a hole in my cupboard.
    And yep, it is truly lovely to have a week off to potter around at home. Hope you’re having a great one!
    M x

  • Rosie

    He on tour doing a show called Cradle to the Stage which I think will just be him gabbing on for a couple of hours but should be very entertaining x

  • Kel

    Mmm hot chocolate on cold beachy days . . . sonds wonderful!
    I REALLY need to do some de-cluttering, its hight on the agenda for this weekend – – Im just not very good at it!

  • Amy

    They really are some good looking spaniels!

  • Hands up! I Just spat my tea all over my mac at the “patch of death”.. Did he look at you before he rolled? Alf likes to make sure i’m watching first haha!
    Sounds a wonderful week
    Emma & Alfie xox

  • Emma Fisher

    So i know im most definitely a week late to this party but here goes – my fiddy lens is my favourite. It’s so pretty. Bokehs in all the right places. I hope you enjoy it!
    Also. I’m off to sainsburys to grab Jim some of that map else peanut butter because whilst I won’t eat the revolting nutty taste. He loves it. More malteaser spread for me then!
    And those patches of death……..Melle, the delightful little beast found what can only be described as fox diarrhoea recently. 3 shampoos and he still stank. It’s a good job he’s cute!