Wonderful Wednesday Fifty

wonderful wednesdayIt’s that part of the year when I need to frantically use up my annual leave so this week’s wonderful has been helped along by a cheeky Monday and Tuesday off work. We’re talking sunshine on the moors, a little afternoon nap and a whole lot of shed action. I’m a bit smug about it I won’t lie. After a couple of less than spectacular weeks, I’m starting to feel a bit more human, a bit more me. Apparently I am a person who runs for pleasure, I didn’t know I still had that in my bones.

On with the rest of the wonderful:

Wonderful Wednesday FiftyThe Moors. I’ve spectacularly ruined all other Monday mornings for myself by spending this gloriously sunshiny one on Dartmoor with my fur buddies and not another single soul. That kind of vast open space and solitude will never not be good for my little heart, especially when there is SO much bollocks in the world right now. I feel forever lucky that I have such a beautiful escape right on my doorstep.

The Shed. Yep, two bright beautiful days meant airing out my lovely little space and snuggling up with a book and a flask of tea and a fleecy blanket of dreams. I think I’ve nailed all the clichés there. It was freezing but so nice to be in the garden with the doors open and the birds chirping and an almost spring like feel about things. Completely winning.

The Runs. Not the runs – my digestive tract is fine. Actual trainers on, one foot in front of the other runs. I did my second Park Run on Saturday in a slightly quicker time than the first which is all kinds of satisfying. I headed out this morning to do another 5k with el poochos. I’d forgotten how much I do quite like running, admittedly the first time I went out I thought I was being chased by a real life dirty phone caller before realising it was my own hyperventilating and I saw some deeply unflattering pictures of all my chins but four runs in in 2017 and I feel all kinds of motivated. Also, I did it early and spent the rest of the day shedding and feeling smug.

The Marches. The palpable strength of feeling from each and every human being was unbelievably moving. Those people marching not against Donald Trump but in response to and protest against the rise of hatred across the world, against the odd legitimacy that recent elections have given to racist, sexist rhetoric, against the wilful removing of the right for a woman to police her own body in the best way for her. The fact that so many people came together peacefully to use their right of free speech to have their voices heard for good was incredible and reinforced my faith in the human race. And the signs were just immense.

All the Spaniels. On Monday Steph and her lovely little family were in my neck of the woods so we hooked up for walkies, wine and so very much spaniel action. Watching Pete and Betts run around with their little doppelgängers was adorable, they did get a little confused about who was who which made the whole thing even sweeter. Until Pete rolled in the fish guts.

Whisky Tango Foxtrot. We watched this on Monday night on a whim and it was brilliant. It’s a comedy-drama in which Tina Fey’s regional news reporter is sent to cover the war in Afghanistan. It’s genuinely funny, horrifying and probably not a million miles away from the truth about how news anchors tried to one up one another to find air time for a forgotten war. Genuinely worth a watch.

What’s been your favourite bit of the week?


SallyKate, Helen, JoCatEmma, Sam, Laura, LynseyKerriPeta Sarah, ElJasmin, Debbie  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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  • Jo

    A cheeky couple of days off in January, I like your style! Monday mornings on Dartmoor sound amazing! Good job on the running, I do love an early morning run, the smug feeling is SO satisfying. Yeah also for the marches, a fab one to include on your list… it really made actual tears fall from my eyes seeing the news coverage, fab. x

  • nice photos!

  • Appreciate the Day

    Flipping, actual heck! That view is stunning. So vast and just you and those lovely spaniels of yours. Go you and your running! Hope your suitably proud of yourself. I’m s glad that the women’s marches made it to so many of our wonderful Wednesdays. Enough to swell you in happiness. Always jealous of shed time! I’m catching up to you with 2 days off now heading into the weekend and I cannot wait!
    Have a fabulous rest of your week
    Kate xx

  • Ah that view in the first photo is just gorgeous, what an ideal way to spend a Monday morning! And a big yes to ALL OF THE SPANIELS too, my life is lacking fur buddies at the moment so I like to live vicariously through your adorable photos Michelle. Seeing all of the signs, photos and news coming out of the marches was amazing to see too, it’s wonderful when people are united together to fight injustice and strive for better – it was encouraging and inspiring this week, as was this lovely post! – Tasha

  • Loved this post Michelle, yes to the shed, the dogs (not the fish guts) the moors, and the runs (thank you for clarifying). I’ve managed to get back into it, slowly but surely, since January, and was genuinely disappointed when I got the dreaded virus that’s been going round at missing out on running for a few days. I think I went on a bit of a media shutdown this week around all of THE THINGS that have been going on, a little self-protectionism I guess. It is only yesterday I started looking at pictures from the marches, and they were so rallying (hence the word rally I suppose?!). I particularly liked the “so bad even introverts are here”, I sensed a kindred spirit there, and they generally made the outlook seem less gloomy. xx

  • Steph & The Spaniels

    Aw yay!
    Loved catching up with you (did I mention you’re a mega babe, and just such a lovely person) and the spaniels were obvs amazing. So glad I got the photo. Thanks so much for coming to meet us xx

  • Awww Michelle, you never fail to pop a smile on my face. It sounds like the most wonderful start to the week and I’m so glad you’re feeling a little more you! I am still ever so envious of your shed. The run sounds amazing, it’s incredible what exercise does to the soul once you get back into the swing of things isn’t it!

    I think I may need to seek that film out and give it a watch.
    Loving the pics of the dogs too, absolultely adorable.
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week my love.
    Peta xx
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  • Just came back across to say thank you for always leaving such lovely comments for me. <3 – Tasha

  • Finally I get time to catch up with your blog! It’s been ages (please Miss, can I be excused… I’m relocating to Cornwall?!). Hope you are well you lovely lady you! xx

  • Well done on your second parkrun! Especially in this freezing weather. I keep meaning to start running again but I’m being a wimp and holding out til it warms up a bit.
    All the spaniels are so cute together! And I think we’re all a bit envious of your shed x

  • Oooh, double the doggy fun! Too cute!

  • Kel

    The moors where you live look so beautiful!
    I do wish I liked running – bu I just don’t! I wonder if it’ll grow on me if I keep trying it? Probably not worth the risk!

    I loved the women’s marches. My heart needed a reason to feel better about the world, and this was it!

  • Cat

    LOVE the spaniel photo! My longing for a dog is always amplified after reading your posts but at least I can live vicariously through that in some way! Thanks for the film recommendation – I’d watch Tina Fey in pretty much anything at all so will add that to the list. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. C x

  • I am so ridiculously jealous of your shed and the fact you live so close to the moors AND the fact you ENJOY running.

    Hope you’ve had a splendid weekend! xx