Wonderful Wednesday Thirty Seven

img_4993^^ spaniel bums make every day wonderful

I got home from work about ten minutes ago and fell straight into my PJs (after taking the dogs out, making dinner, mopping the floor and getting a loaf in to prove. Relatable? Moi?) I’ll be honest, I’m feeling a teeny tiny bit sorry for myself – after the perking the hell out of Monday I was struck down by the same snotty fluey grimness that the rest of the fam brought home. Sigh.

Snot and stupid thick head aside, on with the wonderful before I have to go knock the bread back and neck a hot toddy. Toddie? Toddy.

Return of the Tights
Today, Tuesday, was the first tights day since I ditched the opaques at the first sign of springtime sunshine. As well as their awesome warm making capabilities isn’t there just something lovely about being all sucked in under your clothes? Like having a whole day long hug. One that you want, obvs.

Scotch Eggs
The most seventies of all the snacks, I haven’t had a scotch egg for years (boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and breadcrumbs for the uninitiated, popular at buffets of nans across the land). I had no idea they’d been gourmet-ed up to the knackers (or that the scotch egg offered a viable career path) til I stumbled across a sweet chilli scotch egg on Sunday courtesy of a little independent purveyor of scotch eggs. I’ve definitely said scotch egg too many times now but man alive was it delicious. Delicious enough to have told EVERYONE I’VE MET about it. And now you guys.

Sweet Rhubarb
With the darker evenings I’ve rediscovered the joy of all the candles, in particular M&S sweet rhubarb candle – it might be called something else. RHUBARB FLOWER, it’s rhubarb flower.  It smells just like rhubarb and custard sweets and just seems to keep going forever. The mandarin one also smells like you could eat it with some ice cream.

img_4923Serial – Series 1
Like everything else, I’m late to the Serial podcast but oooh ooooh OOOOH it’s a bit addictive. With the same Making a Murderer morbid curiosity I’ve found myself binge listening the pants off it. If you’re into true crime and you’re down with the podcast kids then give it a go: an independent investigative journalist looks into a real murder case, re-examining the evidence and conducting her own rudimentary research to see if she comes to the same conclusions. It’s FASCINATING.

Toad in the Hole
I’m so very busy that I’ve been… shall we say ‘not good’ at the #bakeoffbakealong this year. I said that like I’m a seasoned pro, I’m not, it’s the first year I’ve taken part and I’m already a dirty great shirker. I didn’t have half a day to experiment, nor half a brain cell spare to come up with something magical, so I took batter week and turned it into a mid-week dinner of toad in the hole. Annoyingly they came out well, well enough to have eked a whole blog post out of. Instead we just sat and ate them like normal people, full temp, no photos, nothing. Maaaaybe we got some chips from the chip shop as a back-up (we did), maaaybe I made the greatest gravy of my life (I did). Toad in the hole is a proper autumnal dinner, it was definitely a highlight.

img_4945The Crow
In spite of Pete finding my kitchen floor attempt at the crow pose totes hilar, I did actually manage to do it in my yoga class this week. This is what it should look like  mine was alright actually, I didn’t stay up there for hours but it was oh so satisfying to have managed. I’ve found an awesome yoga class that focuses on how you feel and on just doing what your body wants to do rather than conforming to some terrifying yogi ideal of forcing your limbs into something quite unrecognisable as a human body. Crazy, right?

Birds Without Wings 
Birds Without Wings was one of the first books I grabbed to take to the shed. On Sunday I forced myself to take 20 minutes away from revising to read something just for me, Birds Without Wings was it. By Louis de Bernieres it features a village as its main character. A Turkish village, home to both Christians and Muslims and tracks its journey through the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during WW1. It’s an incredible book, beautiful and horrifying and all consuming and I love it. I loved it before and I’ve loved dipping back in. If you like his flowery style of writing and infinite involving minutiae, do it. If you didn’t like Captain Corelli’s Mandolin then probably don’t.

So there we go, yoga, pyjama clad bread making and toad in the hole. What. A. Week.

Sally is the founding mother of Wonderful Wednesday but this little bunch is growing all the time, go visit these wonder women Kate, Helen, JoCatEmma, Sam, LauraKerri, Peta , Sarah, ElJasmin  and Mimmi they’re all full of the cheer. 

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

Very cheer, much happy, so Wednesday.

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  • Awh who knew a photo of dog bums could be sooo cute?!

    Serial is such a good podcast! Although, I didn’t rate the second one as much as the first. I’m hoping they make a documentary out of the Adnan story.

    Scotch eggs and toad in the hole? You are a woman after my own foodie heart.

    Hope you have a lovely week (what’s left of it anyway) x

  • I love that pic of your spaniels. Once again Michelle, you have made me want dogs. I think I’m going to roll out my yoga mat this morning. I can wholey sympathise on the feeling all coldy, sending lots of get well better vibes your way!

    I think I’ll have to give that podcast a go, I’m slightly addicted to podcast listening on my way to work at the moment.

    Wishing you a very very very wonderful wednesday!

    Peta xx


  • reneejessome

    hahah omg the yoga picture actually looks like Pete is laughing at you! Too cute 🙂

  • I have just binged on about a month’s worth of your blog posts over the last two nights (nothing like getting back into blogging with a bang!), and thought I’d drop this little amalgamation of comments your way:

    I always forget how beautifully rustic and rural your photos are (in a good way, not a ‘I’m-calling-your-photos-rustic-when-they-actually-look-shit’ way!), and it makes my inner country bumpkin happy to see them. And the epic spaniel photos are on point as always…

    I nearly attempted Toad in the Hole when the flatmate and I had a friend round for dinner last week, but chickened out because the flatmate said they were notoriously tricky. I salute your efforts! I haven’t had them in ages, which is reason enough in itself to give them a go sometime.

    SOUR CHERRY TEABAGS?! They sound like Tangfastics in a healthier form…think I need to get my hands on some of these, stat!

    OMG, that Baked Chocolate Cheesecake…hubba hubba. Must. Bake. Soon.

    Congrats on the dog show glory. I’m glad to see the rosette displayed in pride of place above the dog cave (which is a brilliant concept, FYI)

    I keep meaning to start watching Nashville – I have stetson cravings without being validated by copious amounts of country TV! I feel a boxset request may be in order for the upcoming birthday…

    I have SUCH shed envy! It is be-yoo-tiful in every way, and the embodiment of every introverted bookworm’s dream!

    Also, I saw The Handmaid’s Tale on your in-shed bookshelf – I’m reading it at the moment, it’s really good. I’d highly recommend!

    And I have always envied your wordsmithing abilities and aspired to be more like you in my blog writing, as I feel mine can often come across clunky and boring, whereas yours is witty and bouncy and always entertaining. Self-doubt is a bugger that we all have to bear, but persevere
    because I assure you, you are far more awesome at this than you give yourself
    credit for!

    Peace out. Much (internet) love.

    P.S. I still want to see more Devonish vlogs…

  • I’ve found a yoga class which converts into a relaxation class on the last Thursday of every month – I swear it’s the yoga class dream.

  • Laura Meredith

    Those dogs of yours, so cute! I completely agree with you on the tights, I’m still yet to wear my first pair of the season but I can’t wait, they’re so cosy and comfortable (I sound like an 80 year old nana!) You have me wishing for toad in the hole now too!
    Laura xx

  • Ah love your crow pose photo, it took me back to uni when my friends came home from their yoga class to demonstrate it to us – I’ve attempted it once and failed miserably so I love seeing other people succeed with it! Love the spaniel goodness in this post too, they’re just too cute! I must check out Serial as I love anything related to crime, and it’s had such good reviews too. Loads of lovely things here, and I hope the rest of your week goes just as well! – Tasha

  • Emma Bearman

    Ah you can’t beat spaniel bums! Lovely post! Although I now have a hankering for some toad in the hole too!
    Emma & Alfie xox

  • Dog butts are enough for me.

  • Ahh the crow – it brings back memories. I did this on the first attempt while on a surf and yoga holiday a few years lord knows how as I couldn’t do it now if I tried. i was so excited I let out a joyous squeak and promptly fell on my face on the concrete floor and no the yoga mat was not enough to break my fall!

    Toad in the hole is always a winner in my book, as are scotch eggs! I love the new funky scotch egg flavour, they are all kinds of glamorous these days haha.

    I have heard much tale of the serial podcast but not tried it yet, I might have to give it a listen. 🙂

    Hope you’re feeling better now! Hideous flu begone! x

  • “isn’t there just something lovely about being all sucked in under your clothes? Like having a whole day long hug” THIS!!!! I too have had the tights on and I find myself braving my slightly shorter skirts this time of year. Yes for tights!

    So excited for you in the crow pose! The sense of achievement really is something and your posture is so much better than mine. Well done!

    Sad to hear you have come down with a case of the snots though, I am on the cusp of it as well so I sympathise! S xx

  • Em

    If you like a good true crime podcast then check out All Killa No Filla, it’s true crime and comedy at it’s best! I love it.

    Jim is obsessed with a black pudding scotch egg the butcher near our house makes – and when i say obsessed, i mean OBSESSED. Me, i prefer the kedgeree one they sell at the farmers market!

    And the day of the shearling boots was the first day of tights too – super thick tights too – such a mistake……

    Hope you feel better soon x

  • Your dogs are so cute. Love the picture of the sunset as well – the light is beautiful.


  • Your dogs are just adorable! x


  • Katie

    Hope you recover quickly from Attack of the Snots. I bloody love the start of gravy season and all who sail in her (she said, as if she hasn’t been scoffing pub roasts all summer regardless…) Xxx