Wonderful Wednesday Thirty-Two

imageIf happiness is being sandwiched between a cracking cup of tea at optimum drinking temperature and a flatulent spaniel, I’ve got it. In spades. And honestly, if that isn’t happiness then I don’t know what is.

The husband and I have this week off. A bit to enjoy summer at home and a bit for the annual pilgrimage to IKEA to stock up on mini Daims and those vanilla candles that cost, like, 90p? So far the week has given us a whole lot of sunshine, enough to bring my red nose back with a bang, and just enough cloud for us to be able to hole up inside and snooze guilt free. A break at home is the absolute best.

Other things that have made this week awesome:

Wonderful WednesdayDog Friendly Beaches

I know not everyone likes the furry ones (never trust a dog hater though, life advice right there) but dog free beach season starts WAY too early around here. I’m forever grateful for the few dog friendly beaches there still are from May onwards. Yesterday the husband and I went on a hunt for one. Sure, when the spaniels spot a bird strolling jauntily too close to them and go batshit crazy it’s not all that relaxing but all summer long I’ve wanted to swim in the sea with the hound dogs and I got to do that. And by ‘swim’ I mean hovered freezingly around the waters’ edge and by ‘with the hounds’ I mean they stood on the shore and whinged at me for a bit whilst the husband threw balls far too close to my face.  The sun shone and it was a good day to splash about in the sea.

Cheese Tea

Hang on to your hats folks, we’re about to get real controversial: cheese tea. Not brewed tea you heathen, no, a variation on the cream tea. We’re talking savoury scones with a side of chutney, a hunk of good strong cheddar and a token bit of lettuce on the side. Do it, come back and tell me how much you loved it.

Dry Land Yoga

After the great paddleboard adventure I decided to get back into a regular yoga class. The Strala Yoga session I went to last Thursday was awesome, full of good vibes and all kinds of impossible stretching. I came out feeling about 6 inches taller and smushily relaxed. I then went home and ate half a crumble.

Wonderful WednesdayCrumbling Marriages

On an early morning dog walk last week I foraged some blackberries from a secret stash I found (thank you poop bags/emergency blackberry receptacle). Apparently there’s a shortage of blackberries this year, did you hear? If you find a patch get in there quick. I got back from the yoga ^^ to find that the husband had baked them into a crumble with apples and honey. How awesome is he? Very.


We’ve become a bit obsessed with Nashville. No regrets. It’s cheesy and over dramatic and makes me think of rubbish old American dramas like Knot’s Landing and All Our Children but it’s completely addictive and we’ve been bingeing it when the sun goes in. We haven’t binged like this since early Grey’s Anatomy. The music is pretty good too, apparently I might be a country music fan, who knew? Hand me my stetson at once.

Wonderful WednesdayBreakfast of Champions

One of the best bits of having a week off is having the time to cook something really tasty to start the day. Lingering over breakfast is a luxury we don’t often get. We’ve scoffed an unholy amount of pastries so far this week but topped it all yesterday with a feast of grilled mushrooms covered in halloumi, mushed up avo and bacon. All the delicious and with time to digest it properly. Living the dream.

Wonderful WednesdayAdventuring

With a few hours to myself on Saturday morning I took the spaniels on an adventure; we found some woods we haven’t discovered every single inch of before and went nuts. Better yet they were woods with sea peeps.

Thanks Devon, you’ve completely nailed this week.

How’s your week been? Give me your best bits?

Super Sally is responsible for all this joy sharing so head on over to Sally Tangle for more jolliness than you can handle. And don’t forget the WW posse Kate, Helen, JoCatEmma, Sam and Kerri. They’re full of the good stuff. 

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  • Ahhh I too am obsessed with those vanilla candles, I have an unholy amount of them hidden away in cupboards because what if I run out?! I enjoy the cinnamon ones from October through December. living the dream!

    It sounds like you have had a lovely week, I wish I made more time for breakfast but like you, unless we are off work it’s something that we scoff quickly as we treasure those extra few minutes in bed instead.

    And crumbles! I love a good crumble and now have the urge to make one. Too bad it’s only 8.30am and I’m stuck at work. Boo!

    Sam xx

  • Sounds a great week!


  • Oh it sounds like you’ve had such a wonderful week off! I need to get to Ikea to discover these vanilla candles I think, it’s my favourite scent at the moment! So glad you found a dog friendly beach, you really tickled me as I’d be exactly the same when it comes to actually swimming in British waters!!

    That crumble looks amazing and you’ve inspired me to yoga tonight so thank you for that! My body needs a good old stretch I feel. Thank you for such an inspirational and happy post, it’s lovely to read uplifting words that make you think actually, life isn’t that bad afterall!

    Have a beautiful week lovely lady!
    Peta xx

  • Charlie Elliott

    You look LOVELY in that first pic *heart eye emoji*
    I did a Marmite afternoon tea once which was all with savoury cheese scones and the like. Totally amazing so I’m definitely on board with that.
    And I need a crumble making husband in my life.
    Charlie, Distracted

  • Yay for holidays! As much as I love “going somewhere” when we’re on holiday, it’s also nice to be at home too. When else can you sort out all that stuff you have been meaning to sort all year… We’re planning a stay at home holiday around Christmas time, I might even spice it up and clean our garage out!

    Urgh, they stop the dogs enjoying the beach at certain times of the year? That’s no fair!

    Oooh, crumble, I can’t remember the last time I made one of those. I wonder if Kris even likes them… clearly I know my husband well.

  • I didn’t even know dogs weren’t allowed on beaches at certain times of the year! I understand having to keep them on a lead, but not at all?! That crumble looks delicious, I haven’t made a crumble in ages, I must do one soon. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week! I haven’t done much this week, I took my boyfriend to Pizza Express for a dinner date after work on Tuesday and went for a long walk yesterday but that’s about it! The rest of the time was spent job hunting and sunbathing in the garden, not too bad! 🙂

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  • Lisa and Stella

    Nashville just might be my favourite TV show ever…I have all the soundtrack CDs in the car! 🙂 xox

  • Cat

    Oh my goodness, those mini Daims… Love them. They make every trip to Ikea (without a car) worth every hot, sweaty argument.

    800 top husband points to your chap for that crumble! I would never have thought of putting honey in there too, geniusly tasty! Might have to give that a try…although perhaps not while it’s still quite so warm. Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend, lovely xx