Wonderful Wednesday Twenty-One

Wonderful Wednesday Twenty-OneA very merry mid-week to you, shall we do a small awkward group hug for making it this far? Come on, bring it in close. You’re squeezing a bit hard, yeah…it’s gone on too long now. Are you feeling weird yet?

This week has again been punctuated by the loveliest of pottering weekends, doing a few little chores in the garden, starting to sort through a decade of kitchen detritus before it’s ripped out and refashioned next month. Bear with whilst I type the most middle class sentence I’ve ever uttered: a friend asked if she could borrow some mixed spice, the only one I could find expired in 2013. We moved into our new house in 2014 – why did I bring out of date mixed spice with me? What kind of person does that? One with a rotten soul.

And on that bright and shiny note, here’s some bright and shiny from the week.

ONE Whilst out on our Saturday morning stomp the hounds and I stumbled across a community garden, bunches upon bunches of freshly picked rhubarb and an honesty box. I filled my backpack (yep, I carried a backpack, what of it? As I stuffed it full of rhubarb sticks I had flashes of Rachel Greene going to ‘find some stuff to put in my back pack’). I’ve rustled up some compote for my porridge and am feeling a bit zen and adult and not unlike the delectable Sally Tangle.

TWO Step-child number one sent me this adorable little filmy thing she made of our adventure to the moors last week, how cute is she?? The video is lovely, the fact that she wanted to make something like that of our teeny tiny Saturday morning walk made me want to weep a small tear of joy. She told me I could share it with you as long as I also plugged her instagram so here it is ri_meredith, if you like pompoms she’s your gal. She takes a mean picture too.

saturday mornings on dartmoor 🌾#bluebells #gopro @michelleoutsidelondon

A video posted by ri 🍃 (@ri_meredith) on

THREE Ripen in the bowl. I think I might be a delayed gratification kinda woman, I do love watching whatever I’ve managed to grab from the supermarket reach peak edible in my little fruit bowl. This week we did more pears and some nectarines, rocking and a rollin.

FOUR Being out and about. I made a semi-joke on Instagram recently (get me, social media bants) that every picture I post there makes me look so much more outdoorsy than I actually am. It’s not strictly true, when the weather is as b-e-a-utiful as it has been and the perfect storm of hayfever conditions isn’t upon us, I love some great outdoors.

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FIVE Reminiscing. I finally got to writing some of my holiday adventures – coming soon to a mobile device or old school desk top near you in the next few weeks. Sorting through the photos and remembering just how much we saw and did was a cracking way to while away an evening in the garden.

SIX The actual sea. We took the shiny new GoPro to the beach on Sunday I planned badly which is why I ended up in the sea up to my thighs wearing jeans. Not my finest moment but splashing about in the water with les pooches was pretty spectacular. Also, when I got home I felt the need to try to get into my wetsuit. A wetsuit we bought on one of our first holidays together in TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHT. These are some things that happened:

  • Punched myself in the face mid yank.
  • Husband also punched me in the face (says he was trying to help)
  • Oozing. Back. Fat. Note to self: never EVER stop yanking half way.
  • Pete hung his head in shame.

But it went all the way onto my body! This is very exciting news, see my excited face. Cue so very many more trips to the sea.

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(It’s very important that I now only go to things that are wetsuit friendly, I’ve been in the thing since Sunday, not sure it’s ever coming off).

And that’s that. How’s your week? What’s the bestest of best bits?

Gorgeous 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, JoCat and Emma – that lovely little bunch of chaffinches are full of the merriment. 

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  • You Never fail to put a smile on my face! 🙂

  • Haha woo for the wetsuit! Sounds like a delightful week, been loving the weather and the excuse to get outside!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Some thing you can attend wet suit ready:
    1. Snorkelling lessons (find some near you)
    2. A wet suit fancy dress party
    3. A wet suit appreciation society dinner

    Fuck it, you can also attend –
    4. The pub
    5. Dinner with the in laws
    6. Work

    Life’s too short to be denied wet suit love.

    You go girl.

    Katie xx ¦ La Coco Noire

  • Em

    That video is just the cutest! Love your little adventure out!
    I’ve been liberating rhubarb (and peonies) from my parents garden as they are on holiday for the summer and baking it with some wine, sugar and strawberries is the best thing. And its a way to get a lunchtime wine fix!

  • This post has MADE my whole bloody week!!!! Love your face SO much Michelle!!!! You’re lovely Wonderful Wednesdays never fail to make me both choke on whatever i’m eating/drinking etc {when will i learn dammit!??} and generally just make me feel happy. I’m SO giddy and happy that you are part of the mid-week club 🙂

    Soppyness all done with. You look fab in that wetsuit…if not a little bit like a super hero…? I’m all for the ripening at home {pet hate: Why do supermarket things have to be labelled ‘eat now’ vs ‘ripen at home’ like nobody knows how to tell the difference between a green banana and one which is so black it bends over when you look at it ?FYI ‘eat now’ is never ready to be eaten. Where am i going with this again….?} It’s all been about ripening peaches and tomatoes {altho HEAVENS AND BEYOND not in the same bowl!!!}on our great big sunny window sills lately.

    It’s a fun fact that since it’s been so damned hot lately i could quite happily live on both of the above and not much else.

    Have the best week lovely lady xxxxx

  • i LOVE all of these!!!!! Made me laugh out loud!!!!!!

  • Cat

    Oh my goodness, that wetsuit paragraph made me laugh so hard! Good on you for getting into something so snug when the weather’s so warm – it did make me think of Ross trying to get back into his leather trousers…. TALC AND LOTION!

    Really looking forward to reading your holiday posts – definitely in the mood for some vicarious post-hols fun. Also loved the wee video, may have cried a little at how awesome the dogs are. Yeah, I’m not proud, I am the type of person who cried saying goodbye to her sister and brother in law’s dog but not to them. Oops.

    Have a wonderful rest of the week, you hilarious gem you xx

  • Amy

    Hmm out of date condiments must be a thing, but I can beat your mixed spice…when we moved in 2014, I found a bottle of brown sauce in the cupboard that went out of date in April 2008 (the shame – shows you how often I clean out my cupboards!), yet we didn’t even move in until the July. Not to mention I never even use brown sauce, so I suspect my mother slipped some out-of-date goodies into her care package when I moved out of home!

  • I love how Pete is in the background like “I swear to god, if any of my friends see this then we are DONE” Sounds like you’ve had a reet good week, though, I’m currently hating on this muggy weather and wishing I could live inside a fan somehow… x

  • You own a wetsuit, that’s an interesting tidbit for my Wednesday afternoon. Speaking of ripe fruit, I’ve got some pretty glorious mangoes to enjoy. But I’m unsure of the etiquette for chowing down on mangoes in an office… so far one person looked unimpressed, but they just don’t know how good they are!

  • It sounds like a pretty fav week! x