Sickeningly happy at the moment. On-top-of-the-world, want-to-hug-myself and smile-at-strangers happy. I might be a little bit irritating - sorry about that.
Completely in ♥♥♥ with my new polka dot satchel:
I am 100% chuffed as nuts with it. I went for the largest size traditional satchel because I plan to use it for my laptop when I go into the office. It's roomy without being bulky and fits my laptop, cables and notebook perfectly. It's genuine leather and lush quality - even came with a little signed certificate by the ladies who made it. This baby will last me a lifetime. I am crazy for polka dots at the moment and red is my new favourite colour - this bag makes my heart do little skips. I can't stop looking at it!
For work I wear either black, grey or beige - my winter coat is plain grey and very sensible so this little beauty will give my outfits a little blast of colour. It's from Zatchels and they are available in all kinds of sizes, styles and colours. I quite fancy a neon pink number too. Love. Love. Love.
Remember the pretty tea set and spoons that my MIL gave me a while back? Well she emailed me last weekend to say that she'd picked up some little glasses because she thought I'd like them....
Like them? I LOVE them! There are six and all are in tip-top condition. Apparently they were in a box on the floor ready to be put up for sale - I never have such luck in charity shops to catch things that early. So lovely of her to think of me and she wouldn't accept the money for them either.
Perfect for sherry o'clock!
I missed my yoga class yesterday morning. I was up bright and early, wearing plenty of layers to deal with early morning stretching in the cold. As soon as I stepped outside I knew I wouldn't be going to yoga. The sun was shining brightly and a thick frost was sparkling on every surface. It was, quite simply, the most beautiful winter morning. I did an about-turn back up the drive and into the house. Dumped my yoga bag, called the dog and was out the door again. It was crispy cold outside and as I tramped through the fields with the dog trotting and sniffing by my feet I had an overwhelming sense of wellbeing. I actually stood at the entrance of one field, stretched my arms high over my head (trying to make up for missing the yoga class - felt a bit guilty) and it occurred to me that I had an enormous smile on my face. What a hippy!
I stayed out for an hour and a half, all by myself. I am so happy I made that spontaneous decision to ditch the yoga and enjoy the morning. At lunchtime it turned grey and misty - by 4pm we had the first sprinkling of snow.
We made a quick trip to Brackley Antique Cellar (it's my new favourite place) where I picked up a gorgeous chunky old candlestick, a couple of other knick-knacks and some Annie Sloan paint. I bought an old rocking chair over Christmas which I am going to have a bash at painting.
It is my Great Auntie's 70th Birthday on Tuesday and the whole family met for lunch today. There were 24 of us in total with about eight children, it was very noisy and I'm sure everyone else in the pub was delighted when we left!
|Bunting that my cousin's wife made for my niece. Isn't it lush!|
As we were leaving we all gathered together for a group photo and roped an innocent passerby into taking the snap. There was a huge beer garden at the pub which proved the perfect place for the children to have a snowball fight. Before long, we adults had all joined in! I love my extended family - we are all quite close and they are all really good fun. I'm a lucky girl to have such great people in my life.
(Told you I was sickeningly happy.)
So a bit of a long post I'm afraid. I wait until I have a sufficient amount of time to blog and then I have too much to say! I've discovered the addiction that is Twitter - if you have an account, please say hello! I'm @xxnickifxx.
I really like taking little shots of my day on Instagram to post via twitter. Here are some recent ones:
|Mini Malteser bunny|
|Stopping for a quick cuppa|
|Baked mini sponges with my new pan|
|Swapped sides with the husband to keep away from the cold window. It's weird but I love my new little space!|
Manic Monday tomorrow. I intend to get through my least favourite day by moving my home office temporarily to the dining room where I'll work by the fire and stay snug.
Have a great week everyone!