Tuesday, 5 February 2013

52 Weeks of Happy...17/52



The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.


Joining in with the lovely Jen at little birdie, here are my current happy-making moments:


1. A bundle of pretty fat quarters of vintage fabric, courtesy of Ada from Vintage Sheet Addict. It's part of a little swap of goodies we sent each other and you can see what I sent her here. Thank you, Ada, they are gorgeous.

2. Today's lunch - leftover Colcannon from Sunday's dinner mixed with lots more kale and served with a poached egg. Healthy-ish, satisfying and tasty but not too heavy, and it makes a nice change from soup. 

3. Last Sunday afternoon...a little cosy highlight of my week. I sat on the sofa with one small person each side of me and crocheted the afternoon away while we watched the first Harry Potter film on tv. Angus would not let his new Lego moon buggy out of his sight, and Bella was engrossed with some game involving seven Barbie dolls. John was in the kitchen, cooking away, and it was one of those blissful moments when everyone is occupied and happy and content.

4. Ginger tea, which is soothing my sore throat. I am fighting off a cold (the Colcannon will help with that, surely!) and have been drinking gallons of the stuff.

Also - Jen and I recently discovered that, not only to we live in the same corner of Leeds, but our children attend the same school! A very lovely surprise. (And, you know, she's even more lovely in real life than you'd imagine from her blog). We have chatted at the school gate and might even manage a proper coffee like real grown ups soon. I hope you're all having a good week. I'll be back tomorrow with something for Valentine's Day, and I have three crafty projects on the go which I want to show you.

I'll leave you with a photo I just took of the view from my window. To think I was hanging my washing on the line last week...spring, you teased us! I'm off to make more tea.


38 comments:

Jo said...

Yes, the snow's back here too. How lovely to find a bloggy friend living so close. Can't wait to see what you make with the fat quarters, and I love the swap that you sent too.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, a lovely Sunday afternoon indeed. That fabric looks fab too. Heather x

jen said...

Oh gorgeous happy things. And how kind you are about me - thanks lovely lady! It's a bloomin' horrible day out there isn't it? x

Xelena said...

I love pic#4. And the snowy one too.
Waiting impatiently to see your projects!
Elena

Tracey said...

Great to find a lovely blogger just down the road, must be fate! Fab happies.

SaraJ said...

Lovely snowy picture - but I'm glad it's not reached us! I'm still delusional that Spring is close by - the sun is out and I have 4 daffodils and a crocus in flower in the garden. :)

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

We really don't need the snow! Glad you like the fabric! :) x

Jen Walshaw said...

I love weekends like that. I am currently going to start binding my first quilt and am looking forward to snuggling under it with the boys whilst I stitch

Anonymous said...

Ooh that fabric looks lovely, looking forward to seeing what you make with it! I can identify with the last picture - we had the same massive flakes until about 10 minutes ago when it turned to slushy rain :( Roll on Spring! Meredith x

Laura Mottram said...

I love your daffodil piccy so bright and sunny different to the snow outside!

Ladybird Diaries said...

Gorgeous happy pictures. The fabrics are lovely and I can't wait to see what you make with them...
M xxx

Caroline South said...

Sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon! Gorgeous fabrics and how lovely to discover you live so close to Jen. xx

June said...

Great photos as always. Can't believe you've got snow again although there has been a drop in temperature here - so who knows, we might have some too come tomorrow.
June

Julie said...

Gorgeous fabrics! I was having a good rummage through my stash last night finding candidates for a couple of projects - bliss. And how lovely to have made a real friend through the blog world. x

Penelope said...

I love your fabrics from Ada and adore the corgi t-shirt you made for her daughter xox Penelope

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

That Colcannon with it's egg on top looks delicious to me!

Col | Hello Olive said...

Lego is a huge hit with our 3 year old too :-) Your Sunday afternoon sounds like bliss... x

Leanne said...

It's a small world!! x

Anna said...

Sorry to hear you have a cold. Hope the ginger tea helps. How lovely to actually meet a blogging friend.
Not more snow! We haven't had any here but it has been chilly. Really hoping that Spring will start properly soon. xxx

mysentimentaljamboreeblogspot Jen said...

So wonderful that you live close and can meet! I MUST try the Colcannon. Looks scrumptious!

Hazel said...

Gorgeous fabrics and a scrummy looking lunch! Have a happy week Gillian x

Jennifer said...

That fabric is just beautiful. I love vintage fabrics and linens. I think it's really cool that you and Jen know each other; I saw her mention that on her blog the other day. You seem like a great pair, I hope you enjoy your time together.

Bungalowgirl said...

Oh I just love looking at your pictures. Snow, crochet, hearty winter food, it's like going on an overseas holiday for me. So nice for you to have a bloggy friend turn up in real life at school as well. mel x

the linen cloud said...

Lovely happy things Gillian ... so lovely to realise you live so close to a blog friend ... Bee xx

A Normandy kitchen said...

Hello Gillian,
It all looks perfectly lovely as ever. The crown wearing corgi you sent, was very sweet and love the vintage fabrics! Is it really week 17 already!!
Best wishes,
Ivan

trishie said...

What lovely things in your life, Gillian. Hope your sore throat gets better soon.

Hindustanka said...

still snowing there, wow!keep warm, don't put the blankets away :)
happy for your cozy moments, and get well soon!

my little red suitcase said...

that tea looks nice! That little lego car takes me back. I loved lego too. I wonder what you will make with the material? Heather x

Coal Valley View said...

I just can't get enough of that last photo of those beautiful snowflakes as i sit here in 32 degree heat. Can't wait to see what you do with that lovely pile of quarters.I love hearing stories of bloggers meeting up with fellow bloggers. That is so exciting that you got to meet Jen. I have only met 2 fellow bloggers but hope to meet up with more. Get well soon!!! Mel x

Coal Valley View said...

PS - Gorgeous top you made for Ada's little one :-)

PinkCatJo said...

Hope you feel better soon - Ginger Tea sounds lovely though. I'm still on orangey-spicy Christmas stuff!

And the poached egg looks rather yummy. We've got a bit of a thing for eggs at the moment here. Poached, fried, boiled - the highlight of my Sunday doing work for school! x

Lisa said...

I hope the sore throat doesn't turn into anything more umpleasant.
How lovely that you have found out you are so close to a fellow like minded blogger.
Lisa x

Julia said...

Feel better soon! Such lovely photos from the past week! You seem to find happiness in everything and I love that about you! Your are a very sunny, positive lady! The last photo is so pretty and bright with the daffodils and bowl of fruit. I love your mug, too!

Jenny said...

Wonderful happy things. And I'm so jealous of your blog friend Jen! How fun it will be to have a friend who can chat about blogging adventures with you over coffee/tea. Lucky girl!

x
Jenny

cassie said...

the packaging design on that tea box is lovely, that orla mug is making me happy, and i'd love to have a bite of your egg and colcannon :)

Trudy said...

I keep going back to that beautiful photo of daffodils, tea, books, apples and pretty mug, and wish I had a perfect and peaceful corner of my house on this Friday night after a busy week!!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Love all of Ada's fabrics - I follow her too - isn't she great?! Loving your Orla mug too - I think we're two peas in a pod :)

Linda Stefansdottir said...

Love this, we did exactly the same thing Sunday afternoon! Harry Potter and crochet - great minds! ooo those fabrics make me drool, I want! Looking forward to seeing your crafty adventures.