The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.
Joining in with lovely Jen at little birdie, here are a few things which have made me very happy this week. One very big happy and three little happies, which are no less valid for being eclipsed by number one but let's face it, it's not often you get a letter from the Queen.
1. A few weeks ago Bella drew a picture of a palace guard. She wrote an accompanying letter and we posted it off to Buckingham Palace. Imagine our total delight and joy when we came home from our holiday to find a reply on the doormat. The thick, cream envelope bore a Buckingham Palace stamp on the front and a satisfyingly big, fancy royal crest on the reverse. We opened it very carefully with a knife so that we didn't tear it (it was the first time in my life that I wished I owned a letter opener) and inside was a letter written by a lady in waiting to the Queen and some information about the palace. Bella was thrilled. I was thrilled. Even John was slightly impressed. Bella stood up and talked about it in assembly this morning. Something for the memory box.
2. Ok, not quite as exciting as a letter from the Queen, but the sight of these two on the doormat was a very welcome and happy sight.
3. Using the basket I bought on holiday as my new crochet work basket. Useful, pretty and full of holiday memories.
4. This little posy I picked from the garden earlier in the week has made me happy every time I look at it. Those sunny, vivid colours are especially welcome today when it's 12°C and raining.
I wish you all a happy weekend. It's raining cats and dogs here and I'm hoping for a quiet two days after a full and emotional week. Angus settled really well at school - thank you for all your good wishes. He looked a little lost when we dropped him off but he's always smiling when we go to collect him and seems to be taking it all in his stride. I am still - slowly, slowly - getting round your blogs to say hello and catch up and am looking forward to doing more of that this weekend.