I feel like I've begun all my recent Friday Happies posts with a kind of frantic, breathless feel, like I'm racing headlong into the weekend, anxious and overstretched. Not today. We're all busy aren't we, but tonight I feel calm and happy. Peaceful. I really wanted to thank you for your comments on my Midsummer post, in which I had a little sulk about the perceived boringness of my life. You caught me in a vulnerable mood. I normally couldn't care less what everyone else is up to and I let the trendiness wash over me. I truly love the everyday, the little things, and tonight that's what I'm celebrating.
So, here are tonight's happies:
1. The way these hot pink fushias look against our grey front door. I have three terracotta pots in a row and they've gone mad, bursting forth and overflowing, pink cascading everywhere. I love to see these flowers as I walk up the steps and I always pause to admire then while rummaging in my bag for my keys.
2. Summer evenings. Pinky-peach fluffy clouds spotted while doing the washing up at 9pm.
3. Mid week drinks with the very best sort of friends. The kind you can cackle with. A cold bottle of beer with a lime in it, drunk in a pub beer garden with a view, on a night when it was just warm enough to sit outside.
4. Baking. A batch of Oreo brownies (just regular brownies with some crushed Oreo buscuits scattered on top before they go in the oven) and some flapjacks, for the weekend. I've not done any baking for the last couple of weeks and I'd forgotten how much sweet pleasure there is to be had in weighing and mixing things, then putting them in the oven and 20 minutes later taking out something totally delicious. Plus the house smells fantastic too. Baking is good for the soul, don't you think?
I wish you all a lovely weekend. We are camping in the Dales tomorrow! Well, when I say camping, we're staying in a "pod" (which is basically a fancy shed) but it involves inflatable mattresses and sleeping bags and campfires, and that's about as close to camping as I'm ever likely to get. I'm really excited. I just hope the rain stops.