I so loved joining in with Love The Little Things last week, thank you to everyone who came by and left some comment love and welcomed me to the linky!
Although this week has been totally miserable, weather-wise, I have still managed to find lots of little pieces of enjoyment in the every day although admittedly some days I’ve had to look harder than others!
This week I finished The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin. I read her debut novel The Last Duchess some time ago so when I saw this pop up on Richard & Judy’s list (my good friends, obviously) I was keen to read it and it didn’t disappoint. I’m sure I will share my review of it with you in the next couple of weeks.
I also had to finally start Dan Brown’s new book after I got James reading the earlier ones and he has been chomping at the bit to start Inferno. He couldn’t be the first one to read it though as he has no ‘spoiler-alert filter’ whatsoever so I’d know the entire plot and never get the pleasure of reading it for myself.
I have managed to only have a passing interest in it for the last 10 years but recently I seem to have become a *whispers* Strictly convert. Normally at this time of year I would be glued goggle-eyed to the screen watching X-Factor but as much as it pains me to admit, this year it just isn’t doing it for me. Instead I have become utterly transfixed by the sparkly dresses and ballroom dances of Strictly Come Dancing. So much so that I have even looked into classes for me and James to attend. If only he would agree!
Oh, and I am definitely Team Jake Wood and maybe a little bit of Team Thom Evans as well (which may have less to do with his dancing skills. Ahem.)
This dance = amazing.
I suppose this isn’t such a little thing but this week I heard the news that I was being invited to go with the charity Send A Cow to visit some of their sustainable farming projects in Uganda. I am planning to write a more detailed post about this but I am simply buzzing with the excitement of the news.
This is the kind of thing I have wanted to do for so long and to be given the opportunity is just amazing. I really can’t wait.
We had the pleasure of making pocket money jars at the weekend, or at least, two members of the family enjoyed themselves. I don’t think I shall be able to last much longer staring at them day in and day out without making a few tiny creative adjustments (no, I shall resist!)
I also made my first stew in our slow cooker since it went out of action at the start of the summer. I delighted all day as the smell of it simmering away slowly filtered through the house (it actually tasted vile but shhhhh, you can’t have everything and I did love the idea of eating a delicious stew at the end of the day.)
Our wellies. All week. I don’t know about elsewhere in the country but the weather here has been wet, cold, and wet. I love the rain, especially when I can be snuggled up in my bed with a hot water bottle and a good book and there has been plenty of opportunities to enjoy that this week.
Meg received the ‘privilege card’ at school this week. As best I can ascertain this means that she gets first choice of what to play with during free play on Friday and apparently she got it for good listening. The thing I loved more than the fact that she was given it, was her sheer excitement to tell me. Normally she looks a bit like a sullen teenager when she comes out of school, face downcast, usually dragging her feet and trailing her coat along the floor, but on Tuesday she was buzzing with the news and came bounding out to tell me with a big grin plastered across her face.
I have to admit that I am also quite pleased that she got it for something like good listening. It’s amazing how different kids are when they are at school isn’t it? I can tell you that 80% of the time when she’s at home her thoughts are away in the clouds.
What have you been up to this week?