Tuesday, 13 August 2013
For some (dare I say sad?) people, happiness is going out spending money on lots of new clothes or new shoes they don't need, handbags to add to the pile in the wardrobe or chosing a new car or an up-market holiday. I guess they wouldn't be hugging themselves if they just found an old book they had been looking for for years or delighting in the freshness of just-picked home-grown fruit or vegetables.
I am a simpler soul, and quite satisfied by a walk along our lanes (doesn't our river look beautiful at the moment?) . . .
Or remembering the perfume and sight of masses of Bluebells back in the spring.
Or making a (half!) bottle of Elderberry Syrup for coughs and colds . . .
Or buying some craft things and two cheap books . . .
Or enjoying the old fashioned roses in bloom in the garden . . .
Or making Chutney . . .
Or just watching cats . . .
Or baking . . .
Or loving family moments . . . (well, two members short in this photo taken recently at Carreg Cennen Castle!)
Today I have baked a big Chocolate Courgette Cake for the neighbours who helped get me out of the ditch the other day (blardy holidaymakers!), made a big pan of low-calory soup - Spiced Lentil and Tomato, had a brisk 2 mile walk and spent the day catching up with jobs that needed doing - polishing copper and brass, and cleaning some tack, and tidying up some magazines and books. Oh, and I also helped my husband persuade a length of reluctant water piping around the back of the bath and thence onwards to the attic. We are having to replace the length put in recently by a plumber who performed like a racehorse on Speed, and which has now sprung a fresh leak. I will not add washing half the entire - large - collection of bed linen to my list of things which make me happy! I even found time to sit on the patio in the lounger, reading one of the books we got from the car boot sale on Saturday. That WAS bliss!
What makes you happy?