My favourite things, inspired by a sunny, frosty morning.
It’s a frosty, sunny February day with a huge expanse of blue sky-and I’m feeling glad to be alive. It’s no wonder the British are obsessed with the weather: like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates-we never know what we’re gonna get! But I certainly appreciate it when the sun warms my face and shows off the beautiful countryside.
That thought led me to think about other things that make me happy, so I’m going to indulge myself in thinking about my favourite things, and hope it prompts you to think of yours.
Diving into an empty huge blue swimming pool when the sun’s shining. The silence as I go under the water makes me feel as though I’ve arrived in a different world.
Similarly, I love the silence of snow falling-it’s eerily beautiful and again feels as though I’m entering a peaceful, calm world.
The unstinting, good humoured love and support I receive from my amazing family and friends.
Wind and rain. I love the exhilaration of being outside on a windy day with rain lashing down. It makes me feel alive and ready for new adventures. But this only makes me happy for a short time and must be followed by a hot shower, PJs on and then sitting by a log fire with a cup of comforting hot chocolate.
Spending time with my grandchildren. Their sense of fun, their curiosity and sense of adventure, their belief that all will be well, and their ability to live in the present are inspirational. As are their smiling faces, funny comments and questions -priceless!
Travelling. Heading off to new places and not knowing quite what to expect but looking forward to finding out is exciting! Planes and cars are all very well but railway journeys are so much better. What a treat it is to be transported to pastures new whilst watching stunning scenery unfold. Clearly I’m not talking about the daily commute here, unless you’re very lucky and travel to work in Western Scotland or in the Swiss Alps.
Good coffee in a china mug-no need for more detail: I can smell the delicious aroma now!
Spring with its brave snowdrops and crocuses, bright yellow daffodils and the promise of new life. I can’t bring myself to eat lamb. Call me sentimental but their tiny faces and maah bleats are just too cute.
Laughing until my sides ache with people whose company I love-life’s too short to miss out on an opportunity to laugh!
Seeing animals in their natural, unpolluted habitat. Coming across a turtle in clear turquoise water made me laugh out load-which made me choke a bit, but it was well worth the panic!
Reading. I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog, Top 10 baby books but my quality of life would be seriously compromised without the pleasure of being transported to different eras, worlds, characters and ideas. (Did I mention that Kindles make me feel depressed?)
A positive ending. Whether in books, films, or real life stories, the reassurance that all is well brings a happy lump to my throat. I get the same uplifting feeling when I hear about people who have put themselves in dangerous situations to save people’s lives. In the words of Anne Frank: “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”