A very satisfying 24 hrs …

24/01/2013 § 6 Comments

Yet another amendment to my Happy:Smiley recipe for week 4 – you must know by now that I can rarely ever do exactly the same thing twice in a row (except crochet maybe)!!

In the last 24 hours I’ve enjoyed and achieved just a few little day-to-day things that have made me feel – well, just sort of satisfied. Not ecstatic or shouting-from-the-rooftops-happy; they’re really nothing very special at all, but I’ve enjoyed them, felt happy and smiled!  Here are my 4, caught in 24 hours …

1.  Some like it hot!


Misty just loves a bit of warmth.  She usually has her nose on the slate hearth and we have to physically drag her away – either when we smell scorching, or when she puts her paws over her nose ‘cos it’s toasting!  She’s such an old softie.  Belle prefers the sofa, with an ample supply of cushions to cuddle up to!

Dozy collie

Dozy collie

These 2 collies are, I swear, almost human. Belle has started coming upstairs after we’ve gone to bed – she snouts at the lounge door until it opens for her, then creeps upstairs.  She nuzzles me until I tell her to go back to bed, then she very quietly pads back downstairs to her sofa!  I think it’s a very Belle-type goodnight kiss!

2.  What’s on today?

I made that!

I made that!

I look at my calendar many times each day and I can’t tell you how much pleasure I have from seeing that simple saying, in the middle of a patchwork cushion that I made, on my first Adaliza calendar.   I remember the day I made it and taking it out into the garden to take the photo – happy days!

3.  The best thing (even though it isn’t sliced)!

Amazing bread

Amazing bread

Not sure if we’ll ever buy bread again.  This simplest of recipes produces simply amazing loaves.  I’ll swear it’s nothing to do with me – it’s incredibly simple.  I made the floury-yeasty dough in a couple of minutes yesterday evening, covered it in clingfilm overnight and then got up early to bake this loaf.  I used strong white bread flour (different from my recipe here), but then rolled the dough in malted flour so it’s a bit nutty.  It really does taste as good as it looks!  Give it a go – on the side with homemade soup, or with a dollop of homemade jam on top & a slice of cheese – yum!  Cheese & jam – try it – awesome combination!

4. Flicking over the pages 

A trilogy

A trilogy

I’ve read these before, maybe 20-odd years ago.  They belonged to my mother and I remember her telling me about the magical stories of rural families and Romany life in the 1800’s that wends it’s way through all 3 volumes.  I think I bought one of them in Winchester for her – in the Oxfam bookshop!  I love that Mum loved them, I love the travellers’ tales & superstitions, I love the descriptions of farming life and I love turning the thick pages to rediscover the tale unfolding.

The Patteran Trilogy

The Patteran Trilogy

Have you read them?  I’d love to hear from anyone else who’s enjoyed them.  We visited Montacute in Somerset – the village in the book – last summer.  I desperately want to go there again and imagine the characters living there, walking to the little Church and exploring the woodland walks.

I’m trying to keep to my New Year’s theme – to dare to go confidently in the direction of my dreams.  It helps to feel happy inside – and to keep smiling!

Adaliza x

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