I'm in the mood for a simplistic post. And lately I've been writing down, in a little notebook, details from each day which give me reason to smile.
There are a surprisingly large number of them.
Of course, all the thoughtful comments posted here of late have been a great help and I'd like to say thank you to everyone who sent their best wishes this way.
And here are some of the things which have brightened up the past few days...
Offerings: A hand-tied bunch of flowers, brought over by a friend who came to visit yesterday. It contained a beautiful bronze bloom chrysanth and I do love those.
Recent kitchen activity: baking (spiced apple cake, recipe from here); stodge of the Polish variety (bigos, or hunter's stew, and pierogi: parcels filled with cheese and potato, which are boiled but leftovers are generally fried in butter); healthier eatings in the form of fresh figs and crunchy Spartan apples; and a treat of chocolate, almond and cherry granola - I'm not sure whether that comes under the category of breakfast cereal or dessert but I don't care because it tastes so good.
Joe rummaging through the kitchen cupboards. Generally quite annoying but when he unearths an old (and still sealed) bottle of sloe gin and (don't worry) hands it straight over to me, I'm very grateful.
The recent spell of beautiful sunshine. Plenty of walks to be had, treasures to be found (Joe's current favourite game involves loading conkers onto a little tipper truck) and nature's seasonal gifts to be admired. The light is wonderful right now.
The painterly flowers growing in people's gardens at the moment: asters, dahlias and rudbeckias. And the sunset colours which seem to be predominant too in the purple heather, deep pink sedums and rich orange crocosmia.
Gardening: we've been planting more containers up and have planted some bulbs already, in anticipation of spring: dwarf narcissi, muscari and snowdrops. I bought a few amber-hued miniature chrysanthemums too and they look very autumnal against a backdrop of dark purple heuchera.
Apparently the weather's set to turn after today. So one more little pleasure: a line full of washing. Which means a fresh bed. And in the interests of enjoying the little things, tonight I may watch an episode or two of Gardener's World (recorded from the past few weeks) with a glass of that sloe gin.
Recent events have made me realise even more the importance of small pleasures - a definition of which, by the way, reads: 'A source of enjoyment or delight'. They're everywhere if you look, and you don't need to look very hard.
I hope you have a great weekend full of small enjoyments and delights.