Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #42


Welcome to the first Wonderful Wednesday of 2017. Pull up a chair and snuggle up with a cup of something warm because it seems to have got a whole lot chillier since we passed Christmas. I've been scraping ice off my car and waking to crisp, clear, frosty mornings. The ones that lead to the most beautiful of wintry sunsets mere hours later. Despite these shortened days I've been cramming them to the top with seeing friends, spending time with my family and eating. At the weekend I head south, back to university, so I want to make the most of every moment here.

1. Bookshops. A friend and I spent a lovely morning mooching around bookshops. For every shelf we had a recommendation or a story to tell about a book. Her enthusiasm for reading really got to me as I realised how few books I'd read recently. I used to be under their bed covers with a torch reading way past my bedtime, but now I hardly read a book that is not related to my course. Partly because I have very few books with me down at university. I can't wait to find the library in Plymouth and start reading her massive recommendation list.

2. Sunsets. This must have featured on at least the last 3 wonderful Wednesdays, but I can't get over how beautiful the sunsets are in Suffolk. Every evening I rush outside with my camera to capture the last moments of light. I've even had to stop the car this week to have Adele on the radio full blast and just watch the sun setting. This week we even go to see Venus which you can see as the bright star just below the moon here.


3. New Year. I laughed and smiled myself into the new year surrounded by some of my oldest friends. We sipped wine, held hands and sung Auld Lang Syne. At midnight we pulled every party popper known to man then hugged. We sang along to Robbie and watched the fireworks.  Then clad in PJs we watched the Hannah Montana movie as our eyes drooped. It's the happiest new year I have had.

4. Early nights. That lead to early mornings and productive days. I love curling up all warm and snug to an early night sometimes. My sleeping pattern has shifted into lay ins so I'm determined to get back into my usual pattern ready for working again.

5. Plaits. More specifically dutch braids. This week I have been experimenting with my hair as I have more time to play. Having nailed a single dutch braid, I went for two. Feeling slightly like a more complicated version of the pigtails I have when I was 7 wasn't a bad thing and I even had compliments during the day.


6. Knitwear shopping trips. My mum and I are not great shoppers. We usually spend more time eating on a trip than shopping. This trip was no exception - we stopped for big bowls of pasta and the lightest, gooiest chocolate orange cake. However I also bought some soft, snuggly cardigans that are already firm favourites and perfect for keeping warm this winter.

So that's what's been making my week special, but the fun does not stop there. These lovely ladies  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl , KerriMimmiMartina and Isabelle all write about the best bits of their week. To join in leave us a comment, use the hashtag on twitter or instagram or write your own post. 

I'm going to whisper this really quietly, but there's mention of a little meet up between our Wonderful Wednesday gang and I simple cannot contain my excitement. I may have been running around the house singing, but these rumours can't be confirmed. Watch this space!

Kate xx

16 comments:

  1. Oooh depending on where the met up is I would love to join in. Derby is fairly central so I can get almost anywhere in a reasonable amount of time :)

    I love your plaits! I always think I'll look about 8 years old but you make this twist on them look really grown up. I'm going to have to practice now.

    S x

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    1. We'll keep you in the loop Samantha! I probably looked about 8 to be honest, but I don't care. Let me know how you get on. x

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  2. That photo of the sunset is really pretty, colours at dusk have always been my favourite!

    Good luck for your return back to uni, Im excited for a little Devon meet up too! Very, very exciting! xx

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    1. So excited to meet you!!! Sunsets are always my favourite. x

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  3. GORGEOUS plaits!! And lovely sunset snap! H xx

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  4. Visiting bookshops is like one of my favourite things to do. If we ever spend the day together, we shall go on a bookshop crawl!

    It sounds like you had a lovely time seeing in the new year!

    Ahaha you whispered about it and I practically shouted about it on my WW post. I'm super excited! Eeeek xxx

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    1. This NEEDS to happen! I'm so excited to meet the lovely wonderful wednesdayers x

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  5. Hasn't it just! It is so much colder now! Poor Kris slipped off his bike this morning on the invisible ice! Damn it's cold.

    I'm glad I don't have a car that needs scrapping! Although, when I have to I always use water to wash off the ice. At home, we have an old milk bottle that we fill with lukewarm water (really lukewarm), that we pour over the back window and then the windscreen (then pop the wipers on to dry the windows off!) and then do the same for the doors and just use a window squeegy thing to wipe the water off. Just so it doesn't re-freeze. Best advice I've ever received about a car. Saves so much elbow grease in the morning. Just go out 5 minutes early to turn the car on and put the heat on the windows to also warm them a little, and you're good to go.

    I never read at uni, I read far too much for my course and couldn't stand the sight of another word, so I was more of a TV watcher. So yeah, I feel your reading-pain. Hopefully you can get some books from the library and have something to delve into for half an hour before bed. You could try audiobooks instead, listen to them whilst you walk to uni (or drive around, take the bus) or do some housework/cook... that's how I started adding more reading into my life. It was just easier to read that way.

    Ahh, that's what that extra bright star is in the sky! I didn't know. I was looking at it last night whilst cycling to meet Kris and wondering. I hope it's there tonight so I can grab a photo!

    Happy Thursday to you (since I'm always a day late with catching up!)

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    1. My goodness I love that you've written me such a long comment and taken time out of your day to do that. Thank you. You are full of top tips! I'm going to be taking them all on board. Especially love the idea of audio books. That may be a brilliant halfway house. Did you get a photo?? If so please let me see it, because your photography is a million times better tha mine.
      xx

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  6. I love bookshops too, I can spend hours getting lost in my local one!
    Your sunset photo is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you. Do you have a lovely independent one? xx

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  7. Hurrah for a lovely new year, and for bookshops all year round! Hope the trip back to uni goes well x

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    1. Thanks Katie. Made it back to uni today and looking forward to the new term x

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  8. Oh that first frosty shot is gorgeous, I love waking up to that kind of weather, and the wintry sunsets I've been seeing recently have been just as lovely, just like one here - stunning! I've been trying, and failing, to do French and Dutch braids so I really want to nail those this year as my hairstyles need a serious shake-up, so this has reminded me I need to tackle that, as they look so lovely! Glad you had such a nice start to the New Year too - here's hoping 2017 is just as good! - Tasha

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    1. Thanks Tasha. Clear, crisp days are my favourite in winter. Keep trying! I found doing them to the side or with just a small piece of hair at the front easier to start with. Hope you have a great 2017! x

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