Thirty things that make me smile, on a grumpy day: a blast from the past.
This a reblog of one of my earlier posts. On this particular day I was obviously feeling very grumpy and needed something to cheer me up. So I came up with this.
Incidentally, I have the video, but I would like to improve on it…in fact I am sure I can improve on it. So, when the skylarks start singing again I’ll be there with my super camera.
I haven’t changed this. It is just as I wrote it, back in April of last year.
Just a quick post.
Not one of my better days today, but we all have them. When I’m having an off day, I try to focus on what makes me smile.
These are mine, what are yours I wonder?
- Trees. I like to touch them and hug them, if I don’t have an audience. I wonder what stories they could tell? My ash tree, with the face, and keeper of my secrets, [above photo] is probably somewhere in the region of three hundred years old.
- Thunder. The louder the better. And if it crashes directly over me, then WOW!
- Beautiful sunsets, at the end of a lovely day. I like to photograph them and then attempt to paint them.
- Falling snow. And walks in settled snow. Looking for animal footprints.
- Getting absolutely drenched in warm summer rain.
- The dawn chorus.
- The smell of my greyhound.
- Earl Grey tea. I’m addicted to the bergamot I think!
- Warm crumpets, after a long walk with the dog, on a winter’s day.
- Tomato soup, when I’m ill. [ A throwback to when I was a child, I think.]
- The feeling of sand in-between my toes. The softness, that gradually gives way to a grittyness, as it gentle trickles down the inside of my toes.
- Lightening. Fork and sheet. I like the unpredictability of it. When will it strike again? And when it does, night-time momentarily becomes daytime.
- Everything about springtime. What’s not to like?
- Derwentwater in the Lake District. It’s my favourite lake. It is just so beautiful. If I lived on the banks of it, I would spend all day just gazing at it.
- Watching the wind ripple across a field of corn, or long grass. Grass or corn waves, I like to call them.
- I like Cows. They are such gentle beasts. I had a go at milking some, a few years ago. They became so affectionate and wanted their ears tickling; which of course I did!
- I love owls. Tawny, barn and little. I think there is something magical and mystical about them.
- The smell of babies.
- A fabulous sunrise. One that urges you to wake up and grab your camera, to capture it forever.
- A really good white wine, with a lovely meal, in a hotel restaurant.
- Strong black coffee. To wake me up and keep me going.
- Good music, played loudly, so I can hear every note and instrument.
- Driving my car. We don’t have motorways near to where we live, so when I do get to go on them, it’s a treat. A bit of speed!
- Scotland. A lovely country. I would love to learn how to speak Gaelic. It fascinates me.
- Playing with my grandson. He’s fabulous.
- Walking my dog. We go off exploring, particularly on holiday.
- The heady smell of Elderflowers on a spring evening. There’s a bush up the lane from where we live. I go and drink in the heady scent, when it’s in full blossom. Fabulous.
- Meadows of wildflowers. They need to be preserved. Last year I walked through an ancient one, in the Yorkshire Dales. I couldn’t take it all in. It was incredible. I dream of walking in that field again, and I will sometime.
- The North York Moors. On my doorstep. Wild, remote in places and magnificent.
- A wild sea, with massive, rolling waves. A calm sea, that barely ripples. A summer’s morning, with the sun catching the surface. Swimming it the sea and feeling the power of those waves, as they crash over your head. A power to be respected at all times: dis-respect her at your peril.
My list could be never-ending, but that’s enough for now.
I’ve been in the fields today, trying to record and video my favourite birdsong…the skylark.. I’ll have to edit it some more and see if I can get rid of my voice prattling on in the background. Then, I might put it on here.
The video is a bit boring, but you can actually hear the skylarks. Playing with my new phone, you see.
I’m going for a long soak in a warm bubble bath now. Might feel a bit better then, I hope.
Until next time.
Grumpy woman signing off, for now.
I would now add …thanks for stopping by and have a great Saturday.
Until the next time.