Wonderful Wednesday #25

Happy Wednesday everyone!

You know, I don’t actually think introductions are necessary for Wonderful Wednesday.

Let’s just crack on with all that good stuff.

The Few Birds That Have Made An Appearance Lately. 

Either I’m not looking hard enough or there is a distinct lack of birds around lately. It’s probably the later and this tidbit will just serve as a reminder to look harder to share more bird photos another time.

Still, you can always rely on the pigeons to make an appearance and if you’re lucky, you might even spot something special like this little Wren from a few weeks back.

Getting Our Chuckle On. 

We’re going through a bit of lull on the TV front at the moment as all the shows we like to watch are currently on their between season breaks.

So we aren’t without any dinnertime entertainment we like to pass these breaks with some tried and tested, will-more-likely-make-us-chuckle, options like Mock The Week and some quality YouTube videos of dudes playing computer games.

Plus, if I’m going to be vaguely up to date with the British news, I might as well do it through Picture Of The Week, and if I don’t care, then I have an episode of Car Mechanic Simulator to fall back on.

Sunsets Worth Mentioning. 

Or rather: worth photographing.

Pretty, no?

Getting Back In The Blog Game. 

I’m going to jinx myself by saying this, but could it be? Is it true? Do I have blogging mojo again? I think I do.

I really think I do.

I’m taking more photos, I’m being more active on social media, I’m even reading and commenting on other peoples’ blogs (maybe only once or twice a week, but at least it’s something), heck, I even have a notebook where I plan out ideas for blog posts and my rough schedule for the month ahead.

Blogs got mojo and I’m happy about it.

Woodland walks. 

What can I say, I’m a big fan of the peace and quiet. I’ve never one to turn down a walk in the woods (or anywhere else for that matter). I particularly love the woods in the summertime because they are always so full of bright green leaves and moss. Now that it’s Autumn, it’s time to take more woodland walks and enjoy the changing colours.

Tasty Morsels. 

Salt and Balsamic Vinegar Kettle Crisps. That accidentally vegan Aldi cereal. Mango Sorbet. Plenty of steamed veg and taters. Bulk cooking Bolognese. Alpro Soya Macchiato drink. Banana Smoothies. Speculoos Spread. Crispy Tofu.

It’s all yum.


Because pretty things. That’s why.

Dog Versus Box. 

This is what we get up to when it’s either far too hot or pouring with rain outside. We can now get up and sit ourselves on much higher and narrower objects, including the waste paper basket in the background on the second photo.

Other things we like to do when the weather is rubbish include: learning to pivot around the box in both directions and trying to learn how to cover our eyes with a paw. If they fail, it’s trying to steal the socks off my feet whilst laying under my desk or fetch in the garage.

Cross Stitch Away. 

I decided to pick up a new hobby, curtesy of the patient teaching skills of the MIL, cross stitching. Along with my new ID books I picked up whilst on my life-respite back in the UK, I decided it was time to engage my brain in a new hands-on activity. We opted for cross stitch, since it doesn’t actually require me to come up with the creativity, I just have to follow a pattern and the creativity will make itself. Plus, it’s another thing I can do whilst listening to my audiobook, and I’m always fine with more audiobook time.

To get me started, the MIL bought me a kit as an early birthday gift and I made a good start on it whilst in the UK and have been plodding through it back on Planet Belgium ever since. Occasionally, Dog-Face joins in, but she isn’t all that helpful. Unless I want my thread licking or my aida nibbling on.

Leave me all things wonderful from your life in the comments! 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us raggedy bunch:  Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, MichelleLauraEleanor, Lynsey, Sam and Emma!

Any one else I am missing, feel free to make yourself know!


Wonderful Wednesday #24

It’s late, I’m tired but I’m thanking Past-Me for writing this post up in advance.

Thanks Past-Me. You’re the best.

Relaxing Walks To My Favourite Spot. 

This is where I like to go when I feel the need for some peace and quiet. I am forever thankful to have such a place only a twenty minute walk from my doorstep. No matter the season, or the weather, it’s always worth a walk. I have high hopes of enjoying many a relaxing walk in this spot with Dog-Face in tow.

With Plenty Of Wildlife To Enjoy. 

As an added bonus you can always guarantee there will be some wildlife roaming around. Whether I have my camera on hand to photograph them, however, that’s hit or miss. I’m still trying to work out the logistics of dog walks and photos walks. At the moment, it’s usually one without the other, unless I have Kris along on dog-watching duty.

Dog Versus Recycling.

Curious about Dog-Face’s favourite day of the month? Paper recycling day.

I already know Dog-Face enjoys a cardboard box or two, because you can be sure that if you are opening a package there’s a dog sat on the sofa giving you her best attempt at a wave for a chance to tear that box to shreds.

But, even I wasn’t aware of how deep her love of cardboard boxes went until I dragged all the paper recycling into the living room to sort out, or of how much mess one pup could make in just ten minutes of shredding boxes.

Apparently nothing is quite as exciting as pouncing on boxes, sliding about the floor on them and then ceremoniously killing them all with no mercy.

Palming Off The Cooking To Someone Else. 

Cooking might be up there as one of my favourite things to do, but sometimes I just cannot be bothered, so palming it off to the husband it is. It’s even better when I can palm off the washing up as well.

Bright whites. 

What can I say, I just really like the contrast between the bright white flowers and the lush green leaves. That’s all. This wonderful tidbit is better summarised in a photo I think.

Buddy Reads. 

I am pretty sure the internet is trying to convince me that buddy reading books is something that everyone does. The same way it tries to convince me that everyone else is on holiday when I’m not and everyone else can grow house plants when I struggle to water a €1.50 pot of basil from the supermarket for more than a week.

Either way, I decided to give buddy reading books a go with the MIL and we are having a great time – at least I assume she is, I’m actually just speaking for myself right now.

It’s been nice to chit chat about the books we’ve been reading and have that little something between us that we can bond over and I’m quite looking forward to the next book or series we decide to tackle.

An Epic Vegan Milkshake. 

Seriously, look at that beast. Look. At. It. It has a doughnut on it. And those sherbet space things that I can’t remember the name of right now. It was so good.

And people say vegans have no fun.

Getting A Good Nights Sleep. 

I’m a terrible sleeper. I see far too many 4AMs without catching a wink of shut eye, when I do sleep it is more often than not riddled with nightmares and my idea of a “quick nap” is falling into a coma on the sofa for about four hours.

So those times when I truly get a good nights sleep are worth every minute of that blissful snoozing. If only I could harness the powers of the Zs to make every night a good nights sleep, that might even transform me into a morning person.

New Snacks And New PJs.

I treated myself to some new PJs and an overly priced vegan snack. It was a jolly good evening all the same.

On a separate note: I could see no reason why this bag was also resealable. There was no possibility that I was going to leave myself a few of these tasty morsels “for tomorrow”. They could have saved me 10% of the price had they left that bit of packaging off.

Don’t forget, leave me a wonderful tidbit from your week in the comments! 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us raggedy bunch:  Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, MichelleLauraEleanor, Lynsey, Sam and Emma!

Any one else I am missing, feel free to make yourself know!


Wonderful Wednesday #22 || It’s Good To Be Back

Yup. Back.

Back to blogging. I’m not re-inventing the wheel, I’m just getting myself back together and doing something I enjoy again. That’s all.

Which of course means jumping right back into Wonderful Wednesday, and had I started blogging last month as I thought I might do, this post would have still been up to date with my life. But it’s not.

It is, however, all things wonderful about my trip back to the UK at the end of August and I’m sticking with it. I’m playing hard and fast with the rules of Wonderful Wednesday.

It would be a shame not to make my trip a Wonderful Wednesday, wouldn’t it?

Off To The Homeland We Go.

After months of wishing, I booked myself a spontaneous trip back home to stay with the in-laws for two weeks. It was time to enjoy a little rest and relaxation and get off Planet Belgium for a while. There were plenty of lay-ins, lots of tea and ice cream, and some good company. Just what you need when life’s getting you down.

Travelling Posh. 

If you’re going to book spontaneous trips, you might as well pay the extra €10 and upgrade to Standard Premier on the Eurostar. Plus, there was the option for free food. Vegan free food at that. We all know how often that never happens.

I was spoilt for leg room, a quiet carriage and two complimentary cups of tea. I could travel like this more often. Shame about the no pets policy though.

Sunsets Of All Colours. 

Who wouldn’t take advantage of a sunset-facing house and spend most evenings staring out the window waiting to see what colours would grace the horizon. These were four of my favourites, two of which I happily photoshopped out the TV aerials because they were just in the way.

Epically Organised Goodreads.

It took a while: a few episodes of Sherlock to be precise, but it was totally worth it to have my books categorised by genres and whether they are stand alone novels, anthologies or the start of a series. This makes it so much easier to decide what book to read next.

A couple of days after my success with organising the books I have on my Kindle, I went ahead and did the same thing to the books I’d like to read in the future too, making it that much easier to spend money on books. Whether that’s a good thing remains to be decided.

Dishwasher Dreams.

I don’t have to do the washing up. Enough said.

It’s a shame that it belongs to the MIL and not myself, but for two weeks, the dishwasher was a magical thing.

Accessorising My Muesli.

It was oddly satisfying to arrange my breakfast into something worthy of being shared to the masses and then take a picture of it. I thoroughly enjoyed my muesli and fruit and am now on the hunt for a good vegan muesli that I can buy here in Belgium too.

It should be noted, that I have no concept of what is deemed an proper amount of muesli, fruit and/or yoghurt to combine together. I went for the classic “enough to fill the bowl” ideal. Worked well for me.

Getting My Nerd On. 

I’ve had a hankering to learn lately. Learn something new, expand on knowledge I already had, I don’t mind, I just want to learn.

I opted for nature knowledge. I already own the Green Guide to Birds which I’m always carrying in my camera bag so I decided to expand on that collection and grab a few more. They might not be extensive guides, but they give me a place to start when I’m trying to identify different things. Even if what I’ve photographed or found can’t be found in these guides, it at least helps me narrow down the information when I’m looking online.

I’m now set with Herbs, Butterflies, Wildflowers and, Mushrooms and Toadstools. That’ll will keep me learning for a while. Now just to get out there and get spotting.

The Beauty Of Bees. 

I always try to stop and photograph the bees, they always make me smile.

Treat Yo’ Self At ASDA.

I’d like to make a confession: I take dedicated trips to different supermarkets just to browse the ingredients of various food items and see what accidentally vegan options they have.

The other day, I found some accidentally vegan cereal at Aldi that has now become our go-to breakfast.

So, of course, if I’m going all the way to the UK, I’m heading to whatever local supermarket is in the area and I’m having a gander. Good ol’ ASDA, you did me proud. Between the lemon cheesecake, the “meatballs” and the pasta sauce, I was a happy vegan indeed.

I would also add that it took less time to browse the ingredients since they are all in English but I caught myself reading the Dutch ingredients by mistake on more than one occasion without even considering what I was looking at.

Freshening Up That Hair.

There’s nothing like a haircut to help you feel like you’re getting your life together. Now to get around to dying it back to a more (un)natural colour. It’s been months and I am seriously missing some colour in my hair.

Furry Friends.

I might have left my furry companions at home to get a break but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the company of other people’s.

Jogging On.

Rather optimistically, having not been running for months, I decided to take my running shoes to the UK and you know what? On more than one occasion I was up and out running before 9AM. One morning it wasn’t even 8AM, even I thought I was crazy on that day. It felt good, really good. So good, that I have taken up morning runs now that I’m back on Planet Belgium too.

Sans dog. That’s the important part. With audiobook, without dog.

And that’s Wonderful Wednesday. It feels good to be back. What’s been making your week wonderful? Pray, do tell. 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us raggedy bunch:  Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, MichelleLauraEleanor, Lynsey, Sam and Emma!

Any one else I am missing, feel free to make yourself know!