Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #5

I would normally write this on a Tuesday afternoon or evening, but time has just flown by and suddenly it's Wednesday morning again! But what better time to write this up than with a bowl of warming porridge and a cup of tea to sip? 

:: Some alone time, spent wandering through a quiet, autumnal park. On Friday I went on a solo trip to Pollok Country Park (as you might have seen) and made the conscious decision not to ask anyone to come with me, simply because I wanted to spend some time with myself. It turned out to be a lovely little outing, and very much needed.

:: Taking my camera out for a spin. I bought a new lens a couple of months ago but the last month has been so busy I've barely had time to use it. I brought it with me to the park, however, and snapped away to my heart's content.  

:: Teaching. I'm now six weeks into teaching Scottish country dancing and I'm feeling more and more confident and relaxed with the role. I teach beginner university students, which at first seemed like a daunting task when faced with a room of more than 60 people, but is proving to be a really fun experience. It also helps immensely that my co-teacher is fantastic to work with. 

:: Vegan afternoon tea with a good friend. I met up with my friend Heather on Saturday to try out The Hidden Lane Tearoom's vegan afternoon tea. For £12 we got a selection of yummy sandwiches, a scone each, and an assortment of little cakes, all vegan! Delicious, affordable and all around wonderful. 

That will have to be it for today! 

Don't forget to check out the other Wonderful Wednesday ladies' happy lists as well - SallyJoHelenMichelleSarahKateCatSamElKerriJasminMartina and Isabelle.

Have a lovely rest of the week :)


Saturday, 22 October 2016

An Autumnal Day Out

Pollok Country Park

Pollok Country Park

Pollok Country Park

Leaf and pond

Autumnal leaves on the ground

Pollok Country Park

Pollok House

Pollok House

Pollok House

Pollok House
Yesterday I had a day off from everything - no work, no lectures, no dancing. Although I do have assignments to take care of I decided to take advantage of an empty diary and headed to one of my favourite parks in Glasgow, Pollok Country Park. Having grown up in the countryside, I often get pangs of longing for nature and while Pollok Country Park isn't technically the countryside, it does the trick when those pangs become one too many. I've always enjoyed doing things alone ever so often, just spending time with my thoughts. I had a lovely couple of hours time strolling through the park, and I also visited the house for the first time (hurrah for being a National Trust member) and had a warming butternut squash soup for lunch ('a table for one, please') before heading back home. 

Love, Mimmi. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #4

It seems that my blog is full on Wonderful Wednesday these days. I figure it could be worse though, because who doesn't like a bit of mid-week positivity? So without further ado, here are the things that have made me happy over the past seven days...

:: Handing in my notice. I told my manager that I'll be leaving before Christmas and I couldn't have asked for a better reaction. She took it so well, thanked me several times and even gave me a hug. I still have two months before I actually leave, but simply the knowledge that I don't have long left makes everything seem easier. 

:: The vegan shepherd's pie that I made the other day from a recipe out of Niomi Smart's Eat Smart cook book. It took a wee while and I dirtied quite a few pans in the process, but it was worth the effort! It was incredibly yummy - comfort food at its best, bursting with flavour. Plus I got quite a lot of left-overs, which is always a good thing.

:: The start of citrus season. Clementines are my all-time favourite, and I would eat them all the time if I could. The first really sweet oranges and clementines have appeared in the supermarkets (and subsequently in my cupboard) and oh, it's good to have them back. 

:: A catch-up with my dad on skype. We are really close, dad and I, but we don't talk that often. Time tends to just slip away, and then suddenly we haven't properly talked for over a month! It's always lovely to get the chance to chat with him though, and he never fails to make me smile. Family is the best.

:: Meeting up with my old flatmate over lunch on Saturday. We decided to try out the new Bread Meats Bread on Great Western Road, and I had a beetroot falafel burger and sweet potato fries. Although the burger was a little bit of a disappointment, it was a lovely way to spend Saturday lunch. 

How has your week been so far?

Make sure to check out the other Wonderful Wednesday ladies' happy lists as well - SallyJoHelenMichelleSarahKateCatSamElKerriJasmin, Martina and Isabelle.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #3

Last week was really rather hectic, and Wednesday came and went in a flash. This week I'm back with another Wonderful Wednesday post however, so here we go...

:: That magical light right up there. October so far has been absolutely beautiful, with warm sunlight, blue skies, crunchy leaves and a chill in the air. Every year I fall in love with this month over again.

:: Knowing that I'll be going home over Christmas. I wasn't sure I would be, but then mum got me plane tickets as an early Christmas present and convinced me to think of my own well-being and leave work before Christmas. I feel suddenly lighter, knowing that I'll have a proper Christmas with my family this year. 

:: The amazingly creamy coconut milk chocolate I found reduced to £1.60 in Waitrose. Yay for vegan chocolate! I might have to run back for some more, because I already finished the pack... 

:: An afternoon browse in Oxfam's second-hand bookshop and leaving the shop with a few new books in my bag. Not that I have time to read anything that isn't for university these days, but just filling up my bookshelf makes me happy.

:: Brunch with a dearly missed friend who came up from London over the weekend. A whole group of us got together for brunch on Sunday morning, and it was lovely to see her in person again. 

Don't forget to head over to the other Wonderful Wednesday ladies as well - SallyJoHelenMichelleSarahKateCatSamElKerriJasmin and everyone else. 

How has your week been so far?

Love, Mimmi