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I've mentioned a few times on here that I'm going through a really busy period at the moment, and I find myself complaining a lot about how much I have on my plate.  It's something I battle with a lot; trying to stop myself whinging about being over-committed and over-tired and telling everyone how stressed I am.  I've been trying to say no to more things (I even wrote a post for High Tea Cast about how busyness is a choice, and making more time for myself) but at the moment it's mainly work commitments which sadly I can't say no to, no matter how much I might want to! I'm working away for a couple of weeks but staying at my parents' house which is nice as it means I get to spend some time with my Mum and Dad, but I have got behind on lots of bits I would normally have time to do at home (blogging being one of them).

The weather however has been kind during the weekends I have spent at home, meaning we've enjoyed some lovely Saturdays and Sundays full of beach walks, our first barbecue this year, drinks in pub beer gardens and pottering in the garden.  I'm so excited that the clocks have now gone forward (though not so much the hour less in bed), bringing with them some lighter evenings - post-work bike rides, fish and chips on the beach and strolls in the forest are calling!

The weekend before last Bodhi and my friend Nicole's pug Archie went for their first walk together, along the beach from Highcliffe to Mudeford.  It's a relatively short walk but Archie kept getting so much attention (there were even people taking photos on their phones!) that it took us ages, especially with Archie's teeny tiny puppy steps! Luckily Bodhi didn't seem to mind, although I think he did wonder why he wasn't getting as much attention as usual!

Highcliffe beach Nicole and Archie Bodhi and Archie Highcliffe Archie and Nicole Beach huts Archie on the beach

We are so lucky to live where we do, and it really comes into its own when the sun is out.  I am making a promise to myself that I will spend more time at the beach this summer!

Other things that I am thankful for this week -

001. Snatching pre-bedtime time for reading (finished Wool this week and really enjoyed it).
002. Spending lazy time with my Mum watching TV and chatting - never normally get to do this!
003. Making plans to go away camping next month - looking forward to barbecues and cider in the sunshine
004. Cashew butter.  No further explanation required.
005. Bodhi cuddles after not seeing him for a week.
006. Being able to deliver training I designed and have it go (mostly) according to plan - feels like a great achievement!
007. Heated seats in my car on chilly evenings.
008. Pretty desktop backgrounds making me glad for spring (downloaded from the bottom of this post)
009. My morning green tea - it always feels so restorative
010. Catching up on trashy telly yesterday morning (I have a Valleys addiction!)

My friend Kate bought me flowers the week before last and they were beautiful. I also learned the trick of pushing a pin through the stem below the head of the flower to keep them pepped up and stop them sagging - genius!

Tulips Tulips

The only thing that I'm not thankful for at the moment is my choice to give up sugar for lent! I was doing really well up until this week and didn't have as many cravings as I thought I would, but for some reason, about a month after lent started, I'm suddenly craving all things sweet! I've been wishing I hadn't said I'd give up everything with (refined) sugar in it as it's meant I can't have a lot of things I hadn't banked on giving up, like mayonnaise, Matteson's chicken bites, hazelnut milk, tomato sauce etc.  Though I think I'd give up all of those things forever for a huge slab of Dairy Milk right about now! I'm keeping going by gorging on peanut butter and cashew nut butter but I'm really missing my Peanut Hottie, I can't wait for Easter Sunday so I can make myself a big mug of it!

Peanut Hottie

What's been making you happy this week?

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12 comments

  1. What beautiful photos! I think I've fallen in love with your gorgeous puppy too! I always try to find things each day that make me happy, although it's not always very easy. Recently a couple of things that have made me happy are beautiful sunshine and fresh Spring flowers :) And also reading great blogs, such as yours :)

    Jenny xx

    ramblingsofajaffacat.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I love your photography and your puppy is tooo cute! :)
    http://www.nicolabishopx.com

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  3. This is such a lovely post, Rosie. It's so nice to take a moment to sit back and appreciate all the little things that make life better. My boyfriend had his first book published on Monday, so that has been making me very happy this week!

    x

    p.s. Archie is SO cute! (and Bodhi, of course!)

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  4. I have a secret Valley's addiction, really don't want to like it but can't stop myself watching it.
    Beach walks are perfect, I live on the coast and don't take advantage if it enough. Impressed at your first barbecue already! xx

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  5. Eeeeeep that puppy is just too cute! (and Bodhi of course!) I'm so jealous of your friend, I would love to get a pug.

    I wish I had your determination - giving up anything which is a large part in your diet is not easy, especially sugar. I tried to cut dairy at the start of the year and lasted 6 days with no dairy at all, and 16 days without cheese before I was too much of an angry ball of cravings rage my other half persuaded me to go get a pizza. Sad times.

    Hang in there!
    x

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  6. My life has just gone all kinds of crazy with the move, organising two conferences and a talk in front of colleagues eeek. I'm using my lunch break to read and relax instead of using social media. I'm also hoping now that I live with Martyn I can read before bed when he watches football and take some time for myself xx

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  7. I am HUGELY struggling with just giving up chocolate for Lent- and I'm still allowed to eat sweets/ biscuits etc, to the point I think I've over compensated and have eaten TONS of the stuff instead. But I'm persevering! Lazy time with mum is just the best though, isn't it?! And well done on your training going to plan- you must be so proud!

    Alice xx | The Cup and Saucer

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  8. You're my hero! Giving up sugar for lent, my goodness! I would have broken my fast by now, I have no will power when it comes to sweet things. If it helps, I had some haribo earlier and they were so sweet that they hurt my teeth so I immediately regretted it!x

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  9. I'm happy that I can almost count on my fingers the days til I get to see your face :)

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  10. Love these photographs, makes me really wish that we lived somewhere near the sea...! My husband having some time off work this week has made me really happy...love having him at home!
    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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  11. Lovely post & snaps! Thinking about the little things daily helps us all stop that sense of life running away with us when things get busy. Journalling keeps me happy and remembering the small (and not so small) things that become the pretty and vital stitches holding together a hectic day.
    N x
    www.hapyremarkableyou.com

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