Hello everyone, Happy Friday! And Happy Birthday to my younger brothers, who turn 27 today.
I hope you’ve had a great week and are feeling positive and hopeful. Months ago I’d booked today off work for a wedding near Oxford. Of course, that wedding has been postponed, but I decided to keep the day off anyway and do some lovely things like writing, going for a long walk, reading, and eating fajitas.
Before I get into all that though, I’m bringing you this week’s Feel-Good Friday List. I hope you enjoy it!
News stories I’ve been reading
- Captain Tom Moore awarded knighthood for NHS fundraising
- Hundreds of cities worldwide make streets into cycling and pedestrian walkways— with plans to stay that way
- Quick-thinking policeman captures runaway peacock after downloading mating call app to his phone
A new tea I’ve been drinking
This week I’ve been introduced to a new tea. I know what you’re thinking – it must be a pretty special tea to have made it onto the Feel-Good Friday List. Well, you’d be right. I usually drink Relax by Pukka when I need to… well, relax, but that particular tea isn’t available at the one supermarket I’m willing to frequent for the weekly shop. And so, I opted for an alternative; Calm, by Twinings. It contains spiced chamomile, vanilla, and roasted chicory root; smells like gingerbread cake; tastes great; and actually does the job and makes me feel calmer. 10/10, would recommend.
A new recipe we cooked
You might remember last week Luke and I had a Mexican-themed date night. This week, we did it again, but it was Italian. We have our own vegan lasagne recipe that we’ve adapted here and there over the years, but I was in the mood to try something new. I was glad I did, because I came across this recipe from Cookie + Kate. It’s a bit of a complicated recipe because you make your own cashew cream, so I wouldn’t recommend it for mid-week when want something quick and easy, but for a slow weekend cooking experience, it hit the spot.
A fun playlist I listened to
Our Italian date night leads me onto my next item very nicely. While we were cooking, we entered into the Italian spirit by listening to the Amalfi Coast Spotify playlist by Lonely Planet. It’s got some great hits on there, including That’s Amore, La Dolce Vita and Mambo Italiano. So if you fancy travelling to Italy by song, check it out.
A book I’ve been reading
This week I finally gave up on the book I’ve been trying to read for a few weeks but struggling to get into, and I grabbed a new one from my to-be-read pile. Life’s too short for books that you don’t enjoy. Thankfully, I’m really enjoying this new one so far. It’s called It’s not you, it’s him, by Sophie Ranald, and it tells the story of Tansy, who goes on a mission to win back her boyfriend, but is thrown a major curveball. It’s a feel-good romantic comedy, and I can’t wait to read some more later.
A staycation I’ve been imagining
Coronavirus might have put my international travel plans on hold for now, but it hasn’t stopped me dreaming of all the places I want to visit. I’m hopeful that as the restrictions continue to gradually ease, we’ll find that we’re able to explore the UK a little more. And so, I’ve been dreaming up staycations. First on the list is Cornwall and the Scilly Isles. We went to Cornwall as part of our south coast road trip in 2018, and I absolutely loved it. The Scilly Isles are off the Cornish coast, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying looking at all the photos. It looks heavenly and almost… tropical!