10 reasons to be happy right now

I’m baaaack!

So first, an apology. I’ve been the world’s worst blogger lately (at least on here – over at Theatre Things I’ve been a busy bee). But I’ve been feeling bad about it, and then I got a lovely comment the other day from Sarah that inspired me to try harder. So here I am!

Now part of the problem with happy blogging has been that recently I’ve been slipping back into some bad habits, and keep finding myself moaning about stuff to anyone who’ll listen (and, I’m sure, a few people who look like they’re listening but have actually gone to their happy place).

So I decided to get back to basics, and make a list of 10 reasons to be happy right now. And here they are:

  • Tomorrow is a new day. More importantly, tomorrow is also Saturday.
  • It’s bluebell season.

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  • Next month I get to be bridesmaid for one of my bestest friends. In Greece. On the beach.
  • I totally got 100% on this Friends quiz.
  • The Kinky Boots London cast made an album – not that it wasn’t fun to listen to the Broadway actors attempt a Northampton accent. (I promise you, if you’re ever feeling a bit blue, this show will cheer you right up.)
  • One of my colleagues bought us profiteroles today. They were good.


This is not my route home from work (sadly). But it’s a nice photo.

What’s making you happy today?


Photo Sunday: feet up

I only have one photo this week, because I’ve been a bit crazy busy with work lately, getting ready for, and then attending, a massive annual event (more on that later in the week).

But it’s finally over (and wasn’t a disaster! Hurrah) – so here’s my plan for the evening: feet up, Strictly, Downton, bed. Bliss.

Feet up

Photo Sunday: Bank Holiday highlights

Woohoo, it’s Bank Holiday weekend! Is there anything better than a three-day weekend? (Apart from a four-day weekend, or five-day… You see where I’m going with this.)

This bank holiday has been a particularly action-packed one so far, in a great way. Starting on Friday evening, here are a few highlights…

First up, in an attempt to reach 10,000 steps on Friday as part of my ‘do more exercise‘ mid-year resolution, I took a detour on the way home. And because I came out the wrong exit at Westminster station, I found myself right next to Big Ben. And it seemed rude not to take a photo…

Big Ben in the sunshine

Then I got off the train at home, and needed a few more steps to hit my target. Fortunately, there was a pretty dramatic sunset developing, so I took a wander down to the river. I’ll never get bored of this view (although you might. Sorry about that).

Sunset over the Dartford crossing

On to Saturday, which began with a baby shower for a friend. It was really fun (and very pink), and there was tea. And cake. I’m easily pleased.

Afternoon teaStraight from the baby shower and on to a train to London for a David Ford gig. For anyone who’s missed him (which is most people), this is a musician, who my friend and I have been fans of for years. This is the ‘One-Man Full-Band‘ tour, in which David plays a multitude of instruments, breaks a lot of stuff – not intentionally – and makes pretty intense use of his looping pedal whilst singing sad songs and angry rants. It’s more fun than it sounds. Here’s a rubbish photo:

David FordDespite the best efforts of the train company, I made it home (although not before midnight, oops). And then today, my mum, sister and I headed back to London, to see The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theatre. We love going to the Globe, even though it has the most uncomfortable seats in the world, and the play, which starred Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, was brilliant (if you get the chance to see it before it closes, go). We also realised as we were leaving, that we’d been sitting next to the director; fortunately we said nice things…

The GlobeOh, and bonus – I’ve been published! Here’s one of my other sunset photos, taken last summer, in the June issue of Dartford Living magazine, which arrived this weekend. Today – Dartford Living. Tomorrow – the world! (Maybe.)

sunset photoHope you’ve all had a great Bank Holiday so far. And if you’re not in the UK, sorry to gloat. But it’s Sunday night, and I don’t have to get up early tomorrow, so woohoo!






Why is the rum gone?

What better way to relax after a long week at work than to meet up with friends and behave like a bunch of kids?

For us, this meant spending our Saturday afternoon playing pirate adventure golf, with varying degrees of success. In our attempts to not keep people waiting, we decided to all play at the same time, which was predictably chaotic and resulted in quite a bit of unintentional sabotage of other people’s efforts. Not naming any names, but you know who you are…

Then we realised that we were entitled to a free pedalo ride, so we donned our highly fashionable life jackets – not very piratey I know, but they made us – and climbed aboard. There were eight of us, so we needed two boats; one immediately started taking on water, and the other one got stuck in the reeds, but fortunately nobody needed to be rescued; as much as that would have made a good blog post, it also might have been just a tad embarrassing, particularly since this was all taking place ten minutes from my door, and we were surrounded by kids who were very successfully steering their boats around the lake.

Sadly, there was no rum to accompany these antics, nor was there a life-size Johnny Depp, despite the fact I was promised one by the organiser (I’m considering suing for false advertising), but it was still a great afternoon out in the sunshine with fab people. Not a bad use of a Saturday.

Pirate golf at Bluewater