Morning sunshine streaming through windows. Since having the (old, heavy and very filthy) secondary glazing removed last week, the house seems so much brighter. Being able to open the windows (some of which have never been opened since we moved in over 2 years ago...) on sunny days makes everything fresher.
New greenery has been added this week too. Bargain narcissi plants in bud, old roses softening round the edges, and a new house plant for the mantel.
A new frame for an old print (it's actually wrapping paper). Staying in and reading stories. Getting out and seeing aeroplane trails and splashing in puddles. Plus some interesting, and rather acrobatic, dolly-caring skills.
The Leon cookbook has shaped our week food-wise. Indian spiced parsnip soup, chicken superfood salad and cauliflower gobi are all dinners we'll definitely be repeating. Nigella's pea and bacon orzotto (except our version was alphabettiotto as we ran out of orzo) was a big toddler hit. As were the poppadoms we had with the cauliflower gobi. Her 'crunchy' face was a new one to me.
I've been devouring the end of The Goldfinch too. Not many pages left now. February's Year in Books post will be coming up shortly...
Tunes of the week: John Grant's Black Belt for its lyrical genius: Etch a sketch your way out of this one, reject! Ibibio Sound Machine - Let's Dance: never fails to incite a kitchen dance party. Plus St Vincent's Digital Witness for its sing-a-longability and horn section.
I hope the sunshine has reached you this week. Happy weekending.