Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 468}

Grim's Dyke Hotel in London

Starting the week by writing the Happy List is something I’ve been doing for a while. This is my chance to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of our family adventures. It’s a post I always love to write.

Five Happy Things {Week 468}

Last week we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary! My husband gave me some pretty crystal ear-rings and we celebrated with a delicious afternoon tea at Grim’s Dyke Hotel in London. I opted for the High Chai which included kachori, samosa and spring roll, as well as a Bombay sandwich. There were also plenty of scones and macarons.

I painted my sweet little vintage wooden dolls clothes horse. I picked it up at a charity shop a few years ago and it was bright orange. A few weeks ago I bought some paint from my local DIY shop and I finally got round to painting it. It looks so much better in a muted green, and it will make a great prop for my photographs.

I finished reading The Appeal by Janice Hallett. I loved The Twyford Code so was excited to read more by her. The Appeal was really good and kept me guessing to the end.

We tidied up the garden a lot last week. We cut the grass (and found a little frog!) and took down the tomato plants. We still have quite a lot in bloom though and we have a squash which is just running wild. It has a couple of flowers on it so perhaps it will produce fruit too.

Now it’s the 1st October I’m excited to decorate for Halloween. I had snuck a few pumpkin candles out but now I can go all out for Halloween. I picked up some fun craft kits for the kids so I am excited to celebrate spooky season.


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    October 3, 2023 at 11:04 pm

    I love how you make sure to take joy in the small happy things in life. I think we all need to do more of that.

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    October 4, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Happy Anniversary! That high tea sounds so nice with the chai. All in all it sounds like you had a lovely week!

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    Samantha Donnelly
    October 4, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Happy Anniversary, we celebrated our 21st anniversary last week. The afternoon tea sounds amazing

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    October 4, 2023 at 11:41 am

    This article is so inspiring – a look back at the blessings of the week! Looks like this coming week will be joyful also. p.s. Happy anniversary!

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    October 4, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Halloween is finally here, and the excitement is brewing! 🎃👻 It’s time to unleash the spooky decorations and let the creativity flow with those craft kits for the kids. This is the perfect season for some eerie fun and festive vibes. Enjoy every moment of celebrating the spookiest time of the year

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    October 5, 2023 at 8:43 am

    The Appeal sounds like a great book. I’m looking for something new to read and it sounds good.

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    Lavanda Michelle
    October 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary! Finding things to take joy of, big or small, is huge in itself!!

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    Monidipa Dutta
    October 6, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Happy anniversary. All these things are really beautiful and amazing. I am always motivated by your happy things week post.

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    Jupiter Hadley
    October 9, 2023 at 10:42 am

    We need to cut our grass but I am always putting it off! We have started decorating for Halloween too – Happy Anniversary!

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