Somehow, no matter how much time I spend back in Devon, it never quite feels like enough.
It's not that I want to move back there- or at least, certainly not for the foreseeable future- it's more that whenever I'm there with the family, it feels like an intermezzo, a little holiday away from real life, where I can be looked after and really enjoy my time with no responsibilities or duties. Of course, I still help out as much as I can get away with- but it's because I want to, and not because I've got to- and there's a world of difference there.
As an aside- I've decided to go back to replying to comments right here on the blog, rather than email responses. I just am SO useless as keeping on top of my inbox that this seemed like a better idea. I've started from yesterday's post, and hopefully I'll be able to post relatively timely responses. Fingers crossed, anyway.
Right. This week, happiness is...
... getting big sister points. This weekend, I think I got all the big sister points going from Little L- I made a birthday cake for Papa CupandSaucer with her, I showed her how to do a cartwheel, and I impressed her with the fact that I can dive (as pictured above). She's my favourite little person, and I love spending time with her!
... enjoying reading again. For some reason, not so long ago, I went through a phase where I just had no interest in picking up a book. For a girl who (like almost all of you, I'm sure) used to be told off for reading when she should have been asleep, this was faintly worrying- but I've got my reading mojo back, and I'm ploughing through A Dance With Dragons: After the Feast, even if it does feel a little unseasonal.
... strawberries. Oh my goodness, possibly my favourite thing about this time of year. I bought a kilo of them yesterday, and now I need to guzzle them all before they go off. Somehow, I don't think I'll struggle, but if I do? I'll be making this or these (but with strawberries).
... hammocks. Papa CupandSaucer's house was made for summer, with a big, sweeping veranda (with insanely gorgeous views all the way out to Plymouth Sound), a swimming pool, a trampoline, and a hammock. I spent a good portion of Saturday afternoon drying off after a dip in the pool in said hammock, and now I'm determined to find a place to hang one here because it was just so bloody comfortable.
... really big exciting news!! Which I can't tell you all about yet. Which I know is the most annoying thing in the world, but I promise that as soon as possible, I'll fill you all in. All you need to know is that it is BIG and EXCITING and nothing to do with me being engaged or pregnant or anything as terrifyingly grown up as that. Unlike Zoella, I'm also not writing a book. Make of that cryptic nonsense what you will.
What's making you happy this week?