I asked myself what I like and here are the first 10 things that came to mind.

1. Making stuff. Any stuff.

2. The feeling I have after I’ve pressed a button but before the thing that’s supposed to happen when I press the button, happens.

3. Beaches. Big, empty, sprawling beaches. (Horses in the distance are acceptable, as is one other person walking a dog.)

4. The first mouthful of a really good coffee, or glass of wine, or ice cream.

5. The way, in spring, things grow really, really fast. One morning, a patch of scrub, the next a host of crocii. That.

6. Going to sleep when I am really, really tired, and knowing that the sleep will be good before it starts.

7. The smell of a room with books in it.

8. Colouring in, doing a jigsaw, or taking a walk, with a child.

9. Getting something interesting in the post.

10. Playing with words. Sometimes the fun is in making them behave, sometimes the joy is in letting them do me over.

4 Responses

  1. Nic says:

    Ooh I agree with lots of those things! Just done #2. Been putting it off for ages and feel better now-I think ;)

  2. Joanna says:

    I love your list. Mine would be similar I think. To ‘the smell of a room with books in it’ I would add ‘especially if it has wooden floors’! Oh and a log fire (not necessarily burning at the time – residual smoky smell is fine). Have you been to Northumberland? The beaches are just as you describe – amazing.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Joanna, I live in Northumberland! The beach at Druridge Bay is my second home.

  4. Joanna says:

    Oh how embarrassing! But at least it explains why your description immediately put me in mind of the place! :)

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