anatomy of a lovely day

What IS it that makes some days delightful and others dreadful?

A bunch of factors, usually, right?

A peaceful start, out the door without any yelling. Not losing a kid into my beloved neighbours yard looking for the cat/a beetle/a stick. Making it to school before the bell rings. Finding the missing school hat in lost property.

Coffee grown, picked, processed and roasted by my Dad. A delicious flat white.


Cake making. That will improve a day no end.

(The best bit.)

My easy orange cake.

I split the mix in half and cooked 2 in loaf tins, makes a small delicious morsel.

This is a 100% organic version, which I've never actually acheived, usually there's one or two non-organic ingredients. I know you know this but seriously it's so much better. Softer, crumblier, yummier.

It's a good day when you have the time to sit around and read stories. (Also motivated by needing to refresh self with what a Gruffalo looks like.)


It's also a really good day when you go scouring your favourite op shop (a.k.a. thrift store) looking for something to base the Gruffalo book week costume on and you find multiple tiny knitted things perfect for smallest person in the family.


Of course one small person does not need five new cardigans, but three of them were handknits, this pink one at the front unfinished and just crying out from the big bin of jumbled clothes for someone to cut all the unfinished threads and for a wee babe to wear it!

It's a good day when there's bread dough in the fridge and it's into the oven in a jiffy and out fresh and warm for lunch.



Playing phonetag all day with a beloved friend and managing to make an entire arrangement for the weekend via voicemail without ever actually speaking.

Catching up with another old friend for a late afternoon park play.

Chatting with my Dad on the phone, talking about the weather.

Skyping a much, much missed sister and blowing kisses to a precious niece, getting to watch her draw and stare into space and hold her favourite rabbit right up to the webcam to make sure I've seen it.

A bit of sewing at nap time in the middle of the day. That ups the ante of excellent-day-ness.

Particularly when the item is for a 2-month-old-today (!) and is therefore very small and doesn't require much sewing. Or ironing.


(Finishing it off tonight.)

Of course a day is lovely when she learns how to really smile. That is a great day.

And also when she sleeps.




13 Comments on “anatomy of a lovely day
August 25, 2010 at 11:24 pm

That DOES sound like a lovely day! 🙂

August 26, 2010 at 1:17 am

Just reading this has made my day all-the-more lovely! I absolutely love the materials you’re using!

August 26, 2010 at 1:18 am

(to make dresses, I mean…!)

August 26, 2010 at 3:48 am

The Gruffalo cheers up any day. And that baby is gorgeous.

August 26, 2010 at 6:51 am

What a contented post! May there be many more of such days. Your sewing projects are lovely. May I ask what those fabrics are that you are using? Lovely…

August 26, 2010 at 9:03 am

Thanks for writing such a lovely post – now you’ve set me up to have a lovely day! Hope today is just as sweet for you. (And how beautiful is your baby??!!!!)

August 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

how wonderful!!!!

August 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Ivy’s changing already! And that smile is awesome!!

August 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I have to say, your Easy Orange cake is fantastic! I have been making it a lot! I will have to try the loaf tin.
Sounds like a very lovely day and may you have many more.

August 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

She is soooo cute! What a smile! And that fabric for the dresses is gorgeous!
Sal xo

Christie - Childhood 101
August 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

Your easy orange cake looks like the perfect addition to my day 🙂 Those knitted bubba cardigans are pure sweetness.

September 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm

No mention of uber-cool shoes sourced from aforementioned op shop expedition!!!!? And did we really not actually speak when making arrangements? How did life get so crazy!! We LOVE your sausage rolls. xx

July 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm

So beautiful, you have made me realise I need to stop still and ponder these precious moments longer. I have a three month old and I am so busy, busy, I fear that time will fly past and I will look back and think I missed all those precious little moments. I don’t want to think if only I had taken the time to be still and watch him sleeping so peacefully instead of trying to fill every waking minute with my to-do-list. Thank you for sharing.


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