I am taking part in dear Candace
of doing one self-pampering thing everyday for a week. Things are busy and stressful at the moment so it is a good way for me to take time every day to sit back and enjoy being. I awoke blearly-eyed this morning to finish off an essay; knowing that I would soon be meeting up with Jess
for a picnic lunch was the best motivation.
We held our picnic by the pond -
in dappled light,
Watching autumn sky -
talking and laughing,
and being generally good to our souls.
I made banana, sour cream and chocolate muffins the night before (Monday's indulgence was licking the bowl and spoons + supping on oven-fresh muffins at 11pm
). They are perfectly moist and the hit of dark chocolate bits is divine.2 cups self-raising flour1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground mixed spice
3/4 cup sugar (I used soft brown)
1 cup sour cream1/3 cup olive oil2 eggs
1 cup mashed banana1/2 cup dark chocolate chopped (I prefer 70% and over)
Sift flour and spices into a large bowl. Add sugar and beat briefly to combine. In a glass measuring jug, pour in sour cream , oil and add eggs, whisk to combine. Pour sour cream mix and bananas into dry ingredients, beat with until just combined. Gently fold in dark chocolate. Spoon into muffin pan and bake for 15-20 minutes in a moderate oven (180'c) or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Eat warm or cool at anytime of day (or night). Today's pampering: Picnicking with my sweet friend, eating banana muffins, staring at the sky, proudly supporting reconciliation, vising my secret door...
Jess and I also took a moment to place our hands in the colourful sea that wove its way around the Quadrangle front lawn for Reconciliation
. Then we set off to visit my current favourite spot at university.
Down an ivy and clivea
clad path one comes across a little wooden door:
Not just a wooden door but a secret door.
There are all sorts of surprises inside; cobwebs and a dusty sandstone staircase leading off to what I imagine would be a wonderful secret room full of old books of poetry, fading carpets and a hand-carved ceiling - I can't verify that as yet, but in my mind it is endlessly romantic and enchanting...
What good things have you done to yourself today?