Life has somehow overtaken me and I am now two weeks behind in "52 weeks of happy", it may be challenging remembering what happened in the week before last so you will have to bear with me! I did consider doing weeks nine and ten in one post, but that seemed somehow to be cheating.
1. Camomile Tea - recommended by a friend because I was so stressed and tense I could not relax, to the point where I was rigid with tension or shaking. It worked almost at once, unlocking the tension enough that I could then work on relaxing and could cope again. Since then I have had some every day and while I am not completely sorted, it is helping.
2. More signs of spring - some more tree prunings, this time from the magnolia tree outside the house.
3. Marking Time - the second of the Cazalet novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard. It is ages since I was so lost and absorbed in a book, or a series of books. They deal with the life of an extended family in the years surrounding and during the second world war, there is so much skill in the way she tells the story from different perspectives and managing to produce an ensemble work in which there are no weak or under-developed characters. I have ended up caring about these characters intensely, truly caring what happens to them. The novels are being beautifully dramatised on radio 4 across this year to mark Elizabeth Jane Howard's 90th birthday.
4. Apple loaf - from the Edmonds' cook book, essentially a soda bread with grated apple added. It was moist and tasty with a dense but not heavy crumb. Even better it was not hard to make so hopefully I will be able to make it again soon. I am considering whether some spices and sultanas would make good additions, sounds like experiment time!