The Happy Tag.
I saw this very lovely meme at Jillian's: you write what makes you happy under the titles 'Books', 'Words', 'Movies / Television', 'Fictional Characters', 'Scents', 'Songs', and 'Miscellaneous'. This came at just the right time: I'm thoroughly fed up with the General Election (campaigning has barely even started!) and this gave me a much needed opportunity to dwell on the positives! So, here are some of the things (for I'm bound to have forgotten a few) that make me happy...
The Worm Forgives the Plough by John Stewart Collis ✯ The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame ✯ The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield ✯ Jean Santeuil by Marcel Proust ✯ The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon ✯ The Warden by Anthony Trollope ✯ A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare ✯ The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates ✯ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ✯ The Diary of a Country Parson 1758 - 1802 by James Woodforde ✯ The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer ✯ The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome ✯ Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome ✯ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ✯ Swan's Way by Marcel Proust ✯ Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf ✯ Orlando by Virginia Woolf ✯ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ✯ The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith ✯ Essays by Francis Bacon ✯ The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ✯ Kilvert's Diary 1870-79 by Francis Kilvert ✯ The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare ✯ I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith ✯ Hyde Park Gate News: The Stephen Family Newspaper by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and Thoby Stephen✯ The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter ✯ The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
Fellow ✯ Love ✯ Ethereal ✯ Splendid ✯ Iridescent ✯ Eloquent ✯ Bucolic ✯ County ✯ Cosy ✯ Dally ✯ Onomatopoeia ✯ Pastoral ✯ Fortuitous ✯ Serendipity ✯ Dulcet ✯ Kindness ✯ Ancestry ✯ Demure ✯ Tsundoku (a Japanese word I learned just today meaning to buy more books than one can read) ✯ Gumusservi (Turkish for the glimmering moonlight on water)
M҉ovies / T҉elevision
Marie Antoinette ✯ Pride and Prejudice (2005) ✯ Fantasia ✯ Clueless ✯ Gone With the Wind ✯ Rebecca ✯ A Christmas Carol ✯ A Christmas Story ✯ Downton Abbey ✯ Blackadder ✯ Eggheads ✯ Pride and Prejudice (1995) ✯ French and Saunders ✯ Dad's Army ✯ Porridge ✯ Gardeners' World ✯ Have I Got News For You ✯ The Good Life ✯ To the Manor Born ✯ The Golden Girls ✯ Roseanne ✯ To Walk Invisible ✯ Victoria Wood: As Seen on T.V. ✯ Fresh Prince of Bel Air ✯ Buffy the Vampire Slayer ✯ The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Friends ✯ Oliver! ✯ Peter Kay: Live at the Top of the Tower and Live at the Bolton Albert Halls
Redcrosse from The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser ✯ Septimus Harding from The Warden by Anthony Trollope ✯ Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ✯ Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ✯ Badger and Toad from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame ✯ Alice from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ✯ The Wife of Bath from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer ✯ Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen ✯ Eeyore and Piglet from The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne ✯ Beth March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ✯ Hermione Granger, Molly Weasley, and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter ✯ Sybil Crawley from Downton Abbey ✯ Cousin Violet from Downton Abbey ✯ Olivia Benson and Sonny Carisi from Law and Order S.V.U. ✯ Prince George from Blackadder III ✯ Norman Stanley Fletcher from Porridge ✯ Margo and Jeremy Leadbetter from The Good Life ✯ Benjamin Bunny from Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter ✯ Ma Larkin from The Pop Larkin Chronicles by H. E. Bates ✯ Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare ✯ Sgt. Wilson, Private Godfrey, and Private Walker from Dad's Army
Roses ✯ Daffodils ✯ Fresh paint ✯ Vanilla ✯ The forest in early autumn ✯ Summer ✯ Basil ✯ Vine tomatoes ✯ Stalosan F (this is a weird one, I know, but it does smell nice and fresh and it reminds me of summer) ✯ Christmas cake cooking in the oven ✯ The lingering smell of polish ✯ Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) ✯ Night-Scented Stock (Matthiola longipetala) ✯ Lemons ✯ Bergamot ✯ Thyme ✯ My vanilla frosting Yankee candle ✯ Chimney smoke in the winter ✯ Freshly cut grass (it's only a cliché because most people do!) ✯ Old churches ✯ Cinnamon ✯ Compost ✯ The hens (they smell a little like cucumber) ✯ Marshmallows ✯ Honeysuckle ✯ Raspberries ✯ Hay ✯ Pink grapefruit ✯ Newly washed bedding ✯ Wild garlic ✯ Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus)
So many songs! Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G.✯ Oh to be in Love by Kate Bush ✯ Fun for Me by Moloko ✯ Release the Pressure by Leftfield ✯ John Wayne by Lady Gaga ✯ Malibu by Hole ✯ Sunset Strip by Courtney Love ✯ Love is Only a Feeling by The Darkness ✯ Bliss by Tori Amos ✯ Ms. Jackson by OutKast ✯ Ain't Nobody by Chaka Khan and Rufus ✯ You Can't Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones ✯ Kashmir by Led Zeppelin ✯ Shackles (Praise You) by Mary Mary ✯ Country House by Blur ✯ Get Off of My Cloud by Rolling Stones ✯ Def Con One by Pop Will Eat Itself ✯ Whole Lotta Trouble by Stevie Nicks ✯ Mo Money Mo Problems by The Notorious B.I.G. ✯ Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst ✯ Kite by Kate Bush ✯ Wasted Youth by Meatloaf ✯ It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube ✯ Sorted for E's and Wizz by Pulp ✯ Wake Up Boo! by The Boo Radleys ✯ Ebeneezer Goode by The Shamen ✯ The Importance of Being Idle by Oasis ✯ Dominoes by The Big Pink ✯ Praise You by Fatboy Slim ✯ Have a Nice Day by Bon Jovi ✯ Intergalactic by Beastie Boys ✯ I Wish by Skee-Lo ✯ Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) by The Offspring ✯ Feeling Good by Nina Simone ✯ Night Scented Stock by Kate Bush ✯ The Life of Riley by The Lightning Seeds ✯ Flow Joe by Fat Joe ✯ 711 by Beyoncé ✯ The Four Seasons by Antonia Vivaldi ✯ Roll with It by Oasis ✯ I Don't Feel Like Dancing by The Scissor Sisters ✯ Big Time by Peter Gabriel ✯ Hey Ma by Cam'Rom ✯ Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin ✯ No Diggity by Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen ✯ Flowers by Sweet Female Attitude ✯ The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash ✯ Two Princes by Spin Doctors ✯ Everything's Cool by Pop Will Eat Itself ✯ Ain't Nothing Going on But the Rent by Gwen Guthrie ✯ Tequilla by Terrorvision ✯ Three Little Birds by Bob Marley ✯ Mozambique by Bob Dylan ✯ Take Your Mama by The Scissor Sisters ✯ And Dream of Sheep by Kate Bush ✯ Beautiful Stranger by Madonna ✯ Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ✯ Down the Old Coal Hole by George Formby ✯ Loaded by Primal Scream ✯ Lucky Man by The Verve ✯ Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry ✯ Human Behaviour by Björk ✯ Life is a Flower by Ace of Base ✯ Ode to Joy from Ninth Symphony by Ludwig von Beethoven ✯ Not this Time by Kate Bush ✯ Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks ✯ Honey by Moby ✯ Respect by Aretha Franklin ✯ Govinda by Kula Shaker ✯ Brimful of Asha by Cornershop ✯ Small Town Boy by Bronski Beat ✯ Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana ✯ It's Tricky by Run D.M.C. ✯ Rabbit Heart (Raise it up) by Florence and the Machine ✯ Mustt Mustt by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ✯ Ce Martin Lá by Air ✯ Get Up Offa That Thing by James Brown ✯ Temptation by Heaven 17 ✯ L'Amour Looks Something Like You by Kate Bush ✯ Free by Ultra Naté ✯ Morning Mood from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg ✯ Gloria by Patti Smith ✯ California Love by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre ✯ Beautiful Ones by Suede ✯ Sugar-Coated Iceberg by The Lightning Seeds ✯ New World Symphony by Antonín Dvořák ✯ You Get What You Give by The New Radicals
My boyfriend and my mother ✯ My pets ✯ A cool breeze ✯ Lying or indeed sitting in a sunbeam ✯ Eating fresh bread when it's still warm from the oven ✯ Water in the sunlight ✯ The tinkling of a wind chime ✯ Bubble baths ✯ New toiletries ✯ A clear, starry sky ✯ Autumn mornings that start off very misty but by mid-morning it's bright sunshine ✯ Warm, sunny days ✯ A new book ✯ A full moon in June ✯ A crescent moon in December ✯ Coming home ✯ The first frost ✯ Dandelion fluff ✯ Illustrations ✯ Planting seeds ✯ Buying a new plant ✯ Hearing owls as I go to sleep ✯ Dappled sunlight ✯ Trees ✯ The first snow ✯ Pink nail varnish ✯ The budgies singing ✯ Robins ✯ Waking up to a sunny day ✯ Early mornings ✯ Cuddles off Agnes and Florence (Meg and Ruby don't like cuddles, though Ruby sometimes consents to standing awkwardly on my knee) ✯ Bees ✯ John William Waterhouse ✯ A newly cleaned and tidied house ✯ A crackling fire ✯ The cuckoo ✯ Lazy Sundays ✯ Garden centres ✯ Little fluffy clouds ✯ Old pictures of where I live ✯ Clean sheets ✯ The feeling of having done something I've put off for a while ✯ Toads ✯ Clean glass ✯ New leaves on the trees in mid-spring ✯ Blackbird song ✯ How excited the chickens get when I go out with their treats ✯ Newly dug up potatoes, boiled ✯ Going into the garden in early evening to pick herbs to go with dinner ✯ Sleeping with the window open ✯ Watering my plants ✯ Ladybirds ✯ Watching the garden birds ✯ The dawn chorus ✯ Collared Doves ✯ Sparrows ✯ Chaffinches ✯ Chimneys ✯ When the leaves start to turn ✯ Snowdrops ✯ Celebrations after England win something ✯ Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall ✯ Cows ✯ Seeing sheep with their lambs and how proud and protective they look ✯ Hexham Abbey ✯ Jedburgh Abbey ✯ Bamburgh Castle ✯ Puffins ✯ Mary, Queen of Scots' House ✯ Starting a book I know I'll love ✯ Finishing a very difficult book ✯ Primroses ✯ Dog roses ✯ Swallows ✯ Streams ✯ Donkeys ✯ Halloween ✯ Christmas ✯ Carving pumpkins ✯ Pansies and violas ✯ The crackle of a vinyl record ✯ The sound of rain on the window ✯ The Capon Tree in Jedburgh (it's over 2,000 years old) ✯ Gifs ✯ When my boyfriend returns home