What’s making me happy: May

Undulating farmland near Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

While May has felt long for me, I still can’t quite believe we’re almost at the end of the fifth month of the year. How are we almost halfway through 2019 already?!  This is what’s been making me smile this month…

AUTUMN COLOURS

Yellow, red and green leaves in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

Wagga Wagga hasn’t had much of an autumn this year.  Warm weather has been inter-spaced with the occasional burst of cool and to be honest I think it’s left mother nature utterly confused. It’s only been in the last fortnight or so that the city’s deciduous trees have decided it’s time to commit to turning yellow, orange and red.  We’re lucky to see even a bit of autumn colour in the city – most parts of Australia don’t get anything –  and I for one have been secretly smiling at the big piles of leaves starting to accumulate on footpaths and in gutters. Hopefully these autumnal tones will stick around a little longer before the chill of winter proper sets in and leaves disappear altogether.

BABY MOVEMENTS

Pregnant woman in black and white stripe shirt looking at white sneaker clad feet.

What started as tiny flutters a few weeks ago, have progressed into increasingly strong kicks and punches in my ever-expanding baby belly.   I’m loving feeling bub inside me (even if it does wake me up occasionally of a night) and to know Adam can feel those movements too is so, so special. Of an evening he’ll often sit with his hands on my stomach, waiting for our little person to have a wriggle around.  I’ve noticed baby seems to be particularly active first thing of a morning before I’ve had my breakfast, after dinner and then at about 5am.  We both can’t wait for our first glimpse of a little hand or foot sticking out from beneath the taught skin on my belly.

LONGER, DARKER EVENINGS

A bunch of roses sitting on a white table beside a lighted candle.

I know a lot of people dread winter for the long dark nights, but I actually quite like them.  Maybe it’s having grown in coastal Queensland where the days are long, even in winter, but for me there’s something so very nice about drawing the curtains in the afternoon, switching on lamps and lighting candles and hunkering down for the night that’s utterly blissful. When Adam and I lived in England, hygge was all the rage – so perhaps it’s those happy memories that are helping me adapt to the changing seasons. Home always feels like such an oasis in the cooler weather – full of delicious meals, cozy blankets and isolated and safe from the dark outside.

How’s your May been – what’s been making you smile?

Have a wonderful week. x

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