What’s Your Pleasure?

Keep it clean all of you who are now letting your mind wander to weekends away with your favourite celeb!

Today I’m asking what you would say is the thing that is your indulgence, your naughty pleasure or your treat. The obvious answer for most of us would be time with our families, date night with the partner etc but I’m thinking something that’s just for you.

I don’t drink, I don’t smoke (10 years off the cigs in November) and I have something of a home bod however there are still plenty of things I can (and do) enjoy and five of these are listed below.

  1. Walking
    Boring I know but sometimes I just want to grab my boots, camera (phone) and set off out for a walk, taking pictures or just enjoying the fresh air. Sometimes I go alone, sometimes we walk as a family. Fortunately we live in a gorgeous area in North Yorkshire on the edge of the N Yorks Moors so have plenty of fabulous walks around us to enjoy.


  1. Reading
    There’s nothing better at the end of a hard day after the kids have gone to bed than getting into my baggies, grabbing a blanket and the sofa (or snuggling down into freshly washed bed sheets) and getting engrossed into a good book. I’ve read some corkers recently, one being the Photographer’s Wife by Nick Alexander and Daughter by Jane Shemilt. Do comment below if you have any recommendations!


  1. Cookery
    I’m very fond of cookery and love my kitchen. I like challenging myself to create new and inventive recipes and at the moment have an on-going love affair with my vegetable spiralizer (I will blog more about this at some point!).

Veggies Noodles

  1. Gaming
    I live in Thirsk which has its own very popular racecourse (horse racing) and yet I’ve never actually been to the races! I’m more of a sit at home in your PJs (there’s a common theme here) and enjoy a flutter kinda gal. I’m not a die-hard gambling expert or anything however do enjoy the odd game here and there on sites such as Euro Palace and if I win some, all the better (and all the more to spend on my other indulgences). I used to enjoy the National Lottery and some of their games however gave that up when they put all of the prices up – tsk!


  1. Pinterest
    I am very much a Pinterest tart and can happily send relaxed hours pinning and viewing my own and other users’ boards. My main interests are anything interior design / homes related, vintage stuff, amusing things and basically anything that comes under the label “pretty”. You can find my boards here (do share yours!).



These are probably my five main pleasures or indulgences at the moment, what are yours?

Leisure Time

Yes, leisure time. I am Mum to two young boys, I work full time from home, I have a gorgeous house to run (thankfully I also have a wonderful husband to help me out here!) and there is always something else to keep me busy. Recently I have altered my working hours though so that I am able to do all of this and even squeeze in a bit of “me” time.

Friend have told me that I need to get out more. Go for a drink, a run (unlikely) or maybe even join a club of some sort. As well meaning as these wonderful people are, at the end of the day if I haven’t an urgent piece of copy to write for an impossibly tight deadline and the boys are all clean, warm, comfy and asleep all I want to do is flop!

My evenings off are precious and instead of gathering the energy together to drag myself out of the house again I choose one of the following:

TV time with the Hubby
Fortunately Roy and I enjoy (mostly) the same type of movies and TV shows. Sci-fi, crime, drama and all that sort of stuff is just our sort of thing. Walking Dead, The Following, pretty much anything from Alibi, Game of Thrones (roll on April!) and for me NCIS, Call the Midwife or anything remotely period drama is just perfect when cuddled up on the sofa with buckets of coffee.

Online Games
I’m not a big gamer as such however do enjoy the odd hour playing bingo games. I’d be no good in a real casino but online bingo can be a bit of a laugh, even the free games and I find them quite relaxing.

I love to read. Whether it is my Kindle or a “proper” book that grabs me doesn’t matter, there is nothing quite like losing yourself in a good story. Again, I like a variety of genres from crime, psychological thrillers, chic lit and historical books. There is something almost sinful about sneaking off upstairs to climb into bed at 8pm and read for a couple of hours before bed.

This isn’t something that many people would call relaxing however I love cooking. Baking is more Roy’s department but making soups, stews and all manner of fancy foods is something I find fun and actually quite relaxing. I do occasionally spend a couple of hours on an evening batch cooking and then freeze everything for those busy days when I don’t fancy cooking or simply don’t have time.

You would think that spending most of my time online for work purposes I’d be glad to see the back of my laptop at the end of the day. Working online and playing online are two very different things though. I love pinterest and reading blogs, especially thrifty, foodie and interior design ones. I’m something of a social media junkie and can happily spend an hour or so jumping between platforms enjoying the content that I find and chatting with people. I also seem to spend a fair bit of time window shopping too. Thankfully I pin more than I purchase.

Friends think I’m missing out but right now, a quiet night in enjoying any of these pastimes is exactly what I look forward to at the end of the day. How do you spend your leisure time?

Leisure Time

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