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Clare Grant

Every morning I write about the three best things that happened yesterday. The practice cheers me up and reminds me of the joys in small things. I hope reading Three Beautiful Things will help you take note of the tiny happinesses that make everyone rich.
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Stuck, steps and Pimms. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Stuart comes out and tells us that Alec and Anthony came scampering together into his workshop to tell him something important and urgent: that Alec was stuck up on the b ... Read on »
Beer cake, reception and kiss. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. I have been wanting to bake the Beer Cake from Mary-Anne Boermans Great British Bakes -- it looks like a good plain cake and the recipe originates just down the road in T ... Read on »
Evacuation, curry plant and picnic tea. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. I find Nick, still in his pyjamas, sitting on the edge of the sofa looking a bit... "I'm just stunned," he says. Alec has just woken him up and rushed him downstairs to t ... Read on »
Advice, falling in and no meaning. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. When I bring Bettany downstairs in the morning she is not happy at all. She grizzles and grumps and cries. "If you feel like crying," Alec tells her in a sympathetic voi ... Read on »
Glue, growing up and chore. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. The packet of cheap glitter glue sticks I bought for the craft stash turn out to be excellent: the glue is brightly coloured and it really glitters. Even better, they a ... Read on »
Guide, bubbles and choose a commuter. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Bettany and I go to a school open afternoon. Our guide, Tabitha, proudly tells us that she is the oldest girl in the school. One of the teachers says to us "You've got to ... Read on »
Blue-orange, parallel path and barley. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. While we are taking our afternoon airing in Calverley Grounds we come across a planting that takes my breath away: tall cornflowers with marigolds and orange poppies. ... Read on »
Strangers, carrying seeds and a moon. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Strangers who are willing to join in. Alec and I have set up a trap in the middle of the path, baited with a carrot stick. He is hoping to catch a mole and a water rat. I ... Read on »
Flora, bananas and coo. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. After breakfast I find myself idly flicking through W. Keble Martin's masterwork  The Concise British Flora in Colour  and I fall in love all over again. 2. Mash ... Read on »
Going down, more porridge and asleep. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. I can't get back to sleep so I creep downstairs and enjoy breakfast all alone. 2. Alec looks greedily round for more porridge -- I've eaten mine, Bettany has had her's ... Read on »
Hay bales, shade and sweet peas. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. With a terrible clattering a tractor is circling the field picking up hay and spitting out bales. We watch enthralled. While the men are loading up the wagon at the end o ... Read on »
Dappled, bath and patient. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. To walk along a road dappled with sun and shade. 2. I decide to use my free time by having a bath and reading a book about baking ( Great British Bakes , a book of r ... Read on »
Compost bin, out and nursery train. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. My compost bin arrives -- it's always exciting to receive a parcel. While Bettany sleeps I tidy a space for it, and then after lunch she plays with some stones and flower ... Read on »
Yellow petals, scuttle and puff. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. One of my nasturtiums has a bud that is revealing still furled yellow petals (my nasturtiums generally come out a rather flashy orange so a red or a yellow is a cause for ... Read on »
Sticky ninja, off the table and going to sleep. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Alec gets his final sticker and can claim his reward. It's a small ninja made from sticky rubber. You throw it at the window and it sticks, but gradually comes unstuck so ... Read on »
Free to a good home, meeting up and fixed. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Outside Homebase is a stack of pots, just the sort I wanted, that are free to a good home. 2. We split up to do errands this morning: I to run out with Bettany in the ... Read on »
Reflection, slide and celebration. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Today Bettany is ONE. 1. To snatch a quiet moment in the garden chatting with Audrey, who is as good a mothering mentor as you are likely to find. 2. Bettany man ... Read on »
Hiding, sharing and hygiene. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Alec hiding in the curtains to peep out at my aunt and cousin. 2. Alec passes his ice cream dish across the table and asks me to give Bettany some. 3. The generally ... Read on »
Seeds, scientist and furious child. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. Across the bare soil in this pot there is a fuzz of green: Nana's charity flower seeds are coming up. Other pots are further along: here is a packet of Abel and Cole's be ... Read on »
Wardrobe, Granny and wild. by Clare Grant Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness 1. To get time to sort though the bags of clothes and put together outfits for Bettany. Dressing her will be fun again now that she has the right gear for the weather and fo ... Read on »