A Perfect Day

“Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you.”
Max Lucado,  author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. 1955


Today is the first day of the rest of your life

In today’s post Chris at Bridges Burning wrote about her perfect day and then posed the question – What would be your perfect day?

A perfect day for me could include embrace many things

  • A walk in the sunshine
  • A walk in the rain – I am English so I am used to the gentle rain but here it is not always gentle.  Gale force southerlies are forecast for tonight.  Oh well it has been a lovely day.
  • Meeting with friends for coffee, lunch, dinner or just a drink and a chat
  • Waking up to the sound of the rain on the roof and knowing that I don’t have to be at work by 9am.  I can stay where I am if I choose with my book, Lotte and my first cup of tea.  Well I choose how I will spend the rest of my life!
  • Having something to look forward to.  Meeting with friends as above, a movie, a Night at the Met etc etc
  • Spending time with my children and their children
  • Seeing the smiles on their faces when my grandchildren see me.  Even though they are all teenagers, they still love their Granma
  • Finding a new (easy) recipe to try
  • Discovering a new friend in the blogosphere
  • Choosing some new plants in the garden centre.

So taking the above items as a guide, today was pretty close to perfect for me

  • Lotte and I walked in the sunshine twice today.  Once just the two of us and then later, with a friend
  • I had uninterrupted time with my daughter over coffee this morning.  She is so busy I have to make an appointment, but it is a good time for a mother/daughter bonding.
  • I had lunch with a friend at a restaurant at the beach
  • I found some new plants at the garden centre for my many tubs that really do need attention
  • I found a recipe for Chicken with Mustard Creme Fraiche and I am about to make it for us for tonight.
Chicken with Mustard Crème Fraiche


  • 2 Tbsp oil or butter
  • 4 med. (150g) Chicken Breasts fillets
  • 125g mushrooms, sliced (1 1/2 cups sliced)
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 250g pottle creme fraiche
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 Tbsp French or Dijion mustard


1. Heat half the oil or butter in a frying pan and when hot, place the Chicken Breasts fillets skin side down first. Cover with a lid and cook over a moderate heat for 5 minutes.

2. Turn over and cook a further 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Set aside on a plate and keep covered.

3. Add the remaining oil or butter to the pan and when hot, stir in the mushrooms and onion and cook over a moderate heat, stirring regularly until the vegetables are softened.

4. Stir in the mustard, creme fraiche and bring to a gentle simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, cover and heat through for a further 1-2 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper.

Serve with vegetables.

So another (almost) perfect day comes to a close in Brooklyn, Wellington.  I hope your day was as good as mine.  What would make a day perfect for you?

Sunset on beach

“Sunsets are the prelude to another beautiful day. And whatever happens the sun will rise tomorrow.”
Judith Baxter, blogger, friend, mother, grandmother 1938 –


23 responses to “A Perfect Day

  1. Do you go to church Judith? I’m not judging. I’m an old-school church goer. When the choir does a particularly fantastic ‘performance’ I prefer to sit and do nothing – listening to the silence. Others prefer to break the silence with applause. I wish silence would win.
    Your perfect day sounds perfect to me, too.


    • No Lenore I don’t go to church now. But I did during my formative years and when there is a church service on a Sunday morning on the radio I sing along. All the words are lodged in my brain so I can’t forget.
      I feel the way you do but about opera and some classical music. I wish that people would just sit and let the silence was over them and enjoy the quiet. Thanks for the comment Lenore. 🙂


  2. Beautiful post, Judith. Leonore, I can’t bring myself to applaud either!


  3. What a lovely day you’ve described. And when those southerlies blow, you’ll have a nice warm dinner prepared. Enjoy!


    • We had a nice warm dinner but I forgot to buy creme fraiche and wasn’t about to go out into the wind. It was good but different. I shall have to try it again when I have ALL the ingredients. 🙂


  4. Some days radiate JOY! Sounds like you enjoyed a good one.


  5. All of those things plus having dinner at your house when you have Chicken with Mustard Creme Fraiche! 🙂 Dor


  6. Thank you for sharing, Judith …. And inspiring me to start working on my own list 🙂


  7. Any day can be a perfect day. I like how you listed what a perfect day would be and found that today was a good match.


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  9. I love to hear some of the things that would be in a perfect day. Many of those would be in my perfect day also.
    I love to take a nice walk in the park with Reggie.


  10. Just a perfect day. 🙂


  11. My perfect day would be in Summer, and I would wake up next to my husband. The children would come for their morning cuddle in our bed, and we would have breakfast outside. I would take my daughter to buy some bread from the bakery to make sandwiches for a picnic with friends in the mountains. I would pick flowers and raspberries in the mountains and make a tarte when we get back.
    We would share the tarte with friends, at the end of a bbq in the garden. After the kids had gone to bed, I would read for a bit, stretched on a deck chair oustide as night comes. Eventually, my husband would join me, and we would have a rather errr… sporty end to this perfect day.
    There. I have all the ingredients, except for the husband. 😉


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