Marianne of East of Malaga, has asked us to think of some of the simple pleasures in our lives, which don’t cost much, and are often free. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of our lives, we just take them for granted and forget to be grateful for these small things which are essential to our well-being.
A perfectly formed Hibiscus flower. Such a miracle.
A scrumptious bit of self-indulgence which you know you really shouldn’t have, but can’t just resist.
A delicious breakfast, which for a small cost, can be cooked by someone else, who will also do the washing up. 🙂
The angelic sound of little children’s voices singing Christmas carols.
Just sitting dreaming, whilst a sunset unfolds its magic before your very eyes.
The daily pleasure of seeing the resident water birds cavorting on the lake outside our kitchen window,
such a wonderful start to the day.
A walk along an almost deserted beach, and listening to sound of the waves as they wash up against the rocks.
Seeing an unexpected sight in a busy car park.
These simple delights which cross our path, may seem like nothing much at the time, but looking back at my photos, I realise that it’s the accumulation and the memory of these serendipitous pleasures, that make life all the more enjoyable.
To see more entries for Marianne’s CBBH challenge, just click here.
One of the stipulations of this challenge is that I introduce you two two other bloggers who I follow.
First up is Paula, of ‘Lost in Translation’ , who describes herself as “A life’s traveller, a soul explorer, a thinker and a linguist with a lot to learn.” Do pay her a visit. Her posts are always fascinating , and more often than not, her photos have a musical accompaniment.
Secondly there is Cindy-Ann, of ‘The Only Cin’, who is a South African blogger living in Johannesburg. The link will take you to her ‘about’ page, which I’m sure will tempt you to read more of her fascinating and witty writings.
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Perfect array of the simple pleasures in our lives.
Thanks so much, Izzy. 🙂
Hi, I entered the CBBH Challenge as well, and have come visiting. I can really relate to your simple pleasures. I sure hope those ducklings got where they were going safely – so beautiful.
Thanks so much for your visit, Jan. Nice to meet you. 🙂
well those simple pleasures sure tickle my fancy…every one of them is perfect AD
Thanks so much, Jo. 🙂
Ouw… adorable mother duck with her children 😛
They were so cute. 🙂
Indeed. We all have so much to be thankful for… 🙂
Yes we do. 🙂
Ahhhh! That bowl of sweets. Eeek! How unnerving of you to talk about my food pictures when you have a very tempestuous image of your own! Hehehe. Cheers to indulgence! Love the jaywalkers. So adorable. I have yet to feature Paula. Nice that you mention her here.
Yes, I’m not playing fair, rommel. 😀 Paula is a lovely blogger. I hope you do feature her.
This was great to read. You’ve reminded me of all the small things in my own life that make getting up each morning worth it.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Trish. 🙂
I forgot to ask you for this m&m dessert recipe :D. It does not look very nice, but I bet it is scrumptious…..
We had this n a restaurant here. It’s just chocolate ice cream with bits of broken Kit Kat and M&M’s. Yummy!
thank you for coming by my blog and following it.
My pleasure, Alistair. I’m glad I saw the link on Lynda’s blog. 🙂
Thanks for a simple day in Paradise. 😀
Your welcome, Frank. 🙂
This post brought a smile to my face this morning – thank you Sylvia
Thanks, Dallas. I’m so glad it made you smile. i bet it was the baby duckies. 🙂
Oh Sylvia… it’s hard to think of anything but the tragedy that happened today!
I know, Gunta. It’s in my mind the whole time too.
thanks for your simple pleasures, the surprise in the car park really captures my attention … heart-warming!
Thanks so much, Christine. 🙂
It’s the simple things in life that makes it worthwhile 🙂
It definitely is, Tandy. 🙂
Thanks for the mention, AD, it’s a great pleasure that you thought of mee 🙂
My pleasure, Cindy. I enjoy your posts, so thought I would share you. 🙂
Beautiful collection!!! Last shot is awesome!!!
Thanks so much, RV. 🙂
So many super simple pleasures you have shared with us AD, thanks 😉
Thanks, Chris. 🙂
Those are the things that count.
Too right, newsy. 🙂
Beautiful! and I love those ducks in the carpark 😀
Thanks, Dianne. So did I. That mother duck had them all under control. I was worried for their safety, but Daffy seemed very confident. I do hope they made it to wherever they were going………..probably a bit of Christmas shopping. 😀
Sometimes it takes a look back to appreciate and be grateful for things. The unexpected sight in the parking lot is a perfect example. Simple pleasure 🙂
Thanks, Gemma. I’m glad you enjoyed my simple pleasures. Those ducks were too cute. 🙂
This is a fantastic post and such wonderful simple pleasures. Of course you would have to show off your birds from your front yard. Still jealous
Thanks so much, Emily. I’m glad you liked my pics. Yes, those are MY birds. 😀
This is amazing!!! And you are so besutiful…thanks
Thanks so much. 😀
Simple pleasures indeed! Presented superbly Sylvia!
Thanks so much, Phil. 🙂
Lovely simply pleasure, AD! Beautiful photo of the children singing Christmas carols. 🙂
Thanks so much Amy. In the carol singer’s pic, the smallest child and the one behind her, are two of my granddaughters.
I’ll go take another look again. Thank you for sharing the precious photos, AD! Have a nice weekend!
Thanks, Gilly. 🙂
I’m sorry, but all I can see (and remember) is chocolate and bacon. My two favorite foodies! 😀
Simple pleasures can be found everywhere, especially in nature. Lovely (and delicious) pictures, AD.
Hehehe. Two of my BEST, also. Glad you enjoyed the pics, Marion. 🙂
How I enjoyed learning of your Simple Pleasures, Sylvia. These little things really do make the world-go-around, don’t they. I am always delighted to see a mother duck with her little chicks….delightful! 🙂
Thanks for once again sharing links to two blogs that you like to visit. Like you, I always enjoy visiting Paula’s place, so now I have Cindy-Ann to check up on, too!
Great entry for this month’s challenge!
Thanks so much, Marianne. Glad you liked my pics, and I hope you enjoy your visit to Cindy’s blog too. 🙂
I like what is served on the plate looks nice and smells nice and behold, hitherto felt 🙂 mmmm ! what else to say is a great post ! thanks for sharing and please serve one plate more I will – join – have a nice day and let everything go as planned !
Thanks so much for your visit and the lovely comment, Stefan. 🙂
I love the ducklings. Simple pleasures for me are a quiet moment with myself where I can nod off or not, and just enjoy doing nothing 🙂
Thanks, Ruth. Yes, nodding off is a lovely simple pleasure indeed. 😀
lovely simple pleasures ad.
Thanks, Hopestar. 🙂 Hugs
Love your simple pleasures. All are pleasing to the eye, ears and the stomach.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. 🙂
Definitely do make life more pleasurable! Such a beautiful accumulation of lifes pleasures. Thanks for sharing, Sylvia.
Thanks so much, Tahira. 🙂
When we were kids, hibiscus flowers used to be “queens” and we would “undress” them. We used to find thatso entertaining.
You’ve captured many simple pleasures in life, very well done 🙂
Thanks, TA. How very strange to undress a Hibiscus flower. 😆
Well, we called it undressing but it was really more destroying them
That’s what I thought, TA. You bad children! 😯
Simply a lovely selection 🙂
Thanks so much, SC. 🙂
I can really relate to your simple pleasures Sylvia. Lovely pictures and that breakfast, I’m a very big fan of going out for breakfast. One of the joys of living in London was the abundance of cafes where you can get a full english breakfast and a mug of tea for a very reasonable sum. These places are often refered to as ‘greasy spoons’ but the cafe I used to visit in Chapel street, Islington was brilliant. The food was always cooked superbly. Those that look down on such establishments are missing a real treat and one of lifes simple pleasures.
Thanks so much, Adrian. This breakfast photo was taken in the ‘Old Life Guards Station’ cafe on the beach in Umhlanga, and what it lacks in decor, is more than made up for by the ocean view and the sound of the waves. 🙂
Oh AD! First, you’ve touched me…. and you messed up with my plan to add your link to my post for Marianne’s challenge this month … Well, let’s see what month is your birthday – I’d better do it then 😉
Secondly, thank you for sending me love with this beautiful post. I could actually feel it, especially in the pic of you watching the sunset… I felt so close to you. (having a bit of a rough patch now .. I blame astrology :O). Keep well my dear!
My Birthday isn’t until July, but I think it would be so cool if you included me in this month’s CBBH post. I do hope that your rough patch will soon be behind you. Sending you love and hugs. xx
If I add you this month, it would look “cheap” as if I was returning the favour, and the fact is I did think of you for this month mentions …. and I have a picture ready, I am just putting it off (posting for her challenge I mean – I have special dates in a month when I do Marianne’s challenge 😀 – I hope you can guess which ones) When in July is it?
I look forward to reading your post for the challenge, Paula. I’m a Leo, born on 28th. 🙂
I had a feeling you were not Cancer 😀 you intrepid woman!
The simple pleasures indeed AD.
I’m sitting here in absolute silence, no radio or tunes – just hearing the nights happen around me – a simple pleasure 😉
Hope your day is going according to plan 🙂
Thanks, 68. Yes, having a good day. Chris is banging away in the kitchen, and it’s all looking great. 🙂