Simple Pleasures for Marianne.

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 forgetΒ  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. πŸ™‚


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, ofΒ  ‘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.

81 comments on “Simple Pleasures for Marianne.

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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. πŸ˜€

  4. 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 πŸ™‚

  5. I’m sorry, but all I can see (and remember) is chocolate and bacon. My two favorite foodies! πŸ˜€
    Simple pleasures can be found everywhere, especially in nature. Lovely (and delicious) pictures, AD.

  6. 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! πŸ™‚

    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!

  7. I like what is served on the plate looks nice and smells nice and behold, hitherto felt πŸ™‚ 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 !

  8. 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 πŸ™‚

  9. 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 πŸ™‚

  10. 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. πŸ™‚

  11. 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 πŸ˜‰
    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 πŸ˜€ – I hope you can guess which ones) When in July is it?

  12. 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 πŸ˜‰
    Hope your day is going according to plan πŸ™‚

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