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Smell the coffee - in praise of simple pleasures
16-DEC-2009

Smell the coffee - in praise of simple pleasures

Sometimes it's simple pleasures like a good strong cup of coffee and a tasty muffin in a favourite
coffee shop which provides that little bit of pleasure in an otherwise drab day.
I wasn't at all sure what I was going to write when I sat down to post this. I knew this was going
to be my PAD image as it was the only photograph I'd managed to take today, a working day
spent mostly in court listening to the depressing stories of those whose lives have taken a turn
which results in them being on the wrong side of the law.
After dinner, which as it was presented to me on a cold winter's night when I walked in the door,
should rank as another simple pleasure, I decided to visit my 87 year old aunt before Christmas.
Although less steady on her feet, she still seems the same to me as when I visited her house as a
child. As we chatted and talked, I regretted not visiting her more often. How easy it is to get
caught up in our busy lives, in obsessions such as photography and pbase, to forget the important
things like reaching out to those we love. That is a simple pleasure that we can all enjoy if we
just take the time to get off the hamster wheels we have made for ourselves.

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sue anne17-Dec-2009 22:21
Oh this looks delicious and calming after a day at work.
Peter Sussex17-Dec-2009 20:59
I would rather smell the muffin with my mouth:) Love your heart hitting thoughts as well.
Nicki Thurgar17-Dec-2009 20:29
Hear, hear... and I love this warm image!
bill friedlander17-Dec-2009 19:36
A great idea for a New Years resolution. The muffin is a nice break from the porridge. V
Johnny JAG17-Dec-2009 19:19
That looks inviting.
Betty Vlasiu17-Dec-2009 15:43
Very nice atmosphere, details and perspective. v
LynnH17-Dec-2009 13:51
How nice of you to visit! We do get caught up in ourselves, don't we? Lovely story and perfect for the holiday season. Your photo has a warm, welcoming mood that is appealing and goes perfectly with your narrative.
Patricia Kay17-Dec-2009 12:53
A beautiful image and words of wisdom Mairead....How very true...BV
Neal Nye17-Dec-2009 12:43
Lovely words to accompany a delightful photo. A heartwarming presentation. It will cheer up my whole day!
Blandine Mangin17-Dec-2009 10:44
un petit café, c'est toujours un moment agréable...et le matin au réveil, il est indispensable ! v
heather17-Dec-2009 08:41
Couldn't agree more Mairead. Lovely shot!
January Grey17-Dec-2009 05:32
A lovely shot, Mairead. V~
Norman Richard17-Dec-2009 02:42
Life is made of little things, most even leave it without a bang.
larose forest photos17-Dec-2009 01:53
Well said, Mairead. Thank you for the reminder to slow down a bit. I agree that it is the simple pleasures that are the best. Love this photo!! V
Stephanie17-Dec-2009 00:35
A wonderful image. Wish I could join you for a cup of pleasure. :-)
pkocinski17-Dec-2009 00:07
Lovely image - I'd love to be able to share a snack with you!
Phillip Normanton16-Dec-2009 23:25
Yes, the simple pleasures are the best :o)
laine16-Dec-2009 23:22
My Dad is the same age & half a country away & living alone...:(
Máire Uí Mhaicín16-Dec-2009 23:18
Yes, I agree. I have some similar visits to make before the weekend, and they are a true reminder to us of what is important in life.
Colin Storey16-Dec-2009 23:07
Lovely image and words, so true. v
Ann...16-Dec-2009 22:56
Wise words.
lisamidi16-Dec-2009 22:52
You are so right with what you are writing about, Mairead, thanks for reminding, I'll try to keep in mind... and this little pleasure looks fabulous.v
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