My dear friend, Tracy, of Pink Purl told me about this wonderful Blog event called Simple Things. It is being run by the lovely Christina who will also be donating $1 for each person joining in to Doctors without Borders to help Haiti. January can often be a difficult month with grey, cold days in this part of the world and trying to know what to make of this new year, thoughts of another year passed by and where we will be heading... SO this is a wonderful opportunity to just stop. take a deep breath and think of all those simple things in life that bring that true deep pleasure to our lives.
Here is my list -
Pure, fresh air that makes you want to breathe so deeply.
The sight of the first spring bulbs venturing out of their rest.
The sound of birds singing a chorus.
Watching the birds enjoying the food I give them.
The sight of the cottontail of a wild bunny hopping away over the fields.
Seeing rolling green hills stretch out in front of me.
After dry times the scents of nature after the rain.
The sound of leaves crunching under foot in woodland walks.
Lying on my back in the garden taking photos of wispy clouds floating by.
Tip toeing following a butterfly flit from flower to flower to take a photo.
The scent of a horse when I put my arms around them for a hug.
The smell of leather transporting me to the days with my horse.
The feeling of freedom riding on a beloved horse.
The flower scent of soap.
The silver droplets of dew dressing leaves like jewelry.
Early evening sunlight glowing on plants.
The joy of writing & receiving hand written letters.
The first blossom of Spring.
Hearing my little 2 year old niece saying "I luv you Aunty Cath".
The contented purr of my cats.
Beautiful creamy yellow primroses along the banks of country lanes.
Picking blackberries in the wild.
Pulling out carrots from the ground, mmm that scent!
Drinking home made lemonade on a warm summer's day.
Running bare foot in the grass in the Summer.
Watching Spring lambs skipping about in the early evening.
The sound of a donkey eeee-oooooring.
The softness of a donkey's ears.
Trees with the sunlight streaming through their branches
Driving along country lanes where the trees arch over either side.
The clip clop of horses passing by.
The hoot of an owl at night.
The colours of threads and pencils, just like candy.
An old Teddy sat looking out of the window.
Vintage Children's Books.
The enchanting swirl of flames from an open fire.
The warmth of a loving hug.
The glow from a candle on a chilly evening.
The little Robin that is always nearby when digging in my Garden.
The petals of an old fashioned rose nestled like layers of the finest tissue paper.
Ribbons on presents.
Scent of lavender.
The heads of little snowdrops nodding in the winter.
The sound of wellington boots walking along.
Feeding a newborn lamb from a bottle.
Seeing a new character appear on a page as I draw.
The sound of a loved one on the phone.
The joy that a home made gift brings to people.
Last and most definitely not least, the gift of Friendship, thank you to you all.
I had such fun looking through all my photographs to choose just a few. I hope you too will take a moment to treasure your favourite Simple Things. I'll be launching some new sets of notecards to my Etsy store shortly, so do pop back very soon. Hugs, Catherine x