Simple Pleasures

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


Warm summer nights mean dining alfresco and chatting with friends into the night. While the local residents flee to warmer cities, the streets are filled with day trippers and exchange students.


My friend, Kylie and her two gorgeous daughters dropped by bringing a bouquet of herbs plucked from her garden. That's one of the best and most original presents I've ever received. I love the waft of mint, fennel and sage scents I get every time I walk past the bouquet. We laughed, hollered and giggled and feasted on a simple lunch which I hastily put together. We had bruschetta, grilled peppers (tossed in minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt and red wine vinegar), sweet cherry tomatoes (drizzled with olive oil, a sprinkling of salt, chopped fresh basil and a dash of red wine vinegar), different types of cheeses and pate.

While it may sound corny but the past few months have reminded me that life is short. The simplest pleasure in life yet the most rewarding is the time we spend with our loved ones.


  1. I agree with you 100% Marlene. What a sweet post. :)


  2. Very true ♥I really have enjoyed watering the plants with my little boy on these lovely summer evenings, before bedtime x

  3. Ahh simple pleasures are the best. What a lovely little gathering, so pleased you're getting in some quality summer pleasures. x

  4. those are so pretty! Much nicer than a posh bunch from an expensive florist x

  5. Oh love the herb bouquet. And those peppers sound delicious!

  6. The herbs make such a beautiful arrangement. You have a knack for taking simple things and arranging them just so.

    1. LOL! I don't! Kylie gave me to me, all nicely bunched up. I just pop the bouquet into a jar :P That's my ONLY contribution!

  7. Sue is right! You really do have a knack for making simple things look really special. Such a lovely post ... and such a true message x

  8. I totally agree with you. I love how you seem to enjoy life!

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