Monday, 21 December 2015

Things I enjoy

It being the season of goodwill and all that, today I shall desist from any sort of moaning and whinging and celebrate the positive - like things I enjoy. So here are a few random pleasures off the top of my head.
  • Murmurations
  • Squirrels and cats
  • Sunrises and sunsets
  • Weeping willows
  • Beautiful men and women
  • Oddballs and misfits
  • Acrobats and gymnasts
  • Stilt-walkers
  • Dresses (usually on other people)
  • Modern art
  • Music/books/films
  • Chess
  • White wine
  • Vegetarian and vegan food
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • The sea
  • Mountains
  • Thunderstorms
  • Fountains
  • Waterfalls
It only remains to say: Happy Christmas. May the Force be with you. And may traffic wardens stay away from your street.


  1. Thanks, John. And a very happy Christmas to you too.

  2. Merry Christmas and thanks for your posts over the year.

  3. I fit in with No 6, so nice to liked and appreciated! Bright Blessings for Yule, and Christmas of course.

  4. 80% I'm with you on :)

    And Happy Solstice!


  5. many on your list are on my own.
    i'm so glad i joined your community. you never disappoint.
    happy christmas darling nick and jenny!
    here's too more joys in the new year!

  6. Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas! I agree with Number 6, too. I assume that includes nerds and geeks too? I'm definitely in that category and am proud of it.

  7. I see the winter solstice turns out to be today and not yesterday. It refuses to be pinned down!

  8. Where are the Raindrops on Roses?

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  9. Bijoux: Raindrops on roses? Oh yes, that's something quite breathtaking. And how about bare tree branches covered with snow?

  10. Thank you, one and all, for your Christmas greetings. And a very Happy Christmas to you too.

  11. Yep, I'll go along with most of those - especially thunderstorms and chocolate!

  12. I like your list, Nick. Thank you for your good wishes and the friendship we have shared over the past eight years, may it long continue.

  13. Dave: I just love the sheer drama and excitement of thunderstorms!

    Grannymar: Thanks. I've enjoyed our long friendship as well. We must revisit Caffé Nero sometime!

  14. I have recently developed a fondness for the Southern Gateway Centre, which is the tourist information centre for Wollongong. It combines fabulous views with gelato. One day I hope to get down there to see a storm come up the coast.

    Enjoy your chess tournament.

  15. Kylie: We never got as far as Wollongong, only Cronulla. Judging by photos, it looks a bit spoilt by all the high-rise blocks.

    We're looking forward to our traditional chess skirmish!

  16. Nick, I look forward to catching up over coffee in the new year!

  17. Kylie: Jenny's usual tactic is to get me so well-oiled I have no idea what I'm doing.

    Grannymar: Yes indeed!

  18. Beautiful men and women and modern art. I like your picture with this post. I like the two I just mentioned. I like things of beauty. Christmas will begin for me tomorrow evening. Until then...

  19. Rachel: That's a wonderful pose, isn't it? I tried yoga once but I didn't have the patience to keep at it. Maybe I should try again....

  20. I went on a yoga holiday at the end of July. You may not have been reading my blog then. There is a little about it although I cant remember what, but not much about yoga!

  21. Rachel: I must check out the post. Watch this space.

  22. Rachel: So you had a good time on your French yoga retreat but you still can't face the evening classes in the village hall? I guess if your work is demanding you just want to spend the evening unwinding rather than sweating away at strenuous yoga postures.

  23. May your 2015 end on a very happy note and may 2016 brings you more joy and happiness.

  24. Thank you, Ramana. May you also have a wonderful 2016.

  25. That's a good idea. I'll make a list like that too! Happy Christmas, Nick!

  26. Jenny: I look forward to your own list!

  27. I missed the chance to wish you Merry Christmas here, but at least I'm early to wish you all the best for 2016.

    Hope you have an awesome New Year!


  28. Thanks, Rose. And a fabulous 2016 to you too!