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happiness is…

no child at risk

freedom of speech and beliefs

an end to domestic violence

worldwise fair food distribution

and the rest.

 

But if if I can look on my little precious bubble of a world for a moment, deeply aware of how damn lucky I am, then happiness is:

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gardening…

 

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admiring and eating our delicious ridiculous carrots, determined next time to plant from seed, not seedlings!

 

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eating our first head of broccoli for dinner… if we'd picked it yesterday it would not have flowered (oops) but perhaps would not have been so pretty.

 

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computer time…

 

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fresh scones for afternoon tea with friends we particularly like, using this recipe and using up the end of the blackberry jam. LICIOUS, says Ivy.

 

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Happiness is Walmsley children up a wall. In this they take after their rock-climbing father.

Also smallest.

 

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So determined. 

 

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Manager: will the parents please get the baby off the wall?

Happiness is a simple little life that sometimes smacks you in the head with how ridiculously and incredibly lucky we are. Nutritious food on the table. Roof over heads. Clothes on back. Extended family. Friends we adore. Health. A chance to do work we find really satisfying.

Happiness is overwhelming gratitude.

(And a left over scone.)

For you? Happiness is…?

xxx

 

9 Comments on “happiness is…

christine
August 27, 2012 at 1:30 am

Happiness is reading blog posts like this that cherish the beauty in the simple things that make life so worth living!

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alison@thisbloominglife
August 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

I’m with christine! Plus, I find happiness in flowers from my garden – there’s something in the old ‘stop and smell the roses’ me thinks…

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Cassandramadge.wordpress.com
August 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Hear hear!! Couldn’t agree more. Simple things=great happiness!!

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Julie
August 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Realizing just how extraordinarily precious life is and enjoying our family, pets,, nature, farm animals, gardens ~ veggy and flower! Yes, taking time to appreciate the wonder of life and “stopping to smell the roses! You have certainly captured it with your camera!

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Vanessa
August 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Exactly how you put it… There isn’t anything else. Funny, we’ve just picked our broccoli too, and it’s all gone to flower. But like you say, very pretty.

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jode@mummymusingsandmayhem
August 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

oh what a lovely and inspiring post! I just love the pic of your gal watering the vegie patch and i wish my leeks were looking as good as yours! I was actually just thinking today that happiness was sitting on a bush rock with my twin two year olds looking at the sun setting and one lovely sighing a big ‘ahhh’ and ‘that’s nice Mummy’ Doesn’t get better than that!

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innerpickle
August 28, 2012 at 7:06 am

Garlic, actually! Id love to grow leeks!

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lily boot
August 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

hee! hee! leeks are the only thing I have grown successfully so far. Now, hopefully my broadbeans which are covered in flowers but taking a battering from the today’s fierce wind will produce something and we can have leek and broad bean risotto!

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Lisa
January 10, 2013 at 1:37 am

Amazing post! Glad I found it. Your happiness plain jumps off the webpage:) Love and agree with what you have written…so very true!!

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