Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Simple pleasures

A river cuts through the centre of my town. I don’t think it’s used to its full potential by the local council or by much of the city population. Most people see it as just sort of there and it’s nothing special. Personally, I like it. It passes through a nice area – complete with pub – and I’ve had a few ideas for short fiction inspired by the locations. My wife and I have walked through it a few times before she drags me to the pub (honest). Over the weekend, we had a walk in the other direction. Within less than ten minutes of leaving the city centre, we were pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I’m talking the river beside us, a few cows on the other side, fields and a biiiiiiiggggggggggggggggg sky. That was about it. OK, we were both half dead by the time we got back to civilisation but it was still a nice time. Anyway, this got me thinking about simple pleasures.

By simple pleasures, I mean the things which might not seem like a big deal but matter to us. We don’t need to spend much on them or really give them much thought. They’re the things that we can end up overlooking because we’re focused on saving up for a holiday or worrying about how to pay for Christmas.

Not including writing, my simple pleasures: a good book, time with friends, vegging with my wife on a Friday night when neither of us can be arsed to do anything, a beer in the bath, laughing at rubbish zombie films, when either of my cats sits on my lap AND gets off without scratching the hell out of my legs, and walking along the river in the middle of nowhere, of course.

So, what are yours? Feel free to share any and all. Let’s enjoy our simple pleasures.

 Wife + river = arty farty pic.

15 comments:

  1. I agree that walking in pretty places is one of the simplest and loveliest pleasures there is. For me, I also like a hot shower (without being harrassed, lol), a few hours with a good book, or a bottle of wine with friends I haven't seen for ages. Failing that--baking a big, fuck-off cake.

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  2. Sweet. Can't beat a good book. Or a cake.

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  3. Aside from writing?
    Hmmmm....

    A good horror book. A good horror movie. Spending time on the paranormal forum that I am a member of staff on. Spending time with husband. Music, theatre, cinema. Foot massages *yum* lol.

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  4. Definitely with you on the book and film, Fiona. If you haven't seen them, Riding the Bullet (based on the Stephen King short story) and Pulse (the original Japanese film) are worth checking out.

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  5. Oh, thanks Luke! I like the idea of checking out Pulse. Can you recommend any other supernatural movies? (Think along the lines of Amityville Horror or Ring)? I LOVE those types of movies.

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  6. If you liked Ring, check out Dark Water, Shutter, The Eye, Phone, and (of course) The Grudge. Hopefully, it goes without saying I'm talking about the originals ;)

    I haven't seen it yet, but I'm going to watch a Spanish film called The Silent House soon. If you can handle extreme violence, Martyrs is worth watching. Be warned, though. It's not a nice film. Very good, but not nice.

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  7. Thanks for the recommendations. I LOVE Asian horror - Tale of Two Sisters and Phone are both amongst my favourites. I will give Martyrs a go - I don't mind a bit of blood and guts ;)

    Have you ever seen The Devil's Backbone? That's Spanish movie - a ghost story. LOVED it.

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  8. What about A LOT of blood and guts haha?

    Not seen that one. I'll investigate. And I love how a post about life's little pleasures has turned into a horror film list. :)

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  9. Me too! Good stuff :)
    After this, I have ordered Pulse. Can't wait to see it. Might order Martyrs, but after the reviews on amazon, with customers saying they felt violated, I am somewhat wary lol!

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  10. If it helps, my review is a 5 star one entitled 'As dark as the real world'.

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  11. I'll have a peek. I think I want to watch this. I remember watching a movie called Inside (which scared the HELL out of me!) that made me feel as if... it was morally wrong, somehow... yet I loved it too, lol. Great thing about horror. So anyway, I'm rambling, perhaps I will give it a go :)

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  12. Ooh, nice recs!

    Simple pleasures: Just last night I was snuggled up on the couch with my two sons watching a movie, just talking about stuff and cracking on each other, and I thought - this is the life! Such a sweet and simple thing.

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  13. That's the sort of thing I'm talking about, Diane. It's definitely the little things.

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  14. That's a great picture, arty farty or not. :)

    Simple delights: Reading a book on the deck with an iced coffee, sleeping in on a Sunday, rereading a Stephen King book and still getting scared at the parts I already know are scary, laughing with friends while consuming some kind of barbecued meat, watching movies in bed with my husband and 4 cats all cuddled up.

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  15. Thanks, Jennifer. And that's a good list. I'm with you on all apart from getting into bed with your husband. Can't say I fancy that.

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