#simplepleasures

  • Simple Pleasures No 15: The Red Box On The Counter Top.

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    It’s a few weeks since my beloved father passed and we are in the middle of Passover and eating a lot of matzos. As I contemplate my breakfast this morning, I think about the significance of these ritual foods in our lives. How important they are. How meaningful. How comforting. The predictability and certainty of […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number 14: Packing A Suitcase

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    As the grandaughter of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, many pieces of wisdom about how to survive – and thrive – in a sometimes hostile world were imparted to me as I grew up. Some of this wisdom blended in to the background like the Yiddish that my parents sometimes spoke to each other when […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number 13: Custard Doughnuts etc

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    There’s a festive atmosphere in the kitchen. Micky’s been to the bakers on Notting Hill Gate and brought back bagels and doughnuts. ‘What kind of doughnut, Micky? Is it custard?’ I ask hopefully. ‘No. Jam,’ he replies, perhaps a little guiltily. ‘They didn’t have any custard.’ Hmm. Disappointing. But a doughnut nevertheless. I peer in […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number 12: Friendship

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    Something rather odd happened last week. Tell me what you think. I’m in Uniqlo, Kensington High Street branch trying on a couple of their soft, duvet jackets – you know the ones, they’re super light, warm and cosy and come in a range of really great colours. We’re going to Japan in a couple of […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number 10: Milo of Croton

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    Once I’ve posted my simple pleasures blog, I sit back and wait to see what emerges for next week. So it was that I found myself wandering casually around Holland Park in a curious and relaxed frame of mind when I came across a statue of Milo of Croton. Reading the inscription I discovered that […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number 9: Finding The Funny

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    ‘I’ve been feeling a bit funny this morning. Then I realised I had my knickers on the wrong way round.’ Oh, I did laugh. Now normally that’s not the kind of thing I’d be willing to share on Facebook. But that morning I had an urge to tell the world about me and my knickers. […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number 8: Happy Endings

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    When I started writing this series, I told myself that I needed to keep it simple – not least because I have a tendency to make things over complicated. And when you’re writing about simple pleasures that can be counter-productive. But what I’ve begun to notice is that however simple life may seem, it doesn’t […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number Six: The aroma of a good cigar

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    Walking up Holland Park Avenue last week, the weather again changed back to mild and now almost spring-like with some warm sunshine. People sitting outside pavement cafes with coffee and pastries, jackets on the back of seats and the aroma of cigar smoke drifting towards me on a soft breeze. That distinctive smell instantly transporting me […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number Five: Being With Peaches

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    There are some people in the world whose very essence gives simple pleasure.You probably know someone like that yourself- they possess an indefinable something which is uplifting and joyful. Just being around them makes you happy. And there are some animals which have the same gift. Like Peaches, our beautiful, cream Burmese cat. Last night […]

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  • Simple Pleasures Number Four: Hot Soup On A Chilly Day

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    I’ve never been a great fan of organised exercise. I don’t like gyms finding them smelly and stuffy, I’m pretty clumsy and uncoordinated and I lack physical courage. However the one form of exercise which never usually lets me down is walking – provided it’s done on the flat of course. Putting one foot in […]

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