Joy, pure and simple

As we face this unprecedented event in our lives,  I am filled with anxiety. and fear.  However with this feeling of helplessness and loss of freedom we are experiencing, it has made me think about what brings me joy in life. When I think about this my thoughts are invariably drawn to a few key elements:

The Sun!

Whether it’s watching it going up (although it is rare I am up that early!), down, or just enjoying it’s rays on my skin, the sun is the one thing that will make me stop, take a deeper breath, and relax.

English sunsets
Autumnal sunshine – it brings a whole new element to the joys of the sun!
Turkish sunsets
Aaaah, basking in the hot Turkish sun whilst on a boat trip…bliss!
The amazing sunset that we witnessed last night from our flat.

The Sea!

It can be calm or rough, blue or murky (although preferably blue!), but looking out at the expanse of water in front of me brings me great joy.  I can feel the space all around me, life doesn’t crowd me when I’m by the sea, the claustrophobia lifts.

The beach at Kalkan, Turkey
That colour!!! I couldn’t stop myself from jumping in!
A boat trip in Turkey, the water was just amazing!

A View!

I love a view!  With a similar theme to the sea, when a great view opens up in front of me it feeds my soul. There is something about a view like these that puts everything into perspective.

The views from Kalkan, Turkey – they did not disappoint!
A morning cuppa with a view like?  Yes please!
Anyone for cocktails?

The smaller things

And of course, joy isn’t just found in these moments, it can be as simple as going for a walk and enjoying the local surroundings, which a lot of us are doing more of at the moment!  There are a couple of trees in my local park which I just love for their gnarliness (is the even a word?!), they are so majestic!



Or just having a good cup of tea and a biscuit!

Or spending the afternoon gassing with a friend over a good cup of tea and biscuit…although in those circumstances I am sure we would upgrade to cake!

Of course in these current times, we are turning for virtual chats as we all practice social distancing. I can’t wait until I can have those cuppas face to face with my friends and family again.

Joy is found in the smallest and the biggest of things.

It’s recognizing these moments which is the key, especially at the moment during these challenging times, when joy won’t be found in travelling to far off places, but in the small, everyday moments of our lives.

Sundowners looking over the bay in Kalkan!


Here’s to finding those moments of joy in these difficult times and holding on to them!


PS – A lot of these photos are from our trip to Turkey last year!  We visited Istanbul and Kalkan, which are both stunning locations!

13 thoughts on “Joy, pure and simple

  1. Beautiful photos and words 🙂 thank you for sharing
    I like how you said the claustrophobia lifts when you are by the sea, I can relate, just walking outside does it for me.

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    1. Aah, thank you so much for your lovely comments! There is definitely something about the wide open space of the sea that just makes me feel better. But yes, going outside into some sort of open space does help me too when I can’t get to the sea!

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  2. Great post. It is peculiar how this crazy time has put so much fear in all of us but at the same time also gratitude. The other day, looking at our local mountains I felt like I was seeing them for the first time. Wishing you more moments of joy!

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  3. What a beautiful post! I agree that beauty can be found in the smallest of things. In the everyday ordinary they can become extraordinary. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures and memories. 💙

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it! This lockdown is certainly making me focus on the small things which is no bad thing. I can’t believe how much I have loved my walks in the local park during the past few weeks, I haven’t appreciated my local area like this before.

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