Thank you to the blog East of Málaga for this monthly Photo Challenge – just click the logo above for more information about how this challenge works. You can also click this link to read their post for this month’s challenge: CBBH Photo Challenge
I will also be using this challenge as a way of enjoying some of my favourite photographs of the Algarve ~ and even linking you up with some other blog posts you might enjoy that we have previously written.
is the theme for December’s Challenge ~ which has been a lovely gentle theme to explore this month – here are my choices:
Sometimes you can be lucky enough to have an entire beach all to yourself at this time of year – we had a fantastic day exploring the west coast recently and this is me – on my own personal beach – enjoying the view – magical!
Everyone who reads this blog will know that Dave is the photographer – but every now and then I can surprise him with a shot of my own that makes it onto the blog. It’s the simple pleasure of turning a corner and finding yet another breathtaking view that I adore about the Algarve and its hidden coves and beaches.
Closer to home, these are our first lemons from our little pot grown tree in the garden – we are very proud of them and can’t actually imagine eating them yet!
Talking of eating… I love the cafés out here for giving you extra cake – you order one yummy chocolate and figgy one, and another little one arrives alongside! All washed down with uma bica of course!
Sometimes it can be the smallest little flower growing wild that can stop you in your tracks – these grow all over the Algarve and they are such delicate and pretty little things – just perfect for a painting too!
We sat on the wonderful beach at Faro on my birthday this year and watched these tiny little birds scurrying along the water’s edge – they were so timid and shy, and their legs seemed so tiny as they scattered along hunting for food. There was something so special about just sitting there and watching them, and letting time stand still for a moment.
One of my absolute favourite pleasures which gives me a thrill every time, is seeing a painting finished on my easel. Here’s a recent one I completed as a commission – every painting is a joy to paint, watching the shapes and colours take on their life and place in the piece – but it isn’t until it is all finished that it all comes together – that’s usually the moment I dance a little jig around the studio when no-one is looking!
You can see more of my paintings on our website A3 Art
If you want to make me happy – then just take me out for a meal with a restaurant that has picanha – Brazilian steak – on the menu! Add some chips and a nice glass of red wine and I am smiling!
I’m also happy when I see my lovely husband out and about with his camera! He looks rather professional in this shot doesn’t he?!
And sometimes he goes out and comes back home with the most amazing shots! This one I think is stunning, taken on the beach at Armação de Pêra – and I can assure you the colours were really like this!
I love finding a little corner like this and wondering who sits there – and remembering that one of the reasons for being here in the Algarve is so that we too can enjoy a slower pace of life!
You might enjoy our post K is for Kindness too
I am a fiend at sunset for trying to capture that elusive moment when the sun turns the sand to pure gold, and catches the very tips of the waves as they roll over and flick up the surf – I think I actually managed to catch it this time?
And I cannot leave you without just one more sunset shot to enjoy!
I hope you have enjoyed our selection of Simple Pleasures for you – and if you want to see our photographs from previous months – just click the link here:
Thanks again to the blog East of Málaga for this challenge and here’s a link to two more new blogs that I have recently discovered ~ who might even be up for the challenge of joining us every month – who knows?!
Silkannthreades - ‘about the little things in life’
Thirdeyemom - a great travel blog