It’s the Small Things That Make Up a Perfect Day


It’s the little things…

Truth be told, I wasn’t really one for enjoying the small things in life up until a few years ago. Now, I practically live for them.

A cup of coffee in the sun, a bath with incense and candles, my yoga DVD, making food together… those are the things I crave. Mostly they happen sporadically, but some days I manage to get what I like to call a perfect day – when a lot of those small things all magically come together.

Last week Sunday was one of those days…

We caught a break from the howling wind and rain that’s been overshadowing Somerset West for the last few weeks. Sun and clear blue skies meant hitting the beach for an early morning walk before 9am – before the crowds arrived.


And look who I convinced to join me? FIRST time we’ve EVER gone walking on the beach together… he won’t say so, but I think he secretly enjoyed every second of it.

(I know so because I saw him posting photos of our walk on his instagram!)

perfect day

Nothing like the smell of the ocean on a deserted beach. HEAVEN.

After the hunger pangs kicked in and our legs started feeling all good and stretched out, we were homeward bound. Β I couldn’t get enough of the sun, so I savoured enjoying a cup of coffee outside while Jinx kept me company…

sun time

Just before midday, we headed out again. This time to the ROOT44 market between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. I tell you, going to that market almost feels like I’m on a mini holiday. There are bands playing, there’s tons of delicious foodie treats, clothing bargains that you won’t find at the mall, and just an awesome vibe.

I managed to walk past and ignore (mostly) all the sweet temptations, including these…

root44 market

But I couldn’t resist grabbing one of these mouthwatering smoothies. The peanut butter one caught my eye and I HAD to have it.

Oh my goodness, it was so good!

I’m going to have to try them all

small things

Pity there wasn’t much variety as far as gluten-free food goes, but I did manage to find some tasty vegetarian rice paper rolls which were pretty yummy. Geoff had two seriously good looking gourmet pies. We sat in the shade, enjoying the breeze and finishing our lunch before deciding that it was time to head home. Laziness was creeping in – big time.

On the way out, our eyes caught sight of these gorgeous fresh daisies. I’ve never seen daisies like this before, Β they are huge! The best part was picking which 10 we wanted for only R35.

Definitely brightens the kitchen up!flowers

When we got home, we went off and did our own things before making nachos for supper, and spending the rest of the night watching We’re the Millers, Big Bang Theory and The Middle.

The perfect day. Made up of small things. Mini moments.

I seriously couldn’t ask for more.


What small things do you enjoy doing each day or every now and then which make up a perfect day/moment?

10 Replies to “It’s the Small Things That Make Up a Perfect Day”

  1. I love days like that, too. πŸ™‚ Aww…bliss. I wouldn’t have passed up the peanut butter shake, either. And the walk on the beach? Husby and I will do that once a year when we’re at the beach. πŸ™‚

    Love this post – the photos are FAB!

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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Exactly! Who can pass up those things?! πŸ˜‰ Went to the beach again today – it was drizzling and grey out, but so pretty. I can’t get enough of the place, but I don’t like going when there are a lot of people. And by that, I mean more than 10! πŸ™‚

  2. I am with ya on this Melanie.

    A small town girl myself and I get entertained by spending quiet hours with nature and my family. Bliss!

    Loved those pix esp of the daisies and the smoothies πŸ™‚ Am glad you controlled your pangs on those sweet treats πŸ˜‰

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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Hehehe Ruchira, it was hard I tell you. I caved with the peanut butter smoothie, but those things are just too irresistible! πŸ˜‰

  3. Life is so much sweeter when you can learn to enjoy the little stuff…like beautiful weather…or no bills in the mail collection:) lol. Loved the pictures!! Especially that Devine smoothie!

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Kelly! You’re right – not seeing bills IS an awesome feeling! πŸ™‚

  4. Sounds pretty much like the perfect day to me. And I will say we watched all three of those shows this past weekend, too and quite enjoyed them. Oh and all those goodies left me so hungry. Haven’t had breakfast yet, so seriously could devour any one of those!! πŸ™‚
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Haha! I just popped over to your blog and it left me starving… those pics of milkshakes, fries and ice-cream, oh my goodness! πŸ˜‰

  5. Beautiful beach pic! And, I love the one with your cat too!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Oh thanks Roshni! She’s a photogenic one… can catch her in just about any pose and she’ll look cute, LOL!

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