Simple things


In Grafton Street, Dublin, you never get bored: an army of street performers takes care of your entertainment. Stationed along the path, they do their best to impress the by-passers and earn some cash. Grafton street is only 180 m long and 6 m wide, but that afternoon at least nine talented performers gathered crowds and made the street lively providing all sort of amusements.



The biggest and the most happily looking crowd surrounded a young couple creating giant soap bubbles.




Simplicity and magic of their performance was truly fascinating.



The little ones ran around catching the bubbles; the grown-ups just stood there, staring in awe.

Simple things. What our life would look like without them?


Cuteness of a baby animal; a delicate flower…


… a green leaf…


… a barley spikes moving in the wind…


“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”  – Italian actress Eleonora Duse 

Even successful relationships are based on accumulation of the simple things that people do together.  Simple like that.

One of my favorites – Zero 7 and their album Simple Things.

Zero 7 –  Simple Things 

IneseMjPhotographyHave a great weekend!


  1. These are lovely images; especially the children playing with the bubbles. What could be a better example of enjoying the simple things.

      1. Absolutely! I still occasionally buy bubble kits for my 17 year old (they are for him, really. Really!) The other thing I wanted to say was how seeing photos of Grafton St. reminded me of the movie Once, which I absolutely love!

        1. Seventeen! You should see me standing there and smiling like a child 🙂
          Grafton street is changing… It is not the same. More like any other street (sigh)

  2. Some great shots here. It looks as if we may have similar approach to blogging. Mine is really for my family (which appears to have grown because of it.

    1. Hi Derrick! I love your blog because of that family feel 🙂 Your flowers are gorgeous! I write about Ireland, but also about the things that stay in my memory, or the things that bother me 🙂

  3. Think I got this one right, I have to actually write it down and then write it on the wordpress, screwed up computer I have but was cheep ( and it is configured i Spanish so no spelling check) about the link of the post I wrote “and then” I did call it that….go figure, anyways anyhows, I did see the comment, again, since I do have short term memory, anyways anyhows, I did tell you this was my general, piece of s…t by the way but seems I didnt write the link correctly so I believe is this one,
    at minute 13:12 seconds you can see the General or maybe earlier and maybe if the link doesn´t come up so screw it, did spend about half an hour to re check what the hell I was looking for and then type it.
    Nice photos by the way, as always, I even had to re eye these ones.
    So you did say there was no link, so I say, it is here, hopefully or not tell you the truth it does talk about the Legion but special operations which where integrated inside that unit, I was never special….
    So check that link will ya!

    1. Thank you Charly! I even copied and pasted the link you gave me in the comment, but it says Sorry this video is unavailable… Sometimes they don’t show some links in certain countries… Pity, it is something I really wanted to watch. If you don’t mind, tell me the name on that video. I will look up by the name.
      You take care!

      1. the name is ” los nuestros en Afghanistan” I believe, and you are right, as the Americans have a bunch of videos up, we really didn´t tape nothing, plus I´ m not the one of taping or even photographing that part of my life, did have fun thogh in a weird sense.

  4. I really enjoyed your photos here, Inese. I am impressed by your ability to capture the fleeting colors of the rainbow in those large bubbles. I like all the photos very much, but my favorite is of the little girl in the bright pink coat highlighted against the dark sculpture of men of yesteryear.

  5. I agree with you Inese, simple things in life can make us happy – from smile to flowers and the bubble games make me smile! Great series of images 🙂 Hope all is well with you, and thank you for positive and lovely thought! ❤ ❤

  6. Looks like you had a lot of fun with this one, Inese. 🙂 Great shots!
    Love the variety of color and translucence mixed together in glee.

    1. Glad you love the bubbles, Uncle Tree. Like the poor twig in your poem, they were hanging on for dear life and gave me enough food for thoughts 🙂

  7. Dear Inese…. This is such a beautiful post … Grafton street looks awesome.. Hello Fun!… By the way, we might have a similar street playful here In Buenos Aires. It is called Calle Corrientes. The performances and so on take place on weekend though.
    I loved the shots of the young Lady playing with those huge bubbles… I thank you as they reminded me of my childhood… ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    As to the natural pics, particularly the poppy… they are gorgeous!
    All the best to you! … Love and hugs, Aquileana 😀

    1. Thank you so much for reading, sweet Aquileana 🙂 Childhood, that’s it. The grown up people stood there with their face shine.
      So you too have a performers street? I would so love to see.
      Thank you again! Love from Ireland!
      Inese 🙂

  8. Lovely post, beautiful photos, great quote and perfect music. You’re right. What we remember are rarely the big occasions, but those little moments that unite us all and make all the difference. Let’s not forget to live the moment.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Olga! I so agree with you that we rather remember all the little happenings that touch our life. Thank you again, have a nice Sunday!

  9. I love the quotes alongside your beautiful photos, Inese. A blade of grass captors so beautifully is indeed so moving. I would love to travel to Dublin one day, to walk the streets and take it all in. Wonderful post!

  10. What happy, peaceful photos, Inese. (And the song is lovely too.) I love the bubbles. It had to be wonderful to watch the street performers. If they were here, someone would just shove them and angrily shout at them to get out of the way. Huge hugs. 🙂

    1. Teagan – thank you for reading! I so hope people would receive them anywhere – who doesn’t love a huge soap bubble? 🙂
      Hugs and best wishes!

  11. I had never thought before about a successful relationship on these terms but it makes completely sense 🙂 because, though great experiences can make fun anecdotes to share with friends, I personally embrace the simple things shared with my partner ❤

    1. Montserrat – Thank you for reading! Isn’t it true? We seldom have big experiences as a family or a couple ( and I am happy we don’t…) , but when we build up our stash of simple experiences, they are our fortress.

  12. That contrast between the colorful and giant bubbles and the sober walls seems almost like a happy explosion. Also I find quite lovely the soft wind in the green fields under that bright sky. Thanks for share so beautiful moments 🙂

    1. Francis – thank you so much for stopping by! These bubbles brightened the walls and people’s faces. We need so little to feel happy, some times.

  13. Not sure where my first message went. I love your special examples and I must have simple soul, too. I enjoy the flowers, bubbles, a blade of grass and even dandelions. This was a beautiful post and message. 🙂

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