Sunshine and Laughter

I always feel better when the sun is shining. I have more energy and achieve far more, whether working in the garden or even doing indoor chores. And sitting outside feeling the warmth on bare bits of body (not much on show these days after a bout of skin cancer), preferably with a glass of a good, chilled, white wine, makes me feel that all is right with the world.

And when I was in Grafton Street, the main 'drag' in Dublin, Ireland on a glorious spring day, I found that it wasn't only me revelling in the long awaited heat. The road filled with people all intent on rushing at speed but instead ending up relaxing and enjoying themselves. It was good to see.

Magicians and entertainers did what they said: not only did they entertain but they worked their magic on the crowds and the street came to a standstill. All around people stood and laughed and clapped and cheered. A picture, so the saying goes, is worth a thousand words. These photos speak for themselves.

Musicians played and, quite spontaneously, there was dancing.

And if the heat became too much, continue laughing in Bewley's cafe.....

.....or just bask in the sun down a side street....

I love these photographs for the warmth that radiates from them - and I don't mean sunshine. Having just been fortunate enough to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu speak in Oxford, for me, these are confirmation of his viewpoint that, if you look for it, you will find that the natural goodness in people shines out.

Let's hope we all have a warm, happy and laughter filled summer.

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  1. Very nice post, sunshine really does that to most people, I believe God made us that way, Gina

  2. "the natural goodness in people shines out"

    It's like the moments we sit in the garden...quietly...and suddenly you see the birds you didn't see before, or the dew glistening on a flower you likely missed the other day...the quiet brings alertness, and the Great Reverend, Archbishop, awakened your senses..all good))) Joyful Joyful

  3. Ah yes, sunshine is a beautiful thing. Your outlook is a beautiful thing too.

  4. Oh to be in Bewleys!!! Happy memories. Thanks for the pic.!

  5. Thanks to all of you for your comments and I'm glad that you enjoyed the post and shared the sentiment.

    This was the first attempt at taking random photographs of street scenes and I was quite pleased with the results.



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