It’s not a long walk home from aerobic dance class, just five small blocks, and I’ve walked that route hundreds of times. But it’s still full of beautiful surprises. Walk home with me now and I’ll show you what I saw tonight.
- Small bunch of grapes, elegantly squashed.
2. A question mark on the footpath.
3. A gloriously decorated parking spot.
4. A tree with a splendid pair of antennae
5. Ngaio tree growing in the gutter: good luck, darling.
6. Road cones are a beautiful sight if you’re waiting for fibre-optic cable to reach your property.
7. Before installing cable, workers put squiggles everywhere. But I don’t like the look of this one.
8. Nearly home, and it’s crab-apples and lichen: cute, ay?
As my friend Dale says, ain’t life grand? If we are lucky enough to be able to walk, such visual delights are just around the corner. If our luck stretches to a smartphone, there’s a bonus.
I tend to notice very small things, and take pleasure in them. And I’ve got a theory about why this is so. I believe that’s an echo of a Japanese aesthetic, and I thank my time in Kyoto for this extra layer of delight.