I know there are those who think 'the pursuit of happiness' are dirty words, but they weren't written into the US constitution for nothing. I don't think so anyway. If not happiness, then what? So I'll share a few of the things that are making me happy here in my adopted home right now:
1. London in August. It feels as though everyone's gone on vacation and - at last! - there's a seat on the train, room to walk down the sidewalks without being jostled and restaurants aren't so crowded. In a nutshell, a little more breathing space.
2. We're having the best summer weather-wise since I arrived here over 30 years ago. Don't just take my word for it: even the weather folk are saying so. That means sunshine, blue skies, warmth. In short, it actually feels like summer!
3. My walk over the park to the train station in the morning. The view over the city is terrific and you only have to turn your head a little bit and it doesn't even look as if you're in a city!
laughter-fuelled evening Saturday night, with plenty of food and enough drink. A second meet-up with the same friends at an outdoor music event (the blues, every Sunday afternoon throughout August, 1.30-5.30pm in Broomfield Park, N13), talking and listening in the sunshine, was most enjoyable.