Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday breakfast in Dorset

DSC03959 (1300x1084)It’s just like morning on Laguna Beach… 

Overheard at an adjacent table, now that we all have permission to eavesdrop.

 

Dilemma:  A 2 pm ferry from Dover, but Branksome Beach cafes don’t open until 10.

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Solution: Defer the ferry and enjoy the first day of spring. 

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Despite the building traffic and throngs of weekenders suddenly filling the roads and car parks, the wide beaches and the hazy views towards Swanage were peacefully expansive this morning.

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The beach huts opened to young families and bundled sun worshipers.  Joggers jostled against cyclists along the paths; children dug in the sand and explored the tide pools.

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It could almost be a painted picture, the essence of a lazy Sunday morning, bordered by sunshine and surf, ideally shared alongside a warm coffee and a smiling companion. 

Contented.

The word ‘content’ has negative connotations for the British, suggesting that I’ve given up and settled for less than full happiness.  But I view it as a state of peaceful happiness or satisfaction, akin to Dutch gezellig.

And in any case, over Dorset breakfast at the seaside, contentment is still just a waypoint along a journey whose end lies over future’s the misty horizon.

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