A summer evening.

I’m sitting in the garden, just listening to the birds, the coolness of a summer evening as the sun sets, a gentle breeze, a flapping of a bird’s wings in the tree.

Sounds and smells of nature, a beautiful sky, with ever changing colours as the sun continues to fade behind the horizon.

This background of the real moment, now, is always there. It’s we just don’t notice it, our endless repetitive mind-streams of thought drown it out.

If we stop and listen, allowing some our senses to enjoy this moment, then we become conscious and at peace.

This is freely available now, it’s just we have to choose to become it and enjoy it.

The binner takes it all

Just having fun is something that we seem to not allocate time for often enough.

Today, my son, daughter and I spent about 1 1/2 hours trying to throw a tennis ball into the top of our garden incinerator that has a small round chimney on the lid, which we turned upside down.

We had to throw from the patio which was about 50-60 feet away (20 metres). So pretty challenging to be honest!

Once we worked out our individual techniques, we each started to get closer, until we were hitting the rim and on three occasions it hit the inside of the lid and bounced out. My best attempt spun round the inside rim of the lid and I was convinced it was going to drop down the chimney and into the incinerator. Alas, it spun off the rim and out.

Even our dog was in the game. She loves chasing the ball, so each time she fetched the ball for us.

Simple game, tons of fun and lots of laughs.

All of us just enjoying the moment and it’s freely available any moment we choose.