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The sweetness of doing nothing

While watching Eat, Pray, Love with the mammy last Sunday, I was reminded of the lovely Italian phrase ‘dolce far niente‘, which translates as ‘the sweetness of nothing’. It’s meant to sum up that pleasant idleness, that lovely chillaxed feeling you get while people-watching and sitting outside on a sunny day, or eating ice cream while lying on the grass (as opposed to that exhausted, flaked-in-front-of the-TV nothing).  Luckily for me, I got to do plenty of nothing on a random day off work last Wednesday.

Saturdays are lovely, but there’s something about being off mid-week that has an extra sweetness to it. The day’s highlights included checking out the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition at IMMA, eating sea salt ice cream from Murphy’s, general lounging around St Stephens Green, and a wander around the grounds of Trinity, where I snapped these pretty blossom trees.


The weather at the moment is perfect for indulging in a bit of idle nothingness, so hopefully you’ll get to partake in a little dolce far niente this weekend too (sea salt ice cream optional, but highly recommended).

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Steph
    April 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    What a lovely phrase! I’m determined to get some more of that into every week(end), even despite the incoming overtime 🙂

    • Reply
      Nathalie
      April 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Steph! Have to admit, it was pretty blissful, I’d definitely recommend a bit of idle faffing 🙂

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