Simple Pleasures

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you’ll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities – and we should take care.

Alain de Botton

Us RUDE Guys still buy the weekend newspapers.  It is a simple but not so cheap pleasure at $13.  In the quote above Mr de Botton reminds us to take care with what we absorb from reading a newspaper.

We like to think we do and are mindful to read between the lines.  The following article, titled Simple Life Trumps My Bad News Feed in today’s The Age Insight on page 25, has inspired this blog post.  It’s a gem and recommended reading for all those hankering for a simpler life.  A beautiful reminder of the simple pleasures in a rural show, a Punch and Judy  puppet booth, a picnic on a rug and homegrown and/or homemade produce.

RUDE Girl has just finished reading Frugal Hedonism [refer book cover in image below].  Basically the book, like the above article, is reflective in this blog post’s title, Simple Pleasures.


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I borrowed it from the local library because I do not buy books.  It was a really easy read and written with some quick witted humour thrown in.  Clive Hamilton’s forward is brilliant.

The book is not a How To instruction manual.  It is more an inspirational and compact reference guide.  I do recommend it.  However most die-hard frugals will already be well versed in its wisdoms. 

For RUDE Girl is refreshing to know that a younger generation is writing about something that I am passionate about. 

“When I look around it’s pretty obvious who are the most freest people in our communities – the ones who have escaped the prison of consumerism and money-hunger.”  Clive Hamilton / Author

Make the money hunger go away by filling up on simple pleasures. Beat The Man!!



RUDE Girl reading The Art of Frugal Hedonism.  She wears Barbara apron made from a vintage dress, refashioned skirt from a dress and thrifted top.  Pillow type cushions made from scarves and shirts.  Moran leather lounge chair from mid 1990s


11 thoughts on “Simple Pleasures

  1. I’m really excited about getting this book from the library now. They have two copies and they are both out so I had to reserve it. So Rude Girl it looks like the word is spreading. You certainly don’t look as if your suffering lolling in that old leather Moran chair. Every day for me is a new adventure as I get up, shower and look around me. Will I finish that “new” chest of drawers? Or will I reupholster my “new” gifted IKEA chair, or maybe do a bit of weaving of my self processed alpaca wool rug? Everyday is an adventure as I move from task to task. Never bored, sometimes I get tired. Then it’s time to sit down with a cup of tea and a book or look if I’ve got anything in my FB inbox. There always is!

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    • Thanks Sue, a very comfy chair. But it’s really big so we only have two of them in our lounge room, and no sofa! The sofa is in the kitchen area, and you have sat on it!!


  2. I also have long been a fan of Alain de Botton. His docos are also good. Thanks for highlighting this book Karen. My library doesnt have it but hopefully now I’ve requested it they will keep one on shelves.
    Its so inspiring to see this movement around anti consumerism, thrift and inventiveness growing and building in popularity. It motivates me more everyday.

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    • Lovely to get a comment from you my Perth friend. I have been waiting for you to pop up again. I keep waiting with baited breath for Perth Eco Fashion Week to reappear. I hope you are managing to get some creative time in your wonderful studio. RUDE Girl x


    • Thanks Amelia for your feedback. The book was an enjoyable read but not too many quotes. It’s an easy read not to taxing. I read it in a couple of days. You can listen to its author on podcast etc just google. She’s quite a character, well spoken and makes me laugh.


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