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The Simpler Things of Life

 

Was there really a time when we were happy with so little?

From the Christmas market in Düsseldorf, Germany.



The Simpler Things of Life

 

Was there really a time when we were happy with so little?

From the Christmas market in Düsseldorf, Germany.



comments (49)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Dec 2011, 00:51
Certainly that time did exist, Ginnie.
And, it was not so bad!
Ginnie Hart: Not bad at all, Ray, and one my heart often longs for!
The early times certainly seem simpler... this is a lovely, warm image...
Ginnie Hart: Some would say simpler and harder, but I'm not sure about the harder. Thanks, Larry.
Beautiful color Ginne! The simplier things are the happier I am smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frances. You and I are on the same page! smile
What beautifully simple forms. Can't you just imagine a Christmas tree decorated with these fine toys? They look like ornaments, for sure.

Somehow we've forgotten that poverty and simplicity aren't the same. wink
Ginnie Hart: Now that's an idea, Linda: a Christmas tree strung with these wooden toys. I can see it now. Thank you for that visual.

And yes, poverty and simplicity are NOT the same!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Dec 2011, 05:11
WOW...... I never saw these!!!!
It was one of my favorite toys... I would have bought one just to see if I am still able to do it.
Wonderful picture...great treatment!!
This brings back LOTS of happy memories.......
THESE are the real TOYS.....smile
Simple is the best, now people use only two thumbs... sad
Ginnie Hart: If I had known, I would have pointed them out to you!!! We keep learning new things about each other every time we go photo hunting. I love it. Memories, inderdaad. Thank you, MLMA.
I think you're spinning a yarn Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Someone has to do it, Richard! grin
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Dec 2011, 07:24
Simple subjects make beautiful photographs, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elisabeth!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Dec 2011, 07:28
Oh, as little girl I loved to play with those 'Kreisels' (I have to look for the English or Dutch word), and I can imagine them dancing on the ground- but I remember them to be very colourful. I like the Weihnachtsmärkte (also here in Münster) where you can buy toys made of wood like in former times. I like the nostalgic flair of your picture!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Philine. I LOVE wood toys! Nostalgic, indeed.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Dec 2011, 07:35
Yes, most certainly! No need to hunt for batteries on Christmas Day, too, nor they need rebooting at times - although they do require restarting smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I knew there were plenty of reasons, Alan. smile Thanks.
There wasn't any option and life was much simpler. On the other side for many it was very harsh. In much of the world it still is
Ginnie Hart: Simpler times often were harder, Bill, but not always. Some of us can compare...but the newer generation will never know! (sigh)
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Dec 2011, 08:07
Simple, but sometimes quite difficult to get them spinning. To get on top of your act, so to speak.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Louis. I wish I had known Astrid would have wanted to buy one if she had only seen them, as I had!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Dec 2011, 08:37
We're both in the same tack today Ginnie. I suppose the more we get the more we want
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chris, same page. And I'm sure you're right about the more we get the more we want. I'm at the point where I don't want much anymore, however. I have so much, as you know! smile
Christmas of our childhoods! And we were happy!! I remember these Christmas Eves of my childhood, I was in the orphanage, the midnight mass, the noise of our steps in the snow, the light of candles, the smell of the incense and then the return with a bowl of chocolate and an orange!! The moneybox in composed earthenware close! This night there seemed to us supernatural! Today, I share Christmas with my pugs, but I would always like Christmas for this small nothingness which make the daily happiness!!
Ginnie Hart: You have shared it so beautifully, Mathilde. THANK YOU. Merci.
old day toys, love them
Ginnie Hart: Inderdaad, Chantal!
Old fashioned wooden spinning tops. I used to get a lot of fun out of mine when I was a child.
Ginnie Hart: The memories we have, Sheila! Childlike wonder...still. smile
There was a time when all kids played outside with their toys not any more thanks to the age we live in now.
Ginnie Hart: Sad but true, Mick. (sigh)
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2011, 09:20
I love these spinning tops. What fun!
Ginnie Hart: Makes me want to spin one right now, Marcie. smile
Great image. These were a craze in my childhood. I think I have broken a number of glasses trying to master the game. There was also a double-sized unit for the real experts and children would tune them up with different cuts and designs to impress the viewers...Ah!
Ginnie Hart: It sounds like you know what you're talking about, Juan Carlos. grin I like that. Thanks.
I had two of these until a couple of years ago. The cats loved playing with them. A visiting dog ate them.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Why does that make me laugh, Mary! grin Oh well....
  • Tom Wilson
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Dec 2011, 10:09
Indeed there was, Ginnie - but it was a long time ago! We played with hoops, whips and tops, marbles, conkers, lots of street games, etc., etc. No computers or video games then.
Ginnie Hart: (sigh) Sad but true, Tom. My grandson (11 yrs old) would have no idea what you're talking about, I'm afraid!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 16 Dec 2011, 11:40
Yes there was Ginnie. My brother, born in 1941, had to make do with a block of wood on the end of a string for his toy collection. Now that is a challenge, I can't vouch for how much pleasure it gave him though.
Ginnie Hart: Those were the days, my friend!
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Dec 2011, 11:56
Lovely traditional toys, probably more appealing to parents than children though. Super shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's one way to look at it, John. smile Thanks.
The simplest tool is the most powerful tool.
These tops are the top of the tops.
Hmmm... Have you seen our gasing from Malaysia?
Ginnie Hart: Once someone winds you up and lets you go, LC, you really can spin! grin Thanks.
After modern plastic toys are broken and forgotten, Ginnie, it is a wonderful testimony to the past that these simple wooden ones still survive. Beautifully shot & presented!
Ginnie Hart: How wonderfully said, Beverly. You are so right. Thank you.
I guess we all had tops to spin way back in our childhoods. So much simpler then wasn't it.
Ginnie Hart: Now I'm thinking about those hula hoops that kept us going for hours, Brian. grin Thanks.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Dec 2011, 12:33
This is a " when I was a lad " picture! Its lovely, hours of play with these and marbles grin
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Linda, you're right. Astrid says she didn't see these but if she had, she would have bought one. This brought back happy memories for her. smile
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 16 Dec 2011, 12:45
Fantastic capture! Never had ono of those made of wood but a plastic one... so much fun! Ah! The old good times! smile
Ginnie Hart: i love when these things bring back nostalgic memories for us, Sil...and that they still sell these at the open Christmas market! Grazie.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2011, 16:18
these are even fairly advanced when i was a kid.. we had to make them from scratch! grin nicely captured though.. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! At least it kept you out of mischief, Rian...I hope?! grin Thanks for the smile.
how beautiful!!! I love the color too.. Who says we still don't need the simple things to be happy. smile
Ginnie Hart: Remember that as you raise Cammie, Jen! Seriously. She'll probably like the ribbons and bows more than the gift itself. HA! Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Dec 2011, 17:48
Somehow I think that things were probably better when life was simpler.
Ginnie Hart: That's my guess, too, Cherry! Thanks.
Another nostalgic shot, Ginnie and lovely in sepia! My opa was a master watch and clock maker from Germany and he taught my father, also German, to repair fine watches. They had to make the parts for some of the old watches, and if they were cog-wheels (Ican't remember the names) that didn't turn out quite right, they gave them to my sister and me to play with. They spun like tops once we mastered the technique of balancing them, and if we had several of different sizes spinning it was a beautiful sight! Thanks for sparking a pleasant memory!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, wow. Patrushka. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful memory with us!!!
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 17 Dec 2011, 02:29
...and then we all grew up!

But the simplicity makes for a great photo.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. But may the Child be forever in us, George, right?! Thanks.
Awesome image!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Rags. Thank you.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 17 Dec 2011, 09:16
It amazes me how much my 1 year old grandson is getting for Christmas.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Aussie. And the thing is, he'll probably like the ribbons and wrapping paper the most!!!
I like the simplicity of the repeated forms of old toys. And the fact that one is winded up and thus different from the others, makes the whole difference. I love the monochromatic palette. Beautifully processed.
Ginnie Hart: You are kind and generous, Otto. Thank you kindly.
Amazingly enough Ginnie i remember such a time... we would make a bow and arrows with just a piece of sting and a pocket knife... i think that your tops are tops....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. I love these old toys!
Oh I love this composition! I love that just the one has it's string wrapped up, and your processing is grand!
Ginnie Hart: You are always so encouraging and up-building, Elizabeth! Thank you.
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 18 Dec 2011, 07:25
...yes, there was the timesmile And if i had a wish, this time would come back...
How far are you from cologne? Next spring, when the weather becomes well and sunny, we will open our new photostudio and i wolud like to invite yousmile There will be a little partysmile
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, Luiza! If you let us know ahead of time, we would love to come to your opening! Definitely. It would be a nice day trip for us. Astrid works, so if it's on the weekend, especially a Saturday, it'll be even better. However, it's also possible she could take a day off work, depending on when it is. PLEASE keep us informed. We would really like that. THANK YOU.
Wonderful still life you have captured.

Cool top as well. Reminds me of simpler times. I want one, I'll put it on my Christmas wish list. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, John. I hope you get what you wish for. smile
j'aime bien les couleurs rétro et aussi ce style de bobines
Ginnie Hart: I love these "old world" toys, l'Angevine. Merci.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 18 Dec 2011, 10:36
The true top. I play with this long time ago
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Oscar. The one and only true top! smile Gracias.
Avec des choses simples,tu as su faire une très belle image !!
J'aime beaucoup le coté sépia.
Bonne soirée
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jean-Louis. Merci.
Excellent image and excellent question to ponder. As I get older, I am much much happier with less and less... just the happy feelings of the holidays are enough for me :^)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Doug. We're on the same page. I'm at the point where I need nothing! Our Christmas gift to each other is going out to a lovely restaurant for a nice meal. It's a memory!
  • Mats
  • sweden
  • 18 Dec 2011, 20:45
Nice photo, very good details!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mats.
  • Dan
  • UK
  • 18 Dec 2011, 22:28
Fantastic colour and depth of field..well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dan, for stopping by and commenting here.
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 19 Dec 2011, 09:21
Coolsmile
I don´t know the exactly day, but i think in the spring/ summer. And of course on Saturdaysmile Evtl. you both will stay over night, then we can arrange a photowalk around Cologne in the early morningsmile
Ginnie Hart: We will be in America for two weeks in May, so hopefully there won't be any conflict, Luiza. And you're a sweetheart to invite us for an overnight. That may definitely be a plan!!!
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 19 Dec 2011, 19:50
WOW! We also hope in may for USAsmile I think, this will be end of april or middle of june... in may there are also some us car meetings and we have to make pictures...
Ginnie Hart: HA! We'll just follow each other around the world then! smile
  • Marie
  • France
  • 22 Dec 2011, 10:50
très beau détails avec de belles tonalités de couleurs.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Marie.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 23 Dec 2011, 21:52
I think we should think a bit more like we did then. I think this stress of buying more and more expensive gifts is wrong. We left that several years ago and now only the kids gets gifts and not over a sum of money that we have decided on. We often buy them things after Christmas when there's sales everywhere ;_)
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Frida. We're on the same page. We don't buy gifts for the adults anymore! Makes sense to me!

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