This week’s small pleasures: week 34

And so here we are at another round of this week’s small pleasures, a day early as tomorrow I know I won’t have time to post.  It was another hectic week, so it’s been good to sit today, Sunday, and think about the things that brought me pleasure. Thanks to Mani from A New Life Wandering for the idea.

Flowers – no words necessary!

Pink peonies

Strawberries and ice-cream

Every year, the Mary Potter Hospice holds a fund raising event in Midland Park,  Wellington, selling strawberries and ice-cream, donated by a local supermarket.  There is always some live music, and people come out of their offices for morning tea, a desert or a snack and donate some money to a good cause.  This year, the event was held on a lovely, sunny day, so I met a friend in the park for some strawberries – and we were served by the newly elected mayor of Wellington!

A view from above

Flying back from Auckland, Friday evening, clouds on top of the hills

A gift

What is not to love about these beeswax candles?  The colour, the texture, just everything.  Almost too good to use.

Beeswax candles


On Sunday we went to see the Royal New Zealand Ballet‘s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreograpy by Liam Scarlett. I saw it in Auckland last year and loved it, and enjoyed it just as much this time around.  It was the last performance of Lucy Green before she joins the Queensland Ballet, and the audience acknowledged this with an extra round of applause.  We then went to Loretta on Cuba Street for dinner, where I had the rigatoni, spring lamb ragu, lemon and  parmesan and Karl the chicken schnitzel and the most amazing crushed potatoes with mustard seed and herbs.  A lovely way to end a Sunday.


And most of all….Charlie is so much better and making big improvements by the day.  That is the best of all.


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