This week’s small pleasures #100

The 100th small pleasures post!  Gosh…well, in a week that saw quite a bit of winter sunshine, work trips for both of us, and friends for a long Sunday lunch, it was a full week.

Blue skies

I always love this view from the top of the cable car, and on a lovely sunny winter day, it really lifts the spirits.

Looking over Wellington



Our neighbour’s lemon tree
Meyer lemons
Lemon yoghurt cake


From stunning camellias at the back of our house to the magnolia beginning to bloom in the Botanic Gardens, there are a lot of flowers showing their faces right now.  Our magnolia is in bud too (see the featured image at the top of the post).

In our backyard…
…and in the Botanic Gardens


I have done the first two days of the ‘couch to 5km’ challenge, but on day 1 I stopped to admire these two beautiful ducks, which appear to be Cayuga, with a suspicion they might be crossed with a Muscovy as there is pink on the bill.

Cayuga, sleeping


A long Sunday lunch with friends.

Getting ready for lunch

Thanks to Mani over at A New Life Wandering for the original idea.

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram@thistleandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on

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