This week’s small pleasures #105

So here we are again, with this week’s small pleasures…spring is in the air, Wellington on a Plate is in full flow, and there are just too many things on in this city to be able to do them all (I missed Footnote‘s latest evening of dance….just no time…).

Spring is in the air

As seen in Bolton Street Cemetery
As seen in the Botanic Gardens

A new tea (or rather tisane)

This Peanut Brittle tisane from Tleaft is a real dessert tea, with cocoa bits, caramel and peanuts.  It is absolutely delicious, and a good choice when you need a little bit of sweetness and a little treat.

Time for a cuppa

The magnolia in our back yard…

…continues to flourish and look beautiful.


Black Cat Appreciation Day

Apparently, 17 August was Black Cat Appreciation Day.  So here is another picture of Charlie, sleeping.

Sleeping Beauty


Strength and Grace

To commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 65th birthday, a special evening of four pieces by female choreographers.  Of course, as with any mixed programme, there were some pieces that were of a higher standard than others.

The first piece of the evening was So To Speak, a very lyrical work by US choreographer Penny Saunders, with the theme of families and the relationships between mothers, fathers and daughters.  This was followed by the worst piece of the evening, Despite the Loss of Small Details, by Sarah Foster-Sproull, which strongly resembled another piece of hers,  and had what must be some of the worst costumes ever for dancers – big furry jackets which restricted movement and stopped the audience seeing what the dancers were doing.   Sorry, but New Zealand contemporary dance needs a boost of outside influence.  It is based too much around dancers trained in one school, by the same set of people, and could do with an injection of fresh creativity.

Strength and Grace

The second half started with a piece by Australian choreographer, Danielle Rowe, Remember Mama, which explored the relationship between mothers and sons.  This started off beautifully, but the second half, although nice to look at, didn’t really fit with the first.  In my opinion, the best piece ended the evening. Stand to Reason, by South African Andrea Schermoly, was inspired by the pamphlet “Ten Reasons Why A Woman Should Vote” published in 1888. This was a piece that could stand on an international stage, and was a great end to the evening.  Dancer of the evening: Abigail Boyle, who continues to show strength and grace.

Note:  New Zealand was the first country to give votes to women.

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

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