This week’s small pleasures #119

This time next week will be Christmas Eve, so there will be no Small Pleasures post as we will be eating, drinking and celebrating (we do a Swedish Christmas Eve, so presents are opened and much food is consumed).  First up this week we have the weather. Lots of lovely sunny days sure lift the spirits. The two pictures below were taken on Sunday and show off New Zealand’s Christmas tree, the pōhutukawa (see this old post from two years ago!).

Gorgeous red blooms
A whole avenue of pōhutukawa

Also on Sunday, we went to Te Papa to see the exhibition Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.   I had missed seeing some of these incredible ancient terracotta warriors when some of them came to Edinburgh years ago, so was so pleased to get a chance to see these 2000 year old statues, ‘discovered’ in 1974.  The sculptures were made to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife and estimates from 2007 say that there are three pits containing the more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses. The exhibition features eight warriors, each standing 180 centimetres tall, along with two full-size courses and two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots. Also on display are more than 160 works of ancient Chinese art dating from the Western Zhou to the Han dynasties (1046 BCE – 220 CE) found in imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an.   It was all quite fascinating, especially as each warrior is an individual, with no two alike.  If you are in Wellington, do go.  You can book tickets in advance.

Some of the warriors

There are, of course, so many roses about still at the moment.  I spotted these ones this morning walking to work in Bolton Street Cemetery this morning.  Called Celcile Brunner, I believe the bush dates from the 1880s (there are some colonial era roses to be found there).

Cecile Brunner

Finally……well, I can never resist a picture of Charlie.

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

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  1. How I love pohutukawas, and those, though small, are stunning. My parents retired to Whangamata where some pohutukawas of venerable size grew near the river. Fond memories!


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