This week’s small pleasures #120

Welcome to the first small pleasures post of 2019. Of course, we were on holiday, so that was a pleasure in itself. We had some lovely weather (see the featured image above of Wellington on Friday) and have been enjoying summer days. (Note….it has been raining today, Monday…).

Oysters and other things

Harking back to Brisbane, and I enjoyed some oysters, prawns, octopus and mussels (with a little potato salad on the left). Delicious!


He enjoyed (we hope) his little holiday at the cattery, and has since been visiting his friends (little does he know I have seen photographic evidence!) and sleeping the days away.


Tis the season..for stone fruit, sweet corn and figs

Peaches, plums and nectarines are everywhere. I picked up a bunch of nectarines and made a roast nectarine chutney, and also these little yellow plums. I also could not resist fresh sweetcorn, cooked, and the kernels mixed with tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Finally, I managed to find some very ripe figs.

Some yellow plums


This week’s favourites – morning glory. These ones have forced their way through a fence and look stunning. Such a beautiful colour.

Morning Glory


It was a gloriously sunny day, and we drove out to Scorching Bay for brunch (Eggs Benedict for me, a rather fancy bacon roll for Karl). It was just gorgeous, and the day was completed with a bit of pottering in the herb garden, reading and an afternoon nap. Bliss.

Scorching Bay

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

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