This week’s small pleasures #156

Here we are again, Monday evening, and the time to look back on the small pleasures of the past week. Karl is in Europe, so it has just been me and Charlie in the house this week. My grand plans for clearing and cleaning didn’t totally materialise, though I did tackle a couple of overdue tidying jobs. Not sure that this is a small pleasure, but it is nice to see the results of one’s housework!

Anyway, as usual my Saturday morning was a small pleasure, with avocado toast again (see the featured image at the top of the post) at Squirrel, Pilates and some grocery shopping. As I have said so many times, I do enjoy my Saturday morning routine, it really does set the tone for the weekend. In the afternoon, I had a go at making some granola, using a recipe from Pick Up Limes. I tried some on top of yoghurt as part of Sunday’s breakfast, and I have to say, it was pretty good.

Granola time
Sunday breakfast

Sunday actually began with a Messenger conversation with not only my husband, but some of our dear friends in Glasgow – a great way to start the day even though I had to make myself wake up early. It just poured with rain all morning and for the early part of the afternoon, so it was time to make tea, read, watch the Hitchcock classic Vertigo on Netflix, and make an excellent sandwich with hummus and cheese for lunch. I started to read Ali Smith’s Spring which seems appropriate for the time of year, and I also dipped into my new book, The Modern Preserver by New Zealand born Kylee Newton. This book features such delicious sounding things such as strawberry and Pimm’s jam, gin pickled cucumber and lime and saffron jelly. Just looking at this book is a small pleasure in itself.

If you are a cat lover, watching our little furry friends sleeping and making little snoring sounds brings joy and smiles. Here is Charlie, doing just those things.

Charlie, sleeping

A new feature I am going to add to these posts is something to mention something I particularly enjoyed watching, listening to or reading during the past week. So first up, what I watched. I went to see the new Downton Abbey film on Friday evening. If you are a fan of the TV show, then you should catch the film, but if you don’t know the series, then the film won’t make a huge deal of sense. A ridiculous plot, gorgeous costumes, and great lines for Dame Maggie Smith as Lady Violet Crawley: Downton Abbey at its best!

Second, I loved this article from The Observer Food Monthly about Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver, the founders of the St John restaurant in London. If you have watched Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unkown, you may recognise St John from the London episode.

And that’s it for this week. What were your small pleasures?

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

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  1. Those toasts! Haven’t had breakfast yet and the pictures made me so hungry. I’m a huge fan of toast, and I love the various toppings you have on yours. I need to expand my horizons.


  2. I loved the Downton Abbey film – corny buy still good.
    You have to have to have seen the series to understand who everyone is – but I doubt anyone would go to see it who has not watched the series.
    I liked the way lots of loose ends were tied up – many happy endings – definitely a FINALE.
    The house for Downton is supposed to be in Yorkshire but the house used for filming is in the South of England.
    Harewood House is about 30 minutes drive from me and the Leeds to Harrogate bus stops outside the drive.

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