This week’s small pleasures #159

Here we are again, Monday evening, and time for a round up of some of this week’s small pleasures. It was a week of ups and downs, with a work trip, a very upset stomach on Wednesday which resulted in a loss of appetite for a couple of days, very mixed weather and a lovely weekend.

Anyway, first up, the view from my hotel room in Tauranga. It looks so restful….but it actually wasn’t as what you can’t see is the railway line. The goods trains ran back and forward all night, waking me up twice. So not really as small a pleasure as it looks!


A small pleasures post would not be complete without some mention of the Botanic Gardens. Here are a couple of things spotted this week. There is a lot of wild garlic around as you can see, and lots of flowers hidden amongst the trees.

If you are a cat lover, you won’t mind all the cat pictures that have featured recently. And you will also understand how lovely it was on getting home on Friday to be met by Charlie, rolling over and over and obviously pleased to see me. It really made me smile.


Also on Friday, I went to this year’s World of Wearable Art (WOW) show. I have mentioned this in past years here on the blog, having been almost every year since we lived here. For those of you who don’t know, WOW is an international wearable art competition, that now draws entries from over 40 countries. As the website says it “is an opportunity for designers to create the unimaginable, to challenge the conventional, and defy creative expectations”. The annual show is a chance to see all the finalists, and is a spectacular of dance, music, acrobatics and special effects.

I enjoyed most of this year’s show. There were a couple of spots that kind of jarred with the rest (such as the former dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Abigail Boyle’s interlude), but over all there were some stunning moments (such as the ‘underwater’ section with ‘divers’ floating under ‘the ocean’ on stage) and of course some great costumes. You can check out the winners of WOW 2019 here. I always buy a programme, which has pictures of all the finalists, and is great way to remember the evening.

The WOW sign by the waterfront…and pictures of the costumes below

The weekend is always a good time to relax, enjoy good food and catch up with friends. There was avocado toast at Squirrel, there was homemade phở with Vietnamese friends and there was (though I say so myself) an excellent pork fillet stroganoff for Sunday dinner.

Start of the weekend

Finally, thought I am not sure this is really a small pleasure, when I was attempting to clear out the big pot that has a grass plant that needs to come out (it is being removed a bit at a time) I found…a spring onion. Ages ago, I stuck the root end of a bit of one into the ground, to see if it would grow, and promptly forgot about it. Here it is in all its glory: a bit tasteless and grown quite large, but I can say I grew a spring onion!

An unexpected find.

And on that note….that is all for this week. I’m doing a ‘post a day’ challenge this week, so see you tomorrow here as well.

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

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  1. Such a pretty cat, and how lovely to be greeted by him when you come home. I’m assuming there were purrs—one of the most comforting sounds in the world—to go along with the greeting. Glad you are feeling better.


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