This week’s small pleasures #162

It is the Labour Day holiday weekend, and so this sunny Monday I have been at home, catching up with things around the house, reading and generally pottering about. It has been a really relaxing weekend, which is just what I needed.

Anyway, first up, from the stunning dark purple magnolia at the top of the post to the vibrant colours of the bush lily to these forget-me-nots (which may be weeds, but too pretty to remove), there are gorgeous flowers everywhere right now. Everything is really beginning to perk up with warmer and longer days.

Bush lily (Botanic Gardens)

Tuesday saw me going again to the small market held each week outside the Pipitea campus of Victoria University of Wellington. I picked up some green beans, a broccoflower, a grapefruit and some avocados this week. Bread is also available from Shelley Bay Baker, along with eggs and sometimes local honey. It is a great wee addition to city life.

This week, I was up in New Plymouth for work, where it was cold, wet and windy. I had to fly back via Auckland, which was a bit of a pain, but at least it meant I got a ‘koru hour’ flight back which means that instead of tea and a biscuit, it’s wine and cheese. Below you can see the flight coming into Wellington, with Kapiti Island (left hand picture) and Matiu/Somes Island clearly visible.

Wine and cheese – Friday flight home

Saturday saw the sun, and the chance to sit outside and read for a bit. Now that is a real small pleasure. The book you can see below is the childhood memoirs of William Miller, son of Jonathon Miller, and a good afternoon in the sun type of book.

Saturday afternoon

On Sunday we drove over to Martinborough and to bright blue skies and sunshine. After lunch we wandered around the shops, picked up some wine, and also visited the little museum (more about that on Wednesday).

Sunshine in Martinborough
Lunch at The Village Cafe

Sunday dinner was a roast chicken, with asparagus, potatoes, cauliflower and lots of gravy, followed by an apple crumble made with rye flour and ice-cream. There are times when only a dinner like this will do. Left over cold chicken made excellent holiday Monday lunch-time sandwiches on ciabatta with tarragon mustard mayonnaise, micro-greens and cucumber. So good.

What were your small pleasures this week?

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

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  1. In the cool, rainy days of late October, I am soaking up the beauty and warmth of your spring. Spring brings one pleasure after another, doesn’t it? Wonderful top picture! My small pleasure was going to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate a big pleasure: I have finished the first draft of my YA fantasy “Out of Time,” the third book in my Great Library Series. A joyful feeling!


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