This week’s small pleasures #204

This week’s small pleasures comes to you on the first day of my ‘staycation’. I’m taking a week off work just to rest, relax and rejuvenate a bit. There are now 58 cases of Covid-19 in west, south and central Auckland and Tokoroa. The Prime Minister has decided to postpone the general election to 17 October from 19 September and the dissolution of Parliament will now not happen until 6 September. We live in uncertain times, so even more important to consider the small pleasures that brighten up our everyday lives.


I guess the main small pleasure this week has been all the signs of spring (see Saturday’s post). The featured image at the top of the post is a stunning rhododendron spotted on Friday in the Botanic Gardens, and below you can see an elegant poppy and some daffodils, also in the Botanic Gardens. There will be lots more spring flowers to come!

Good food

There was bread delivered from Arobake again, a warm cheese scone at Squirrel on Saturday morning and Ottolenghi’s recipe for Jerusalem artichokes cooked with potatoes for Saturday dinner. There was mushrooms on toast for Monday lunch and bags of spinach and kale for our greens for the week.

Reading and book shopping

I carved out time for reading this week, including a lovely session on Sunday afternoon on the sofa. I finished dipping in and out of Zadie Smith’s short stories Grand Central, and raced through Rachel Cusk’s Arlington Park about disaffected women living in an English suburb. Today I picked up Zadie Smith’s essays written during the Covid-19 epidemic and a book I was undecided about but will give it a go, the fictionalised account of Hilary Rodham’s life if she hadn’t married Bill Clinton.


And so here we are on Monday. I have a bit of a cold, but that didn’t stop me having a big clear out of my wardrobe. Found a pair of jeans I had forgotten, threw out some things I no longer wear and generally had a good tidy up. To keep me motivated, I tuned into a number of podcasts including this excerpt How to Feel Better from The Mustard’s weekly podcast. It was a lovely sunny day today so I stood at one of my favourite spots in the city and looked out over the water and to the hills beyond. Today’s small pleasure.

It’s true you can’t live here by chance. You have to do and be, not simply watch or even describe. This is the city of action, the world headquarters of the verb (Lauris Edmond).

Check out what is making Notes from the Hinterland happy too.

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

So that is it for this week. Wherever you are, take care and look out for those little things that bring you joy. What were your small pleasures of the week just past? 

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  1. You are experiencing Spring and we will be preparing for it here in the UK. Some weeks ago I ordered loads of spring flowering bulbs so I’ll be busy planting soon.

    Again wonderful food mmmmm.

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