This week’s small pleasures #207

In all honesty, I struggled a bit this week to find some small pleasures. It was just one of those weeks – bad weather, the cancellation of a foodie event and the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Venus Rising programme due to Level 2 restrictions, and feeling a bit soggy at times. But as usual, there were things to bring a smile and to remind us of the good things that are around us.

Familiar faces

On my regular walk to work through the Botanic Gardens, there are a couple of familiar strangers, walking their dogs. I also frequently see this blackbird with a few white tail feathers. He is quite distinctive, and not too scared of people either. He always brings a smile to my face.

Food treats

Amongst this week’s food treats was a loaf of sunflower and rye sourdough bread, delivered on Saturday morning by Arobake, and lovely spread with goat’s cheese and topped with pea sprouts. There was a lovely creamy gratin of smoked fish (I used hoki), tomatoes and potatoes from Diana Henry’s lovely book From the Oven to the Table for dinner one night. Sunday was a cold, grey and wet day, so a toasted cheese scone and mug of tea was a perfect counterpoint, and an excellent afghan biscuit the cure for Saturday morning blues.

Being cosy

A pot of tea, a good book, an old episode of a Miss Marple, a lit candle and a warm blanket all help to combat grey, rainy, spring weather.

Sunshine after a rainy day or two

After a few grey, gloomy days the sun came out this afternoon. The bright yellow kōwhai flowers against the bright blue skies were a real small pleasure.

Anyway, that is my quick round up on some of this week’s small pleasures. Check out what is making Notes from the Hinterland happy too and 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. The kōwhai flowers are so lovely! We’ve had a lot of great weather on this side of the Tasman so have really enjoyed my walks (in between working from home).


  2. Those yellow flowers are like individual bursts of sunshine and joy. Then, of course, there is the food. Sorry that so much was canceled. I sure know how that feels. This is one of the quietest summers we have ever had—no kids, no film festival, no gatherings for grilled bread. No wonder I threw myself into my work.

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    1. I think it was easier in the early stages of lockdown to deal with things when everything stopped running as normal. – now we are all just fed up with things. I will just keep looking at spring flowers!

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  3. The Kōwhai is just fabulous- a shot of brilliance after your dull weather, and glorious against that blue sky. Your friendly blackbird is quaint…not unlike our Willie Wagtail to look at.

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  4. You got me stopping at the Kowhai and that yummy looking afghan, those two alone would create a happy moment, eating the biscuit while viewing the tree!

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