This week’s small pleasures #231

Here we are in May already, and time for the first small pleasures post of the month. It is autumn here of course, and while the cooler mornings are very much indicative of the season, we have had lots of lovely sunshine. I bought some gorgeous yellow Cala lilies which you can see in the featured image at the top of the post, caught up with some old BBC radio dramas (the ones from the 1960s and 1970s are quite hilarious at times) and found some time to read. Oh yes…and kicked my way through a pile of leaves.

As usual, I enjoyed my Pilates classes. My Thursday teacher is moving on, so a few of us joined her for a farewell drink on Saturday. Karl and I went for a lovely meal at a little Italian restaurant in town afterwards – no photo, but I did have a lovely fettuccine and prawn dish.

On Wednesday, I made it down to the little vegetable market and picked up half a cauliflower and a couple of other things, including a bit of focaccia from Shelley Bay Baker. In our basket on Saturday, as well as lemons and limes, there were the first of the persimmons, a few passion fruit and courgettes. All sorts of good things!

One regular small pleasure is Sunday breakfast. We have time to linger, enjoying fresh bread and orange juice and whatever else takes our fancy on the day. I still have some Kalles kaviar to enjoy with a boiled egg, and of course had to have one of my favourite passion fruit as well. It is also a day to have two cups of tea at breakfast – now that is a small pleasure!

Finally, to ‘animal corner’. On Friday I met these two rabbits, Nixie and Oscar, who were available for ‘bunny therapy’. Their fur was so soft and they seemed quite happy to be stroked and spoken to by lunch time passers by. At home, we have noticed that Charlie has been spending even more time sleeping than usual, curled up on his favourite fur throw with a glass of water nearby. He is thirteen and a half so is allowed to slow down a bit.

That is all from me this Monday, except to say that one of my regular small pleasures is catching up with fellow bloggers around the world. Here are a few of my blogging friends recent posts.

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  1. So important to reflect on the small things in life. I love the way you have linked to your favourite blogs – I hope you are comfortable with me trying that out on my next blog post too 😊

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  2. Thank you for linking to my post. I have enjoyed this peep at your week. We still do not get out much – except to purchase groceries – yet I enjoy my garden and walking around the neighbourhood.

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  3. I’m still not getting how this Small Pleasures works! Thanks for adding me! I am traveling again and as soon as I return I am going to figure Small Pleasures out since I have quite a few pleasures in my life! I am soooooo fortunate! Cady

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    1. I’ve been doing a Monday post like this for a while – just a quick summary of nice things of the week. You don’t have to join in if you don’t want to! Just if there are a few nice things to share. The mentions are just to highlight a few blogs I like.


  4. So great you take time & enjoy your work free mornings & with such yummy food. Persimmons are one of our favourites here. Squishy bunnies too cute, what a dear sweet old cat you have, love the speckled sunlight looks like its keeping Charlie warm & cosy.

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  5. Your yellow Cala lilies are absolutely beautiful in the morning sun. I do love those bunnies and your sweet little cat Charlie, I am a softie for all animals.
    You are very lucky to have a vegetable market nearby, and everything looks so fresh, would the vegetables be grown locally?

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  6. Thanks for sharing my posts! Your posts always make me smile! I love the lilies!! Yellow flowers bring so much joy! Glad you got some bunny therapy too! 😀 They are cute! Charlie looks pretty chilled. Hope you have a lovely week ahead!

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  7. I Love your beautiful yellow cala lilies and the bunnies I bet were super soft. I Love all the veggies you got from your market! I Love persimmons and haven’t had one in awhile. I hope you have a wonderful week! 😀 Kindly, Diana

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  8. I have a very soft spot of calla lilies, particularly yellow ones like yours – they were my choice for wedding bouquet! Your capture of the petals with the light streaming in through the window is so dreamy!

    And of course, I love those purple caulis …. I love it when you post pics of them!

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  9. Wow. Stunning Lillies! I enjoyed your photographs too. Very well captured. Visiting via Laurie’s blog Notes from the Hinterland. I see quite a few familiar names here in your blog community.

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