Today (Monday 7 June) is a public holiday in New Zealand. The Queen’s Birthday holiday is…well, I believe the official birthday of the Queen in New Zealand. Canada has Victoria Day, and most of Australia has a Queen’s Birthday holiday next week. Ah well….it is just lovely to have a day off.
Anyway, let’s move on to this week’s pleasures, starting with one of my favourite trees at this time of the year, the gingko in the Botanic Gardens. The leaves turn to an amazing golden yellow, and then fall off leaving the bare branches, which return to green glory in the spring. Lurking underneath, are the first signs of the daffodils that grow underneath (as mentioned on Saturday).
And so to this week’s food treats. These ranged from a lovely lunch at Dixon Street Deli on Wednesday of toast topped with avocado, tomato, and halloumi, to one of my favourite dishes at local Italian restaurant Cosa Nostra, namely the spaghetti carbonara which I enjoyed on Thursday evening after Pilates. On Saturday, I picked up a kohlrabi, half a gorgeous cabbage, more persimmons (’tis the season), baby carrots, mushrooms and yams (or oca). I made a batch of granola on Sunday morning from this recipe from Pick Up Limes, using hazlenuts instead of almonds as that is what I had to hand. I tried it with Greek yoghurt and macerated tamarillos as part of breakfast this morning (pictured top right)- it was good.
Moving away from food, and to things watched. If you haven’t seen the 2010 animation A Cat in Paris, then do so. It is funny and touching and just the thing for a cosy evening in. On Monday afternoon, we went to see Days of the Bagnold Summer, a gentle comedy about a mother and her teenage sun over one summer. A beautifully observed film and funny as well.
On Saturday evening, I went to see the New Zealand School of Dance contemporary students’ evening of their own choreography that is showcased each year (apart from 2020 of course). This year they performed at BATS theatre instead of at the school. It is a really small space and not really a dance venue, but the dancers were full of energy and performed with great spirit.
So those were my small pleasures this week – what were yours? As usual, I like to feature other bloggers who have made me smile, made me think or generally shared some interesting aspects of their lives.
- Laurie over at Notes from the Hinterland shares her stunning hostas.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy shares lots of good things this week, including returning to an independent bookshop in town.
- Ju Lyn of Touring My Backyard introduces us to a new game, wood ball
- Little Pieces of Me has a bluebird family in her garden (and happy to hear her toe is getting better)
- Natalie the Explorer shares lots of pictures of spring flowers and considers what made May marvellous
- Deb’s World considers how she was bold in May.
- Trent enjoys getting a CSA box and shares a good cup of coffee with us.
- There are cocktails and book shopping over Sanch Writes and her weekly gratitude.
- And Edinburgh blogger EdinburghCook v4.8 talks about a door problem.
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