Whenever I start writing a small pleasures post, I start with looking at what photos I have taken during the week. Sometimes they inspire, sometimes there isn’t a lot to report. This week there were lots of small pleasures, including three days of holiday.
It is a miserable, grey and rainy Monday here, so it is nice to look back on Tuesday of last week, and a walk home through the Botanic Gardens from the cable car at the top. It was a gorgeous day, just perfect for a a lovely stroll. Below you can get some feel for what I saw and enjoyed.
Before my walk through the gardens, I had gone into town for a few errands, and stopped at Squirrel for some tea and some smoked salmon toast. It was so nice to have the time and opportunity to return to one of my favourite places in the city – a small pleasure indeed.
Sticking with food, we enjoyed bagels from Best Ugly Bagels (for those interested, these are Montreal style bagels) with cream cheese and smoked salmon (again!) for Sunday breakfast. I made this wonderful carrot, orange, pecan and manchego salad again from Peter Gordon’s Savour (I found this version of it in The Washington Post). On Thursday, we enjoyed pizza (mine topped with prawns and calamari) at Santeria, and on Sunday we enjoyed a curry lunch with my nephew, wife and wee boy at Great India, an Indian restaurant in town (and a small pleasure in itself to see them).
Food shopping wise this week, there was this beautiful cavolo nero and a big bag of red onions, Jerusalem artichokes to make soup, apples, pears and some very pretty looking purple Brussels sprouts.
The French Film Festival is on at the moment, and on Saturday afternoon we went to see Les Bonheurs des un… or A Friendly Tale – a lovely, very French film that we really enjoyed. Still in the things to watch corner, I can recommend the Swedish TV drama Snöänglar (Snow Angels). It is a bit harrowing at times, but we were gripped by the story. A podcast I binged listened to this weekend, Finding Natasha, is the interesting tale of a young British woman who went to try to study dance in the Soviet Union.
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 continues to share pictures from her garden
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy enjoys a farmers’ market and summer (and cicadas…)
- Ju Lyn of Touring My Backyard enjoys a morning run
- Little Pieces of Me enjoys the beach and sharing wine with a friend
- Natalie the Explorer as always, brings the city she lives in, Toronto, to life. I just love her Saturday posts
- Congratulations are due over at Deb’s World who has one of her short stories shared
- Trent enjoys the summer
- And it sounded like Sanch Writes had a great week, including getting her second vaccine.
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