I wasn’t sure where to begin with this week’s small pleasures – sunny days? Or should I mention getting dates for both my Covid-19 vaccinations (I know!!)? There was an interesting chat at a jeweller about a repair to a ring (which may cost me a small fortune, but let’s see, he is getting me a quote) and a browse in a second hand bookshop. Even though I am not particularly interested in the Olympic Games, I couldn’t help but celebrate the gold medals for New Zealand athletes in rowing and the women’s rugby sevens. There was also a bronze for Dame Valerie Adams in the shot put, who is also the first Kiwi to win a medal at four consecutive Olympic Games.
On Friday, I took a walk down to the City Art Gallery at lunch time and caught the last day of Every Artist, an exhibition of “local, national, and international artists who rethink, remap, queer, and even gamify the history of art.” As you can imagine, it was a real mix of works with a few things to make you think. In any case, it was a lovely interlude in the working day. The featured image at the top of the post, the one above and the one below which is of the gallery, were all taken on Friday.
And so to food…a good sandwich brought from home one lunch time, a perfect avocado and a Saturday morning treat of scrambled eggs on toast, are a few things I enjoyed this week. There were shiitake mushrooms on toast with creamy garlic spinach for a quick Saturday meal before going out, a bowl of spaghetti carbonara at our local Italian, Cosa Nostra on Thursday, and a bento box with all sorts of lovely things for lunch at Tatsushi. In the shopping basket this week, there were oranges, silver beet, yams (oca), limes, fennel, celeriac and a piece of Over the Moon goat blue cheese. Finally, I seem to have a thing about making scones on Saturdays….this time I made Victoria scones, which you make in a round and cut into triangles. I had mine with apricot jam.
On Saturday, I went to the latest evening of dance from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The first piece was Paquita, a 19th century classic that allows dancers to show off their virtuosity and technique. Laurynas Vėjalis was particularly outstanding as the main male dancer. The second piece was a new version of Firebird, with choreography by Choreographer in Residence, Loughlan Prior, and design by Tracy Grant Lord. The stage set was a dystopian world, where people have to scavenge and water is in short supply. In this version of the ballet, the firebird offers redemption and the possibility of a new start for mankind. It was good to see a new piece, especially made for the company, and great dancing from the principal dancers.
So, that is me for this week except to say that this Monday morning I opened Instagram stories and saw my great nephew take his first few steps, holding on to a walker. Now that brought a smile to my face to start the week! What were your small pleasures? Here are some other blog posts from fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy shares her delights of the week – always some fun things.
- Laurie at Notes From The Hinterland shares her garden (and unfortunate pests).
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard shares some lovely looking Korean food.
- Deb, shares some lovely pictures of trees.
- Natalie the Explorer shares a gorgeous picture of a red-tailed hawk and other great scenes of Toronto – and also hosts the #coffeeshare
- Anne at Something Over Tea also shares pictures of birds.
- Sanch Writes is in lockdown in Sydney but still finds her weekly gratitude – all the best Sanch!
- Jo at And Anyways catches up on the month – and makes ginger crunch.
- And over at Trent’s World, joins in the weekend coffee share
- The Nordic Dowager describes managed isolation here in New Zealand – compulsory for those coming into the country.
- Sammie at The Annoyed Thyroid does some baking.
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