So at 4pm the Prime Minister announced that all of New Zealand, except for Auckland, will go down to Level 2 from Wednesday. This is of course good news, though it will be a little bit of a stricter Level 2 than we had before, for example, the largest gathering can be 50 instead of 100. Still, it does mean we can get out and about a bit more.
Meanwhile, it has been another week in lockdown Level 3, and one filled with several sunny days, lots of good food and time to enjoy walks in the Botanic Gardens. I know it sounds a little bit Pollyanna-ish, but at times like this you have got to put a brave face on things. Like many other people I know, this lockdown seems to have hit us hard after months of near normality. I have had my wobbly occasions, but I have also had some lovely moments, like having time to admire what is my probably my favourite flower of the moment (wait for a sudden change once the tulips appear), the camellia. These two were spotted on one of my walks.
On Friday, my walk took me up to the herb garden in the Botanic Gardens which sits above the rose garden and from where you get a lovely view over the city. Lockdown has meant seeing more birds, and if you look very carefully in the third picture, you can see one of the eastern rosellas that have made a new home for themselves in part of the gardens – at least I have seen the pair three times now.
Of course, no Small Pleasures post would be complete without food. I was lucky enough to get to Moore Wilson’s on Wednesday where I picked up a few things including these goregeous yams (oca) and cavolo nero. We had bread delivered again from Arobake on Saturday, the order including a couple of the lovely rhubarb and custard tarts for a treat with a cup of Earl Grey tea. I made a wonderful meal on Sunday which you can read about here. But you know what was really the best thing I ate thing this week? There were some soft, white rolls for Saturday breakfast, so I fried an egg and popped it in the middle. I was immediately transported back to childhood and my dad making my mum and I fried egg rolls for Sunday breakfast. The taste, the messy yoke, all came flooding back. Lovely.
I have to say, connecting with and reading other bloggers from all over the world is a real small pleasure in itself. Hearing and learning about different places and discovering all sorts of new foods, plants, books and places is always really interesting. As regular readers know, on Saturdays I participate in the Six on Saturday gardening blog hosted by The Propagator. One of the regular contributors is Jim of Garden Ruminatons, who is the opposite end of the gardening spectrum from me, being a retired horticulturist as well as an expert on camellias. He read about the Kate Sheppard camellia in Saturday’s post, and sent me a really interesting article about the history of the plant. I was so touched and it made a wonderful start to Sunday morning. A real small pleasure.
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 including a visit to an art gallery.
- Laurie at Notes From The Hinterland shows us the last the lilies
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard rescues – and enjoys – strawberries.
- Green Dreams makes a really good looking soup mix.
- Deb shares some pictures of colourful murals as part of the Sunday Stills challenge.
- Natalie the Explorer highlights her 10 favourite things of summer.
- Anne at Something Over Tea shares pictures of clivia – which we have in our Botanic Gardens here.
- Sanch Writes is grateful for lots of things including a spring dip in the ocean.
- Jo at And Anyway updates her on her writing.
- And over at Trent’s World shares a picture of his new kitten. So sweet….
- Antoinette Truglio Martin makes a tomato pie.
- Little Pieces of Me shares what she is grateful for on Friday.
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