Well…cases of ‘you know what’ in the Waikato has put Hamilton and surrounding area into a Level 3 lockdown. Meanwhile, it was announced today that Auckland is going to slowly come out of lockdown, week by week while the rest of the country stays at Level 2. The likelihood of us being to travel abroad looks no closer (well, we can leave, but it is problematic getting back)…..
But this blog post is about things that make us smile, about the small pleasures of life that keep us going. And so, without further ado…..it was a lovely sunny day on Friday, and I visited the hairdresser after work, where I sat at the window looking out at the Rita Angus mural opposite. I caught a new podcast with Sophie Hansen and Germaine Leece, Something to Eat and Something to Read, combining two things I enjoy. I also made Welsh cakes on Saturday for the first time as some of you have already seen.
On Wednesday, I finally got to August, a new cafe in town. I decided to try the Istanbul eggs – poached eggs with Greek yoghurt, Aleppo pepper butter, topped with dill and served with sourdough toast – which was featured in the Pandemic Pack cookbook I mentioned a few weeks ago. It was so good, definitely something I would go for again: spicy, perfect eggs, good toast and the dill to cut through the spice. Lovely.
Also on Wednesday, I picked up these gorgeous – and rather expensive – tomatoes from Commonsense Organics. The variety is vintage wine, and they were really full of flavour, just served simply on toast with a sprinkling of Maldon salt and a twist of black pepper, they were worth every cent. I also picked up a bunch of radishes, which for some reason I associate with spring, and in Saturday’s basket there was spinach and silver beet for some leafy greens, asparagus as ’tis the season, mushrooms, oranges, limes, chillies, apples and an aubergine (eggplant).
On Sunday we drove over the Remutaka Hills to Featherston, where we had lunch at Brac & Bow in the Royal Hotel. I had the smoked fish and sweetcorn chowder, which I have had there before and really enjoyed. Karl had a burger, which was also good. We then drove over to Martinborough, for a browse around the shops (including the book shop and Mint, where I found a lovely little mustard spoon and spoon rest from Galit Maxwell. Below you can see lunch, the park in the centre of Martinborough and my purchases.
Finally, I counted nine ducklings in the pond in the Botanic Gardens on Saturday morning. A small pleasure and a sign of spring!
What were your small pleasures? Here are some other blog posts from fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life.
- Do check out Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy for her delights of her week.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard celebrates after the rain.
- Deb got bold in September.
- Natalie the Explorer shares what makes September special.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea shares pink of all shades.
- Sanch Writes shares her weekly gratitude.
- Jo at And Anyway summarises her month with a sentence a day.
- Trent’s World invites us to coffee.
- Little Pieces of Me celebrates the season.
- Laurie over at Notes from the Hinterland celebrates her husband’s birthday.
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