This week’s small pleasures #255

This week’s small pleasures comes to you on the Labour Day holiday, which also kind of heralds the start of warmer weather. It is, of course, always lovely to have a public holiday, and this one is particularly welcome with it being ages since the last one. I had hoped to get out and do some gardening today, but it is raining this morning. Ah well…the forecast indicates it will clear up later.

Anyway, first up is a duckling update. You can see how much bigger they are, and are also getting more independent of each other. There was an incident during the week, when someone tipped some white paint into the water that flows into the pond. As you can see, the water is now crystal clear after a clean up, but it was a really horrible thing to have happened.

And so to food…there was lunch at the newly renovated Egmont Street Eatery on Wednesday (slow cooked eggs, house baked beans with harissa and black pudding – what a combination!), a lovely spaghetti carbonara at local Italian restaurant Cosa Nostra on Thursday, and a basket full of good things on Saturday, from purple asparagus, spinach, cabbage and kale to oranges, lemons and shallots. I have a menu planned for the week which I will report on on Wednesday.

On Sunday there was a trip to the cinema to see Julia, the new documentary about Julia Child. Having read a fair bit about her over the years, I didn’t feel I learned a lot of new details, but it was still quite an interesting film and lots of interesting clips and some modern footage of classic recipes (which made our mouths water).

And so to flowers which always bring a smile to my face….from this pretty little peach coloured rose, hanging over the fence of a neighbours’ garden to the clivias (bush lilies, Natal lilies) in the Botanic Gardens (and yes there are the deep orange ones too Anne!).

What were your small pleasures? Here are some other blog posts from fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life.

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  1. Beautiful food & flowers. I will keep an eye out for the Julia documentary, she’s amazing.
    As for the ducklings they do grow fast, they are adorable. It is so baffling as to why people do such cruel ridiculous acts, so relieved their ok. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  2. Purple asparagus is rare here, we usually get the green ones. Glad to hear the water is clear again and the ducks are growing well after the paint incident. Thank you for the mention and for your contribution to #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  3. I like yellow clivias for they are pretty, but am glad you mentioned the orange ones too. Our flowering season was remarkably short – usually clivias seem to bloom for weeks on end.Your header picture beckons the explorer in me: what lies around the corner? Thank you for pointing readers in the direction of where I live.

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    1. The clivias seem to last quite a while here. I think they are quite stunning. The header picture..ah yes….in fact there is a small meadow with wild flowers (and an old daffodil plantation) around the corner….but there could be other things too 🙂 One of the things I like about the little blogging community is that we all live in such different places all over the globe.

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  4. As always, love having a peep at those Ducklings … when do you think their feathers will turn?

    I have never seen purple asparagus before; so lovely! Do they taste much different from their green brethren? I imagine they are purple because they have anthocyanins.

    Appreciate your including me in your roundup list!

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  5. I’m going to check on the ducklings tomorrow morning! White asparagus was a thing I saw sometimes in Europe, but not purple until we came here. Guess you are right about anthocyanin (which I had to look up!). I always enjoy your blog.


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