Another week over and time to think about the small pleasures of the past few days. There was sunshine, there was Charlie’s 14th birthday (which seemed to pass him by….), there were trips to the cinema, a dance performance and lunch with friends. And while Covid cases are on the rise, 12 district health boards (there are 20 in the country) have now passed the 90% vaccination rate for first doses, and 82% of the eligible population of the country is now fully vaccinated.
And so to food…and this week I picked up some blood oranges which just have a short season, an aubergine (or eggplant), spinach, more fresh peas and seasonal asparagus, tomatoes, broccolini, chilli and some gold kiwi fruit for a change in the fruit bowl. There were strawberries and blueberries too. On Wednesday, we went to one of our favourite restaurants, Capitol, for dinner before going to the cinema. I had the fish (which was lookdown dory) with celeriac puree and crispy silverbeet, Karl had the beef and we shared some wonderful crushed potatoes with rosemary and garlic.
There were croissants for a Sunday breakfast treat, some bread from Arobake topped with hummus, tomato and micro greens for Saturday lunch, and I think we can say we are entering the season to enjoy rosé wine – at least when the sun shines. There was a long lunch with some lovely Vietnamese food at friends on Sunday too.
I got to the cinema twice this week. On Wednesday, we saw My Salinger Year, a lovely film based on based on the 2014 memoir with the same name by Joanna Rakoff. It tells the tale of a recent graduate who goes to work for a literary agent in New York who happens to represent J.D. Salinger, how she finds herself, as well as getting to know something about the reclusive author. I really enjoyed this film (which was no car chases or super heroes, just books and good dialogue). This was our last movie on the film festival, but on Saturday a friend and I went to see Breaking Bread, a documentary about the A-Sham food festival held in Haifa, Israel, which brings together Arab and Jewish chefs to share recipes, stories and techniques. Another lovely film, and a celebration of food in the region.
On Friday evening, I went to the graduation season of the New Zealand School of Dance, an event I attend every year. It is always fun to spot the young dancers who are likely to go on to great things. I particularly liked two pieces choreographed especially for the classical dance students, one by Loughlan Prior and the other by Shaun James Kelly. Prior is a graduate of the school, who danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and is now choreographer in residence at the company, and Kelly is a soloist with the company. When we came out of the dance performance, we were lucky enough to see the blood moon that was clearly visible in the night sky.
So, what were your small pleasures this week? Here are some other blog posts from a few fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life. The flowers in the featured image at the top of the post hang over a neighbours’ fence.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy shares her delights of her week including some magnificent sunflowers and a trip to Chincoteague.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard shares her Happy Place, Happy Space with a wonderful statue.
- Natalie the Explorer shares recent reads, bench art and this week’s coffee share.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea shares a poem about dandelions.
- Jo at And Anyway shares her reading on what’s on your bookshelf.
- Deb’s World shares some wonderful pictures of a fairy martin’s nest.
- Laurie at Notes from the Hinterland prepares for winter.
- Trent Trent’s World shares coffee.
- Natalie at Little Pieces of Me shares what she is grateful for.
- Scribble and Scran writes about onions…and an exhibition.
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