It is a bit of a grey day today. It has looked like rain all day but none has materialised yet as I type this. We had some rain last night at least which meant I didn’t have to water the plants – a small blessing there I guess! New Zealand has now moved to a ‘traffic light’ system instead of ‘alert levels’ to ‘manage Covid’. For us it means no real difference except we will need to show our vaccine passports from Friday when going to venues such as the hairdresser and restaurants. We have no problem with this, but there will be people who will object of course. 85% of the eligible population are now double vaccinated, 92% have had at least one dose. However there are regional variations – 90% are fully vaccinated in our region but only 75% in Tairawhiti (figures from the Ministry of Health website).
Anyway, to this week’s small pleasures which included a lovely conversation with my brother in Vancouver, getting my hair cut, two good Pilates classes and Sunday lunch with my nephew, wife and son, who has grown so much since we last saw him.
There was some good food, both at home and out. This week’s Saturday food shopping resulted in a cornucopia of delights, from the first sweetcorn to seasonal asparagus, bright yellow scallopini (patty pan squash), green beans and peas in the pod, courgettes, a red capsicum, tomatoes of differing colours and some more golden kiwi fruit, blueberries and strawberries. I cooked salmon topped with Za’atar, sumac and a tahini lemon sauce from Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Shelf Love on Saturday (with the green beans and couscous) and chicken cooked with Calvados from Sophie Hansen’s In Good Company on Sunday served with asparagus, peas and new potatoes (with leftovers for lunch today).
On Thursday, we ate at The Shepherd’s Arms pub in Thorndon, with me opting for fish and chips and Karl sausages and mash. Just the thing! We had lunch on Sunday at Field & Green (see above), with the first rate fish finger sandwiches a firm favourite.
I had a bit of time to read, gasped at the last episode of the most recent series of Shetland (there has to be another series…) and enjoyed lots of sunshine.
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.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy shares her delights of her week – I had to smile at the sign for the Scottish Merchant in Old Town Alexandra.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard celebrates the start of Advent.
- Natalie the Explorer shows us art near Sugar Beach.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea takes us to Grahamstown East – well worth going to have a read of her post.
- Jo at And Anyway also gets ready for the festive season.
- Deb’s World takes stock at the end of the month.
- Poor Laurie at Notes from the Hinterland has a fall, but was grateful she wasn’t too badly hurt. Hope you are feeling fit now and had a good Thanksgiving.
- Trent over at Trent’s World shares coffee and goes to Cape Cod.
- Natalie at Little Pieces of Me shares a list of things to be thankful for.
- Scribble and Scran shelters from the storm that has battered parts of the UK and makes millionaire’s shortbread.
- Sanch Writes shares her weekly gratitude.
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