What a week of ups and downs….the downs include things going on at work, humid weather followed by 48 hours (at least) of rain, the news, Omicron…. but there were lots of good things too…making funny faces with the gorgeous wee daughter of a colleague, cuddles from Charlie, laughter and friendship. There was a free bus ride to Pilates on Saturday morning – not really a small pleasure but, you know, it made me smile. On said bus I saw a girl with beautiful hair of brown and deep pink – not for me, but gosh she looked just right. There was also a perfect agapanthus seed head next to the bus stop.
And so to food, and we enjoyed an excellent dinner at Mari Luca Ristoro on Thursday enjoying excellent bruschetta to start, then I opted for Linguine ai Gamberoni and Karl had Agnolotti alla Piemontese (braised beef pasta parcels with butter and sage sauce). It was really lovely, and we really should go back sometime soon. I made turkey meatballs to have with pasta earlier in the week (yes I do love pasta!) and in the basket this week there were giant nectarines, lemons, broccolini, apricots, tomatoes, raspberries, blueberries….and of course pasta!
The rain kept us indoors on Saturday, and it was lovely to spend the afternoon on the sofa with tea and a book. We went to the cinema on Sunday, to see the new Kenneth Branagh film Belfast, based on his experiences of growing up in that city in the early days of The Troubles. Filmed in black and white, it is a beautiful film to look at. Since it is based on childhood memories, there are a few things that are obviously how he saw things rather than how it would have been – the crowds of children running around, an airport bus that went a peculiar route through a residential area, the small world he lived in. I found the film a little sentimental, but it is still worth seeing if you get the chance.
I am not someone who pays much attention to sport, but Scotland beat England at rugby at the weekend and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has made history by winning New Zealand’s first gold medal at a Winter Olympics. Congratulations all round! The rain also finally stopped so Charlie got to go out (note the mat outside which has been well scratched by various cats and used by birds to build nests is a little worse for wear!).
Finally, I was reminded of this quote the other day from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince thanks to Gilmours Nice Place:
All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.
What a great reminder not to always take life too seriously and to bring some play into our lives.
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 the week. I love her weekly posts, always so filled with optimism and positive thoughts. Thanks for the mention too!
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard shares pictures of a mural of a traditional wet market.
- Natalie the Explorer also shares some street art in Toronto. Another blogger I look forward to reading each week, she also hosts the #weekendcoffeeshare
- Anne over at Something Over Tea shares a story.
- Jo at And Anyways celebrates the Auld Alliance…read the post to find out what that is if you don’t know!
- Deb’s World’s magnolia is flowering out of season.
- Laurie at Notes from the Hinterland shares a gift she received from fellow blogger Ju Lyn.
- Trent over at Trent’s World shares a coffee in the cold winter weather.
- Sanch Writes reflects on January.
- It is time for porridge and the garden centre over at Scribble and Scran.
- And Retirement Reflections makes pizza.
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