This week’s small pleasures #281

It is May already – can you believe it? Autumn days are here, and it is time to light candles and get cosy in the evenings. The past week was filled with food, meeting people, Pilates and many sunny days. There was dinner out with a colleague who is retiring, three of us joining her at a Cambodian restaurant in town where we ate good food and enjoyed good conversation. There was lunch with my nephew, wife and wee one on Sunday (excellent onion soup), news from friends and family overseas and a trip to the bookshop.

A good friend who loves to crochet made this fantastic blanket for the expected new addition to our family. Isn’t it gorgeous? I could have kept it for myself!

And so to food….and this box of cheese from Over the Moon Dairy arrived on Wednesday containing some of their prize winning cheeses. I split the box with a friend – quite a lot to get through on my own otherwise! I had a bánh mì from NAM Ð for lunch on Friday, sitting in Midland park, and also enjoyed a cheese scone at Pickle and Pie on Saturday morning. This scone is served with pickles, an excellent combination and which makes it stick out in the crowd of cheese scones in Wellington (this city is obsessed with the cheese scone as I think I have mentioned before).

In the shopping basket this week was a great piece of cabbage, a bunch of kale, golden kiwi fruit, the first persimmons of the season and pears. The feijoas in the picture came from a colleague’s garden, and the mustard, well let’s see how curry and dill mustard works with, well, anything!

Finally, Charlie came home from the cattery and has been demanding treats and sleeping next to us since. Here he is in one of his favourite activities.

The featured image at the top of the post was taken on Sunday in Island Bay.

So that is me for this week. 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. 

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  1. What a happy post! I recently spent ten days with my daughter and her family in the Western Cape, my middle child is on his way home from a Scottish Gathering in Durban, and my eldest son and his family are going to visit us from Norway in July … all SO wonderfully cheering.

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  2. The blanket is adorable! Being in the UK, I’, supposed to be slipping into Summer now but the weather missed that memo and we are still having crisp mornings and nights. It’s a good excuse to light the fire pit though so we’ve had the simple pleasure of hot chocolate round the fire watching the light fade out of the day. Good times!

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  3. The blankie is truly a labour of love! It is adorable! Very lucky baby (and family)!

    Your cheese box looks so exciting! Did you split each piece in half with your friend?

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