This week’s small pleasures #285

What a week! Our hot water was restored on Wednesday as I mentioned in a previous post, and then on Friday, I woke to no electricity. I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say it wasn’t the new hot water system but one of the outside lights that seems to have triggered the outage. At least Karl got back from Canberra safely and was able to upgrade to Business Class on the Melbourne-Wellington leg.

We have had some amazing weather this week with lots of sunshine and quite frankly warm weather for the time of year. The featured image and the picture below are from today. The sunshine always lifts the spirits. However, today is not quite as nice and it looks like rain for most of the coming week, so time to stay indoors and keep cosy.

So to food….and in the basket this week were parsnips which I love, on their own or mixed in a mash with potatoes, carrots, spinach, a glossy red capsicum, pears, limes and Jerusalem Artichokes to make into soup, and tamarillos, which are a bit of an acquired taste but lovely added to a salad or macerated with vanilla.

On Sunday morning, a friend and I went to The Food Show, an annual event which allows local and other producers to show case their products. I came home with bags full with venison sausages and pies, olives, breads to finish cooking to enjoy with soup, pates, herbs and spices (including a lavender salt), crackers, different flavoured olive oils (flavoured with blood orange, rosemary and black garlic) and my favourite little sardines.

Also this week, I loved Justine Leconte’s latest video from London – if you don’t know her do check out her YouTube channel, which is an intelligent look at fashion and the fashion industry. I bought some new candles, a soft, winter scarf (not needed, but it called to me from the shop window), and made scones to have with the jam I bought last week on Saturday.

So that is me for this week. I completely forgot about posting about my Word of the Year (creation) with all the things going on at home, so will have more to say on that in June. 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. Your scones with jam look delicious. I’m glad your hot water problem has been resolved … here our electricity gets SWITCHED OFF by the service provider for a couple of hours on most days. This is both inconvenient and highly annoying. Apparently there will be no load shedding today, so I have done a load of laundry to dry in the sunshine. A big pleasure of this week was an impromptu visit to the Addo Elephant National Park on Saturday – more on that in due course 🙂

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      1. There is a nation-wide roster for load shedding. Depending on the strain on the service provider, we could be in any one of eight stages: the higher the stage the more often the power goes off during 24 hours.


  2. As always your vegetables and fruit looks healthy and delicious, nice to see produce like that during winter. (we are definitely feeling winter here today, very early!) I looked at the Justine Leconte video which was interesting, and I’ll look at a few more of her videos when I have time. The trouble with videos on YouTube is you can find yourself going down so many rabbit holes, and a few hours has gone!

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