As June began, the rain did as well, as I mentioned in my last two posts (here and here). The weather did improve though, with sunshine on Sunday and a dry today. It isn’t cold either – 15-16C – which for us who spent much of our lives in Northern Europeans is positively balmy! The picture below was taken early on Thursday morning on my way to work as the daylight begins to dawn.
Winter is a time to curl up on the sofa with a soft blanket, a pot of tea and a good movie, book or podcast. As today is the Queen’s Birthday holiday here in New Zealand, the afternoon was spent with tea, an audio book (The Bertie Project – one of Alexander McCall Smith’s Edinburgh set Scotland Street series), magazines, booking tickets for the forthcoming French Film Festival and perusing the Wellington on a Plate catalogue. Lovely!
On Sunday, we headed out to see Operation Mincemeat which had an afternoon showing at one of our favourite cinemas in town. Based on the true story of a World War II plot to hide the allies invasion of Sicily, it was a perfect film for a Sunday afternoon with a cast of well known actors. You can read more about the story here. We’ve been watching Stranger Things (and now have to wait until July to see what happens next) and also enjoying the latest series of the long running UK series, Silent Witness. Oh and did you all see the Queen with Paddington Bear?
And so to food….and for those of you who may wonder at the orange ball in the coffee spoon, it is a Jaffa, a ball of orange flavoured chocolate with a crisp coating that actually goes very well with coffee. In the shopping basket this week was a swede, to be mashed and served as part of Sunday’s dinner, Meyer lemons, persimmons, satusumas, tamarillos, kale, broccoli, onions and the first of this season’s yams (or oca). There was some warm fruit toast dusted with cinnamon and an excellent coffee at The Oatery on Wednesday after I got very wet in the rain, and a venison sausage and puy lentil dish for Sunday’s dinner.
I started today with a walk in the Botanic Gardens, stopping to admire the leaves of the ginkgo trees turning gold (see featured image at the top of the post), say hello to the ducks, admire the fatsia and enjoy the fresh, crisp morning air. I don’t normally listen to anything when walking, but today enjoyed catching up on an episode from Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith on the Fortnum and Mason Awards, which gave me lots of ideas of things to look out for.
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 has so many delights this week, from Korean snacks to a beach trip. Always uplifting!
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard strolls in the greenery.
- Natalie the Explorer shares some cooling walks and hosts the weekend coffee share.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea shares some lovely random pitures.
- Deb’s World’s takes stock.
- Little Pieces of Me shares summer.
- Trent over at Trent’s World stops by for a coffee.
- I always look forward to the Monday Motivation from Popsicle Society
- The Annoyed Thyroid makes a lovely looking beef stew.
- And there are noodles over at And Anyways. .
- Scribble and Scran goes to London for the Platinum Jubilee and gets to eat at the River Cafe.
- There are more postcards from an island walk over at Retirement Reflections
- Sanch Writes reflects on May – quite a month!
- And welcome back to Laurie over at Notes From the Hinterland and pictures from her summer garden.
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