This week seems to have flown past, and before we know it, July will be knocking on our doors offering up more winter days. The weather has been mixed but pretty mild until today, when it really feels quite cold. These darker and chillier evenings mean lighting candles, getting out the blankets and being cosy. Other winter small pleasures at the weekend included enjoying a hot chocolate, the sofa and a good book on Sunday afternoon. Wonderful!
The gingko tree in the Botanic Gardens has now turned to its seasonal glorious golden colour. It is a beautiful sight to behold. Lurking underneath, can be seen some early narcissi. It is always a joy to spot these early signs of the next season. There have been some amazing sunrises and sunsets recently, apparently due to an ‘afterglow’ from the volcanic eruption on Tonga earlier this year (read more here). The featured image at the top of the post is the sky from our house on Tuesday evening.
And so to food….and we will start with these beautiful greens from Commonsense Organics. The chard was put into Wednesday’s soup, which had broth mix, also pictured below, as its base. The collard greens were added to a pork based pasta sauce and the cavolo nero enjoyed as a side dish, tossed in lots of garlic. I also picked up a few golden beetroot. Now, I don’t like beetroot at all, but every now and again I try it again, roasted with garlic topped with feta perhaps. I will report on my trial later! Other than that, in the shopping basket this week were basics such as carrots, potatoes and lemons, along with golden kiwi fruit, persimmons, oranges and these dark red yams (oca) which just look so beautiful
The French Film Festival is on just now and I managed to catch two films this week. On Wednesday, I went to see Murder Party which I am still not sure about, though I did like the fact that the characters were dressed in monochrome bright colours as if they were pieces of Cluedo. Karl and I went to see Maigret with Gerard Depardieu in the lead role on Saturday afternoon which we really enjoyed and would recommend. The pictures below are of the slice of ginger and pear loaf I had at the Lighthouse Cinema before the film on Wednesday and of the lounge area at The Embassy cinema where we saw Maigret.
Finally, today is Karl’s birthday, and we started the celebrations on Saturday with cake from Arobake, a double chocolate cake for him and a lemon sour for me. There were bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese for breakfast on Sunday and Monday, and dinner at Daisy’s on Sunday (more on that on Wednesday).
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 over at Fashioned for Joy has so many wonderful things in this weeks Delights post, from a crab to Picasso to a bathtub race. She always brightens up my Fridays.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard meets up with family again.
- Natalie the Explorer shares some colourful murals.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea introduces us to the Southern Boubou
- I absolutely loved today’s post from Deb’s World on the blogging community. Please do read it – she expresses a lot of what I think too.
- Have a coffee with Trent over at Trent’s World.
- Check the Monday Motivation from Popsicle Society
- The Annoyed Thyroid makes a birthday cake.
- And Anyways shares her current reading.
- Laurie over at Notes From the Hinterland shares a little visitor to ladder village.
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