We are now in July, which happens to be my birthday month. When I was a child growing up in the Northern Hemisphere, it was also the start of school summer holidays. Here, though, it is winter, and celebrations are more about cosy evenings with candles and good red wine than summer dresses and a glass of chilled rosé. Still, we have had some amazing weather, as you can see below. The pictures below were taken on Saturday morning.
I was up in Auckland for work this week, flying up for the first time in ages. It all seemed normal and familiar, except for the mask wearing, and I was pleased to see the usual sandwiches in the Koru lounge and enjoy a glass of wine and cheese and biscuits on the return flight! Anyway, on Saturday we went to Winetopia, the annual wine tasting event show casing wines from around New Zealand. Regular readers will know we have been to this before. As usual, we tasted a wide variety of wines, including one (the glass of red below) coming from a bottle retailing at NZ$220 (US$136 or 130 euros). We shared a platter of French cheeses and salami, and I also enjoyed some oysters, because they were calling out to me. Locals will recognise Ben Hurley who was the host on the main stage interviewing various ‘wine people’.
So to this week’s food, and we didn’t need to pick up that much this week – some lentils for Wednesday’s soup, some cavolo nero and spinach for our greens, persimmons, mushrooms and some ‘peach’ coloured yams (oca). We had poppy seed bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon for my birthday breakfast on Sunday, lemon cakes from Arobake for dessert on Saturday, and lunch at Field & Green on Sunday, where we enjoyed their wonderful fish finger sandwiches. We had dinner out as well on Sunday – more on that on Wednesday! (link here).
My birthday present was a new waterproof jacket from Stutterheim which you can kind of see below. Rainy weather is expected in the second half of the week so I expect to get good use of it then.
We enjoyed watching the first part of The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge, where contestants build miniatures each week in a competition. It is great fun and the people are so nice and supportive of each other. The last part of BBC drama Sherwood proved exciting and of course the last two episodes of Stranger Things, though so far we have only seen one. Guess what we will be doing this week? We’ve also been enjoying more lovely sunrises and sunsets: below is today’s sky seen on the walk to work.
So, 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 a picnic, goes to a concert, views some art….so many joys!
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard shares the highlights of June (and fingers crossed you don’t catch Covid!).
- Natalie the Explorer tells us why her June was wonderful.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea is in the pink.
- Deb’s World beats the winter blues.
- Have a coffee with Trent over at Trent’s World.
- Check this week’s Monday Motivation from Popsicle Society.
- The Annoyed Thyroid shares highlights from June.
Also entered into the weekend coffee share hosted by Natalie the Explorer.
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