As you may have seen in Saturday’s post, we are now a household in isolation thanks to Covid. So I did wonder how many small pleasures there were this week and whether I would even do a post today. But I have because there are always good things around us that make us smile, whether it be just watching tuis rustling about in the bushes or receiving nice messages from friends and relatives.
Anyway, before I showed any symptoms (which was Wednesday) or tested positive (which was Friday), a friend and I went to the Winter Warmer dance evening on Monday presented by the New Zealand School of Dance Foundation. There were three short classical pieces and three short contemporary pieces featuring some students from each year of study. It was a lovely programme and will be my last trip out like this for a while.
Luckily, I was also able to get to the post office to collect two parcels – books from old friends for my birthday. I have already devoured The Year of Miracles which I will talk more about on Wednesday, and am really looking forward to both the history of the restaurant and Crying in H Mart which was recommended by Carole Ann over at Fashioned For Joy.
So there was no food shopping on Saturday, but we did manage to stock up on oranges, lemons, cabbage and carrots at least. (Don’t you love the patterns and shapes in the cabbage?). We got treats delivered from Arobake, because when you are in iso you need treats! In the box along with bread was a spiced apple cake for desserts and afternoon treats and croissants for Sunday breakfast.
The furthest I have gone in recent days has been the garden, where I spotted this little toadstool in one of the pots, just popping its pretty patterned head up to say hello. It made me smile.
Update on 16 July – we are now out of isolation but still taking it easy.
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. Also entered in Natalie’s weekend coffee share.
- Carol Ann over at Fashioned for Joy brightens up our winter days with glorious pictures of summer.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard reflects on the month of June.
- Natalie the Explorer visits world heritage sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Joanne of And Anyways… pops over to Queenstown and enjoy some good food. Lovely to see you made it over here!
- Anne over at Something Over Tea introduces us to the cape wagtail.
- Deb’s World takes us to Uluru in Australian
- Have a coffee with Trent over at Trent’s World – who has also had a haircut!
- Check this week’s Monday Motivation from Popsicle Society.
- The Annoyed Thyroid reflects on the past 10 years.
- Retirement Reflections tells us about good food in Banff.
- And Gary’s Weekend Coffee Share is always worth a read each week, as well as his short stories.
Thistles and Kiwis is a Wellington, New Zealand based blog written by Barbara, who likes cats, summer, good food and pretends to garden.
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