The days seem to be flying past. We are well into the second half of August, which means proper spring can’t be far away. I also have a trip coming up which for which I really need to get organised, as well as appointments for this and that. Anyway, there were lots of little things to make me smile this week from all the daffodils coming into bloom, to Charlie cuddles and week-day lunches with friends. So here we go with this week’s small pleasures….
First up, a huge thank you to our wonderful neighbour who cleared a path through the landslip so we can at least access the steps down to the main road below. My husband popped round with a bottle of wine to say thank you – very much deserved! There have been 160 slips reported this week in the Wellington region, including our little one. I believe there has been 237mm of rain so far in August: the average is 134mm. Of course, this is nothing compared to the devastation over in Nelson and Marlborough – news stories like this just show how bad the flooding has been.
Eating and drinking
So to food, and we enjoyed a pea soup packed with carrots, kale and pancetta on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday had our first burger as part of the Burger Wellington fortnight of Wellington on a Plate. We headed over on a rainy night to Boulcott Street Bistro where we enjoyed their Bull & Beak burger – a brisket and prime beef patty with duck breast bacon, served with plum chutney and havarti on a spelt bun and served with duck fat roasted potato bites. Lovely!
We got bread delivered on Saturday morning from Arobake, just before the slip (thank goodness!). Just for Off the Edge Gardening, here is the bread – a weggli toast loaf for weekday breakfasts, poppy seed bagels (which look huge for some reason in the picture) for Sunday breakfast (served with cream cheese and smoked salmon as you can see below), rolls and a bretzel baguette.
On Saturday we went to the Beervana craft beer festival – but more of that on Wednesday, Once the path had been cleared on Sunday we got out for some food shopping, picking up lemons, golden kiwi fruit, a red grapefruit, another of those Rangpur limes, some white button and shiitake mushrooms, dark red yams (oca) and spinach, as well as a bunch of garlic scapes, some of which I will use with the mushrooms to make a sauce for pork fillet.
Our winter evenings are spent with candles lit, a glass of wine or cup of peppermint tea, watching dramas. This week we enjoyed The Undeclared War, a British drama set in GCHQ, involving the prevention of a major cyber attack. We thought it great fun and most entertaining. Series 2 of Lykkeland (State of Happiness) is proving good too, though we are spending a bit of time recapping to each other what happened in series 1. If you haven’t seen it, it is set in Norway at the start of the big oil boom. I at least enjoyed the first episode of Magpie Murders, based on the books by Anthony Horowitz (which I haven’t read) – detective fun in the English countryside.
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 shares her delights of the week – yoga, fungi and an exhibition. What exuberant colours too!
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard gets back in the kitchen.
- Natalie the Explorer sends us a postcard from St Johns.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea shares a different sort of feast!
- Laurie over at Notes From the Hinterland shares flowers in the garden and a new window.
- Popsicle Society motivates us on Monday.
- There are smiles from Scotland over at Trent’s World.
- Joanne at And Anyways shares what is on her bookshelf.
- Retirement Reflections also shares her latest readings.
- Scribble and Scran goes to Braemar Farmers’ Market
Also entered in this week’s coffee share hosted by Natalie the Explorer.
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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