This week’s small pleasures #301

So I came home on Sunday last week, to sunshine, a magnolia in bloom and a cold and empty house. The heating went on, bags were unpacked, Karl came home that afternoon and we picked up Charlie from the cattery on Monday. Soon the house was cosy and the three of us were retunited.

I didn’t go back to work until Thursday, so on Monday I fitted in an extra Pilates class which my body definitely needed after a 13 hour flight. I had lunch at Pickle & Pie – a great pastrami based sandwich with a giant piece of pickle (see below) – and ended up having a lovely conversation with my server about the book I was reading, Dunedin and Edinburgh. A real small pleasure.

On Tuesday I picked up my Emma Kate Co 2023 diary from Small Acorns, and enjoyed a crumbly rhubarb scone in next door Squirrel. Wednesday was a domestic day, clearing the ironing, cleaning the fridge and pantry, and listening to an audio book to keep me going through all this domesticity.

It was back to work on Thursday, followed by Pilates and The Great Kiwi Bakeoff, which saw the contestants tackle some incredible looking desserts. Friday saw some book ordering and shopping, a fun conversation with a colleague about what we are reading and of course, the start of the weekend after a very short week for me.

Saturday’s walk to Pilates took me past masses of wild garlic, wallflowers and tulips (see the featured image at the top of the post), and of course The Beehive, as the building housing the New Zealand Parliament is known. It was a gorgeous, crisp morning and one could smell spring in the air.

In the evening, a friend and I went to an evening of memoirs, Pointe Shoes and Showbiz, featuring Lesley Bandy, who started her dance career in Auckland and danced in London, Paris and Las Vegas, before moving into arts management. She was really funny, recounting tales of her life – three husbands, dancing at The Lido as well as classical ballet, escort to The Chippendales and managing MGM Grand’s parkwide Halloween events. Dancers Tabitha Dombroski and Björn Åslund helped bring these stories to life. I hope she turns her tales into a book – I felt there was a lot more to her life story. 

Sunday morning was spent doing a little tidying in the garden, and the usual household chores, and then we enjoyed our first asparagus of the season for dinner along with a pork mince based pasta bake. And that was the week. I’m off to Christchurch for work this week, so this post is a little earlier than usual.

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. 

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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  1. Lovely to see Wellington in spring and you even managed some spring chores around the house! Enjoy your time in Christchurch it was one of my favourite places.

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  2. Having just returned from ten days away, I can empathise with the need to get various household chores done. It takes a little while to ‘settle down’ again. You have shared some beautiful spring pictures. I am happy to report that we are experiencing some very light rain – enough to make me stop weeding 🙂

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  3. The tulips are delightful. The wild garlic looks more like an onion weed (or what we know as the three cornered leek which is rampant in Cornwall) our wild garlic has much wider leaves and star-like flowers.

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  4. Barbara, Thank you for the mention and your weekend coffee share. The tulips are beautiful and sure signs of spring. I hope you’re all caught up after your trip. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sounds like a fun busy week. Your sandwich looks amazing, by the way! It’s funny to think of you heading into spring where you are as we are heading into fall here in the US. I really wouldn’t mind jumping right to spring so that I could avoid all the cold and ice of winter! Have a nice week.

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  5. That sandwich looks amazing, but so does the scone. Since it’s fall here, I’m looking forward to making some yummy pumpkin scones. I hope you had a nice trip. It’s always nice to come home after being gone, especially if you have a few days in between before returning to work.

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