This week’s small pleasures #307

The days are getting longer, the early mornings are filled with loud birdsong, and there was no coat or sweater necessary today at lunch time. All these are small pleasures, just simple things that make me smile inside. Enjoying a lazy Sunday, picking up a magazine or watching Anti-Chef cook his way through Julia Child’s recipes, was also much needed to recharge the batteries and switch off for a bit.

Anyway, first up, an update on Charlie. On Tuesday at our own vet, he had a pain-relief ‘bandage’ put on, an appetite stimulant, vitamins and cuddles. After a week at home, slowly building up his strength, he had the bandage removed on Saturday. His eye will take a couple of months to completely return to normal, but he is eating well and regaining his cheekiness each day. A big thank you to our wonderful vet for looking after him!

I think almost every Small Pleasures post has something I have enjoyed seeing in the Botanic Gardens on my walks to work or town. This week’s highlight are the bush lilies which can be spotted in various locations.

On Wednesday after my monthly ‘tune up’ at the chiropractor, I stopped off for a pot of tea and a panini at new cafe, Kākāriki. It has just opened, offering a mix of counter food and fresh dishes. I love the touch of a little biscuit that came at the side of the tea. I then walked along through Post Office Square, the history of which you can read here if you are interested. If you look carefully, you can see an old British bright red phone box. There is a France Télécom one there too. After Pilates (moved from Thursday), I picked up some groceries before coming home to enjoy the good weather and spend some time cooking.

So to some other good news this week. Regular readers may remember that back in August, following a lot of bad weather, we had a slip that blocked the pathway to the steps leading down from our house. At last, over 2 months later, the council came and cleared the path, so no need to walk on a plank or deal with lots of mud. If our neighbour had not cleared the pathway, to at least allow us to pass, we would have had no access to the main road below, the main bus route and car parking spot. Below you can see my husband looking very pleased at being able to walk along the path again as normal.

No small pleasures post would be complete without the mention of food. I picked up a bunch of baby carrots and one of radishes, which I used in a millet based grain salad which will do for work lunches at the start of next week (Monday’s will be topped with feta). In the basket on Saturday was another grapefruit, limes, lemons, spinach and some purple asparagus. I also picked up some smoked mussel pate from The Smokehouse, which is utterly delicious, and made a great appetizer on warm toast on Saturday evening, I made one of our favourites, Julia Turshen’s turkey meatballs during the week, which we hadn’t had for ages, but which we both really enjoy.

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.

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram @thistlesandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on


  1. I am so glad sweet Charlie is feeling better and on the mend. Those meatballs look yummy. Thank you so much for sharing my post. I always enjoy going to the posts you mentioned and reading those especially the ones I don’t currently follow. I have found many of my favorite sites this way. Have a wonderful week.

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  2. I’m so happy to hear that Charlie is on the mend. I was worried about him (yup, I’m a hopeless animal lover). I had never heard of Anti-Chef. I am off to check it out now! Thanks for the shoutout – it is always greatly appreciated!

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    1. We were quite worried about Charlie, but every day you could see small signs of improvement, and now, apart from his eye, he seems to be back to normal, though he has learned to love hugs more!


  3. What a great update Barb, so pleased with news of Charlie. Your foodie updates are always interesting and so pleased the path has been cleared. Let’s hope the rain finally stops. Thanks for including my post 🙂

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  4. Good news abounds, from Charlie — snuggled in love — to a mud-free path. I also particularly enjoyed reading about the Post Office; I’m getting to know Wellington one photo or building at a time! And, as always, thanks for your kind mention!

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  5. Thank you for the mention and for sharing your lovely week with us at #weekendcoffeeshare. I’m glad that Charlie is on the mend and you now have a clear path to the main road. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Thank you for the very positive news about Charlie – I am so glad he is well on the road to recovery.

    Your husband looks so very pleased that your access path has been fully restored to you – hurray!

    And that purple asparagas! I love purple versions of vegetables – so pretty and to think they have anthocyanin in them which makes them all the healthier.

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