This week’s small pleasures #325

What with one thing and another, the week was one of highs and lows: hearing from friends I hadn’t heard from for a while, saying goodbye to Charlie, enjoying bits of sunshine, feeling incredibly tired at the weekend. Despite it all, there were some small pleasures to celebrate as we turned the corner into March.

The kindness of strangers

As you can imagine, we’ve been feeling a bit low this week after our little black cat passed away. Our neighbour who was with me when we found him came around in the evening with a bunch of flowers and cards signed by lots of other people who he liked to visit. We were both delighted and so surprised – what a lovely thought and one we won’t forget. Our wonderful vet sent flowers too: Charlie was a well-loved cat.

Food shopping and eating

After Pilates on Wednesday, I stopped off for lunch at Pickle & Pie, enjoying a pastrami sandwich and picking up a jar of tomato relish. I also got some more scaloppini along with garlic, tomatoes and a loaf of Shelley Bay Baker bread from Commonsense Organics. In the basket on Saturday, there was a leek, an aubergine, a couple of peaches, a few greengages and a head of broccoli as well as a bag of spinach. We ate za’atar salmon and tahini on Saturday and chicken breast stuffed with leek, feta and ricotta (see here) on Sunday.


Being in the kitchen, chopping, slicing and stirring always cheers me up, so I did some baking on Saturday. I had bought a big bag of apples (see featured image) so decided to make an old favourite mammas äpplekaka. The recipe came from a Swedish newspaper and is so easy with very little work involved. It is always tasty, as after all, who doesn’t like apple and cinammon?

Simple Things

  • Pilates
  • Thinking about our travels to Europe in June
  • Sitting in the office this morning looking out at a bright blue sky
  • Seeing a cornflower actually flowering
  • An afternoon nap on Saturday
  • Starting a new book

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 shared in Natalie the Explorer’s Weekend Coffee Share.

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. What a lovely kind neighbour to be with you when you needed it, and also to get flowers and a card signed by neighbours, true community spirit, and clearly Charlie was much loved.

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  2. I look forward to your simple pleasures each week. Again, hugs for Charlie – he’s no doubt left a huge Charlie shaped hole. They give us so much, don’t they?

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  3. I’m sorry about Charlie. How thoughtful of your neighbours and Charlie’s vet to send you cards and flowers. Your food and apple pie look delicious. Thank you for the mention and for your weekend coffee share. Sending warm thoughts your way.

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  4. My mother and I were just reminiscing today about our doggies past – the last pair left us more than 5 years ago, and still we tear up when we speak of them. I think of you as you grieve the loss of Charlie.

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  5. You have great neighbors, and I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. I’m glad I’ve just had my lunch, the food section in your blog is always great to see, and that apple cake!….will be round in 5 mins to help polish it off, if there is any left?

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  6. I’m so sorry about your cat, but how sweet of your neighbor and friends. Losing pets is hard. As always the food and market basket had me licking my lips…so much yummy goodness.

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