This week’s small pleasures: episode 15

This week’s small pleasures comes to you on a Sunday, as tomorrow evening I’m off to see the documentary film ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ about Misty Copeland.  It’s a fund raising event for The New Zealand School of Dance, so I hope it is well supported.  Thanks again to Mani over at A New Life Wandering  for the small pleasures post idea!

1  Birthday

It was my birthday last Sunday, and as I wrote about in my last post, we went for dinner to a local Italian place.  Good food and friendly service – just right.

2 Food shopping

This may sound strange, but just going grocery shopping again after being away is a renewed small pleasure.  I actually like wandering round supermarkets and food shops, browsing, not always sticking to my list.  It is always a pleasure choosing a loaf of bread for Sunday breakfast and deciding which vegetables to buy.


Red chard, yams, kumara, celeriac, avocado, lemon, tangerine, kiwi fruit

3 Cake

I made a lemon yoghurt cake on Saturday – kind of post birthday, kind of weekend treat.  I used the recipe from My Garden Kitchen by Unna Burch of The Forest Cantina that I have used before.  It makes a really nice light cake, good with an extra dollop of Greek yoghurt.

IMG_8293Time for cake

4 Cups

We bought two more Mumin mugs from Iittala when we were in Sweden, and it has been great to use them for our post dinner coffee on a Saturday evening.

IMG_8295New mugs

5 Flowers

Yes it is winter, but there are still lots of flowers about here in New Zealand.  It is always green here, always things blooming and blossoming.

IMG_8285As seen in the Botanic Gardens


Just outside our front door


In the garden

6 Sunday lunch

We had friends from Scotland who are here in Wellington for a few weeks for lunch today.  Roasted veggies and chicken, hokey pokey ice-cream with Jaffas (the children, big and small, had to be introduced to this Kiwi classic lolly/sweet) and Whittaker’s chocolate for desert.  Keeping it simple.

And there we have it – just a few things I’ve enjoyed this week.


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