While I have reached my quarter century of small pleasures posts, Mani over at A New Life Wandering has reached a century! Congratulations on your 100th small pleasures! So here are mine for the week, on this rather gloomy, grey Monday here in Wellington. Work is becoming increasingly stressful as it always is at this time of year, so it is nice to think of the small things that I have enjoyed this week.
1 A weekend away in Napier
Just getting away for a weekend is always nice. I think it is so important to have these little breaks at times when life is hectic. I wrote about some of what we did in my last post, and there is more to come about our wine tasting afternoon.
The grounds of Ngatarawa Wines, Hawke’s Bay
I loved reading Grace Coddington’s memoirs a few months ago, and have always admired her style and work, so it was fun to see a fragrance created in her honour by Comme des Garçons. It’s a rose based scent, just right for the summer ahead, and of course the cat ears on the bottle top make it even more appealing. Do check out the website for more of her wonderful drawings and the mouse cursor.
3 Tea and scone
I took some time off work that I was owed on Wednesday afternoon and after a MELT class to roll away some aches and pains, I popped into that Wellington institution, Floriditas on Cuba Street for a cup of tea and warm sultana scone. This was followed by book shop browsing. A very nice afternoon!
Tea and scone
4 Good food
Being away at the weekend gave us a chance to dine out. On Saturday we ate at Mint on Marine Parade, Napier, an excellent dining experience. Karl had braised beef shin on a potato purée and a medium rare beef fillet “crusted in root vegetables and a sautéed mushroom medley”. I opted for the fish of the day, which sat atop a creamy ristotto. As we were celebrating our wedding anniversary in advance, we had desert, and both opted for the flourless chocolate cake with a dark chocolate mousse and salted caramel ice cream which was as heavenly as it sounds.
Fish of the day, desert and an empty plate