This week’s small pleasures #79

It’s been a while since I did one of these, what with the new year and being on holiday, but now that the normal routine is beginning, slowly, to re-establish itself, it is time to return to this week’s small pleasures.  Of course, the week included Sydney, but as I have covered that already (see the last post too), this post is just about since we got back.

Bus driver, Saturday morning

OK…sounds a bit strange…but on getting on to the bus to go to Pilates on Saturday, the bus driver said a cheery ‘good morning’.  Now this is not that unusual, but he was so positive, one couldn’t help but smile.  When getting off, he called out ‘have a nice day’, so the customary (in Wellington) ‘thank you driver’ was heartfelt.  He made my day.

Heirloom tomatoes

I love being on holiday, don’t get me wrong, but I also enjoy my Saturday morning grocery shopping, and this week picked up some heirloom tomatoes.  There were these two beauties below, along with a few more, including a very sweet little yellow one.  I made a caprese salad on Sunday with some of them and a few ordinary yellow cocktail tomatoes, with Blue Earth extra virgin olive oil from Martinborough. Wonderful stuff.

Heirloom tomatoes
Caprese salad

Good weather

Well, mostly, and certainly this weekend – see the featured image – but not sure Charlie really likes the warm weather. It got up to 27C in Wellington today, Monday, and Invercargill in the far south of the country had its hottest day ever on Sunday.

Charlie says it is too warm for wearing a black fur coat

Summer fruits

Peaches, plums of every colour, nectarines and apricots are in abundance and just so good.  I bought some little yellow plums the other day that were really juicy and sweet, and roasted nectarines, drenched in maple syrup and vanilla, made a great Sunday desert.

Stone fruit and edible flowers


My orchid plant that has not flowered for ages has flowers, and we popped into the begonia house at the Botanic Gardens on the way to town on Sunday and saw these beauties.



I found this lovely sandalwood soap in Commonsense Organics, unwrapped and oh so eco friendly. Seriously, so much stuff comes unnecessary packaging, that it makes sense to opt for products with as little plastic and cardboard as necessary.  Not always possible, but every little thing counts.

Sandalwood soap

Thanks to Mani over at A New Life Wandering for the original idea.

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