That was the week….Friday reflections

So here we are, Friday evening in New Zealand, and time to look back on a week that saw…well, lots of things. From yet another terrible shooting at a school in the US (honestly, who really thinks giving guns to teachers is a solution to the problem?) to the joy of New Zealand winning two bronze medals in the Winter Olympic games, it has certainly been a week!

1.  Cyclone Gita

The cyclone that had already devastated Tonga, reached New Zealand.  Wellington caught the tale end, with just a lot of rain, and some wind, but other parts of the country have really suffered with flooding, landslips and other destruction.  Poor Kaikōura, which had 28% of the annual rainfall in 18 hours, was cut off again as a landslide blocked State Highway 1. Golden Bay’s only access road is still closed as I write, and New Plymouth was also badly hit.

Charlie watching the rain

2.  Tomatoes

If you follow Thistle and Kiwis on Instagram you will know I love tomatoes.  They taste good, look good and are versatile in the kitchen.  I was given a bowlful by our neighbour who was quickly gathering in his fruit before the storm (see the featured image at the top of the post). They taste so good too!

Baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, Himalayan salt and olive oil
Yellow and green tomatoes on toast for breakfast

3. More weather

The sun has come out again!  Need I say more?

4. Late summer blooms

If anyone knows what these flowers are, let me know.  They bloom at the end of February and the beginning of March here in Wellington.


5. Home and Away

Karl went to Jakarta…and came home again.

6.  Things to catch on YouTube

Catch The Mustards discussing networking.

Try something vegan and tasty from From My Bowl.

Learn how to find a fitted shirt with Justine Leconte.

Get up to date on the Copenhagen scene (we’ll be heading there in the not too distant future) with Use Less.

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you get up to, and let me know how your week went.

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

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