It is Monday evening here in New Zealand, so time for the usual weekly round up of this week’s small pleasures. The featured image above tries to capture the beautiful light this morning walking to work. It doesn’t do it justice to be honest!
The return of sunshine!
What is not to like about that? Sunshine always raises the spirits.
Saturday food shopping
A couple of chilis to add to Sunday’s dinner, an aubergine to fry with lots of garlic and stir into yoghurt, a yellow capsicum for colour, mini fennel for crunch and flavour and some Texan tarragon for flavour and because it looks so pretty.
As I mentioned in my last post, I popped into the Begonia House in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden area of the Botanic Gardens on Friday on the way home from work. Here are two more gorgeous blooms.
Ballet – twice
On Saturday, I went to see the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s latest production of that perennial favourite, The Nutcracker. It was such a lovely production, with beautiful costumes, dancing and sets. I can’t count the number of times I have seen this ballet, but is has been a while since I last saw it, and was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The choreographer for this version was Val Caniparoli.
Then on Sunday, I went to the cinema to see The Australian Ballet’s iconic work The Merry Widow, the first full length ballet specially produced for the company in 1975. The work was created by Sir Robert Helpmann and choreographed by Ronald Hynd. Stunning costumes, wonderful dancing and a really lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to Mani over at A New Life Wandering for the original idea.
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