A bit of a strange week….with good things and bad things…with a lovely day on Wednesday and then having a very upset stomach on Thursday and having to stay at home. It was also a week which saw the deaths of writer and critic Clive James, director, writer, TV presenter and humorist Sir Jonathon Miller and chef Gary Rhodes. I still have a Gary Rhodes cookbook, and use his cauliflower soup recipe to this day. His method of cooking duck in this book is quite wonderful and makes a stunning Christmas centrepiece (or for any other time of the year). Let’s remember the lives of these men who contributed so much to the world as small pleasures.
Of course the best thing this week has been Karl’s return from Helsinki and Stockholm. He brought me back another Moomin mug for my collection. This is from the new series, ‘True to Its Origins’, based on Tove Jansson’s last Moomin novel, Moominvalley in November as well as Moominpappa at Sea.
This week’s foods…..from tamales (see them cooking below) and tostada from Hillside Kitchen and Cellar at Thorndon Fair on Sunday, to avocado toast at Squirrel on Saturday morning, the weekend offered up some good things. I found some lovely looking green beans when out shopping on Saturday, and also picked up the first bag of this season’s cherries.
As mentioned above, we headed down to Thorndon Fair on Sunday. The weather turned and it was not the best, but we had a good walk about, and picked up some passion fruit curd, a plant and some Christmas cards.
Finally, I met my feline gardening companion’s owners, and discovered her name is Indie. She and Charlie can sit and stare at each other for ages, even sometimes dozing off if it is sunny. Apparently, they do the same at her house, and Charlie has even been known to pop in and sleep on Indie’s humans’ bed! He is some character.
So that is me for this rather wet Monday. What were your small pleasures this week?
The featured image at the top of the page is of a little ladybird spotted on Saturday.
Thanks to Mani over at A New Life Wandering for the original idea.
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