What a week in world news…from a plane crash in Indonesia, to the never ending tales of Covid, to the fallout of Brexit, to snow in Spain, to the events in Washington DC. 2021 is certainly not short on news, and we have barely got to the half way point in January. But there are also good things happening – just look around you – there are always some small pleasures around us.
We were lucky enough to have a few days holiday down in Dunedin. We flew down on a lovely sunny day, which gave us a chance to see a lot from the plane window. Check out my first post about the trip here – a couple more to come.
As ever on a Small Pleasures post, there is always food, and this week is no different. On our first evening in Dunedin we ate at The Press Club, housed in a building once used as a meeting place for local editors and publishers. We began with cheese rolls, that speciality of this part of New Zealand (read about them here). These were delicious, if slightly posher than the usual! I had the fish with a flavourful couscous which was gorgeous, while Karl opted for the burger. We had a good curry at Indish on Tuesday, a giant pizza at Biggie’s Pizza (the one you can see is called Nigella, after Nigella Lawson) and then on our last night headed over to No. 7 Balmac in Maori Hill. We shared some wonderful bruschetta topped with tomatoes, basil and mint, then I had a really tasty venison saltimbocca with balsamic roasted potatoes and whipped chèvre. Karl had the beef, which got good reviews.
After returning from our trip, grocery shopping was naturally on the cards. At this time of year there are so many wonderful things to buy – sweet corn (oh so good at the moment), courgettes (zucchini), tomatoes, radish, fresh peas, baby carrots. There are all sorts of berries (we had some gorgeous raspberries on Saturday night) and stone fruit – peaches to be roasted and plums to be made in a compote to enjoy with breakfast yoghurt.
On Sunday, we drove over to Martinborough, making the most of our last day of freedom (back to work today). On the way home, we stopped off at Kaitoki Regional Park where you can see Rivendell, a part of the park used to film bits of the Lord of the Rings films. The place itself is so stunningly beautiful that it is well worth a visit. Below you can see Martinborough with an interesting car, two pictures from the park and have a look at the featured image at the top of the post to see how beautiful ‘Rivendell’ is.
Finally, we picked up Charlie from the cattery. Here is watching the world go by. Lovely to have him home.
Here are some other favourite things from fellow bloggers.
- The Herbalist’s Cottage shares so many lovely things from dahlias to finishing a knitting project
- Ju Lin brings us some wildlife from Singapore – including a black spitting cobra
- Trent’s Weekly Smile visits Cape Cod
- I love Little Pieces of Me Grateful Fridays post…a nice list
- Natalie the Explorer shares a coffee
- Enjoy some hammock life over at Deb’s World
- And Laurie over at Notes From the Hinterland deals with the news.
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