Can you believe it is the 1st February already? I certainly can’t. There are lots of things I was going to do this month that I haven’t got around to yet, but equally, things I hadn’t planned have got done such as a good tidy up in the garden. Anyway, time to look back on the week’s small pleasures.
Let’s start with news about Charlie. On Monday evening, we had to go and collect him from a neighbours’ house. He had been staggering around, almost as if drunk, and not at all well. We brought him home, and the next day he was taken to the vet, and kept in over night. It appears he has high blood pressure and had had a small stroke. He is now on the road to recovery, has even taken some medication, and is spending many an hour sleeping. Yesterday he went outside for a short while, and seemed happy to see the great outdoors. It is so wonderful to see him make a gradual recovery, retaining his bossiness, and also helping me with the jigsaw. It is such a small pleasure to see him on the road to recovery.
On Friday, Karl and I went out for dinner to celebrate his Name Day and 8 years of being in New Zealand. We headed over to perennial favourite Field & Green for some good food and the usual excellent service. I started with the smoked trevally soufflé with leek and chive sauce, which is a favourite dish I have had before. The combination of flavours is wonderful. I then moved onto the ricotta stuffed courgette flowers with an heirloom tomato salad, olive tapenade and croutons, followed by some delicious pistachio and raspberry ice-cream. Karl had falafel to start and the fillet steak, with hokey pokey ice-cream for afters. A lovely evening all round!
Sticking with food, on Wednesday I went out for an early evening meal with some colleagues from work to Loretta. I had a freekah based salad bowl topped with salmon, pea shoots and fennel which was nice and fresh for a summer day. In the shopping basket this week there was more sweet corn (’tis the season!), white peaches (what a small pleasure to have a choice of peaches), tomatoes, green beans and a small piece of goat camembert. I also picked up a jar of chermoula for some future cooking plans. There was also a bag of new potatoes that I made into a salad with lots of dill.
For the second Saturday in a row, I baked, this time some simple scones to enjoy with a little blackcurrant jam, and of course, a cup of tea out in the sunshine. What a simple pleasure.
Finally we went to the cinema on Sunday to see Druk or Another Round, a comedy drama with Mads Mikkelsen in the lead role. It is the tale of four friends, all high school teachers, who decide to test a theory by a Norwegian academic that they can improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood. They agree to keep notes and write things up. Naturally, things go awry, but the ending is positive and joyful. Worth catching if you can. It wasn’t the only thing we watched in Danish and Swedish this week, as well also watched The Investigation about the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall which I highly recommend if you can catch it.
So that is it for me for this week, but do check out these posts from my fellow bloggers for some other good things and small pleasures:
- Laurie Graves‘ Friday Favourites tries a new recipe from Cookie+Kate
- Little Pieces of Me‘s Grateful Fridays: enjoys 2 full rainless days and a beautiful sunrise
- There was cake ofer at Nancy Loderick’s Find a reason to celebrate
- Natalie the Explorer‘s Why My January is Great: with lights in the Toronto cityscape (and apologies Natalie for not joining the weekend coffee share this week.
- Trent’s World‘s The Weekly Smile has some very cold weather
- Ju Lyn takes us on a tour of the Light to Night festival in Singapore.
- Su at Zimmerbitch reflects on the month and shares pictures from Port Waikato.
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