I wasn’t quite sure where to start this week. I’ve been on holiday which has been wonderful. I’ve been reading, done a tiny bit of tidying, gone to my usual Pilates classes, had a good ‘tune up’ from my chiropractor and had a lovely long call with one of my nieces in the US on Easter Sunday. However, on Saturday, I heard of the death in a motorbike accident of an old school friend. Such a tragic thing to happen. He was always a cheery soul, and am sure he will be greatly missed by his family and close friends.
It is hard to believe, but this time last year we were in Covid Alert Level 4 lockdown, with nothing open except supermarkets and pharmacies. Everything stopped at 1pm when we switched on our televisions to watch the day’s Covid update from Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the chief executive of the Ministry of Health here in New Zealand. The daily autumn walks in the Botanic Gardens were a lifesaver at the time. This “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” as Keats so famously said, is often one of beauty. The berries below were spotted on Saturday morning, in those gardens, and are such a gorgeous riot of red.
And so to food…as usual! On Wednesday, it was great to get to the wee market in town and pick up a seasonal pumpkin, some carrots, shallots and this beautiful purple cauliflower (which I roasted to make this salad). On Thursday, I enjoyed a slice of light and tasty banana bread topped with mascarpone at Pickle & Pie for an afternoon treat, and on Saturday a hot cross bun, because, well, it is the season.
On Easter Sunday, we had friends around for a long lunch, featuring three sorts of herring, meatballs, sausages, smoked salmon, devilled eggs, a potato gratin (for there were no ansjovis available to make Janssons frestelse), salads, and of course, snaps and beer. Yes – we had a Swedish table in celebration of Easter. There were crackers (served on a new plate) and cheese, breads, and I made Swedish apple cake. There was even chocolate. Phew!
Finally, a picture of Charlie, who came home from his stay at the cattery, told us and the neighbourhood in a very loud voice at 4am that he was home, and then became his usual bossy and sleepy self. It is of course a holiday here today, so I think I may take a leaf out of Charlie’s book and just curl up and relax.
What were your small pleasures this week?
- Laurie over at Notes from the Hinterland enjoys some delicious sounding festive tea (and delights in The Muppets)
- Grateful Fridays from Little Pieces of Me learns valuable lessons from her horse.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy has, as usual, so many good things in her week – from beautiful phlox to being by the water.
- Sanch Writes‘ Weekly Gratitude post includes some time at the beach.
- Ju Lyn of Touring My Backyard explores the park.
- Trent’s World The Weekly Smile: welcomes spring
- Natalie’s the Explorer also celebrates spring, the city around her and the month of March.
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