It is somehow hard to believe it is almost half way through the month already. Easter has come and gone, Anzac Day approaches, and the daylight hours are definitely shortening. We have even taken to lighting candles in the evening. In the news, we have seen the opening of the Trans Tasman Bubble, and the possibility of travel to and from Australia. I will wait to plan a trip for now – not only do I want to get the vaccine, but it is early days and I don’t want to get stuck should there be another lockdown. Meanwhile, flights to and from India have been cancelled for two weeks as the majority of cases found at the border are people coming in from that country. I feel sorry for those stuck, but it seems like a necessity. And of course, this week saw the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99, two months short of reaching 100. A 41 gun salute took place at midday here in Wellington on Sunday.
But let’s look at the small pleasures of the week…and whilst we have had some rain (see Saturday’s post) there have also been lots of blue skies and warm days. The picture below was taken on Wednesday, when I returned to work for a short week after a wonderful and relaxing holiday.
And so to food, and in the shopping basket this week were aubergines to make a moussaka, green beans, tomatoes, onions of different kinds, broccoli and pears. We ate at our local Italian restaurant on Thursday, where I had carbonara again as they do make a good one. Back at home, I made a lovely sausage and Puy lentil dish on Saturday from one of my favourite cook books, Diana Henry’s From the Oven to the Table. Sunday was the moussaka, with lots left over for dinner tonight.
I know that for some of you, the idea of going to the cinema is something you may not have done for a long time, but here in New Zealand it is possible to go and do that very thing. On Sunday we went to see The Courier. Based on a true life spy story, it tells the story of British business man (played but Benedict Cumberbatch) who was recruited to act as a go-between with a Soviet officer to provide intelligence that helped defuse the Cuban missile crisis. It is a gripping thriller and spy story: worth catching if you get a chance. If you are curious as to what is sitting on the spoon beside my coffee, they are Jaffas, a lolly (or sweet or candy depending where you come from) consisting of a solid, orange flavoured chocolate centre with a crispy coating.
To end with, these lovely lilies spotted during a walk in the Botanic Gardens. The featured image at the top of the post was also taken there this week. I know I feature things from here often, but we feel so lucky to have these gardens on our doorstep.
What were your small pleasures this week?
- Laurie over at Notes from the Hinterland has a new frog for her garden and spots several birds, including an iconic American cardinal
- Grateful Fridays from Little Pieces of Me enjoys her first paddle of the season.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy celebrates Easter and spots some deer.
- Sanch Writes‘ Weekly Gratitude post is full of good things from planning a trip to going to the beach. So many wonderful things!
- Ju Lyn of Touring My Backyard runs by the water.
- Trent’s World The Weekly Smile: rediscovers some music (and do check out his post on being nearly scammed)
- Check out some bright squares and smiles over at Deb’s World.
- And some gorgeous flowers over at Zimmerbitch.
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