What a week! Lockdown at Level 4 started at as the clock ticked over into Wednesday, and suddenly we went from having a diary full of fun events to look forward to, to cancelling appointments and not knowing how long we will be confined to our bubbles. We just have to make the most of it of course, and enjoy some different things. For some reason, I am finding this lockdown harder to cope with, so it is even more necessary to look for the small pleasures of the week – and indeed there were some.
On Tuesday evening, just as the lockdown was being announced, I was out with a friend enjoying a glass of wine before heading over to an interview and chat with designer Karen Walker. The event was a fund raiser for the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden in Thorndon. The conversation warmed up a bit after a slow start, or maybe it was the emergency warning that went out on everybody’s phones reminding us of when lock down would start that helped things along! Anyway, this is the last live event I will be going to for a while.
So there was no vegetable market on Wednesday and no opportunity to browse the supermarket this weekend. My husband is the designated shopper again, and I make careful lists, but it isn’t the same as looking to see what looks good this week. I put in an order to Cameron Harrison butcher and received some excellent venison and pork sausages, some beef to make a hearty carbonade a la Flamande and some pork mince to….do something with as yet undecided. Bread was delivered from Arobake on Saturday morning, along with their very good rhubarb and custard tarts, which we enjoyed with a cup of tea.
Saturday was a gorgeous sunny day, and I went for my lockdown walk to the Botanic Gardens. I had in fact not left the house, apart from to pick up a prescription, since Tuesday evening, so it was lovely to get out and see a small bit of the world. There are so many signs of the season there right now, including this gorgeous camellia.
Sunday morning began with a visit from a kererū, the large native pigeon. It sat for ages on one of the trees in our neighbours’ garden, just surveying the world around him. Then about half an hour later, I was standing in the kitchen and spotted two kākā outside the window. As usual, they were making quite a bit of noise, and then suddenly I realised there were even more of them. At one point I counted at least six, but I am pretty sure there may have been a couple more. Quite frankly, they looked as if they were casing the joint, seeing what we had that they might like. They took no notice of me, popping outside to try to get some pictures with my iPad, but continued to chatter, investigate the rhododendron and some other plants, and then fly off. Still on the endangered list, these birds are now a common sight in parts of Wellington city, having spread from Zealandia, the wildlife sanctuary. Although I see lots walking in the morning in the Botanic Gardens, we have never had so many at our house.
So those were some of the small pleasures of the week.
What were your small pleasures? Here are some other blog posts from fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy shares her delights of the week.
- Laurie at Notes From The Hinterland buys all sorts of good looking treats.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard enjoys a fascinating museum visit.
- Green Dreams harvest tomatoes in Sweden,
- Deb travels for an hour and finds spring!
- Natalie the Explorer shows us some laneway art, and makes me want to visit Toronto!
- Read a real inspirational post from Anne at Something Over Tea
- Sanch Writes is grateful for things in lockdown. Last week I wrote I hoped that wouldn’t happen here – how wrong I was.
- Jo at And Anyways is one of the hosts of the new challenge what’s on my bookshelf? which you may want to join in yourself.
- And over at Trent’s World we can share a coffee.
- Antoinette Truglio Martin‘s Beach Week Coffee Share: has a holiday in a beach cottage
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