Another day in lockdown, with 562 cases now. We’ll be dropping down to Level 3 here on Wednesday, but Auckland will be staying at Level 4 for another two weeks. At least it seems people are going out and getting vaccinated, which can only be a good thing. But this post is about small pleasures…and one of the best things that happened this week was chatting to my niece and brother in Vancouver. My niece was able to travel from Washington DC across the border to visit her father for the first time in goodness knows how long. It was wonderful for them, and also wonderful for me to see and chat to them both.
Other small pleasures are some of the flowers spotted in the Botanic Gardens on my lockdown walks. From beautiful camellias, to a stunning bright red rhododendron, to these gorgeous red and blue primroses (primrose red eye blue to be precise).
As my husband is the designated shopper at the moment, lists have to be made and meals planned a little more carefully. It is hard though as I can’t see what vegetables look good this week. We had meat delivered on Friday from Cameron Harrison (some of their prize winning ham, lamb for a Sunday evening curry, and some really delicious pork, apple, rosemary and sage sausages). We have an abundance of Granny Smith apples to make apple crumble and perhaps an apple cake of some sort, oranges as they are in season and can be eaten as or made into juice, and a large supply of carrots which I am going to have to get creative with over the coming days.
I also managed to listen to two interesting talks this week: one celebrating the life of Dame Margot Fonteyn and her influence on British ballet from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the other from NGV in Melbourne on the works of impressionists Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. I’m looking forward to another talk this week from NGV on the changing nature of Paris.
Staying in, we really enjoyed The Chair on Netflix and have been picking up old episodes of the Wellington set comedy, Wellington Paranormal. We also quite enjoyed the British thriller We Hunt Together. Podcast of the week has to be The Bucatini Dialogues: A Debate About Pasta Shapes over at The Sporkful, a hilarious discussion on pasta, and I enjoyed this piece by Jay Rayner about his life as a food critic.
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 – always a lovely read.
- Laurie at Notes From The Hinterland shares a mermaid swimming through flowers….
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard meets people on her run.
- Green Dreams harvest tomatoes in Sweden, makes chutney and hopes for good news.
- Deb supports local businesses – such an important thing always, but even so at the moment.
- Natalie the Explorer shows us some more laneway art and takes to a canoe.
- Anne at Something Over Tea introduces us to some characterful cows.
- Sanch Writes is grateful for things in lockdown. I can totally relate.
- I loved Jo at And Anyways post entitled ‘Excess baggage’.
- And over at Trent’s World we can read about what made him smile.
- Antoinette Truglio Martin shares coffee and keeps safe from the hurricane.
- Little Pieces of Me‘s Grateful Fridays: delights in new running shoes
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