We are now well in to September, and it is 9 years since we first visited Wellington prior to us moving here. This is just so hard to believe! We are still at Alert Level 2, and I can’t see this changing next week even if Auckland drops to Level 3. Let’s see what the Prime Minister says later today. Meanwhile. at least vaccination rates are going up, and one of this week’s small pleasures is the we are now both fully vaccinated. Hoorah!
And so to some other small pleasures of the week. The tulip display in the Botanic Gardens is coming on apace. I spotted these beauties on Saturday morning. Tulip Sunday, due to be held next week, has been cancelled again, but providing the weather is good, think we might head down anyway and see how far the flowers have come along.
Moving to food, and let’s start with our second Burger Wellington burger, eaten at Ombra. This burger was a venison and pork patty with wild pork bacon, smoked provolone and roasted tomato mayonnaise served with rosemary salted fries. A bit spicy and full of flavour, it was a real delight. I’m not too keen on shoestring fries, but really it was the burger we were there to eat.
The cabbage I bought last week was made into Ottolenghi’s roast cabbage with pecorino and tarragon (the latter from the garden – so good to see that plant spring back to life!), a really lovely dish that even non lovers of cabbage can be tempted with. I picked up the first asparagus of the season on Saturday (a trifle pricey still but I couldn’t walk past it), along with a small cauliflower (a favourite vegetable along with cabbage), more fennel, cavolo nero, some red onions, mushrooms, lemons, tangerines, some dark, red yams (oca) and red and yellow tamarillos which I will macerate to have with breakfast yoghurt.
On Wednesday I popped in to old favourite Pickle & Pie for lunch, enjoying an excellent sandwich based around smoked fish and topped with paua and served with a salad. It was delicious and a great midweek treat. On Sunday, we met family at Brooklyn Deli for lunch. It had been a few years since we were last there, so it was good to go back. I opted for a bratwurst with potato salad and sauerkraut.
My great nephew was one year old on Friday, so we met him, my nephew and his wife on Sunday (see above). It was so nice to see them and to wish the youngest member of the family many happy returns.
Finally, Charlie has been enjoying sunny days, sleeping in the sun or going for walks. He has become much more cuddly in recent months, no doubt as he is getting older. Anyway, he loves to be the centre of attention regardless.
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 enjoys the good things of life and a favourite song (of mine too).
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard enjoys nature.
- Deb shares her love of colour
- Natalie the Explorer shares some things she has read recently and also finds gold (and hosts the weekend coffee share).
- I loved Anne’s post over at Something Over Tea on willow pattern china which was a great love of my mother who had a large collection.
- Sanch Writes has what sounds like a perfect Sunday morning at the beach and many other good things this week.
- Jo at And Anyway shares what is on her bookshelf, a blog theme we can all join in (check my post).
- Trent’s World shares his The Weekly Smile
- Antoinette Truglio Martin’ share the end of the season over coffee.
- Little Pieces of Me shares what she is grateful for on Friday.
- Scribble and Scran takes us out and about around Edinburgh, where I grew up.
- And I think we can all agree with fotosbykarin on blogging.
You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram @thistlesandkiwis. As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days. If you want to get in touch, email me on email@example.com