A seat at the table: Brick Lane

Have you ever had a Proustian moment? That brief ‘taste memory’ based on the childhood memories that come to the … More

This week’s small pleasures #209

It is Monday again, so time for a round up of this week’s small pleasures. I worked at home all … More

This week’s small pleasures #208

Mark Twain said: In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours. Well, he wasn’t wrong.

Thoughts on Thursday or a tale of kale salad

When I lived in Scotland, kale was the dark, green leafy vegetable that you bought when there wasn’t much else. It was tough, a bit bitter, and you kind of felt you were eating it because it was good for you (it is full of vitamin C) rather than for enjoyment.

This week’s small pleasures #200

Gosh! The 200th small pleasures post! I feel I should celebrate in some way, or at least mark the occasion, but rather than go over old posts looking for highlights, I am just going to do my usual and do the normal weekly roundup. It is fun to do, and helps you appreciate all the little things that bring us joy.

This week’s small pleasures #193

It is the first day of June, the Queen’s Birthday holiday here in New Zealand (complete with a 21 gun salute at noon) and also the start of winter.

This week’s small pleasures #179

Here we are already into the middle of February – hard to believe. It is Monday and therefore time for … More