Things I’m Loving – From Pinot Gris to Green Tea & Baths in a Laundry Basket…


A short week with Easter weekend and lots to love. It started off on the right foot, with a run on Monday, lots of water and green tea… but I got a little led astray by a divine glass of Pinot Gris and a little piano playing mid-week.

Trying to stick to the green tea, but the pinot gris tastes too good!

Still, I wasn’t entirely inactive. As always, I spent a lot of time running around playing pirates…

Pirate adventures one evening at Shorland Park, Island Bay

And heading out for a walk… (with the hills of Wellington always guaranteed to get the blood pumping!)…

Walking in the sunshine

But, by the end of the week, I definitely felt a little blue from missing my runs and when Good Friday came around I knew what was needed. The gusty northerly didn’t really help to encourage me to get out the door, but after a taste of fresh air and sunshine at the local playground I got a longing that I couldn’t ignore. I called the man of the house to ask if he’d kindly watch over the children (he’d had a good game of tennis in the morning, so was more than happy to oblige) and then sneaked off to don my running gear and head out.

Exercise and a rub down

I definitely needed the run and once my feet hit their stride I couldn’t stop, clocking up 11 kilometres (and including my fastest 1km yet – in 3.19 minutes). I mixed up the distance with some running and some fast paced walking (especially when going head on into a gusty northerly), but overall did pretty well – finishing the 11km in 1 hour 4 minutes. I felt totally pumped and amazing afterwards, stretching down with the beautiful scene of Lyall Bay to gaze upon (and a good rub down, after my post-run dip, with some amazing ‘muscle rub‘ from Homespun Holistics).

Such a good start to the long weekend (and ‘SkyFall 007‘ finally out on DVD in New Zealand…. so a good bit of escapist viewing too!).

The children are all well into chillaxing – with Charlotte finishing school on Wednesday, after the annual Easter Service at Wellington Cathedral.

I took them all to Te Papa Museum on Thursday morning (after making a quick visit to the Kirkcaldie and Stains Easter Shop and ‘Clucky the Hen‘, which we all had a giggle over – especially young Alice’s reaction!)

Thursday fun at Te Papa with all three of my girls

There’s also been plenty to love in the kitchen, with bread supplies needing to be stocked up now that NZ Marmite is firmly back on the shelves (only Sophie and the man of the house are not keen on Marmite – the rest of us LOVE the stuff!).

Mousetraps are back

Sophie decided to make her own soup this week too – and did a fabulous job of putting it all together (and it tasted wonderful!). So, the lightly spiced red lentil and tomato soup will be a regular addition to the family menu for the winter.

Sophie's homemade lightly spiced red lentil and tomato soup

And to finish up – had to include this cuteness – young Alice was found sitting in a laundry tub watching the T.V. and soon asked if we could fill it with water… well, how could we resist our little star loving sweetie…

Alice in her nest and laundry tub bath

Hope you’ve found something to love this week and enjoy a wonderful, long weekend with your nearest and dearest. xx


Joining in with these lovely folk here…

  • ebelbrown

    Love your list, especially the bath tub! Super cute xxx sammy


  • Chicken Grandma

    All looks good and all fine here….Dad and I had a trip to Reading yesterday and went to see ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’… was a ballet in three acts and we enjoyed it very much.It is sent from the Royal Opera House live via a link and it was a full house!!
    Good to hear all well there and all sounds good.Away now and keep on running…birthday presents on their a little extra one I posted yesterday.Big hugs all round.


  • Jen

    Love your photographs of another neat week in your household :)


  • meghan @ MNMs

    Lovely list of loves – your cutie pie bubble bath queen especially! Awesome work Sophie to put that delicious dish together, and I’m so loving seeing all your running, yay for you!


  • Bron

    Good for you getting out and running…love the tub photos too. xx