This week .. a bit of a whirlwind! The weather has been beautiful, the work has been plentiful, and the food has been summery and delicious. L has loaned me her excellent mountain bike, and I've been biking out to the salt water pool at the beach every day for the past five days. I don't (slash, can't) drive so a bike means freedom, being able to get a little further a little faster. I had forgotten how much I love swimming: meditative and peaceful.
It does help that the pool is outdoor, and the water is pumped in from the sea each season and only very lightly chlorinated. The saltiness makes it easier to float.. it's so dreamy that the other day I looked at the clock whilst in the pool (sans glasses, so I couldn't see too well) and thought I'd had a good swim as I'd been in for 40 minutes. It wasn't until I got changed and checked my phone that I realised that had actually been an hour and 40 minutes!
1. Rain clouds at sunset and the one tall tree in our back garden.
2. Tarting it up - this is Hugh's tomato, goat's cheese and thyme tart, made by L. We had friends over for dinner on Waitangi day (Wednesday) and made a feast involving two tarts. You'll see more soon!
3. Not taken this week - but topical: the wharenui (meeting house) at the treaty grounds in Waitangi. I visited on one of the last days of 2012.
4. Simple bulghur wheat salad to use up the last of the haloumi and other bits and pieces from the fridge.
Joining in here
title from paul simon - you can call me al (on high rotation at the moment)