Monday, May 25, 2015

Just add a touch of yellow




As the weather has been grey and drizzly the past few days here,  I want to inject a little sunshine and colour today.


Nothing like a vase of pretty yellow roses to  bring some beauty and brighten up the house


Just had to share this ... It would be fun to ride out into the countryside on this bicycle for a picnic, so stylish! 

Life is riding a bicycle 
To keep your balance you must keep moving 
~ Albert Einstein

I've got plans for today and really must get back to doing the things on my to do list

Thank you so much for visiting me today
Hope you have a wonderful week
hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Flats or heels?

The dress code has sparked a ton of backlash at the Cannes Film Festival.
What an outrage to hear that "women must wear high heels on the Red Carpet" and they were said to be breaking the dress code by wearing flats and indeed, some were turned away.

I find this appalling to dictate what is to be worn ... the comfort factor, and choice should be up to the women attending.
What do you think about this?...  
do you think Ladies should have to topple along wearing uncomfortable shoes or should commonsense reign and be able to wear what suits them.

Many thanks for the kind birthday wishes you sent me - I appreciate each and every one and look forward to coming over to visit you.

Have a happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, May 16, 2015

It's the weekend!



Just wanted to say hello and its been a busy week, so not much time for sitting down at the computer.
I look forward to coming over to visit you soon

Birthdays are special and every year I get excited to have the  chance to celebrate another one. Yesterday, the 16th was my birthday and we got the chance to go out and enjoy a wonderful long lunch and share lots of laughs and chat with my dear family.
Once again I have been spoiled and got some beautiful gifts and lovely cards.

Love the pretty floral, silk pyjamas and the slippers my DD gave me and they will keep me warm in winter and my hands will be soft and silky smooth, with the hand-lotions from our dear son.
The new camera my dear husband bought me is going to take a lot of reading up on how to operate it - took me an afternoon just to attach the strap to the camera and work out how to take the battery out and get it charging. Our son has also kindly offered his time and tuition, which I think I am going to need. 
Thank you dear family for the wonderful gifts.

Later on this afternoon we have been invited out to our friends home, Chris also shares a birthday in May so will be good to have a glass of bubbles and catch up with our friends

Hope you are all having a great weekend ~ enjoy the beautiful days of May
hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mothers day



Today is a special day, it is Mothers day.
Raising children is one of the most challenging things we will do in life and it is a wonderful adventure and one of the most rewarding things, seeing our babies grow up to be responsible adults and living a good life. I feel honoured and very lucky that I can be their Mother. 
It warms my heart to be able to spend precious time with our two beautiful children and to have their love and appreciation shown.



  Showered with gifts I felt like a Queen to be given pretty flowers, delectable chocolates that look too pretty to eat and then the gorgeous soaps that I just want breath in the sweet scent

This year is the first, without my dear Mother so I am feeling sad and we miss her and grateful for all her love, care, kindness and for being the most beautiful Mother and Grandmother

To all the beautiful Mothers out there I just want to wish you a happy day
Do the things that make you smile and feel pampered, like rewarding yourself with a manicure, take a bubble bath, or sit down with a cup of tea and your favourite magazine.

Hope you have some special and happy moments today
hugs
Carolyn

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy May!

Hello dear friends,

I can't believe that it is May already - how did this come around so quickly?

Here are just a few little moments that have made me happy over the past week ~ love drying hydrangeas and seeing what colour they turn out


the joy of having  my 10.00 am cup of coffee 


I bought the tin holder to store our olive oil in the pantry

The olives are ripe on our trees and ready to be harvested and we will be doing this next week. The hungry birds have been feasting on them, so hope they leave some for us.

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself
~Maya Angelou

 Hope you have a happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn





Monday, April 27, 2015

Thinking of others today


The things in the news so often make me feel very sad with the earthquake in Nepal and so much else that is going on around us. I feel for those going through hard times in life and really hope that things will change and work out for the better.

There is nothing we can't live down, rise above or overcome
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Hope you have had a great weekend - here we have a lot of cleaning up to do after the storm that blew through - started last night and has just eased up this afternoon. Last night I was woken a few times with the wind howling a gale. The little garden shed roof blew off it so DH had to go out this morning and batten it back on and there are branches that have fallen off the trees everywhere.

We have to continue to lead our lives everyday, laugh and cry, cook, eat, exercise, work hard and hopefully we can  create a better world.

Have a wonderful new week dear friends and thank you always for visiting me and your kind friendship
hugs
Carolyn

Friday, April 24, 2015

Anzac Day



Anzac day occurs on the 25th April and commemorates all New Zealander's killed in war and honours the returned serviceman and women.

This year, marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of NZ and Australian soldiers, the Anzacs on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915.

The red poppy is a symbol of war and remembrance, the world over.
From its association with poppies flowering in the Spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, this vivid red flower has become synonymous with the great loss of life in war.

Some of my relatives were conscientious objectors, and who simply did not want to take part and fight in World War 1. 
We will remember them.

Walking past the  ANZ bank the other day, I took a photo to share with you, of the poppies decorating the ATM machine, the wording reads,
Together we're honouring a century of the Anzac spirit



 Claude Monet's painting Summer Field of Coquelicots 1875
{Coquelicot, papaver rhoeas, the wild corn poppies}

Monday is a holiday here, so a long weekend is always welcomed

Hope you have a lovely weekend
hugs
Carolyn