Friday, April 17, 2015

Raindrops keep falling on my head



We are getting a lot of rain here and loving it.
Where some might see storm clouds, we can only see a silver lining ... not only is it great for the garden it also fills up the watertanks and it is music to our ears, hearing the drip, drip, drip into the tank.
Mind you it was a quick dash this morning from the supermarket to the car, with the groceries and trying to dodge the puddles.

As the saying goes ' April showers bring May flowers'


Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain 


I like people, who smile when it's raining
 
This week really flew by - hope you have had a lovely week and now I wish you a happy weekend

hugs
Carolyn

Monday, April 13, 2015

Autumn



Autumn is evident here and I am seeing signs of it all around ... the air is crisp and cool and warmer clothing is now needed to be worn when we go outdoors and last night the heater was on for the first time.


Some of the leaves are turning golden - I do love Autumn and seeing the carpet of leaves on the ground




Every season hath its pleasures
Spring may boast her flowery prime,
Yet the vineyards ruby treasures
Brighten Autumn's sob'rer time
~ Thomas Moore


I hope April is treating you well my friend
hugs
Carolyn

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Where have all the flowers gone?



Have always loved the sweet old fashioned, favourite flowers like violetscornflowers, viola, nasturtium and marigolds to name a few and they are not only pretty to look at, they are also great for culinary use. Just make sure they have not come into contact with spray or herbicides. 
Have read that edible flowers were especially popular back in the Victorian era.

A scattering of flowers over a dish or mixed in with a green salad is a good way to add some interest and colour to a meal.

When at last I took the time to look into the heart of a flower, it opened up a whole new world; a world where every country walk would be an adventure, where every garden would become an enchanted one
~ Princess Grace of Monaco


We had a lovely Easter weekend and spent a wonderful time with our DD home. Lots of long walks out in the glorious sunshine, delectable food, {Victoria cooked a delicious dinner one evening} and hot cross buns from the oven and not to forget the chocolate.
Just as well Easter comes around only once a year.
 Thank you for your kind notes you left me - I am feeling well now after a touch of the flu. Also appreciate the new followers to my blog, merci beaucoup.


It is almost the weekend! time to kick off your shoes and relax now
I hope that you enjoy the weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Greetings





 Easter is a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life

hop, hop, hop!

Our son recently acquired a 3D printer and he made me this very sweet bunny


I hope this blessed time, brings you great joy in anticipation of a new season... for us Autumn and for friends in the Northern Hemisphere, happy Spring!
Here day light saving ends so the clocks go back an hour
This weekend DD is coming home for the weekend, so we are really looking forward to having her home.
As I am writing this I seem to have come down with a touch of flu-
sore throat and headache, so I am just taking things slowly so I hope to feel better.



May yours be a joyful Easter weekend,  to share the time to reflect on life, love, family and all your blessings
hugs
Carolyn

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Cricket Match

 Looking back at the history of the game of cricket which has its origins in England, spanning from the 16th Century.
 To this day it is played professionally in most of the Commonwealth Nations and it is such a fun and exciting game to watch.
First grand Cricket Match played on Hampton Court Green


Striped Cricket and boating blazers,  have always been a bit of an obsession for me and evokes a timeless and vintage look








On Sunday was the final game of the Cricket World Cup... our Black Caps took to the field playing against the Australian team, and we watched from the sofa.
We were proud to see the boys had made it this far and had our fingers crossed.
The Australian team were too good and stepped up and delivered.
Congratulations and well done Australia.

Wishing you a happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cricket Fever



Autumn is fast approaching and it is almost dark now in the morning, when the alarm clock goes off.
Coats and sweaters and the extra bedding will have to come out, as the season is soon upon us.

Blogging has taken a back seat lately as I have been making the most of the fine days we have had here. Staining outdoor steps and the wooden deck rails, doing some gardening and I hope to get over to see you all soon.

Cricket fever has the Nation in its grip - the excitement has just gone up a notch for us, as on Sunday is the final game for the Cricket World Cup - the Australian team verses the New Zealand  Black Caps ... It will be a nail biting time ~ may the best team win.

A beautiful weekend to you
hugs
Carolyn

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy weekend

Hello dear friends,

A few things that have interested me this past week and I would like to share with you.

On Tuesday night the Auckland Sky tower looked spectacular,  lit up brightly for Saint Patrick's day - DD took the photo, which is just down the road from where her apartment is.

Over lunch last Friday we were lucky to see in the distance, the Volvo boats out practising on the water {you may need to enlarge the photo to see them}

We went for a walk around the Viaduct and the North Wharf last weekend to take a look at the six boats lined up

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race started on Wednesday, leaving Auckland for Brazil. The race was meant to start last weekend but due to cyclone Pam, it had to be delayed.
This is the worlds toughest ocean race and an exceptional test of prowess and human endeavour, sailing in some of the most difficult and inhospitable seas.


On display is a model of the 'SCA boat' which is made up of over 100,000 pieces of Lego. 
The all women team look great wearing outfits of magenta.


Their motto ...
Amazing Women can do anything and be anything they want.

 Wishing you a happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn