Friday, November 20, 2015

Special delivery of flowers

Hello dear friends.

Today, it is a dull, drizzly day here so I thought it a good idea to be able to share some colour and cheer around.  I looked back through some of my old photos and this pretty bunch of freesias will be just the thing.

When you see flowers, your day is brightened.
It's like sunshine

 The weather has not been at all like Spring and in fact I had to wear my overcoat when I went over to the City on Friday. Normally we would be getting around in a summer blouse or dress.

One good thing though,  this sort of weather is good to get some chores done around the home and I am hoping with more free time in the weekend, this will happen.
Will show you what I am working on soon - I am knitting a blanket with huge needles and in a soft cream wool.
Many thanks for the visits to my blog and reading, I am grateful for your kind friendship

Have a lovely weekend

Friday, November 13, 2015

Portraits of an Icon

While in London, we had the wonderful opportunity to go along to see the Exhibition that was held in the National Portrait Gallery, of the very beautiful Audrey Hepburn.
The exhibition showed her life, from the rise as a West End chorus girl, wonderful actress, fashion icon and then her philanthropic and humanitarian work in her later life.

Here are some important life lessons and quotes from Audrey Hepburn
 Seize the day
Pick the day. Enjoy it to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come. The past I think, has helped me appreciate the present and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
 Be happy
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy is all that matters.
 Believe in Yourself
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible.
I decided very early on just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.
Step outside your comfort zone
I was asked to act when I couldn't act.  I was asked to sing 'Funny Face' when I couldn't sing and dance with Fred Astaire when I couldn't dance and do all kind of things I wasn't prepared for.
Then I tried like mad to cope with it.
 Always think of other people
As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

So terribly sad and appalled to hear the news of what has happened in Paris.
My thoughts and prayers go out at this time.
Auckland Sky Tower will join other iconic buildings and light up the colours of the French flag to show solidarity in the wake of todays  attacks and in one small way to show how much we care.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Buckingham Palace

We left our quiet, leafy street in Belgravia early on Sunday morning and as it was close walking distance to Buckingham Palace we headed off.
Seems like many others had the same plan as already there were a huge group of people congregating,  armed with their cameras and snapping away.
I loved the tall, grand ornate gates, surrounding  Buckingham Palace and all the statues and monuments shining with gold in the sunlight

Peering through the gates we could see the Queens Guards, wearing full dress uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats. I read, when the Queen is in residence, there are four foot guards at the front of the Palace and when she is away there are two.

 I was excited to see this statue had inscribed on the base
' The gift of New Zealand'

 Walking back home we noticed around the perimeter of the grounds was a serious barbed wire fence to keep out undesirables.

I hope your week is going well 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy weekend

Hello dear friends,

I always love flowers and what better way to start off my little note,  is with a bunch of pretty peonies, sadly not out of my garden ... wish they were.

Doing jobs around the house has been keeping me quite busy at the moment which unfortunately means less time to sit down at the computer.
After a month away the garden has been neglected and there are so many weeds and things that need doing outdoors.
I am finally getting around to stripping the old dark red wallpaper in the entrance and stairway. It seems like it is glued with superglue {not} and is taking forever.

This weekend the All blacks and the Wallabies face off for the final match to decide who is going to win the Rugby World Cup. We were invited out to watch the game, but as it starts at the unearthly hour of 4 am, may just watch it at home dressed in my pyjamas as I like my bed and sleep.
Go the All Blacks! 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Friday, October 23, 2015

London Calling

 We walked around the streets of  Belgravia where we stayed for a week, and were able to admire all the grand and posh homes.
 characterised by grand terraces of white stone buildings that went right along the street

I love London from walking through the beautiful parks, seeing the old churches, and visiting a few of the museums. Getting around the City you had the choice of riding the large red double decked buses, the ubiquitous black taxi cabs...

or speeding to the  next destination via the underground.

We were fortunate to spend a week in London and loved every minute of our time there.

So much part of the streets, the iconic red pillar boxes stand as they did 160 years ago and a unique feature of Britain
I wish you a wonderful weekend

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Saying goodbye to Hong Kong

Flowers have a way of making my day brighter.
A bouquet from the little Florist shop in the Hotel where we were staying would be a nice way to spoil oneself

Walking down the staircase into the foyer
 The view from the window of  the fast train, as we raced out to the airport .... still more high rise apartments everywhere you looked

Not your typical bronze Buddha Statue and on a closer look we saw this was made up of thousands of cans of fish

Next time I will share a few of the London photos 

Hope you are enjoying the week

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hong Kong

Stepping out of the aeroplane in Hong Kong,  the balmy air hits you and it was as if we had walked into a huge sauna.

We stopped off here, for a couple of days to break the journey  and  to explore a little of this fascinating place. 


We waste no time in going out and the City streets are bustling with people rushing about their business, cars speeding by, people on pushbikes  and the tall skyscrapers that reach up into the sky.

One of the most populated places on Earth and apparently it is recorded in the Guiness book of records for having the most skyscrapers. This was the view from the seventeenth floor of the Hotel where we were staying and  overlooking Victoria harbour which was lovely but unfortunately the weather was wet so made it hard to take photos.

There was a major construction area down below and we were told  they were building a bridge and new road formation

Hong Kong by night -was fun to watch the spectacular light show  which beamed out a dazzling array of colourful lights everywhere.
 Thankfully I am over the jet lag and then day light saving started in the weekend, so still waking up bright and early and getting back into a routine again.

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday
Thank you for dropping by to see me and I look forward to coming to say hello to you.