Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentines day

Valentines day is here and even if you are not the romantic type, it is always great to acknowledge those near and dear to you and let them know how much they matter to you, in your life.
Showing love comes in its many forms, from loving ourselves to treating our fellow human beings with love and respect.
Lately walking into the supermarket and shops, everywhere you look you can't escape the overload of red and pink everything, from hearts, flowers, chocolates and soft toys, to a beautiful scented candle.
The day has become so commercialized and rather than one day a year, we need to show love and kindness everyday.

Rather than the overpriced flowers and restaurants, I consider it far nicer staying in and cooking a lovely meal and that is what we will be doing.
I did pick up a bouquet of red roses because they looked so pretty and the cards are still on the mantle from our anniversary

Have a wonderful weekend 

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year 8th February,  celebrates the  Chinese Zodiac and 2016 will celebrate the year of the monkey.
Wishing all my Chinese friends a wonderful festive season and New Year ahead

I looked into the history about the Lantern Festival and it  has been part of Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206BC - 221 AD) 

A worker makes lanterns at a factory in China -  love the brightness of the red and gold and they must look lovely with the light shinning behind in the dark of night.

Sydney Opera House is lit up with red lights, to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
To find out which Chinese zodiac you are, take a look at this chart here and match your birth date.

Have a great week

Friday, February 5, 2016

Some flowers for the weekend

Flowers make me feel happy and I love seeing them in the  garden and bringing a few into the house to brighten it up.
The little posy was picked from the garden back in Spring and just getting around to sharing it here. I always love the sweet fragrance of freesias... gorgeous and can't get enough of them.

 Elizabeth, the new magnolia tree looks pretty, that we recently planted in the garden  - it has the softest creamy lemon coloured petals and hopefully will grow well.
 With freedom, books, flowers and the moon,
who could not be happy?
 ~Oscar Wilde

Thank you for the kind visits to my blog and the lovely notes you left, with well wishes for our anniversary. I am grateful for my dear friends and the love and kindness you share.
We have another long weekend here, this time it is Waitangi weekend and Monday is a holiday! so happy about that.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I love to be beside the seaside

Not many words today, just some summer pictures taken at Noosa Heads
We enjoyed our short holiday very much.

Surfs up!  swimming here was fun with waves of up to 2-3 metres high - here is a little video my DH took
After trying all afternoon to insert the video it did not seem to work for me so will just add a snap

Sandcastles left behind from children playing

It is amazing how the tropical weather, wonderful sea air and swimming in the gorgeous sea, can do for oneself, we returned home refreshed and relaxed.
The apartment our friends kindly loaned us was on the ground floor of this lovely place right on the beach

The full moon was rising behind the palm trees

Always love to go away for a little break but so happy about being back home again.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend - we have a long one this weekend as Monday is Auckland Anniversary day, so looking forward to another sleep in.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pink roses and a giant pompom!

Dear daughter has just made her first video, a tutorial on making a giant fur pompom.
Playing her own background music on the keyboard and doing the filming, she had fun making this at her apartment.   Now she has a few more  ideas and wants to make more videos. 
So if you have a spare moment please go and take a look

The 25th January marks our 30th wedding anniversary and in some ways it seems such a long time ago and other times it has gone by in a flash.
Friends have loaned us their apartment right on the beach at Noosa Heads - Australia, so we plan on going away for a few days to see some sun and dip our toes in the water.

Thank you for stopping by to see what's going on in my little corner of the world.
Do hope all is well with you and that your week is going great and now I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A lovely summers day

Yesterday was a perfect summers day... hot, sunny and without a cloud in the brilliant blue sky.

We were invited to a dear family friends 80th birthday, along with his big family and friends and a wonderful location, with their home right on the beach.
Walking over the grass and then onto the sandy white beach is a lovely place to have a party.
It seems only fitting to share a couple of photos.
A large marquee tent protected everyone from the scorching sun.
We attended Colins 60th birthday and made me think how it did not seem very long ago and how fast the 20 years had gone.
Happy birthday Colin
As the years go by, I often think how friendship is a wonderful and an important part of life.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A few photos from here

I hope your holidays have been lovely and a little break away from the normal routine, has been relaxing.
Now that Christmas has all been put away for another year, it is a good feeling to have the house clean again. I must admit though, I feel a little sad having to pack all the Christmas decorations back in the boxes.

Here are a few little things that made me smile over the past week

The big fat Kereru {wood pigeon} was happy to sit on the railings of the deck and enjoy the early morning with us. When we had cats the birds would not come anywhere near the house, but now often we have tuis drinking out of the guttering and fantails flitting happily about. There have even been a family of Kaka, a large Native parrot living down in the bush and often at dusk you can see and hear them flying about making a loud screeching noise.

Prada is coming to Waiheke! I think not! ... found that it was a hoax by someone celebrating over the New Year. The story goes that over maybe a few too many glasses of Veuve Clicquot, someone thought it a good idea to have a signwriter make a sign for the window.
The building called Crockers store, used to be a pet store and one day we took the children out when they were small to have a look at the animals. My DH saw a little rat in the cage and put his finger to pat it - the little chap took a nip at his finger with razor sharp teeth and was very painful.

The blue of the sky and sea, was beautiful on our drive out to Onetangi

Lastly this sweet dog sitting in the car and peering out the window, made me smile when I was walking down busy Queen Street
 I hope 2016 is off to a wonderful start.
May it bring much joy and peace your way