Monday, November 24, 2014

Roses from the garden


I am delighted with my new delicate blush pink rose that is flourishing at the moment. The flowers are large and very beautiful and remind me of a  ballerinas tutu.  I have been filling the house with vases of pretty bouquets of sweetness and it is wonderful to breathe in the scent
Named in memory of Empress Josephine,  she purchased the famous Chateau de Malmaison and garden in 1799. 
It is wonderful that Rose breeders like David Austin,  have been able to preserve some of the Antique roses and today we can still pick the same pretty bouquets that Josephine clipped from her  garden.

The rose has to be the most romantic flower, especially if it has a perfume and my favourite, a soft pastel colour.

Thank you to all who took the time to write such a kind note about my bears.
On Saturday the weather was fickle and with blustery wind and rain and with it also been a Farmers Market all people seemed to want to buy was their bacon and eggs, fruit and vegetables and flowers for the weekend.
Sadly there were no sales, but we had a fun time meeting and talking to some of the others who were brave enough to venture out.

Let us be grateful for people who make us happy, they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom
~ Marcel Proust.

 I hope your week is full of things that make you happy
hugs
Carolyn


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Parnell Craft Harvest





Tomorrow I am going to be attending the Parnell Market, along with my Bears.  DD and I are sharing a table and she is taking her wonderful watercolours, she has been painting.
Most of my time this week has been taken up with Bears and more bears and just putting the finishing touches, and hang tags and always find there is always a lot to prepare for an event like this.
Excited to see one of my bears made the flyer

Still have a lot to do so had better get back to it.
I have not been able to spend time on the computer so sorry for not getting over to see how you are doing.
Look forward to coming over to visit you soon.



It is almost the weekend! hope you all have a great one.

Hugs
Carolyn

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pretty in pink



Just popping in to wish you all a happy weekend

Would like to show off my sweet little Cecil Brunner rose again and I wish you could smell the gorgeous fragrance.
It is a prolific grower and already, it has reached to the top of the  obelisk that I have it growing up.

Every year the Sky Tower glows pink for the entire month of October, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness- I had intended doing this post back then but sometimes life has a way of changing things 


DD dressed as Catwoman at an event she went to recently and had her photo taken with Jenna Coleman, Clara from Doctor Who 
 In her high boots she looked tall alongside Clara, who our daughter said was really lovely.


I hope your weekend is full of things that make you happy
Carolyn x



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Native blooms ~ Floral Friday



When I conjure up an image of our New Zealand native blooms, I think of two very beautiful trees with spectacular flowers. It is the perfect time of the year to capture the breathtaking bursts of colour from these flowers 

The first is  flowering at the moment, I love the bright yellow flowers  of the Kowhai  tree which remind me of sunshine and look like tassels. These trees get the attention from all the native birds around, like the tui, bellbird, kereu (wood pigeon) who feast on the sweet nectar.
This lovely specimen is growing down the road.



The second is the pretty crimson flowers from the Pohutukawa trees, which can often be seen growing along the coastline.
This is considered the NZ Christmas tree, as it makes for a pretty sight when it flowers over the Christmas period. The photos here were taken last year.





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Thank you all once more for your lovely comments on my Mothers passing. It is great to have friends from all around the world and I appreciate the comfort and support from reading your very kind messages.
I look forward to coming to visit you and see how you are.

Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn








Saturday, November 1, 2014

Saying goodbye to my dear Mother



As I am writing this so much has happened in the past few weeks and life has been full of emotion.
Family and friends have all been there to support us and we were grateful to be able to share happy memories,  tears, love and lots of warm hugs.

At the funeral we celebrated Mums long and happy life, and remembered her for always sharing her love and caring for all and we will miss her so much. With her silver hair pulled up into a chignon, she always liked to dress well. She enjoyed life and was still riding a push bike at 80, going for long walks along the beach and swimming at the pool. I remember back to the days of my school holidays when I would go with her and help out delivering meals on wheels to the old people. 



Her beautiful Grandchildren were pallbearers and shared their memories of the special holidays they spent staying with their Grandparents and the happy times they had with them.
She adored her family, her eight grand-children and getting to meet her three adorable little great-grandchildren and her face would light up when she had a cuddle with them.

It really is a 'Circle of life' as we said farewell to my Mum, we are happy to have sweet little Isla taking over a new place in our family.

 Thank you ever so much to my dear readers and friends for your kind words you left me, as it has really helped in the passing of my sweet Mother and brings comfort at this time.

Life on this earth is a beautiful gift and we need to have thankful hearts

I hope you are having a beautiful and blessed weekend
hugs
Carolyn



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My dear sweet Mother


On Saturday we got the message that my dearest Mother had taken a stroke so we drove down to be with her.
Sadly she passed away peacefully on Monday evening and it was so lovely that we were all able to gather around her bedside for her last days.

We were so pleased to have gone down to visit her two weeks earlier and to be with her and see her beautiful face and smile.
We will love her always and miss our loving and caring Mother, Grandma and Great-Grandmother.
The funeral will be tomorrow and would be thankful for your loving thoughts for our family.

Sending hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, October 11, 2014

French Doors



La grande porte was at the Versaille Palace
Today I would like to share some grand doors that caught my eye 

When we were in France there was something fun about walking around the streets, on the look out for beautiful doors.


There is never a shortage of fabulous door photo opportunities.



Made me wonder what was behind the doors we passed by... I guess beautiful interiors, furniture and inspiration.










Last but not least was Number 22 with the sweet heart carved on the door, had a welcoming look



I do hope that you are enjoying your weekend and wish you a happy week ahead
hugs
Carolyn