Monday, March 2, 2015

February Favourites


I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite things and what I love about this time of the year.
Can't get enough of the cherries, this season the juicy, ripe dark fruit are really the best I have tasted
Rushed to get my camera the other day, when I saw  this beautiful old sailing ship sail by the window
With the heat and mosquitoes around it is all a little much and I am actually looking forward to cooler weather and did not think I would ever say that.
The cotton mosquito net has been good - at night the windows can be open wide and the breeze blows through and you can hear the little mosquitoes making a racket, but they can not get in.

It is the high season for the cruise ships and on Friday there were three in port. The Queen Elizabeth, is impressive looking up at the majestic huge boat. Downtown Auckland was really bustling  with all the tourists getting about, to see a little of the City.
Now to share a few pretty roses and gypsophila I bought from the market
Enjoy the little things in life
How can it be that we are now in the month of March!
Have a wonderful week dear friends
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shades of pink

Hello dear friends

Days have been busy here and I have been making the most of the sunny days, gardening and staining some outdoor steps and fence.


My rose continues to bloom and just want to share a little of this beauty with you. I adore the pretty pastel pink, the scent and the shape of the rose
We still have not had rain to speak of, had a small drizzly shower one day and would be happy to get some much needed rainfall.

The beautiful card was created by Dorthe,  isn't it lovely and sweet and many thanks for your kindness
The rose looks pretty when it is dried - against the backdrop of my calender, with pictures from around France - the little window with shutters is charming

Hope you are having a happy week.
Enjoy life, stay warm if you still have winter there and for those of us having a long hot summer, stay cool.
I look forward to coming over to say hello soon.

hugs
Carolyn


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sculpture on the Headland 2015



Stop the clock -giant metal dandelions



Sunday  was a gorgeous day and as it was the final day for viewing  the Headland Sculptures we headed off early. With our water bottles and cameras we walked along the trail, with hundreds of others and it is such a good workout as it is about 2 kilometers.
Here are a few of my favourites that I would like to share with you

The Knot ~ A fence with tangles and knots

We enjoy going to see the outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and it has to be one of the best coastal walks with spectacular water views everywhere you look.
Arrow and target - these were huge
If you are into Rusty, you would like this one

Flowers of the Sky
I loved the little flower house - imagine having this in your garden to go and read a book or take a rest. Inside the flowers were painted red

Spinning top






Interesting walking around in the mirror maze
Landform

You had to look back at this one, to see the whole effect of the contours
The name's Bond ~ James Bond {had to have a selfie here}
Yesterday I had to go back to visit the Dentist as after a week of having the temporary crown in place I needed to go and have it checked out as I was having to take  panadol to alleviate the pain. 
  He took an X-ray and nothing showed up and explained that sometimes the Injection can give pain for a while.  I am feeling much better today and hopefully on the 26th will be able to have the new crown fitted.
Do hope you have a great week and I look forward to coming over to visit you soon.
The weather has been a scorcher here today and makes it hard to do much on days like this.
hugs
Carolyn

Thursday, February 5, 2015

It's the weekend again!




 Hello dear friends,
After a busy week, it is great to have the weekend here again and a long weekend for us.

A trip to the dentist, {another appointment scheduled on Tuesday for a crown,} sigh! don't you just hate having to see the dentist, sewing an outfit for a friends 50th birthday we have been invited to and hope to be able to show you the finished outfit soon.

Here in New Zealand, it is Waitangi Day named after the town of Waitangi, which is located in the Bay of Islands and where the Treaty was first signed.
The restored Treaty House, once belonging to James Busby

Held each year on the 6th of February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty between the Maori and the British Crown, NZ's founding document on that date back in 1840.
Te Whare Runanga {the house of assembly} the interior of the carved meeting house

Due to the weather looks like it is going to be an indoor one here.
We badly need rain as the garden is dry and water tank is running low, so we welcome a shower of rain.

Hope you manage to relax and take a little time for yourself this weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Friday, January 30, 2015

Picnic at Garden Cove



This is why I feel so lucky living here on our beautiful Island out in the Hauraki Gulf, to be able to enjoy the wonderful sea and sunshine.

Our friends kindly invited us out on a picnic lunch last Saturday where we met at their place along Onetangi Beach.
It was so much fun to be able to take a trip out in their Sealegs boat - driving down their drive, along the road which turned into the sand and then wait until the time and surf was right, to effortlessly launch into the water.

We sailed along the waves at a good clip around to a beautiful spot called Garden Cove, where a few other families were also enjoying this little secluded horse shoe shaped bay.
 
Under the shade of the trees we set up our picnic Jo and Grant had made some delicious salads, with juicy watermelon, and green beans. My husband made his terrine which we had with French bread, a cheese platter with crackers and washed down with a glass of cold Rosé from the chilly bin.

To finish off our lunch, I had baked some Madelines with a lemon glaze and we all had a second one as they were so good, if I may say so and will definitely be baking these again.

I had told my husband for Christmas I wanted a Madeline tray, after watching Rachel Khoo baking some on her show. 
Have always wanted to try baking them.

My daughter bought me the cook book 'Patisserie made simple ' by Edd Kimber {From Macarons to Millefuille and more} 
Edd was the first winner of 'The Great British Bake Off', a show I really enjoy watching. Anyway there are some lovely recipes in this book and I look forward to trying some more from the book.

Makes one feel healthy after a day out, with a swim in the sea, breathing in the salty air and having a light golden tan from the sun
All too soon it was time to head back home.

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shinning, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken.
~ James Dent

Have a happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sculptures pop up


the Seagulls fly about in the breeze

Today was another beautiful sunny day so my lovely husband took me out to lunch in the village.
 
this one is made from old machinery parts





Over the summer holidays an outdoor Exhibition features works by local Waiheke Artists, amongst the shops and cafes. Here are a few that caught my eye and would like to share them with you.

 

 
the goblet was made from vine branches

The Island is a popular destination for holiday makers and tourists to come and enjoy the sunshine, beaches and the laid back atmosphere.



I want to thank you again for your kind visits and friendship.
Because the weather has been so pleasant here I have not spent much time sitting down at the computer. I do look forward to coming over to visit you soon.


This tandem bike with the picnic basket which you can rent, would be a fun way to get around and see the Island
Hope all is well and you are enjoying a wonderful week.
hugs
Carolyn


Friday, January 16, 2015

A day out on the water

Summer is in full swing here and it has been hot, hot, hot!

Recently we went out for the day with some friends in their boat. We sailed around to an idyllic, secluded beach with lovely white sand and turquoise blue waters.
Took a picnic lunch and got some  fresh, mouthwatering mussels off the rocks, that we cooked up over a little burner and ate them with crusty French bread. 

Swam in the sea, played with a frisbee and had such a great day out.
Summer is wonderful and the only drawback was for me, even though I had applied sunblock the sun was too hot and I came home looking a little like a lobster.
A day out in the sunshine, fresh sea air and some exercise is really great and found that night I slept so soundly.
We watched the owners of a 'Sealegs' launch into the sea - a New Zealand invention which allows the owner to drive along the road, then launch right into the sea.

A beautiful weekend to you
hugs
Carolyn