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.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Les fleurs pour vous

Bonjour dear friends,
I am back and so very happy to be back home.
Still feeling the effects from jet-lag and that long haul flight is arduous spending so much time in the aeroplane.
Have experienced such a wonderful holiday with so many great memories and photos to look back on and hope to share a few with you soon.
Towards the end, the four weeks away seemed  to be a long time and all I wanted was to get back to our children, to be able to sleep in my own bed and get back into a routine again.
The past two mornings, my  body clock woke me at 4am and the only thing to do was get up and make a cup of tea.

Hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying a lovely weekend
Will be good to come and say hello to you soon.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Spring bulbs on a rainy day

Now that the winter solstice has passed us by and the days are ever so slowly getting longer.
Today is one of those rainy days but the sight of a few bright daffodils in the carpark and snow drops growing in a pot at home, makes you feel that Spring will be on its way.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and lately I haven't found much time to spend at the computer.
Our bags are packed and tomorrow we are off on holiday to escape the winter and hopefully see some sunshine.
We are staying two nights in HongKong and then flying to London and then on to France. There is always so much to do with preparing for a getaway, so had better get back to it.
Hopefully will have some time sitting at the airport lounge to get the chance to come and say hello.
Have a lovely week and hope all is well with you

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Working on the Interior

When it comes to change around our house, things seem to move at a snails pace.
One thing that I am very excited about that is happening though, is our front entrance, hallway and stairwell has had a lovely new coat of white paint.
Before, was a dark red paint with a gritty sand-paper finish which was popular in the 1990's and below the dado rail was a dark red fleur de lis wallpaper, which looked good at the time but was in need of a major change.
With the white it is bright and uplifting and seems to make the hallway feel much larger

We have been looking at wallpaper and I love this paper and
 have sent away for a sample of and will see if it works for below the dado rail.
Photographs will hopefully come soon.
As for the kitchen we are still waiting for the Kitchen Place to come back with a quote so we can make a start on things there.

Thanks for the kind notes you left me when I hurt my back. Thankfully it is feeling much better now and I am able to drive the car again. It was too painful even doing small things like that.
They say things go in threes,  I managed to pick up a cold with runny nose and eyes, and did not help with the strong smell of paint throughout the house. After the day the oil based sealer had gone on, that night in bed we had to fling open all the windows in our bedroom even though it was cold outside, the strong smell was too overpowering. 
Yesterday I went to visit the dentist to have a crown replaced, the old one had a crack which was causing pain.
So I feel my little blog has been neglected and have been missing sitting down to visit you all which I hope to do soon.
 Hope you are enjoying the week

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A little bit of France

Bon jour dear friends,

Every year on the 14 Juillet, Bastille Day, it has me thinking of the wonderful vacation spent there  and the happy memories come flooding back when I look at my photographs.
So here are just a few to share and why I love this place.
Relaxing at the seaside

Pretty facades and Architecture

Exquisite delights

I hope you have all been well.
Having injured my back on Wednesday ( being silly and carrying something heavy) I am now taking things gingerly.
It hurts sitting, lying down in bed at night and rolling over wakes me up. I find standing doing the ironing, gentle walks help, and after a hot bath this morning, I am feeling a little better.
Look forward to coming over to see you soon.

A beautiful weekend to you all

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Dior plaque

I have walked past these plaques on a building in Auckland many times and have always wondered what Dior was doing here in our City, so far away from Paris.
So I did a little research and found that the Kingston building was the heart of ~ El Jay fashion house established by Gus Fisher.
Mr Fisher, who passed away in 2010, would travel to Paris and bring back the latest designs and fabrics creating elegant Pret A Porter garments.
He was proud to hold a license deal with Christian Dior manufacturing and selling Dior originals in New Zealand.

Christian Dior was quoted saying, "We were emerging from the period of war, of uniforms of women-soldiers built like boxers.
I drew women - flowers, soft shoulders, fine waists like liana and wide skirts like corolla

Happiness is the secret to all beauty. 
There is no beauty without happiness
~ Christian Dior

Hope that you are having a lovely week - almost time, to wish you a happy weekend

Saturday, June 20, 2015

High tea and a little of whats going on

Dear friends,

There is a lot going on around here and that is why I have not been around much on my blog.

We are planning to remodel our kitchen and there are lots of decisions to make, such as removing two windows to put in French doors that will lead out onto the deck.
We are talking to our friend who is an Architect and getting some helpful assistance from him.

I did have a lovely day out with my DD,  a little treat for our May birthdays - one could get very used to high tea and we both enjoyed spending the afternoon playing Ladies, sipping champagne and enjoying savouries and sweet treats.
The Master tea Sommelier helped us to select the perfect blend of tea from the exquisite selection of teas, all served on the finest Wedgewood China. The whole occasion was lovely and was hard to pick which delectable one to eat first.

There is something in the nature of tea, that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life
~Lin Yutang, The Importance of living

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend and taking some time out.
We have a wintery and rainy one here and it is a good time to be cozy indoors.
It is always a pleasure when you stop by and thanks for taking the time to comment - I hope to sit down and visit you soon and see how you are doing.