Monday, July 28, 2014

Little touches of Aqua




Soft pretty colours, I adore, from the colour of that little Tiffany blue box to the aqua blue ocean.


Today I bring you a few images to brighten up a grey and overcast day here. 
The sea at Bora Bora really was like this ....the most amazing colour and looked unreal

I an still sporting my Fitbit - just bought a new strap to replace the old one and chose this pretty colour.
Have shared before about buying this and have been wearing it now for over 6 months and I am really enjoying it - During the day it tracks steps, distance and calories burned, and at night it tracks your sleep quality.

 You can sync the tracker to your computer and find out how you are progressing.
The other day I got the 2,000 kilometers Award - this is the distance from approximately Madrid to Berlin, it informed me.   
So the daily walks I do, and the encouragement from family and friends who also have one, all helps.
It's the motivation I need to get out and be more active and push myself a little more.
Savour the moments that make you the happiest
I hope your week is off to a fabulous start.
Carolyn

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy weekend!




Hello sunshine! today is a welcome surprise to see a clear,  bright blue sky, with the sun shinning, albeit it a little cool - I do love this weather.


Last week, has been cold here and between a few showers of rain I have been out in the garden.
I planted two new roses, a sweet Cecile Brunner climber ( which has the sweetest little pale pink rosebuds) and  Souvenir de Malmaison, lily of the valley and some violets.
I had the Cecile Brunner growing in a previous house and always loved it.
Fingers crossed, hopefully I will be able to share some pretty flowers soon - I  don't have a green thumb, so will see. Living near the sea and with clay like soil and then having a lack of water over the summer months is not ideal for good growing conditions in the garden.

Anyhow, sometimes I try to embrace what Mother Nature surprises us with - I love to look at beautiful things and lately I have been enjoying taking a few photos with my camera - so roses from the market were my subject.
The rose has to be the most romantic and delicate flower.

"Hope you have time to stop and smell the roses today"


Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile and a grateful heart.
~Zig Ziglar

Enjoy your weekend
Carolyn

Friday, July 18, 2014

Europe Simply Irresistible Link Party



The lovely Anita at Castles Crowns and Cottages is hosting a European holiday, blog party. I am tres heureuse to be part of this. Merci, Anita for organizing this for us all.

I will take you away  to  France  and share some of my photos with you.
Each time we have visited I enjoy it a little more.







 My bags are packed and I am excited for this little escape and to go to far away places.
{ need to get away from the winter here}

 We will start with some of the wonderful markets,  cheeses that have a smell all of their own, the vegetables were so fresh and looked like they had just been picked from the garden

 A gentleman skillfully weaving the French style market basket

 the pretty fleurs in abundance,



to the beautiful fragrances of the soaps and lavender sachets






















 






We left Paris on the TGV (fast train ) and this is such a great way to travel - fast and efficient.
Then hired a car to travel to Gordes, this is one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Just when you thought you've seen everything along came the wonderful old village built into the cliffside. 



Amazing old maisons and buildings, built from a lovely white stone and with its labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets.

Menerbes is another village that I would like to share with you, Peter Mayle made this place famous when chronicling his first year living here, as a British expatriate.
It had wonderful maisons and the feeling of ... I could live here in this village.

 this was the view overlooking the Luberon valley from a restaurant we dined at. You could almost imagine that was somewhere like where Mr Mayle lived, in his 200 year old stone farmhouse

Had a long leisurely lunch at a vineyard restaurant - La Bastide de Marie, with wonderful authentic local cuisine



Lastly one of my favourite things to do and unwind while on holiday is to spend time relaxing beside the water. 

The French Riviera at Nice was just the place to do that ~ with its clear sparkling blue water

Now I look forward to coming to enjoy all the other wonderful holiday destinations ~ lovely to dream and a great way to spend the weekend
Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Calico Blue plates and pansies



With all the rain we have been having it has been good for the pansies, which are flowering and looking very pretty.

Today I would like to share with you my Blue Calico plates and bits and pieces.
Burleigh's famous deep cobalt blue pattern has been made continuously in the factory for over 40 years. 
Love the look on the Antique Hutch dresser.


Here's a note from the English Novelist and Playwright- J B  Priestley about the collection.



~ Out of the original Victorian buildings, the clay is moulded, shaped and decorated to produce works of art, cups and saucers, plates and teapots, rush like magic out of clay.
 
May the ovens never grow cold, may Stoke on Trent, the pottery town still continue to be the heart of British craftsmanship.

I am thankful for all my readers, I appreciate each of you that visit and read my blog - Merci!

Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend - it still continues to rain here but we managed a trip across to the City and out for lunch with our Son.

hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Winter time




I look at the pretty bright sunflowers from last year and keep hoping that wonderful weather is just over the horizon.

With heavy rain, thunder and winds gusting up to 120 kilometers per hour, we dropped off the grid.
Tuesday evening the power went off and stayed off for 24 hours - came on again Wednesday evening.
So we sat listening to the radio, talking to each other by the flickering light from the candles that were around the room.  Snuggling into a cozy bed for an early night with the warmth from a hot water bottle was lovely.

You really know how much you rely on electricity, when you don't have it.
It makes for a lovely opportunity to contemplate all that is good in life when everything is back to normal and you can do laundry and have a shower.

I have done a very silly thing! 
As many people have told me that they were having trouble leaving comments. Because I have comment moderation went through and started deleting the ones that had been already published.
Little did I know that the published messages  (about 2000) disappeared. So angry with what I have done with loosing all the lovely comments and do not know how to get them back. Does anyone know how I can retrieve them please?

Oh well, have a wonderful rest of the week
hugs
Carolyn


Friday, July 4, 2014

Flower in Focus



I wait patiently every year for my Camellias to start blooming on the bushes. Our garden has two bushes that bloom with the most gorgeous white flowers.

It is always a delight to bring them into the house and arrange them in a vase ... heartwarming to have something flowering through the cold winter months.


So when Trishie gave us the theme of flowers in focus, I thought it would be a good time to showcase one of my favourite flowers.
This was also one of Coco Chanel's favourite flower and indeed one of her signature symbols.

I love white it projects purity and neutrality from the beautiful bride who traditionally wears white, the pristine white interior of a house to the little picket fence that surrounds a happy home.

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world
~ Christian Dior

Please go over and visit some of the others who have kindly showed their Flower in Focus.


Thank you Trishie for organizing Flower in Focus

Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Monday, June 30, 2014

Welcome July!


It's a new week! How did it get to be July already... time really flies.

Winter seems to have arrived here, which we have to expect for this time of the year. The woolen blankets have come out and the hot-water bottles are needed to warm the bed at night. 

To lift my spirits it was time to bring a little Spring in the house - daffodils always make me happy and these little miniature variety are so sweet.
{You may need to enlarge the photo to see the Orcas}

Down the Eastern end of Waiheke Island my husband was doing some work for clients and while they were waiting for the helicopter to come and pick them up, they were fortunate to see a pod of Orcas come into Wells Bay. So knowing I am always on the look out for some nice things to share on my blog - he took a photo. The five Orca were hunting stingrays and playing in the Bay. They could hear them snorting and leaping out of the water "was an amazing sight", my husband said. Glad I wasn't swimming out there.
They are often seen around the New Zealand Coast easily recognized by their distinctive black and white marking. 


Hope you all have a wonderful week
hugs
Carolyn