Monday, December 5, 2016

Flowers from a friend

December has arrived and the count down to the Christmas season is upon us.

Picked from a friends garden, she gave me this lovely bouquet of  pretty flowers, the Alstroemeria and the colours are really pretty  - so very kind of her and great to have friends. Many thanks Fiona

Flowers are loves truest language
~ Park Benjamin

 Just a quick note today and to wish you a wonderful new week and hope to come over and visit you all

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Saying goodbye to November!

I don't know about you, but I can't believe its almost time to turn November over on the calendar and say hello to December.

Recently, we had a lovely night away staying at Huka Lodge in Taupo so will share a few photos taken there.
It is a gorgeous, picturesque place and we have stayed here before,  and always love the tranquil setting
On arrival a waiter brought us a glass of champagne and we can now relax, after our four hour journey.

It was great hearing the sound of the bagpipes and seeing the piper dressed in a kilt, and calling all the guests, to gather for cocktails and dinner

We choose the outdoor table with a lovely fireplace, which was romantic and the food very good

The gardens are beautiful and lovely place to walk around
Thanks so much for your kind visit and taking the time to leave a  comment. Look forward to coming to visit you
Hope you are having a lovely week

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A long lunch

Good afternoon {or maybe morning} dear friends,

The days have been busy here and it is a wonderful time of the year,  gearing up to the Christmas period ahead.
We have had a full weekend and I have been meaning to sit down at the computer and write, so must get a post up today.

On Saturday, friends invited us to a long lunch at their home, so always lovely to be treated to a meal out. Our meal was wonderful - starting off with a platter of cheese, champagne and smoked salmon.
Delicious mushroom vol au vents was the starter, a lamb salad for the main dish, which was very good.

I made the dessert, a fruit flan ... Happiness on a plate, and we can kid ourselves that with the fruit it must be healthy - right?
Thinking about good food, making it,  eating it, makes for perfect happiness.

It has finally warmed up and almost feels like summer days are here. I have been busy out staining a fence with charcoal stain and it got very hot out. The garden is starting to look dry and will soon have to start watering the plants.
Be kind whenever possible 
It is always possible
~ Dalai Lama

I hope you are doing well and having a lovely week

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thoughts go out to those affected by the earthquake

Thank you so much for your kind emails and notes you left after New Zealand experienced yet another massive earthquake.
The 7.5 quake has left people frightened, with the many aftershocks that are continuing.
Sad that there has been some loss of life and all the damage and destruction, that will take a long time to clean up.
My family and I have been safe - Even though we are a long way from where the epicenter was, Marcel {son} was still awake when the first quake shook at just after midnight and on the ninth floor of an apartment was no fun, he said, as the room was shaking.

The town of Kaikoura has been cut off with a massive slip that is blocking the highway, railway tracks, and people have been evacuated by helicopters to a safe place.  Many tourists flock to the  normally, picturesque coastal town and is the perfect place for marine life encounters, whale watching, coastal walks, and tucking into crayfish and seafood. In the winter time the snow capped mountains are very beautiful.

These sweet cows were stranded after the land crumbles around them leaving them huddled together on a small piece of grassy land.  Hope the farmer will be able to rescue them - have just heard on the radio that they have been rescued

Must be so frightening and thinking of the people that have been affected and hope things will calm down, so life can get back to normal.
Wishing you a lovely week

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

On my walk today

Hi dear friends,

Hope all is well with you and your week is off to a great start.

These sweet little baby ducklings and their Mama, were standing outside the dairy when I passed by. Often when we have been out driving we have had to stop the car and let them pass safely across the road. There are many signs around the Island telling people to take care and watch out for the little ducklings.

DD made this outfit to wear to an event recently - she looked lovely
 We went out to lunch at 'Soul' in the viaduct and had a table out on the deck. This is a great place to look out over the boats and watch people walking around enjoying the spring day

and lastly the flowers blooming in the hanging baskets, always put on a pretty show.

'Savour the moments that make you the happiest '

Enjoy the rest of the week and many thanks for the kind visits to my blog and I look forward to coming to visit you soon.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Homage to Christian Dior

Today I'm bringing you to a beautiful place we stayed in Paris last year. 
In a wonderful old Parisian Gothic house, this exceptional guest room with a view of the Eiffel Tower and a lovely private garden.
Here are a few photos to show you around - it was Autumn and the leaves were starting to turn golden

The guest room was beautiful, decorated in a soft pale grey, black and accents of deep red. A bowl of fruit was waiting for us on the desk and macarons on the bedside table, if we were hungry 

All around the room were wonderful old black and white pictures of Mr Christian Dior which I found fascinating
 Loved looking out the window and seeing all the gorgeous golden  leaves
 You can just make out the top of the Eiffel tower through the trees
Lastly the twinkly tower by night ... it was special lying in bed and looking out at the lights

It was hard to pack up when it was time to leave and certainly a very memorable place to stay in Paris
Enjoy your weekend dear friends

Friday, October 21, 2016

It's the weekend

It was such a gorgeous day today... one out of the box.
The sky was clear and blue, here are a few photos. The first one is where my dear husband and I went out to lunch, Wai Kitchen overlooks beautiful Oneroa Bay.
Because we have a long weekend here, Labour day is on Monday, the boats are moored and tourists have started to arrive and the place has suddenly got very busy. The wonderful weather attracts people and it is the place many people want to flock to

The pigeon pair - spotted the two wood pigeons again on my walk, sitting side by side on the power lines looking as if they were having a good old chat

 Now to finish off, my beautiful rose has started blooming again so I was happy to put one in a vase and enjoy the sweet fragrance.
 It's the weekend ~
Wishing you all a happy weekend