Sunday, July 23, 2017

Our stay in the City

The historic apartment building, Westminster Court  is where we are staying for our little sojourn.
Located on Parliament street, which is lined with normally leafy oak trees, but with it been winter the trees are bare. We found this apartment via Air Bnb which is a good way to find a home away from home.
The gorgeous grand old Art Deco place was built in the 1930's and upon entering the apartment you are transported back with the decor and retreat to how life may have been back in the day.
 With big old sofas, stained lead light windows and even an old bakerlite phone that is connected and rings in the hallway.

We are loving City life and makes such a change from living on our quiet little Island. It is just a short walk down to the supermarket and the bustling streets of Auckland.

DD and I have been able to catch up for morning coffee on Saturday, lunch's  and go shopping together which is great. We have been for long walks and have taken many photos around our beautiful City of Auckland, and will share them with you soon.

Kitchen is coming along and yesterday we bought the subway tiles to line the walls behind the sink and the oven.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and that you are enjoying the weekend.
Wishing you a happy new week ahead.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Clos Maggiore

When I read about this Restaurant I knew that it would be a lovely place to dine for my birthday when we were in London, so this is where we went.
Clos Maggiore is situated in a bustling area of London, in Covent Gardens and it was voted London's most romantic restaurant.
What was funny on the day we thought we had another hour to get ready and then my husband said it was 11.45 and we had a table reservation for 1pm. So it was a mad dash to get dressed and out the door to make our way across the City.

Our table was in the conservatory ( where it is the best place to be) it is really beautiful with pretty white cherry blossom everywhere and with a glass roof, creating a light and airy dining space.
The food was delicious of a French and Tuscan style and the service from the  friendly and competent staff was exceptional.
This really was a romantic and charming Restaurant and I had the best birthday, because who doesn't like to drink champagne, taste delicious food and dress up in a pretty dress.

  The pappardelle pasta with mushrooms was so good

Yesterday the builders were back to do a demolition job on our kitchen.
The past few days we have been packing the entire kitchen, food, utensils, pots and pans in boxes to store until the new kitchen can be installed on Monday, so that is why I have not had time to sit down at the computer. It was a good time to do a big clean out and a lot of things went in the rubbish - like herbs and spices that were past there best by date.
Today we are moving out to stay in an apartment in the City for a couple of weeks while the work is taking place. Look forward to getting away from the noise of hammering, sawing and dust.

Do hope all is well with you and I look forward to coming to see how you are.

Friday, June 23, 2017

First stop London

Our adventure began in London, arriving there at 5 am a little bleary-eyed and still feeling tired, we caught the Heathrow Express into the City. You don't know how good it was to be back on terra firma again!
The Shard was where we booked in to spend the first night and as the room was not ready we left our luggage with the Concierge and went to the Restaurant for some breakfast. This was the view we looked out on.

 From the staff recommendation they suggested we take a visit to the Borough Market which is down the road - you can see the top of the Shard in the background
 What a wonderful place to go and have a look around, the fruit, vegetables, sweets and produce looked so fresh and how lucky to be able to do your weekly shop here. 
Freshly baked bread, yum!
For those with a sweet tooth

Buying some fresh fruit there, we walked across the London Bridge and stopped in at a little pub for lunch at the Barrowboy and Banker.
 Now it is with sadness when we think what happened three weeks later at this place, when we heard on the news of the disaster, terror and tragedy that occurred there.
It brings tears to your eyes, all that is going on around the world.
Life and travel has changed so much

Our room was on the 43rd floor and having a room with this view was very special.

thank you for the welcome home notes, I really appreciate your kindness and friendship.
I am getting over jet lag and lack and lack of sleep. With the different time zone for the first week we were waking up at 3 or 4 am which can leave you tired for the next day.
Looking forward to coming over to say hello.

Have a happy weekend

Friday, June 16, 2017

So glad to be back home again

Hello dear friends,
Hope all is well with you all and I look forward to coming over to see how you are doing

Having got back from a very happy holiday and still feeling a little jet lagged, want to say thank you very much for the kind wishes you sent me.
We flew with Qatar Airlines, and had a good experience, but the 28 hour trip is a long, long time with a small stop over in Doha.
Here are a few photos taken inside the airport as we walked to catch our flight on to London
the dinosaur moved and made a noise
the teddy bear installation was huge

I took hundreds of photos on our trip so until I get the chance to sort through them and share a few with you,  will show you a few gorgeous flowers that were taken at the Biarritz Saturday morning market.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Celebrating a momentous birthday!

Hello and a happy week to you all.
The sun is shinning so I am happy and we have builders working on our home. They are knocking out two windows and part of the wall to put in the new bi-fold doors which will lead out from the kitchen onto the deck. Already I am loving how much more light and sunshine is streaming through.
I don't mind the sound of a hammer or circular saw, as it will be great to have the work done. 
Will leave you with a few photos taken recently.

 I adore Scottish terriers and DD kindly painted this little beauty for me and can't wait to get him hung up on the wall. Looks like a McTavish
the pretty bouquet of flowers my dear son gave me

There has been much going on here, I just celebrated my big birthday! the actual birth date is the 16th of May. We had a lovely party at Tantalus Estate, for family and friends a couple of weeks back. The theme was the 1920's so a lot of fun seeing everyone dressed up in their glamorous clothes. The flowers on the table were from the 'Flower Gallery' in my favourite colours and they were gorgeous. Roses, hydrangeas and freesias, to name a few.
The venue was lovely and if you can see the light fitting above - it was made from the prunings of the grape vines.
 A two piece Jazz band was playing fabulous ambient music in the background
Bluebells Cakery made the beautiful cake ~ too pretty to eat
Thank you my dear for putting on such a wonderful party!

I will be taking a break my DH is taking me away for a holiday, so getting very excited about that and lots to do before we go. One of the things we will be doing is taking the Orient Express to Venice.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and will be over to say hello soon.
Thanks for all the kind visits and notes you leave for me, so grateful for your friendship and all you share. 
Wishing you a happy week

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Out and about on Waiheke Island

Hello dear friends,

Hope that your Easter weekend and week, has gone well and here we are again and it is the weekend.
We had an enjoyable weekend catching up with family and friends and having a relaxing time and some lovely long walks.
I snapped a few photos and want to share with you.

Will start off with this elephant sculpture made from corrugated iron - I have always loved elephants, they are such magnificent big animals and known for their characteristics qualities of pride, power, dignity and reliability.

Next is Jemima Puddle Duck, who resides down at the Matiatia wharf and is always spotted honking and making a loud noise
If you enlarge this photo you can spot three wood pigeons perched high up on top of the Magnolia tree 

 This made me smile, someone had etched into the concrete on the pavement this little message : )

Lastly just want to say how much I appreciate all the kind friends that stop by and leave me a comment and here are some pretty pink tulips for you to say thank you.
Hope you have a great weekend

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter!

I am a little late, but as the old saying goes, better late than never.
Just had to pop in on this busy Easter weekend, to say hello and wish you a happy weekend.

Have been enjoying a wonderful time with my dear family and friends and this is the first time I have had to sit down at the computer.

Happy Easter everyone!, enjoy lots of Easter eggs ...  may you have peace and joy