Saturday, December 13, 2014

Enjoy the little things



It has been really fun to come and visit your blogs and see how everyone is adding gorgeous Christmas touches to their homes.
Here, I have been a little slow and hope to get cracking next week so I will be able to share some of my home with you.


We have had our DD over for the night so have spent most of the weekend catching up with her and enjoying her company.
So glad we went for a walk yesterday as the weather is stormy and wet today. 


With all the rain though it has made the hydrangeas flourish

Last week I got the sweetest gift from a dear friend from the Netherlands - thank you dear Ria 

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your weekend.
Have a lovely Sunday and wishing you a great week ahead
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cruise ship at the Port of Auckland

 
 
Carolyn has asked me to write something for her blog - so here are my thoughts.
Well it is officially summer - not that you would know it, given the cool breezes and rain clouds.
(in the Southern Hemisphere, Southern winds = cold!!) that continue to afflict us.
 But a sign that the seasons have or are about to change is the start of the Cruise ship season.
Suddenly they are here... these monstrous carriers of people from everywhere, but mostly Americans and Australian tourists.
 
We see them staggering around in matching track pants and wearing their blue blocker
sunnies as they clutch their maps and look a little bewildered.

Today in Port was a really huge boat that we haven't had the pleasure of before - subtlety named "Celestial Soltice" that appears to have disgorged thousands of travellers to wander around and see the sights of the City of Auckland.

I was staggered by the size of the vessel and took a couple of snaps as I ran for the ferry.
It seems out of scale - over 500 metres long and perhaps 11-12 stories high.
 
 
 

 
http://www.celebritycruises.com/ships/celebrity-solstice#Photo_Gallery/ships/celebrity-solstice/photo-gallery 

 The promos show the boat  with youthful folk all having fun but I sensed the average age of those 
on board was probably more like the retired and older age bracket.
 Anyway it gives the City a bit of vibrancy and a change from the usual workers rushing off to their jobs and work for the day.
Hope you are all well and having a great wind down to Christmas xx

Thank you Martin, for taking the photos and writing this post today

xo


     

 
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Flowers as gift



When the theme for Floral Friday was ... 'flowers as a gift'  I thought I would like to share a few more photos of my roses, as a gift to all my readers.
I went out with my camera and basket in the early morning and picked a few bunches


It was the perfume wafting around the house, the pleasant scent hit me when I walked in, after a day out and the house had been shut up all day. 
The fragrance from the delicate pale pink roses was intoxicating and I  wish I could bottle this and send you all a little vial


Thank you ever so much to my kind readers who take the time to visit my blog and share their thoughts and leave a note. 
I know how busy life is at this time of the year
Notice the little dew drop on this rose

Have a fun and special weekend my friends
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How the year has flown by

It's December again!


After days of changeable weather, today we have glorious weather and it is starting to almost feel like summer at last.


Yesterday I put together an Ikea foot step, something I have wanted to buy for a long while, to be able to reach the top shelf in the pantry.
 
What I thought would only take half an hour to screw together, I ended up spending a lot of my afternoon. Have any of you had the frustrating task of assembling a piece of furniture?

The little chair is made from the cage and lid of a Champagne bottle - it is a little wonky but was fun to make. The Moet & Chandon label is appropriate for us,  Martin and Carolyn 


My first effort was so bad when I looked at the photo, so decided to make another - be careful though as the wire is very sharp


There is an Annual Champagne contest, so get creative and see what you can make with a cork and piece of wire. Will share the link with the incredible things that others have created from recycled parts of the champagne bottle.

I will be in the garden and make the most of my day
Hope that you all have a wonderful week
hugs
Carolyn

Monday, November 24, 2014

Roses from the garden


I am delighted with my new delicate blush pink rose that is flourishing at the moment. The flowers are large and very beautiful and remind me of a  ballerinas tutu.  I have been filling the house with vases of pretty bouquets of sweetness and it is wonderful to breathe in the scent
Named in memory of Empress Josephine,  she purchased the famous Chateau de Malmaison and garden in 1799. 
It is wonderful that Rose breeders like David Austin,  have been able to preserve some of the Antique roses and today we can still pick the same pretty bouquets that Josephine clipped from her  garden.

The rose has to be the most romantic flower, especially if it has a perfume and my favourite, a soft pastel colour.

Thank you to all who took the time to write such a kind note about my bears.
On Saturday the weather was fickle and with blustery wind and rain and with it also been a Farmers Market all people seemed to want to buy was their bacon and eggs, fruit and vegetables and flowers for the weekend.
Sadly there were no sales, but we had a fun time meeting and talking to some of the others who were brave enough to venture out.

Let us be grateful for people who make us happy, they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom
~ Marcel Proust.

 I hope your week is full of things that make you happy
hugs
Carolyn


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Parnell Craft Harvest





Tomorrow I am going to be attending the Parnell Market, along with my Bears.  DD and I are sharing a table and she is taking her wonderful watercolours, she has been painting.
Most of my time this week has been taken up with Bears and more bears and just putting the finishing touches, and hang tags and always find there is always a lot to prepare for an event like this.
Excited to see one of my bears made the flyer

Still have a lot to do so had better get back to it.
I have not been able to spend time on the computer so sorry for not getting over to see how you are doing.
Look forward to coming over to visit you soon.



It is almost the weekend! hope you all have a great one.

Hugs
Carolyn

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pretty in pink



Just popping in to wish you all a happy weekend

Would like to show off my sweet little Cecil Brunner rose again and I wish you could smell the gorgeous fragrance.
It is a prolific grower and already, it has reached to the top of the  obelisk that I have it growing up.

Every year the Sky Tower glows pink for the entire month of October, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness- I had intended doing this post back then but sometimes life has a way of changing things 


DD dressed as Catwoman at an event she went to recently and had her photo taken with Jenna Coleman, Clara from Doctor Who 
 In her high boots she looked tall alongside Clara, who our daughter said was really lovely.


I hope your weekend is full of things that make you happy
Carolyn x