Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm feeling Stationery

I hope you have all enjoyed this lovely Easter weekend.
I've had the pleasure of celebrating the holiday with my family and  friends came around for a BBQ.
One time of the year, when I am happy to eat my share of chocolate - note to self - leave the chocolate alone now.

I'm very excited to share my daughters new online business     http://www.imfeelingstationery.com/
She has started off with creating a few of her own designs on tee shirts and tote bags, which you'll be able to purchase through the shop. I love the cute kitty design, 'Happy meows forever'
The name came about from a play on words and a love of stationery (writing supplies)
and for reminding oneself to take time out, to be still, have fun and live life to the fullest.

Please tell all your friends.

Thank you so much for visiting and to new followers.
Have a great week

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Big Egg Hunt

Out and about last weekend, we went in search for some of the Whittaker's Big Eggs, that were dotted around Auckland City.
We stumbled upon a few of them, so will share my photos.

Some of New Zealand's leading and emerging Artists, have been working hard to create these giant eggs that will raise funds for the Starship Foundation,  Children's Hospital.

Talented people from all kinds of creative fields have joined in with this great cause. Hopefully they will fetch 'Faberge' prices.

The colours were vibrant and designs  eye catching ... the artists have turned the eggs into works of art. 

Happy Easter and enjoy the weekend

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We farewell the Royal Family

The Duke and Duchess wave goodbye to New Zealand, while the little Prince wriggles, as they board the plane bound for Australia.

Despite wearing three inch heels Kate got stuck in with a game of cricket - this time however it was William, that won this one.

The feel good factor cannot be underestimated and how great it was to see some good news and be able to see smiles on the many faces of people who were lucky enough to get a glimpse of the Royal family.
They were affable and approachable to the many that had gathered to see them and at the more traditional functions they carried themselves with dignity and elegance.

This week we have been busy picking the olives, we had a bumper crop this year. They are now out been processed and pressed so we will be able to pick up some bottles of olive oil in about three weeks.

Wild weather has hit Auckland and last night we had gale force winds and it was stormy -  hopefully it will pass for the long weekend.  Have just heard that Sealink Ferry services have had to cancel their sailings because of the rough seas. This will be an inconvenience for the local supermarket as all the produce is brought over on the boats. Might go out and stock up on a few groceries. Not a good time with the long weekend coming up.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter break.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More of the Tour 2014

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continue their tour down under it has been wonderful seeing this lovely family having a good time in New Zealand. They seem so loving and down to earth.

Prince George's first official public engagement was having a play day and meeting some of the little babies who were of about the same age. The event was organised by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.  Prince George impeccably dressed in a cute sailboat romper suit, looked happy to be playing with the children and toys.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked glamorous in the bespoke dress by the designer Jenny Packham.
The black gown was embroidered with the silver fern.

William and Catherine got to show off their competitive natures as they raced each other in America cup Yachts, out on the Waitemata Harbour.
Prince William teamed up with a crew led by Team New Zealand's manager Grant Dalton and the Duchess of Cambridge was with the crew of Team New Zealand and skipper Dean Barker.

{update: Catherine won two races from two, despite William last night admitting he had been boasting to everyone that he would win} 

From the high street to the designer, the Duchess of Cambridge seems to pick the perfect outfit for every occasion and always looks very elegant. I love the exquisite tailoring of the blue coat she is wearing here, by the designer Alexander McQueen

We will continue to follow the tour and eager to see what she will be wearing next.

 Have a happy weekend

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Royals have arrived.

There is great excitement in New Zealand as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George have arrived for the start of their three week tour of New Zealand and Australia.
It is the first official tour for eight month old Prince George. Isn't he cute and he looks a lot like his Father did when they were about the same age.

The Duchess looked elegant dressed in a red coat with gold buttons and a red pillbox hat.
She was wearing the silver fern brooch ( a symbol of New Zealand) that had been lent to her by the Queen who had received it as a gift during a visit to Auckland, 60 years ago.

Prince Charles and Princess  Diana made the Royal Tour  to New Zealand and Australia back in 1983 when Prince William was just nine months. They were photographed relaxing on the lawn in Auckland.
It was revolutionary to do this, as the Royal babies always stayed home with the nanny.

Have a happy week

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Floral Friday ~ Flower as Art

Flowers are one of Nature's best works of art and beauty, so I was excited when Trishie gave us this theme for April.
Today I would like to share some of my flower art from around our home.

Love message with flowers ~ a hydrangea heart

  I love to have flower paintings hanging on the wall

We found this very old glass leadlight window in an Antique shop,  so when we built our house, had the glazier install it into the lounge. I love the way the sunlight shines through the coloured glass flowers.

Drying flowers to work on projects is something I have always enjoyed doing. I love to make special cards for friends or work them into my journals.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

**Floral Fridays is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along, please email Trishie (trishie@underlockandkeyblog. com) for next month's theme or visit her here

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Paris Apartment we stayed in

The other day someone asked on their blog, where was a good place to stay in Paris. Can't remember who this was, so I will tell you where we spent a fabulous week back in September.
We booked through the company ' A la Carte ' and they were great.
On arrival at  Gare du Nord we were met there by one of their drivers and taken to our place which was very comfortable, clean and a great home away from home.
Where we found on the kitchen table a bowl of fresh fruit and a bottle of wine, so this was a very nice touch. 
The apartment was, the Eiffel Rue Cler and was handy to everywhere - fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants and shops. It was on the third floor, without an elevator, so good exercise walking up and down to our apartment. Here is the link ~


Leaning out the window to the streets below and this was the exciting view we looked down on - it was always lively and busy, with some great places to dine at the many Restaurants and cafes that were all around.
Here are a few snaps I took around on some of our many walks - the Eiffel Tower was about a 10 minute walk.

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Do hope that you all have a very happy weekend