Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy birthday

Yesterday the 18th September was our son, Marcels birthday... how those 23 year have gone so quickly!

We had reserved a table at Masu { a wonderful Japanese Restaurant} to celebrate the special day.
One of my favourite things are a long lunch and what better thing to do, is enjoy delicious food over a bottle of wine, and share some stories and laughs.
It was one of those days though, as Marcel was not feeling well and it was more of a rushed time, so we will re-celebrate another time.

The reason for the photos, was when the children were little they were asked by the hairdresser who used to cut their hair, if they wanted to be featured in a Hair magazine.
So it was fun for them to have their hair cut and go and spend the afternoon at a photo shoot and then to see their photos in the magazine.

I am so distraught, have just discovered we have a catastrophe on our hands ... noticed in the hallway there is water oozing up through the floor boards and waiting for the plumber to come around.
Unfortunately I think our hot water cylinder may have sprung a leak :-( 
Oh well sometimes there will be days like this.

Anyway I just want to wish you a happy weekend

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five things

This was a great, but busy week and here are a few things which made me happy.

As family is number one in our life we were excited and very happy to go out to the airport on Wednesday and pick up our daughter who has returned from her sojourn in Melbourne.
So there has been lots of catching up over lunches, which has been fun. Here she is modelling one of her outfits she made, on a little photo-shoot a while back.

She knows I love beautiful writing paper and was kind enough to bring home this gorgeous box of Christian Lacroix note paper. 

the purple basil I have growing in a pot in the kitchen made the most delicious salad with fresh vine ripened sweet tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella

Freesias and bluebells, I have in the kitchen are divine and I love the sweet smell that permeates throughout the house... one of the beautiful signs of Spring

I got a haircut yesterday which is always such a treat  - must say the shampoo and a massage is the best. It was so relaxing and I almost felt like I could have dozed off.
Often it seems though a lot of the times I go to the hairdresser, it rains. With the rain pouring down and the wind blowing, the umbrella was of not much use walking to the car, so rather than the immaculate salon look I walked out with, it was more of the tousled look.

Have a happy weekend and many thanks for stopping by. I look forward to coming over to say hello and to see what you are up to.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Queen Concert

We had such a fabulous night out at the concert and will share a few photos that I took while waiting for the show to start. Apologies that they are not the best photos

Brian May and Roger Taylor are such legends and any band that was formed in the 1970's and still going strong today I find amazing. They had only planned one concert here in Auckland and when it was a sell out they did an extra concert, the following night.

The highlight for me was when Brian May played a lovely solo acoustic version of 'Love of my life' that also featured a very moving video clip of Freddie Mercury singing and then with the audience all singing along.

had to buy the tee-shirt

What is a Queen concert without some flamboyant outfits?
Adam Lambert had about eight costume changes and was a great showman for the band and had an amazing voice.

It was a perfect mix of paying homage to the past while bringing a fresh new take to all their great songs. 

I wish you a happy day

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Floral Friday - a flower quote

Spring really does seem to be just around the corner here ... the birds are singing more loudly and the blossom and leaves are appearing on the trees.

This is my favourite time of the year when the garden seems to wake up after winter. Growing along the side of the roads where I go walking, are some pretty pale yellow freesias. I always pick a little posy to bring home and the scent throughout the house is lovely

How does a pansy for example select the ingredients from the soil to get the right colours for the flower?
Now there's a great miracle. I think there's a supreme power behind all of this. I see it in nature.
~ Clyde Tombaugh

As I have said before, pansies are one of my favourite sweet little flowers... love the smiling faces and the soft velvety petals and all the pretty hues they come in.

Can't believe how fast the week has gone - it is Friday already!
I hope your weekend is all you wish and more

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend getaway

I usually come back with lots of photographs but not this time.
We had a rushed trip down to Napier - leaving on Saturday morning and returning home on Sunday.

We stopped at Taupo for a quick bite for lunch and this was the wonderful view, from the little cafe we dined at.
Looking out over Lake Taupo,  with the snow capped Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe in the distance.  
( should have taken the zoom lens)

After the five hour journey we were happy to pull up the driveway to the grand McHardy Lodge, which would be our home for the night.
Nestled in a quiet cul de sac,  the beautifully restored 1890's historical home was full of character and charm.

The room we choose was the Versailles Room, which was beautiful.
Had the best sleep and pleasant dreams, tucked up in the most wonderfully large, comfortable bed with gorgeous cotton sheets.
In the morning we sat around the huge table and enjoyed breakfast.
 So a lovely little escape for the night.

We have tickets to the Queen Concert for Wednesday night.
While I don't think anyone could replace Freddie's extraordinary voice, the reviews I have read...' that Adam Lambert is a showman and that it was a fabulous night of all the great songs'
So will be exciting to hear the talented band, Brian May playing guitar and Roger Taylor  and amazing to think, Queen was formed in 1970 and still going strong.
Happy September! dear friends

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sombre colours

 Just had to share one more post after looking through my photos,   taken on our sojourn.

We took a long walk in the afternoon, around the streets of Melbourne.  The grey sky hung low and although our feet were tired, we loved seeing more of the architectural details of the grand old buildings.
I hope you enjoy a few of the photos I captured along the way.

I love the muted, monochrome and moody colours of the old churches and buildings and they seemed to all blend perfectly into the overcast day. 

  Now for a little burst of colour - 

When Pigs Fly! this little chap was very sweet

 Thanks  for stopping by and I'm ever so grateful for your kind visits.
Happy weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

More of Melbourne

We hopped on a tram which twisted and turned along the streets of Melbourne  and will now show you a few more of the sights we captured along the journey.
The Hotel Windsor, apparently was where Royalty and movie stars came to stay back in the day. The grandeur and elegance of the Hotel still looks like this would be a wonderful place to stay today. I do love the marvelous Victorian architecture and a room with a balcony would be very nice

Regarded by many as one of the spectacular landmarks of Melbourne, is the iconic Princess Theatre - Rogers and Hammersteins, The King and I was playing there


I imagine the birdseye view overlooking the City from the Melbourne Star Observation wheel would be fun

You could take the slow way, by horse and carriage, to see the City if you had time
The beautiful sweet horses were obviously used to the hustle and bustle of the noisy City and they posed for me, while I took a photo

Thank you as always, for your visits and thoughtful words.
I wish you a happy weekend