Saturday, March 18, 2017

Out and about on Waiheke

Hi Dear friends,

Hope you have had a lovely week and now it is the weekend again!
Today just a few random things I snapped photos of around our little Island

The first is this lovely sculpture of the sweet fantail ( the Maori name is Piwakawaka)
We can often see these beautiful little birds flitting around in the bush near our deck - I love watching them as they always seems so happy.

Next is an ambitious wooden architectural sculpture, that was built with the help of a group of Unitec students.
Named the ' Gateway,' this 16 metre long structure resembles a meeting house. The skeletal show stopper is built from more than 250 planks of wood. I like how the view of Rangitoto Island is framed as you look out. With the shimmering sea and the beautiful light it looked amazing and life seemed so very tranquil


Summer in New Zealand seems to come later and later each year and when it does we have had a few sweltering days.


Last Tuesday though we had a whole months rainfall in one day which proved to be a problem for many people, with flooding, and landslips.

Do hope you have a lovely weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day

 I hope you are having a lovely week dear friends.


Les Fleurs, pour vous



Today and any other day, we can be grateful  for being a woman and I just want to say how very grateful I am, for having the best blog friends.
There are a few things we need to remember:
Feel free and be yourself
Taking time out for your self is not a luxury but a necessity ~ take 5 minutes to breath deeply and clear your mind.
Pamper yourself and take a relaxing warm bath.





 After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world
~ Christian Dior
 Do hope you have a happy day

hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, March 5, 2017

It's the weekend!

Hello dear friends,

I hope you are having a great weekend.
We were happy to have our DD home for the weekend and it is always lovely when we can spend family time together, chat and get to go out on long walks in the fresh air.

Things have been a little quiet here on the blog front of late, as I always find when the weather is sunny and fine, it doesn't allow much time to sit down in front of the computer.
Lately we have been enjoying the late summer days, after the temperamental Kiwi summer that was.
Autumn days are approaching and I am actually loving the cooler morning and evening temperatures with clear blue skies. 
Yesterday we tried going for a swim at the beach, but because the wind was blowing seemed to whip up the sand and was not pleasant, so did not stay there very long.
The feature wall in the lounge has been done, Dear husband finished this the other day and we are happy to finally have it up. The Napoleon Bee paper was from the Design Studio, Timorous Beasties - the company was founded in Glasgow in 1990.

Do hope that you are enjoying your weekend and have had some time relaxing and doing what makes you happy
Wishing you a happy new week ahead
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Paring things down



Hi dear friends,

Hope your week is off to a great start

Lately I have been wanting to declutter and organize the home and my life a little better.
As I am a hoarder and I like to keep things just in case and because I love an old box that perfume or soap has come in, you know the type.
Have been reading the book... 'The life changing magic of tidying up'
So hopefully soon will be able to take some clothes and stuff to the Red Cross and have a pile to go out to the rubbish.
Reading the book, and what it is telling me I should have less stuff.
Will let you know how I get on.

 Marie, quotes from the book, 

Being surrounded by things that spark joy and makes you happy

Your real life begins after putting your house in order


Thanks for visiting me and the kind words you leave and your friendship.
 I am off to the dentist on Thursday, to get the permanent crown so will be great when the trips to the dentist are all over with for a while. Off out now to the garden, while the sun is shinning and make the most of the day.
Wishing you a great rest of the week.
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sending you my love



Hope your day is beautiful - just a short note today with a few photos.
Sometimes it doesn't take much to inspire me, when we see so much beauty around us
from the little lavender heart I have displayed in the hallway

to the big heart in the window of the local floral shop

 my petite Cecil Brunner rosebuds that are making a sweet show on the rosebush and had to bring a few inside to put in a vase.

Be kind to yourself and to others.

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the journey with us.
Be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
~ Henri Frederic Amie


Hope you have a wonderful week and happy Valentine's day, my friends.
Sending you kisses, hugs and all the love in this world
Carolyn

Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's the weekend!

Pretty pink blooms for the weekend


Blue skies, sparkly sea and hot summer days are here, brings everyone over to the little Island. 
 
Oneroa Bay is a popular spot for boaties to enjoy

What we have found that after Conde Nast Traveller, placed Waiheke the fourth best Island in the world it has become a popular holiday destination. The ferries have become so busy and what is normally a peaceful little place has changed remarkably. 
Little Oneroa beach

We are going out to a long French themed lunch with a group of friends and everyone is doing a course each so should be fun.

It is the weekend, hope you have a lovely weekend 
hugs
Carolyn

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Out and about in the village

 First of all, thank you for all the kind Anniversary wishes, I feel so very lucky to have such lovely friends who dropped me a note, in your busy lives.

I had to run some errands yesterday so took my camera with me to take some photos of a few things to show you. 
Over summer the village becomes an art exhibition when local sculptors showcase their artwork in the public spaces. It is always fun to see what they do.
The lovely lady was made of the branches pruned from the grapevines,  from one of the local vineyards.
Selfie taking penguin family - cute

Time for a cuppa at the Mad Hatters Tea Party - this is on the roof of the local Four Square Supermarket

The summer weather has finally arrived and I had my first swim for the season in the sea. Even though the water was a little cold getting in, once you started swimming around soon warmed up.
 Looking out over the peaceful waters of Oneroa Bay ~ nothing like spending some time at the seaside

Also had to go to the dentist on Tuesday, to have a crown - and afterwards went to a little cafe for a coffee and with having an injection, my mouth was all numb on one side and made it so hard to sip the hot drink.
Felt like a small kid and was dribbling and was glad when the injection wore off. That is a little from my week and now I will go and spend some time pulling out a few weeds and make the most of the sunny day

Hope you are having a wonderful week
hugs
Carolyn