Monday, March 30, 2015

The Cricket Match

 Looking back at the history of the game of cricket which has its origins in England, spanning from the 16th Century.
 To this day it is played professionally in most of the Commonwealth Nations and it is such a fun and exciting game to watch.
First grand Cricket Match played on Hampton Court Green


Striped Cricket and boating blazers,  have always been a bit of an obsession for me and evokes a timeless and vintage look








On Sunday was the final game of the Cricket World Cup... our Black Caps took to the field playing against the Australian team, and we watched from the sofa.
We were proud to see the boys had made it this far and had our fingers crossed.
The Australian team were too good and stepped up and delivered.
Congratulations and well done Australia.

Wishing you a happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cricket Fever



Autumn is fast approaching and it is almost dark now in the morning, when the alarm clock goes off.
Coats and sweaters and the extra bedding will have to come out, as the season is soon upon us.

Blogging has taken a back seat lately as I have been making the most of the fine days we have had here. Staining outdoor steps and the wooden deck rails, doing some gardening and I hope to get over to see you all soon.

Cricket fever has the Nation in its grip - the excitement has just gone up a notch for us, as on Sunday is the final game for the Cricket World Cup - the Australian team verses the New Zealand  Black Caps ... It will be a nail biting time ~ may the best team win.

A beautiful weekend to you
hugs
Carolyn

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy weekend

Hello dear friends,

A few things that have interested me this past week and I would like to share with you.

On Tuesday night the Auckland Sky tower looked spectacular,  lit up brightly for Saint Patrick's day - DD took the photo, which is just down the road from where her apartment is.

Over lunch last Friday we were lucky to see in the distance, the Volvo boats out practising on the water {you may need to enlarge the photo to see them}

We went for a walk around the Viaduct and the North Wharf last weekend to take a look at the six boats lined up

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race started on Wednesday, leaving Auckland for Brazil. The race was meant to start last weekend but due to cyclone Pam, it had to be delayed.
This is the worlds toughest ocean race and an exceptional test of prowess and human endeavour, sailing in some of the most difficult and inhospitable seas.


On display is a model of the 'SCA boat' which is made up of over 100,000 pieces of Lego. 
The all women team look great wearing outfits of magenta.


Their motto ...
Amazing Women can do anything and be anything they want.

 Wishing you a happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn


 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Out and about



I'd like to share a couple of photos from the past few weeks and just getting around to sharing them here on my blog.
First of all, I love the shade of the pretty blue hydrangeas I bought at the market the other day

I said hello to this sweet chicken who was also out walking early in the morning

ANZ Bank customers were in for a treat with the rhinestone encrusted ATM machines which were there to celebrate Auckland's Pride Festival, a few weeks back

Happy Saint Patrick's day and have a great week

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain,
tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you
and all your heart might desire
~ Irish blessing

hugs
Carolyn


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mollies


The other night we had the opportunity to stay at the beautiful Mollies Boutique Hotel.
We were over in the City attending a Soiree and as the 197 Hotels were all fully booked out for the night was a good time to go and spend the night staying here.

Over the past few weeks, many people have gravitated to Auckland City, ... the World Cup Cricket games, Volvo Round the World Ocean race and Chinese New Year to name a few events.

Mollies is a place I have always wanted to visit and we found it to be a perfect retreat for a getaway. I loved the pretty gardens, topiary trees and how the grand old place had been lovingly restored


Our Suite was beautifully appointed over two floors and was very comfortable. A  little deck where you were able to sit out and relax at the outdoor table and chairs and admire the lovely view, looking over towards the Auckland Harbour bridge and at night see the twinkling lights all around.

Blending Victorian charm with beautiful antique and bespoke furnishings made this a romantic place.

There are some places you visit and enjoy them so much and you leave wishing to return again someday.


Do hope you have a wonderful week
hugs
Carolyn

Monday, March 2, 2015

February Favourites


I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite things and what I love about this time of the year.
Can't get enough of the cherries, this season the juicy, ripe dark fruit are really the best I have tasted
Rushed to get my camera the other day, when I saw  this beautiful old sailing ship sail by the window
With the heat and mosquitoes around it is all a little much and I am actually looking forward to cooler weather and did not think I would ever say that.
The cotton mosquito net has been good - at night the windows can be open wide and the breeze blows through and you can hear the little mosquitoes making a racket, but they can not get in.

It is the high season for the cruise ships and on Friday there were three in port. The Queen Elizabeth, is impressive looking up at the majestic huge boat. Downtown Auckland was really bustling  with all the tourists getting about, to see a little of the City.
Now to share a few pretty roses and gypsophila I bought from the market
Enjoy the little things in life
How can it be that we are now in the month of March!
Have a wonderful week dear friends
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shades of pink

Hello dear friends

Days have been busy here and I have been making the most of the sunny days, gardening and staining some outdoor steps and fence.


My rose continues to bloom and just want to share a little of this beauty with you. I adore the pretty pastel pink, the scent and the shape of the rose
We still have not had rain to speak of, had a small drizzly shower one day and would be happy to get some much needed rainfall.

The beautiful card was created by Dorthe,  isn't it lovely and sweet and many thanks for your kindness
The rose looks pretty when it is dried - against the backdrop of my calender, with pictures from around France - the little window with shutters is charming

Hope you are having a happy week.
Enjoy life, stay warm if you still have winter there and for those of us having a long hot summer, stay cool.
I look forward to coming over to say hello soon.

hugs
Carolyn