Monday, August 17, 2015

Spring bulbs on a rainy day


Now that the winter solstice has passed us by and the days are ever so slowly getting longer.
Today is one of those rainy days but the sight of a few bright daffodils in the carpark and snow drops growing in a pot at home, makes you feel that Spring will be on its way.



Thank you for stopping by my blog and lately I haven't found much time to spend at the computer.
Our bags are packed and tomorrow we are off on holiday to escape the winter and hopefully see some sunshine.
We are staying two nights in HongKong and then flying to London and then on to France. There is always so much to do with preparing for a getaway, so had better get back to it.
Hopefully will have some time sitting at the airport lounge to get the chance to come and say hello.
 
Have a lovely week and hope all is well with you
hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Working on the Interior



When it comes to change around our house, things seem to move at a snails pace.
One thing that I am very excited about that is happening though, is our front entrance, hallway and stairwell has had a lovely new coat of white paint.
Before, was a dark red paint with a gritty sand-paper finish which was popular in the 1990's and below the dado rail was a dark red fleur de lis wallpaper, which looked good at the time but was in need of a major change.
With the white it is bright and uplifting and seems to make the hallway feel much larger

We have been looking at wallpaper and I love this paper and
 have sent away for a sample of and will see if it works for below the dado rail.
Photographs will hopefully come soon.
As for the kitchen we are still waiting for the Kitchen Place to come back with a quote so we can make a start on things there.

Thanks for the kind notes you left me when I hurt my back. Thankfully it is feeling much better now and I am able to drive the car again. It was too painful even doing small things like that.
They say things go in threes,  I managed to pick up a cold with runny nose and eyes, and did not help with the strong smell of paint throughout the house. After the day the oil based sealer had gone on, that night in bed we had to fling open all the windows in our bedroom even though it was cold outside, the strong smell was too overpowering. 
Yesterday I went to visit the dentist to have a crown replaced, the old one had a crack which was causing pain.
So I feel my little blog has been neglected and have been missing sitting down to visit you all which I hope to do soon.
 Hope you are enjoying the week
hugs
Carolyn

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A little bit of France

Bon jour dear friends,

Every year on the 14 Juillet, Bastille Day, it has me thinking of the wonderful vacation spent there  and the happy memories come flooding back when I look at my photographs.
So here are just a few to share and why I love this place.
Relaxing at the seaside

Pretty facades and Architecture



Exquisite delights


I hope you have all been well.
Having injured my back on Wednesday ( being silly and carrying something heavy) I am now taking things gingerly.
It hurts sitting, lying down in bed at night and rolling over wakes me up. I find standing doing the ironing, gentle walks help, and after a hot bath this morning, I am feeling a little better.
Look forward to coming over to see you soon.

A beautiful weekend to you all
hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Dior plaque



I have walked past these plaques on a building in Auckland many times and have always wondered what Dior was doing here in our City, so far away from Paris.
So I did a little research and found that the Kingston building was the heart of ~ El Jay fashion house established by Gus Fisher.
Mr Fisher, who passed away in 2010, would travel to Paris and bring back the latest designs and fabrics creating elegant Pret A Porter garments.
He was proud to hold a license deal with Christian Dior manufacturing and selling Dior originals in New Zealand.


Christian Dior was quoted saying, "We were emerging from the period of war, of uniforms of women-soldiers built like boxers.
I drew women - flowers, soft shoulders, fine waists like liana and wide skirts like corolla


Happiness is the secret to all beauty. 
There is no beauty without happiness
~ Christian Dior




Hope that you are having a lovely week - almost time, to wish you a happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn












Saturday, June 20, 2015

High tea and a little of whats going on

Dear friends,

There is a lot going on around here and that is why I have not been around much on my blog.

We are planning to remodel our kitchen and there are lots of decisions to make, such as removing two windows to put in French doors that will lead out onto the deck.
We are talking to our friend who is an Architect and getting some helpful assistance from him.

I did have a lovely day out with my DD,  a little treat for our May birthdays - one could get very used to high tea and we both enjoyed spending the afternoon playing Ladies, sipping champagne and enjoying savouries and sweet treats.
The Master tea Sommelier helped us to select the perfect blend of tea from the exquisite selection of teas, all served on the finest Wedgewood China. The whole occasion was lovely and was hard to pick which delectable one to eat first.


There is something in the nature of tea, that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life
~Lin Yutang, The Importance of living

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend and taking some time out.
We have a wintery and rainy one here and it is a good time to be cozy indoors.
It is always a pleasure when you stop by and thanks for taking the time to comment - I hope to sit down and visit you soon and see how you are doing.

hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Happy little moments



I was so happy when I walked outside today and saw one lonely little sweet pink rose blooming.
Thought the rose bush had gone to sleep for the winter but was a pleasant surprise to be able to pick it and now admire it, in a vase on my kitchen windowsill. The fragrance is lovely too

This delicious dessert was what I devoured at Masu ( a Japanese Restaurant - one of my favourites ) where we went to celebrate yet another birthday - this time it was my husbands ... Happy birthday my darling.
The pavlova, with sweet miso, tamarillo and guava chilli sorbet was very yummy and have had my dose of sugar for a long time.

The sun has been shinning the past few days here so I have been making the most of my time outdoors, cleaning up in the garden.
Do more of what makes you happy

Hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying the week

hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Another birthday

Happy Saturday everyone

This weekend we celebrated another birthday ~ this time it was my dear Daughters special day. I had to take a photo of the pretty bouquet of flowers we bought her.
To celebrate we went out for a family lunch at a Japanese Restaurant, Industry Zen where we had a private table, with delicious food and had a lovely time.

We had this dessert, marshmallow and ice-cream balls and fruit salad which was very yummy. I try not to eat anything with sugar, but it was nice to make an exception for a special occasion.


I am knitting this navy blue jersey with cables and bobbles, for a present for our daughter  - it is taking longer than I thought and have finished the front and back and now working on the sleeves.

Happy to have a long weekend here - Queens birthday is celebrated on Monday here
Hope you are enjoying your weekend
hugs
Carolyn