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

Friday, August 15, 2014

The sweeter things

After we had dined at a lovely little Italian Restaurant for lunch on Saturday afternoon, daughter and our friends said this was a must place to go and visit while we were in Melbourne.

So off we went,... peering through the front window attracted my attention with the most amazing cakes and I felt like a small child in a candy store.

Into Brunetti, we walked which is one of the most iconic places to indulge in delicious Italian style coffee,  decadent cake from the Pasticceria,  delicious gelato or a tempting savoury from the Paninoteca.

To be honest though, lately we have made a decision to forgo eating sugar, after reading the book, Pure White and Deadly by John Yudkin.  A treat for me is a small piece of dark chocolate occasionally when I am feeling like something to eat after dinner. 
But every so often it is nice to just have one day off a week when it does not matter - so today was the day.

The macarons and fancy cakes all looked almost too pretty to eat and deciding which ones we would taste was a dilemma.

I opted for a lemon gelato, the intense creamy flavour was really delicious

This is the perfect place to visit especially if you have a sweet tooth.

I wish you a happy weekend

Monday, August 11, 2014

A fun weekend in Melbourne

Flinders Street Railway Station

We've just returned from a wonderful little trip away, to catch up with our dear daughter.

In a short time we packed in a lot, seeing the sights, shopping, catching up with friends for lunch at an Italian restaurant and walking for miles. The little French cafe where we had le petit dejeuner on Sunday morning was hidden down one of the laneways - helped having our daughter show us some of the hidden gems in the City.
I love the old Terrace houses with their fancy ornate ironwork

The beautiful gardens, parks and elegant Victorian era buildings in leafy streets make this City, a desirable place to visit.  

The first morning we boarded the historic tram which rattled and grinded along the tracks - this is a great way to see around the City and the overall charm and atmosphere made it feel like we were back in the olden days.

Why you would shop at the supermarket?... when you see the wonderful fresh produce at this shopping mecca. Queen Victoria Markets has been the heart and soul of the City for more than a century. 
The produce markets, overflowed with the seasons bounty of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables.

 This Frenchman was a great salesperson - le fromage was so good and after having  a little taste test, we had to  buy the perfectly ripe brie, a blue and a gouda cheese, and  take back to the apartment. I wished we could of stayed another day as the time went oh so quickly.

Wishing you a happy new week

Monday, August 4, 2014

Decorating with wallpaper

Do you like to decorate with white,  or colour?

Our entrance/hallway and stairwell is in need of a makeover and lately we have been looking at wallpapers that we may be able to use to give it a new look.

Love these beautiful florally patterns with the pretty sprays of flowers  -  would make me happy but would be more suitable for a bedroom though and may be a little much for my DH

This Scandinavian design called Mr and Mrs Collins I thought was old world elegant - would look great for our daughters bedroom which is next in the queue for a new look.

Roziere's hot air balloon, I thought was  magnificent - love the soft delicate colours. 
After the Mongolfier brothers first flight {1783}, flown from the Jardin des Tullieries in Paris, balloon mania swept through the decorative arts. The balloon always speaks to me of freedom, sailing through the sky.

We will most likely go with this, an Anaglypta dado panel, in the Gothic design and then paint it white or cream.  As we are not able to buy this in New Zealand we will have to import from England.
the Gothic design we like - has quite an art deco appearance
Now I will show you a beautiful gift that I got in the mail  last week - was so excited to get this gorgeous cushion cover and sweet card, many thanks. Claudia is so creative and does the most beautiful sewing and special work. 
Go over and say hello and meet Claudia

I am grateful and blessed to know of her wonderful friendship. 
Although we have never met we have enjoyed corresponding for over twenty years.

I am also very grateful for all the virtual friends from across the world - isn't blogging wonderful!
Always love to see you here, thank you and appreciate all my wonderful friends.
Wishing you a happy week

Friday, August 1, 2014

Floral Friday ~ Flower Arrangements

From  pretty bluebells, or the elegant and exotic orchid, to a simple vase of pink tulips, all flowers are beautiful and can make a wonderful arrangement.

Flowers can bring a room to life and give it a romantic touch from the fresh white to the subtle pinks, blues and lavender...I do love all the soft hues.
Some flowers murmur in tones scarcely audible, but exquisitely soft and sweet..."I am little but I am beloved"
~George Sand

Flowers have a language of their own and sometimes they do not need to be displayed in a big showy arrangement. Often I think a single rose in a vase can make a lovely statement.
 Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them
~ Chinese proverb

Wishing you a great weekend, with lots of sunshine

Monday, July 28, 2014

Little touches of Aqua

Soft pretty colours, I adore, from the colour of that little Tiffany blue box to the aqua blue ocean.

Today I bring you a few images to brighten up a grey and overcast day here. 
The sea at Bora Bora really was like this ....the most amazing colour and looked unreal

I an still sporting my Fitbit - just bought a new strap to replace the old one and chose this pretty colour.
Have shared before about buying this and have been wearing it now for over 6 months and I am really enjoying it - During the day it tracks steps, distance and calories burned, and at night it tracks your sleep quality.

 You can sync the tracker to your computer and find out how you are progressing.
The other day I got the 2,000 kilometers Award - this is the distance from approximately Madrid to Berlin, it informed me.   
So the daily walks I do, and the encouragement from family and friends who also have one, all helps.
It's the motivation I need to get out and be more active and push myself a little more.
Savour the moments that make you the happiest
I hope your week is off to a fabulous start.