Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sculptures pop up


the Seagulls fly about in the breeze

Today was another beautiful sunny day so my lovely husband took me out to lunch in the village.
 
this one is made from old machinery parts





Over the summer holidays an outdoor Exhibition features works by local Waiheke Artists, amongst the shops and cafes. Here are a few that caught my eye and would like to share them with you.

 

 
the goblet was made from vine branches

The Island is a popular destination for holiday makers and tourists to come and enjoy the sunshine, beaches and the laid back atmosphere.



I want to thank you again for your kind visits and friendship.
Because the weather has been so pleasant here I have not spent much time sitting down at the computer. I do look forward to coming over to visit you soon.


This tandem bike with the picnic basket which you can rent, would be a fun way to get around and see the Island
Hope all is well and you are enjoying a wonderful week.
hugs
Carolyn


Friday, January 16, 2015

A day out on the water

Summer is in full swing here and it has been hot, hot, hot!

Recently we went out for the day with some friends in their boat. We sailed around to an idyllic, secluded beach with lovely white sand and turquoise blue waters.
Took a picnic lunch and got some  fresh, mouthwatering mussels off the rocks, that we cooked up over a little burner and ate them with crusty French bread. 

Swam in the sea, played with a frisbee and had such a great day out.
Summer is wonderful and the only drawback was for me, even though I had applied sunblock the sun was too hot and I came home looking a little like a lobster.
A day out in the sunshine, fresh sea air and some exercise is really great and found that night I slept so soundly.
We watched the owners of a 'Sealegs' launch into the sea - a New Zealand invention which allows the owner to drive along the road, then launch right into the sea.

A beautiful weekend to you
hugs
Carolyn




Friday, January 9, 2015

A few summertime photos

Hi dear friends,
Sunflowers make me happy, seeing their smiley bright faces

Just popping in  today and hope you are having a happy January.
I love this month because it means a fresh start to the year and a good time to clean up and get a lot of things done around the home.

Thank you for the kind wishes for a happy new year and I am sending the same back to you all.



Summer days are here, with clear blue skies and sunshine. These photos were taken on a walk around the Esplanade - the pohutakawa trees always make a gorgeous show - the red flowers when they drop to the ground, make like the red carpet,  of the  Oscars night.

We offer our sincere condolences to the French people in this dark time and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I look forward to coming to say hello soon.
Enjoy the weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015!


Looking back over the past year it seems to have gone by in a flash!
As we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in a brand new  bright and sparkly New Year.

 Today peeking out is my first sunflower, growing in the garden.

Let love, loyalty and laughter be the bottom line of your attitudes in 2015.
Add to that generosity and count your many blessings


Matiatia Bay, where the boats come and go

Voyage upon life's sea, to yourself be true and whatever your lot may be, paddle your own canoe
~ Sarah Bolton


 On my walk yesterday I saw this  pretty crimson Pohutakawa tree, looking out towards Palm Beach

Thank you for being a part of my 2014 and such wonderful friends.
I am very  much looking forward to exciting new adventures for 2015.
May your new year be filled with happiness, inspiration, learning, good health and prosperity ~ Best Wishes!
hugs
Carolyn


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas has come and gone



Hope your Christmas has been a fabulous time, filled with joy, laughter and holiday cheer.


We have had a wonderful time, with our children home for the holidays, feasted on so much delicious food {consequently some long walks taken} and watched some old movies together as a family. 
It is good to be able to relax and slow down a little after the busy and hectic past few weeks and enjoy the simple pleasures and happy times.
Also what makes it a special time, summer has arrived! We can now sing the song ... here comes the sun! So looking forward to spending time at the beach and swimming in the sea.

Sorry about the lack of visits to you, have not been anywhere near the computer and only today have been able to sit down at my desk. I look forward to coming over to say hello.
 
Hope the season is treating you well 
Happy holidays and sending a hug your way
Carolyn x


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas dear friends



I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas.
As it is such a busy time of the year and hope you find some time to relax and enjoy the holidays.

Warmest greetings of the Season and every good wish for the coming year.

Christmas is not a time nor a season but a state of mind.
To cherish, peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
~ Calvin Coolidge

So lucky that we have family home for Christmas and we will take time to remember our loved ones, who are not with us this year and we will miss them very much.

My heartfelt thanks to you all for coming to visit my blog and for all the encouraging notes you leave and for the smiles you have given me. 
I feel so lucky for all the wonderful blog friends I have met here, appreciate you all and everything you share and teach me.

hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Enjoy the little things



It has been really fun to come and visit your blogs and see how everyone is adding gorgeous Christmas touches to their homes.
Here, I have been a little slow and hope to get cracking next week so I will be able to share some of my home with you.


We have had our DD over for the night so have spent most of the weekend catching up with her and enjoying her company.
So glad we went for a walk yesterday as the weather is stormy and wet today. 


With all the rain though it has made the hydrangeas flourish

Last week I got the sweetest gift from a dear friend from the Netherlands - thank you dear Ria 

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your weekend.
Have a lovely Sunday and wishing you a great week ahead
hugs
Carolyn