Friday, June 23, 2017

First stop London

Our adventure began in London, arriving there at 5 am a little bleary-eyed and still feeling tired, we caught the Heathrow Express into the City. You don't know how good it was to be back on terra firma again!
The Shard was where we booked in to spend the first night and as the room was not ready we left our luggage with the Concierge and went to the Restaurant for some breakfast. This was the view we looked out on.

 From the staff recommendation they suggested we take a visit to the Borough Market which is down the road - you can see the top of the Shard in the background
 What a wonderful place to go and have a look around, the fruit, vegetables, sweets and produce looked so fresh and how lucky to be able to do your weekly shop here. 
Freshly baked bread, yum!
For those with a sweet tooth

Buying some fresh fruit there, we walked across the London Bridge and stopped in at a little pub for lunch at the Barrowboy and Banker.
 Now it is with sadness when we think what happened three weeks later at this place, when we heard on the news of the disaster, terror and tragedy that occurred there.
It brings tears to your eyes, all that is going on around the world.
Life and travel has changed so much

Our room was on the 43rd floor and having a room with this view was very special.

thank you for the welcome home notes, I really appreciate your kindness and friendship.
I am getting over jet lag and lack and lack of sleep. With the different time zone for the first week we were waking up at 3 or 4 am which can leave you tired for the next day.
Looking forward to coming over to say hello.

Have a happy weekend

Friday, June 16, 2017

So glad to be back home again

Hello dear friends,
Hope all is well with you all and I look forward to coming over to see how you are doing

Having got back from a very happy holiday and still feeling a little jet lagged, want to say thank you very much for the kind wishes you sent me.
We flew with Qatar Airlines, and had a good experience, but the 28 hour trip is a long, long time with a small stop over in Doha.
Here are a few photos taken inside the airport as we walked to catch our flight on to London
the dinosaur moved and made a noise
the teddy bear installation was huge

I took hundreds of photos on our trip so until I get the chance to sort through them and share a few with you,  will show you a few gorgeous flowers that were taken at the Biarritz Saturday morning market.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Celebrating a momentous birthday!

Hello and a happy week to you all.
The sun is shinning so I am happy and we have builders working on our home. They are knocking out two windows and part of the wall to put in the new bi-fold doors which will lead out from the kitchen onto the deck. Already I am loving how much more light and sunshine is streaming through.
I don't mind the sound of a hammer or circular saw, as it will be great to have the work done. 
Will leave you with a few photos taken recently.

 I adore Scottish terriers and DD kindly painted this little beauty for me and can't wait to get him hung up on the wall. Looks like a McTavish
the pretty bouquet of flowers my dear son gave me

There has been much going on here, I just celebrated my big birthday! the actual birth date is the 16th of May. We had a lovely party at Tantalus Estate, for family and friends a couple of weeks back. The theme was the 1920's so a lot of fun seeing everyone dressed up in their glamorous clothes. The flowers on the table were from the 'Flower Gallery' in my favourite colours and they were gorgeous. Roses, hydrangeas and freesias, to name a few.
The venue was lovely and if you can see the light fitting above - it was made from the prunings of the grape vines.
 A two piece Jazz band was playing fabulous ambient music in the background
Bluebells Cakery made the beautiful cake ~ too pretty to eat
Thank you my dear for putting on such a wonderful party!

I will be taking a break my DH is taking me away for a holiday, so getting very excited about that and lots to do before we go. One of the things we will be doing is taking the Orient Express to Venice.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and will be over to say hello soon.
Thanks for all the kind visits and notes you leave for me, so grateful for your friendship and all you share. 
Wishing you a happy week

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Out and about on Waiheke Island

Hello dear friends,

Hope that your Easter weekend and week, has gone well and here we are again and it is the weekend.
We had an enjoyable weekend catching up with family and friends and having a relaxing time and some lovely long walks.
I snapped a few photos and want to share with you.

Will start off with this elephant sculpture made from corrugated iron - I have always loved elephants, they are such magnificent big animals and known for their characteristics qualities of pride, power, dignity and reliability.

Next is Jemima Puddle Duck, who resides down at the Matiatia wharf and is always spotted honking and making a loud noise
If you enlarge this photo you can spot three wood pigeons perched high up on top of the Magnolia tree 

 This made me smile, someone had etched into the concrete on the pavement this little message : )

Lastly just want to say how much I appreciate all the kind friends that stop by and leave me a comment and here are some pretty pink tulips for you to say thank you.
Hope you have a great weekend

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter!

I am a little late, but as the old saying goes, better late than never.
Just had to pop in on this busy Easter weekend, to say hello and wish you a happy weekend.

Have been enjoying a wonderful time with my dear family and friends and this is the first time I have had to sit down at the computer.

Happy Easter everyone!, enjoy lots of Easter eggs ...  may you have peace and joy 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April showers

It's grey and raining here today so just wanted to pop in and share a little colour and brightness. I looked back through my photos to find some that will add a little colour and cheer.
We are experiencing the tail end of Cyclone Debbie that hit Australia, so we have had continual rain for the past few days. It is not very nice and there have been many bad slips around some of the coastal land and lots of flooding in parts. 
 Do hope that people can be safe from the storm

When April showers may come your way
They bring flowers that bloom in May
~Judy Garland, April showers

One good thing about the rain, it will be great for the flowers and plants growing in the garden.
Happy Wednesday everyone and I hope the start of April and your week is going well.
Enjoy your weekend

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March Days

Have not found the time to spend on my  blog as life seems to be busy here and a lot going on.
We have builders working on our home, putting in a new retaining wall so as I write, can hear saws buzzing, rocks sliding down a shute to back fill and with the radio playing loudly and chitchat between the builders, it is all go. My job is making cups of coffee and tea to make their job a little easier and keep them hydrated in the heat.
Come the afternoon, when they finish for the day, all goes back to peace and quiet.

We are having the most glorious weather, clear blue skies but you can feel the days are shorter and getting up in the morning now, the sky is dark.  Daylight saving starts here on Sunday so that is a signal that Autumn and winter will not be far away, so will make the most of the lovely weather

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I look forward to coming over to say hello and see what you are up to.
I hope you have a wonderful week