Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Paring things down



Hi dear friends,

Hope your week is off to a great start

Lately I have been wanting to declutter and organize the home and my life a little better.
As I am a hoarder and I like to keep things just in case and because I love an old box that perfume or soap has come in, you know the type.
Have been reading the book... 'The life changing magic of tidying up'
So hopefully soon will be able to take some clothes and stuff to the Red Cross and have a pile to go out to the rubbish.
Reading the book, and what it is telling me I should have less stuff.
Will let you know how I get on.

 Marie, quotes from the book, 

Being surrounded by things that spark joy and makes you happy

Your real life begins after putting your house in order


Thanks for visiting me and the kind words you leave and your friendship.
 I am off to the dentist on Thursday, to get the permanent crown so will be great when the trips to the dentist are all over with for a while. Off out now to the garden, while the sun is shinning and make the most of the day.
Wishing you a great rest of the week.
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sending you my love



Hope your day is beautiful - just a short note today with a few photos.
Sometimes it doesn't take much to inspire me, when we see so much beauty around us
from the little lavender heart I have displayed in the hallway

to the big heart in the window of the local floral shop

 my petite Cecil Brunner rosebuds that are making a sweet show on the rosebush and had to bring a few inside to put in a vase.

Be kind to yourself and to others.

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the journey with us.
Be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
~ Henri Frederic Amie


Hope you have a wonderful week and happy Valentine's day, my friends.
Sending you kisses, hugs and all the love in this world
Carolyn

Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's the weekend!

Pretty pink blooms for the weekend


Blue skies, sparkly sea and hot summer days are here, brings everyone over to the little Island. 
 
Oneroa Bay is a popular spot for boaties to enjoy

What we have found that after Conde Nast Traveller, placed Waiheke the fourth best Island in the world it has become a popular holiday destination. The ferries have become so busy and what is normally a peaceful little place has changed remarkably. 
Little Oneroa beach

We are going out to a long French themed lunch with a group of friends and everyone is doing a course each so should be fun.

It is the weekend, hope you have a lovely weekend 
hugs
Carolyn

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Out and about in the village

 First of all, thank you for all the kind Anniversary wishes, I feel so very lucky to have such lovely friends who dropped me a note, in your busy lives.

I had to run some errands yesterday so took my camera with me to take some photos of a few things to show you. 
Over summer the village becomes an art exhibition when local sculptors showcase their artwork in the public spaces. It is always fun to see what they do.
The lovely lady was made of the branches pruned from the grapevines,  from one of the local vineyards.
Selfie taking penguin family - cute

Time for a cuppa at the Mad Hatters Tea Party - this is on the roof of the local Four Square Supermarket

The summer weather has finally arrived and I had my first swim for the season in the sea. Even though the water was a little cold getting in, once you started swimming around soon warmed up.
 Looking out over the peaceful waters of Oneroa Bay ~ nothing like spending some time at the seaside

Also had to go to the dentist on Tuesday, to have a crown - and afterwards went to a little cafe for a coffee and with having an injection, my mouth was all numb on one side and made it so hard to sip the hot drink.
Felt like a small kid and was dribbling and was glad when the injection wore off. That is a little from my week and now I will go and spend some time pulling out a few weeds and make the most of the sunny day

Hope you are having a wonderful week
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Celebrating our Anniversary


My roses are blooming again

We had the loveliest dinner out on the 25th, to celebrate 31 great years of being married to my wonderful husband.
Kazyua Restaurant, was the place we booked, as have always wanted to dine here after hearing lots of great reviews.

We chose the Chef's Degustation menu which had 12 amazing courses. The philosophy for this place - Our mission is very simple, 'Make our guests smile'... and that they did! here are a few of the meals


This Restaurant was voted Number 1 in Auckland and I can see why - the presentation of the absolutely delectable food, the wine, service and atmosphere, was amazing.


This was a salad which had 30 vegetables and had wonderful fresh flavours, textures and a real feast for the eyes and taste.
I read a review and the writer said, "that if there's a Michelin guide in New Zealand, this place should definitely be in it", I agree with this. 


At the end of the night they surprised us with a special Anniversary dessert of petite choux buns and kindly took a photo, with an Instax camera, something to take home and remind us of our fun night out.


Do hope you are enjoying your weekend. We are happy to have a long weekend, Auckland Anniversary day is on Monday and the weather is simply beautiful. Must now get out and enjoy the day
hugs
Carolyn

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Year, new start


Hope your year is off to a great start dear friends.
I love the start of a new year and the thrill of having a blank page and writing down thoughts and dreams in a journal or like painting a picture on a fresh blank canvas.
We can look to the next twelve months with excitement and dream of what we want to do and achieve.
After taking down Christmas and storing it away until next year, it always feels good to have the house clean and tidy.


We were out driving when we had to stop and take  some pictures of these sunflowers, that I would like to share with you. Such bright and cheery flowers and make me smile

Out on a walk the Tui was drinking nectar from the flax flowers

Lastly the Pohutakawa tree blooming a few weeks back, with bright crimson flowers. 


These trees are often found around the coast and the flowers appear in late December. This tree is often referred to as the New Zealand Christmas tree.


' Let new adventures begin',  
the message read on the wooden seat, overlooking Hekerua Bay on our walk the other day. Waiheke Island has some beautiful walks with spectacular views and we are so lucky to be able to ramble around and take in all the beauty of nature.
Wishing you a wonderful week
hugs
Carolyn


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017



As we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017, I wish you all a happy and wonderful New Year and many thanks for coming to my little corner of the world and visiting my blog.
Very grateful to my friends, for the kindness, support and love you have shown me this year.
Your letters always make me smile.


Here are a few photos taken from a family walk along Onetangi beach this morning - the weather and sea was lovely


Tomorrow will be a  brand New Year and a wonderful gift indeed.
May 2017 bring good health, happiness and prosperity to you all.
                  Happy New Year!


hugs
Carolyn