Monday, April 16, 2018

Sailing on the ocean blue

Nothing like spending a day out on the water and enjoying time with friends.

It was an opportunity of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming Autumn days.
Kawe is a wonderful vintage style wooden boat, made from teak and owned by some friends of ours.

It is like a comfortable lounge as you sail along and watch the world go by and the stern area converts into a double bed.

My favourite time was escaping to a quiet little bay, where we dropped anchor and away from the hustle and bustle of the world, we enjoyed a picnic lunch and glass of champagne.

With all good things that must come to an end, we headed back to shore and home again. 

Wishing you a happy week

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Few pretty things for the weekend

 Hydrangeas are such gorgeous flowers and always make me feel happy when they are around
Just a quick note to say hello and hope you are having a great week.
Almost the weekend, so just wanted to wish you a good one.
Love this little house  
 Great to catch up for a cup of coffee with DD and always nice to have a sweet treat. Love the heart.

Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice
stop caring about what others think 
Roy T. Bennett 

Happy weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Easter All

Here we are again, and it is Easter weekend.

 Aren't the  clouds so beautiful out the window today

"What do you see in the clouds Charlie Brown?
Well I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie, but I changed my mind"

Tomorrow we are taking a picnic lunch out on a boat with some  friends, which will be fun.
Have you got anything planned for the long weekend?
May yours be a joyful time

Sending hugs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

World Happiness Day

When I heard that today was 'World happiness day, could not let this special day pass without doing a little post to share.
We need to recognize the importance of simply being happy

The wallpaper mural I thought was gorgeous and imagine this in a bedroom ~ the flowers are so large and pretty

I agree with Audrey ~ 
it really is all that matters is to enjoy your life and be happy
Les Fleurs pour vous

Hope your week is going well and sending love and hugs

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Venice, Italy

Venice is one of those places in the world that is very special and unique.
It was a place on my want to visit list, and was happy to be able to visit there last year.
We travelled in the water taxi which ferried us to the Hotel Danieli  where we stayed. Some of the scenes of 'The Tourist ' movie were filmed here, with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
The Murano glass chandelier in the Hotel was really beautiful.

Every morning we would get up bright and early to explore as we had heard that places like St Marks Square got very crowded.

Over breakfast on the deck of the hotel, we would watch in amazement as most days, three large cruise ships sailed up the Giudecca Canal disgorging its thousands of passengers into the street.

We saw many signs around the City saying 'Tourists stay away from the World Heritage Site, the locals had enough of the hordes of people that were making living there unpleasant for them.
The Restaurants and shops though would be happy to see people dining, shopping and spending money.


The light was truly magical, especially at dawn and dusk and loved how the  bridges crossed over the canals to enable you to walk everywhere.  The gondoliers with their striped tee shorts of red or navy with a straw boaters  must have incredible balance to be able to stand and manoeuvre the boat along.
They used to be famed for serenading to their passengers, but only a few could be heard singing and some had music coming from a machine.

One of the most famous bridges in Venice is the 'Bridge of Sighs' built in 1600.

If you visit Doge's Palace like we did, you get to walk over this on the way to the prison cells. The bridge is enclosed and made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars and connects the new prison to the interrogation rooms. I found this very sad and that would have most likely been the last time  they would get to see Venice
Thank you for reading my blog and hope you liked seeing a few snapshots of this unique City.
Happy March and hope all is well with you.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Venice Simplon Orient Express

I am very fortunate to have a kind husband who last year, spoilt me with a wonderful trip away  to celebrate my birthday.
Looking back through my photos, have never got around to sharing them, so here goes, come aboard and I will show you around.
 We departed from Victoria Station in London and crisscrossed Europe, through Switzerland and ending up in the wonderful City of Venice.
A journey unlike any other  when you step aboard the train and instantly you feel like you have stepped back in time, to amazing elegance and was certainly a wonderful and romantic experience.
 Considered one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the Orient Express hearkens back to the Golden age of luxury travel in the 1920's.

I loved all the Art Deco touches, from the marquetry inlayed wood, plush sofa and chairs to the French Lalique glass in the dinning car.

In our room was a little sink, in an enclosed cabinet and you are provided with robe, slippers, towels and toiletries. 

The friendly and helpful staff were dressed in regal uniforms, and the food was outstanding and there is something special about train journeys, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery from your room.

Everyone dressed up in their finest clothes and was certainly a very memorable trip
After dinner the waiter kindly brought out a birthday cake, a very sweet handbag that we were able to share with another couple that were sitting at our table.
 So all to soon, our journey came to an end and we arrived in Venice. We can now look back with many happy memories of our trip, and meeting many new friends on our way.  One couple we talked to actually had a brother and sister who live on our Island, so it is a small world after all.
Breakfast was served in our room 

Do hope you are having a great weekend.
We have a long weekend here, with it been Waitangi day on Tuesday, many people take the Monday off and make it a four day holiday.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January days

Hello dear friends,

How is your January going so far?
The summer  days here have been really hot, so I have not been spending much time  sitting down at the computer.
I am trying hard to get back into the swing of blogging again and I look forward to coming over the say hello and see how you are.

I have a small favour to ask please and if you would be kind enough to take a look at what daughter has written below. 
Her Channel is :
She would be so grateful for your help. After making videos for 2 years the rules have changed much to the annoyance of her and many other people.
It seems to be only the ones with millions of followers that do well and the others who are trying to make a go of their Channels are not given any help.
Thank you for your help and we would be so very grateful

Kindness is the number one attribute in a human being
~  Roald Dahl

Happy weekend and hope you have a wonderful time