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
hugs
Carolyn



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
hugs
Carolyn

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 
 Hugs
Carolyn

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
hugs
Carolyn

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
hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Out and about on Waiheke

Hi Dear friends,

Hope you have had a lovely week and now it is the weekend again!
Today just a few random things I snapped photos of around our little Island

The first is this lovely sculpture of the sweet fantail ( the Maori name is Piwakawaka)
We can often see these beautiful little birds flitting around in the bush near our deck - I love watching them as they always seems so happy.

Next is an ambitious wooden architectural sculpture, that was built with the help of a group of Unitec students.
Named the ' Gateway,' this 16 metre long structure resembles a meeting house. The skeletal show stopper is built from more than 250 planks of wood. I like how the view of Rangitoto Island is framed as you look out. With the shimmering sea and the beautiful light it looked amazing and life seemed so very tranquil


Summer in New Zealand seems to come later and later each year and when it does we have had a few sweltering days.


Last Tuesday though we had a whole months rainfall in one day which proved to be a problem for many people, with flooding, and landslips.

Do hope you have a lovely weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day

 I hope you are having a lovely week dear friends.


Les Fleurs, pour vous



Today and any other day, we can be grateful  for being a woman and I just want to say how very grateful I am, for having the best blog friends.
There are a few things we need to remember:
Feel free and be yourself
Taking time out for your self is not a luxury but a necessity ~ take 5 minutes to breath deeply and clear your mind.
Pamper yourself and take a relaxing warm bath.





 After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world
~ Christian Dior
 Do hope you have a happy day

hugs
Carolyn