Monday, April 26, 2010

Telling the time

Country Home & Interiors.
It is three o'clock and I am wondering where the day has gone!
Do you ever have days like this?
I have always had a fascination with sundials.
As a small girl, I used to go across to the Domain and we would love to go and tell the time from the sundial that was in the middle of the park and gardens. This used to be a favourite place to go to.
Stonehenge ~ amazing that this was used as a calender and for telling the time, all those years ago.

I was reading in a book the other day how the makers of sundial inscriptions in days gone by tended to include rather serious thoughts such as The shadow passes, the light remains.

Another favourite sundial motto,
Let others tell of storms and showers, I'll only count the sunny hours.

I had a lovely weekend, albeit went a little too quickly.
Yesterday our daughter had some friends over for lunch and so my husband and I went out to a lovely vineyard Restaurant. I will share some photos as it was a beautiful place and we were able to walk home afterwards.
I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend and now I want to wish you a great week.



  1. Hi Carolyn!

    Oh, yes, I have days like that!

    It sounds like you and your hubby had a wonderful day. I can't wait to see your pictures! At this time of the year Richard and I pack a picnic and go visit the local vineyards. It's one of my favorite things to do, a little get away from the hustle and bustle.


  2. You should know that your name is acknowledged in my book, on the acknowledgments page.

  3. Hi Marsha,

    Yes, it was a lovely afternoon out in the sun but ended up eating too much, so it was good to walk home.
    That is always lovely too, taking a picnic lunch and getting away from it all
    Thanks for your visit.

    Hi Charity,

    How kind, that was sweet of you.
    I will get a copy of your book, thank you.


  4. Oh Carolyn I have a confession to make. As much as I love them I actually don't know how to read a sundial & am too chicken to ask MOTH, he'd give me heaps! Glad to hear your weekend was so delightful.
    Millie ^_^

  5. So pleased you had such a fab weekend - hope the week ahead is great too!


  6. Good Morning Carolyn~

    I can't wait to see your pictures of your lovely day. It's almost noon here and I don't know where my morning has gone so I know how you feel when days just slip right past you.

    Wishing you a lovely week,

  7. Dear Carolyn,
    Some days just fly!!!

    As I was viewing your blog, my granddaughter saw your teddy bears and said, "Ooh pretty teddies!!!! She's a fan. You do have some wonderful teddy bears!!!

    Have a great week.
    God bless,

  8. I have too many days like that. Unfortunately, I'm not dressed nearly as nice as her, and I'm definitely not in my dream formal garden.

    Sundials are romantic. I never read the inscriptions, but I shall make a note of doing so.

    Have a fantastic week!

  9. Each and every day it would seem!!!

    Love sundials!

    Wishing you a lovely day,

  10. It sound like you had a beautiful weekend. I love the images you posted-those amazing stones- so gorgeous.

  11. Many thanks Millie, for your visit.
    To tell the time on a sundial, is by the movement of the shadow that a pointer casts upon the dial, which marks the hours of the day.

    Many thanks Lola and Nora, and I hope that you are having a great week.

    Hi Lulu,

    Glad I am not the only one that wonders where my day has gone!

    Many thanks Deanna, and glad that your sweet Granddaughter is a fan of my Teddy bears. Blessings to you.

    Thank you Bella, I am not dressed like that and would love to have a garden like this.

    Many thanks Doreen and I hope that you are having a lovely day.


  12. time does just fly...especially the weekends, does that sundail say why?

  13. Hello sweetie!
    I definitely have days like that...and wonder,
    where does the time go? It's so special to look at a sundial, my father has one in his yard. Ahhh.

    I have been such a bad blogger lately, forgive me for not stopping by sooner!
    Have a beautiful day, love!

  14. What a lovely post Carolyn! Stonehenge looks like such a cool place to be able to go and see!!!

    Oh, and I have MANY days where I look up and see that it's time to make dinner and I can hardly even believe the day is almost over!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  15. Thank you for your visit Lorraine, and yes, isn't Stonehenge an amazing structure with all those huge stones.

    Hi Stefanie,

    Yes, I wish that the weekends, would not go so fast.

    Thank you Christina, and good to have a visit from you.
    Life is busy and understand how hard it can be to get around and visit all one's friends and their blogs.

    Thanks for your visit Tracey.
    I have so enjoyed seeing your photos of France and makes me want to go there again.
    Happy week


  16. Cool post!! I love history! I am glad you had a great weekend!! Hope your week is just as good!
    Hugs, Lisa

  17. Many thanks Lisa and I hope that your week is going well.


  18. oh what a wonderful post!!! I love the days where you are so into something and someone that time just flies by....Lovely collection Carolyn and I am sure your photos will be wonderful!!! can't wait to see them!!!


  19. I've been going crazy looking for the perfectly weathered sundial for my pea gravel dining area. I love your blog!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and entering my contest :)

  20. I can relate to that feeling all too well, Carolyn!

    I love that sundial motto, good philosophy all around. :-)

    Have a wonderful week!

  21. Sometimes it is just crazy how fast the days go by.
    I love the the quotes in this post so much.
    I hope that you and your husband had a wonderful lunch date!

  22. thank you Diana, for your visit and always lovely to hear from you.

    Many thanks Anne, the motto is good philosophy. Hope that your week is going well.

    thank you Berlin Deluxxe, for visiting my blog and it was lovely to discover your beautiful blog.

    Thank you June, yes, we did have a lovely lunch at an outdoor table, so it was a really nice afternoon.


  23. I absolutely love the armillary sundial in that gorgeous manicured garden.


  24. I thought it was wonderful too.
    Many thanks Jermaine, for your visit.


  25. I wondering every day how fast the hours are running...

    Love that first's very "wonderlandish" :-)

    Cheers: Evi

  26. Lovely post, darling!
    Lunch at the vineyard sounds wonderful!


  27. I loved this post - pretty pretty photos - so glad I peeked in - please stop and visit me some time! Jennifer jennsthreegraces

  28. Hi Carolyn,
    I was just about to visit you when your post came through on this end. So nice to see you as always and I love this post. Yes, I think the same thing many days. Suddenly it is 3pm and where did the day go? LOL!
    Love your pics here and always been fasinated with sundials. Not sure exactly how to read them, but love the look and style.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. How is your weather now? Are you going into winter? We are having a pretty Spring and temps getting warmer.

    Enjoy your week and thanks again for stopping by and your kind comments.

    Big Texas Hugs, Celestina MarieXO

  29. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!
    Looking forward to the pictures.

  30. Such great quotes, and I feel as if weekends always go speeding by! haha

  31. Stonehenge has always fascinated me, how they came to create it and the uses they had for it. I was never quite sure how sundials worked but they are always a beautiful addition to a garden. The quotes you found were beautiful too. I hope you are having a terrific week Carolyn, full of sunshine!

  32. How beautiful and lovely is everything that you share

  33. Thanks for your visit Miss Eve, yes, it does have an Alice in Wonderland look.

    Hi Carrie,

    It was wonderful having lunch outside in the vineyard and such a nice way to spend the afternoon.

    Many thanks Jennifer for visiting me and I look forward coming to say hello to you.

    Hi Celestina Marie,

    Many thanks for visiting, today as it is always lovely to hear from you and your sweet message you leave.
    We are still having a drought over here, had a small shower of rain in the night. Hopefully this will be the last load of water we need to buy until next Summer.
    The weather is still warm and I am still wearing shorts, around the house.

    Thanks Rosemary for visiting me today, and will share the pictures soon.

    Hi Audrey,

    I think everyone feels the same, the weekends go too quickly!

    Many thanks Sares, and I loved seeing your new shop and wish you all the very best for it.

    Thank you Jeanne and lovely to have a visit from you.



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