Monday, November 22, 2010

Pink Peonies

Hello Everybody,

How was your weekend?... mine was lovely, but too short.
I treated myself with these lovely peonies when I went grocery shopping at the supermarket.
If only I could grow these beautiful flowers, they always remind me of a beautiful silk gown.
I was playing around with my new camera and still have so much to learn about it.
Having fun though with it and one day hope my photographs will be better.

An explosion at the Pike River coal mine, on the West Coast of the South Island, has trapped 29 miners. We are anxiously awaiting further news and our thoughts, hopes and prayers are with the miners, their family and friends and the rescue team.

Update~ sadly there has been a second massive explosion down the mine. Police have said the explosion was so powerful and ends all hope for the miners.
So a very sad and dark day for New Zealand. Prayers and comfort go out to all the people that have friends and family that were down the mine.

Yvonne at
is having a generous giveaway ~ she is kindly giving a wonderful Advent Calender to some very, very lucky person.
24 bags with 24 clothespins, and she is going to fill the first 3 bags, with small surprises.
Why don't you go and visit her and her beautiful blog, and she always has such lovely photographs.

I appreciate everyone who takes the time out of their busy day, to leave me such encouraging comments. It was lovely to read all the notes you left, about my Dads apple tree, thank you very much.

Have a happy week


  1. Oh, Carolyn, what a beautiful post. The photographs are just lovely!!

    I read about the miners this morning. How terrible. Just a dangerous profession. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.


  2. Peonies are my favorite flowers ~ so beautiful alone or in a bunch. They are lovely in your basket.

    How very scary for the families ~ keeping them in my prayers.

    Have a wonderful week ahead ~

  3. Thanks for the link for the beautiful giveaway! Enjoy the new week! ♥

  4. Carolyn Your photos are gorgeous> I would say you have really got the hang of your new camera! Your peonies brightened me right up tonight.
    I have been praying for the miners. What a tragedy.
    I hope all is wonderful with you dear friend.
    hugs to you...

  5. I had a nice weekend too but they're always too short, like you said. Haha. Beautiful peonies! Love the pale pink.

  6. Blessings Carolyn!
    Lovely pics!
    You keep up the good work and you'll produce even more wonderful pics.

    I have not heard of these miners. God help them and release them. How awful for all of them and their families.

    May you have a sweet week. Will be thinking about you during Thanksgiving Day that I have sweet blogging friends like you in New Zealand.

    It is so neat to be able to see what you are doing in your life across the pond!

  7. Oh Carolyn, You have captured these Peonies perfectly - they are a lovely rose and one of my favourites, it's such a shame they haven't a perfume. I have some beautiful garden roses at the moment in a vase and they are fragrant!
    Our prayers are going out to the miners and their families. x
    Have a happy week

  8. Ha ha ha, my weekend was to short too :-) Such a pretty basket, filled with beautiful items dear Carolyn!

    Happy Monday my dear friend, cheers: Evi

    Ps: The glasses hasn't arrived yet...I'm very excited to receive them :-)

  9. Lovely peonies! It's my favorite flowers :)Have a wonderful day ♥

  10. Oh another disaster happening so soon after the earthquake - hard to believe. Those poor families must be totally stressed, we are praying very hard for them all.....

    Ah yes peonies - why is it that we always desire what is elusive to us?!
    I've been captivated by the peonie since seeing my first one and as you so beautifully put it - they are like a beautiful silk gown.
    How amazing that you found them in your supermarche!!
    Shane x
    ps I always love your photos!!

  11. Hi Carolyn..happy week darling...lovely pionies!!! lovely Ria.....

  12. Dear Carolyn

    I love peonies,too-and this white ones are so lovely.
    We heard about the miners in Denmark,too--it is terribly-I so hope they can find them alive.

    I wish you a beautifull monday dear.

  13. We do love peonies - but can't get them here in Andalucia cos the weather's too hot we suppose for such delicate blooms!

    Sorry to hear on the news about the miners. We read too with great interest about yr Dad's apple tree.

    Have a great week ahead, dear blogpal

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  14. My weekend was super busy! My nine-year-old son is modeling for Disney, and on Saturday he had rehearsals for his big fashion show Sunday! I was right there backstage with him, and ran out to the catwalk to take pictures of him walking down that catwalk and making those poses! :D My son is a natural, I must say. Superior stage-presence, no stage fright, and so calm and collected, I admire him so much! My son teaches me many things I can't learn anywhere else! :)

    These photos of your peonies are so pretty, Carolyn! I don't understand how you find all these exceptionally beautiful flowers to take photos of, and to share with us all! But I'm glad that you do! :)


  15. Such a pretty post -- love these photos and you're right... they do look like a silk gown :)

  16. Thanks Carolyn!!!
    My heart is with the miners and their families.

  17. TESORO!!!

    Tesoro caro come non dirti che passare da te è sempre un piacere...grazie per la segnalazione al blog.

    Venerdì inizierò le mie sposizioni...duro lavoro...fino al 6 dicembre...

    Un caro pensiero anche da parte mia ai minatori...speriamo si concluda tutto nel migliore dei modi come per i precedenti che hanno tenuto il fiato sospeso.

    Ti mando un bacio grandissssssssssimo e affettuoso! KISSES. Ciao. ;o) NI

  18. Peonies are my favorite flower! And I think you are doing beautifully with your new camera, Carolyn.

    I had heard about the miners..they are in my prayers. So many mine accidents!

  19. Carolyn, I have to say that I believe that peonies are my top favorite choice in flowers and I absolutely love your pictures. :-))) Lucky you - you got to spend weekend doing your favorite things. I spent it in bed, in pain and miserable. Overworked, I think and it is time to relax. I am looking forward to closing my Atelier for Christmas vocation!:-)

  20. Those are such beautiful flowers :)

  21. The story of the miners trapped near Greymouth has been big news back here in the Uk. Its been the main headline over the weekend. My thoughts and best wishes go out to them and their families and hope that there is a happy ending.
    Have a good week Carolyn,

    Sarah x

  22. Those peonies are truly beautiful - makes me wish I ha a garden so I could grow those! I love the photography by the way, so don't worry about your photo skills. Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

  23. Wow.... Peonies are lovely. I've not known till now :p My favorite flower is white camelia. I think it's perfection! But peonies might be in my list from now on :) Have a wonderful day, Carolyn. Thanks for sharing so much loveliness.

  24. So lovely, darling!

    Hope you have a happy week too!


  25. Your beautiful peonies are so exquisite & delicate - How lovely that you treated yourself.I have seen them for sale in at our "Central Market" & would love to be able to grow them but alas they don't fair well in our climate.
    My prayers are with the miners & their families - how distressing!
    I'm hoping that today brings more hopeful news.

  26. I've been following the story of the miners and send my prayers.

    Peonies! Peonies are my absolute favorite. Can't seem to find any near me, though. :( Beautiful photos!

  27. Much love and many blessings
    Love you

  28. Hi Carolyn,
    These are very beautiful flowers and I know what you mean about how they remind you of silk gowns. The petals are so delicate.

    The miners are in my thought too. It is very sad to hear they are trapped in the mines. I hope they are returned safely to their families soon.

    Have a lovey week,
    Jo. x

  29. Your peonies have the loveliest color, Carolyn. Wish I could buy these lovelies too at the moment, must wait till Spring arrives at my doorstep.
    Have a happy Tuesday, enjoy your morning cup while I'm off to bed xxxx

  30. Oh the peonies! My absolute favorite! So glad that you had a wonderful weekend, sweetie xoxo

  31. Beautiful Peonies, and i like your photos. Horrible explosion, hope it gets a happy ending.
    Wish you a nice week

  32. oh my god i just love peonies. they are my second favorite flowers to daisies <3



  33. sending out prayers and thanks for the peony beauties, so nice to see spring in the world!! love being able to find the season of my choice on other blogs!! xx's

  34. Hi Carolyn
    Your photographs are just beautiful, the peonies are such a lovely shade of of my favorite flowers.
    Many Blessings to you

  35. Hi Carolyn,

    I love peonies and would love to get some for my garden, too. Your pictures look beautiful!! How fun to have a new camera to play with!

    My thoughts and prayers will be with the miners and their families.

    I wish you a wonderful week!
    Jo :)

  36. oh the peonies look so gorgeous...that subtle pink is so pretty!!!! just the way I would love nice to pop by here and see some wonderful blooms...since everything is sleeping here....I do have one last rose that is still blooming....but that is it....

    Very scary for the Miners and their families...I will say a prayer for them all....

    Have a wonderful day!!!!

  37. Oh Carolyn,
    Very sad news about the miners...My prayers and thoughts are with them and their families.

    Hugs and Kisses,


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