Thursday, December 8, 2011

A little bit of this and that

An interesting partial rainbow appeared in the sky the other night
 Italian Pasta of pretty bright coloured Christmas trees, will make a nice meal

Son thought they were lollies when he he spied the glass jar and was quite disappointed when he tried to eat one.

Look what the Postman delivered to my mailbox the other day, beautiful gifts from two of my blog friends, thank you so much Marsha and Saskia. 
I have made such wonderful friends, that if not for blogging I would not have the chance to know.

The weather has warmed up here and feels like we are going to be in for a long hot summer.
I spent some time out in the garden cleaning up and already the ground is very dry and many of the plants are looking very sad.

I hope that you are having a lovely week


  1. Hi Carolyn, The view from your home is so gorgeous and the rainbow is the icing on the cake.
    The pasta looks lovely and I'm sure you'll whip up a fabulous sauce with the little trees.
    Your blogfriends have spoiled you with such pretty gifts. Enjoy!

  2. Hello Carolyn,

    Your plants are suffering from the heat and ours from the extreme cold for our area :(

    I remember one Christmas my Aunt Nena had given my brother-in-law a bag full of what looked like banana chips. He took a handful and put them in his mouth only to find out they were garlic chips, LOL

    You are so welcome, Carolyn. The internet and blogging has made our world a little bit smaller :)


  3. Lovely rainbow...
    Greetings from France,


  4. Oh my goodness Carolyn...the rainbow is lovely. how very interesting. I wonder why it appeared that way?
    Your pasta is so festive...I haven't seen pasta like trees here...maybe I'm not looking hard enough! I adore your bowl with the pretty.

    Lucky you to receive such sweet gifts! I can understand why you would receive are such a dear friend to so many...

    I hope it doesn't get too hot for you...the weather is cold here, although we have had a fairly mild winter so far.
    Hopefully your plants won't suffer too much in the heat.

    Wishing you a happy weekend!
    Hugs, Nancy xo

  5. Dear Carolyn,
    what a lovely post!
    I like the coloured christmas pasta :O)
    And so nice things you got with the post! You lucky one :O)

    Have a lovely week my friend!

    Sending love and hugs

  6. Hi Carolyn! I love the photo of the rainbow! Hope you are having a good week:)

  7. I love this Christmas pasta!

  8. Dear Carolyn,
    blue sky, with fat cotton clouds letting the sun through, over the grey sea, no much wind today :) that`s my weather here in already cold Denmark.
    Love the pasta.
    And congratulations on winning -first and most the friends-and then sweet gifts.

  9. Hi Carolyn, Beautiful rainbow! I am always amazed at where you live. Breathtaking!

    It's hard for me to imagine the weather being hot – we are into our darkest days now, and, although not very cold, it's certainly not appealing to be outside! :)

    Wishing you a beautiful week, my friend. xo – g

  10. Oh dearest and sweetest Carolyn,

    I do not know Marsha, but Saskia is a special blogger friend, indeed. I MUST CONTACT HER for I too received the sweetest little angel.....oh my friend, I hug you and wish you the most loveliest of holidays!!! We are loving the chill that comes with this cozy time of year and yes, TO HAVE FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD is just a joy that I never knew would exist. I send you warm wishes for a lovely December!! Anita

  11. Can imagine that your son was surprised, it looks lika candy. Lovely christmas gifts, so kind blogfriends.

  12. I love the rainbow and the coloured pasta.
    I love you

  13. Wowww nice gifts !!....have a nice day love

  14. Dear Carolyn
    A wish you a lovely and pretty Christmas

  15. Hello Carolyn

    So funny to see, your rainbow and you talking about a long hot summer.
    Here it's cold, raining and a little storm. Different weather than yours. Anyway, Happy December Love.

  16. Oh darling friend, how nice of YOU to come by today! I just posted another post on my day soothing it is to have quiet!!! ENJOY YOUR EVENING! Anita

  17. Lovely view, rainbow and pasta!

    Have a lovely weekend too!

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

    PS I wonder why I'm not too surprised you chose Pirates of the Caribbean (could it be vaguely connected with a certain Mr D aboard!!)

  18. Wow Carolyn, that's the view from your home? It's spectacular!!! Love the gorgeous rainbow. Reminds me of one I saw when I was on Vieques on vacation. I was flying on an 8 seater plane and there was a storm cloud off in the distance and then this gorgeous rainbow popped up. So magical.

    And what lovely treats your received in the mail. What a treat! :)

    Hope you have a lovely weekend! xoxo

  19. Aww, those are beautiful gifts! Friendships are wonderful.

    Hahaha, I can imagine your poor son's face when he realized these were dried flour bits. Still, they DO look quite pretty!


  20. I would have loved to see that rainbow in the sky, and that colored pasta - how delightful! I hope you are enjoying the season, my sweet friend.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  21. Hi Carolyn,
    Oh, I love the presents you received!!! (I created a spoon a month ago and haven't posted it yet--but, I adore them!) I love your pasta too!!! It's so cute--and festive!!!
    ((((hugs)))) from me,

  22. What lovely and sweet post :-) Thanks for sharing with us those beautiful images and thoughts and also thanks for your nice comment in my blog. Hugs from Spain :-)

  23. Unexpected surprises are the best! What a beautiful rainbow, it looks like it was huge at it's base. Hope you have a wonderful December weekend!

  24. that rainbow is amazing... haven't see one in a while!!!

  25. oh you have such great blog, i really like it ;)

  26. Hello there you precious friend! HOW LOVELY to correspond with you at least twice yesterday and today!!!! Your kind words are always such a gift! Off to work now; I spent my day off yesterday and it was so wonderful! BISOUS, Anita

  27. Beautiful post, darling!
    That rainbow is incredible!


  28. Dear Carolyn
    Wow... the view from your home is really very beautiful. You live at a wunderful place!
    I wish you a happy weekend.
    Hugs Yvonne

  29. Hello dear!

    Nice pics, the rainbow is amazing!!!!
    Fun Xmas tree pasta!

  30. Blogging friends are just the very best :-) Beautiful gifts...Oh and what a beautiful picture of the rainbow. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  31. Sweet Carolyn,

    I fell in love with your pasta! The design is superb.
    Your rainbow is very very beautiful, since my father passed away 2 year ago, I have a thing with rainbows.
    I am happy my little angel made the trip to your cozy home in good condition.

    Have a lovely time gearing up for Christmas, my dear friend xxx

  32. Love that pasta! My cards will all be late this year I am I am still waiting for them to arrive so I can send them out.
    Happy weekend dear one. xoxoxo

  33. Hi Carolyn! What a lovely rainbow shot! I saw some cute little holiday pasta the other day...should have grabbed some. :o)

    Hugs to you! Hope your summer isn't too long or too hot!! I sure know how that is living in central Florida! But I would take hot over cold any time!!


  34. That first pic is so beautiful. The rainbow cheers me up on this cloudy day here.
    And those gifts from blogging friends is so pretty as well, thats one of the joys of blogging. Getting to know people we would have never known otherwise.
    Have a wonderful sunday Carolyn:)

  35. I still can't seem to get over the fact that you guys down there have summer during Christmastime! :) I really wish to find pasta like that, now after seeing this photo! Yes, it does look like candy! Reminds me of the time I bit into a huge scoop of vanilla-colored butter in an ice cream cone! I was soooo disappointed! I didn't know it was butter!

    That is a very pretty rainbow.. :)

    I wish you and your family a very happy and very merry Christmas, New Year, and whole Holiday Season!

  36. Dearest Carolyn,

    Sorry for not having been able to visit you. We had our daughter Liz over from Rotterdam and she left on Friday. Did a post about her yeserday.
    Lovely Christmas tree pasta; that is a fun way for celebrating. Enjoy your summer and stay healthy.

    Love to you,


  37. I love your blog. A little bit of everything art and fashion and poety, nature, unique imagines etc ... I follow you too. Thank you Carolyn.

  38. lovely pics!
    Take a look and if you like follow me!

  39. Rainbows are such a gift. I've only been lucky to have a camera handy once, at my sister's cabin in northern Michigan. Over a lake and it was a double! She has it framed on a wall there.
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend, Carolyn!

  40. The colorful pasta looks wonderful! :)

  41. ♥✿⊱╮
    º°♥❤ Olá, amiga!

    ❤ Gostei da foto com parte do arco-íris. Lindos presentes!

    Boa semana!
    Brasil ♥✿⊱╮
    º°♥❤ ❤

  42. Hi Carolyn~
    You have no idea how many times I come back to your site to just stare at your wonderful bears (I LOVE them!). I think after the holidays we will have to talk because I would love to have one made...sort of a vintage looking bear???
    I've been SO BUSY with orders and decorating, and making special gifts for friends. How wonderful to receive such beautiful gifts from the people you meet through blogging!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful, blessed holiday~

  43. Love the picture with the rain bow and the Italian pasta look yummy, thank you for your sweet comment. xx Joice

  44. Hi honey send some of that warmer weather to me. lol
    You know what a sissy this ole grandma is when it comes to cold weather.
    I have missed you dear friend so I have to catch up with you while I am here.
    Isn't it wonderful the friends we make while blogging. I love your gifts and know you do to.
    Take care honey and enjoy your week

  45. Blogging is a great thing - a chance to meet wonderful people all over the world. :-)

    That pasta was fun! :-)

  46. Hi Carolyn,

    I am here to apologize for the disappearance of one of your comments that you had given on this post of mine. Please accept my sincere apologies Carolyn. I am deeply mortified that it has happened, my excuse? I have none. Again, please accept my apologies..


  47. Good morning precious friend,

    THANK YOU for coming to visit me last night!!! I EMBRACE YOUR HUGS and kind words!!! It is cold here, but not a lot of snow. Christmas is coming, and all the joy of the season has begun with kind friends and sweetness all around. I hug you back, letting you know that I appreciate you immensely and the sweetness you share with me!

    BIG HUGS TO YOU! Anita

  48. Hi Carolyn, What a gorgeous pic of the rainbow. You always take the most amazing pics. What a talent you are with the camera.
    Love the pasta trees. So perfect for a Dec. dinner.
    What lovely gifts you received too. You are so deserving. Love the spoon art.
    Hope this season is bringing you lots of joy. Your weather sounds like our was a few months ago. We are finally enjoying some cooler days and some rain too.

    Merry Christmas to you dear friend and blessings follow into the new year.
    Celestina Marie

  49. wow I love the view!! and those pastas are so colorful and adorable :)

  50. Hello Carolyn!!!!! what a fun post....I have to say that the pasta Christmas trees are so cute!!! our son would love that!!! you always have some cool things to share!!! have a wonderful day!!!

  51. What a lovely view! Thank you for your various comments on my blog, really appreciate it - unfortunately I can't always answer then when they come in, it takes me a while, wishing you a wonderful week!Sharon

  52. What a lovely view! Thank you for your various comments on my blog, really appreciate it - unfortunately I can't always answer then when they come in, it takes me a while, wishing you a wonderful week!Sharon

  53. That pasta is so much Fun - my kids would love it!
    I am so glad to have just stumbled across your lovely blog. I have signed up as your latest follower. I look forward to popping back for some more gorgeous inspiration!

  54. beautiful rainbow, great view from your lovely home... I hope you have a Merry Chrismas and I wish you Happy New 2012 Year.Kisses

  55. Wow! That is the view from your home?! So gorgeous.
    XO - Marion

  56. This is the view from your house?! Wow!! Simply gorgeous.
    XO - Marion


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