Saturday, January 10, 2015

A few summertime photos

Hi dear friends,
Sunflowers make me happy, seeing their smiley bright faces

Just popping in  today and hope you are having a happy January.
I love this month because it means a fresh start to the year and a good time to clean up and get a lot of things done around the home.

Thank you for the kind wishes for a happy new year and I am sending the same back to you all.

Summer days are here, with clear blue skies and sunshine. These photos were taken on a walk around the Esplanade - the pohutakawa trees always make a gorgeous show - the red flowers when they drop to the ground, make like the red carpet,  of the  Oscars night.

We offer our sincere condolences to the French people in this dark time and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I look forward to coming to say hello soon.
Enjoy the weekend


  1. Dear Carolyn, those summer pictures make me long of sunny days, they are great. Wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous new year.
    Enjoy the weekend!

  2. Summer sounds so nice, here it
    snows a lot right now.
    Happy weekend

  3. Hi Carolyn! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures of your Summer Time!

  4. Whilst sitting here in rainy England, it is lovely to see your beautiful pictures. It makes me look towards Summer.
    Happy weekend

  5. Summer sounds wonderful and I so very much enjoy the photographs with warmth, sunshine and flowers.............Here in Canada in Ontario it is cold and it has snowed this week once again. I am waiting for spring. Much love

  6. Your sunny photos make me dream of the summer to come - I still find it strange to think that it is mid-summer for you and mid-winter for us.

  7. Good morning dearest Carolyn,

    YOU GO OUT THERE and enjoy the sun for us up here in the north! WOW is it cold and outrageously, ridulously dangerous on the roads. We had over 800 car accidents in two day! So enjoy that beach for me! Anita

  8. Hi Carolyn ! Que fotos más lindas del verano,, flores y playa ,,
    espero que tengas un entretenido fin de semana


  9. Beautiful sunflowers Carolyn! Wishing you a wonderful day.

  10. Dear Carolyn, what a beautiful summersky you have ,-... here it rains all day and every day !!! The flowers looks amazing. Yes my friend, the time is dark, in France and so many other places, on our beautiful earth, lets pray that one day we can all live in piece !!!! Carolyn have you tried to dry the sunflowers,..the can be so very wonderful when dried, !!!
    Hugs from Dorthe. xxx

  11. Oh so lovely pictures...makes me long for summer!
    Have a happy weekend, take care!
    Love, Titti

  12. Dear Carolyn,

    I am a bit envious of your beautiful sunny weather. We had a dark stormy day today with lots of rain. Can't wait for the spring to begin.

    Wishing you a happy weekend!

    Madelief x

  13. Beautiful summer scenes. I love sunflowers too and was just saying yesterday to my husband that I plan to buy seeds for the giant type again this coming spring.

  14. Everything sure looks beautiful where you are. Best wishes for a wonderful Sunday. Tammy

  15. We are in the midst of our darkest, and cloudy months here in Seattle.. These photos have me craving a little sunshine:) Hope you are enjoying your weekend! xxleslie

  16. Hi Carolyn, your summertime photos are a welcome sight for us here having very cold temps. Lovely views. Have a special weekend and enjoy the beauty.
    Hugs and Blessings

  17. Thank you for sharing the warmth and reminders of warm summer days with us! Sarah x

  18. Thanks for sharing with us these wonderful pictures and places.

  19. Beautiful summer picture from me ....and no words what happen in Ria..x!

  20. Dearest Shane,
    Wish we too would have summer time for the new year; what a difference that would make! But enjoy it and also your flowers.
    Indeed we witness very sad things on our planet earth...

  21. Hello Carolyn,

    Love the Sunflowers, waiting for ours to bloom. Peace and happiness to everyone.


  22. So beatiful Andrzej colorful in comparsion to what i am having outside the window now😄

  23. Wonderful summer moments. So sad about the events in France too. xx

  24. Happy New Year Carolyn! Waiting for summer. We have got a lot of snow in one week. Happy week!
    - Markka -

  25. Dearest Carolyn,
    so lovey your summerpictures! The sunflowers are georgeous, great to see them today, on a grey and stormy day here......
    Have a wonderful start into the new week, my dear friend!
    Sending Love and hugs,
    Claudia xo

  26. Look like you're enjoying all the pleasures of a wonderful summer Carolyn. Hope it continues being lovely :) We're in the midst of winter now and I can't wait for summer to arrive again.

  27. Hello dear friend! Oh how beautiful it is there. When it's so cold here, I enjoy ever so much looking at your lovely photos. I received a wonderful little surprise in the mail yesterday. Your Christmas card! Thank you so very much and for the ornament too. Happy new year!

  28. Such beautiful photos Carolyn! And how stunning are those red blooms! Enjoy those blue skies friend! Nicole xoxo

  29. Hello Carolyn,

    Oh these wonderful summery images make us wish we were back in South America rather than in the icy chill of Budapest.

    Sunflowers are so cheerful. They brighten even the darkest of days with their happy faces.

    May 2015 bring you many smiles, peace, joy and prosperity.

  30. It's such a treat to see that blue skies and flowers are still going strong in other parts of the world.
    We are in the gray post holiday doldrums, but the days are getting longer! HURRAH!!!

  31. Having a hard time sending this comment.
    The Folks in Maine sure could use a few warm days like yours.
    Enjoy that wonderful weather. yvonne

  32. Hi Carolyn .... Yes it's a new year and time to look forward to all that 2015 has in store for us. I trust for you and your family it will be a year of health and safety with a goodly dash of happiness thrown in.
    So sad to hear the dreadful news from Paris but the people there are united and it was so heartening to see them out marching in support of freedom

  33. Beautiful summertime photos, even though I am a true winter lover at heart :)

  34. Carolyn, the red flowered trees are beautiful. I've never seen these before, except on your blog. It's summer there, and cold and wintery here. Loving it just the same. Your flower pictures are extra special when I see them. I'm glad the new year is off to a good start for you, Carolyn.

    love, ~Sheri

  35. I was wondering if you had a link for your last follower.? She followed me as well, and I can't seem to find a link for her and I wanted to thank her and visit her also.

  36. A slightly belated Happy New Year to you! I am finally getting back into a routine after returning from our festive break. I see that you have the most beautiful blue skies over there and the pohutakawa trees are stunning. Many of our trees are bare and I can't wait for spring to come!

  37. Ah, such lovely, cherry photos! Makes me smile!! We've been fogged in for days . . . . I miss the sunshine!!! Love the sunflower photo! Beautiful!!! xoxo

  38. Happy New Year!!! Right now, I'm bundled in a sweater, and all my toes are soooooo cold. But your photos bring a little summer warmth my way. Thanks! Have a beautiful weekend.

  39. Carolyn,
    Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers here in Kansas. It's our state flower. I have a soft spot for these cheery blossoms that bear sunflower seeds certain times of the year. They are so neat to see and enjoy.

    Your flowers are beautiful,


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