Thursday, January 10, 2019

Easing back into 2019



I hope that your January is going smoothly and you are easing gently back into life, after the Festive period. Can sometimes be hard getting going, after the holidays.
Took down the Christmas tree  and always feel a little sad when the decorations have to go back into the suitcase until next year.
However, I do love when the house can get a spick and span clean for the start of the year and that is a great feeling.

Have an obsession with stationery and every year I like to buy a diary/journal to write down and plan my life and days ahead. The smell of new stationery is wonderful and I enjoy taking pen to paper.
Always good looking back on the pages of an old diary and it is like taking a trip down memory lane.
Not forgetting a lovely calendar to hang on the wall, to make each day beautiful.

We have a busy weekend planned ... On Friday we have been invited to a wedding,  our daughters friend, who she went through secondary school with is getting married. Victoria is going to be a bridesmaid so there will be excitement with the preparations, dresses, hair and everything.
On Saturday, a dear friend has a big birthday.  so we will be attending Kevin's celebrations which will be fun.

What are your plans for the weekend?
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
hugs
Carolyn

Monday, December 31, 2018

Goodbye 2018!



Christmas 2018 is now just a happy memory.
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season ...I love these days where all is quiet and you can relax and take things slowly.
It was wonderful to have our family all under the one roof and now they have gone back to their life, and apartments.

Just want to say thank you so much for your friendship, support, and encouragement over the past year and following along. Your kindness is truly appreciated.




Write it on your heart that every day, is the best day in the year
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Best wishes for luck in everyone's New Year... but mostly lots of love.
May you have good health, happiness and Joy in 2019.

hugs
Carolyn x

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Seasons Greetings, dear friends!

Hello everyone,

I hope this week is treating you kindly, as it can be a stressful time of the year, with so much to do as we all know.


The Christmas mince pies and cookies have been baked, and may need to bake another batch of the mince pies, as with friends dropping by and gifting little packages they have gone fast. Some last minute gift wrapping still needs to be done and then we are looking forward to having family home for the holidays.
A bouquet of pretty flowers for the table, always makes me happy

Spending the lasts days of the year, reflecting on what has been and planning for what is ahead.
It is the perfect time for contemplation, dreams and goals for next year.

Christmas weaves a magic wand over this world and behold everything is softer and more beautiful
~Norman Vincent Peale

I would like to wish you all a wonderful, magical Christmas and happy holidays. It will be a good time to relax and recharge for the year ahead.

Merry Christmas! ... May your day be filled with love and laughter

hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Happy December

Hello everyone and happy December.


I know I am a little late, as already it is the 5th but life seems to be busy all of a sudden and this is the first time have been able to sit down at the computer.
All good and just been working away tidying up in the garden and doing things around the house.
Yesterday we had the biggest storm, the loudest thunder and bright lightening and was very scary hearing claps and booms of thunder and some seemed to be right overhead and made the house shake.
In the afternoon the sun came out so I ventured out in the garden, and the kitchen and lounge doors were wide open and got the surprise of my life to walk into the kitchen to find about 10 angry bees buzzing about and managed to coax them to fly back outside. Don't know if a bee hive had got washed out or how they came to be in the house.


As the countdown to Christmas begins, hope it will be relaxing and a stress free time.

Are you decorating and putting your tree up, or baking perhaps?
I am planning to make a start at the weekend.
Hope you are enjoying the week and I look forward to coming to visit you.
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A splash of colour

Hello everyone!
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend

On my walk back from having my hair done on Friday, I couldn't resist buying these pretty peonies.
They are only around for such a short time so did not want to miss out.
Every girl needs to treat herself now and again and I am sure you would agree with me.

Another thing I enjoy is relaxing with candle light, makes the room so cozy and romantic

Makes waking up early a pleasure, when you can look out the window  to see a beautiful sunrise 

Today the peonies have opened up and I think they look like a frilly petticoat.
Happiness is about loving what you have and been grateful for it.
Enjoy the rest of your day
hugs
Carolyn x

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Welcome November

I just wanted to take a break from what I have been doing today, ...stripping off wallpaper from our daughters old bedroom, so that is keeping me busy. Also have been working outdoors trying to tidy up in the garden which has been neglected and a little overgrown.
Just wanted to share a few photos taken recently.

First, a little Camellia love for today. I have  them blooming in the garden and because it is raining here, went out and picked one. They really do not like the rain or wind and makes the petals go brown.
It was Coco Chanels favourite flower allegedly. They come in an array of colours but the purity of the white camellia is my favourite.

One afternoon we visited a Brocante out from Bordeaux and  bought these pretty antique napkins  - I told my husband that I had to buy them because they had our initals C.L.M Carolyn loves Martin
The beautiful old linen is really lovely and I  always love rummaging around markets, on the look out for something to take home.

 
Advertising Coco Mademoiselle, the window display at the Chanel Boutique in Britomart was pretty with the pink balloons.
Now I must get back to my work, as I want to get my job finished.
Have a wonderful day
hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Une journee a Paris

It's no secret that I love visiting Paris and as the old song goes, I love Paris in the Springtime, I love Paris in the fall.....
As a young girl I was always fascinated with the City and feel very lucky to have been able to make this journey again. Oui oui Paris!

Sometimes I had to pinch myself after the drapes were pulled back   at the apartment, to see this beautiful view. Looking down at the tree lined streets, hearing cars and people everywhere and happy to say that the bedroom was at the back, with double glazed windows, and was very quiet.

We have stayed at apartments where people seem to stay up all night and make lots of noise and sleep can be hard to come by. Also we had a comfortable King sized bed which can sometimes be rare in this City.

Tuileries Garden was wonderful walking around and seeing the beautifully kept gardens and seeing the sculptures.
We were very lucky to have perfect weather and only one day was a little overcast and a small drizzle of rain. I loved the Autumn weather, where the sky was  blue and clear.

 Wandering along we can across the triumphal arche of Porte Saint-Denis. Not knowing what this was at the time, we were happy that we got to see this.
It is worth taking a little detour to see this very impressive arch and this used to once be the gateway to the City.
 Over shadowed by the popular sister, L'Arc de Triomphe.
The inscription at the top reads LVDOVICO MAGNO which translates " To Louis the Great"
 I love the painting below, by Jean Beraud, of the Boulevard Saint Denis, around the Belle Epoque era. Everyone looks very elegant 
 

Around every corner there is always something fascinating to see, cobbled streets and interesting buildings


For those with a sweet tooth, there is always some lovely little patisserie shop that would tempt you into buy something to take home.
Now to leave you with a pretty rose and to wish you a happy weekend

hugs
Carolyn