Sunday, May 12, 2019

Quick Hello!

How can that be that we are now into the month of May already!
I have been busy lately and have not had much time to sit down at the computer, but I look forward to coming over to visit you.

Since Bluebell came to live with us, she seems to take up a lot of time. It is like having a baby again.
We have been going to Puppy School and it is really interesting how quickly she learns and responds especially when there are treats on offer. She now walks along quite nicely (most of the time) on a lead without tugging and wanting to rush on ahead and be first.
She is growing fast and will soon need to visit the groomer for her first haircut.

Today is Mothers Day and just want to wish all those beautiful Mothers out there a happy day, you do a wonderful job.
A Mothers love is always with her children . Losing a Mother is one of the deepest sorrow a heart can know. But remembering her goodness, her caring, and wisdom and that wonderful love, that will always be with you, helps a little.
Here it is pouring with rain and very windy, so it is nice to be warm and cozy indoors.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend

Friday, April 5, 2019

Hello Autumn

Good morning dear friends, ... hope all is well with you all
The change of seasons bring for us crisp mornings, that you need to put on a jersey, beautiful warm blue sunny days and cooler evenings.  This is one of my favourite Seasons.

A pretty bouquet of yellow roses was a lovely surprise from my dear husband. Brightens up the room and I like that they symbolise joy and happiness.

Will share a few photos from my week, out on my walks and just enjoying nature and all the beauty that is around us.
The two Kereru  (wood pigeon) looked like they were having a friendly chatter to each other, perched on the telephone lines
A Monarch butterfly flying about and getting the nectar from plants and enjoying the sunny day
Waiting to pick up my husband from the ferry, I saw  these white ducks, swimming towards the Mallard ducks

It's that time of the year again, when the clocks turn back an hour and will be lighter when we get up in the morning.
It has been so dark the last few mornings when I took Bluebell out and almost seemed like the middle of the night.

Bluebell had her first outing to Oneroa beach last weekend. 
Was a little overwhelming for her, seeing so many other dogs taking their constitutions.  The next day, she was a lot more confident and got to meet so many new doggie friends. One kind lady walking her two French Bulldogs, stopped to talk and gave us some venison treats to give her. I am sure she will be happy to do this walk again.

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, March 24, 2019


Who would have thought a little puppy could bring so much joy!
Since Bluebell has joined our family she is such a lot of fun to have around, even if it did mean lifting up all the rugs on the floor, just in case and taking up all your time in a day.
Had her last vaccination, micro-chipped, and medical check up on Friday and she seems to be very well and healthy. We took her to a puppy socialising class and there was only one other dog, a little Parson Terrier Rosie, so the two puppies had a great time running and playing with each other.

Also we visited a friend Anne and her West Highland Terriers, Jock and Lassie for a playdate.
They are both 8 years old and mature and sensible, so put Bluebell in her place.

 Out for our walk around the Esplanade this morning was lovely in the sunshine.
Seeing the sea for the first time  was captivating for her and she wanted to stand and stare.
There had been rain the night before and there were some dirty, muddy puddles and guess who walked through them? So a bath was needed to get her coat clean and silky again.

Lastly this photo was so cute, my husband was making a pork terrine and the great temptation of the smell was all too much for Bluebell. I think she was really hoping some of the meat would fall on the floor for her. She did however get a small piece once it was cooked.

Now to go and wash the deck door windows, forgot how a little puppy wants to make them all smeary and dirty.

Do hope you are enjoying the weekend

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A few favourites for February

Hello dear friends,
hope you are having a lovely week

It will probably be the last of the Souvenir de la Malmaison Roses for the season, so I filled a pretty little teacup, to enjoy their beauty and fragrance indoors

Can't get enough of these delicious cherries and they are one of my favourite summertime treats

Little Bluebell is taking up much of my time and brings us great joy. She lives to eat, run around the yard very fast and then sleeps a lot. That is her life at the moment and I am looking forward to the day when she is old enough to come on walks with me. On Friday, she had her first trip to the vet, for a vaccination and to be microchipped so that was an exciting day for her.  In a few weeks we will be going to a puppy socialising group, so hope she will be a good pup.
Wonder what is under the dishwasher?

Loving these hot summery days but at this time every year, we so badly need rain. There is a 14 day waiting list, so on the 27th we will welcome the tanker that comes to our house with a load of water.
So now we have to be really diligent with conserving water, so we don't run out.

Have a lovely Wednesday everyone!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

 I always remembered the little quote that some of my friends wrote in my autograph book when I was back at primary school
The Rose is red
The violets blue
Sugar is sweet and so are you.
Friendship is one of the best kind of love we can share.
Thank you for being such sweet friends and happy to have made so many wonderful friends here and just want to say I am grateful.
Do you do have plans or anything special for Valentines Day, ....go out to dinner or cook a meal at home?
We will cook a meal together, DH will barbecue a fillet of beef and I will roast potato with garlic and rosemary with fresh green beans and peas out of the pod.
Also as there is an abundance of fresh fruit in season will do this very simple, but delicious dessert.

Roasted Fresh Fruit
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries halves
Cherries, or plums pitted and in half
2 Nectarines
3 tablespoons castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of white wine
vanilla icecream to serve.

Preheat oven to 180oC. Place fruit in a baking dish.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon then pour over the wine.
Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour until the fruit is tender
Cool slightly and serve with vanilla icecream or softly whipped cream and fresh mint sprigs to garnish.

Enjoy the rest of the week
Sending you my love
Carolyn x

Saturday, February 9, 2019

In the Summertime!

Sharing a little of summer here
I've been enjoying the lovely weather, however it has not been kind to the garden.

 The hydrangeas have been beautiful and interesting how quickly they come back after a watering
We have not had much rain to date, so I go out early in the morning or after the sun has gone down to water the garden and hope to keep the plants alive.
Walking along the beach is my favourite exercise. Wonderful smelling the sea air and having the sand between my toes and  soothes the soul.
Travelling back in the ferry you often see the yachts racing and maybe these are getting ready for the next Americas cup

Hope you are enjoying summer or if you are in the Northern parts, staying warm.
There has been a slight change of temperatures here in the evening and early morning and won't be long and Autumn will be upon us.
Always love to see the little duck family down at Matiatia where the ferry comes in

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Happy February

Hello dear friends,

I hope you're having a lovely weekend
Don't know about you, but January seemed to flash by so quickly here and life has been busy.

The 25th January, we celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary by spending a night in the City.

We stayed the night in the recently opened SO Hotel,  which is right in the heart of downtown Auckland. The Chandelier in the Hotel lobby is spectacular with many lights and shades.
Waiting for us in our suite was this delectable platter of petit fours, which was a nice touch.

This was the view we had looking out the window, towards the water and as you can see in the foreground Tiffany's was down below.

Dined at the French style Restaurant and had a very pleasant meal and then even had a drink after, at the roof top bar. We did feel a little like 'Brad and Janet' out of the Rocky Horror Show, as most of the people were young.

We attended a wedding, our daughter was bridesmaid for her good friend and was lovely to go to an Indian wedding, a first for us.

And lastly what has been taking up a lot of our time, we have a new adorable puppy.
We drove out to the airport on Wednesday and collected a very cute 10 week old pup who had flown up from Timaru, with a stopover at Wellington. She was so excited to be let out of the crate and we  immediately fell in love with our newest member of the family.
She is incredibly loving and loyal and wants to follow us where ever we go, just like a little shadow.   We are still working on her name ... I like Bluebell, after the Scottish Bluebells, so we will decide soon what to name her.
I had forgotten how much work little puppies are and had to roll up the Persian rugs on the floor, just in case.  Hubby had to pup proof the deck, by tacking up some netting just in case she decided to squeeze through the wooden railings. She has a hearty appetite and watching her walk or waddle from behind is funny and my husband said "she looks like a little hippo"            

Wishing you a wonderful new month and hope all is well with you.
I look forward to coming over to visit you soon.