Wednesday, August 29, 2018

France, here we come

Hello dear friends,


Even though I should be packing my suitcase, just wanted to pop in and say hello and sorry I have not been around much.
Have had the flu and can't seem to shake off a chesty cough which lingers and has been doing the rounds here.
We fly out for France for a couple of weeks, so getting excited to be going back again .... Paris for a week and Bordeaux for two.



Hope all is well with you all and will come and visit you soon.

Will leave you with some pretty pink roses and wishing you all a happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Time

Where does it go?...
Here we are into August and the days and weeks are rushing by.
Will share a few photos from last week and what I have been up to.

My lovely daughter brought over this gorgeous bunch of freesias, they are so pretty and even with a slight cold can smell their gorgeous fragrance.

Out on my early morning walk, looking down over Palm Beach, the sea looked so calm and peaceful 

Friday family lunch at a little Japanese Restaurant and the food is always delicious and a great way to lead up to the weekend.
Also that my visit to the dentist was all finished and  now have the new crown in place

Love how the free range eggs from the market were packaged in a little cardboard box

Lastly my favourite,  sweet violets I picked from the garden,  the fragrance is gorgeous and standing at the kitchen sink, just got a lot better.
 Feel grateful for what we have now and if you want more, you have to be focused and work on it 
 
I hope you are all having a happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Venice



Venice was a fun City to explore and of course, stopping every moment to take a photo.

Here are a few more of the highlights of our trip
Rising early in the morning was the best time to be out and about   before the huge crowds swarmed, to this big tourist attraction.

The early morning light and then again at dusk mixes magically with the ancient stone, old bricks and bridges all around the City.



 We visited 'The Doge's Palace', a masterpiece of Gothic Architecture and was amazing walking through exquisite rooms and admiring the opulence and decoration.





Looking up at the beauty and magnificent ceilings was overwhelming.







 We had to be up bright and early on the last day and the water taxi came to pick us up.  It was very cold and the sun was just rising, so a lovely memory we will keep of our trip to Venice.

 It made for the perfect end to our Venice holiday.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend and thank you so much for stopping by ~
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A little pink today


The last of the roses for another season, and I always love it when I'm  able to cut one more for the vase and will prune them shortly.  The softest, sweet pale pink, rose Souvenir de Malmaison always puts on a beautiful show.

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it, it just blooms

A pretty pink gown in a shop window in Venice ~ Wearing this you would be the 'belle of the ball'
The architecture in the Hotel Danieli Venice, where we stayed was fabulous and loved the ornate ironwork

Had to have a silly photo taken with George 
Hope you are enjoying the weekend, and last few days of July
Hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Murano Glass Factory

When we visited Venice last year, we took a day trip out on a boat to the Island of Murano and a tour of the Glass Factory.

It was a real pleasure  to be able to watch the skilled Master at work, as he crafted, blows and sculpts delicate and colourful works of Art. While we were there he crafted a little horse. 
If you enlarge the photo, you can see the intricate detailing of the chandelier behind the gentleman.


With the glass firing ovens reaching temperatures of 1500 degrees celsius, it was incredibly hot in the factory and I was pleased to leave here as it was too hot.
We enjoyed looking around the showroom, full of the most gorgeous chandeliers and glass creations.  We liked a set of six colourful glass tumblers which we bought and had sent home, paying over the odds, but was a once in a life time and a lovely way to remember our time there.


I hope your weekend is going well.
Do you feel like me, that they seem to go so quickly and here it is Sunday afternoon already.
Wishing you a happy new week ahead
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Banksy Exhibition


Few people know his identity, but his Art work is famous around the world.
The mysterious, artistic genius, should be about 40 years old now and comes from Bristol.
When the Exhibition came to Auckland recently, my daughter and I went along to see his work.


Many paintings were on display including the well known Balloon Girl painting which depicts a young girl letting go of a red heart shaped balloon. So will now share a few paintings that I liked
Kate Moss



Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my photos. When my daughter was in London, she actually saw some of his artwork around the City. Have you seen any of his work out and about?


I hope you are having a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy new week ahead
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A friendly wave to say hello!


Out for a walk in the City a while back, I saw this little bear up in the window waving, from this gorgeous old apartment building.
It brought a smile to my face.

Joy can be found everywhere. 
We just need to take a moment and look around to see it.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Here is a pretty bouquet of flowers dear daughter brought over
Hope you are enjoying the weekend and wishing you a happy week ahead
hugs
Carolyn