Sunday, June 17, 2018

Elegant old Art Deco Building


This is one of Napier's most elegant buildings and will share a few photos, that I took on our weekend away
Formally it was The National Tobacco Company, also known as the Rothmans Building.
Napier's major tourist attraction is the town itself, which draws Art Deco and Architecture enthusiasts from around the world.
After the massive 1931 earthquake that destroyed much of Napier, most of the City had to be rebuilt.

Louis Hay was one of the Architects who transformed the face of Napier and built many of the buildings in the new Art Deco style.

No expense was spared, for this elaborate and fancy building that Hay designed and I love the soft pastel colours, large wooden carved doors, tendrils tipped  with roses,  and the sunburst features.
They certainly don't make buildings like this much anymore, and it is lovely to see old places like this still standing and we can admire the workmanship.

You have to go whole heartedly into anything
In order to achieve anything worth having
~ Frank Lloyd Wright

Do hope you are enjoying the weekend and wishing you a happy week ahead
hugs
Carolyn

Monday, June 4, 2018

And so now it is June



I feel like the month of May went by in a flash and it was a busy time and did not get much of a chance to do many blog posts or visit you dear friends, so hope I will get to do this soon.
So now will share a few snaps of what I have been up to.


We had a weekend away with friends in the Hawkes Bay, a good time to enjoy the last of  Autumn days, before winter. 

Napier is a beautiful Art Deco City, with wonderful, charming old buildings so will show you around

The first night we stayed in this old Country Hotel, that had originally been built in 1909, for the Hawkes Bay County Council. It is only one of two significant buildings to have survived the massive 1931 earthquake. I like that the Art Deco grandeur and elegant heritage of this building has been preserved.

With the  Autumnal leaves, and blue skies, it really was pleasant time to visit this gorgeous place. Enjoyed lunch at a winery and the tree lined entrance way was really beautiful


I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
We have a lovely long weekend here, today is Queens birthday only at the moment it is pouring with rain, thunder and lightening is all around, so good to be cozy and indoors on this winters day.

 So will leave you with some candlelight and flowers and wish you a happy new week
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, May 20, 2018

An Evening out



Last week I had the pleasure of going out with my dear daughter for an evening out.
We were invited to a Chanel event which was a lovely thing to do, to celebrate Mothers Day.
Who could resist a glass of champagne and canapes?


At the pedestrian crossing we were waiting for the lights to change to green, when opposite were some Television cameras pointing directly in our direction.
It wasn't until some of my family and friends texted us to say they had seen us on the evening news and that was the screenshot above.
The Newshub reporters had been doing a story at the Britomart Train station after one of the trains had derailed, not far from where we were.
After we stopped off for dinner at a little Restaurant XuXu  for dumplings.
We had such a fun evening and was great to spend time with my beautiful daughter.

Hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Italy's postcard pretty Island


Buongiorno
While we were staying in Venice, we took a day trip out on a boat to the tiny, picturesque Burano Island.




Famous for its brightly coloured fishermen's houses, little restaurants near the canals where you could pop in for lunch and where you can admire the exquisite handmade lace.

This is a photographers paradise, as where ever you go there is vivid colours all around, bridges crossing the canals and lots of little shops where you are able to buy souvenirs to take back home.


So that was our colourful day spent on Burano
Wishing you a very happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Happy May Day




Sending you these pretty pink peonies to say ....

Have a happy May Day

We celebrated my husbands birthday last year at the Ritz in Paris, which was wonderful. We dined in the Grand Jardin, under the glass ceiling and in the shade of the linden trees.
The food was amazing, service impeccable as we had so many waiters looking after us.
The peonies and flower arrangements everywhere were gorgeous

This wooden case was filled with the most delectable chocolates 
and because we could not eat anymore, took the yummy birthday cake back to the apartment we were staying in.




The Hotel was beautiful and if you have a chance to indulge for a visit, do it. Oh to be a Princess for the day, and that is what it felt like.

How can it be that we are into the month of May!
Hope you have a happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Obliteration Room



Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist, was born in 1929 and is obsessed with Polka dots.
This popular, well loved artist, set up an Installation recently at the Auckland Art Gallery and my daughter and I went along to have a look.


Beginning as a stark white interior, the space is transformed into a bright, happy and colourful place.
Each visitor to the Exhibition is given a page of brightly, coloured stickers of various sizes and then placing the stickers everywhere to cover up all the white background, to a plethora of rainbow coloured dots.


This was a fun place to visit, especially for children to experience and engage with the Artwork.

Bright, cheerful and eccentric, Yayoi is believed to have influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, collaborated with Louis Vuitton in 2012 and being named one of the worlds 100 most influential people in Time Magazine.
 Have you been lucky enough to visit any of her Exhibitions?

 If everyone would look for that uniqueness
then we would have a very colourful world
 ~ Michael Schenker

Enjoy your week
hugs
Carolyn

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sailing on the ocean blue



Nothing like spending a day out on the water and enjoying time with friends.

It was an opportunity of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming Autumn days.
Kawe is a wonderful vintage style wooden boat, made from teak and owned by some friends of ours.

It is like a comfortable lounge as you sail along and watch the world go by and the stern area converts into a double bed.

My favourite time was escaping to a quiet little bay, where we dropped anchor and away from the hustle and bustle of the world, we enjoyed a picnic lunch and glass of champagne.

With all good things that must come to an end, we headed back to shore and home again. 

Wishing you a happy week
hugs
Carolyn