Sunday, June 2, 2019

High tea


 

My dear daughter treated me to High- tea with her at the Cordis Hotel to celebrate Mothers Day and her and my, May birthdays.We had such a fun day out together, and was so lovely of Victoria to organize this kind and thoughtful outing.

There was so much food, we ate delicious savouries and sandwiches to start with, next came fluffy scones with jam and cream and then the daintiest cakes and desserts that were almost too pretty to eat.






After trying to make our way through all the food, it was just too much for us, so they kindly gave us a box to take the food home.


It's really hard to believe that it was 30 years ago, on the 29th of May that our sweet little baby girl joined our family. We are so proud of all you have done in your life and want to wish you a very happy year ahead.

It is Queens birthday weekend here, so we have a Monday holiday which is always very welcome.
Have a wonderful weekend folks.

hugs
Carolyn

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
hugs
Carolyn

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!
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Bluebell



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
hugs
Carolyn

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!
hugs
Carolyn   

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!
hugs
Carolyn