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.

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
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

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


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Back to Spring time

Arrived back home to see the pretty magnolia blooming in the garden ~ Joy!
Brixton Belle is such a gorgeous shade of bright pink and has large saucer sized flowers, with creamy inners.
It is so great to be safely home, had a wonderful time but I am always happy to be back.
We arrived in Auckland at the unearthly hour of 4 am on Sunday morning and that was a little bit of a shocker after leaving Charles De Gaulle airport from Paris, on Friday morning and  having a lengthy stopover in Doha of over 8 hours. We flew Qatar Airlines and must say that we had a really good flight,  lovely cabin crew and the flight was over 17 hours from Doha to NZ,  watched a few movies to pass the time and ate some good food, a few glasses of champagne and happy to say I managed to get some sleep.

We caught a cab into the City and then had to wait for our first ferry which wasn't until 7am.
To fill in some time my husband went over the road for an egg and bacon muffin and coffee and tired and bleary-eyed, we watched the sun coming up for the new day.
Freesias are the perfect flower to give fragrance to the home, can't get enough of them and especially when I can pick them from the roadside, on my walks
 Bluebells and violets, also love them

Hope you are having a lovely weekend dear friends and look forward to coming to visit you and see what you are up to. 
 Lastly my white camellia is blooming again, so good to come back and see what is in the garden

 Life gives us a fresh bouquet of happy moments every day

Will share a few snapshots with you soon of the holiday

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

Sunday, August 12, 2018


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