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

hugs
Carolyn

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
hugs
Carolyn

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