Monday, October 12, 2009

What I got up to in the weekend

Country Living

I have had a really busy weekend and it is good to be back home again.
Spent all day sorting through our family home, bit of sadness when you see things like your Dads drivers license and little things like that.
It was lovely to catch up with my Brother his wife and my Sister and her husband and we cleaned and sorted through things.
I got some lovely treasures that I will show some photos of what I got, another time.
My husband and I were so tired when we got back to the City that after the traveling and the work we had done, we felt stiff and found it hard to walk.
I am looking forward to coming to visit your blogs and to see what you are up to.

I was delighted to receive this beautiful Kreativ blogger award from Traude from
Many thanks Traude.

I now have to tell you 7 things about myself.

1 My family is very important ~ we enjoy doing things together and are very close.

2 I love writing letters, with pen and on nice stationery and nothing better than to receive a letter in the mailbox.

3 I love all the blogs I read and to all the people who read my blog and are kind enough to leave me a comment, I like you a lot and want to say many thanks.

4 A day pottering around in the garden, watching bees in the lavender and beautiful birds flying about, is a great way to spend the day.

5.I enjoy cooking, eating and sharing a meal with family and friends.

6.I love this time of the year when we move outdoors to eat most of our meals, especially in the weekend. We had breakfast out on the deck yesterday, watching Tuis, and it looked like they were making nests in a tree, as they were carrying twigs in their beaks.

7.I do not twitter or use facebook, as I spend way too much time now sitting at the computer.

Now to pick someone to nominate for this award, I love all the blogs I read and it is very hard to pick just a few as I think you all deserve this, but I will go by the rules and here are the ones I have picked.

I just want to wish you a happy week.


  1. Cool Country Living! And congrats on your award!!

  2. Dear Carolyn,
    I love the photos in your blog...I am going to have some toast and peanut butter now and try to get caught up on all the fabulous blogs I have missed out on over the week and a half I have been away from blogland.
    ~TattingChic ♥

  3. Dear Carolyn,
    May you get rested and refreshed.
    You have been through alot with the passing of your Father.
    Take care and God bless,

  4. Thanks very much Lisa, I enjoyed visiting you before and seeing your adorable pups.

    Dear TattingChic,

    I have been the same, you go away for a few days and so much to catch up on.
    I need to go and have a cup of coffee.

    Dear Deanna,

    I hope that you are feeling better.
    Sorry to hear that you had a cold and asthma.


  5. Welcome Home Carolyn!!!
    I know it must have been hard, both physically and mentally. You seem to have a wonderful family and support system. I can't wait to see the momentos you brought home from your family home. I'm sure they will be cherished!!!
    Congrats on your award and congrats to all the wonderful blogs you sent it to.
    Rest up and take care of yourself~
    everything vintage

  6. Welcome home, Carolyn.

    I'm glad that you had a nice visit with your brother and sister and their spouses.

    Lovely photos you posted!!

    Thank you so much for the award! Once I get caught up from being away this weekend, I will post it on my blog.

    Big hug,

  7. Thank you so much Jodie.
    Yes, it was lovely to bring some mementos back and I will cherish these things.

    Hi Marsha,

    I know what it is like trying to catch up with some blogs, I am trying to do the same.
    I was happy to give you the Award, you make such wonderful mini creations.


  8. Oh that would have been a difficult time, but made better with your family there.

    I just love your answers. You really are the most gorgeous person. Loved getting to know you a little better. Congratulations on your award.

    Have a lovely evening,

    ps Mmm I'm the same, don't have time to tweet or facebook :o

  9. Thank you Dust Jacket, I love visiting your blog and all the wonderful things you share and your kind friendship.


  10. Congratulations on the award, Carolyn! I enjoyed reading more about you.

    I sympathize with you on finding little reminders of your wonderful father. I am unpacking boxes and boxes of stuff from our move, and I find myself succumbing to emotions whenever I open a box of my husband's clothes and belongings. Both comforting and heartbreaking.


  11. Oh Bella, I sympathize with you and it must be such a difficult time.
    You have been through so much.
    Sending hugs and love to you and the girls and I hope that you find comfort, my friend.
    I hope that all is going well for the move in to your new home.


  12. Dear Carolyn, what a busy weekend you've had but so great that you were all together. Im sure you've got a lot of special treasures.
    I have one of Dad's jersey's, in fact the one he wore to my 50th birthday. It has a hole in the seam and it's an old fairisle pattern but I can see him wearing it, it still smells faintly of Dad and I will never wash it. Whenever I'm cold, I throw it over my lap! It's priceless.

  13. I am hoping the sadness was tinged with some fond memories as you came across some of your old family treasures Carolyn.

    Congratulations on your award. You deserve some 'loveliness'!
    Amanda xx

  14. may you get refreshed after all the things you have been through!
    have a lovely week, dear.

  15. Hello my dearest friend!!!

    COMPLIMENTS a lot for your award!!!

    ...the winner is???


    KISSES a lot my dear and have a wonderful week! ;o) NI

  16. Thank you very much for the award Carloyn. I will be passing it on in a few days. Right now we are busy with Thanksgiving.
    I was glad to hear that you didn't have to sort through the family home on your own and that your family was there to help. It does lighten the load.
    Take care.

  17. Hi Carolyn

    I'm so sorry to read about the passing of your father. May he rest in peace and that you find comfort with some of his things that are now with you in your home.


  18. Dear Carolyn, oh yes, I can remember the "sorting days" and finding all those little things of my father, too... How fine, that you haven't been alone, but could share it with your family!
    I am happy that the award let you tell us more about you and your likeable life!
    And thank you so much telling me about the "Hundertwasser-Toilets" in Kawakawa! I knew that the Artist loved New Zealand and that he's burried there - but I've never seen pictures of the funny public toilets (now I've "googled" it). Some years ago I made a project for children in the "KunstHausWien" - that's the Hundertwasser-Museum of Vienna (childrens art with tiles, it was very funny!!!) The KunstHausWien is a really wonderful, funny place *), and so was the project! Some day I will tell in my blog about it... It is so fine that New Zealand and Austria is connected by art!
    Lots of Hugs, Traude
    *) Here you may have a look to it (pleas look at the "Details" of "Museum Hundertwasser" and "Cafe Restaurant":

  19. Dear Karen,

    Thanks for visiting. A lovely story of the fairisle jersey you have of your Dads and it is the little things like that, which help. Sending hugs.

    Many thanks Amanda ~ it was lovely looking through all the old treasures even old photos and having a laugh at how we looked back then.

    thank you dear Susan for your kindness and I hope that you are having a great week.

    Always wonderful to have you visit dear Ni, thank you and I hope that you week is wonderful.

    Hi Dolores,

    I was happy to give you the Award and you are very welcome.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    Hi Rue,

    Many thanks for your kind words and I am looking forward to seeing your new kitchen.

    Dear Traude,

    Yes, great to think that Austria and New Zealand have a connection, through Art.
    I have read quite a lot about this Artist and I knew that he passed away in NZ.
    Many thanks for the Award.


  20. Congratulations on your award and thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures. The pink on the hat and chest of drawers is amazing. I'm going to save to picture to refer to it later, just in case I want to paint something that color! Welcome home!

  21. Thanks Sares, for visiting.
    It is such a beautiful colour, isn't it ~ almost the colour of watermelon.


  22. Hi Carolyn...I love bees in the lavender peaceful. Will miss both the bees and the lavender this winter. Hugs,Trish

  23. Dear Carolyn,

    Congratulations on youur award! You are absolut deserve it!! It was so nice to read more about you:)

    You have been so ponderous weekend, I understand it! Now you must rest!:)Fortunately you have such so lovely family and support!

    Thank you such so wonderful pictures!! I love them and look forward to see your treaures:)

    It`s so funny, here in part of Finland was snowing and there is spring, almost summer:) Enjoy it my friend:)

    Big hugs to you,

    Ps. I like your blog, too and you seems so wonderful woman:)

  24. Ps. I`m so sorry when I don`t understand in the previoust post, what you have mean in the visit in the countryside, now I understand! It was certainly sad and ponderous to go through memories of your passing father!!

    Hugs to you!!!

  25. I can only imagine how hard it must be to go through your dad's stuff, but it's still nice to keep some treasures as a reminder.

    Congrats on the award! I really enjoyed reading the facts about you. Hope you're having a lovely week so far!

  26. Welcome home Carolyn.
    Glad you and your brother were able to be together supported by your spouses going through your home. It sounds hard to me!

    Like your 7!!
    And congrats to your winners!


  27. Carolyn,

    I have an award for you on my blog. It's called "This Blog is A Dream Award"

    I so enjoy your blog and you are such a lovely person!


  28. Hi Trish,

    Many thanks for visiting.
    With winter though you will not have the aphids and nasty insects about in the garden.

    Always great to have a visit from you dear Marge and thanks for your kinds words.
    It must be so cold with the snow, but so beautiful. Please share some snow photos if you are able to, would love to see your winter place.

    thanks Haute Shopper, for visiting and it is lovely to have some mementos of my Fathers.

    Hi Constance,

    It was hard and we will probably go down again next weekend and do some more sorting as we had not finished last weekend.
    Always lovely to hear from you and your kind words ~ thank you.

    Hi Marsha,

    Many thanks for the Award and I will come and visit you soon.
    I appreciate your friendship.


  29. Well a happy week to you too! Congrats on the award...well deserved of course!

    It's tough going thru a loved ones things after they have passed, I know my husband is not ready yet to go thru his father's things and today is the 2 mo. mark of his passing...

    :) T

  30. Thank you so much for visiting Tracey and your lovely notes you always leave.
    Sending hugs and strength to you and your Husband after his Fathers passing ~ it is hard sorting out everything.


  31. The pictures are marvelous! I enjoyed learning some new things about you. I don't use Twitter or Facebook either (I thought I was the only one:) but I figure all of my blogging makes up for it.



  32. Hi Kim,

    Thanks for visiting.
    I have had people ask me to join them on Facebook but I really do spend so much time on the computer, I would not get any work done.


  33. Hi Carolyn~

    Welcome HOME! It sounds like you had nice comfort with your wonderful family this past week. Family and friends have a way of helping out during these difficult times in our life. My prayer and thoughts are still you!

    I hope you have a nice week my dear friend. You are the sweetest and congrats on your LOVELY award. So well deserved!!!

    ~Miss Kris~

  34. Hi Carolyn,

    I hope you have rested up from your weekend. My heart goes out to you as you continue to deal with the loss of your dear father. Clinging to the wonderful memories and leaning on the love and support of family members will get your through. May you also find comfort in some of the cherished momentos you brought home with you.


  35. I am sure that was a mixture of comfort and distress.

    Love Renee xoxo

  36. Hi Carolyn...Love the hat pretty and the dresser is such a pretty color.
    Congratulations on your award! So well deserved!!

    Glad you were able to sort through things and be able to visit with family. Makes the time and memories a little more enjoyable.
    Hope you will have a wonderful quiet week!

    Love your flowers by the way..such a pretty purple-y blue.

    Take care,
    Hugs, Nancy

  37. Hi Carolyn, Oh I know the story of going through the old treasures too well. My hubby and I did the same when my parents passed away. It was travel involved like you, and lots of work to empty and sort the family home. I can so understand how tired you must have been. I also remember feeling so sad to see my dad's liscense and I still have it. I am sure you came home with some treasures to love for years to come.

    So glad you are enjoying your nice weather and the outdoors.
    Congrats on the award. You are so deserving. I enjoyed reading a bit more about you too.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Hope you can get some rest this week. See you again soon.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  38. Many thanks Miss Kris, it is lovely to have a friend like you and thanks for visiting.

    thank you Jermaine and it is neat to have some mementos to remind us of our Dad.
    It is great to have the love and support of my Family.

    Hi Renee,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers all the time.

    Hi Nancy,

    Always lovely to hear from you and thank you for your visit and kind words.

    Hi Celestina Marie,

    Yes, a tinge of sadness but so many happy memories looking through old photographs and things we had growing up.
    Always lovely to hear from you and thanks for your friendship and kindness.


  39. hello sweet!!
    i will definitely add your name to the hat!!! good luck and thank you for being such a dear bloggy friend!!

  40. Thank you for visiting Christina and being a great blog friend.


  41. Carolyn, I always like to visit your site and come see the choicest of design photos you have up for viewing! I always love them! And I have a design taste that is very hard to please! :)

  42. Hi Carolyn,
    Sometimes there is no place like home, is there? I'm glad you were able to catch up with your family. Lovely photos you've posted, as always. :-) You are such a lovely lady yourself. I enjoyed reading your seven items. I especially agree with you about getting letters in the mail. So rare but so enjoyable. Thank you so much for passing on the award. I look forward to pondering seven items and will post soon. I've been so busy and just having a creative block these past few weeks. But this will be fun!
    Hugs to you,
    Sharon :-)

  43. Hi Charity,

    I am glad that you enjoy some of the photos on my blog.
    Thank you for visiting.

    Hi Sharon,

    I look forward to you posting 7 things about yourself when you are able. I know that life can be so busy.
    Yes, there is no place like home ~ I
    always love to go away but glad to come back again.


  44. These are so beautiful Carolyn!!! I love the subtle shades!!!

  45. Congratulations on the award and thank you so much for passing it on to me. You are too kind. I am going to have Sares, put it on my blog for me. I hope you are feeling better these days. Blessings, Martha

  46. Oh Carolyn Thank - what a pleasure. It is now getting to take me some time to figure out how to put it on my by blog.
    Your hat is superb. YOu made it a assume. I love the vintage detail and the colour. One talented lady.
    x Suzi

  47. Hi Diana,

    I thought the colour was so pretty too, probably a watermelon would be the best way to describe this shade.
    thanks for visiting.

    Hi Martha,

    You are most welcome for the Award, you deserve it.
    Thanks I am feeling much better.

    Hi Suzi,

    Oh no, I did not make the pretty hat ~ it is from Country Living.
    I do however make straw hats for my bears with vintage millinery flowers.
    Good luck with putting the award on your blog and sing out if you need a hand.


  48. It was great getting to know more about you my friend...Hope you have gotten some rest my now...and I hate to write letters any more as the pain in my fingers hurt too bad...Hope you enjoy your spring time my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  49. thank you Gloria and I hope that you are enjoying your Autumn.
    Sorry that you are having pain in your fingers.


  50. I love learning more about you. I'm so glad you got some nice mementos to keep and enjoy! Have a nice day!

  51. Thank you Diane and I hope that you have a good day too.


  52. Dear Carolyn, oh yes.. you deserve a lot this prize!!!
    only happy has been assigned you.

    bear hugs

  53. Dear Romy,

    Many thanks for visiting and your kindness.



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It always makes me happy to read your comments
and I look forward to visiting you.

Carolyn xx