Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ahhhh the Summertime!

Cherries have to be my favourite fruit ~ I could sit down and eat this bowl and I probably will.
They have been exceptionally delicious this season.
I love my hat, from England that I bought in a sale, now all I need is to have somewhere nice to go out and wear it. Did I tell you, I really love hats.
Wouldn't you like one of these, I know I would right now.
photo can be found here
The surf and sand, of Waiheke beach

What a great delight is .... a day of sunshine!
Sunny clear blue sky, without a cloud in it. We still have a drought here and have had to buy another tanker load of water. I do hope that we will get some rain soon.
The sounds of the Cicadas chattering away loudly and the joyful laughter, coming from the kids playing in the sea, and the waves rolling into the shore, is all you can hear.
Makes it all seem great, to be living here on the Island.

Many of you have so kindly sent good wishes and prayers for our friend Lisa.
We are all very worried for her, as she is still in a lot of pain in her head and neck, so all we can do is hope and pray for a good recovery for her.
Thanks again for your kind wishes and thoughts, I am so lucky to have so many beautiful friends.

Have a very happy weekend


  1. ~Ah! beautiful. I can't wait for ours to arrive Carolyn. It's cold...:)

    ~Enjoy! ~Melissa :)

  2. Oh, that surf and sand looks so inviting!! I can see you sitting there on a lounge chair with your lovely hat on!!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  3. Carolyn-You and I may be many miles apart, but we are kindred spirits! We love the same things. I use a little surf and sun now too. I hope Lisa is improving. That is such a scary thing--so young and no warning. I pull put in my prayers! Take care~Susan

  4. Hi Carolyn,
    I love cherries too! I could eat the whole bunch.
    My friend is leaving on Sunday for NZ. She is taking your email with her just in case.
    Have a lovely weekend too!!

  5. Carolyn,
    Oh you lucky girl you!!!

    We're suppose to have more snow.

    Snow pics on my blog.
    God bless and may you have a nice wk-end,

  6. Hi Melissa,

    I hope that you will have Summer, where you are soon.
    Many thanks for your visit.

    Hi Marsha,

    Thanks for your dropping by today and I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.

    Thanks so much Susan, I appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers for Lisa.
    Interesting isn't it that no matter how far away we live, we do seem to like a lot of the same things.

    Hi Rosemary,

    Thanks for your visit.
    I hope that Joan has a wonderful time over here and please get her to email if she needs help with anything or if she makes it to Waiheke.

    Many thanks Deanna for your visit.
    Just off to see your snow photos soon and wonder if you have the new Grand baby yet?
    Have a great weekend


  7. Hi Carolyn
    Summer sounds so nice!!!
    Dead of winter here...
    Cherries are so good and you can eat as many as you want without raising your glycemic index--that's what my Dr said!

  8. THose cherries do look delicious! I would like some, too! I cannot wait for summer to arrive! :)

  9. Hi Rebecca,

    Many thanks for visiting me today, always great to hear from you.
    It is good to know that cherries not only taste good, but are good for your health.

    Hi TattingChic,

    Thank you for your visit.
    I hope that Summer will come soon and you can be eating cherries too.


  10. Hi Carolyn, Your summer pictures make me want to go right away to the travel agency to buy plane tickets to a place where it is sunny and warm right now :-). I love the sound of cicades. Just some days ago I told hubby that I would like to hear them chattering.
    Your hat is very pretty. I also have a thing for hats but I'm a jeans kind of girl and most hats don't go too well with such kind of an outfit.
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear Carolyn and enjoy the cherries!

  11. Carolyn your images are making me so want Summer here. Especially the bowl of cherries. I love tghem too. Could eat them all day.

  12. Hi Carolyn! It is so warm here right now that I have a headache every day. Today is even a little dusty. Yuck! I love the beach. My body doesn't like the sun anymore. And I can't take the heat. But the sound of the waves, walking by the ocean, the sounds of summer are all very soothing. Sending more well wishes and prayers to Lisa. Blessings, Tammy PS Cherries are a favorite around here too. Don't know if they are in season yet or not. Have a good wweekend

  13. Love and hugs to you and yes I will keep Lisa in my prayers
    Love you

  14. Good Morning Carolyn!!!
    You make me long for summer with these beautiful photos!!! But then again, I like the cold season because our summers here in Louisiana are soooo hot!
    Glad to hear Lisa is doing better. How very scary...she is so young. Any idea of what caused it?
    I'm so happy to catch up with you. You've been so busy and I've missed your posts.
    Have a wonderful weekend~
    everything vintage

  15. Hi Carolyn!
    Beautiful chapeau! Why don't you have an Afternoon tea with your lady friends of all ages and that your guests come attired in hat and gloves!!


  16. Love the hat with the orchids.What a pretty summer post. Hope your friend Lisa gets better!!!!!Maryanne xo

  17. I've never known there are blue cherries. Geez :p So missing summer time. It's all soaking wet here in Indo. Heavy rain just wouldn't stop pouring!!! Rain, rain go away...

  18. Love these, really summery!
    Enjoy and happy weekend to you.

  19. Hi Julia,

    Wouldn't it be nice to pack your bags and be able to go anywhere you like!
    I wished you could come down to NZ someday. I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.

    Hi June,

    I hope that you get Summer there soon, so you will be able to eat cherries too.
    thanks for your visit.

    Hi Tammy,

    I too find I can't sunbath like I used to, it is just too hot.
    A walk along the beach and a swim is lovely though.
    Many thanks for more well wishes and prayers going to Lisa.

    Thank you so much Jeanne, appreciate your kind thoughts.

    Hi Jodie,

    Good to hear from you, and yes, life does seem to be busy for you and I.
    Lisa does have a fairly stressful job, working for a magazine company, don't know why this has happened to her, but it must be so scary for her.

    Hi Constance,

    Thanks for your visit.
    That sounds like a fun idea and may do that.

    Many thanks Maryanne, for your visit and kind words.

    Hi Fe,

    I so wished we could have some of your rain - it is sweltering hot and everything is so dry.

    Thanks Slices of beauty and I hope that you are having a lovely weekend


  20. MOTH does a great rain dance Carolyn, I'll galvanize him into action for you pronto! We are still enjoying the long, languid days of Summer too.
    Millie ^_^

  21. Yes, I love cherries, hats, ice cream and hot places! Especially right now,we have a big snow storm here!!!
    Thanks for coming by and talking to me...XOXO

  22. Hi Millie,

    I would appreciate the rain dance from Moth, thank you!
    We are loving the Summer days here, but the garden and plants seem to suffer in the heat.
    Thanks for visiting me today.

    Thanks for the visit Frenchy Chick and sorry that you are having snow storms there.
    Do stay warm.


  23. oh wow Carolyn!!! what a wonderful collection!!! fantastic...that Chanel ice cream lookssssssssss fantastic!!!


  24. Oh, the shrill buzzing of cicadas! I miss that sound. And I love hats, too. You can have that ice cream. I just want her flawless skin!

  25. And your so many beautiful friends are so glad to have you, too, Carolyn. :)

    I was just thinking about the sssspppplllleeeeennnnnnndid gelato at the new ic cream store opened by the Italians, called "Gelatissimo" .. aaaaahhhhhh.... sweet sweet holiness from Heaven...that's what that gelato is....!!!!! mmmmm.... orgasmic...weeheeheee!!!! And I got wild cherry, forest berry cheesecake, and green mouth is totally watering right now......

  26. Black cherries are delicious! I have a wonderful recipe for a gingerbread compote that uses spiced black cherries. But I like them plain and simple too.

    Agree with you about hats, Carolyn. Here in the US we do not wear them enough. I only wear one once or twice a year!

    Hoping for rain for you and sending best wishes for your friend Lisa.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  27. Ahhh...the sounds of the ocean, what a beautiful thing:). I love cherries too and could eat bowls full of them. I also love strawberries. As for the hat-it's wonderful. Don't wait for a special occasion to wear it-wear it with jeans the next time you go out:).



  28. Gorgeous post, darling! Love that Chanel cone!

    Hope you've had a lovely weekend!


  29. What a delightful and happy post! It makes me long for Summer and all of it's goodies. I have a ways to wait, it's not yet Spring here! Have a beautiful Sunday!

  30. Hi Diana,

    Thanks for your visit ~ yes, the icecream does look really good.

    Hi Bella,

    Great to have a visit from you and yes, isn't it funny when you miss certain sounds like cicadas.

    Hi Charity,

    That wild cherry, forest berry cheesecake with green apple gelato sounds delicious and glad your taste buds had a treat.

    Thank you so much Barbara for your visit and kind wishes for Lisa.
    That sounds like a nice combination the spiced black cherries with a gingerbread compote.

    Hi Kim,

    I know that you are a hat Lady and have a lot of nice hats, you wear.
    The sound of the ocean is a lovely sound to hear.

    Thanks Couture Carrie, for visiting me today.

    Hi Sares,

    I hope that Summer will be there soon, where you live.
    Have a great Sunday.


  31. Hi Carolyn, thanks so much for the birthday wishes. It was a fabulous day. I am envious of your summer cherries - yum! I'm having hot soup on a chilly and rainy winter day today.
    Sharon :-)

  32. Hi Carolyn: It looks so beautiful on the beach. We have been in a drought too. It is awful. We are finally getting rain, thank God. Still praying for your friend. Blessings, Martha

  33. Enjoy the sun my sweet friend..lots of it here right now too...all the blossoms are exploding...I love this time of year. xoxoxoox

  34. Well at least I can pretend it's Summer when I come here to your lovely blog Carolyn! I love cherries too...and I love your crown bowl!!!

    Hope you had a nice weekend ~

    :) T

  35. Hi Sharon,

    So glad that you had a happy birthday and looked like a fun lunch out with your Sister. A hot bowl of soup on a chilly rainy day sounds great.

    Thank you so much Martha, appreciate your visit and the best wishes you have sent for Lisa.

    Hi Koralee,

    What a wonderful time of the year for you... with the blossoms bursting forth. Such a lovely and special time.

    Thanks very much Tracey, for visiting me today.
    I wished I could send some of the cherries over to you.


  36. So lovely! Our summer is months away!.., I am still praying fro your dear friend!..,

    I have been feeling a little wee bit under the waether with my Anemia and a feeling also tad melancholy, after posting my dearly departed Grammies, ginger cookie reccipe today; (also missinn my dearset father and mother in law!).., Could use some cheering, if you get a moment my dear!..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  37. I adore hats.. I bought three this weekend, so tattered but i will pluck the flowers to make something pretty :)

  38. Ciao cara amica Carolyn,

    hai una bellissima collezione di cappelli !

    Sei fortunata da te è estate,in Italia è ancora inverno,spero passi presto così potrò andare al mare che amo moltissimo.

  39. Hello my dear Carolyn, Oh, these are beautiful summer pictures!!!
    I send greetings and a lot of power for Lisa!!!!!!!!
    Have a very nice week
    Big hugs

  40. Oh, that beach scene looks divine and I love cherries as well! Crossing my fingers for warm European weather now!

  41. Hi Carolyn...I just love your hat! The colour and style are really lovely.
    We love cherries too! Another of nature's beautiful foods.

    Don't you just love the water..there is something so mesmerizing about looking out over water...walking in the sand

    Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Hugs, Nancy

  42. Hi Wanda Lee,

    Thanks so much for visiting me today and so sorry that you are feeling this way. I will be over soon to say hello and send some hugs your way.

    Hi Paperbird,

    How lovely that you got three hats, I adore old vintage hats and some of the trims and flowers are so gorgeous.
    I look forward to seeing what you make and I know that it will be pretty.

    Hi Rosarita,

    I think I have read that you have a collection of hats.
    I have never studied Italian, but must be such a lovely language.
    thanks for your visit.

    Many thanks dear Fleurette for visiting and the good wishes for Lisa.

    Hi Haute World.

    I hope that you will soon have some lovely weather over where you are.

    Hi Nancy,

    Thanks for your visit.
    I do love the water and to be able to go for a walk along the beach really is a great way to exercise.
    Have a wonderful week.


  43. I love hats too, and always wear them! Yours is amazingly beautiful!
    I'm dreaming of Summer looking at your pics!;)
    Take care,

  44. What a brilliant collection of shots. That ice cream is tip-top, though it left me wondering how long that poor model had to stand there with the mint ice cream so dangerously close.... or if it was even true ice cream. Either way I'm sure she consumed a bucket of it that evening.

  45. Many thanks for visiting me today, Monica, always great to hear from you.
    I hope that Summer will be just around the corner for you.

    Hi Peter,

    The icecream does look delicious and I am sure she would have been able to eat it after the shoot.


  46. Spring and summer,I can't wait till its here.Its been a rough winter for everyone,encluding us folk down south.My toes are freezing as we speak...LOL.That beach looks so inviting. I love cherries too.
    You'll get to wear your hat sometime.
    Take care Hon,
    Marie Antionette

  47. Hi Carolyn,
    Your post and pics are so encouraging today as we are still very cold with snow in parts of Texas. Just some drizzle here with the cold temps.
    We are so ready for a change and warmer days ahead.

    I adore your hat and love them too. I don't wear them as much as I'd like and should, but they serve well to decorate with too. I so enjoy to see them around.

    Continued prayers for Lisa. I hope she is feeling better very soon.

    Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments about my nana's crochet.
    Hugs to you,
    Celestina Marie

  48. Sorry to hear about your friend Lisa!
    She's a lucky girl to have you as a friend!

  49. Hi there!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. I think you spotted me via my mom's blog because I know she has mentioned you to me before and your adorable bears! Do you have any little french bears?? I would love one of those! I am going to take some time to look at all your creations on your site :-)

    Happy to have you in my RSS feeds now!
    xoxo BardotinBlue

    PS. I love this photo of the chanel ice cream cone and I hope if you are on vacation you are having a wonderfullllllll time!

  50. Thank you so much Marie Antoinette for visiting me today.
    Sorry the weather has been so cold over there ~ I really hope that Spring will be there soon, and you will start having some nice weather.

    Hi Celestina Marie,

    Many thanks for your visit ~ and I loved the post of your Nana's knitting and crocheting. We were lucky to have been taught by the best. I never knew you would have snow in Texas. Do hope it warms up soon and you will have warmer days.

    Thanks so much Carole, for your kind visit today.

    Hi Bardotinblue,

    Thanks so much for visiting me and it was great to discover your wonderful blog, via your Mums.
    I do have a little French bear on my web-site and may make another, as I think we all like a French bear.
    It must be wonderful living in Paris. I enjoyed staying in an apartment for 9 days, and did not want to leave.


  51. This isn't FAIR! You teasing us with all that glorious SUMMER delights.

    Oh, so tempting ...

    Hugs, Marydon

  52. Hi Carolyn,
    Dropping by for another cherry!
    Thank you for your comment. It means much to me.

  53. just popping in to say hello!!! and wish you a wonderful day...and you know I can look at that ice cream cone all classy!! I would have the ice cream all over my

  54. Many thanks for your visit Marydon and I hope that you will be able to enjoy summer there soon.

    Hi Constance,

    Thank you for your friendship, means a lot to me.

    Hi Diana,

    What fun having icecream all over your face, like a little kid.
    Many thanks for your visit dear friend.


  55. How beautiful, mmm that ice cream looks good.

    I do hope Lisa is improving.

  56. Cherries do mean summertime to me too! I'm looking forward to Spring in my part of the world!

  57. Thanks so much Dustjacket, for your visit today and kind words for Lisa.

    Hi Fifi,

    Yes, summertime is a wonderful time for the delicious fruit that is around.



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