Friday, March 19, 2010

Seasonal changes

Yoo hoo! loved this photo, a friend sent me

There's always one in every holiday snap.

Graphics Fairy.

You don't stop laughing because you grow old.
You grow old because you stop laughing.

The weather is changing fast here, the days are getting shorter and it is dark and cold when we get up in the morning.
Daylight saving will be coming soon and before we know it ~ winter will be here!
The weather seems to have gone from summer to what felt like winter, overnight.
Wearing only a summer skirt and blouse, when I went to town yesterday, I was really wishing I had taken a jacket.

Thanks for visiting me today and I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.



  1. Hello Carolyn!! It still seems so strange to me to think of you all having the opposite seasons that we do...although right now we probably have similar weather as our early Springs are quite cool here. Hope you're doing good!! LOVED that first photo!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  2. Oh sweetie! It allways sounds so crazy: And we had the first warm day today... only 2 degrees Celsius in the morning, but about 16 degrees and lots of sun in the afternoon.
    My (retired) ex-boss sent a postcard to our office - from his holidays in New Zealand! (We got it yesterday. He wrote that he loves it there.) I hope one day I also will be able to make this long trip to your pretty country "on the other side of the world"...
    I send lots of hugs to you - and thanks for your wonderful lines about the "laughing-theme" :o)
    yours Traude

  3. Pretty cute photos, Carolyn! Thanks for the giggle.

  4. ... And before we know it... SUMMER will be here!!!! Hooray!!! I'm really tired of this COLD COLD winter!
    Hope you have a mild one.

  5. LOL, I needed that today!

    Well, it would seem you're getting into your fall and we're heading into spring. It's almost flip flop weather here!!


  6. Carolyn-Love the pictures! My oldest son is always the "one" is all of our photos. It appears it happens even in nature :)! It is so hard to think that we are experiencing opposite seasons. I am so glad for longer days and warmer weather here. I love winter, but I have had enough! Take care!

  7. Hi Tracey,

    Yes, it does seem strange that we will soon be going into opposite Seasons.
    I love the first photo and it is so often how kids, play up to the camera.
    I am doing well thanks and I hope all is going well for you.

    Hi Traude,

    That is lovely that your boss is enjoying his holiday in NZ.
    I hope that one day you will be able to make the journey downunder.

    Thanks for you visit Donna and I look forward to coming to say hello to you.

    Thank you Monica, our Summers are pretty mild here on the Island and we are lucky, for that.
    You must be looking forward to Summer after all the snow and cold.

    Oh yeah Marsha, flip flop weather!
    Glad that the weather will be warming up for you. Hope all is going well with the job hunting.
    I have my fingers crossed, dear friend.

    Hi Susan,

    My Grandfather used to love taking photos and there would always be someone pulling a face, out of the family group photos. If it wasn't a cousin, it would be one of us.
    We hated the sessions.


  8. Well hello there Carolyn!

    It's always such a pleasure to visit you my dear friend!..,

    My, I got such 'a hoot' from your pictures; especially that precious seal in the lower right foreground with the penguins!

    Do 'bundle up' and stay warm dear; it's always so intriguing to me, how when the weather is warming up in one part of the world, in another, it's quite literally, 'the polar opposite'!..,

    Do feel most warmly welcome to also pop over and visit 'my little corner of the blogging world'!

    Cheer and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumd Pen

  9. It will be warm again before you know it. I love these days when the weather can't seem to make up its mind. Keeps you on your toes.

    That penguin photo always makes me laugh!

  10. Thank you so much Wanda, for your visit today.
    Lovely to hear from you and I look forward to coming to say hello to you.

    Hi Bella,

    The penguin photo is cute and made me smile ~ the seal is just like a little kid.
    I am actually liking the cooler weather, the grass everywhere is a brown colour and we need rain so much.


  11. MOTH will so love this pic Carolyn! He became a seal lover when he was diving professionally. They used to be his only companions while he was underwater for hours at a time & he says they love a game!
    Millie ^_^

  12. Hi!
    Our weather was gorgeous today...actually had blue skies and decent temperatures in the
    60s, but we are suppose to get snow on Saturday. Yuck.
    So ready for our Spring I could cry.
    Your pictures were cute they put a smile on my face.
    God bless,

  13. Your summer is now coming our way and our winter is heading your way....I will lend you my jacket if you pass along that summer skirt. xoxo I love how the world is always changing.

  14. Hi Millie,

    Many thanks for your visit.
    Seals do look like sweet animals and how neat that Moth was able to see them and play with them, when out diving.

    thanks Deanna for your visit ~ our weather is topsy turvey and felt like we were actually going to miss out on Autumn ~ will see what it does tomorrow.

    Hi Koralee,

    Lovely thought isn't it, of the change with living in opposites sides of the world.
    Yes, you will be wearing sandles and summer clothes soon and I will be getting out our winter woolies.


  15. I love you
    Love and hugs

  16. Both great pictures and the prose makes sense. We've been so busy here......Getting ready for antiques week.....AAAH Have been trying to keep up.. your posts are always a pleasure.Maryanne xo

  17. Hi Carolyn! Your approaching winter sounds identical to our cold Spring here in S Spain!

    Lovely all the pics especially the first!

    Have a great weekend!


  18. Jello Carolyn
    Always hate it when summer leaves...
    We have had a few days of wonderful weather here in the midwest but it is supposed to turn cold again. I wait impatiently for spring now

  19. The first picture made me laugh so hard I think I scared my dog!:-))))I always find certain charm in every season. I love snow and Winter, but I also enjoy Spring. I am wishing you sunny and beatiful weekend!:-)

  20. Great quote about the laughter, and wonderful pictures!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  21. oh I love that statement about laughing :)
    it's really strange to me to think about the fact that you are facing winter right now as we have spring here... :)
    hope you will enjoy your winter days, darling!

  22. Hi Carolyn...Oh that photo is hilarious! or shall I say, the penguins are wonderful and that seal makes me laugh!!

    We are just getting into spring here...celebrating my Bday tomorrow, the 1st day of spring! The robins are finally here and the sun is shining.

    Hope is doesn't stay too cold for you. It would be nice to have warmth a little longer, like all year maybe??!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs, Nancy

  23. Hi Carolyn dear, seems so weird to me that you are now facing the very season I am trying to leave One thing is in common,I did get to go to town with no coat today.
    I loved the darling little pictures. So funny!

  24. Thank you Jeanne and love to you too.

    Hi Maryanne,

    Hope all goes well for the Antique show and would so love to be there.

    Hi Nora and Lola,

    The first picture is lovely, it made me smile when I saw it.
    So your weather is probably much like ours, in NZ.

    Hi Rebecca,

    I hope that Springtime will come soon there for you.
    Funny how you are so ready for a change of weather, when you have had enough of the cold or heat.

    Thank you so much Anya, for visiting.
    Oh your poor dog, being scared with your laugh - sorry.
    I love all seasons too, we do not get snow here, but it can get cold, which I love... wearing a big coat and hat and going out in it.

    thanks Audrey for your visit today, and it is a great quote isn't it.

    Thank you so much Susan.
    Winter has not arrived, we are back to a hot, warm day and I am wearing shorts around the house.
    Laughing is the best medicine as the saying goes.

    Oh many happy returns Nancy!
    Wishing you a great and happy day.
    Will be able to say hello to you.
    Thanks for your visit.


  25. The picture of the girls are so sweet! Happy cold days!


  26. Thanks for your visit June, so lovely to hear from you.
    Funny how you do get so ready for a change of seasons, I am looking forward to cooler weather.
    We have had the driest, hottest summer since 1959, I read in the paper the other day.

    Many thanks Twila, for your visit.


  27. Dear Carolyn,
    We are going to trade weather with you and be in our bathing costumes in tout suite. (just kidding about the bathing suits, NOT me, nope).
    Like these photos. Am sending Louise from The Pink gate, , so she can check out your penguin photo. She is have a Penguin party for her granddaughter!


  28. Hello sweet, Carolyn!
    Those are such neat photos~ our weather here has really been beautiful, but now...are you ready for this??? It looks like a BLIZZARD out there! We have had sunny, mild, long days...and we even opened our windows this past week!!! They are reporting different accumulation totals, so,who knows how much we'll get!!
    I hope that you are doing great and had a very nice Saint Patrick's day!!! Did you get pinched? *teehee*
    Love and hugs and have a beautiful day, sweetie!

  29. oh, my goodness, I laughed out loud, that seal is hilarious!!!

  30. Dear Constance,

    Lovely to have a visit from you.
    We would be happy to trade weather with you ~ I am looking forward to cooler days. Loved seeing your pretty orchid today.

    Dear Christina,

    Thanks for visiting me today, sweet friend.
    Our weather is so changeable here, and others round the world have said the same where they live.
    Oh well, can't do much about it, but enjoy whatever comes your way.
    No I was not pinched, because I was wearing my green cardi!

    It is hilarious and made me laugh when I saw it.
    Thanks for your visit Stefani.


  31. Yes, it is strange that we are already experiencing summer temps here while your days are getting shorter, our's are getting longer. Our time doesn't change so when we go to the STates and find it is still daylight at 10 pm in some areas, it really is an adjustment. Stay warm and enjoy the changing of the seasons. Many blessings, Tammy

  32. wow! I', loving the penguins. oh btw, have you read that headline article at yahoo about the rare all black penguin? He's got strong melanine even on the chests so that he was balck entirely and he's got monster feet. :)

    love this post.

  33. Where do you live Carolyn? Do you live in New Zealand? Our winters seem to last forever here. I love your images and that quote is a favorite of mine.
    Have a gorgeous weekend- wishing beautiful sunshine!syclex

  34. Carolyn amor, so your winter is 'just" starting there?? today once again the sun is shining and I am smiling :) Thank you so much amor for your sweet visits and your comments that ALWAYS lift my spirits. I responded to your email amor, did you get it ok? I am about to go treasure hunting at my fav. thrift store with my amor for a lil bit, and then walk around enjoying the sunshine for a bit. Take care my sweet friend! Besos, Rose

    ps...stay warm and cozy too :)

  35. Hi Carolyn, Sure love those pics and quotes.
    We are trying to begin Spring, but today on the first day the temps are freezing and a little snow tonight on the roof tops. Can you believe the winter we have had here in Texas and also around the U.S. Very different season for sure, but we are hopeful for Spring coming. March just wants to be difficult!!
    I hope your days are wonderful with your winter on the way.

    Thank you for stopping by. I have finished my bathroom remodel and plan to share in a post this week.
    Back to the studio for me.

    Have a great weekend and blessings always.
    Big Texas Hugs, Celestina Marie

  36. Carolyn, that is the cutest picture!!! Made me laugh so loud everyone had to come and look!!!!
    I can't wait for spring!!!
    Margaret B

  37. Thank you Tammy for your visit today and yes, I am enjoying the change of season, you too.

    Hi Gleenn,

    No I have not read the article about the black penguin ~ I will go and take a look, thanks for that.

    Thanks for your visit today Lorraine, and yes, I do live in NZ on a little Island called Waiheke Island, a 35 minute ferry ride, from Auckland.

    Dear Rose,

    We will soon have Autumn here, and actually today is back to summer, sunny and hot.
    I hope that you had a wonderful time treasure hunting at the thrift store and going for a walk.

    Dear Celestina Marie,

    I really would not of thought you would get snow in Texas, I always think of it been hot there all year round.
    I look forward to coming to take a look at your new bathroom.

    Oh Margaret, I hope that Spring will be there at your place, you seem to have had snow there for a while. Glad that the little seal made you smile, it did for me too.


  38. Penguins are just the cutest little critters. Did you see that movie a few years ago that featured the sweet birds? It was so fascinating, but what an existence they live!
    It sounds like our weather patterns are changing in opposite directions.
    Have a great weekend Carolyn!

  39. Thank you Sares, and I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.
    No I did not see the movie, but saw the shorts and would like to see it one day, - looked like a lot of fun.
    Your colour choice of paint is great and I wish you the very best with your new shop.


  40. Hi Carolyn!!! this is a wonderful post...we are heading into Spring and Summer here and hard to imagine we have the opposite seasons....

    I also love that photo...The Graphic's Fairy always has amazing stuff!!! I am there all the time...

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!!


  41. Hello dear Carolyn,

    It was lovely to have a visit from you today, thank you.

    The picture from 'The Graphics Fairy' so lovely, i like it very much.

    You dont stop laughing because you grow old..
    You grow old because you stop laughing...
    Realy a beautiful phrase,


  42. Ha! I love that first pic! I adore penguins anyway, but that seal just stole the show ;-) Hope you've had a wonderful weekend! Sorry to hear about the winter days, but as you know, all the better for us... can't wait until summer!

  43. Ciao mia carissima amica!!!

    FAVOLOSE le foto!!!


    My sw"eeeeeeeeeeeeee"t friend have a wonderful week and HAPPY Italy today is SPRING!

    KISSES...Smua"kkkk"ete!. NI

  44. Thank you Diana, for your visit, always great to hear from you.

    Many thanks Josephine and the phrase is so good and we need to always remember this.

    thank you for your visit Haute World and enjoy your Summer days.

    Happy spring, dear Ni and I hope that you have a fabulous week and thanks for your visit.


  45. Oh... I am still smiling from that first photo! It almost scared me... wasn't expecting that little guy!

  46. Hi Gwendolyn,

    A sweet little seal and so funny along side the penguins.
    Thanks for your visit.


  47. Thanks Carrie, for visiting me today.


  48. Thank You for such a wonderful post!
    Did your friend actually take this photo! That sea lion/ seal is hilarious!!!! Thank you for a wonderful giggle!


  49. Hi Mary,

    Oh no my friend did not take the photo, it was one that is making the rounds.
    It is a sweet photo.


  50. ahahhahhahahhaaaaa!!!! What a happy, happy, happy photo there..... I love it completely! Look at the precious little happy face in the corner it just POPS out of the corner!!!!! woohooooo!!!!! :D :D :D :D

    Do you know what the weather is like over here?

    We are going through extreme drought.

    The farmers are taping/tying green cellophane paper over their cows' eyes so that when the cows look at the brown, dead grass, they will see green! And eat the grass anyway! And guess what, it is crazy but it's working! :)

  51. Hi Charity,

    Many thanks for your visit.
    Sorry that you are having a drought and how awful for the poor old cows and animals.
    We are going through a drought here too. We have not had rain for about 4 months and a lot of my plants are dying.
    We have had to buy four tanker loads of water, this Summer.



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Carolyn xx