Sunday, April 11, 2010

Award, pansies, window boxes, olives

I spent Saturday replanting the window boxes at the front of the house, with white pansies. They give me much pleasure when I look through the windows.

We have been picking olives again this weekend and took them to the place where they will be pressed, so hopefully we will have some lovely bottles of our own olive oil, in a few weeks. I have been amazed at how much the birds have been making a feast of the olives, they must not mind the bitter taste of the olives, straight from the trees.

I have been awarded the Sunshine Award from Pat
Many thanks Pat ~ I would like to Award this to everyone, because we all need sunshine in our life. As so many of my blog friends, are blog free and already have this award, please feel free to add it to your blogs, if you would like it.

We really could do with some rain, here on Waiheke Island, where I live ~ we have had 4 months of glorious weather and still no rain. I wonder if we are going to have a wet winter ahead?

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend, filled with joy and happiness and the sun shines for you.



  1. Your planter box is lovely, Carolyn!!

    Oh, wow, fresh olive oil from your own olives, how cool is that!!!

    Thank you for stopping by today! I always enjoy your visits!


  2. Oh my, you have olive trees??? How fabulous that sounds to have your olives pressed for oil. Have you designed a label yet? I'm sure it will be delicious. Hope you had a great weekend.


  3. Many thanks Marsha, for your visit and it is always lovely to hear from you. The planter boxes, are lovely, when you look out the window and see some plants waving about.

    thank you Jermaine, for visiting today and yes, it is lovely having olive trees, as they seem to like the climate here.
    Marcel our son has designed a label for us, so I will have to show you it when the bottles come back.


  4. Nature's bounty! I don't know why, but I'm so excited about your olives. I wish I could taste one.

    Happy pansies. That's a beautiful window box!

  5. We had a week of rain here in South Africa...was just for another rainy day!!

  6. Congratulations on your new award, Carolyn! And I feel your pain...or should I rather say "your thirst" .. as we could use a LOT of RAIN RAIN RAIN over here, right now!!!!! :)

  7. I love pansies and I love everthing you share. My husband used to have Russian Olive tress..........Blessings
    Love you

  8. What a pretty planter box Carolyn.

    Congratulations on your award, I hope you had a lovely weekend.

    xoxo DJ

  9. congrats on your award! you deserve it...hope you are having a wonderful Sunday :-D

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  10. Hi Bella,

    I wished you could come and taste some of our olives too!
    Thanks for your visit, dear friend.

    I do wish you could send over some of your rain Gypsy Purple, it is so dry here. Many thanks for your visit.

    Hi Charity,

    We are like you, need rain badly ~ maybe we could do a rain dance together.

    Thank you Jeanne, and I hope that you are having a wonderful birthday.

    Many thanks Dustjacket, have had a lovely weekend thanks and I hope that you have also.

    Thank you Bardot in Blue, for your visit, always great to hear from you.


  11. oh the window boxes are divine Carolyn!!!! I love them....

    and you grow olives...oh bless your heart...I love that....and to have your own olive things just can't get any better than that!!!


  12. Hi: You are a Sunshine, no wonder you got this award. You have an olive tree. I think they are so pretty. I hope your olive oil is perfect. Have a great weekend. Blessings and oh, yes, rain! Martha

  13. Isn't that the sweetest award! It is so cheerful!! How cool to have an olive tree! Enjoy!!
    Happy Sunday!
    Hugs, Lisa

  14. Many thanks Martha, and my thoughts are with your daughter ~ I hope that she is feeling better.

    Thank you Diana, yes, it is great to have our own olive trees and always fun to be able to pick them.

    Hi Lisa,

    Yes, it is a sweet Award and so bright and cheerful.
    Thanks for your visit.


  15. Carolyn-I love white pansies! Soon it will bea too hot for them here. I am so happy Victoria found a job--she looks so cute! I just can't imagine picking olives! I know nothing about how they grow. I just assumed they would be at least edible straight off the tree. Take care--I'll do a rain dance for you :)

  16. Dearest Carolyn,
    I have had some catching up to do with your blog. Time gets away from me and before I know it the week has gone. Some weeks fly by faster than others!

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter. We did. The buns looked awesomely delicious.

    CONGRATS to your sweet daughter and finding this new job. May it go very well.

    The flower box is lovely and I can see how this gives you hours of happiness seeing these flowers just outside your window. I think the metal holder is great.

    AND olives!!! they are soooo good and good for us.

    God bless you and may all your dreams come true,

  17. Hi Susan,

    Thank you for your visit and your kind words.
    No, olives from the tree are very bitter and not nice.
    I picked another bucket today and this time I was perched on a ladder getting the ones at the top.
    Oh and thanks for the rain dance.

    Lovely to have a visit from you Deanna, thank you for your kind words and friendship.
    It is so lovely to have a blog friend like you.


  18. I adore the wrought iron window box, Carolyn. It's charming with the pansies in it.

    And how lovely to have your own olive oil!

    Congratulations on your Sunshine award; I can't think of anyone who deserves it more because you bring sunshine into the lives of all of us!

    (I wish I could send you some of the rain we are having today!)

  19. Congratulations on your award. I just adore your window box. The design is so lovely, and is there anything that says Spring more than a bunch of pansies?


  20. Hi Carolyn
    Thanks for the sunshine... it worked we have it here in CHicago!
    Plan on doing a little yard work today myself, pansies would be perfect right now while it is still cool.
    Your window boxes are beautiful~

  21. Love the planter, and olives sound so good right now. Lucky you!!

  22. Hi Carolyn!
    That planter box is just wonderful!
    And congrats on your most well-deserved award, :-)

    Thank you so much for your comments on my last post, I really do value your feedback!

    Have a wonderful week!

  23. Homemade olive oil sounds like such a treat, darling!

    Congrats on your award!


  24. Thank you Barbara, for your visit ~ always lovely to hear from you and I appreciate your kind words.
    Looks a little overcast today, so I do hope we get some rain.

    Hi Karen,

    Yes, it was a French styled wrought iron box and I have four on the front of the house. I love Pansies too, they always look happy and as if they are waving at you.

    Oh great Rebecca, glad that you have sunshine there and enjoy your time outdoors.
    I have enjoyed seeing your photos of your trip away.

    thanks Rosemary for your visit.

    Hi Anne,

    Many thanks for visiting me today and it is great to have your friendship. I hope that your week is wonderful.

    thanks Carrie, for your visit and yes, our own olive oil is good.


  25. Lovely post and congrats!
    Happy week to you.

  26. Your window boxes are lovely:). I think it is so wonderful that you grow your own olives-if we could we would as we love olives and olive oil.



  27. Congrat on your Award! I love pansies...they are so beautiful....they warm the heart!
    Have a wonderul week!

    Denise :)

  28. thank you Slices of beauty and wishing you a happy week too.

    Hi Kim,

    I wished you could grow them, as they are a lovely tree and you get the rewards with the olives.

    Thank you Denise, for your visit.
    Pansies are beautiful and make me happy.


  29. Carolyn that is so awesome that you will be enjoying oil from your own olives!!!
    I hope that Victoria knows that we are ALL proud of her too. Good job mom!

  30. thank you very much June, for your visit and kind words.


  31. Oh Carolyn, I adore olives so I'll just pop over to have a cup of coffee, a cupcake and a look at your olives.

    Good luck!

    Pat xx

  32. Many thanks Pat, would like it if you could come for coffee and cake.
    Also I appreciate the sunshine award you gave me, thanks again.



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