Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Our Sunday lunch and some pretty pink gerberas

A vase of pretty pink gerberas, made me smile :)

My daughter made these cupcakes for her little tea party lunch. Interesting coloured icing!
I do like the houndstooth paper patty cups, she bought.
There is nothing like enjoying a leisurely lunch and on Sunday my husband and I went to Goldwaters Vineyard. We choose the platter for two, that had some delicious food.
Smoked chicken, pork belly, sausage, roast kumara (sweet potato) rissotto cake, bread, cheese, coleslaw, and lettuce.
For dessert we had some little chocolate and cherry fondant tarts, with grilled pineapple.
We had finished the meal and then I thought I should have taken a photo of the food, so sorry.
As it is Autumn over in NZ the leaves were turning the most beautiful yellow, orange, brown and red colours. After the leaves fall, the vines go dorment until the Spring.
The blue sky was wonderful

It was lovely to walk home ( about a half/ hour ) and we really felt we needed to do this after all the food, we had eaten.

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice for your soul is alive.
~ Eleonora Duse.

I hope that you are having a fabulous week


  1. Such lovely pink gerberas and those cupcakes looks yummy!!

    Such lovely photos, Carolyn, and your lunch sounds delish!!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!


  2. Carolyn -

    I LOVE the flowers....and what a lovely day you had...sounds like a wonderful adventure.
    Happiest thoughts and warm wishes for a FAB week!


  3. Oh mY1 What a wonderful day!!!! I absolutely love that you can walk here! Such a lovely day!


  4. What a nice Sunday outing! I bet the food was yummy. Mmmm....

  5. Many thanks Marsha, for visiting me today, always great to read your message. Have a wonderful week.

    Many thanks Denise and I loved seeing your pretty flowers that you shared on your post too.

    Thank you Mary and it is lovely to be able to walk to places on the Island.
    Nowhere really, is too far away.

    Thanks Beth, yes, the food was delicious and I wished I had taken a photo before we had eaten it all.


  6. Hi, dear Carolyn, Your lunch sounds delicious. It's great that you have such a lovely place in walking distance. What a wonderful fall day you had.
    Have a great evening!

  7. Beautiful images- I love the gerber daisies- the cupcakes look delicious. I am a cupcake kind of girl!

  8. Dear Julia,

    Many thanks for your visit and I am sorry that I did not take a photo of our meal, as it was very good.
    Enjoy your day.

    Many thanks Lorraine for visiting me and yes, the gerberas and cupcakes are pretty.


  9. Yes, these photos and this little post makes me smile and fills me with joy. ♥

  10. So glad you both had such a lovely meal and day!

    Hope you're having a great week too!


  11. What a lovely Sunday, Carolyn! The sweet potato risotto sounds really interesting! I think I have a butternut squash risotto so next time I'm going to replace it with sweet potatoes and see how it goes.

    I love your daughter's pastry cups...there are so many cute ones around now. (and the cupcakes look lovely!)

  12. Hello Carolyn, You must have had a most enjoyable, relaxing day with your dh. What beautiful scenery your photos showed. Colors of autumn! Thank you for the lovely visit to the Estate!

  13. Beautiful, sensual & poetic, I love your blogs!

    Thank you for nice comment on my blog!

    Agneta, the swedish one ;)

  14. Oh, it sounds like a wonderful Sunday to me. :-))) I absolutely loved your daughters cupcakes. her color choices tell me that she has asrtistic vision. I would love to try one of them. :-))) Wishing you wonderful week.:-)))

  15. Gorgeous post, darling!

    I need a cupcake!


  16. Glad this post made you smile Charity and many thanks for visiting me today.

    Thank you Lola and Nora, yes I am having a lovely week and I hope that you are too.

    Hi Carol,

    It was a lovely day out and the colours of the leaves on the grape vines was wonderful. Thanks for your visit.

    Hi Barbara,

    Yes, there are some pretty cupcake paper cases and makes you want to do some baking and use them.
    Many thanks for your visit.

    Thank you Agneta, and I enjoy visiting your blog too.

    Many thanks Anya, and I wished I could send over a cupcake to you.
    I hope that you are having a lovely week.

    Thanks Carrie, and I wished I could give you a cupcake.


  17. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! Those cupcakes look divine and your Sunday lunch sounds very enticing. Thank you for those beautiful shots of the vineyard. Definitely makes me want to revisit NZ!

  18. Hi Carolyn...loved your picnic in the vineyard! Its just such a wonderful time of the year. Glad you're week has been great so far. XO Trish

  19. Beautiful and lovely is all that you share
    Love and hugs

  20. Hi Haute-World,

    thanks for your visit and I hope that you can come back to NZ one day.

    Many thanks Trish, and it is a beautiful time of the year.
    Autumn is so pretty and it has cooled down which is nice for a change.
    I hope that you are having a great week too.

    Thank you Jeanne and always great to hear from you.


  21. The photograph of you walking in the vineyards with the blue sky at your back brings much joy, Carolyn. As does your daughter's cupcakes. It's wonderful that she is a creative person!

    Have a great week!

  22. Dear Carolyn, so beautiful the sentence you quoted, I totally agree with her!!! I can sense how you breath in all that beauty in your walk back home, such a delight!!!
    Tell your daughter I have felt in love with her charming cupcakes!!
    And, here is autumn too and nature is dressing the same way as in your part of the world.
    Hugs from far away but very near though,
    Maria Cecilia
    p.s. hope I make myself understand well in English....

  23. Many thanks Constance for visiting me today it is always wonderful to have a message from you.

    Dear Maria Cecilia,

    Your English is wonderful and I understood everything you said.
    So lovely to have a visit from you, thank you.
    Enjoy your Autumn too.


  24. Such a lovely day my friend..and I do love the cupcake and pink pretty. Hope your week is a great one so far. xoxo

  25. Hi Carolyn!!! your photos are gorgeous!!! and those daisies and cupcakes...and vineyards....oh wow!!! wonderful day!!!

    Thank you for sharing these...

    Hugs and have a wonderful week!!!


  26. Many thanks Koralee for your visit, and yes, I am having a lovely week and I hope that you are too.

    Thank you Diana, we did have a wonderful day.
    I enjoyed seeing your cute dog stamps.


  27. If I was walking distance from a vineyard, I would be in pure heaven! I love wine! And walking. What a great combination. :) Good food and company tops it all off perfectly. So lovely to see the colors of Fall when we are hot and dry and dusty most of the time. Best wishes to you always, Tammy

  28. i felt relaxed upon seeing these photos after a very stressful day. thanks a lot for sharing :)

  29. Hi: What beautiful gerberas. It sounds like you have a lovely time. Wishing you a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  30. It sounds like a wonderfully relaxing Sunday!

    Beautiful pink daisies. :-)


  31. The perfect wat to spend a Sunday, I would say. A stroll through a vineyard**sigh**
    I love the beautiful gerberas and I espcially like the color of the cupcakes! I think you daughter is a cupcake artist!

  32. Many thanks Tammy, for your visit.
    Well there are a lot of vineyards on the Island so one day I hope that you can come and visit.

    Hi Glenn,

    Sorry you have had a stressful day and glad that my photos made you feel relaxed.

    Hi Martha,

    Blessings to you and I hope that you are having a lovely week.

    Thank you Anne, for visiting me today.

    Many thanks June, always great to have a visit from you.


  33. Dear Carolyn, those gerberas are really gorgeous...not to mention those cupcakes...sounds like you had a magical Sunday...and I'm happy for you...:-)

    Cheers: Evi

  34. It looks like a beautiful place for a walk, the light in your pictures is amazing too. Yummy cupcakes!

  35. Hi Carolyn,

    have admired for a long time your beautiful photos, are fortunate to live sets so beautiful!

    you kiss bear

  36. What a beautiful fall day...the sky looks amazing.

  37. Ciao TESORO!!!

    Quando passo da te...è sempre una festa!

    I tuoi POST sono belli e solari come la tua splendida anima...sai sempre regalarci una grande emozione!

    XXX a lot...a lot....


    have a nice week-end! NI

  38. Hello my dear Carolyn, Thank you much for your comment and visit!
    Wishing you a beautiful May:)
    Have a very nice weekend
    Big hugs Fleurette

  39. What a beautiful day you had! It's wonderful to walk, you can notice so many things and enjoy Nature as well! Pretty gerberas! Love to paint them.

  40. Dear Carolyn,

    So lovely gerberas and cup cakes look so delicious and beautiful!!

    Oh, there is autumn now. Such so beautiful colours in the trees and vineyjard looks so lovely with all those many beautiful colours!!

    I wish you beautiful and happy sunday my dear friend!!

    Hugs, Marge

  41. Teeheehee. The food sounds yummy, so you are forgiven for eating it all before you could snap a photo. :)

    Oh, those vines are glorious! And I could really go for one of those cupcakes right now. I love icing, any color.

    Have a super weekend!

  42. Many thanks Miss Eve and so nice to have a visit from you.

    Hi Sares,

    The light is beautiful and many people when they come over here remark about that.
    Was a nice place to walk.

    Thanks you Rosarita, for your visit.

    Many thanks Andrea, the sky and clouds were beautiful that day.

    Thank you Ni and I am hoping that you are having a wonderful weekend too, my friend.

    Great to have a visit from you Fleurette, thank you and I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.

    Many thanks Monica, and you do see so much more when you walk and you can smell plants and flowers, just gorgeous.

    Dear Marge,

    The Autumn leaves are wonderful and just love all the different colours.
    I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.

    Thank you Bella for your visit.
    I wished I could send over a cupcake to you in a box, dear friend.
    Happy weekend


  43. I would so like to have one of those cupcakes now!!!

  44. Hi Gypsy,

    I wished I could send a cupcake over to you.



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