Monday, May 7, 2012

Pansies, olives and a walk along the beach

We have had a lovely, busy weekend and this is a little of what I got up to.

It is olive season here again and they were ripe and ready to be picked so that was one of the jobs in the weekend, on the to do list.  I have noticed the birds had been making a feast of them over the past few weeks. While there was not as big a crop as last year, it is always exciting picking the olives and having them pressed and turned into bottles of our own delicious olive oil.

I feel so lucky living near the ocean and every possible opportunity it is lovely to take a walk along the beach. Even better now that most of the tourists have gone away until next summer and there are only a few people out enjoying the sunshine and walking their dogs.
Looking out the window on Saturday afternoon, I saw this old sailing ship and had to run and get my camera. Wouldn't you enjoy going for a sail on this old beauty, I know I would with only the sound of the wind,  making her move over the ocean.

Busy, but happy and I look forward to coming to visit you.
Blessings to all of you,  have a great week


  1. How wonderful that you are so close to the beach! Love that old sailing ship!

    I've been sick all weekend. Caught a really bad cold. It's been a couple of years since I've been sick . . really knocked me on my tushie.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!


  2. I didn´t know in New Zeland you have olive trees too,I thought you had a wet weather ,isn´t it?
    I live near to the sea too and also I love walking along the beach , when the summmer has finished and the tourists have gone away
    Happy new week

  3. Dear Carolyn,
    thanks for those wonderful pictures! You really live at a lovely place on this earth!
    Have a happy week, my friend!
    Love and hugs

  4. Lovely pictures Carolyn, I would so love to assist you in picking the olives and helping with the making of olive oil. And I would love to set sail on that old beauty any day, it is so refreshing especially after a busy weekend.

    Wishing you a happy week ahead :)

  5. Bonitas imágenes..un beso desde Murcia...

  6. Ciao cara!!

    Amo molto le tue foto.

    La prima, ancor più! ;o)

    La dedico a te!


    Un abbraccio di cuore e buonissima settimana. ;o) NI

  7. Oh Carolyn,

    The beach, THE FEEL OF THE MEDITERANEAN and all of the pleasures that go with it? HOW LUCKY YOU ARE! When I lived in Nice, France, this was the daily scene: A walk to the beach, a walk to the outdoor markets and OLIVES!!!!! What a life.


  8. Hi Carolyn,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours. I love your bears!
    I always think of olives coming from the Mediterranean do you have many trees?
    I share your views on walking on the beach and enjoying the quieter times of the year.

  9. Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures!here is England is still a bit cold,I went to the beach yesterday but I did not enjoy it,have a nice day!

  10. Hi Carolyn, Seeing your pic of gorgerous olives reminds me of your process each year. What a wonderful opportunity to have fresh olive oil.
    Your weekend sounds lovely and especially a walk along the beach. You have a little piece of heaven where you live with the sights that surround you. The sailing boat is an awesome scene on the water. Thank you for sharing.
    I so hope to visit your lovely land one day. My hubby often says he would love a vacation there. He also knows a work associate in your part of the world.

    Have a great week my friend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  11. You are such a darling, Carolyn for chancing in on me. I do appreciate your thoughtful heart!
    Adore that olives grow in your neck of woods. When we lived in California there were olive trees, but not a one as far as I can see in Texas! Keep savoring your ocean and beach as that add so much peace and joy to the soul!!


  12. So nice with your own olive oil, what a wonderful picture with olives.
    Wish you a sunny week

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  14. Beautiful, dear Carolyn- we very seldom have those old ships sailing past, but it is alwayes worth a photo, especially when they turns so beautiful as yours. And your olives looks so yummy, and wonderful,-I hope you gets some tasty oil from all of them, dear.
    Here tourists starting to come in big counts, and next month here will be full of them :)-:( yes love and hate !
    But warm hugs to you.

  15. Dear Carolyn,

    This is so idyllic! Olives are wonderful, aren't they? I think that olive oil and fresh orange juice jostle for a place in the list of foods from the gods.

    Have a beautiful week.


  16. Sounds like an ideal weekend, Carolyn! Hope you have an equally amazing week ahead! :) xoxo

  17. Dearest Carolyn,

    We do have a small olive tree but I doubt if we ever will see it produce olives.
    You do live in a great area. Enjoy it and have a lovely week.

  18. beautiful! I love olives! Sailing too!

  19. Nothing prettier than that pansy face, Carolyn!
    You live in such a lovely country..I so enjoy your photos! I can look out and see the ocean too and love its ever changing face.
    What fun you have olive trees and can make your own oil. I hope you post something about the process; I'd love to read it.

  20. Oh Carolyn,
    You made me remember an old olive tree we had in our back yard when my sisters and I were little girls. It was so tall and big my dad was able to hang a swing for us on one of its branches...So many wonderful memories. Thank you for the sweet reminder. Wishing you a beautiful day my friend.

    Much love,

  21. Amazing pics!!!!


  22. oh I love pansies and I love olives and I love the beach!!!! wonderful post Carolyn!!!

  23. Glad you had your camera nearby, Carolyn. Your photos are great. The old ship is lovely. It looks like you had marvelous weather last weekend. Nothing like sun and sand. Have a nice week :)

  24. Hi Carolyn,
    Lovely to view the water and the sail boats once again. My hubby was right here and I showed him your pics. He loved them too. So serene and relaxing.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment today. Always special to see you. Have a great week.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  25. Dear Carolyn,
    what a beautiful view!!!

  26. What beautiful photos, darling!
    Those olives look amazing!


  27. Great shots! Love the beach scenery in here. Really crave to feel sea breeze after seeing this one.
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  29. Hello dear,

    I love pansies, are one of my fav flowers!^^
    Beautiful pics!

  30. You are such a dear Carolyn to visit and leave such encouraging words. I am so happy you enjoyed the coach.
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. I love the ones at the beach.. Always a calming place to be, especially when all is quiet.
    Wishing you a beautiful week.
    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos.

  31. Wow - olives! Never thought you have them down there - growing! Love all these pretty nature pix here Carolyn, cheers to a happy week!

  32. Lovely old boat...
    Best regards from France,


  33. Hello Carolyn

    Oh the thought of ones own olive oil!
    We've had three olive trees in pots in the courtyard for years - with only a handful of olives! I've now given them to my son for his rooftop garden in the city - maybe they will do better for him!

    We've had a few magical days of late but now it seems to be grey and dull again......

    Have a relaxing weekend after all your hard work!



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