Monday, September 3, 2012

Harbinger of Spring!

 Harbinger of Spring is the sight of daffodils, freesias, birds building nests, (once again the window box outside our sons bedroom makes a temporary home for a little family.)
September is officially the start of Spring here in New Zealand,  but you would not think so as today it is cold and wet.
Signs of spring are in the air, and out walking I picked a bunch of freesias that were growing on the roadside. The intoxicating smell on the kitchen windowsill is gorgeous and even doing jobs like washing the dishes,  seems more pleasant.

These Gucci shoes were displayed in the window of the Fabric shop that I went into last week.
They were worn by Lady Gaga during the final show of the Monster Ball tour in Mexico City.
Autographed by her, they were put up for auction for a fund raising telethon to help Christchurch after the earthquake.
Lady Gaga gave strict instructions to the Rise up Charity team for Christchurch "Make sure they raise heaps of money and go to someone fabulous"
Ps. Two years ago today, 4th September was when the first earthquake struck Christchurch, and still there are difficult times for so many people living there. Rebuilding and getting back to normality is slowly happening and we hope that life can be better for the people of Christchurch.

I wish you a wonderful new week


  1. Dear Carolyn, I hope you have a wonderful week as well!

    The flowers are outstanding and I wish these were just outside my window to enjoy. Please enjoy these beauties for me as our Autumn is creeping in. I hope our temps stay in the 70s for a long Indian Summer.

    Always good to hear from you!

    God bless,

  2. Dearest Carolyn,
    Oh, "Harbinger of Spring"♡♡♡ Gorgeous pictures of flower! I wish we have the fall version here; still SO hot, haha.
    Lady Gaga's Gucci shoes looks fabulous and I wish the good auction price for them♬♬♬ I never have had Gucci brand p;)
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  3. Happy Spring to you dear Carolyn!!

    How amazing - I wonder who won the auction on the Lady Gaga shoes - intriguing...

    It's almost a year since you so kindly did a post on my blog when I was out of action - thank you again Carolyn!


  4. I love all you share.........
    Spring is by her very nature divine.
    Blessings my lovely friend.
    Love you

  5. Your little bunch of freesias is gorgeous Carolyn ... If I close my eyes I can smell their sweet perfume.
    We have had a beautiful warm introduction to Spring with 22* for the last 3 days ... Just magical. xx

  6. WOW....what a cool thing for Lady Gaga to do my dear. I do hope that much money was made and that it DID GO to needy people.

    Oh, you are now getting your spring!!! We are still reveling in sunny bright days, but the leaves are turning and some are even falling. Every season is so gorgeous and let's embrace it all. Much love to you and yours! Anita

  7. Best regards from France Carolyn...
    Enjoy your days !


  8. We have daffodils are flowering here in South Aust. at the moment as well. My blue bells will be out by the end of the week.
    Have a lovely spring week.

  9. Hello Carolyn!

    You know, i love flowers so much and your daffodils are so pretty!
    here is Fall is coming, so enjoy spring!


  10. Dearest Carolyn,

    Enjoy those beautiful daffodils inside, in the warmth. Spring will come, just be patient! Here we are waiting for the heat to finally let go and give us cooler days to enjoy. Labor Day usually marks that, crisper mornings and evenings...
    Hugs to you,

  11. Dearest Carolyn, I love the spring-feeling in your post. Here it's a late summer-day today... and autumn is in the air... But one day we will have daffodils again, too :o)))
    Hope the Lady-Gaga-shoes will bring good money for people who need help!
    Warm hugs and happy springtime, Traude
    ✿ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ✿ ♥♥♥♥ ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ

  12. and here on this side of the was +30C last week....and this morning ....a frost delay at the golf courses..... summer is waning.....

  13. Spring is in the air !!..i wish i could say the same .......hahahahaaha...lovely week

  14. Sounds like you will be bidding on the shoes Carolyn :-)!

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

  15. Hi Carolyn!
    Lovely flowers:) Have a good week!
    ~Anne xx

  16. Your freesias look amazing, I wish they grew on the roadside over here too!
    Sarah x

  17. Those flowers are so beautiful -- here it's becoming fall!

  18. Hi Carolyn,

    So glad you are seeing signs of spring. I can relate to your comment about the wet weather you are experiencing.. Here is Seattle we have rain and gray skies until the first part of July. As soon as the summer sales start and fall clothes come in.. our weather gets nice! I've always got flowers in my house (year round) to brighten my day. Great photos!


  19. Dear Carolyn,
    it is so wonderful to see your springflowers, while here the nature starts to change colours, autumn is coming .....
    Have a happy springtime and take care, my friend!
    Love and hugs,

  20. Beautiful post, darling!
    Love the Gucci!


  21. I so hope those are miracle shoes that gets lots of $$$. Spring hopes eternal. Little daffodils can help too.

    it's raining here too but we really need it. Just happy it missed Labor Day festivities:)


  22. it is strange for me to think you are starting your spring and me our autumn :)

  23. Hi Carolyn, Your flowers for the window sill are just gorgeous and I love the scent of Freesia too. Hard to believe how fast the seasons are running by. We need it to cool off, as it is still very hot here.
    How quickly the years have passed since the earthquake. I hope those awesome shoes made lots of dollars in the fund raiser.

    Enjoy your springtime my friend as we look forward to Fall days hopefully soon!!!

    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  24. Dear Carolyn,
    That is so nice that the shoes will go up for auction to help after the earthquake. It is spring where you are, and Fall is coming for us. Today, Sept 4 is my brother's birthday. He passed away many years ago at the young age of 53. Your beautiful yellow flowers made me smile and think of him. Thank you.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  25. I love Gaga, what a kind heart that girl has! Listened to a fascinating talk by the Director of ICU at Christchurch Hosp. at a conference last week. He talked about how the ED/ICU coped on the day of the Feb earthquake. Lots of valuable lessons learnt. The brave Engineers who kept the diesel generators going in the Hospital's basement to maintain the power supply are the quiet heroes. They didn't return to their own homes & families for over 24 hrs.
    Millie xx

  26. So lovely to have spring ahead, imagine that we has the same weather right now. But here we have the fall.
    Have a nice evening

  27. I'm not a great fan of Lady Gaga, but think that was a lovely gesture, Carolyn.
    Beautiful daffys!

  28. Dear Carolyn,

    I wish you and your family a wonderful start to spring. It's so strange to think that we are enjoying the last days of summer and preparing for autumn.

    Freesias are divine, aren't they? Such a beautiful scent and I cannot believe you are lucky enough to have them growing on the verge of your roads.


  29. Dear Carolyn
    Wow.... so nice! Your spring flowers are so lovely. Now we have automn.
    Thank you very much for the nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a happy springtime and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland. Hugs Yvonne

  30. Hello Carolyn,
    It seems like yesterday you were starting Fall and we , here in the US were happy with a spring season.
    Your flowers from the road side are wonderful! What a gift!

    With kindness,

  31. You are blessed my friend..heading into Spring...pure joy! xoxoxoo

  32. OHHHHoo. Happy SPRING to you. I love the season...and we here are having start of fall. September is a great month...north or south hemisphere, sounds like.

  33. What lovely daffodils! Here the last summer flowers are lingering as we move into autumn

  34. Hi Carolyn!!!! I am so thrilled we are experiencing totally opposite Seasons...we get to share what we see and I am loving all of your Spring inspirations!!!!

    Wishing you a super day!!!

  35. My favorite flower, the Daffodil. :) Enjoy your spring. It has been so hot and humid here in the U.S. this summer, I am beyond thrilled that fall weather is on the way! :)

  36. Hi Carolyn,
    Happy Spring to you.....almost. Ah the smell of Freesia!
    That was generous of Lady Gaga. Like she said, hope her contribution will make a difference, but all kindness makes a difference, don't you think??

    Hope ALL is well & Happy Weekend~

  37. 彡♡` Olá, amiga!

    Sim, a primavera está chegando... logo, logo tudo estará florido.

    Linda noite!
    Bom fim de semana!
    Brasil ♡彡.

  38. Daffodils are a wonderful flag for the season of renewal. I hope the weather changes and you get a lovely spring.
    Hard to believe it's been that long - like so many things, it's all you hear about in the news for a few days or even a week and then nothing - no follow up or anything, just the odd story now and again. I hope it gets better soon - it cannot have been easy....

  39. Fall and Spring are my favorite times of the year -- not too hot, not too cold a smell of change in the air -- unfortunately, we have mostly summer temps all year long. Those freesia are so beautiful - can't imagine anything that beautiful just growing on the side of the road. Not much is growing here at the moment ... still hot, 111 degrees right now. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Tammy

  40. Hi Carolyn,
    enjoy your spring! These flowers are very lovely!
    I'm waiting for autumn, my favorite season!

  41. Hello my dear,
    thank you so much for your nice comments! I hope everything is allright and you are just enjoying a happy springtime-weekend!
    Hugs from Austria, Traude


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