Sunday, January 13, 2013

All in a days work

Hello dear friends,

Have not been around much on my blog - with the lovely sunny weather we have been having, every chance to get outdoors in the fresh air, swimming in the sea and just relaxing is what we have been doing. Some nights we have had a BBQ (DH is a great chef) for dinner with salads and always a nice way to cook outdoors. Bringing in a big bunch of lavender is a wonderful thing and I love the fragrance around the house.

Having the family home has been great and we were sad to have to say goodbye to our son yesterday, as he had to go back to the City.  
The outdoor teak furniture which had weathered to silver, from endless summers, got a new lease of life with oil.

The builder came back again today to finish the job he started last week. We have been listening to a circular saw all afternoon  but it is great to have the job almost completed. 
Loving the new wonderful floor in the lounge and the hallway, so will soon be able to share some photos.
We are so happy that we are getting there with our renovation job which seems to be taking forever!
 Whatever you are up to today... I hope you can take a minute to relax.

Have a beautiful day


  1. Hi Carolyn! Sounds like you are spending your time doing what is most important...enjoying family! And some little makeovers are good, too. Your teak is just lovely, and I'm sure it's a joy to lay out there and soak in the sun!

    Hugs to you!

  2. Carolyn,
    It must be bothersome with all the renovation going on at your house, but before you know it, things will look so much better. It's always nice to get something new and different. I hope the new year is being kind to you, Carolyn, and I am just getting over the worst flu bug. Feeling a bit better.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  3. Your lavender is so pretty Carolyn:) Lucky you to get the nice weather. It's been 26 degrees (daytime high!) all week. My plants are frozen. Glad you had some good family time:)


  4. So lovely weather, looks so cozy on the porch. Look forward to see photos from your lounge.

  5. Your lavender looks stunning Carolyn, and has really cheered up a murky, British January morning xxx

  6. and here is snowing outside the wondow:)

  7. Hi Carolyn!
    I am sure you are enjoying that gorgeous sunny weather to the full! I love the smell of fresh lavender:) Have a good week!
    ~Anne xx

  8. Glad you're able to enjoy such lovely weather - super pics!

    Have a lovely week ahead too,


    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  9. I really look forward to spring and is coldddd here.....freezing outsite...the sun is that is good....happy sunday...we are make a walk later the day.....pure fresh

  10. Oh Carolyn,

    your outdoors adventures brought inside linger with such fragrance, and that is what the seasons should do...linger in our hearts. So good to see this post! Anita

  11. Dear Carolyn,
    Your pic of the gorgeous teak lounge chair is encouraging. So glad you are enjoying beautiful weather and some relaxing times with family. I know you must be very happy getting the lounge finished. It is always fun when a project gets to the point of decorating again. Glad you had time with your kids while home too.

    Send some of your warm air this way. We are freezing here. Well at least for us here in Texas it feels very cold and last night we even had a hail storm. They were the size of marbles and so loud hitting the windows. Kind of scary really.
    Wishing you a wonderful day filled with sunshine.
    Big hugs, Celestina Marie

  12. I love lavender ,it is difficult to grow where we live, but I think I will try.
    Jane x

  13. Happy New Year Friend!!
    It is amazing to see the transformation of your teak furniture!! So glad to hear that your reno is almost complete. Also it is wonderful that you were able to be with your family during the holidays. It always is funny to realize how our weather is reversed. It is cold and rainy here today.
    Thinking of you and your ocean, I mean our ocean~

  14. Oh, how I long for summer, enjoy it!
    Greetz, Renny

  15. Such pretty photos Carolyn... I love your lavender... Everything looks so lovely.. Enjoy your week..

  16. Sounds like you are having lovely weather for outdoor activities. I know you will be glad when the floors are done. No doubt they will be beautiful! Have a great week. Tammy

  17. Hello, dear Carolyn! With your weather and the sea and great food I can totally understand you enjoying that instead of being at the computer. It sounds idyllic!

    And I can understand how wonderful it must be to finish the renovations. They always take so long and I'm afraid that's why I haven't started some of our projects. I just can't face the upheaval! Although that new bathroom is calling me. :)

    Wishing you a most lovely week ahead!



  18. I can almost smell your lavender it is one of my favourite flowers. I will look forward to seeing your new look lounge. I'm glad you are having a nice summer, oh to sit out on a sun lounger!
    Sarah x

  19. Dear Carolyn,

    Your weather sounds delightful! We are having a cold spell in Holland.

    Good luck with your renovations. You sound very busy!!

    Have a lovely new week!

    Madelief x

  20. Hot, sunny days - I think I'm starting to struggle to even imagine that! Lavender is such a lovely and relaxing (actually literally) scent and that image is lovely. Have a great week ahead xo

  21. OH it sounds wonderful, with your lovely summer time dear Carolyn.
    Here the snow is all over again!
    I too, love lavender, and their smell.
    I am glad you had wonderful dayes with your family, and wish you a happy new week. Thankyou for your dear visits to my blog, it alwayes make me very happy to see your name.

  22. Much love and many blessings to you my sweet friend..........Enjoy the sunshine...........Me I am waiting for Spring.

    Love and hugs

  23. Ah, I needed these photos! It has been so COOOOLLLD here! Very unusual. We are getting east coast weather, 25 degrees!! But I ventured out to the flea, all bundled up!!

    So glad to hear you are enjoying this lovely weather and time with loved ones!!


  24. Dearest Carolyn,
    Just a greeting I'm sending you across the world. Have a lovely week and good luck with the builder.

  25. What a relaxing post to read, especially as it's winter here. :)

  26. Dear Carolyn,
    how lovely to see sun on your pictures!
    We will get snow again today;O)
    HAve a happy and sunny new week, my dear friend!
    love and hugs

  27. Lovely pictures! continue speding your time like that!!! Is the best way!
    Come back soon to visit my fashion blog!
    Win a Brittany Fuson 2013 planner and a stamp of your choice!

  28. Renovations seem to last forever, don't they? I sympathize completely, Carolyn. I've been in the new place for 2 months, and it still goes on. Hoping for completion in the next two weeks. I'm sick of living with workmen!

  29. Dear Carolyn
    So lovely weather and here is snowing outside.
    Enjoy the sunshine!
    I wish you a happy week with a lot of sun.
    Love and hugs Yvonne

  30. Hi Carolyn,

    It must be a pretty stressful moment for you, but i'm sure your house will look brilliant!
    Love your lavender, so lucky!

  31. oh i envy that nice weather--we are having rain after just finishing a dreary foggy weekend---love lavender

  32. Carolyn, You are having a lovely season!

    May plant some lavender in the Spring in a brightly lit area in our yard. You made it very appealing.

    Our Kitchen will be started on in a few weeks and I cannot contain myself! Oh to have a Kitchen again.

    Hope you'll share the outcome of your renovation.

    God bless,
    d on the prairie

  33. Hello sweet Carolyn, I am so glad you are enjoying lovely weather and sweet family time! The lavender is gorgeous and the chairs look beautiful! I look forward to seeing the renovations. Thank you for visiting me and for your very sweet comment! So glad we met sweetie! Have a beautiful and happy week! Love, Paula xo

  34. Thanks a lot for stopping by Carolyn!:) Your blog is a nice discover too, so adorable! You know, I'm a huge Teddy Bear lover too:))) Enjoy time with your family:) Kisses! xo

  35. Same to you dear, best wishes for a beautiful 2013 ahead!:) xoxo

  36. Dearest Carolyn,
    Oh, I am happy that your renovation work finished and refreshed♡♡♡ And sounds like not so hot, isn't it(*^_^*)
    I love the picture of the lavender.

    My flu is really dragging on(^^;)
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  37. I wish u a wonderful week babe! kisses from Italy

  38. Oh Carolyn,
    So happy to hear that you are enjoying wonderful weather and of course the company of your children. It's been a little on the cool side here...more than we are use swimming on the beach for us yet :-) Hope you continue to enjoy more beautiful days...Can't wait to see your projects when they are completed. Sending you lots of hugs.


  39. Hi Carolyn,
    I'm sure you can't wait until all your renovations are over. I remember a few years back, having to endure the endless noise and dust that sadly accompanies such work. Have a wonderful week!

  40. I would sure love to be sitting there in your deck chairs right now Carolyn! We have been having some very frigid weather this past ten days and that photo just makes me want dive into that picture of your sunshiny deck : )
    I loved seeing your handsome son and beautiful daughter in your previous post. You must be so, so proud of them both!
    I am happy to hear that your construction will soon be completed. It will be so nice to be done, I'll bet.
    Enjoy those beautiful days you are having my sweet friend.
    much love...

  41. Fear Carlolybe, awwww, only to read about sunshine makes me feel better! It's been so dark here since weeks and i miss the light! Love your post here and wish you a happy wednesday!

  42. Gorgeous deck, Carolyn. Yes, renovating may be bothersome, but... think of the result! I'm sure it'll be a fantastic feeling in the end!
    Big hugs xoxo

  43. Hello Carolyn
    Gosh won't it be great when it's all finished! I know everything takes forever to do here too - but yours sounds like it's worth waiting for!

    The deck looks great and the steamer chairs - all very swish!

    How lovely having family with you - I'm envious.

    Shane ♥
    PS How did your bears go at John Stephens?

  44. Hello Shane,

    Thanks for your visit.
    My Panda bear has sold and have not heard that any of the others have



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