Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Queen Mary

A few favourites from my week.

On Monday, the Queen Mary 2 docked in Auckland, sailing, on her worldwide cruise.
A great photo opportunity and can see why she is claimed to be, the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. 

I love, how cut hydrangeas I had in a vase, have formed  a root formation and now I will be able to plant this in a pot - do you ever propagate plants this way?

 Our home is still currently under renovation. Today I did some more painting.  It has really been too hot, but just ploughed on and hopefully we will get the job finished soon.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you are all enjoying your week
A big welcome to new friends to my blog,  I appreciate each and every one of you and grateful for your friendship



  1. Hi Carolyn,

    Such great photos of the Queen Mary! ..really takes your breath away to see it in person:)

    I've never tried to pot the hyacinths this way. What great idea! I will try it next time.

    Hope your week is going well!

  2. The pictures looks like havin a great week. Womderful pictures

  3. Oh quelle jolie fotos!! J'aime beaucoup le bateau !!

    Bonne semaine!!

    xxx Maria xxx

  4. Dear Carolyn,
    Oh yes, I think the Queen Mary is a magnificent ocean liner!

    You know I used to propagate flowers that way.. It has been so long I cannot remember which ones I did.. You have a very nice root formation going there. I am quite sure it will take hold in the earth.

    The weather is warm here. Time to start on the outside projects very soon..
    Enjoy your week..

  5. Such a beautiful ship Carolyn .....I've never been on a cruise ship but I can imagine a holiday on the Queen Mary would be a very luxurious trip.
    Hoping your week is going well and that your renovations will soon be finished. xx

  6. Dear Carolyn,
    Queen Mary is such a big Ocean Liner! I think it is really interesting to see it so close!
    Hope work in the house is going on well!
    Have a happy week,
    take care, my friend!
    Love and hugs,

  7. Hi Carolyn...lovely photo of the ship:) I have a decorator in this week too so I know how it feels!I am sure your house will look great when it is all finished:)
    ~Anne xx

  8. Good morning sweet Carolyn! The Queen Mary used to be docked in Los Angeles MANY years ago; we used to go to tour it when I was about seven years old! Lovely memories.

    Your home is going to be so gorgeous. I hope you will be able to share photos soon?

    Enjoy your day sweet friend! Anita

  9. Much love and many blessings to you sweet friend.

    I love all that you share.

    Love Jeanne

  10. She is such a luxurious ship. I have seen her when she was docked in Long Beach.

    I hope the renovations are going well. Can't wait to see the grand reveal.


  11. i love you board quote!! good going with the painting :)

  12. What a beautiful backdrop for photos of the majestic Queen Mary! Hope it's not too hot for painting - at least the paint will dry quickly. Now you have some more
    hyacinths to enjoy. My husband sometimes does that, but usually he sticks woody stems in some potting compost and they take root. Have a good week!

  13. Have a nice week

  14. The Queen Mary look so large especially against the backdrop of the buildings. I have rooted carnations and rosemary through leaving in water but by hydrangeas have never rooted!
    Sarah x

  15. Hi Carolyn! Seems you had a nice time:) The flowers are adorable! Kisses dear! xo

  16. Hi Carolyn,

    That was a wonderful photo op, and I hope that your house is finished soon. We still have snow on the ground here in Massachusetts, but the temperatures are a bit milder.

    Have a lovely day,


  17. Hi dear,
    I love how your flowers rooted... I also do that sometimes,-but never had a hyacinth making roots in my vase- I hope it will grow wonderfully in a new pot.
    I can imagine that painting and renovating takes the energy out of you, in such a warm weather, and so hope for you, it will soon cool a bit of,and that the rain will fall in your dry garden, dear Carolyn.

  18. Your home must be lovely! Painting is one job I don't mind. Happy midweek to you.

  19. I always liked the idea of having a blackboard at home and am on a lookout for one. As to the liner, it is beautiful indeed xx

  20. Dearest Carolyn,
    It would be a great luxury for traveling with such an ocean liner!
    Are those not hydrangeas? Yes we have rooted hydrangeas that way! Lots of them. Hyacinths are grown from bulbs and therefore cannot be rooted...
    Hugs to you,

    1. Dear Mariette,

      I realized I had made a mistake - did the post in a hurry and reread it and have changed it.
      Thank you for visiting


  21. Dearest Carolyn,
    What a gorgeous and magnificent ocean liner the Queen Mary 2 is♡♡♡ I won't miss the chance to see the beauty and take photos, p;)
    Although I never have my own, I love hydrangea during the rainy season in Japan. There are such variety of them.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  22. Dear Carolyn
    Such a big ship! Your pictures are so wonderful.
    Thank you also for the nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a happy rest of the week.
    Love and hugs Yvonne

  23. Hello Carolyn!
    Thanks for your visit.
    So I had the chance to find you!
    Your blog is very dreamy.
    I loooove hydrangeas but that your cut one got roots is fantastic and it' s new for me. I must try ....
    I wish you a happy week dear Carolyn!
    With love, Geli

  24. The ocean liner is magnificent, and large!
    Hope your little plant grows.

  25. Thank you for the visit and your kind words.I'm so glad to discover your lovely and wellcoming blog!

  26. Beautiful pics, darling!
    Love the flowers!


  27. dear caroly,
    the fotos from the "queen mary" are great.

  28. So great! Love the Queen Mary 2!!

  29. AMAZING PICS:) I love your cute bears in the beginning of your homepage, they make me smile everytime I visit:)

    If you want to see a Cute spring fashion collection..check out my new post:)

    Have a great weekend dear:)

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis

  30. She's a very impressive ship!

    I have propagated planted like that, but didn't realise you could do it with hydrangeas

  31. Hi Carolyn,

    The ocean liner looks beautiful. I love the quote written on the blackboard too - it is so inspiring! I am sure your flowers will bloom in full force very soon.

    Wish you happy week ahead,


  32. Hi Carolyn,
    Oh I just love the ship and all it's majestic details.
    Love your hydrangeas and how wonderful they rooted for you. Now you can plant and enjoy even more pretty blooms. Yes, I do try and root plants. My grandmother was really good at this. She would pinch off a set of leaves in the formation of 5 from her roses. Place it in the dirt and before long she had another rose bush. She had the touch I guess because I tried this and it did not work for me. Oh well. I'll keep trying, maybe one day it will work.
    Love the chaulk board quote!

    Enjoy the weekend and your home projects.
    Have fun. Hugs and Blessings, Celestina Marie

  33. Hi Carolyn!

    ove your photos!
    Queen Mary is magnificent!!!
    And hope your hydrangea grow up well!:D


  34. Best wishes from Finland!


  35. My dearest Carolyn,
    oh yes, Queen Mary 2 is a real beauty!
    How I would love to go with this luxury liner on a long trip! :o)
    I have never heard before that Hydrangeas are propagated in this way - wonderful! This is certainly a lucky omen!
    And it's so strange and interesting to read that it's too hot for more painting. Here the winter has returned. It is bitterly cold and windy, and today it has been snowing all day... But I an feel the spring already!!! :o)))
    All the best for your continued renovation!
    Warm hugs from the other side of the world, Traude

  36. What a grand ocean liner! I have also driven up the plants in the same way, it is so exciting.


  37. Carolyn,
    The girls saw The Queen Mary in their travels, and said it was just amazing. I hope your house renovation goes well, dear, and I am looking forward to seeing some pictures when it is all done. It's so nice to have a fresh space in our homes. Have a lovely Thursday.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  38. woww!! love it

  39. Hello dear Carolyn!

    Thank you for coming to see what's in my closet, or SHOULD BE! Much love, Anita

  40. What a lovely post! I saw you at Lola's! Always fun to make new friends while visiting. Love the photos. A beautiful detailed post andthanks for the share!

  41. Magnificent ship, indeed! And oh, how I love hydrangeas. I have never had mine root like that! Lucky you. :) Happy renovating, and have a wonderful weekend!

  42. Happy Friday dear Carolyn.;) My dream used to be to take a transatlantic trip on the QE2, the sister liner of QM.;) That was when I lived in the US. I disliked to fly and am still today a very nervous flier, so that seemed like a good option.;) Never got to sail with the ship though, maybe one day.;)
    Good luck with your renovations and have a great weekend,

  43. Wonderful snaps , loved the quote on the black broad . Thanks for sharing

  44. A ship like that is just awe inspiring when you think of all the hands that worked to build her ... mankind is capable of such incredible things :)

    I do like a nice hydrangea :D

  45. Good luck with the work in your house Carolyn! The QE2 looks like a grand lady!!!

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

  46. Wow, that is quite the sight isn't it.
    I've rooted mint like that, but never managed it with flowers, must have a go this summer x


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