Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sailing away

Last night when I picked up my husband from off the ferry, driving home we saw this magical sight out in the bay, at twilight.
The Spirit of Adventure Voyage sails on a 10 day programme for 15-19 year olds.  
From kids that have been on this voyage, they have found it to be a life changing experience. The  trainee needs to be looking for fun, friendship and personal development and they learn and grow so much with all the challenges they face.

I went back down to the beach today and was pretty seeing the magnificent boat in the early morning light... you may be able to pick out the silver fern on the bow, if you enlarge the picture. Wouldn't she look great with the sails up and will keep an eye out and see if I can catch her sailing away.
Day light saving ended last weekend so already the Autumn days are starting, where it is cooler in the mornings and at night.  Summer is almost over and there are only the brave who go in swimming now. Most of the tourists have left and I love how the beach is a lot quieter and a great place for exercising and walking dogs.  It is time to put a blanket on the bed and will soon have to wear a jersey when I am out on my morning walk.

Hope that you are doing well and wishing you a happy week


  1. What a beautiful sight to see the ship sailing in the distance. The children that participate in this adventure are lucky indeed :) What a life changing experience! Enjoy the quiet that comes with the change of season Carolyn!


  2. Dear Carolyn,
    hoe beautiful ..the sky, the water...the ships....sailing away....sometimes would be nice to do ....
    Thank you for those wonderful pictures!
    Have a happy week, my dear friend!
    Love and hugs

  3. What beautiful photographs! How exciting it must be for the kids! A wonderful experience!

    Have a great week!


  4. Dearest Carolyn,
    Funny how ships sail off on the waves in time and how time changes over the seasons... Makes one ponder!
    Hugs to you and enjoy your week.

  5. What a gorgeous capture Carolyn!!!! I think this is fascinating about the the teens on the voyage. What an experience is would be!
    I think these photos should be framed. Just gorgeous!
    I hope you are enjoying your autumn days Carolyn.
    sending hugs...

  6. Carolyn, the sailing boat looks magnificent. I can imagine how great she would look in full sail.
    We Autumn is such a gentle time of the day.

  7. Jolie fotos!!!

    Bonne semaine !!

    xxx Maria xxx

  8. Hello dear Carolyn!
    You live on a really beautiful place on earth!
    Thanks for your dreamy photos!
    Happy week for you and your family!
    With love, Geli

  9. Carolyn, Thank you for the beautiful images and the Spirit of Adventure looks magnificent. What an experience and adventure for those taking part. You photos remind me of mine taken in the autumn! There is something special with the Autumn light.
    Sarah x

  10. Beautiful photographs, Carolyn. Thanks for sharing!

    We are waiting to "wake up" here where I live, it's so cold here still, hopefully Spring is coming soon!

    Have a sunny week my dear,
    Gaby xo

  11. These are some very beautiful pictures. It must be great to live so close to the water, every day to take a walk on the beach. You must be so inspired by airing your dog,(if you have one) such a beautiful place. I live in the cold north Europe, Copenhagen, where we now have spring, but a cold one.
    I wish you a lovely week.

  12. Wow Carolyn, these are so wonderful pictures! Hope you will catch her with the sails...
    It´s strange to read about autumn coming to you during we are still waiting for warmth and sun and really spring.
    Lots of hugs

  13. Good morning sweet girl....that is a lovely sight, and the water at this time has such a calming effect.

    Beautiful, my dear! Wishing you a lovely day, Anita

  14. i was actually thinking of you this morning as i was kinda writing about summer stuff, kinda dreaming of it, since we are experiencing some warm weather here--and knowing your summer is coming to an end--lovely post carolyn :)

  15. Dearest Carolyn,
    What a magnificent sight this is, and what an experience for the teens.
    Sail away, they are so beautiful out in the ocean.
    It looks as if they are floating on glass.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Sending you a big hug for the day!

  16. hello dear, thank you so much for following my humble blog...
    such sweet post and very pretty sight..
    keep well dear..
    big hugs x

  17. Hi Carolyn, what a fantastic sight, it must have been too gorgeous:) Awesome photos! Kisses dear! xo

  18. Wowww that first picture !!...beautiful...enjoy the week darling.....love Ria...xxx..

  19. Oh yes ,what a beautiful photoes, dear Carolyn,
    We do have some similar odl sail boats in Denmark, also taking teens with difficulties, on trips, where they learn being trustworthy and behave among other things,- a great and loved idea,here.
    Thankyou for this beautiful sight- I hope your autumn will start quietly and slow!

  20. beautiful post and stunning photos!
    kisses and wishes of a serene week

  21. So beautiful, darling ~ thanks for sharing!


  22. That ship is gorgeous. I can think of many a story that has been told upon it.
    Autumn coming to you and Spring to us. My two most favorite times of year.

  23. Wow!!! Looks like a postcard or painting. You live in a gorgeous part of the world, Carolyn! I bet that's an amazing adventure for those kids as well.

    Happy Fall to you...such a pretty time of year.


  24. Beautiful pictures! Here we are desperately waiting for spring!!!we had snow for Easter. Happy fall,

  25. Dear Carolyn
    So beautiful your post. The pictures are very nice.
    I wish you a happy rest of the week and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland. Love and hugs Yvonne

  26. Stunning photos of The Spirit of Adventure sailing ship. What a wonderfully challenging experience for those teenagers to spent time on her!
    Hope you enjoy more walks by the sea in this new season, Carolyn.

  27. Oh how sweet are you to come by and meet Ruby!
    Thank you so much Carolyn, I am so happy you enjoyed viewing her.

  28. Dear Carolyn,
    the sights in these pics is amazing!
    I love to sail, i do it often in summer and in twilight is my fav moment!
    Cant' wait for summer!



  29. Hello Carolyn...
    These pictures are so dreamy....I, like you love the water.
    I have enjoyed your last few posts. We are still waiting for more spring-like weather...it is still chilly here.

    Wishing you a wonderful week!
    I'll be updating in a day or so...
    Hugs and love, Nancy

  30. Me too I'm very close to the sea and I would like to live such kind of experiences but I'm not still young Carolyn dear ! Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog and for all these wonderful posts you present us ! Kisses !

  31. Oh Carolyn, how magical...rather like taking a journey back in time! Thank you for sharing such a lovely moment!
    Sending warm hugs your way...

  32. Hi Carolyn,
    I have been away for so long from blogging and it is lovely to return after a year to find your still posting about beautiful New Zealand. Seeing your photos makes me feel so home sick!
    I think I saw a movie about this boat and the guy who organises the trips for young people.
    Anyway, your photos makes me think of the first settlers who landed in NZ. Beautiful views. Thank you for sharing!
    Best wishes,
    Jo. xx

  33. What beautiful photos..you live in such a lovely spot...these boats are amazing. xo

  34. What a magnificent ship! How wonderful to go down to the beach and dream of olden times. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  35. Lovely old boats...
    Like an invitation to sail and travel trough the seas....
    Best regards,


  36. dear caroly,
    many thanks for visiting my blog an the sweet wors about my emma. yesss - she is a very good, little helper ;-)
    your photos of the sailboat are so gorgeous. amazing. and I light so mystical ... thanks for showing.

  37. You live in a wonderful country, and
    a wonderful place near the sea.
    The ship is beautiful.

  38. So romantic...

  39. Wonderful photos of the 'Spirit' I love seeing her out on the harbour too.
    Yes I agree so sad to turn the clocks back last weekend - au revoir Summer 2012/13.
    I've added a light mohair blanket to our bed too and it won't be long before I replace the cotton blanket with the winter duvet...
    Shane ♥

  40. What a glorious sight ... and I find myself reciting Masefield, I'm sure you know it ...

    I must go down to the seas again ...

    ... And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by

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  42. What a lovely sight - you've got a beautiful vista there. So happy that you visited my blog recently. Your bears are adorable!

  43. These are such lovely pictures of the bay, Carolyn. I've always wanted to ride a ferry. I think it would be so peaceful overlooking the waters. I love the third picture where the waves are coming up to the shore. I just went to the lake with my husband, and I forgot how beautiful it was.

    Have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  44. lovley photos, such nice boats and a beautiful view

  45. Dearest Carolyn,
    So sorry for my belated comment, my friend.
    What a GORGEOUS and LOVELY pictures of the ships♡♡♡ And also thinking the youngsters, I cannot help wishing good luck for them♡♡♡ Oh, also I wish I were as good a photographer as you, my friend in New Zealand♬♬♬
    I hope you are going to have a wonderful coming weekend.

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

  46. Blessings and much love my sweet friend. I love you and your postings. They always leave me so happpy. Love Jeanne

  47. Hi,Carolyn
    You captured such a beautiful photos. I really the peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy your early autumn and bit be careful not to have a cold.

  48. Hi Carolyn,
    What beautiful and peaceful pics you share. You truly live in a wonderful place on earth. I love the calm and serene look in these pics and the thought to sail away.

    We too started daylight savings a few weeks ago already. I can never get used to it at first when we spring forward. I would rather fall back in Autumn. LOL Enjoy your season and the warmth of home.

    XO Celestina Marie

  49. What a wonderful sight! Takes you back a couple hundred years huh?
    It feels like autumn here, with cold wet weather and not spring-like at all. It almost sounds cozy, as you describe it, but I wonder if that's a feeling that is more common going in to Autumn, as opposed to coming out....
    happy Weekend to you Caroly,


  50. such beautiful photos, funny to think of you entering autumn as it is just starting to warm up a little here and our beaches are starting to get busier...... x


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