Thursday, April 25, 2013

What is making me happy today

It's the little things that make me happy and here are a few of my favourites today

These pretty sunflowers are in my kitchen and they brighten up the house. They make me smile today  with their bold and happy faces

I am listening to the raindrops falling on the roof and both of our tanks are full up now.
This will now mean instead of a quick shower of a few minutes long

we can now take a relaxing soak in the old claw foot bath. This is one of my favourite things to do, with some scented bubbles and essesential oils to rejeuvenate and nourish my skin. I find it to be one of the most luxurious and enjoyable ways to spend a little time, especially after some exercise, for health and well-being.

Thank you always for stopping by here to say hello. I am grateful for your friendship and to new followers. Now that the olives have  been picked, I look forward to coming to visit you all.
Today is Anzac day here in New Zealand and we have a holiday.
Wishing you a wonderful Thursday, dear friends


On the 25th April, New Zealanders and Australians recognize this National occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australians and NZ'ers during the First World War. The soliders became known as ANZAC's and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.  
Lest we forget.


  1. Carolyn honey I can not tell you how much I enjoyed coming by here tonight.
    I have truly missed you and your lovely site.
    Enjoyed seeing the pics of what makes you happy. I too love my soaks in my claw foot tub.
    I love your twine and scissor holder. Not sure what it is called but have always wanted one of these.
    Now I am off to read about your Olive Harvest.

  2. Oh, your foot bath is so nice! To relax in warm water is really wonderful.
    Wish you a nice holiday!

  3. Dearest Carolyn,
    With you I share the joy of a luxurious bath. What a feeling for having ENOUGH water to do this!
    Happy Anzac day to you.

  4. You are right,mthe little things in our life makes us happy, very inspiring pictures

  5. Hi, love you simple things. I have a few myself. Maybe I will blog on this too at

    Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  6. This is my first visit here, but it won't be my last. What a lovely blog. Have a reflective ANZAC Day as we are, too. Julie

  7. Hello Beautiful Carolyn!

    I just love your photos. And that claw foot tub is just awesome! I am envious. :) How wonderful for you to get to enjoy some soaks in this beauty. Your sunflowers a sunshine in the kitchen, love them. I enjoyed seeing the beauty of your home.

    Wishing you a wonderful and beautiful end of the week.

    And don't you just love the sounds of raindrops on the roof!? I sure do. However, I am tired of rain at the moment. We are supposed to have warmer and sunnier days ahead. I'm thrilled. My yard is screaming for some TLC. :)


  8. Hi Carolyn :0)
    What a sweet things :0) I do love all of them. Your bath tube is beautiful and your sunflowers are truly happy. Lovely and cozy home :0) Hope you had a nice Anzac Day.
    Lot of love

  9. Hello dear Carolyn!
    You have un eye for the little beautiful things in live!
    I love this and your wonderful sunflowers!
    Happy week Carolyn and enjoy life!
    With love,

  10. Dear Carolyn,
    yes, it is the little things, what make us happy :O)
    I wish you a wonderful holiday!
    Love and hugs

  11. a soak in the bath tub is one of my most favourite things, it never occurred to me to be grateful for the water to do it in. I shall be more thankful now! x loved looking at your olive harvest photos, not warm or dry enough to grow olives here...

  12. Hello Carolyn, what beautiful sunflowers, they really make me smile!

    Am in love with your bathroom, and hope you enjoyed your long, hot bath ....

    Loving the Lily of the Valley on your sidebar, such a sweet little flower.

    Thanks for popping over to mine, you're always very welcome!

    Love Claire xx

  13. So nice bathroom, good that there is
    water in the tanks. And lovely

  14. Your sunflowers are so impressive, really beautiful.I love them too.It's good that you have finished with olives, now you must have a relaxing period ahead! I like to take a jakuzzi bath from time to time and it's really so regenerating! Stylish bath, you have..

  15. Love this post about things that make you happy right now. Love the sunflowers that are so cheery. Glad the harvest went well and you're enjoying the rain and, therefore, extra water supply. Hope you have a good day on ANZAC Day. Thank you for sharing.x

  16. Hi dearest, lovly. THANKS for you intersting post and for dont'forget...happy 25 April a you and a your kind family!!! W.L. Ni....for ever!!!

  17. Enjoy the day love love

  18. Hi Carolyn!

    Love sunflowers - the Van Gogh painting would look so lovely in my sunny home here in Southern Spain! (If anyone's reading this!)

    Lovely post - have a lovely ANZAC day too,

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  19. Hi Carolyn! These things that make you happy made me in a good mood too! Love sunflowers, their colors are amazing and so bright! Hope you have enjoyed your bath and holiday! Kisses dear! xo

  20. Beautiful bears! Love a good soak! The sunflowers are beautiful!

  21. Good morning dearest Carolyn! Les Tournsols...sunflowers, are so happy, aren't they? They almost have an animated quality to them! And so glad to hear that you have water again! Oh the things I take for granted...

    And I will put down your name and link on my list right now for the France party! Let's go dearest....let's have fun. Anita

  22. Lovely sunflowers, darling!


  23. Hello Carolyn!
    Appreciating everydays little things is what makes live beautiful!
    Sweet post! ^^
    Have a nice day!

  24. Beautiful postings my lovely friend
    Love and hugs
    Thanks for your visits and sweet words.
    Love Jeanne

  25. Hi Carolyn, Hope you enjoyed your special holiday for Anzac Day and thank you for sharing the meaning behind it.
    Love your sunflowers. They do bring a smile and brighten the home. So happy your water is full and your can enjoy those moments of relaxation in your gorgeous tub. What a beautiful bathroom.

    Happiness Always my friend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  26. Hold on to that Happy feeling Carolyn! Wishing you a lovely Anzac day!

    Madelief x

  27. Sunflowers are such joyful blooms...each a wee smile atop a stem! Wishing you a dreamy, luxurious bath as you listen to the raindrops dance upon the rooftop!
    Hugs to you...

  28. Carolyn dear, how wonderful, your water tanks are filled again, so you can take such a lovely bath! I don`t have a tub ,so that is not possibly for me to relax in a warm bath---only standing up :-) in the shower .
    The sun flowers are stunning -bright ,and warm in colours- I love them dried too!
    Hugs from Dorthe

  29. I love your bathroom Carolyn - so cozy I could slip straight away. Have a lovely day!! x

  30. Carolyn,
    The girls used to love sunflowers so much, and they surrounded their room with them growing up. It's been a long time since I took a bubble bath. Aaaahhhh, that sounds nice to me right now. I love those old tubs.

    Have a nice Friday, Carolyn.


  31. Dearest Carolyn,
    Japanese people all love bath♡♡♡ How great and relaxing your foot bath is♬♬♬ My husband has handicap with his legs and normally use shower (easier for him). But when he takes bath, I almost worry him not to get out of it so long p;)
    Oh, I also love sunflower very much, brighten our soul, aren't they(*^_^*) Thank you very much for the lovely post, my friend.

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

  32. Beautiful sunflowers...

    You have a claw foot tub? How beautiful is that! I remembering visiting my grandparents and they had cool!

    Hope you are enjoying life. :)

  33. Carolyn
    It is so nice to see your post.
    Your sunflowers really color your kitchen!
    Yes, taking a soak is the most relaxing time. Looks like your time is much more luxurious with many lovely things in the bathroom.
    Have a nice weekend!

  34. Hello lovely Carolyn,
    Your Sunflowers are so happy and bright, just like you! And congrats on your new shower over you claw foot tub ! Hooray!!


  35. This would makes me happy too!

    I love your blog, loving new zealand.
    Following you now, back someday on?

  36. Adore sunflowers! Gorgeous bathroom x

  37. Beautiful sunflowers! I am waiting sunny days and summer. It is snowing now :( but it is spring here in north pole and it is wonderful. Happy weekend!

  38. Simply beautiful captures...lovely!

  39. Oh so lovely to get in a tub with bubbles and essential oils! Our much loved, old farm house is over 130 years old with only a shower in the bathroom. I longingly await the day we have a claw foot bath tub ! Very much enjoying your blog, your newest follower!
    Be Well

  40. sunflowers are really one of the happiest flowers ever! Love yours...and your tub! Hugs to you my friend.

  41. ERRR I love sunflower too becuase they are so bright :))
    you have a nice blog! im following you now, hope you will follow me back, kisses <3

  42. Hey you´ve a great blog!
    Please check out mine.
    And if you want we can follow each other here, on bloglovin and via GFC?
    Let me know!!!

  43. Amen to a full water tank, Carolyn :-)

    Showers and baths are one of my everyday luxuries, especially during the cold months and I am very glad you can enjoy them fully once more in that stunning bathtub.

    Happy week to you, Carolyn.

  44. Carolyn,
    how lovely to meet you. Thank you for your kind comments. Your sunflowers are so bright and jolly, and I just love your bath. I hope you enjoyed your holiday, love Linda x

  45. Hello Carolyn
    Oh that's so good you will be able to enjoy a lovely long soak in the bath - it will feel like sheer luxury after waiting for so long!
    Now wasn't all that rain worth it?!!!!!
    Living on the mainland with access to water at the turn of the tap, I forget about those who rely on rain to fill their water tanks.

    Sunflowers always take me back to France - yours are beautiful and I imagine they were grown on Waiheke too.
    Hope you're having an enjoyable week Carolyn, we must get together sometime soon!
    Shane ♥

  46. Carolyn - Don't sunflowers just make you smile? I just love the cheerfulness they bring. Love your claw foot tub! Enjoy!


  47. Ahhh I love your bath tub! My dream bathroom definitely involves a black freestanding clawfoot. Beautiful.

    Also very jealous that you have been getting to enjoy lovely fresh olives!

    Thanks for sharing, take care :) xxx

  48. Your sun flowers are lovely Carolyn! The olive harvest sounds so exciting and I'm sure your olives are delicious. That tub is amazing! My girlfriend has one and loves it. I hope you are able to enjoy a nice long bath every now and then:)


  49. awesome blog! Love your post and pics :D

    Visit me too! Lets follow each other :)

    x Flo

  50. wow!!! how many artistic and modern things of design!!1 :D i like them!

    fashion blog miriam stella

  51. I love when I read something on a blog that triggers a happy memory. Your line, "listening to the raindrops falling on the roof and both of our tanks are full up" took me back to living in Jamaica - rain on a tin roof and our empty water tank filling up. Thank you.


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It always makes me happy to read your comments
and I look forward to visiting you.

Carolyn xx