Sunday, January 10, 2016

A few photos from here

I hope your holidays have been lovely and a little break away from the normal routine, has been relaxing.
Now that Christmas has all been put away for another year, it is a good feeling to have the house clean again. I must admit though, I feel a little sad having to pack all the Christmas decorations back in the boxes.

Here are a few little things that made me smile over the past week

The big fat Kereru {wood pigeon} was happy to sit on the railings of the deck and enjoy the early morning with us. When we had cats the birds would not come anywhere near the house, but now often we have tuis drinking out of the guttering and fantails flitting happily about. There have even been a family of Kaka, a large Native parrot living down in the bush and often at dusk you can see and hear them flying about making a loud screeching noise.

Prada is coming to Waiheke! I think not! ... found that it was a hoax by someone celebrating over the New Year. The story goes that over maybe a few too many glasses of Veuve Clicquot, someone thought it a good idea to have a signwriter make a sign for the window.
The building called Crockers store, used to be a pet store and one day we took the children out when they were small to have a look at the animals. My DH saw a little rat in the cage and put his finger to pat it - the little chap took a nip at his finger with razor sharp teeth and was very painful.

The blue of the sky and sea, was beautiful on our drive out to Onetangi

Lastly this sweet dog sitting in the car and peering out the window, made me smile when I was walking down busy Queen Street
 I hope 2016 is off to a wonderful start.
May it bring much joy and peace your way


  1. Hello dear Carolyn!
    What a fun post... I had never seen a wood pigeon before.. He is absolutely beautiful... Oh dear, what a sad joke to put out, Prada! Oh well. I hope your DH's little fingers are ok.. Yes, those little rats have teeth like razors.. Well, except Bebe, but of course she is a gentle mouse.
    That is some Jeep! The sweet dog inside looks like a Jack Russel..
    Thanks for the great share, and always being so kind to visit me.

  2. Wishing you a very healthy, happy new year!
    I am relieved that the busiest time has passed away. Our Christmas decorations have to be packed though! That dog in the car is so sweet!
    Have a good new week.

  3. Fabulous pics! That pigeon is so pretty!


  4. Owwww sweet dog !!.....thank you for your Nice card and present ! arrived yesterday...owwww so sweet if you...thank you so Much feeks like friendship i am happy you make my love love Ria x ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Hello, popped in to visit from Ett Rødt Monogram in Sweden. What wonderful expressive bears you make, so impressed. Pam in Norway

  6. We have wood pigeon here to, they
    come and eat bird food in our garden
    now in the winter. It is a lovely
    post you made.
    Happy week and hugs/AM

  7. Hi dejar friend ,, que fotos más simpáticas ,,espero que tenga un bendecido domingo

  8. Best wishes for a lovely 2016! Beautiful and SUNNY pictures from you...
    Have a happy sunday, take care!

  9. Dear Carolyn, Such beautiful photoes, I click them bigger always, to see them real.The fat dove, and your view from your drive oh so lovely.
    Isen`t it "fun" that often we adults, does exactly what we always tells our kids ,not to do, lol- like putting their finger inside a cage, to a not known animal .
    Dear friend, thank you for your e-mail, you are so understanding and sweet, ...but something will happen :-)
    I also felt a little sad after packing all christmas away, and still have a few pieces in my studio, like your sweet banner, thank you <3 .
    Hugs from Dorthe

  10. Very beautiful pictures my dear
    Wishing you a happy sweet blessed new year x

  11. Happy New Year my friend! Thank you so much very much for your lovely card. Was such a nice surprise. I need to manage my time better. I seem to lose a lot of time lately. Oh, no, when a gopher bit my sisters years ago when she was little they had to test the gopher for rabies. Thankfully all was well. xoxo Marsha

  12. Lovely to catch up with you Carolyn. Glad you had a good Christmas. Happy New Year! xx

  13. Dear Carolyn, Oh I so enjoyed your pics that made you smile. They made me smile too. So glad you are off to a beautiful start to the new year. Blessings in the months ahead. Celeste xo

  14. What fun pictures, Carolyn. I had to giggle about the whole Prada thing :)

    Wishing you a joyous year, sweet friend. Hugs!


  16. I've enjoyed your post and your selection of photos especially that beautiful view of the bay and the blue water. Wishing you a good week, Carolyn.

  17. Hello Carolyn,
    What a charming city you live in. I wish you all the best for 2016.
    Big hug

  18. Much love to you and yours.
    Love hugs and smiles across the miles
    Love Jeanne

  19. Dearest Carolyn,
    That was a refreshing and interesting update. Yes those big size birds can cause quite a lot of noise. People not living out in your part of the world have no idea how that can be!
    Sending you hugs,

  20. Dear Carolyn,
    It is so nice to have the birds coming close for a visit! We have wood pigeons here, too, but they are very shy. That is a fun story about the Prada sign. Glad that you had a lovely Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
    Hugs xo Karen

  21. This is another fun post. Thanks for sharing these wonderful shots

  22. Bonne Année to you both, hope that it is a fabulous one for you and that Martin does not feel tempted to pet any more rats :-)

    BFN, Leeann x

  23. My dearest Carolyn,
    I thank you so much for these amazing shots which greet the new year so wonderfully !
    Have a wonderful week, my sweet friend
    sending love

  24. Carolyn, we have lots of pigeons around here, but this one is so pretty. I can see why you enjoyed it when sitting out on your deck. This picture of the sea is so lovely. I have been missing the ocean lately, but got a chance to see it when I visited Jess recently. Don't ya just love it when dogs are curious and poke their heads out of cars, it's so cute.

    Have a terrific week, Carolyn.

    love, ~Sheri

  25. What a beautiful island you live on Carolyn. That view!!! Have a good week!

    Madelief x

  26. Oh I loved that pretty picture of the sky and sea and the pigeon looked very comfortable relaxing there on the rail. We also have something in common because I would have smiled, too at the dog in the car and even at the painted car. It's the little things that warm my heart.

    Hugs... :)

  27. I was fortunate to visit New Zealand in the 70's and visit Onetangi ... what a beautiful blue that sea and sky are.

    All the best Jan

  28. Onetangi looks stunning.

    Happy New Year Carolyn :)


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