Sunday, October 20, 2019

Signs of Spring!

Hello friends,

This is the first time in ages since I have been able to sit down and do a little blog post.  I am finding that it is so much easier to post a photo on Instagram these days. 

I love Springtime when some of my favourite flowers are around. A white camellia I picked yesterday and a bunch of freesias which smell beautiful.

Bluebell, this sweet little dog of ours, seems to take up so much of our time. She will be coming up a year on the 27th of October and how fast this year seems to be going!
Every morning we go for a lovely walk along the beach and she gets to socialise with all the other dogs there.

Also have been doing some work in our daughter Victoria's old bedroom - giving that a makeover and the plasterer has skimmed the walls and will soon be able to paint them.
It has been slow progress but hopefully one day will be finished and I will be able to share some photos.
Overlooking Four mile beach at Port Douglas

Back in September, we had a wonderful holiday away in Port Douglas and our son Marcel came along with us. 
Marcel feeding the kangaroos

This crocodile was huge and glad there was a barrier between us 
Stayed in a Balinese style villa and had a lovely swimming pool

It was great to go to tropical Queensland and see lots of sunshine.
Went out to the Great Barrier Reef and spent the day snorkeling around tropical fish and coral which was amazing. Also took a short helicopter ride to view the reef from above which was spectacular.

Also have been working on a new Bear and it has been so long since the last one. I have a friend who is doing a new website for me, so one day will have that up and running.

Have been thinking of you all and look forward to coming over to say hello and see what you are up to.
Blogging friends, are the best and have missed you.


  1. I've never been in a helicopter and think you're so brave!!! Beautiful flowers make Spring a joy. We're winding down as we're having Autumn. Trying to look for the beauty in this. Blessings, d

    1. thanks Deanna, for your visit.
      You will have all the beautiful Autumn coloured leaves.

  2. Dearest Carolyn,
    Can't believe your precious Bluebell will be one within a week...
    No doubt life has been different with her and she seems happy with her human family!
    Great to read about all the things with your children and the progress at home.
    Life is going fast. You enjoy the camellias and we're fading out of summer. From still hot weather in October we suddenly went from 38 C to only 21... and rather cool nights. Right now we finally got our rain, much needed everywhere but not the ripple effect of tropical storm Nestor that caused heavy rains and thunder even more so today.
    I'm making steady progress with digitalizing all our Hi8 videos and uploading onto YouTube unlisted. My husband Pieter has been enjoying them so much and even more so since I got him the iPadPro 12.9" for better viewing on the larger screen and far superior quality screen too.
    Can't believe we're racing towards November! We'll have a wedding coming up and will also do some traveling to the mountains for the fall color. Hope no rain then!

  3. Dear Mariette,

    Yes, this year seems to be going so fast and before we know it will be Christmas. Sounds like a busy time ahead for you and many thanks for your kind visit and your news.

  4. Such a lovely holiday in the sun and Bluebell is so cute :)
    Warm hug from a grey, rainy Sweden and Titti

  5. Hi Carolyn you my friend .....miss you...glad you are back love love Ria 💕💕💕

  6. Hallo Carolyn,
    A beautiful post , I love to see your spring flowers, now Autumn is settling here .
    Must be lovely walking your sweet dog every morning.
    Your bears are simply beautiful, also dressed so lovely.
    Have a good rest of your week, my friend. Hugs Dorthe xo

  7. Dearest Carolyn,
    I am so glad that you are back and that you are healthy and well - I missed you, too! How wonderful that you had a good time in Queensland with Marcel. I have never been to Australia yet, but my husband was diving at the Great Barrier Reef 25 years ago. Uuuuh, the crocodile, I would have had great respect, too!
    Soso, you are now favored with Instagramm ;-)) I have been able to resist so far ... but now there are so many blogging friends to meet there ... Maybe one day I will come too!
    Very pretty, this bear-couple! <3
    I send autumn greetings in the spring and lots of hug to you! And please stroke the sweet Bluebell for me!
    XOX Traude

  8. My deaerst Carolyn,
    so lovely to hear from you! Thank you for this lovely springfeeling! Here autumn is coming and it shall get colder from next week on.
    Your dog looks so beautiful :O)
    And I LOVE your nre bears! Looking forward to see your new website!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my dearest friend, thanks also for your lovle email, I will answer at the weekend ;O)
    Lots of Love, Claudia xoxoxo

  9. Lovely to see this blog post from you Carolyn, pleased that all is well.
    Love all the photographs you've shared.
    Enjoy your Spring and summer.
    We are well into Autumn now and have enjoyed some nice Autumn sunshine and walks. Unfortunately they are forecasting a rainy weekend for us!

    All the best Jan

  10. I haven't done a bear for ages...but, I did do just a cute head last year for a Christmas ornament...and, I think it could become a tradition. I just do the head and a ruffle of ribbon for a collar... they get to sit on a branch of the tree as ornaments. I love seeing them there...have two now...

    looking forward to seeing your new website...

  11. It is great to catch up on all your news and Bluebell is adorable. I'm glad that you are enjoying spring, for myself I am more than ready for a little winter :-)

  12. Hi Jarka! Enjoy your spring!
    Monique 🐾🐾

  13. Una buona sereta e una felice domenica per te.

  14. Dearest Carolyn,
    I hope you are well and you and your family (including Bluebell) are having a wonderful "Advent"-time! We have a very warm and sunny autumn with many nice walks in the colorful nature :-)
    Hugs and best wishes from Austria my dear,

  15. Hello Carolyn, your morning walks along the beach with Bluebell sound so nice. Oh, that crocodile must have been a sight for you! It's a big one! The villa you stayed at is lovely, and that blue vase is gorgeous. It sounds like you had such a nice trip. It's so good to see your sweet bears on your blog again.

    I hope you are enjoying this wonderful Christmas season, Carolyn.


  16. Le cose più belle della vita non si trovano sotto l’albero, ma nelle persone che ti stanno vicino nei momenti speciali.
    Buon Natale!


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