Thursday, October 12, 2017

Forget-me-nots and daisies

After returning home from my walk, I took this photo today of these sweet little flowers I picked from the roadside.



Just want to say thank you very much for your kind words of love and support - it has been a great help and appreciate all my dear friends.
 

We had a beautiful farewell to say goodbye to our dear Mother, Grandma and Great Grandma, along with all our family, friends and  carers that had looked after her in her latter years
Shirley my Mother-in-law had written some lovely words in a book so was great to hear her words and thoughts read out at the service, of some of her life. 
We will miss you and will always remember you. 
Rest your beautiful soul
Everything changes, nothing perishes

 It is at times like this, makes you realise how precious family is and we need to always remember and value our loved ones.
Just to finish off will leave you with my pretty creamy magnolia that is blooming in the garden.


Hope your week is going well
hugs
Carolyn


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saying goodbye




It has been a difficult time here for my family.
We got the call at 3 am last Saturday, to say my dear Mother-in-law was in hospital and we needed to make the 8 hour journey down to see her.
It was lovely to spend time with her, to hold her hand and stroke her forehead.
Sadly she passed away on Monday morning at the age of 87. 
She was a very beautiful lady and we are going to miss her very much. There were five boys in the family, so must have been a very lively and busy household growing up
This photo was taken when she was 19 years old and not long before her wedding day.

On our road trip driving down, we stopped the car a few times to take some photos so will share them with you.


The cherry blossom trees were at their best and loved seeing the sweet pink blossom everywhere. Cambridge is a gorgeous little town, with wonderful gardens and I always enjoy passing through here


We drove through the Tongariro National Park, along the Desert Road.  The white snow capped mountains Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, set against the beautiful blue sky is always a gorgeous sight


The magnolia tree was blooming behind the fence, where the family lived in this lovely old house in Bulls. 

You get quite a shock seeing a full size life-like bull sculpture, coming out from the alley steering right at you ... so glad that it is not a real one

Taihape is the gumboot capital of the world and here you can see the gigantic corrugated iron gumboot. 
Every year, they celebrate 'Gumboot Day' in this little town on the Tuesday following Easter. Contestants chuck a men's size 8 gumboot as far as they can in the hope of setting the Gumboot toss world record

Friends brought around this beautiful bouquet of flowers and lovely to have their love and support


I have had little time for the blog and there is much to do, as we will be going back down to the funeral.

Hope that you are having a lovely weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Our new kitchen




 
the cupboard to the left is where the washing machine is



The past few months have gone very fast and have not had much time to sit down at the computer, so hopefully will be able to get over to visit you soon.
We are about 95% finished and there are just a few more little jobs that need to be taken care of.
Lets take a look 

I am enjoying cooking and baking in the Smeg oven and love the old retro look  -  gas hobs and electric oven which seems to be very efficient.
The bench tops are white Carrara marble which is great to keep clean, after the concrete bench tops we had. The Spanish subway tiles proved to be difficult to lay in the corners, I was told by the tiler as they are uneven on the surface.
A Villeroy and Boch Butlers sink and Perrin and Rowe taps give an old fashioned look which is what we were after.

We had to upgrade the lighting system and chose a pair of Antique, French Enamel Industrial lights, and they are a dark French blue colour.  Also have used LED strip lighting in the pantry and down lights over the sink.

 

The flooring has a distressed look and very pleased with how it turned out
A little cabinet to display a few precious pieces of China and glassware




We took out two windows and replaced them with bi-fold doors that lead out onto the deck
The sun streams into the kitchen and it is great to be able to walk out to the outdoor dining table






Lastly a few little knick-knacks on the shelves.
I am loving our new kitchen and it has been worth the long wait and having to move out and go and stay in the City

Do hope all is well with you
Wishing you a happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Spring is in the air!


This is really my favourite time of the year, with all the spring flowers blooming.
Every morning I go out for my walk,  I love smelling the gorgeous scents around - jasmine and freesias and always pick a little bunch for the vase which makes the house smells gorgeous.

Sorry I have not been around much as I have been trying to get our kitchen back together.

A layer of dust from the tiler and plasterer is everywhere, so have had to clean everything.  It is like Christmas opening boxes to put the kitchen things away. Will share some photos soon.
Look forward to coming over to visit you.



Have a happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out and about in Auckland City

A few weeks I had the pleasure of spending the day with my dear daughter and we went exploring around the older parts of Auckland City.
Walking around you get to see so much more, all the wonderful old buildings I love this architecture so much.

The first I would like to show you is St Andrews Church and the sky and clouds looked ominous and not long after we got caught in a shower of rain. As you can see the Saint Andrews Cross, The Saltire, flag of Scotland is set in the lead light glass windows
The High Court is a lovely old building and the interesting feature of this, is a Prussian Immigrant Anton Teutenberg decorated the building with gargoyles and they are a glorious example of Gothic grotesque. Though common on churches and cathedrals around Europe they are rarely seen in the Antipodes.


Formerly known as the old Arts building the clock tower was designed by Roy Alston Lippincott.
The clock tower helped define the University's architectural spirit combining traditional elements with local decorative motifs, flax flowers, ponga fronds and Kaka can be found in the stone detailing.
It is also known as The Wedding Cake

The old Auckland Club is a nice old building overgrown with Ivy and often think this looks a little spooky



Lastly I like the lines of this building and the soft muted colours
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little of the architecture around the older parts of the City.
Thanks for the kind visits to my blog and I look forward to coming over to visit you.
Wishing you a happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Happy weekend

August already...how could that be that it came around so quickly.
Life really does seem to go so fast!

 I tried posting some photos of the wonderful old architecture around Auckland City, but for some reason they did not seem to upload.
So I was able to post a few photos taken from around the garden.
The white camellia is blooming, and the dark reddish pansies are such a pretty colour and look like velvet. 

On Wednesday we saw our dear daughter off on her overseas trip.
She arrived in Berlin and is then travelling on to Denmark, Sweden and Finland. She is really excited to be over there visiting these places, as it is somewhere she has always wanted to go to.



We have moved back home and the kitchen is coming along - subway tiles are going up and everything is having a fresh coat of white paint. We are waiting for the electrician to finish some wiring and the plumber to do his thing.
As we do not have the oven working, most of our meals have been cooked on the barbecue, slow cooker or we dine out.  Look forward to sharing some photos soon and what you find with renovations everything seems to take so much longer
Will be so happy when the  tradesmen finish and we can have our house back to ourselves again.
Our new cedar garden shed has replaced a little old tin shed  and is very useful for storing tools and bicycles in


Do hope you have a wonderful weekend.
hugs
Carolyn

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Our stay in the City


The historic apartment building, Westminster Court  is where we are staying for our little sojourn.
Located on Parliament street, which is lined with normally leafy oak trees, but with it been winter the trees are bare. We found this apartment via Air Bnb which is a good way to find a home away from home.
The gorgeous grand old Art Deco place was built in the 1930's and upon entering the apartment you are transported back with the decor and retreat to how life may have been back in the day.
 With big old sofas, stained lead light windows and even an old bakerlite phone that is connected and rings in the hallway.






We are loving City life and makes such a change from living on our quiet little Island. It is just a short walk down to the supermarket and the bustling streets of Auckland.


DD and I have been able to catch up for morning coffee on Saturday, lunch's  and go shopping together which is great. We have been for long walks and have taken many photos around our beautiful City of Auckland, and will share them with you soon.

Kitchen is coming along and yesterday we bought the subway tiles to line the walls behind the sink and the oven.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and that you are enjoying the weekend.
Wishing you a happy new week ahead.
hugs
Carolyn