Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Escaping to paradise



Last week we visited Aitutaki, which is in the Cook Islands. 
I was excited when my DH took me away for a week to this tropical Island.
Here are a few snapshots from our time away and had to pinch myself that how beautiful the Island was. We had perfect weather with blue skies and only one morning over breakfast, we had a rain shower and had to retreat  under cover.
We flew 3 1/2 hours to Rarotonga and then caught a smaller plane over to the Island.
On arrival we were greeted by Kirsty with a gorgeous lei of sweet smelling gardenia, and frangapani and a coconut drink with Hibiscus flower
 
Etu Moana was the place where we stayed in Villa 1, with its thatched roof and located right on the beach.
 This is the view from off our deck and was enjoyable having a drink and watching the sun go down.
Listening to breaking waves crashing on the reef and looking out from our villa, to the clear blue ocean,  and white sand really was paradise. The only negative was a pesky old rooster which was a little ambitious and one night started crowing at 3 am!
my husband reading a book on the sunlounger

 The Lagoon made for safe swimming, snorkelling around the coral and seeing all the tropical brightly coloured fish, and to me that was the highlight of the trip. I even saw Nemo.

We explored the Island on push bikes, kayaked, ate too much food, read some books and generally just had a relaxing time.
At Koru restaurant where we dined outdoors for lunch one day, we were amused to read this sign, as chickens were happily walking around everywhere
 
One day we went out on a boat, with Bishops Tours who showed us around some of the other Islands. and saw a large turtle swimming around and our tour guide swam in after it, but luckily the turtle was too fast for him. 
The turtle sculpture was in the airport

They dropped us off to go snorkelling around some giant Trevalli fish (protected) It was scary and they seemed like sharks swimming around with us.
We had to take our rings and watches off as we could be mistaken for a small shiny fish that they would be attracted to. My wedding band would not come off, so they put a band-aid over it.
They told us that a lady a few weeks back, had to have 6 stitches as the fish had tried to bite her finger with ring on, so was actually glad to get back on the boat with my fingers all intact.
One Foot Island was where we stopped for a Barbecue lunch of fish, sausages, salads and fresh fruit, and that was a lovely way to finish our day out on the water.

All good things must come to an end and our week went so quickly and before we knew it, was time to get back on the plane and head for home.

Do hope all is well with you and that you have a wonderful week
hugs
Carolyn


Monday, October 30, 2017

A few favourites for October

 Hello dear friends,
A little hydrangea love

Where do the days go? Nearly at the end of October and how can that  be!
As you may have noticed there has not been a lot of blogging going on in my life lately.
A lot has been going on here and it's all good. I felt like I needed to take a little break and have missed you all and look forward to coming over to say hello and see what you are up to.
Work continues around our house and today the scaffolding finally was taken away. After the house and the roof were painted it is pleasant to be able to walk out onto the deck again as the doors were only able to be opened a little and to not have the unsightly iron bars everywhere. Will share some photos soon.
Don't know how the scaffolders could listen to their hip hop, rap music and every second word seemed to be a profanity, which made me have to shut the window to block it out.  It was all too much and went out for a little walk, to get away from it all.
 
A sweet little family of white ducks, so cute

Will share a few photos from around my little part of the world. This sweet family of white ducks have taken up residence at Matiatia Wharf and I love to see them waddling about




It was wonderful sailing home on the car ferry last week. Far away in the distance you can see the Sky Tower and the City of Auckland. The sky and sea was the most amazing blue
Violas, such sweet little flowers


 
My Cecil Brunner rose is blooming again

Do hope all is well with you all and many thanks for reading my blog and all the lovely comments you leave.


 Another evening and the same little family of five ducks
Sending hugs and wishing you a wonderful new week
Carolyn 

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