Tuesday, March 20, 2018

World Happiness Day

When I heard that today was 'World happiness day, could not let this special day pass without doing a little post to share.
We need to recognize the importance of simply being happy

The wallpaper mural I thought was gorgeous and imagine this in a bedroom ~ the flowers are so large and pretty

I agree with Audrey ~ 
it really is all that matters is to enjoy your life and be happy
Les Fleurs pour vous

Hope your week is going well and sending love and hugs

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Venice, Italy

Venice is one of those places in the world that is very special and unique.
It was a place on my want to visit list, and was happy to be able to visit there last year.
We travelled in the water taxi which ferried us to the Hotel Danieli  where we stayed. Some of the scenes of 'The Tourist ' movie were filmed here, with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
The Murano glass chandelier in the Hotel was really beautiful.

Every morning we would get up bright and early to explore as we had heard that places like St Marks Square got very crowded.

Over breakfast on the deck of the hotel, we would watch in amazement as most days, three large cruise ships sailed up the Giudecca Canal disgorging its thousands of passengers into the street.

We saw many signs around the City saying 'Tourists stay away from the World Heritage Site, the locals had enough of the hordes of people that were making living there unpleasant for them.
The Restaurants and shops though would be happy to see people dining, shopping and spending money.


The light was truly magical, especially at dawn and dusk and loved how the  bridges crossed over the canals to enable you to walk everywhere.  The gondoliers with their striped tee shorts of red or navy with a straw boaters  must have incredible balance to be able to stand and manoeuvre the boat along.
They used to be famed for serenading to their passengers, but only a few could be heard singing and some had music coming from a machine.

One of the most famous bridges in Venice is the 'Bridge of Sighs' built in 1600.

If you visit Doge's Palace like we did, you get to walk over this on the way to the prison cells. The bridge is enclosed and made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars and connects the new prison to the interrogation rooms. I found this very sad and that would have most likely been the last time  they would get to see Venice
Thank you for reading my blog and hope you liked seeing a few snapshots of this unique City.
Happy March and hope all is well with you.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Venice Simplon Orient Express

I am very fortunate to have a kind husband who last year, spoilt me with a wonderful trip away  to celebrate my birthday.
Looking back through my photos, have never got around to sharing them, so here goes, come aboard and I will show you around.
 We departed from Victoria Station in London and crisscrossed Europe, through Switzerland and ending up in the wonderful City of Venice.
A journey unlike any other  when you step aboard the train and instantly you feel like you have stepped back in time, to amazing elegance and was certainly a wonderful and romantic experience.
 Considered one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the Orient Express hearkens back to the Golden age of luxury travel in the 1920's.

I loved all the Art Deco touches, from the marquetry inlayed wood, plush sofa and chairs to the French Lalique glass in the dinning car.

In our room was a little sink, in an enclosed cabinet and you are provided with robe, slippers, towels and toiletries. 

The friendly and helpful staff were dressed in regal uniforms, and the food was outstanding and there is something special about train journeys, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery from your room.

Everyone dressed up in their finest clothes and was certainly a very memorable trip
After dinner the waiter kindly brought out a birthday cake, a very sweet handbag that we were able to share with another couple that were sitting at our table.
 So all to soon, our journey came to an end and we arrived in Venice. We can now look back with many happy memories of our trip, and meeting many new friends on our way.  One couple we talked to actually had a brother and sister who live on our Island, so it is a small world after all.
Breakfast was served in our room 

Do hope you are having a great weekend.
We have a long weekend here, with it been Waitangi day on Tuesday, many people take the Monday off and make it a four day holiday.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January days

Hello dear friends,

How is your January going so far?
The summer  days here have been really hot, so I have not been spending much time  sitting down at the computer.
I am trying hard to get back into the swing of blogging again and I look forward to coming over the say hello and see how you are.

I have a small favour to ask please and if you would be kind enough to take a look at what daughter has written below. 
Her Channel is :
She would be so grateful for your help. After making videos for 2 years the rules have changed much to the annoyance of her and many other people.
It seems to be only the ones with millions of followers that do well and the others who are trying to make a go of their Channels are not given any help.
Thank you for your help and we would be so very grateful

Kindness is the number one attribute in a human being
~  Roald Dahl

Happy weekend and hope you have a wonderful time

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hello New Year

Celebrated a big significant birthday

Happy New Year my friends and hope that your new year is off to a great start and that it will be a wonderful year for us all. 
Will share a few photos and memories that made 2017 special for me. My dear husband took me on the Orient Express and we ended up in the amazing City of Venice. Will have to share some more of my photos soon

We have enjoyed having family and friends around and it is always a lovely time of the year, when you can relax and enjoy some summertime weather. Barbecues and walks along the beach are always a wonderful way to spend the holidays.
My new year got off to a great start, as yesterday my dear daughter helped me with a job that needed attention, sorting out my overstocked wardrobe and we now have a big pile of clothes to go to the Red Cross Thrift shop.

Last Wednesday though, I had to visit the Medical center after a little accident.
I was sitting at my desk looking at the computer when for some unknown reason, the LED light bulb above me malfunctioned and the burning hot plastic dripped down on my arm. At first I thought maybe a wasp or bee had stung me, as it hurt a lot. My family wondered what on earth was wrong with me as I raced down the stairs screaming and pulling the plastic off that had melted onto my arm and causing third degree burns.  Thankfully it is coming right and have had to get the dressings changed everyday. We will be getting the electrician in to have a look at the wiring to the light, as I am sure it should not have done something like that.
A little Sailor bear I made
Will leave you with some pretty pink peonies 
Thanks very much for your continued friendship and support.
May 2018 bring you everything you hope for, love, peace, good health, happiness and prosperity for you and your loved ones also
Best wishes for luck in everyone's New Year 
Lots of love and hugs

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

The presents are all wrapped and under the tree, house all spruced up and daughter has kindly baked delicious Christmas cookies. This morning I glazed a ham ( such a wonderful smell wafting from the kitchen)  and have made a pavlova.
Family are home, so it is always lovely to be able to spend time together, at the end of the year.

The weather has been hot here and we are in need of some rain. Wednesday we have a delivery of water coming so that will be great. Reading in the newspaper the wait for a water delivery is 14 weeks, which will be in about March sometime, so really hope we have a good drop of rain to fill up the watertanks soon.

Thank you for your kindness here throughout the year and I am very grateful for your friendship.
A very Merry Christmas and wishing you the warmest of holidays with everything that you hold dear to your heart.

Seasons Greetings and have a peaceful and joyous holiday
Much love and hugs
Carolyn xo

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Busy time of the year

The lead up to the end of year is always hectic and that is why I have not been around here much.
Sorry I have not been to visit you but looking forward to coming over to say hello soon.

The end is in sight for the building work around our place and this week saw some outside steps and raised garden beds in which I planted some herbs, tomatoes and a passionfruit vine in it, so hopefully we will have some rainfall to keep everything healthy.
We have enjoyed having our daughter home for a few days and she left yesterday to go back to her apartment in the City.


Last night we went to Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam's ) concert and it was wonderful.
It was one of my dreams to see him and when he turned his back on the music industry and gave it all up and stopped performing, did not think that would happen.
The show started off with a background set of a stylised London train station which set the scene well for his early days growing up in London.
Then he invited us up to a mock up of the attic in the family home, where we saw some of his treasures and he shared stories of his life.

All the old favourites, Father and Son, Wild World, Peace Train, Moonshadow and Remember the days in the old school yards, were some of the wonderful songs he played - his soulful voice sounded remarkable and unchanged from all those years ago.
The great part about it, the crowd sang along with him  as we knew all the old tunes and if you closed your eyes it transported you back to 1971.
The final song 'Morning has broken' and one I have always loved and played on the piano, was a wonderful end to the evening.
Have you ever been lucky to attend one of Cat Stevens concerts?

Hope all is well with you and the lead up to the end of the year is relaxed and calm.

Will leave you will some pretty peonies and hope your week is going well and wishing you a happy weekend