Friday, 20 February 2015

Five on Friday

Last Saturday I felt the urge to bake as my son
was visiting us from down country.
My friend Mary is a great blogger

please pop over and meet her at
A Breath of Fresh Air
Mary often has interesting recipes to share.
Recently she made healthy Carrot & Raisin Muffins
her recipe came from Mennonite Girls Can Cook here.
These muffins were a huge success - thank you dear Mary!

On Sunday we drove to Maraetai
 we stopped for a coffee at the local cafe
and sat and watched families having fun at the beach.

We drove home via Clevedon through beautiful farmland.
It's always good to escape the city for a few hours!

Apart from working this week
I've been busy planning our next trip
which includes time with my family in this
little village in France. I can't wait!

I'm leaving you with the little message above
so make the most of 
you have only one chance - it won't happen again!

I'm linking to Amy for Five on Friday

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt 


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Old friends - Best friends & Giveaway Winner Yeah!

A couple of weeks ago I had a phone call from
my dearest girlfriend - who lives in Brisbane.
She is coming to stay for 3 nights
I can't wait to see her again and have a catch up.
I've got lots planned for us to do!

Angela and I met at school when we were both 10
and that's over 60 years ago!
Then we went away to boarding school together!

I decided it's time to spruce up the guest room
in readiness for her visit.
My husband asked quizzically
'is the Queen coming' - no she's my best friend silly!
Ange was matron of honour at our wedding
45 years ago this April.
Boys just don't get it sometimes....

Not quite a 'make-over' but a few new things
to make her stay as comfortable as possible.

Wallace Cotton in Newmarket stock
beautiful cotton bed linen and I chose
two pairs of these self striped sheets.

I also bought some cans of Annie Sloan chalk paint
to paint the dressing table and nightstand.
Recently my friend Mary of the beautiful blog
posted about the re-do of her French table here.
The colour is French Linen which I'm painting
on a base of Old White and then rubbed over
with a coating of Soft Wax.
I'm sure most of you are familiar with this paint already.

I have been meaning to do it for ages and
what with working and spending lots of time in my garden
the DIY was put on the back burner yet again.

Thank you Mary, your post was the catalyst I needed
to get started!
I'l post photos next weekend hopefully.

We received some very sad news last night
one of our dear yachting friends has died at 68yrs.
It's so sad because we were looking forward to
sailing with Dave and his wife Mary once
our boat 'Seamist' is back in the water.
Life can change so unexpectedly.
Please keep this family in your prayers - thank you.

Now for my big announcement!
The winner of my Grow Your Blog Giveaway is 
#29 drawn by

Congratulations Faye, I am emailing you now!

A very big thank you to Vicki
for hosting 2015 Grow your Blog party!
Vicki you deserve a medal.
Thank you.

I'm joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday
Judith for Mosaic Monday

Thank you all for reading my blog 
and for your warm comments.

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Love makes the world go round.....



and the greatest
of these is


Later this evening I will draw the winner of
my Giveaway for
Grow Your Blog Party.

Bonne chance everyone!

Take care and

be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt



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