Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Summer in France

My theme for my April Note Cards is
Summer in France.

I took these photos on my trip last Summer.
They have happy memories for me
of languid days enjoying the
company of my precious family.

We made lots of day trips
visiting pretty little villages
where at first glance time had stood still.
Life seemed idyllic.

These four photos I took in
the picturesque medieval village of
Noyers sur Serein.
It is inhabited by artisans.
I was told by one of the locals that many
of the inhabitants have left large cities
such as Paris and Lyon in search of
a simple life.

To the delight of the girls
a local cat accompanied us for part of our walk
around the narrow little streets!

I'm joining Vee for her monthly

you can join too if you like
she has all the information here

I'm also linking to Alma for her
The Places I've Been party.
This is my first time joining this party.
Thank you Alma for hosting!

My box cover for the Note Cards.
 Thank you Vee for hosting!

They have had a rest day today.
Tomorrow they are visiting our Police College
and having their last "walk about"
to meet and greet people in Wellington.
Sadly they leave us at 1pm tomorrow
Wednesday bound for Australia.
They have been great ambassadors for
Her Majesty the Queen.

Thank you for visiting and leaving me your comments!

Take care and be kind to each other
  Merci à bientôt

Shane x


Monday, 14 April 2014

The charms of William and Kate....

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
arriving for the Palm Sunday Service at
St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Dunedin.

 It has often been reported that both
William and Kate
enjoy adventure style sports.
From the various activities offered in
Queenstown, they chose the
thrilling ride in a jet boat
(Would you believe - even I have done that one.
Does that mean I'm an adrenaline junkie - no way,
but it's what one does in Queenstown!)

On Saturday it was Cambridge's turn to host the
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

Cambridge is a pretty rural village
named after Cambridge in England.
 Apparently there is a great community
of ex-pat Brits living there, so they came
out in force with their Union Jack flags
to see their
Duke and Duchess.

New Zealand is a very proud member of
the British Commonwealth
and we all feel a strong alliance with Britain still.
My father and uncles fought in the war
which strengthened those ties.
It has been such a joy
to have this happy Royal family
in our part of the world.

I'm joining Mary for
Why don't you join us?

Take care and be kind to each other
  Merci à bientôt


Shane x

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Donna has thrown me a curved ball with her
April Personal Photo Challenge of

I use a basic “Point and Shoot” 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 with a Leica lens.
The second image taken in
a wheat field in France
I did some editing with the Pixlr
focal adjustment.
Please pop over to see some
very good macro examples at 
for hosting, especially when you have
so much happening in your life.

We're having some beautiful Autumn weather!
I love this time before Winter.
Some mornings there's quite a heavy dew
followed by a glorious warm sunny day with blue skies!
What more could one want.

Take care and be kind to each other
  Merci à bientôt

Shane x

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Royals Auckland Harbour - Day Three

Our Royals flew from Wellington to Auckland
on an RNZAF Air Force plane
for some action and adventure pursuits.

They met Air Force families
at Hobsonville Air Base.

Then on to Auckland City
to board two previous
America's Cup racing yachts
for some fun match racing on the harbour! 

 My embroidery friend Mary
invited us for lunch today to see
the Royals at play!

Mary's apartment on Princes Wharf
was the perfect vantage point to see all the action!

Mary's three little granddaughters waiting to see Princess Kate in her tiara!!!

Wonderful to hear you're all enjoying
my snippets on our beautiful Royal family!
The baby stays at Government House
in Wellington and his parents
fly back to be with him each evening.
We've heard from a reliable source
that Prince William gives Prince George
his bottle in the evening......
he's just a normal dad like thousands
of others the world over.... awww!!!

Take care and be kind to each other
  Merci à bientôt


Shane x

Kate's wardrobe today
smart casual with a nautical touch!

She wore a pair of folding Ray-Ban's in tortoise.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Royals in Blenheim - Day Three

Today our royal visitors
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
travelled to Blenheim
a pretty small town in the 
Marlborough wine growing region of
New Zealand.

 It seems like the whole town
came out to welcome
William and Kate!

 They laid a wreath at the cenotaph
in honour of the
centenary of the beginning of 
the First World War in 1914.

As expected they have charmed everyone
lucky enough to meet them!

I'm so glad you're all enjoying my
'Royal' posts - I'll be back again tomorrow!

Take care and be kind to each other
  Merci à bientôt

Shane x


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