Sunday 14 December 2014

The Third Week of Advent

Today is the third Sunday of Advent
we are counting down and
now there are only ten days until
that most magical night of the year
Christmas Eve.

On Friday December 5th
I posted my parcel of Christmas gifts
to my family in France.
I've had enough of the crowded shops
so it's a good thing I have only
a couple more things to get.
I hope you are enjoying this wonderful
season and having time to
listen to some good Christmas music
such as the Downton Abbey CD.

We are having our work Christmas lunch
and I finish for the year on Tuesday 23rd.
I can't wait!

I'm joining Donna for
December Photo Challenge 
and Judith for

Thank you for all your comments

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Monday 8 December 2014

Giveaway Winner and Pierre de Ronsard Rose

My new rose
Pierre de Ronsard
is giving me so much pleasure.
I planted it at the end of last summer
and it has now reached to the top of the archway!

It's just as I anticipated it would be
only better!
I'll show you more photos soon.

Now to the winner of my 
French Market Sac

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of the lovely blog
Pamela, please email me with your details!

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Monday 1 December 2014

Christmas Slice in a Jar


Where have the last couple of months have gone?
I know I've been busy making up my
Christmas parcel for my family in France.
The last day for posting is
this coming Friday 5th December.
I have found something lovely for each
VIP person in my special family!

Christmas Slice in a Jar
makes a delicious gift for friends.
We've all got our favourite recipes
that everyone loves.
What could be easier!

Thank you all for your visits and kind comments.

Don't forget to enter my

I'm joining Judith for Mosaic Monday

Merci à bientôt
be kind to one another!



Sunday 30 November 2014

Giveaway - French Market Sac and Goodies!

While shopping recently I found
this fun market bag 
which reminded me
of the lively markets I've visited in France.

I thought it would be perfect as a
for you my wonderful followers.

I'm particularly grateful to my regular followers
who faithfully pop in and leave me a comment
each time I put up a new post.
You know who you are - thank you gals!!!

Tucked inside are some bits and bobs
one would find at a market...
 a french themed notebook
some gorgeous soap  
Great Barrier Island Bee Co hand cream
of course something yummy to eat!

I will add more items over the next two weeks...

This is for followers of my blog - both old and new
so please leave me a comment
it's open to everyone - world wide.
Feel free to let your followers know too!

You have until Sunday 7th December to enter
and I will announce the winner on
Monday 8th December 2014
Bonne Chance!

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Monday 17 November 2014

Tea cups and a Magazine Swap

I'm so grateful my dear mother lived in the days of
Tea Parties
this was the time of gracious living.
She gave me her precious china which she loved so much.
There is only one cup left in this particular set
along with four saucers and plates.
I have the plates on the wall in a bedroom!
But I use the cup quite often
it is such fine china and lovely to drink from.

The gold is fading in parts
this adds to the aged patina that I love.
It shows that it has been used
and not locked away in a cupboard.

This cup and saucer were made by
Hammersley & Co. 
Longton, England.
It's at least 80 years old, maybe even more.
I would love to know the name of the pattern,
 if anyone is able to enlighten me.
I googled Hammersley, but this particular pattern didn't come up....

 Now for some other tea time treasures....

Back in September
Judith of Lavender Cottage
Yes... Mosaic Monday Judith
and I had a magazine swap!
I initiated the swap after drooling over the gorgeous
photos of tea related magazines on her blog!
I've read the two lovely magazines from cover to cover
several times - thank you so much Judith!
We don't see these magazines in New Zealand.
You can read Judith's post about our swap

I'm joining
Judith of Mosaic Monday
Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday
Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea

Take care and
be kind to one another

...oh just before I go it's Giveaway time
come back in a couple of days
and I'll tell you all about it!

Merci à bientôt


Sunday 9 November 2014

French Shutters and Flowers

There's something I love about
opening my shutters in the morning and letting the light in...

... the same goes for the evening
when closing the shutters is like saying goodnight
to the world!

Everywhere one goes in France there are shutters -
in small villages

and in big ones too like Paris.
Shutters are everywhere and the same goes for flowers.
Even the large apartment buildings always seem
to have window boxes beautifully planted
with seasonal plants.
Shutters are part of what we all love about
french architecture.

I'm joining Judith for Mosaic Monday
why don't you come and join us

Thank you for your visits

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Saturday 8 November 2014

Photo Challenge - Trees

Each month I look forward to taking part in
the topic for November is trees.

I have an affinity for trees 
you could even call me a tree hugger!
On my walks I take loads of photos of trees.
The photo above represents
'trees are fun' 
Children playing on it could imagine it
being a pirate ship - what do you think?

Trees can be a window to the sky.

they frame long vistas

and provide beautiful floral displays
 like this glorious Jacaranda.

Thank you Donna for hosting
and providing all the technical info you source for us.

Wishing you all a happy weekend

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Monday 3 November 2014

Pretty Vintage Finds

Last week I popped into our local Hospice shop
and I found two pretty cups.

Sadly, there were no saucers - only two cups.
I would love to find two matching saucers!
Meantime I've teamed them up with two floral saucers.

There is a stamp on the bottom of the cups
Royal Winchester English Bone China.
Can anyone enlighten me on the name of the design please?
I googled it, but couldn't find a match.

This pretty bowl belonged to my Mother
she used it almost every day and
it has very fond memories for me.

I'm joining
I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing weekend
and wishing you a happy new week.

Sweet Wendy of Apple and Apricot
has created this darling heart as part of her
beneath it is a dutch magazine 
"Petite Brocante"
and part of the giveaway too, it looks fabulous!
Just visit her blog and become a follower to enter!
Bonne Chance dear friends!


Oh and don't forget Marie's

Take care and
be kind to one another
Merci à bientôt



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