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 



  1. Those muffins looks good. Time with family is always a blessing. I am spending the day shopping with my daughter and granddaughter.

  2. Such lovely moments from your week Shane and a great sentiment to end on too. You are right, today is a one time opportunity! How exciting that you are planning a trip to France, I imagine that you are really looking forward to it. I hope that you have a wonderful time!!! Thank you so much for joining in. xx

  3. Beautiful photos and wise thoughts!
    A trip to France sounds more than wonderful. I hope you will have time for blog posts as well... :)
    Have a great weekend!

  4. A lovely selection for your Five on Friday Shane. Suzy x

  5. Lovely pics Shane, and Maratai does look appealing. I am glad you are also planning a trip to see the grandies - we have now booked our trip to Canada, and we even fly via Auckland this time.
    Air New Zealand had the best price!
    PS that muffin looks delish...

  6. Hello, your muffin looks delicious.. I will have to try this recipe..Love the beautiful scenic photos. And I love the wonderful message! Have a happy weekend!

  7. Hello Shane, I love the photos and thanks for the lovely recipe! Wishing you a lovely day and weekend.
    Julie xo

  8. The little village in France looks very tempting!! Enjoy your day :)

  9. Thanks for the recipe!
    I know you're excited about the trip!! Enjoy

  10. Dear Shane, wonderful 5 ...... and the little message at the end, wonderful ! Thank you for this and have a lovely weekend!
    Sending Love and hugs,
    Claudia xo

  11. I am going to check out that recipe, and you muffin cups are adorable!!

  12. Your Inspirational saying s so true. Thank you for sharing it and have a wonderful holiday visiting your family in France!

  13. It sounds like a wonderful day, time well spent (and some pretty delicious muffins, too! Yum!). The words of your quote are all too true. We must cherish every moment.

  14. That muffin looks good. It was nice seeing the country scenes. I know you enjoyed the day. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  15. Lovely pictures, Shane, as always :-)
    The muffin looks divine!

  16. Loved your post. Recipe for Carrot and raisin muffins has been noted, We love carrot cake so I'm sure my grandsons will love this little gift I'll be taking with me tomorrow when we visit. 15 & 17 yr. old love nanas cakes. Then a peep at the village where your daughter lives. All lovely photos. and lastly the quote which I've copied to paint on the cards I've been making . I hope I'm allowed to copy it ? Enjoy your weekend.

  17. Oh what beautiful photos Shane! I am going to check that recipe out as I am always making muffins for hubby:) LOVE your "lessons learned in life". And one more thing-can I go with you to France??

  18. I would love family in France I would visit a lot well maybe not that's a long flight from my place.

  19. I want some of those muffins!! And I love those scenic country shots :)

  20. The bestest part? An upcoming trip to see your family in France! How wonderful!!

  21. Doesn't that muffin look heavenly! Lovely photos.

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places....

  22. Hello, dearest Shane! I will go visit your sweet friend, Mary, when I am done writing this comment :) The muffins look so pretty and delicious!

    Planning a trip to see your family in France, oh how delightful!

    May you have a beautiful weekend. Hugs!

  23. Thanks for the heads up dear Shane. Your muffins look really professional in those adorable pleated paper cups, I've never seen any like that. Glad they were enjoyed!

    Again, I have to say how happy I am knowing you will be heading over to France again this year - hard to believe it's two years since you saw the girlies - what a wonderful reunion that that will be.

    What a sweet 'today' message - you know how much I love the birds - I'll be showing more from the garden soon! They certainly seem to love our cottage this winter, probably because we are being really generous with the food during this awfully cold weather!

    Happy weekend dearest - have a fun time.
    Love, Mary

  24. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate every moment. Love Mary's blog and those muffins did look delicious.

  25. Beautiful scenery and photos Shane! I'm happy you will be seeing your sweet grandchildren soon. I will be seeing mine next week and can't wait! It's been 6 months. Blessings. Pam

  26. Dearest Shane,
    The muffin recipe looks like a real good one!
    And especially your upcoming trip is the BEST. We have looked forward to 64 of such trips for seeing Mom and Dad and often the time leading up to the very moment is as precious as the actual visit.
    Stay well and enjoy your summer.

  27. The muffins look so delicious, Shane, thank you for sharing the links. How wonderful to look forward to some fun trips with family. Those are the best times in life. Lovely quote that you have shared and so very true. Hope your weekend is filled with sweet things. Hugs xo Karen

  28. Those muffins look wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Your drive out if the city looked great too. It's always exciting planing the next trip. Enjoy the planning and the trip itself when it happens x

  29. Your muffins look so pretty all dressed up in the lovely cupcake liner, Shane! I know you had fun visiting with your son and now to plan a trip to France. The message you left us with is such a thoughtfully, dear one...just like you!
    I hope you see this message, as all mine are coming back to me as failed messages. It's so frustrating!
    Thank you, too, for your sweet visit.

  30. Beautiful... Love your countryside.. So Summer like and I do appreciate it today.. smile.. Your muffins look delicious and your plate is lovely..
    God bless, my friend. xo

  31. Dear Shane,

    Lovely to come and visit you and see your post and what you have been up to. the muffins look delicious. When I was in Canada I had a Carrot and raisin muffin recipe a friend gave me and they are yum.
    Great you had a visit with your Son and how fabulous you are planning another trip to France.
    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday

  32. A lovely set of five things for friday. I must give the muffins a go (I won't tell the kids whats in them though!)

  33. Those muffins look delicious! Thanks for sharing with us. I am visiting from Amy's blog! xx

  34. Hello Shane! I am glad you enjoyed the carrot raisin muffins -- aren't they delicious? I made them once, but mine did not turn out as well as Grandma Mary's -- haha! I adore these beautiful photos of your mother on the sidebar on the right, and I even clicked on one of them and read your Mother's Day post from 2013! Your family photos are stunning, what a gorgeous and stylish woman your mother was. I am excited to continue following your blog, as I've subscribed to it! I hope you have a lovely week. xx Cassie

  35. oooh . . . a trip to France, sounds wonderful!

    Did you get my email a couple weeks ago? Let me know what magazines you'd like!! I have some ideas . . .



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