Tuesday 12 May 2015

Meeting a lovely Blogging friend

Mutabilis Rose - I took this photo Wednesday 6th may 2015.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting
one of my favourite bloggers
who blogs at Red Cardinal.
She was travelling from Australia
 via Auckland on her way to Canada.

We arranged to meet at the Parnell Rose Gardens,
being late Autumn there were not many roses in bloom 
however I can always count on good old
Mutabilis, also known as the Butterfly rose.
This is an old Tea Rose
and in Auckland where our climate is temperate
she flowers most of the year!

We lunched at La Cigale a french cafe nearby
where we exchanged gifts.

Trish gave me this beautiful red bird necklace
which represents the name of her blog
Red Cardinal.
Thank you Trish, I love it!

I made this french inspired journal for Trish
as we both have french speaking grandchildren
Trish's live in Canada
and mine live in France!

I'm joining these parties
Judith for Mosaic Monday
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration
Thank you both for hosting!

 Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt



  1. This is such a lovely post. I often think how nice it would be to meet a fellow blogger. I'm glad you and Trish actually connected. Both of your gifts were so meaningful and really reflected your own blogs.
    Enjoy the rest of your week, Nora

  2. Very pretty gifts you gave each other! When you mention if being Autumn, I have to stop and remember you live on the other side of the world. We are getting ready to go into Summer. LOL

  3. Such pretty collages and I love the gifts you gave one another. I find myself smiling. Thank you and have a great week.

  4. How very special to meet a blogger friend and spend time in the garden. The rose is beautiful and one I would love. It is so amazing that as your roses are going to sleep for the winter mine are waking and beginning to shine.

  5. What lovely gifts! So nice that you got to meet one of your favourite bloggers!

  6. How wonderful to meet a blogging friend and exchange those lovely gifts. Such memories you've made.

  7. How fun! It's always nice to meet blogging friends in the real world.

  8. Such fun to meet a fellow blogger and your new cardinal necklace is pretty as is the journal you gave Trish.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Shane.

  9. It is nice to meet friends from blog world in person.

  10. Oh Shane, how delightful to meet a blogging friend. Would it be terrible of me to say that I am a little jealous of Patricia...how I would LOVE to meet you in person, sweet friend :)

    I am so glad the two of you were able to meet - what a joy!

    Thinking of you and wishing you a lovely week. Love and hugs!

  11. Shane, Wonderful to meet a fellow blogger. Love the red bird necklace. Sylvia D.

  12. Dearest Shane! How simply delightful it must have been to meet a sweet blogging friend in person! How special you and Patricia were able to meet up and have some lovely time together...
    The french inspired journal you gave her is oh! So gorgeous and I am sure she must have been truly touched!
    Aww, and she gifted you with a darling necklace!
    Hugs and much love to you and have a beautiful week!

  13. So glad that you got to meet and to exchange such lovely gifts. It is so much fun to meet other bloggers isn't it!! xx

  14. I saw Patricia's post about your get-to-gether - love the little redbird that she gave you, so totally appropriate, and that you had such a great time together.
    As I mentioned to her, I also have French speaking grandchildren, but mine are easily accessible - just over an air on the plane to Paris from my local airport.

  15. Hello Shane, it is wonderful that you were able to meet your blogging friend.. And the gifts are all awesome.. I love your necklace.. Have a happy day!

  16. Hello Shane, it is wonderful that you were able to meet your blogging friend.. And the gifts are all awesome.. I love your necklace.. Have a happy day!

  17. What a lovely, cheerful post, Shane!
    The gifts you exchanged look really enchanting.
    The photo of the rose made me very happy. The petals have gorgeous colours and shades... and the photo makes my blogroll prettier. :)
    Have a beautiful autumn!

  18. How wonderful to get to meet a blogging friend in person Shane, and what a lovely day and gift exchange-gorgeous gifts!

  19. Don't you love meeting fellow bloggers? Such fun -- and I have to say, I've never been disappointed!

  20. I've not yet met a blog friend I didn't like. :) So nice that you two got to meet. Lovely journal! Best wishes, Tammy

  21. Such beautiful gifts to and from each of you, dear Shane. I can tell you had a most wonderful day together, and oh the rose photo is stunning,-what a beauty ,do you think it would grow here in Denmark,too.
    Have a nice week, and hugs.

  22. It is so nice that you were able to meet a blogging friend in person. The gifts you exchanged were very nice. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  23. Hi Shane,
    So glad you got to meet up with a blogging friend. Love the sweet gifts. Happy New Week Ahead.

  24. It's always so much fun to meet a blog buddy. I'm so happy for you both! Enjoy your week. Sweet hugs, Diane

  25. Hi from Canada, Shane, and thank you again for my precious journal gift. I have put another couple of special pieces in already! It was such fun having our bloggers meeting, and you chose perfect places for us to see. We are actually babysitting today, all by ourselves :)) xx

  26. How lovely to be able to meet your blogging friend, the gifts you both exchanged were lovely, I'm sure you had lots to talk about while having lunch together . Love that rose you showed.

  27. That Mutabilis is so pretty with it's many different shades on the one bush. We have it growing and it has become a very spreading bush.
    Lovely to meet Patricia exchanging your little gifts.
    We'd love to see more of the French book you created Shane.
    Your parcel should almost be there by now!!??
    Enjoy your week
    Sending hugs from Autumnal skies here!
    X Suzy

  28. Those roses are beautiful - I always have loved the old fashioned single roses. I'll bet they smell pretty too! What fun to meet a blogging friend...lucky you!

  29. Dearest Shane,
    What a blessing for meeting with another blogger that has her grandchildren live far away! Lovely meeting place too.
    Hugs and blessings,

  30. Wonderful, it must have been exciting to meet. I have always wanted to learn to speak French i learned very little in fourth grade from my teacher perhaps one day soon.. Lovely blog come by and join me, i joined you today with love Janice

  31. Such a sweet meet-up! Lovely gifts exchanged, too! So nice to meet a fellow blogger with so much in common. xo Karen

  32. How lovely to meet up with a blogging friend. The roses must have been happy to see you visiting so happily. There's usually something we bloggers have in common, isn't there?
    I hope your week has been a great one.

  33. How wonderful that you got to meet your blogging friend. I am sure you both enjoyed it very much.

    What a very thoughtful and magnificent journal. A truly special gift.


  34. How lovely to meet up with a blogging friend. Your gifts to each other were beautiful.Hugs Shirley

  35. I've done this same experience and I feel overwhelmed at how much we share and enjoy before we meet in person... it's like you just have to pick up from your last conversation isn't it?
    Amazing World this and we're blessed if we happen across the lovely souls that fill it.
    I'm glad you enjoyed and changed thoughtful and cherished gifts that in a way reward your poise and gestures.

  36. Such beautiful shared gifts Shane - happy you had such a lovely time together.
    Your trip is imminent - you must be getting so excited. Hope you have a fabulous time with your loved ones.

    Hugs - Mary

  37. How cool that you actually connected up with someone online and became good enough friends to have lunch together! Thanks for sharing. Love it.

  38. What a treat! Bloggers make the best friends.

  39. Dear Shane,

    How wonderful to meet your blogging friend and get together at the Parnell Rose Gardens and lunch at la Cigale. Lovely that you exchanged thoughtful gifts to remind you both of the visit.
    Bon voyage dear friend if I don't get the chance before you go away and you must be getting so excited to see your dear family.
    We are planning a trip away in August/September to London and France so getting excited too.
    Enjoy the rest of the long weekend and many thanks for visiting me and the kind note you left.

  40. How lovely, it is simply amazing how blogging has opened up so many possibilities to form friendships that would not have been possible before.
    Wishing you a wonderful month of June..in 6 weeks our Aussie grandson Alexander 5 1/2 will be here! He and Claire will get to meet in Vancouver. Hope you get to see your grandchildren soon! :)
    Sending love and joy'

  41. We're thinking of you as you arrive back in NZ. It won't be long now.As soon as you're feeling up to it we can Skype. love Miranda xoxo

  42. Hi, love your blog, mina. beautiful photos and artwork. xo miranda



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