Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Oh Paris......

Translated the words on the candle read

"You Will Not Kill Our Freedom"

It was left on the pavement
near the scene of the senseless terrorist attack 

 at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. 

The newspaper's chilling headline translates

"This time it's War"

Words simply cannot describe our feelings
about these horrific happenings.

As my regular readers know
our daughter and her family live in France.

We spoke to her when we heard the news
and she told us everyone is on edge.
The feeling in France is that their border security
has been far too lax in the past.

From what I've heard and read in the news
it seems that Monsieur Hollande
has now taken the necessary steps to address this.
Sadly this is the second such attack on Paris
in 10 months.
I posted about the Charlie Hebdo massacre here

New Zealanders held prayer vigils in towns and cities
across our country
lighting candles and
praying for the 129 people killed
and the 400 plus people injured.

The Auckland Sky Tower
and War Memorial Museum are lit up
in Red, White and Blue in solidarity and respect
for the people of

I created this prayer image for my post

following the January terrorist attack in Paris.

Again I ask you to pray for the safety

of my family and every family in France.

Be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Sunday, 8 November 2015

What's it all About Alfie....

Hello dear friends

I've had a wee break and
this is my first post in almost a month,
hence the title of this post...
"What's it all about Alfie?"

I've lost my 'get up and go'
with regards to blogging.

To be fair, after working three days a week
(at my great age, ha ha)
my energy levels are a little low.

I thought about stopping blogging 
but at this stage I can't bring myself to do that see
...I have made such lovely friends
all over the world
through blogging
and I don't want to lose touch with any of you!

Some of you will understand
as I know you have had similar feelings.
Judith of Lavender Cottage
spoke about it here

Blogging has broadened my horizons

I enjoy reading about your lives,
visiting your homes and hearing about your
children and grandies.

Most of you will be aware by now
my darling daughter and her family
live in France.
They want to come and live in New Zealand
and I pray that this will happen soon
(your prayers would be most appreciated in this regard)!

I enjoy reading posts about your gardens
a special pleasure for a keen gardener like me.
I keep a notebook on hand and
I often jot down planting schemes I see on your blogs
or the name of a new rose.
I bought my rose Pierre de Ronsard
after seeing it on Elizabeths blog
Cornish Cream several years ago!

I'm still trying to track down another rose
Belinda's Dream 
that I saw on Mary's blog A Breath of Fresh Air.

I think you can tell I'm not ready to pull the plug just yet...
I intend getting back to posting once a week....
but I've decided I'm not going to put pressure on myself.

I would love to hear your thoughts
either comment here or send me an email!

I'm joining
Judith for Mosaic Monday
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration
(if Steph has returned from her blogging break)!

Please be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Tea Cups Travel the World.....

My dear friend

has hosted another of her world famous
Tea CupExchange

I was partnered with

She sent me a beautiful tea cup named
embellished with exquisite pink roses
of the vintage kind - my favourites

Also in the package were
a gorgeous heart
the prettiest beaded lace collar 
both hand made by Mimi.

I just love the sweet card Mimi made
for me as well.

Thank you

You have spoiled me with
all these pretty gifts!

I sent my tea cup to

it was my pleasure to find
the right tea cup for her

Stephanie had sent me an email
telling me Trisha's favourite colour was yellow
so when I spotted this bone china tea cup
in a little antique shop
I knew it would be perfect!
It is a Royal Albert cup


I hope Trisha loves it too.

I added some other 'tea related' bits and bobs
with a Kiwi flavour
to give her a taste of New Zealand.

Thank you
dear Stephanie for hosting another
of your lovely tea parties.

I know what a huge undertaking it is
and you run it like a professional!

Please visit Stephanie's blog here

I'm joining Mimi for

do pop over for a look!

Take care dear friends and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt



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