Friday, 19 June 2015

If you ever go across the sea to Ireland...



Hello dear friends,
the weeks have flown by since my last post.
At last I have a few spare minutes to spare
to update you on our travels!

We left New Zealand on the 4th June
on board the Emirates A380 Airbus
(I've wanted to travel on this aircraft for such a long time...)!
It met all my expectations, great service, food, etcet
I can highly recommend it.
I can now tick that one off my bucket list!

Any way we are now in France with our family
(more on that later)
but first I want to tell you a little about our tour of


Ireland!  

I'm sure I have mentioned before
my darling father was born in Limerick, Ireland
and consequently I'm half Irish.
I have wanted to make this journey for a long, long time.

We joined 49 others on our seven day tour,
there were Americans from North Carolina, Idaho,
Maine, New York, and Chicago.
Canadians from Vancouver Island
A Mexican family of four
six Australians and four other Kiwis.
All lovely people.




Not everyone on our tour
kissed the Blarney Stone
but we did!
We thought one can't travel
half way across the world
and not do it!

I must fly and get the washing off the line!
I'll be back soon with more on Ireland.

A special thank you to my friends who
have been emailing to see what has happened to me,
I appreciate your thoughtfulness
and send special love to each one of you!!!

I'm joining Judith for Mosaic Monday

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt

Shane




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
Patricia
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

Shane






Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Autumn/Fall it takes my breath away....


Autumn 
simply takes my breath away



rich gold
framed in blue
mirrored on the water


an artist weaving
His
brush strokes


I'm joining
Judith for Mosaic Monday
(I know I'm too late for this week's party, sorry Judith!)
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration
Thank you both for hosting your parties!

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt

Shane






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