Roses in Bloom

Roses in Bloom

Hello, flower friends!!!

So happy to see Spring is finally here. A new season with beautiful fresh flowers blossoming around the city and a brilliant warm sunshine, welcoming us into this special time. For some of us in other places, the bloom will come later.

Wishing you all a lovely Spring!! (◠‿◠) ¸.◦*´`✿✿

These roses are taking their sweet time to grow, standing elegantly tall in long green, prickly branches. Blue skies mixed with white clouds and mild temperatures, soft breezes and the sounds of birds singing around the gardens. Bees and humming birds happily kissing the flowers in celebration.

These delicate buds of roses are sometimes squeezing their way towards the light, in their effort to worship the sun and thrive.

It’s exciting to see the beginning of life slowly appearing through these buds and transforming into a magical blossoms of different sizes, shapes and hues …

The uniqueness and beauty of two-tone roses is the focal point of the garden. Usually no two are alike, as if they are hand painted, each having their the own specific color combinations. The one below is more bright red and white because cooler climates show more white color. They have fewer thorns, while strong stems allow them to grow upright, yet accented with a soft and sweet fragrance.

Spring in Bloom

Spring in Bloom

It’s sunny in San Diego with beautiful crystal blue water and amazing combinations of colors surrounding our homes and gardens. Spring it’s one of my favorites season. I like to watch the little buds transforming into lovely flowers. Enjoy photographing even the little bees that stop by to kiss the flowers, hearing  the birds singing their melodies that I don’t understand but sounds pleasant and tranquil to my ears. All are precious moments to me. Sometimes when I’m photographing I scare a bit when a rabbit jumps up next to me. But then I see them playing with each other and quickly hide between the bushes when they hear someone approaching.

Also this post is in honor of Mother’s Day, in between I selected a few of my photos to dedicate to all the mothers out there. Wishing each mother in the world an amazing and a magical Mother’s Day! We have to cherish our mommy everyday with respect and love because everyday is Mother’s Day to me.

Auckland – New Zealand Part 2: Favorites

Auckland – New Zealand Part 2: Favorites

Greetings Dear Readers!

Hope you all had a great Easter and enjoyed the weekend with family and loved ones! My holiday was quiet, giving me a chance to rest while still going through tons of photos from my long vacation last year.

Below are some of my favorite moments around the city. You’ll notice by the snapshots that Spring was in full bloom everywhere. The season started in September and going through November. It was a perfect time to visit. The air varies between very fresh to chilly, which meant for me to buy some sweaters to walk around town. But the trip was amazing and very interesting to me to see the other side of the world. Everything is completely different from what I’m accustomed to, but the experience was great nonetheless.

I mean where else would you have to explain to restaurant server what a cup of coffee consists of, or see horses and cows in your neighbors’ backyard.  Not good, not bad, just oddities, differences aside from driving on the wrong side of the street … <SNICKER>

From my experience, this is so far and by far the most environmentally conscious country I’ve yet had the pleasure to visit.

By my photographs you’ll see that I wanted to capture moments different from the average tourist shots. What I saw in the town where people who know to have a good time, eat well, play and share things together. Even the animals and birds seemed more natural and relaxed with lots of green shrubs or seeds to eat. I may write another post about where to eat around Auckland.

Hope you enjoy my photos and let know what do think!

Have a wonderful rest of the week. ☼ღ(◕‿◕)

Little Pony walks on the backyard of the home.

The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It is 328m (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland’s skyline due to its height and unique design.

Auckland harbor.

2016 - Love & Mr Lewis Flowers Ponsonby Central - Auckland New Zealand photo 1 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Love & Mr Lewis Flower shop at Ponsonby Central.

Another angle from the Albert Park.

I saw this adorable cat resting under the shade, I couldn’t resist the snap.

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Albert Park with a view of the Sky City Tower.

A little history about the Western Park: The park dates back to the late-19th century, and is considered one of the city’s most distinguished open spaces. It may be considered Auckland’s oldest Municipal park as the Auckland Domain was created by Central Government. The original parcel of land set aside in 1871 consisted of a coffin-shaped wedge going from Ponsonby Road down to Beresford Street, with access to the park being gained from a very narrow frontage on Ponsonby Road. This was land on each side of the stream, which in pre-European times had been called Tuna-Mau by the local Māori, meaning ‘the trapping of eels’. The stream was one of several which emptied into Freeman Bay, now reclaimed as Victoria Park.

In 1873, the City Council decided to call for a new park design, and declared that the sum of ten guineas/pounds (then quite a sum) would be awarded as prize money to the creator of the winning design. Out of 11 different concepts that were submitted, the ‘Lily of the Valley’ design of Hammond and Blackmore was chosen for the new “City Park”. Western Park, as it was eventually called, was soon finished, at a cost of £200 and in 1874 the City Parks Committee did note that “upwards of 1100 deciduous and coniferous trees of the choicest kind [were] to be planted in the park.”

2016 - Love & Mr Lewis Flowers Ponsonby Central - Auckland New Zealand

A close up of Love & Mr Lewis’ flower shop.

Chapel Bar & Bistro – Ponsonby. It’s popular bar and bistro located on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Anglesea Road. When you hang out outside, you have a great view of the Sky Tower. The Chapel is at its best and liveliest on Sunday afternoons and in the evening. If you want to eat at the Chapel, the best time is at lunch when you’ll enjoy a great meal, beer and the decor in a tranquil atmosphere.

2016 - Chapel bar & bistro Auckland New Zealand photo 16 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Barona Resort and Casino

Barona Resort and Casino

WOW! We are already in the middle of the month — time couldn’t go any faster. As you already know from last post, I hosted my Bella Bohemian Boutique at the Encinitas Spring Street Faire here in the beautiful San Diego County. We had a great two day event with so many people stopping by at our tent and so much fun! The paper tissue flowers I made to embellish the outside and the interior of tent was one of many attractions.

Since we were so tired and in much need of rest, the following weekend we heading to the Barona Resort & Casino, located in the lovely Barona Valley, in Lakeside, CA. It’s considered one of the best Indian reservation casinos in San Diego. What a great place for a mini vacation and light entertainment, perfect to play golf, go to the spa, or smell the rose garden, there’s delicious food, super clean rooms, and a well trained staff in all areas of the hotel.

Barona Resort Day Spa is absolutely wonderful. After we had our massage the host guided us to the balcony and to my surprise, there were cool chocolate strawberries waiting for us. Even the table was covered with white table cloth. It doesn’t get any better than that …

If you have a San Diego trip or are planning one in the near future, I recommended you visit this place… Below you can see I really enjoyed walking around the hotel grounds, and taking endless pictures.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!

Barona golf course 1- 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Sun Kissing Red Rose 2 - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Not a gambler – but I like the drive and they have a beautiful lake behind the hotel you can feed the ducks, take long walks around the hotel or just relax in one of the many wood chairs around the lake.

Barona ducks in the garden 3 - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Barona Hotel 4 - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Barona Hotel boutique entrance 6 - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

They take a really good care of the the rose garden, it’s just beautiful.

Rose Garden Barona Hotel 7 - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Barona Hotel entrance of the golf course 8 - 2015 photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

The surrounding area is in a green valley, so refreshing for golfing, with all the cool breezes and ponds to make things interesting …

Ducks areound the lake 13 - 2015 photoby Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Lake & Golf Course - Barona Hotel 14 2015 - photo by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

  • We ate at the Sage Restaurant, portions were very generous, delicious and reasonably priced.
  • Be aware though that no alcohol is sold/served in the restaurants and the casino, though there is a bar on the bottom floor of the hotel.
  • If you’re a non-smoker I recommended you bring a mask, especially if you are going to play in the casino.