We've had a funny week with the weather - started hot, went freezing cold, then pleasantly warm today. I've broken out a few of my summer dresses. I love a dress in summer - you put no thought into your outfit and look effortlessly pulled together. Plus, a flattering cut hides a multitude of sins. Saturday evening we were invited to a drinks party in a house down at the beach (Henley Beach). It was a pretty blustery afternoon, so I wore a cardigan and this navy and white chevron print Milly dress with my seaglass green Kate Spade necklace. I thought it looked slightly nautical...


Earlier in the week I wore for the first time a new by Marlene Birger dress. It was very cheap on The Outnet, however when I tried to wear it the first time I discovered that it was fairly see through, necessitating the purchase of a slip to wear under it. That cost more than the actual dress.....oh well. I guess sometimes a bargain isn't really one...


This week, my oldest child, H, turned 7. This meant that I made 3 cakes. Three because the first one I made was an epic failure (do not attempt to make Self Raising flour out of wholemeal flour, it ends up with a rather chewy textured cake). So I remade the cake for the actual birthday day afternoon tea with the family. And today was the party with a small group of H's friends at the Adelaide Zoo. I made these cupcakes for the lunch portion of the party (this was all I had to provide. It was complete bliss after doing every aspect of every child's birthday for the past 7 years). The little flag toppers and cupcake wrappers were by Meri Meri, purchased via Peters of Kensington. They fancied up the cupcakes quite nicely.


The zoo ran the boys ragged. And the guide was excellent. I highly recommend it to any Adelaide readers.



My daughter E. feeding the Kangaroos. Wearing a Liberty print dress that wasn't looking so fresh by the time she arrived home......

I finished the book "That Woman" about the life of Wallis Simpson. I had previously read a biography about her back in the late 80's, and so had heard the allegations of her being an hermaphrodite, however the Duke of Windsor being on the Autism spectrum was new to me. It did remind me however, that I owned some Jewels belonging to Wallis..... a bit of digging in the dim recesses of my costume jewellery produced this necklace and matching clip on earrings. I bought them to wear to a school formal back in 1991 from a costume jewellery chain store called "Ooh La La". It is probable I was wearing a velvet bustier and tartan taffeta skirt with them. Nice.


I picked some of my Fig branches for an arrangement on the Drinks Table in the Study. There are some figs on the tree this year, and providing the Possums don't get to them first, I'm anticipating a good crop around Christmas time maybe?


 And lastly, here is a beautiful Delbard "Camille Pissaro" rose growing in the wilds of the back garden. This is also slated for removal in the upcoming renovations and is thriving on my neglect. As I've said before, Roses grow like weeds in Adelaide. Apparently David Austin himself has said that his roses grow twice as large as they do in England - they are Trifford like. We have them in nature strips and lining the middle of roads and on roundabouts, and they chainsaw them in Winter for pruning.


And I've spent a large amount of time continuing to draft up our house plans for the builders to price, fingers crossed I don't get a horrific shock as to the budget blowout......



14 comments:

  1. All your photos are beautiful and "roses grow like weeds in Adelaide" ?....OMG, could I be transported there in my next life ?!

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    1. We host the National Rose Trial Garden at our Botanic Gardens, and the National Rose convention is held here each year! If you love Roses, Adelaide is definitely the place to be. xx

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  2. Hello Heidi,
    I love your blog and your style!
    I am just wondering if you are interested in doing any residential interior design in Adelaide? Do you have an email address or method of contact? I can't seem to see one on your blog. Thank you in anticipation!

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    1. Hi AnAdelaideGirl, I'm so sorry, I started the blog on a bit of a whim, and it's still not set up properly. I've just set up a blog email address: anadelaidevilla@bigpond.com so send me an email with what the scale of the project is and I'll email you my rates and capacity etc and we can go from there.

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  3. That rose is just beautiful, never seen that combi of colours before. Also the necklace and matching clipon earrings are gorgeous and glamourous

    PS: I'd like to invite to join the Bosisto's giveaway at my blog, I have 4 lavender packs up for grabs here: http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2012/10/bosistos-lavender-giveaway.html

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    1. Hi Trishie, it is a beautiful rose - the roses in that range are called "the painterly" roses and are all named after Impressionist painters. I'll swing past your blog later today. Thanks for stopping in x

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  4. E is a perfect vision in her liberty and sun hat. Gorgeous. I am laughing re velvet bustier and taffeta skirt. I too wheeled out this delightful combo to many an affair back in the day, mainly whipped up by my mother. Accesorised with fob chain and pearls...what a treat!

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    1. I used to whip the taffeta skirts up myself JMac, and use the same Bustier. And also lurking in the recesses of my jewellery box is a gold fob chain. Not sure if that one's ever going to come back in and see the light of day again....it was a definite "look" wasn't it?!

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  5. I feel your pain, I am so fat now that my fat jeans are too tight and my girlfriend said to "just don't sway your back like that and stick your stomach out", and I wasn't! Time for some serious self discipline (I'll just finish this wine first). Kx

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    1. I suffer from a lack of self discipline too K! I'm very bad at sticking to an exercise regime. When I did the CSIRO diet after the birth of my children, it allowed for 2 squares of chocolate a week. I just knew I wouldn't have the willpower to stop at two, so it was actually easier to not have it at all!! Hope you enjoyed the wine xx

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  6. That formal frock sounds fab Heidi. I do love a swathe of silk taffeta.
    Have just bought 5 metres of a beautiful sapphire blue silk taffeta fabric from a little fabric shop in Montmartre to sew into a coat dress for spring racing carnival. It was only 8 Euro/m. Incredible. Would have bought more to make Parisian-style curtains but didn't have room in the luggage!
    I adore your curtains. Do you do interior design jobs as well? Our library / formal living room needs drapes, and I'm hopeless at decorating. The room is so visually busy that people are becoming in danger of having fits from all the strobing when they walk into the house!
    xx

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    1. It must have been hard to choose a fabric in Paris, Janelle! I can imagine they would have had the most gorgeous silks. Curtains in silk would be beautiful too...although I have a fear of silk curtains due to the rot in the sunshine that they experience! I do do small Interior and architectural jobs. After my Architecture degree, I went to the Inchbald School of Design in London and studied Interior Design and Decoration. Hopefully I'll get back to it more next year when my middle one starts school and I have finished our renovations! I don't think you have a problem with decorating at all - your house is so lovely, and I've loved the choices that you've made in it with the colours. If you do need a hand, let me know as I still have all my contacts in Melbourne..... xx

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  7. Those curtains are divine, Heidi. You have immaculate taste. And ooh, your rose is stunning! Yet another to add to my wishlist...J x

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    1. The Delbard roses are beautiful - they don't last long in a vase though sadly. Better to admire them on the bush x

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