I'm not sure if anyone noticed that I was gone this week? I very cleverly scheduled the hallway post so that the blog was not lonely....I'm starting to get the hang of the blogging thing I think.

So, my apologies for not responding to comments or visiting blogs. I did manage to read the comments, but I was in a place with very limited reception on my phone so no response from me. More on that later.

So for some visuals, here is the Sponge that started the week. I used to be afraid of baking sponges. You hear so many stories about them sinking, being temperamental, not rising etc. I am afraid no more......behold in all it's glory a sponge with strawberry cream filling that I made for afternoon tea last Saturday for my Dad and younger sister when they popped in.

Yum
And after that, I spent a mad Saturday cooking, doing laundry and writing lists so that I could leave guilt free for Gwinganna which is in the Gold Coast hinterland. It was fabulous. I went for a 5 day Wellness program with one of my close friends from Melbourne. She is a mother of 4 (spaced the same as mine, but her last pregnancy was twins) who works nearly full time, and was needing a break. I needed the break from the stress of the past few months with my Mum's illness.

So, it was a great week of concentrating on ourselves; exercising, eating very good for you (and delicious) food, spa treatments in the afternoons, lazy stretches by the pool reading and chatting and laughing and a little bit of crying, and being re-educated via seminars on wellness, healthy eating, exercise. It was a great circuit breaker for me; I've come back full of energy and feeling like a lot of the stress that I've been holding onto has melted away somewhat. I guess a massage every day does that for you! And as an added bonus, I lost another 1 KG, which now puts me at the lightest weight I've been since having children 7 years ago (I lost 4 KG through stress over the previous month).

And everyone survived my absence, although I had been gone no more than 4 hours when my youngest had a trip to hospital with a bit of superglue to the head involved (Mr AV said "it was nothing really, just a scratch"....). As none of the children have had to go to hospital before, this was somewhat unfortunate. And so today, I'm catching up on time with the children (gratifyingly they were all completely overexcited by my return), doing an awful lot of laundry, cleaning up and tidying up and getting some food into the house as the cupboards are bare.

So, while I was away, here's what happened to my garden - it literally exploded with blossom and flowers. I picked these pretty single petal roses for the hall table this morning - they are an unknown climber in the back garden. My mother, the rose expert, told me last year that it was an old rose, probably one of the French ones, but she couldn't remember the name. Unfortunately it's slated for removal as it's where the extension is going, but I'll enjoy it for its final season.




David Austin's Sharifa Asmar 

Flag Iris

Crabapple, which has finally blossomed
And to match the flowers outside, I got out for their first wearing of the season my new Alice + Olivia floral jeans (stalked them on the netaporter sale until they had my size back in stock). Here is a bad iphone pic to show you:

Enjoy your weekend everyone x




12 comments:

  1. I long for a trip to Gwinganna. I've been to the Golden Door with one of my best friends from school....gone are the days of drinkies, sneaky ciggies & discos substituted instead for vegetarian calorie controlled abstinence! Coincidentally I had a friend who was there last week...did you happen to meet Monsi from Melbourne?! That cake is gorgeous as are those jeans! Rx

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  2. I did meet Monsi! I don't remember talking to her at any great length, but I do remember her because of her unusual name. It's a small world!! Loved Gwinganna - you should definitely go, a few guests compared it to the Golden Door and thought it much better. Mostly because there is so much food, but also because it was structured a little differently. The mornings are lots of exercise, the afternoons very quiet with everyone in the spa or snoozing etc. The rooms were also reasonably luxurious.... xx

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    1. How funny...she is detoxing before the spring racing carnival starts and we are heading over to join her for Derby Day! I too have heard it's better than the GD although I went to the one in the Hunter Valley which is newer and nicer than the one in QLD. Love the idea of quiet afternoons...at the GD you can go hard all day which is what we did. Maybe sometime next year.....Rx

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    2. Yes, it was just hard for the first 3 hours, then you got to rest for the rest of the day. I think there were a few detoxing for the Spring Racing carnival. My friend Sarah, who I went with, is going to Derby Day as well, and I think a few of the other girls we met were planning to meet up on the day in the carpark somewhere....!

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  3. Gorgeous blog ! I have added you to my (sadly neglected at the moment) own little opus. Love your photos of flowers !

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    1. Hi Silver Bunny. I'll have to pop over and check your blog out too. Thanks for coming by xx

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  4. Hi Heidi, you may have to post that sponge recipe, my kitchen goes in soon and I think I might have to give that sponge a crack. Glad you have had a break, no doubt much needed after all you've been through. And love the jeans. Kx (The Blog a House Built)

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    1. Hi K, this sponge was made in my Thermomix, so the recipe suits that....but I have another one that I make that I'll post the recipe for, it works out too. How exciting that the kitchen is almost in!! I'm really over mine, can't wait for the reno to start..... H x

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  5. love everything. I will I could grow roses en masse.

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    1. Roses grow like weeds in Adelaide. They use them on nature strips and down the middle of the roads and chainsaw them to prune in Winter. Think you get black spot from the humidity in your neck of the woods? xx

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  6. Oh Heidi, so much of interest here. Am waiting hopefully for your sponge recipe - what a whopper! Such a pretty rose - never seen one like it. That David Austin is sublime - I must hunt one down. And I'm so pleased you managed to have such a glorious getaway, with such a fabulous restorative effect. I would dearly love to do the same. J x

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    1. I think you definitely deserve a break away Jane, with all you've had going on over the past year. I was very lucky that my husband pushed me, and my Mother in Law stepped in to help out to allow me some time away. And lucky that my girlfriend went too - it wouldn't have been so much fun without her (too much time to reflect if left on my own). x

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