This week has been a week of cleaning up. I have been helping my Dad by clearing out Mum's things -  my younger Sister has been back for a couple of weeks from Melbourne to help out.  I had helped to clear out some things around 3 or 4 months ago, when Mum had become too ill to choose her own clothes and Dad was feeling overwhelmed when he opened up her wardrobes. But there was still a lot to sort through, and it has taken hours and hours. The silver lining of all this is that we have nearly completed a difficult and emotionally draining task. At any rate, I was the beneficiary of some of my Mother's shoes. We used to call her "Imelda" (my father referred to her as "the centipede" because she had so many pairs), as she was quite the shoe addict, and mum and I wore the same size. So I wore these to my son's Sports Day on Friday. They were from Sambag, and have a bit of a black and ecru scarf print on them.


The cleaning out mood also lead to my own home. I made way for the new shoes by throwing out 5 pairs that were past their prime in my dressing room, and also spending several hours cleaning out H's bedroom while he was at School (and so unable to continue his hoarding ways). He hasn't even noticed that I threw out a whole garbage bag worth of bits of paper and drawings, old lego club magazines, and junky plastic toys (ie landfill) received in goodie bags at parties. I sorted out his bookshelves, and it is all a lot neater. Next I have to tackle the playroom before the builders move in.

Yesterday was my Mother's Birthday. We headed up to Stirling to see Dad and to have afternoon tea and a wander in the garden. We spent some time in the Rose Garden, which is looking spectacular at the moment (as are the roses in the whole of Adelaide). The Rose Garden is part of the original Victorian layout, and is bordered by 4 meter high Rhododendron hedges that are currently in bloom. The garden is filled with flag irises amongst the roses, and there are a few feature plants that Victorian's loved, such as a large palm, and some Cycads dotted at slightly random positions. Mum loved Roses, and had spent a lot of time planting and regenerating this area. One of them, Delbard's "Henri Matisse", reminds me of the book "Through the Looking Glass" (the sequel to "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carol) where the white roses are being painted red under order by the Queen of Hearts.

Flag Irises and Roses
Rhododendron hedge, this is around 3-4 meters high

Another Delbard rose, "Henri Matisse"
And so, last night Mr AV and I went out to dinner at "The Pot" in Hyde Park. Mr AV is off to New York this week for work, but will only be gone for a few days. He asked if I wanted anything brought back from New York (unusual, he usually doesn't ask) and I actually couldn't think of anything.... I don't know what's wrong with me?! At any rate, the meal was superb. I ate the Pork Belly - delicious caramelised peanut salty sweetness crackling with melting meat underneath, and a very fresh and sharply tasty asian style green pawpaw coleslaw. Delish. I wore my Sergio Rossi peacock feather strappy sandals. My sore foot coped well with the extremely high heel, so I guess it's healed enough to get back into exercise. Oh Great.



I've made a few warm weather meals this week, and made this twice - Vietnamese cold spring rolls with my Vietnamese dipping sauce. It is always a big hit with the kids, and they tend to eat a lot more vegetables than they normally would. I put them on a big platter that I bought for Christmas entertaining this week from Outdoors on Parade (they also come in fluro colours, which would look great if you have an all white interior). These spring rolls contained baby spinach leaves, grated carrot, grilled chicken, spring onions, cucumber, coriander and rice noodles. They were completely inauthentic, but tasted great.

Inauthentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Lastly, I know you've all been dying to see how my cuttings have been going. So far, my Father's predicted death rate of 80% has not materialised. Hooray! I've got some very healthy Salvias, Sedums and Ecchiums. The lambs ears have unsurprisingly died. They were kind of an experiment. I might leave them in their pots for another week or two and then plant them out in the garden.



Hope you all had a great week x










18 comments:

  1. Hi Heidi

    So sorry to hear about your mum :(

    Is each of those stepping stone steps made up of 3 smaller ones?

    Your spring rolls look very professional!!!

    Love your peacock sandals!

    Love your

    B

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    1. Hi B, the stepping stones are made up of mostly two, but sometimes just the one paver. I think there might be one or two of them that have 3 parts (the ones that are extra wide), but no more. You pay a premium to have the pavers extra long, so we decided to lay them with random joins and use shorter lengths to keep the cost in a more reasonable bracket. The joins are so close together that you don't really notice them and I actually think I prefer them with the joins now - adds an extra dimension to the pavers in a way. xx

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    2. Thank you!!!!

      Also, where is your dining table from? I the slightly rustic surface.

      B

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    3. The Dining table was from Coco Republic in Melbourne. I think it was called the Belgian something or other table. Probably Belgian by way of Indonesia though.... it's made of recycled timber which gives it a more rustic look. A perfect table surface would not work with small children, so this was definitely more practical. xx

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    4. Ahhhhh, Coco Republic, definitely not in my price range ... :)

      B

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  2. Your meal out with Mr AV looked delicious. Lovely shoes and the rice wraps look fabulous. We have those for dinner during the week sometimes, as they are so quick and healthy. Hope your week helping your dad was ok and it is nice to know you can continue wearing some of your mother's shoes, as it must make wearing them very special. x

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    1. It is nice to wear her shoes. When mum used to visit me in Melbourne, we used to go shoe shopping together, so quite a few of the pairs remind me of those times. xx

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  3. Oh I love the Pot, and the shoes. Kx (The Blog a House Built)

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    1. The Pot is so, so good. If you haven't had the Pork Belly, it's a definite must next time you go K. xx

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  4. Great shoes!
    Glad you plants are doing well!

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    1. Thanks Deanne - I think I've saved around $480 in plants. Very pleased with my thriftiness! x

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  5. Your mum would have loved the idea of you wearing her shoes. They're gorgeous Sambags too.
    I love Delbard roses. I still remember when they were the 'big thing' at Chelsea years ago.
    As for New York, here are some ideas:
    1. A Kate Spade handbag or a Kate Spade Kindle/IPad cover. Look online for ideas. Their Kindle sleeves are gorgeous. I bought one with the New York Times on it.
    2. Cheap cosmetics from SAKS Fifth Ave. (MAC, Estee Lauder, etc)
    3. Any photographic materials - new camera; new lens, etc.
    4. BOOKS! Books are SO cheap in New York.
    5.Vintage a prints from The New York Library Archives. (Can also order online)
    6. Clothes for the kids, especially jeans - so cheap in New York.
    xxx

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    1. I think I remember Vogue Living did a cover with the Delbard roses when they were first released as well....I remember thinking how stunning they were. Don't think I had a garden at the time though, maybe just a balcony!
      Good list. Might forward it onto the husband. I need to keep any order stress free for him, so makeup won't work though. For some reason he becomes very confused by the colour/ number/ brand thing. One of the most stressful phone conversations I ever had with him was when he called me from Hong Kong duty free overwhelmed in the Chanel makeup section. It didn't go well! x

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  6. The wardrobe thing is always tough. I did Mum's by myself & as much as I tried the stoic thing, I did end up sitting on the end of her bed having a big cry. How fab that you & your Mum share the same shoe size Heidi, my Mum was a size 11 (yep, she never reconciled that number!!!).
    Millie xx

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    1. Yes, I'd been saying that we'd leave it until Dad was ready, but maybe that was more because I wasn't really... That would have been awful doing it on your own Millie. At least my sister and I were joking around with Dad about what a hoarder she was which lightened the mood somewhat. As for size, your mum would at least have had a lot of luck finding shoes on sale? All the nice ones that I pick up are a size 10/11. The 7's are always gone! xx

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  7. Shoes! I remember considering buying them, but then came to my senses. My ugly hooves wouldn't do them justice.

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    1. rubbish! Your feet always are so beautifully shod (and look amazing) xx

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