I can't say this has been the greatest week. The plague descended upon our house last weekend, when my youngest, 2 year old S. started running a high temperature and vomited. It only lasted 12 hours though, he bounced back fairly quickly. Cue my middle child, 4 year old daughter E running a high temperature and threatening to vomit (which she does fairly regularly). This lasted around 24 hours. Next up was my oldest, 7 year old H. complaining of a sore throat and with a high temperature for 48 hours. With Mr AV on a crazy week of travel criss- crossing Australia, highly stressed, still jet lagged and suffering the worst of all ailments - When Deals Go Horribly Wrong, you can guess that it was only a matter of time before he collapsed as well. With raging tonsilitis. On the mend now with a few days of antibiotics under his belt, but it has meant that I've had a fairly bad week. Lack of sleep being up with small grumpy children does that to one. Fingers crossed I stay healthy.

In between sick children (and Sick Husband, the worst situation of them all), I did manage to get out and about. Working backward, last night I escaped the House of the Plague, and went to see Mozart's Requiem performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Town Hall with my Dad. It was lovely, and strangely enough after saying that I hadn't seen a performance of the Requiem for ages (although you certainly hear it all the time as background music for Car advertisements), I had a sudden flash back to July, where I had a fleeting visit to Melbourne of under 24 hours to see the Requiem performed by Orchestra Victoria at the Recital Hall. I had completely forgotten about it. Last night I wore this emerald green silk Kate Spade top and seaglass green Kate Spade necklace. Disclaimer: my arms are not this scarily twig like in real life, it's a strange optical illusion (why does this never happen with my hips?).


I also had a day out shopping with a friend during the week. I Never do this. Really, I can't remember the last time I went shopping with anyone. Mostly because I'm so talented at shopping on the net, but also because shopping with small children is just tortuous (and most of my friends have them as well = double torture). Child free, we went down King William Road in Hyde Park, and when I saw this dress in Denim Iniquity, I knew that it was highly likely I was going to break my self imposed No More Shopping for Summer ban even before I tried it on. Doesn't it look suspiciously like a blown up Liberty print pattern (that appears on one of E.'s skirts I blogged about here).




E's skirt

 It was only by closer comparison at home that it appears to be a "tribute" to this liberty print - slightly different floral pattern, scale and colours, but similar nonetheless. I know I said I wouldn't buy any liberty print for myself.....but I bought this one (and technically it's not liberty print anyway). E is thrilled that we can do a matching mother/daughter look.

In gardening news, I've spent the week with my landscape guy trying to work out where a leak is from the automatic watering system. Thrilling. But I've also planted out some of my cuttings, which are doing well. I also did the rounds of the all the local nurseries trying to find some David Austin roses for my Mother in Law's Christmas present (hard at this time of year to get multiples of the same type). Now that I have them all home, I'm so tempted to keep them - aren't they pretty?



I'm gardening by stealth at my In Law's. After subdividing part of their garden and putting two houses on it, they have been left with two large and very empty garden beds in the remaining garden. The beds have stayed like this for the past year and a half. I've been busy planting things every now and again - they are not gardeners and are waiting to do the garden up with the landscaper.....eventually. My Mother in Law loves roses, and is very pleased that we gave some for her Birthday present in the middle of the year, so we have some more (my sisters in law have also contributed), and I'm going to plant some of the salvia cuttings I grew, and replant some of the flag irises that are growing in the gravel along their driveway in amongst the roses. I think in another year or two I might have filled up one of the garden beds for her.

And I've almost finished the book Wild Swans, by Jung Cheng, which is for my bookclub. I'm not sure what possessed the girl who chose it in the group to select a book in excess of 700 pages, but I've been wading through it - it's a history of Communism through the life of one family in China - a biography that is celebrating it's 21st year since it was initially published. I've enjoyed it, but have had some strange dreams whereby I'm a Communist in China in the 1950's. Disturbing. I've stopped reading it before bed as a result.

Hope you've escaped the Plague in your house and had a better week than me! xx

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  1. Oh dear. Hope it skips you and hope everyone else gets well real soon!

    Love your Kate Spade necklace/top arrangement <3

    I am not allowed to watch scary movies before bed time, as they give me nightmares :(

    B

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    1. I don't like scary movies either - I'm a total wimp. xx

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  2. Oh and your mother-in-law is one very lucky lady <3

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  3. Plague here too. Awful. Could gardly move and yet was in charge of a toddler.

    Love the roses and excellent Kate Spade outfit.

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    1. It's the worst when you're ill and have to look after others. Hope you're feeling better soon FF xx

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  4. Mercifully no plague here, touch wood. Your new dress is gorgeous and you and E tricked up as matching will look fabulous....I long to do something similar with my girls yet so far all we have matching is fluoro pink jeans! My garden chap has inflamed joints and has retired so I'm struggling with no help, am envious of your landscaper.....roses in bloom are some consolation for all those arduous hours weeding?! Rx

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    1. If I could manage to get the boys into pink polo shirts, I was thinking we could do an American style family Christmas card. Mr AV and the 2 year old would comply happily. My 7 year old might be more difficult to convince....My landscaper does the hard landscaping (ie tree plant and irrigation system) and I do the rest. I feel like all I do is weed, so I know your pain. xx

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  5. We have had coughs and colds here this week- thankfully I have escaped so far- I don't have time to get sick until after the 8th Dec at the earliest!
    Love the dress!

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    1. I have my fingers crossed for you that you escape too Deanne - I know what you mean about time to get sick. Too much to do! xx

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  6. I was ill with backache for 2 days this week probably due to stress ; believe me, dealing with occasionally nasty teenagers who aren't even your own can be a plague too ! Anyway, I'm admirative of all the things you managed to to nevertheless; I hope everything gets back to normal for you soon !

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    1. Back ache is the worst - it just makes you feel awful all over. Hope you're feeling better soon, and you were very good to soldier on with teaching the teenagers. Little horrors! xx

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  7. Heidi, I really hope your household is on the mend! I LOVE you Kate Spade top - lovely fabric and shape. I loved Wild Swans, however there were some really sad parts in it. Last night I had a dream that I was cooking in a restaurant with Rick Stein. This may have occurred after perusing cookbook recipes before bed! Hope you don't have to endure anymore scary dreams regarding your book xxx

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    1. Sadly, no, my daughter came in yesterday afternoon after I'd finished typing up the post and vomited all over the hall floor. Sigh. Looks like I'm in for another great week! Cookbook dreams - that sounds much better than mine! Mine were not scary per se, but in the dreams I was spouting communist propaganda and feeling a great injustice in doing so. I woke up feeling quite exhausted from it all! xx

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  8. Heidi.. if you love pink roses... David Austen's HERITAGE is the most wonderful rose... exquisite blooms and it is very resistant to disease and grows well xx

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    1. I could only find one Heritage when I trawled the nurseries - so hard to get multiples at this time of year. I'll order some more next bare rooted season, so I'll definitely put Heritage on the list. Hope your Garden open went well xx

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