This week seems to have had a lot of 'special' days in it. Shrove Tuesday found me flipping pancakes for the children's supper. You could say that they were just a tiny bit happy, that instead of eating something healthy, with vegetables included in it ("oh no, not vegetables again!!") they were instead eating pancakes with jam and cream. We are not particularly religious, so I'm not giving up anything for Lent (although frankly, with the horrible diet I'm on at the moment, there isn't much left to give up anyway....water maybe?).
Some random scenes from the week, blurry iphone style:
The outfit I wore to dinner on Wednesday night. We went into the city to one of the Clubs for a Science talk on Trilobite fossils - one of the best sites in the world is at Kangaroo Island, where we spent our Summer Holidays. It was a very interesting talk, despite me not having a natural history background, and the food was very good and Spanish inspired- the guest speaker was one of the world's foremost authorities on these fossils, originally from Spain (now based at Adelaide University). Dad was my date, as Mr AV as per usual got back too late on the plane from Brisbane (despite it being in his diary for a few months....). I wore this giant liberty print inspired dress, with my pearls and persimmon coloured patent wedges.
Here's my 2 year old scooting off to his Nursery School the other morning. As we make our way down the street, I often see people in their cars start laughing at how hilarious he looks with his little Union Jack helmet, gliding along, mini backpack on.
Valentine's Day is a non event in our house. I gave Mr AV his favourite chocolates, just to make him feel guilty he'd got me nothing - a box of Haigh's Peppermint Creams. This was only because I was passing the factory the day before, so stopped to go in and peruse the discounted seconds section. The factory is not like a normal industrial factory out in the sticks. It's in nice suburban Adelaide, and is quite small scale, with a very large shop at the front. I love Haigh's chocolate - very good quality and definitely the best chocolate made in Australia, and the company is still privately owned by the Haigh's family in Adelaide.
Last night was my cousin A's engagement party. She is 10 years younger than me, and also an Architect. It was a very hot night - around 35 C and humid at 10pm. The party was in a marquee at my Aunt and Uncle's house. I wore this brown dress - from Cue bought for a wedding around 6 years ago, with these Italian shoes with their little wooden flowers on the toes and stripey fabric platform, a very small Gucci handbag and matt gold bamboo hoop earrings.
On the house front, I know there are a bunch of people who have been waiting impatiently for something to happen on this blog that isn't just pictures of me in dresses. We are still waiting for the building permits, they should come through in the next week and then we can start demolition. I've finalised the design for the kitchen this weekend, so will draw up the final plans and post them on here soon.
One thing that was exciting this week was meeting with a Landscape Designer.... I decided that I was overstretched with making decisions about the house, and as the garden is a huge part of the overall design, and I'm not a particularly experienced gardener (more an enthusiastic one at this point) I decided it was better to get in an expert, just as I'm always telling people to do when they're designing their house (you know, that they should hire me). It was a great meeting - I feel that we are definitely on the same page with the design of the garden, and it is always good to get someone else in that sees things differently and with fresh eyes. Some of the images that I gave her of gardens that I like are below - Victorian style, with mixed lush and textured planting. We discussed the front garden, which I put in last year, and she had some good suggestions there too.... It'll be very interesting to see what she comes back with for the overall concept. The first two pictures are of Bronte House in Sydney. Isn't it beautiful?
Hope you had a lovely week. xx
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