I'm going to start on the positives from this week.
Firstly, here is a magnolia blossom blooming on the tree in the front garden. Usually, we only have flowers around August/ early September during the depths of Winter, but it put out two this week for some strange reason. I have no idea why, it has been hot here for weeks, as you can see by the leaves which are always burnt off by this time of year and make me long for Autumn when they drop and the tree looks less half dead (it isn't, it's perfectly healthy).
I managed to get to one talk at Writer's Week this week - I went on Wednesday to a talk on The Raj, with Anne de Courcy and Harry Ricketts. Anne has written many books on Social history from the beginning of the 20th Century, and I've read a couple (The Viceroy's Daughters, about the Curzon sisters, and 1939 - The Last Season). She's also written one about Diana Mosley (formerly Mittford), and her latest The Fishing Fleet - husband hunting in the Raj was what she was primarily talking about. Harry Ricketts had written a biography about Rudyard Kipling, and was very knowledgeable about India as well. It was quite a fascinating talk about the apartheid in India under the British, the strict stratas of society and the formal and pampered existence there, and about the way women were sent out to India to find husbands after two seasons in London - they were told not to come home without one. The pressure!
In much the same way, My husband's Great- Aunt was sent from Adelaide to London in the 1930's to find a husband, and was presented at Court etc. She didn't succeed, and returned home after 2 years. Her mother apparently refused to go to the docks to welcome her home as she was so furious, and the following season she was sent to India, where she did meet an appropriate groom, and had a rather disastrous marriage. Thank goodness times have changed.
|blue skies and burnt grass and the tents under the palm trees for Writers Week|
It was a rather hot day (36C), but the event is very well run, and absolutely running at full steam. I managed to find a seat in the shade and there were so many interesting talks and authors during the week - I only wish I could have gone to more. I'm adding The Fishing Fleet to my reading list.... once I finish War and Peace that is!
Last night I went to the theatre to see one of the big Adelaide Festival imports One Man, Two Guv'nors, with an award winning British cast. Hands down the most hilarious theatre production I've been to in a long time. I went with my friend S. (Mr AV got back from New York yesterday afternoon and was too jet lagged to go with me), and we both laughed through the whole thing. There is lots of slapstick (good slapstick - the actors are excellent), a little bit of audience participation in a very clever way, and a funny plot line based around the classic The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini. I Highly recommend it - it's now touring Australia, so check to see if its on near you - definitely worth going to see, it was a fantastic night out. Part of the entertainment included a 4 piece band, who played during set changes and before the play started. They started off playing Buddy Holly style music, then it switched to more Beatles style (the play is set in 1963). Brilliant fun.
I wore this favourite Lela Rose dress (old picture, sorry, didn't have time to do a selfie before leaving!)
I picked up some wallpaper samples for the powder room, naturally they didn't manage to get hold of the charcoal that was my primary interest - but isn't it beautiful? It's seagrass with an overprint of the Hothouse flowers pattern. It's always so hard to get samples in Australia!!
And here is a salad made up with the roast vegetables I showed a picture of last week. I ate this a couple of times this week for dinner or lunch. I added avocado and rocket and a dollop of pesto to the roast vegetables.
Now for the disappointments. No action on the demolition of the back of the house. The building permit was approved on Friday afternoon (at last, this Inspector is seriously snail like in giving a fairly straightforward approval), so they are starting Tuesday. As we have to have some asbestos removed, not much will happen this week visually, but it will make me feel better that something is happening if they get the asbestos out by the end of the week (it's in the vinyl floor tiles - quite common in the 60's so if you are removing old vinyl, always have it checked).
The other disappointments involve shopping - the Shopping Gods were not smiling on me the week before last on the Internet. Not only did I manage to buy chargers instead of dinner plates as detailed in my blog post, but I bought a lovely skirt from the Outnet's Oscar de la Renta sale, and it was too small. I could zip it up, but I couldn't sit in it, so that was a slight problem. It's gone back, but it kind of squashed my mood somewhat. It was so pretty!
I did do a bit of Internet shopping this week to make up for my lonely nights without Mr AV..... and my busy days in the company of people aged 7 and under. The only problem with this is that he is now home and will watch the parade of delivery men dropping off parcels this week. Fingers crossed these things fit and I'm not having to send them back.
Hopefully there will be a busy week of builders this week. I don't mind living in a horrible mess as long as I can see progress, so no progress this week and squashed into the front of the house hasn't been good for the mood.
Hope you had a good week. xx
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