Last week I wondered whether Autumn would ever arrive, but look what I'm wearing today...
Wool. It's cold and has been pouring with rain all day.
Fortunately the concreters got Mr AV's Cave/ Home Office finished during the week, and they've now started on the actual living area extension slab. Lots of heavy machinery noises from the back of the house. My 2 year old now does a very convincing truck reversing sound beep....beep....beep. Here's some photos for the heavy machinery fans out there.
I made sure to throw some coins into the concrete for good luck as tradition dictates. The concreters tried to convince me that a few hundred dollars would make for very good luck. I threw in $2... I'm far too stingy.
Yesterday we had a family picnic in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It was a beautiful sunny day, and we haven't been through the gardens in a long time.
I love the Palm House, which is one of the original Victorian structures in the gardens imported from Europe. It's thought to be one of the last two left that were originally made by the German manufacturer - the others were all bombed during WW2. The other one is also in Adelaide, in the grounds of a private house.
Found some more Rainbow Lorrikeets (the breed of parrots that are hell bent on destroying my garden) - they were having a bath in the enormous Victorian fountain.
I ducked away from the family for a few minutes to look at what can only be described as garden porn in the Botanic Gardens shop. As I wrote in a previous post, the Diggers Club have taken over the shop, and it's full of the most beautiful things for gardeners, as well as a lot of essentials - seed propagation boxes, seeds and bulbs, excellent tools, books... managed to avoided temptation.
I also wandered into the Museum of Economic Botany, which was founded in 1881 and is the last of its type in the world. It's in a sweet little Victorian building, with the most beautiful painted ceiling. Inside the specimen cases are displays of all the types of plants that could be grown in the South Australian climate and their uses - the purpose of the museum was to show the early settlers what could be grown successfully in the state. More recently they have installed screens by Khai Liew, the renowned South Australian Furniture maker, the modern design counterbalances the original Victorian specimen cases with their contents nicely.
With the much colder and very rainy weather today, I've been cooking. Last night we had a roast chicken, a Barossa Chook, reared by Saskia Beer (daughter of Maggie). Once you've tried one of her chickens, you can't go back - they taste like a chicken should, full of flavour just like in the Olden Days. I think they lead very pampered lives before they wind up at the Butchers. As they're rather expensive (but worth it), I like to use every little bit up, so I used the carcass this morning to make chicken stock. Some went into the freezer, and some made the most delicious roasted broccoli and blue cheese soup.
I also made this potato and fetta tart out of Simon Bryant's Veggies cookbook. I'm trying to do a few days without meat in our household.
I'm wrapped up in layers tonight trying not to turn on the heating, although as I have been fairly disorganised due to the school holidays and Mr AV being away in New York again for the week, I've only just got the Winter weight doonas off to be cleaned (they'll be back in a week)... and it's definitely feeling a little cold in bed at night!
Hope you had a good week too xx
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