We had a brief tango with Autumn over the Easter long weekend, but after that the temperatures returned to unseasonably warm, with blue skies. It's our endless Summer. So I'm still wearing sleeveless dresses and tops, and sandals and waiting for the chilly embrace of Winter which is surely just around the corner?



I've been enjoying the last roses for the season, here are some that I put on my bedside table - Sharifa Asma and Claire Austin with a few lambs ears for greenery.


Forgive me blog-comment-leaver Pamela, for I have sinned, and I may have been dipping into a couple of lighter reads in between War and Peace.

David Austin's Sharifa Asma

lambs ears

I was very unhappy during the week to find that my children had been digging small divots of turf out of the baby's tears in the side garden, which are starting to become quite nicely established.


Until I worked out that the children were not in fact the culprits, but perched way up high at the very top of the liquidamber tree, waiting for me to leave were these - the marauding parrots that ate all my figs (the subject of another blog post). They've been searching for grubs under the baby's tears.... and killing off the plant in the process, it now looks much worse than these photos that I took during the week. Hopefully all the building noise will scare them off.

marauding parrots, heckling me

And speaking of renovations, we have a great big hole in our back garden. The concreters finally arrived, and spent a couple of days digging out Mr AV's future office. They've then lined it and put in the rio (reinforcing steel rods) ready for the concrete pour on Tuesday.

Captive audience. We love a digger. That's my dusty washing machine in the foreground....

Part of the work involved removing the old cellar stairs that were uncovered during the demolition. They were quite steep, and I decided a long time ago it was safer to put in ones that met the building code.

the start of the new stairs down to the existing cellar under the house. They continue on to open out into Mr AV's home office


 Above is the light well to Mr AV's home office. It will have full height french doors to it so the room doesn't feel too box like, and I'm going to do a few design tricks to make it feel less like a subterranean space. The wooden box down the bottom of the hole is housing the sump pump which will pump out any rainwater that collects at the bottom of the light well.


Mr AV's office measures around 4 x 4 metres, and the children's playroom sits directly on top with the same footprint. That's the edge of the veranda in the foreground... it will butt up against the extension.

And remember my blog post where I lamented the fact that I'd bought Chargers instead of Dinner Plates after a 6 year search on eBay/ china replacement websites of my Villeroy and Boch Tipo Blue.... well in good news, a seller in Perth listed 7 dinner plates. This time I checked the measurements carefully and bought them. Hooray! The search has ended. I now have enough spares to last me for many years of breakages to come.



So a bit of action on the house, and more to come this week. And this week also marks the start of the School Holidays and our first taste of living in part of a house with only a small accessible garden. Needless to say, I've planned a lot of outings.

Hope you had a great week x

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  1. Winter has arrived down here....we contemplated a fire last night and I'm typing this in my puffer (glam!). Giggled at the books next to your bed....haven't you finished 'War and Peace' yet? Slack! Serendipitous to have found extra plates! Rx

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    1. Puffer?! I'm actually longing to put on a few layers, I'm so sick of Summer clothes and sandals (and making sure feet look presentable at all times).

      I'm only on page 210 of War and Peace... shhhhh don't tell Pamela! I can't read it late at night as I mix up the characters. Actually I read a GREAT book, that you'd love (I think) called The Art Detective, written by the English guy that's appeared on "Fake or Fortune" and Antiques Roadshow (Phillip Mould I think) and the paintings he's discovered lurking underneath overpaint and discoloured varnish. Fascinating. Could be your key to your fortune Romy with your already substantial talents in this area. I will blog all about it soon. xx

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    2. I'm on to you Heidi! I laughed as soon as I saw the books on your bedside table. Somehow W and P still looked very pristine! But a very beautiful and impressive bedroom tablescape. The roses are lovely. Best wishes, Pamela
      PS Another group of dinner guests from previous eras might include Chanel and the Grand Duke Dmitri, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Cocteau and Karsavina. You might just now have guessed that I'm currently reading a biography of Chanel. Best wishes, Pamela

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    3. Haha - there is a bookmark sticking out though Pamela! Promise I'm reading it! Your dinner party sounds fab... funny though how our dream dinner party rarely includes any of our actual friends, but the more 'interesting' historical types! xx

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    4. Very well observed Heidi. I think that is a great guest list but Picasso would be trouble. He would make someone cry and cause tensions between sisters and friends.

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  2. luff the outfits the table setting the babies tears and I have those books!

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    1. The babies tears are looking rather shabby now unfortunately. I did laugh at your post yesterday at the book situation... as I said, we're in psychic synch! xx

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    2. A plastic snake left on the babies tears might deter them. It worked with ducks in our pool! ? x KL

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  3. How exciting to have things happening on the renovation front!
    Love your roses and days those marauding parrots!
    War and Peace can get very confusing with all those complicated patronymics.
    My (overly ambitious) plan for my recent convalescence was to re-read War and Peace in Russian. I did joint honours in French and Russian about 750 years ago, so it's not a totally daft idea.
    Instead, I started a blog! Way less highbrow and probably not so good for my brain, but far more enjoyable as it turns out!

    Anyway, I agree about summer. It's lovely to be out in summer clothes still, but I am hankering after some cooler days, if only to get some wear out of all my new winter purchases!
    Good luck with the hols. I'm working, but the rest of the family are off to a friend's beach house for the week. I'm v jealous, but looking forward to some time at home alone.

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    1. Reading War and Peace in actual Russian?! I'm very impressed Ruth! As I can't speak any other languages, at all, despite several attempts at trying French and German, anyone that can speak one language, let alone two rates very highly in my book. I do agree though, that a blog is possibly more fun to start up! Enjoy your peaceful week xx

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    2. My only talent is that I can pick up languages easily! Also it's much easier when growing up in close proximity to other countries - France is only a couple or hours away etc. plus I lived in Russia, Japan, Italy etc, so I had to learn very quickly to be able to function. It's much harder here, and I worry my children will grow up without a second language..
      Love those red sandals and that bag - beautiful shade of orangey red! They look as if they match well with the red on that top.

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  4. The digger is a great sight indeed! If I was there I would be like your children but might be bolshier and ask that I have a go. That seems pretty quick that all that was dug up!

    Love the coral - I am presently looking myself for a piece of coral to brighten up the mood of myself and those around me - anything orangey seems to do that. Meanwhile, the sun it out today and it is 13 degrees and I am giddy and about to go to the park to see if anything has bloomed with the sun being out.

    I would love to read Russian novels in Russian like Ruth - part of the reason I don't delve more is because I am convinced there are things lost in translation.

    Are those wild parrots?

    So happy for you that the porcelain has been sorted out finally. What's the next quest? :) x

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    1. Oh yes, wild parrots, and two of a flock that were sitting in the tree - they are Rainbow Lorikeets, which exist is semi plague proportions around our neighbourhood it seems.

      Not sure I have another quest now that the China has been sorted.... shall have to have a think!

      The kids were asking for a ride on the digger, and I now spend all my time trying to prevent them going to look at the hole - I'm terrified they'll fall in!!
      Yay for some sun in London! have a lovely Sunday N. xx

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  5. When I arrived in Australia, I was enchanted with the parrots, Rosella's and the like... but they are a menace in the garden... unbelievably cocky and far too brave!! I love a light well.. we have one in Sydney ... the most amazing throw of light in different directions... Packers arrive tomorrow... better get to bed!! xxx

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    1. They are cocky! Those Rosella's just sit there and wait... as soon as I go around the corner they swoop. My mum always had to put nets over her roses... they used to look like they were wearing bridal veils. If she didn't the cockatoo's used to eat all the buds.
      Fingers crossed we get a bit of light in the light well... Mr AV is concerned it's going to be pitch black in his office!
      Good luck with the packing - an exciting next chapter awaits xx

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  6. The parrots, the parrots, I'll swap you a few plain Jane grey squirrels for your exotic birds, I am stunned that they are just hanging around in your trees!

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    1. At least squirrels are quiet! The parrots are very noisy when you get a flock in a tree - they are beautiful, but do a lot of damage to gardens. When we first moved in and were trying to grow the lawn back in the back garden, we scattered lawn seed around and looked out the next morning to see an enormous flock pecking happily at the lawn seed.... needless to say the lawn took a while to grow! xx

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  7. Yes what's with this endless summer ! I see you have the garden at Bronte beside your bed..have you been to Bronte House? ..the gardens really are spectacular and on many levels

    I missed your last post and have just seen the intaglios ,, I love them also and you did a clever job of framing yours.

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    1. I haven't been to Bronte House yet... but would love to - the landscape designer mentioned to me that I should have a look at the garden due to what I was telling her I wanted to achieve (ambitiously) in mine... and then FF mentioned the book, so I've been reading and rereading ever since - so beautiful.
      I didn't frame the Intaglios myself - the framer did! But I was very pleased with how they turned out. Have a good week xx

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  8. My husband will be so jealous of Mr AV's subterranean office. He desperately wants some sort of underground den of his own. We joke and call it a "man cave". So much so that one of my closest friends who reads your blog (and who is currently gradually renovating a huge old Federation era homestead on their property) emailed me to ask if I had showed it to him.

    The parrots and cockies drive me mad here. So much so that sometimes I get The Farmer to stand on the front verandah and fire the .22 in the air and scare them off. Probably not a solution in suburban Adelaide though methinks....

    Great news re the plates. The extension/hole in the ground looks exciting and very promising.

    Take care and hope the week goes ok.

    xx

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    1. What is it about men and caves?! Every male that hears about this room is green over it and says they'd like one too... it was actually more cost effective than going up a storey (and we didn't want to go out further on the block). I was having a discussion about it with Mr AV last night (I was trying to work out the electrical layout for the electricians this morning... nothing like leaving things to last minute), and it's become more and more elaborate a room in his mind. He seems to think he'll be entertaining down there now.
      I'd love a shotgun to scare off the birds, but I think the neighbours might object a little! Have a good week xx

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  9. All of my husband's man cave plans seem to involve little beer fridges, bars and cocktail cupboards etc - so obviously entertaining must be on the subterranean man dwelling agenda!

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    1. Seems that the easy access to the cellar next door negates the bar... but suddenly there is a big screen tv required for him while he works at home.....! x

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  10. How exciting, I bet your house will be finished before ours - that may push me over the edge. We have had a great long summer haven't we? Bliss.

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    1. You've got a good head start K, and we've got a loooong way to go yet. You'll get there! xx

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  11. Wow...all systems are go at your place! The progress looks fabulous! I love hiding space underground...its such a clever solution to keeping yard space and reducing the visual bulk of a building. And underground is perfect for temperature control for a cellar! Are you putting in some form of floor heating for the study? It will get cold in winter even with a few hot toddies! x KL

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    1. no floor heating in there as part of the hydronics, it's too complicated and expensive, but you'll be amused to hear that Mr AV thought it might need air conditioning?! It took quite a bit of convincing that he'd be cold, not hot down there! I'm going to put an electric wall panel, a Nobo or something similar on the wall which can be turned on when he's down there. xx

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  12. oh no... I completely understand your outrage re the parrots destroying the garden. I have a bandicoot that digs up our lawn and garden beds. Apparently s/he eats funnel web spiders which I don't know whether to be alarmed or reassured by. So exciting seeing the building work starting. x

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    1. We definitely don't have bandicoots around here... but if it was eating funnelwebs, I guess I'd be ok with that. We don't have funnelwebs either, but quite a lot of redbacks, which give me the creeps. Building is slowly gathering momentum! xx

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