This week has been very mild, weather wise. Days of 18C have meant that I had a pleasant surprise to find that one of the buds (that I assumed would either rot or be pruned off by me in the next few weeks) on my rose bush opened up and produced this stunner

David Austin's Sharifa Asma

I picked it and put it on my bedside table where it has perfumed my sleep with dreams of Summer days.

I have been ploughing through the pile of books on my bedside table, frankly there is very little on tv to grab me at the moment, especially now that Mad Men series 5 has finished, although I was thrilled to find a new gardening series "Alan's Garden Secrets" where Alan Titchmarsh visited Sissinghurst... except unfortunately it was episode 4, the final one. I've missed all the rest! 

I also reflected on the fact that I am fast becoming my parents (ie old), where a Friday night in, watching gardening programs on TV, is more interesting to me than dressing up and going out for drinks somewhere. 



One book that I've finished this week was "Diana Mosley" by Anne de Courcy. She was formerly known as Diana Mittford, or Diana Guinness after her glittering first marriage which she threw away for Sir Oswald Mosely, the head of the British Union of Fascists, which scandalised society in Britain at the time. It was completely fascinating, I particularly enjoyed reading about the time she spent in prison during WW2 due to her fascist sympathies (held without charge for the entire time). She had a total adoration for her second husband, which made a highly intelligent, vivacious, and stunningly beautiful woman supportive of his fascist views and political party and to turn a blind eye to his many infidelities. 



Now for some random scenes from the week - this picture above might make you think that I've been in the country, but it's actually the North Adelaide parklands, around 1 KM from the CBD. The parklands in Adelaide ring the entire city centre, with the suburbs beyond. They're the width of a cannon throw (as the design of Adelaide was from a Military plan - there was some thought from the early settlers that the Aboriginals might attack them, something which never occurred). There are horses in the distance, people adgist them in the parklands and ride them. Not sure there are too many places left where you can have your pony living so close to the city.


Beautiful irises on my hall table in my favourite Alvar Aalto wave vase (makes flower arranging very easy)



I've churned out three of the Thermomix "Too Easy Chocolate Cake" this week. The recipe is pretty much identical to the Simplicity Chocolate Cake recipe that my mum used to make so often she knew it by heart. It's a fantastic recipe - the result is a very light, moist cake.

Ingredients:
1tsp Vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 Cup Milk
170 grams melted butter
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Cup Self Raising flour
1 Cup Sugar

Mix in a food processor and put into a 170 C oven for approx 40 min. A ring tin works best, but a 20cm Square tin will also do the trick.


I've attempted to copy Romy and did a wonky version of the scarf knot she gave a demo on in her blog. I think MaiTai has nothing to worry about in the scarf blogging stakes with me..... this scarf was my last birthday present from Mr AV, the pattern is Circuit 24 Faubourg.

Outdoor dining area

Finally, more frame progress on the extension. They've put up the roof trusses over the outdoor dining area, moved the window that was bugging me, and started putting up the ceiling lantern. This week they will start brickwork, finish the framing, and the windows are supposed to arrive (although they were supposed to come a few weeks ago, but were delayed).

Looking into the living room, they've changed the window on the back wall on the left 

 Ceiling lantern framing over the living room, the ceiling is raking up to it



Finally, quite excitingly, they removed the boards protecting the back door into the hallway. It's been boarded up since March, and the hall has been like a dark pit. I can't tell you what a difference it's made to have the light come back in.... even if it does highlight the large volumes of dust I'm constantly cleaning up. Little steps forward....

 children's toy area at the end of the hallway

 Hope you had a good week xx

32 comments:

  1. That rose is the perty little ol' thing ain't it? The hue would make a great blusher...

    The Mitford sisters really put the Middleton siblings to shame. What a riot it would have been to go to their house for supper!

    I am like you now. I can't believe my previous life and now I actually fear going out on weekends. I now tend to go out mon to wed.

    Won't bake cakes bc I eat the whole thing. No joke nd no self control...but I adore the circuit 24 especially in that color, its a future collectors! House Reno inching ever forward I see. I finally got planning permission on Friday!! Xx

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    1. Hooray!! Well done on the planning permission - you must be so relieved!!
      I have no self control either - much easier to not start eating something, as one taste and I'll finish off the whole thing. Fortunately with children there's rarely any left over for me...
      The Mitford sisters are interesting... can relate in some ways with my own sisters - the teasing being one part of it. Looking forward to seeing some progress on your house! xx

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    2. Quick two questions if you don't mind!

      1) Is google reader still working for you bc it is still working for me!

      2) Do you use mood boards and are they really effective? ( for partners/builders and demonstrating what end result will look like etc) Just wondering if I should do one for the "others"!

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    3. 1. I suspect that Google reader will work until 1 July in US time, and they are a day behind us...
      2. I don't do mood boards, but that's because I'm lazy and it's all in my head. As you can tell from my blog posts, my husband paid very little attention to anything up until recently.... now I just show him images from pinterest that are sort of what I'm thinking, and he'll run with it. For the builder, I do proper drawings and specifications, so he's not interested in a mood board. If I'm doing fabrics and soft furnishings, I just lay it all out semi professionally on the floor for Mr AV. With client's I'd do them though! I'd only do one if you really feel you need to - they just take up time otherwise (which I never feel I have. Plus I don't need things stuck on boards permanently.
      xx

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  2. Love the glorious simplicity of your irises

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    1. They're forever linked with Monet in my mind, such a beautiful colour xx

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  3. With my blog changes I lost my 'reading' list, "Adelaide Villa" included. Have lots to catch up on it seems! Love the rose and the Aalto vase...I have one too and it's a fave. The lantern ceiling looks absolutely divine...can't wait to see the further progress! x kl

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    1. What a pain KL! The Aalto vase is such a classic, hard to believe how old the design actually is! Hopefully we'll start to see some fast progress from here when the roof and plaster goes up xx

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  4. The extension is looking really good!!! How exciting. WINDOWS!!! The moment, I know I have been waiting for!!
    Love the rose on your bedside table. I think I need to get myself some roses to plant.

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    1. I can't wait for the windows!!! They're the most exciting part to date (aside from knocking down the old sunroom, which was a day I'd despaired would never come). xx

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  5. A fun read! I love Anne de Courcy - and am just about to download this onto my Kindle. I have a love hate relationship with my Kindle - but it is really good at getting something quickly!! Excellent scarf knot... I am impressed! Our homes are in exactly the same stage. The reason that I have not posted any pics yet, is that I forgot (can you believe it) to take pics two weeks ago. It was raining and it just slipped my mind. When I begged Mr R-I to go back, I got the look!!! We have a meeting on Tuesday so I'll take some and post. Thank you so much for the chocolate cake recipe... I adore chocolate cake and am going to try this during the week... will let you know. Have a lovely week and hope the weather stays mild. xxx

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    1. I love all her books too - I finished The Fishing Fleet before I read this one, and really enjoyed that too.
      I cannot believe you forgot to take photos! Actually having the blog is a good thing for me, because I'm fairly hopeless at remembering to take photos, so it has prompted me to get out there every week and take photos. Otherwise we'd probably go months between shots.
      Definitely try the cake, it's the easiest and tastiest cake - Mum was well known for that one! xx

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  6. Oh - I meant to say how much I like the lantern ceiling - it's unusual and will be most effective! xx

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    1. The lantern ceiling and the steel windows were the two things I fought hard for. I'm hopeful that the living area will be really lovely with the light coming in from 4 sides. So different to what we've had in the past....! xx

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  7. A Sharifa Asma no less...wonder what mine are doing in Hobart?! Eldest daughter and I have been trawling the David Austin catalogue I picked up at Chelsea and have dreams of including lots more in our plot...exciting. That cake looks delicious. V impressed by your scarf tying ability....I have been working the knot they were demonstrating in the Hermes shop in Lyon (admittedly on the 70 carres yet it also works beautifully on a 90) where once you have folded the scarf into the long roll, you tie a knot somewhere near the bottom third and then wrap it around your neck and then feed the other side through the knot....it ends up looking a bit like a men's tie style arrangement yet you can wear it quite jauntily to the side...if that makes sense! Don't think I've read that book about Diana....may see if I can find it in Ireland...have been bogged down in biography of Elizabeth David. Rx

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    1. Suspect, having seen the weather for the rest of the country, that your Sharifa Asma are looking a little lacklustre! It was such a surprise, as I was contemplating doing the Big Prune in the next week or two. I had an email from one of my Rose ordering places to tell me they'd accidentally sold out of the David Austin Compte de Champagne that I'd ordered. Boo Hoo! Fortunately I've still got quite a few others coming, I'll just have to try it next year I guess (and be more organised and order in February like all the keen rose people do!)
      I'll try out the version of the knot you suggest too... I only have the one scarf, but I've been wheeling it out once a week or so, so that's not too bad! During Autumn I was wearing it as a hair band xx

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  8. I bought the 24 F scarf for mum in a different colour way! Suits you.

    I loved the book about Diana. It made me sad that she was so devoted to philandering Old Mosley and he was just so awful The prison situation sounded dreaders paretic with the FILTHY blankets and air raids. What about how Nancy was a bit behind it? I wish Old D had just stayed with Bryan. I know you would have red the viceroy's daughters (about Curzon and his 3 girls) - so interesting seeing it all from Old Cimmie's view etc.

    Am reading a bookie called To Marry and English Lord and it goes into quite the detail about Curzon marrying this American heiress wife- you'd enjoy. Am savouring the bit about Consuela Vanderbilt hating Blenheim.

    I loved the episode on Sissinghurst- thanks for telling me- taped it. Was so excited to see it and to think I've been there. I walked under the tower and burst into tears it was so incredible. He looked like he was there in spring- I was sad to have missed all the roses but it was still good seeing the bones.

    love the blog x

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    1. He must've been incredibly charismatic to have been with so many women, and for the wives he had to put up with his philandering. Found the imprisonment and Nancy's involvement quite interesting... also her later Cancer and the family thinking that it as internal poison from her nasty thoughts.... Poor Cimmie had a bad time too, especially as he was with her Step Mother and her sister as well!!! I thought the book was pretty interesting showing the difficult relationship that so many women have with their sisters - competitiveness, jealousy, deceit etc.
      Your new book sounds v. promising. Am finishing off Redeemng features, and waiting for another book that I ordered to arrive. Suspect that it's not coming as it was posted from the UK 9 weeks ago, and has disappeared en route.
      Loved that episode on Sissinghurst, and Great Dixley as well!! Made me rethink some of the colour combos I've been doing in my boaders. Plus I think they need to be much deeper, but Mr AV doesn't want me to fiddle with the front garden at the moment (would involve change to watering system etc, so wouldn't be that straightforward). Plus he loves mowing the lawn for some reason. xxx

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    2. I adored the Viceroy's daughters - have just downloaded three more of her books. Heidi - this programme inspired me SO much... I watched it twice. I adore the colours she used - Gertrude used these hot colours as well - isn't strange how one hankers/reads and relates to those times. Purple and apricot - who'd have thought!! xx

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    3. I loved the programme too! I've got it taped so will watch it again - the colour combos were really fantastic, it's really made me rethink the front garden planting. All the Anne De Courcey books have been good... I think I've read all of them now! xx

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  9. I love the Adelaide parklands , 1 km from the city wow ..wont go into my usual overcrowded Sydney rant thought Im lucky to live very close to Centennial Park and beaches.

    How about those earrings on Diana Mosley ? real ? . They really were an interesting bunch those girls

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    1. Whenever I'm in them I feel like you could be in the country - if you turn in certain ways the trees block the city buildings, and with the hills in the background it feels like you're miles away.
      I think the earrings would be real - there were family jewels from the Mosely's, although he made her sell some of them off to fund the Fascist Union, but there was a theft when she was in her 60's and the rest were all stolen from her handbag! They were an interesting family.... although I feel I know a few families similar. Just not so famous! xx

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  10. The parklands look gorgeous.

    I tend to go through fits and starts when reading about the Mitford sisters. Read about 4 books in quick succession last year and haven't touched anything vaguely relating to that since. Fascinating family. I agree with your comment above about knowing a few non-famous families like that though. I think people in general and family relationships in particular are just fundamentally interesting. (Or perhaps I am just nosy!)

    The rose is stunning. Quite cold here but I still have a few buds that look like they could go either way. Although they will want to get a wriggle on as pruning by second half of July!

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    1. I've read quite a few books on the Mitford's too, except strangely for Nancy's actual novels. Think I've read one of them? Should probably go and read them! I too find family relationships quite fascinating... such a big influence on your life forever the type of family you grow up in, and a lot of that comes from the personalities of the other family members.
      Lucky that rose came out, I take delivery of the new ones in a couple of weeks, so will prune the existing roses at that time (won't take long, I've only got 7 bushes!) xx

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  11. Ah Heidi, that Sharifa Asma is perfection. On my wishlist. Yesterday we planted a Gertrude Jekyll, Jude the Obscure, Leander and Charles Austin. Can't wait to see them in all their glory after admiring Romy's David Austin's. And hooray for the light at the end of the hall! J x

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    1. How lovely Jane! I love Jude the Obscure, such a beautiful, and big rose, but you've picked some lovely ones. Now you just have the anticipation of October and the first flush to look forward to! xx

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  12. Love the lantern ceiling design in the living room extension - loads of natural light. Will definitely try the chocolate cake recipe. Hard to keep much in the pantry when the kids are on school holidays, snacks are on high rotation these next two weeks! Have a lovely week. Karen

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    1. The natural light will seem almost strange after so many years of doing without or having limited natural light in our old houses. I know exactly what you mean about school holidays Karen... day 1 yesterday and all my snacks disappeared!! I feel like I'm constantly feeding people! xx

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  13. I can't help but have a tinge of envy looking at the speed with which your house is going up. We are 26 months in and no closer to an end date. Kx (theblogahousebuilt)

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    1. You need to fire your builder K! You must be at your wits end, I would have been suicidal if this dragged on for that long - renovating is so disrupting... but you have your kitchen finished, right? xx

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  14. I love your chic scarf - I have my dad's short neck (dang him!) so i can't do the scarf thing... can't believe how much that area in coming along. Fascinating that that particular Mitford sister was so weak for that one totally flawed Fascist man - she had such a strong chin!

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