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.
1tsp Vanilla extract
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
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