I'm tired! It's been a very busy week. Mr AV has been away in France on a "work" trip. I'm suspicious that not a lot of work actually occurred, because he returned saying it was "brilliant" and it also happened to conveniently take in the Tour de France.... Meanwhile, back on the home front, we've just finished the first week of the school holidays. But I have managed to do a few grown up things.
Last night on a wet and freezing cold night, we went to see Swan Lake performed by the Australian Ballet as part of their celebration of 50 years of the Australian Ballet (Swan Lake was the first ballet the company ever performed). This was me in navy and black Lela Rose. I wore my gold shoes with it. I'm not really liking my new hair cut. I still have no idea how to style it, and have alternatively been making myself look either matronly or about 12. Neither of which I aspire to...
It was at the Festival Centre in all its retro 70's glory.
I Loved it: the beautiful music, the spectacular costumes, the sad tale, the people watching in the foyer. Definitely one to catch if you can see it on the national tour, although I think it's mostly sold out. Mr AV was not so enamoured with it... he started to suggest that I should take 5 year old E along to "these things" with me in the future as she'd love it.... shades of my Mother and Father. I started attending the opera aged 8 with my mother as my father loathes and detests the opera. Mr AV has had quite a bonding session with my Dad over their shared dislike of Opera. I think if given the chance he would have preferred to be on the sofa watching the ruby. During "half time" as he refers to intermission he was checking the rugby scores. I can see the future of concert going for me......
One thing that I found interesting was that it occurred to me there is no happy ending in the classic great romantic Opera/ Theatre/ Ballet experience. Usually a great romance involves a sad outcome. In this case Prince Sigfried throwing himself into the Lake while Odette stays a swan forever. But it happens in so many other forums - Romeo and Juliet, Mimi dying tragically of tuberculosis in La Boheme etc etc. It's such a contrast to the happily ever after we expect now, probably due to the influence of Hollywood.
Another child free activity during the week was attending an Outdoors on Parade (local version of Williams Sonoma which has been around for 30 years in Adelaide) cooking class. It had the head chef from Jolley's Boathouse (where we went to dinner a couple of weeks ago) preparing 3 dishes, which we got to eat matched with full sized glasses of wine. I was sitting on a small table with 4 others, including the head Chef from Press restaurant (one of Adelaide's most popular restaurants at the moment). I had a great night talking food/ the restaurant scene in Adelaide and Melbourne/ food trends etc along with taking home the recipes from the delicious food that was made for us.
This was the beetroot house cured salmon on horseradish cream with avocado, rocket. It was So Good. I can't wait to make this (once we entertain people again...)
This was the slow cooked shoulder of lamb tagine on pearl couscous with quinces. I'm making this for dinner tonight, although I'll live on the edge and use normal couscous.
So my time this week, aside from these little interludes has been about school holidays with the children. We've had a busy week of ticking off items like haircuts and dentist visits interspersed with bike rides and hands of Casino Pirate
the view from my handlebars. H is in the distance unseen.
What's Casino Pirate? I hear you say. Well, it's a card game where you bet pirate treasure on each hand of cards.... and is rather like a starter version of poker. Trust the French to come up with a kid's game that teaches kids the rules of poker! 7 year old H is obsessed with it, and we play most evenings after his bath when the younger ones are asleep.... with any luck we'll be able to train him to such a high standard he'll support us in our dotage with his winnings in Vegas.
Not a lot of visible action on the renovation this week - we've had 2 rained out days, but most disappointingly the windows have been delayed by the manufacturing company for another 2 weeks. Frustrating! They are coming from Melbourne with the installing team, and there was some palaver about a big job in Sydney they were doing so couldn't get to us before then.... not happy.
So photos of roof purlins and eaves are not that exciting (Mr AV could not actually tell what the difference was when he returned from France). But they took down the temporary fence around one side of the house to do the eaves one day, so I snapped this shot which shows you the join of the old and new. Conveniently the shadows are covering up My Great Shame - the Vegie patch, which is full of weeds. Hopefully during the school holidays I'll get a minute to go and weed it.
Hope you had a great week too xx
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