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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  1. Love your dress Heidi and the food at OOP looks yummy. I have often thought about doing a cooking class there. Did you buy the pirate card game locally? I'm looking for a gift for my 9 year old nephew and he would love it. How annoying re the windows! Rest of the building works looking good. Enjoy your day ... I'm about to head out for afternoon tea ... think I will take a bottle of bubbles along! Jo xx

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    1. Hi Jo, your afternoon tea sounds lovely, especially with Bubbly. That was my first OOP cooking class, and I went along on my own and it was fantastic! I'm definitely going to go along to some more. I had thought they were kind of expensive, but in actual fact, we ate 3 courses that were the same size as in the restaurant, plus the wine, so it wasn't so bad at all, and a nice thing to do mid week for a change. The Casino Pirate game was purchased by my inlaws in London. It's by french brand Djeco, and I've seen a lot of their things around, so it might be available locally... maybe try googling? Have a great afternoon xx

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    2. Heidi
      That cooking class sounds fantastic, especially as you got to eat all that yummy food! Would love to try making both those dishes, if I had recipes maybe?
      Swan Lake was the first ballet I ever saw (maybe at 8 or 9) - taken by my parents who loved. Wisely, found someone to babysit younger brother! Have loved the ballet ever since,and Swan Lake - in most of its many versions - easily my favourite (though not the one with boys as the swans). When I was 13 my father took me to my first opera, "La Traviata". Still my favourite today. So romantic - and sad too. Always cry buckets, every time. Husband and I saw wonderful production a few years ago in Staatsoper in Vienna. An unknown as Violetta, brilliant.
      Sadly neither the Australian Ballet nor the Opera will visit Canberra with full length ballets or operas any more. They say it can't be done - the Canberra Theatre is unsuitable. They conveniently forget that they staged full length performances here every year in the 70s and 80s, even the 90s, with leading dancers and singers.
      In her mid 80s we always took my Mum to the Saturday matinee performance (rather than evening). Audience was all dear enthusiastic old ladies like her - and their daughters - plus starry eyed little ballet students with hair pulled into top notches. The smell of moth balls was eye-watering! But the ladies were resplendent in proud best suits and coats. Everyone loved it!
      Today saw the filmed version of stage play "The Audience"! Wonderful. Helen Mirren is again brilliant as the Queen. Walk don't run!
      Did you see Grand Designs tonight: the water tower with the billion pound view? A truly grand design! But at great cost! Millions apparently.

      Best wishes for Continuing Happy School Holidays! Pamela xx

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    3. Hello Pamela, I'll post the recipes later in the week for you to try. I've always loved the matinee for the reasons you speak of. Sadly a lot of the little old ladies are no longer able to attend. I remember in the 80's when I used to go to things with my mother how they would still dress up for a night out at the Opera (definitely no jeans) in their furs... the ballet on saturday night had a bit of a cross section, no furs anymore, but most dressed up and making an effort. Shall put the movie on the list of things to see. That's a terrible excuse from the companies not to go to Canberra. I suppose they say that Sydney isn't that far away, so you can go and make a weekend of it to see them... which does not make it very accessible at all. Maybe they had low audience numbers when they made that decision? I did see that Grand Designs. Ridiculous! But it was spectacular with the view. xx

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    4. Oops, that should have been "Run, don't walk!"
      Pamela

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  2. You look beautiful Heidi, I haven't had a hair cut for years, I can't deal with that kind if change - life's too stressful as it is!

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    1. Thanks Tabitha! The long hair had been my thing for around 10 years, so I just felt on the spur of the moment like a change... not too successful so far. Hopefully in a few weeks it will settle down - it just fluffs up too much! xx

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  3. Love your outfit!!!

    Love the food.

    Love the egg boots in the back ground! x

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    1. Ha! It's glamour 24/7 around here. Frankly I think that Mr AV would have preferred to be wearing them on the couch last night. But I like to drag him out now and again and provide some cultural enrichment. xx

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  4. Your Lela Rose outfit is gorgeous, glad to hear you enjoyed some adult time amid the school holidays, kids can be full on! The hardships of husbands working away... Not! Mine told me he was so very busy this last trip to the north west but there was still time for diving and fishing! Thanks again for the chocolate cake recipe, it was very popular with all. Have a great week. Karen

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    1. Hi Karen, so glad you tried the chocky cake recipe - it's always been a hit and it's so easy too. Laughing at your husband also finding a lot of time out on his work trip too.... wish I could go on a "work" trip sometimes! xx

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  5. I love your beautiful dress ! What about making your hair slightly higher in the front with a parting a little less defined ? But you look beautiful any way !xx

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion... I'll try anything at the moment! xx

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  6. That dress is lovely on you! Ohh how I wish I knew the rules of poker. Not even to gamble, but just so I knew and would comprehend poker puns.

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    1. Maybe I should get you a set of Casino Poker??! Start small and work your way up! xx

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  7. I very much enjoy your Blog. The days of child rearing, husband working away are waaay behind me now BUT a bonus... I have two beautiful granddaughters, ages 4 and 5. The Pirate card game sounded just the thing for my card loving girls! I ordered two sets already and am looking forward to many an hour spent "gambling". Thank you

    Helen - Toronto

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    1. Hello Helen, thank you for your lovely comment. I'm sure your granddaughters will enjoy the Casino Pirate card game. As a bonus it does make them learn their addition! Hope you enjoy it xx

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  8. Hi Heidi, you look gorgeous! Quite envious that you got to do some grownup things. Around here, attempting to do grownup outings requires at least 3 weeks of advance planning. The food looks delicious and sounds like it was a really fun event. Must find out more about the Casino Pirate game, sounds like fun!

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    1. Thanks Louise - grown up things are a constant struggle with organising the babysitting. The number of times I can't find anyone to babysit... I had to bribe my sister to babysit on Saturday night as the 4 other babysitters I tried weren't available. It's not quite so easy to get out as in the young, child free days! xx

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  9. Oh I like ballet ..a mpnth or so I saw the Nederalnds Dance Company at the Opera House .. pretty amazing stuff.

    LOL about your children supporting you with poker..my son likes betting on SPORT (His passion) I feel the same .ha

    I remember the days when school holidays marked my life ...

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    1. It's funny, people often think I'm an ex ballet dancer (maybe because I'm short and have good posture?) whereas I was a dreadful ballet dancer - I failed the preliminary ballet exam aged 4.. apparently one of the first to do so (I like to trailblazer). I do enjoy watching it though, it's so incredibly athletic. School Holidays do dominate... not a lot of adult things planned this week... shall have to book a dinner out or something at the end of it to celebrate the return to normal routine! xx

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  10. I adore the Ballet Heidi, having danced myself for many years - many years ago! I relate to "Work trips" .. Mr R-I travelled endlessly when we were younger - and imagine having to travel to Australia (from South Africa) for "work" and have to bear a trip to the outback and swim beneath waterfalls... poor thing ... and this while I was at home with a 2 week old baby!! I really like the length of your hair Heidi - it looks very chic. I also love how the original house sits comfortably next to the new structure. I heard on the news this morning that there is rain in Adelaide - feel for you... We have a site meeting tomorrow and I am NOT going to forget to take photos! Have a lovely week xx

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    1. I have to admit to never being a ballerina (unfortunately... I am a terrible dancer!) so I'm hazy on technique, but it's so beautiful to watch, and so incredibly athletic.
      Mr R-I sounds a bit like Mr AV... he disappeared off to London for a wek when my third was 2 weeks old. I was nearly delirious with tiredness when he returned - a just turned 2 year old and 4 year old in a Melbourne Winter was hard work!! There has been torrential rain all weekend - but fortunately today is blue skies, so they are getting on with it - not much more framing left, so hopefully they'll get it done before the next batch of rain later this week! Looking forward to seeing your photos too!! xx

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  11. The house join looks great. Wish it would rain here. All getting a bit dry and horrible and apparently we are in "the good bit" of WA that is holding on. The eastern wheatbelt is atrocious apparently. Incredibly hard for them.

    Glad the ballet was lovely. My kids would love the poker game. Will have to google it and see if I can get them a set.

    Hope all is well with you.

    T
    xx

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    1. It's funny, it was pouring all June in Sydney, and we had virtually nothing, now it's pouring here... maybe it's working its way backwards to you??! Hope so - I'm looking for dry weather for a few weeks so they can finish off the roof. Definitely try the Casino Pirate - might be available on Amazon? I'm sure the farmkids would love it. Have a good week xx

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  12. Dear Heidi,
    Love this post too bits! Firstly that dress is stunning and love the colour!
    Ah Festival Theatre. Scene off many a life occasion. Pop concerts (Skyhooks in 1974 blew the roof off) my sister as a finalist in the Miss South Australia up on stage and even my Uni graduation. Has it had a makeover yet?
    We left SA 20 years ago and I love that Outdoors on Parade which was my favourite shop is still as fabulous as ever! Ditto Jolly's which has been the venu for many wonderful celebratory meals. this is what I love about Adelaide nothing really changes ( least not the the things that are wonderful). Conversely this is the thing that drove Mr B nutters about Adelaide ( he's not a local) and HATED that nothing really ever changed.I would move back in a heartbeat but sadly we are most likely stuck here in Queensland as our kids are grown and most likely will marry and stay here. Oh well.
    On another note Mr B's opening chat line to me when we first met back in the day when I worked briefly as a Sister on night duty and he was a fresh faced intern was that he had gone to the ballet the night before at Festival Theatre. How cultured, I thought and I fell for his chat hook line and sinker. Sadly he has refused to return to the ballet for the last 30 years and takes great delight in telling me how funny it is that I fell for his story.

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    1. Kate - that is hilarious that he told you a good story to reel you in!! Mr AV often says he likes me taking him out of his comfort zone with a bit of culture although after I mentioned to him that I loved watching the people in the foyer on Saturday night, he suggested that next time we could save the ticket price, go along and have a drink and then leave when it started??!
      You're right, nothing changes, but then a lot does! The great institutions are still ticking along though, like OOP and Jolley's. The Festival centre was refurbished around 15 years ago I think... it's looking ok inside, but I guess they'll have it earmarked for another refurb soon (although Her Majesty's Theatre in Grote Street is TERRIBLE, and desperately in need of an update - any large theatre production that can't fit in the festival centre playhouse goes there, and it's truly horrible - hasn't been touched since the 60's I'd say). Love all your happy memories from the Festival Centre - your sister was in the Miss SA? v. glam! xx

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  13. Lways think 3 times before cutting hair bc hairdressers never say no! But you still look pretty!
    Ps I had to tell mr CSW that there would be totally hot chicks with great butts when getting him to come see tamara Tojo and Carlos Acosta at Coventry garden...bc they mean nothing to him...better go bc am having detox crisisxx

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    1. Hairdressers are overjoyed when they have someone say cut it all off!! They'll never say no! You're kind, but I'm going to grow it a little bit longer, so I can manage it easier. Laughing at what you told Mr CSW... maybe I should tell Mr AV that too next time... good luck with the detox... sounds grim! xx

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  14. Hi Heidi, love your outfit for the ballet and am going to try to get that Pirate game for D!
    J isn't such a fan of dance and opera either. I usually go with girlfriends instead of dragging him along. I did have to snort that he calls the Interval 'half time'!
    I'm hoping to get back into blogging and reading blogs soon. I've had 10 days of travel for work and being off-grid down South for the hols!

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    1. Hi Ruth! It's kind of nice you got to unplug, though I've been wondering what you've been up to. I think you could say that Mr AV and I have very opposite interests... we like completely different movies, books, things to do... really it's very yin and yang in our house!! xx

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  15. i struggle to get my partner to go to the ballet and opera too...full sympathy! except mozart's operas....but theatre is quite another matter...and curious about the pirate poker...sounds rather fun...x

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    1. Concerts are ok, theatre is fine, but ballet is a once every 5 year deal. And he's now said never again to Opera, so that's the end of that! Casino Pirate is fun, he's getting very good at his mental addition trying to make sure he wins. xx

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  16. love your Lila Rose ensemble. Haven't seen a ballet show since I was 8, when i was convinced id one day actually become a ballerina! Also, tat food looks sensational. Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

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    1. Holidays are becoming a little trying.... too much bad weather! I used to think the ballet teacher had it in for me when I said I didn't want to become a professional ballerina (and I never got the leads). She was most probably relieved that I was under no illusions as to my inability to dance well.... ! xx

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  17. Love your dress - great colour and print. I'm a huge ballet fan having had classes from the age of three to seventeen and Swan Lake is my all time favourite. In fact just the other day I was saying that we were due a trip to the ballet! Must have alook what's on locally!
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