School Holidays continue. Scenes of mess, mayhem and chaos continue in our too small house. Meanwhile, in the back garden, we've had the frame finished. Now we're just waiting for the roofers to turn up and put the roof on, which will mean an end to wet weather delays. Some of their supplies were delivered on Friday, so I'm ever hopeful that on Monday they will begin the sheeting of the roof in the corrugated iron. The framers finished their job on Wednesday by putting the little roof frame up on the top of the ceiling lantern.
Hopefully that is the last picture of a frame any of us will have to endure.
Meanwhile, on other house renovation matters, I have been jumping around in my mind like a crazy person from item to item finishing off the decorative scheme (all still in my head). I may not have quite finished off my drafting of the kitchen...or laundry... but I've been thinking about furniture, lighting and paint finishes.
I have had my heart set on a dining pendant by Kevin O'Reilly - the Altar light. It looks like a black iron tray with candles on it, and would be almost as long as our 10 seater dining table (longer than that pictured below). Now, I realised that it would not be a cheap light fitting... but I was still a little crushed upon discovering through the Australian rep that it was $21,000 RRP. I lamented the expense to Mr AV, secretly hoping that he'd say magnanimously that if it was so important to the overall decorative scheme, that it could be a splurge item. No such luck. Not only did he almost choke on the price, but when I showed him the light fitting he actually said "I don't even like it". How can that be??? So, back to the drawing board on that item.
One thing Mr AV did like was this - the Dedon Swingseat. I have been toying with the idea of what to do with the outdoor dining area, which is huge and will also accommodate a seating area in addition to our existing outdoor dining table and chairs. Cleverly, I showed Mr AV this picture, in which he immediately inserted himself in place of the bearded man in the panama hat. Thoughts of swinging gently in the breeze with a G&T at hand, dozing off while the children frolicked (quietly) in the garden appealed. Apparently, while we do not have funds for the light fitting, we have no problem in stumping up some funds for this...
So, to some indoor pursuits. I've been cooking up a storm this week. Unfortunately my efforts have not been terribly appreciated by the children (unless my cooking includes Chocolate Cake or Crumble Top Puddings). One will always declare dinner is "extremely delicious", while the other two will declare that they are suddenly not hungry. I whipped up some little steamed chicken, mushroom and lemongrass Dim Sim. Here is a double tray full off to be steamed in my Thermomix. They were voted extremely delicious by almost all the children.
Did another one of the Leek, Thyme and Potato tarts. Children were not as keen as Mr AV and I on it.
We have a budding Picasso in our house. Unfortunately 3 year old S used the walls, rather than a canvas. Equally unfortunately he chose crayons, and just did some random scribbles, rather than an actual drawing, which would have actually made me feel better about the whole thing. 2 Magic Erasers and half an hour later, and the walls are back to normal.....here's a small sample
I did a bit of gardening, and finally managed to weed the Veggie Garden. This was a difficult task, as a month or so ago Mr AV got fed up with me saying I was going to weed it, and instead decided it would be best to just mow over the weeds. This meant that it has been difficult to find the carrots, which are strangely stumpy looking little things (but taste good), probably due to having had their tops cut off. I had two gardeners to assist me with this project, while small and untrained, they are quite good at pulling up weeds (and anything else in their vicinity), and especially enjoyed finding carrots as a sort of treasure hunt, which they would then wash under the tap and eat. I've put a thick layer of Cane Straw mulch down, so hopefully the weeds won't come back for a while.
and this was what I looked like at the end - covered in dirt. We've had a lot of rain which meant that the weeds came up easily, but so did the clods of mud.
Finally, I've managed to plough through a few books this week. I've finished off Nicky Haslam's memoir "Redeeming Features". He's an Interior Decorator in London who pretty much knows/ knew everyone of significance from the 20th Century. He's also a shameless name dropper and has a mind like a steel trap for gossip and anecdotes from years past. I've also read "Living in History", which is a lovely book about beautiful historic houses in Tasmania, and Holly Kerr Forsythe's book "Remembered Gardens", which is essentially a book about women gardeners in Australia, following 8 of them from the time of the Second Fleet's arrival through to more recent times and the legacy that they left (through importation of seeds and plants, garden design to collecting specimens for Joseph Paxton back in England). I've really enjoyed it. The last book I read was a little work of fiction, Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield, with its pretty Cath Kidson designed cover. It was written in the 1930's as a satirical diary on a middle class lady and her various domestic disasters. I found it quite amusing, and it's funny to think that not a lot changes, despite the years.
Hope you had a good week xx
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