Firstly, if you're reading for the renovation update, look at yesterday's post. I've separated it out from my usual weekly post as there were getting to be too many pictures.

So, this week has been busy with end of school year children's things, plus the added chaos from Mr AV being in New York again for work. He returned just in the nick of time to attend my cousin A's wedding yesterday, held at my Dad's house in Stirling.

We have had very strange weather in Adelaide for most of Spring, and Summer appears to be no different. I visited Dad during the week to find Stirling enveloped in cloud, hailing and putting on a chilly 14C. So yesterday A was blessed to have a picture perfect wedding day, warm and sunny - Stirling at its finest.



I wore my navy silk floral Oscar de la Renta dress and rather than the Shoes of Shame, which would sink into the lawn and be destroyed by the gravel paths, I wore my slightly lower heeled gold Miu Miu's and matching clutch.





My cousin A wore a very elegant 40's inspired silk dress with buttons down the back and dropped shoulders. She had freesias in her hair and for her 'borrowed' carried the silver Victorian posy holder that I carried on my wedding day, and that had belonged to my Mum.



The dinner was held in a marquee on the croquet lawn, and the flowers all had pieces of cypress in them, as there are so many cypress trees in Dad's garden.




E got to be a flower petal holder - she had a basket full of rose petals to give to guests to throw over the happy couple at the end of the wedding service on the front lawn, along with my little niece. Here they both are picking up the rose petals to recycle them after they'd run out. 


 I noticed that Mr AV was making new friends all day/ early evening with a variety of wedding guests that I'd never met before. Then I realised that word had got around that he was watching the England v Australia test match surreptitiously on his phone, and they were all checking the run rate with him.


Today, we had E's end of year ballet concert at the Festival theatre. I've never seen Mr AV so suspiciously keen to get to the theatre on time - we dropped her off and had 3/4 hour until the show actually began, whereupon Mr AV suddenly announced we had enough time to go to the cricket before hand as he'd conveniently brought his member's passes with him. So we hotfooted it over the new footbridge, watched someone from England get bowled out (Mr AV tried to trick me into staying by using my lack of cricket knowledge against me and telling me he was on a hat trick so we couldn't leave, which I at least knew was rubbish), and then returned in time to the theatre to see E starring as a fairy in her concert.


 I have to say, they've done a great job of the Adelaide Oval redevelopment. It's retained the feel of the old oval as they've kept the grassy hill, the old scoreboard and the view over the gum trees, but the new grandstands and the footbridge over the River Torrens are fantastic. There are a lot of pop up bars that have sprung up in the precinct and a great vibe. Here's one on the rivers edge that looks very circus/ Mediterranean seaside chic - today has been a strangely overcast and humid day - there's a thunderstorm brewing.



In the garden, it's all confusion. The weather has been so cold that my camellia put out a couple more flowers.



But conversely, I've had a few of my roses also throw out a few blooms. This one is David Austin's Golden Celebration. I have to say, the flowers don't last long on the bush or cut in the vase, which is disappointing as it's so pretty.





I've also finally found time to use up my last birthday voucher, from last year's surprise birthday party gift from my friends for The Conservatory (garden shop) in Unley. I decided to buy this Fiddle Leaf Fig and a basket to put it in for the new extension. Of course, it's now taking up room in the front of the house...



 And I also chose a couple of these tap tops. I quite like this brass snail. If, like me, you're stupid enough to put your taps in the prime position in the centre of your garden beds (what was I thinking?) then these might jazz the tap up a touch.

Hope you had a good week xx

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  1. The bride's dress is stunning! As is yours. Laughed at the story of your husband's new friends at the wedding. My husband has also been organising our world around cricket. - Where we sat at the restaurant (prime viewing position for tv) etc. It's nice to see your Dad's place hosting the wedding. So much more personal. My wedding was held at a homestead owned by my father in law. We planted some roses (?) after the ceremony. Nice to return and reminisce.
    I'm also in love with your snail tap head. I'm on the hunt for a snail- wanted to treat my au pair to snails for Christmas. Let me know if you know where I can source them!
    Also, great to see things coming along with the house!

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    1. There was a lot of whinging going on about how he was missing out on the Cricket, and he wouldn't be able to go again for 4 years. Or something.
      I love a home wedding, we've been lucky to go to some beautiful home weddings in Adelaide - people have big enough gardens to have a marquee put up. It doesn't happen as much in Melbourne. Your wedding sound lovely - what a nice idea to commemorate the day planting roses.
      I've got plenty of snails in my garden, but not the edible kind I'm afraid! I think they are available in Australia - I'm sure I remember reading about a producer in NSW once in Gourmet Traveller? xx

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  2. Love a wedding!! She looks beautiful by the way...

    Too funny re cricket. I mean seriously talk about watching grass grow. But only in Z could you it n a smidgen of cricket.

    I adoooore those brass taps. Just too good! Your flowers are just so healthy and not a wilt anywhere! You sure have a green thumb for sure. Your daughter and niece look adorable by the way...xx

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    1. I've never managed to sit through a test match. I can just about manage a one day, but it's a push. And I have to be in a corporate box. I'm just not interested in sport enough I'm afraid!!
      I have had a couple of plants die recently! So no green thumb. Maybe just one green thumb. The roses are easy though in Adelaide, as I always say - they're low maintenance. xx

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  3. luff your dress, the bride's, the garden, the posies, the blooms, the snail, the lot xxx

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    1. It was beautiful. I love that snail too. I have a thing for them. Just the brass variety though. Not so fond of the real deal xx

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  4. You could always try out some escargot on the 3 year old!

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    1. I suspect he'd try them - he's pretty game!

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  5. I love the dress in the freesia! I am not sure if I am lucky or not that barry does not watch sports- he is obsessed with flying and that is all he thinks about - it can be quite dull!

    I am a sucker for things like your snail - they just add the most delightful quirkiness!

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    1. I like little details that you discover when you look closer in a garden or home - just makes it much more fun.
      You're fortunate Barry doesn't watch sports. Mr AV is sports mad, and i have even found him watching the darts championships on tv before... xx

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  6. The bride looks so pretty - the buttoned back is lovely - and the freesias in her hair. Your Oscar de la Renta dress is so beautiful and perfect for the wedding. The shoes work well but it's still a pity the shoes of shame weren't able make another appearance. They're the most wonderful colour for the roses on the dress.
    Understand about the real roses, it's a great shame because the David Austins are lovely but they never last as long as a hybrid tea. They look perfect for a day and then it's downhill. Have trouble relating to snails because they do such damage. My lovely new basil plants were picked clean by the horrible critters. I have to go back to snail patrol every night.
    Have sat through a lot of cricket matches too, but never a test. In England I liked the old school cricket with the Pimms and the afternoon tea, very civilised. At one point in a crucial bone growing stage, our son had some knee trouble and was banned from cricket for a year by the orthopod. He was so embarrassed at the end of summer term when he came home with two huge trophies he'd won. Apparently he'd kept playing in school matches on weekdays without our knowledge. Pamela xx

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    1. Pamela - that's so funny about your son and his trophies!! Love it!
      Agree with you re the Austins. Some are better cut flowers than others - but the hybrid Teas do cut a lot better. Just Joey is the best. I'm definitely going to grow some again, I don't care if it's not so fashionable, it makes a lovely picking flower!
      I was a bit sad about the shoes as well, but I had to keep going into the house to get the children settled for the night, and was up and down stairs and the gravel paths, so decided they weren't going to be the best option. I will wear them again though, never fear! xx

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  7. It was perfect wedding weather here in Adelaide yesterday. Your cousin's dress is stunning. Love the snail tap ... so cute! Jo xx

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    1. She was SO lucky with the weather - I think my Aunt was a nervous wreck over the weather in the month leading up to it - as I'm sure you know, Stirling when it's cold and wet is a pretty miserable place to hold a Summer's wedding! xx

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  8. I'm laughing over MrAV and the sports, MrBP is mad for sports and watches everything. He's like an encyclopedia of sports knowledge. He would have made fast friends with MrAV at the wedding. Which was Beautiful! And I love love that dress you wore, what a perfect choice.

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    1. The dress code was "Garden Wedding" so thought the roses would be appropriate - plus it can get cold in the evening, so I wanted something that was warmer than a strappy, bare armed number.
      Sounds like our husbands are peas in a pod with the sports thing Dani! xx

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  9. Sorry for the recent lack of comments Heidi. I've been catching up with your posts after a hellish few weeks of work and then hospital with a sick child. It is very nice to switch off and read your posts.
    I love the wedding outfits (yours and the bride) and the marquee looks lovely. I had the plastic-y ones. How wonderful to create all of those memories at your father's house.
    The renos look great too - you must be thrilled to see it all coming together (especially the windows)
    x

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    1. HOpe all is well with your little girl Charlotte - that doesn't sound good, especially if you've been busy at work as well, how horribly stressful.
      It's the first wedding at the house since it was built! Hopefully the first of many to come. Am very pleased with the renos - the lights were all turned on today, which was exciting! Carpet tomorrow, it's finally finishing! xx

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  10. What an absolutely gorgeous wedding ..yfour cousin's hair and flowers on the table perfection.

    Its all cricket action... well ..viewing here too....with foxtel I can hear all about West Indies playing NZ as well ...the excitement !!!!!!!!!!!!

    One day I must come to Adelaide/SA my grandmother's parents were both South Australians Id love to see where they lived ..

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    1. She looked so beautiful, and elegant. You should come over for the cricket smr! You'd love it, as the ground is really pretty, and very handy to the CBD. xx

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    2. oh not the cricket the Art Gallery of SA is more my line

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    3. Definitely more mine too smr!! xx

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  11. Love the posy holder and the bride's dress was gorgeous. My husband does the same with sporting events! xx

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    1. Mr AV was trying to watch the cricket during the ballet performance too (not while our daughter was performing, but through the other 1 hour 20 minutes of the performance!) xx

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  12. Love all the shots from the wedding!! Your cousin looks gorgeous, what a fabulous dress. You look beautiful in your Oscar dress. The posy holder is such a wonderful family heirloom.

    I am envious of your camellias - I have a couple of tea (Camellia sinensis) plants that I grow indoors and I love the shiny dark green leaves but they always wither at the tips because the air is so dry here.

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    1. The posy holder is so pretty, we're very lucky to have it. Hopefully one day I'll have a daughter or daughter in law carrying it too on their special day.
      I would've thought you could easily grow camellias in Canada - or is it too cold because of the snow? xx

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  13. Adore both outfits - thank you for sharing the photos. And the snail tap top is such a brilliant idea! x

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    1. Snail tap is v. clever! I was worried I"d have to get the plumber in to change the tap handle over, but it just slots on, which was good xx

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  14. Laughing hard re the cricket/kids concert story.

    Dresses look gorgeous at the wedding - you and the bride and the beautiful flower girls.

    I adore hybrid teas for their staying power in a vase. I am squeezing more in my garden for that reason.

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    1. Oh yes. If there's a sporting event he can attend he'll move mountains to go.
      Agree with you re the Hybrid Teas. I think they're quite underrated - they last ages in the vase, and I love to pick my roses. But the Austins are so pretty... it's a dilemma!
      Hope all is well on the farm xx

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  15. PS I hope that you received my comment…..something funny happened when I pressed publish so fingers crossed it got through? Rx

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    1. No! It didn't come through..!! Annoying xx

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    2. I was telling you about how a friend went to a wedding recently and the bride was wearing my orange last ever Collette Dinnigan frock…except in the long version…like your blue one! Love that flowery dress…it was made for wearing while drinking champagne in a beautiful garden! And something else about the cricket yet can't recall exactly what it was…..maybe because it's the first day of school hols here and I'm suffering extreme shell shock….Rx

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    3. Lovely - I do like a bit of non traditional bride attire. I was looking at an old school friends wedding pics on facebook recently and she had, as a 39 year old, done the full princess bride look with strapless dress and full skirt. I was so disappointed. It just didn't look right!! Plus she used to be sort of alternative, so it was quite a surprise all round.
      I fear my life does not have enough garden and champagne moments - more dust and debris and alcohol in desperation at managing to survive another day!
      Good luck with the school hols. Mine finished today. Practising my deep breathing....! xx

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    4. Following up on non-traditional bridal gowns: in Kyoto some years ago we were stuck in our hotel on a Saturday because of approaching typhoon so decided to watch the different wedding parties parade about. One bride, tiny but tall for a Japanese girl wore a floorsweeper - flounced, tiered in bright watermelon pink silk (like Scarlett O'Hara's early on in "Gone with the Wind") with huge straw picture hat with watermelon pink silk ribbons. The dress was so enormous it spread across from one side of the corridor to the other. She was having the greatest fun with her bridesmaids but the poor tiny groom looked absolutely terrified and his attendants kept patting him on the back to reassure him. It seemed to be all about the bride's attire and no connection at all between the bride and groom! Pamela xx

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  16. The print of your dress is so pretty and appropriate for a garden wedding and your cousin's dress is stunning with those delicate buttons down the back. The Victorian posy holder is the perfect 'borrowed' item and I'm certainly a fan of small delicate bouquets. A cute snail tap top, what a clever idea! I must see if they are available over here.
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  17. Love all the flowers, the petal recycling and the "borrowed." Right before I started "down the aisle," I remembered I didn't have anything borrowed. My sister-in-law to be quickly handed over her bracelet seconds before the music played.

    I enjoy and know a lot about all the major sports but I have watched cricket and cannot understand it at all. I'd bet my husby and Mr. AV would be quite the pair with their addiction to sporting events and teams. :)

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  18. Oh my gosh, that dress looks a stunna on you, perfect for a wedding. Know what you mean about shoes of shame, I always try and opt for the highest but those silvery numbers are lovely. I have a pair of silvers that are lower too and they are so easy to scoot around in. Your cousin just looks gorgeous, simple elegant and just perfection. Reminds me a bit of the Alexander Mc Queen dress.

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