I had tried to organise a little party, however disorganisation meant that trying to do that around 6 weeks before the event when it falls so close to Christmas is never going to work - caterers are booked, friends are busy or already away. So in the end I decided to do a small lunch with a few close friends at Jolleys Boathouse on the River Torrens last Friday. I wore my pink floral silk skirt, with a white peplum top. We stuffed ourselves on a three course lunch and Ruinart champagne before all returning to our children and the inevitable round of dinners/ bath/ bed chaos.
enormous mango pavlova for my pudding. I couldn't finish it.
The story went something like this - In consultation we had decided a new watch would be a good idea (my current watch is 22 years old and is definitely looking a little worn). I'd selected a couple of models to look at, and located them in Watches of Switzerland - so he could go and pick one out. Mr AV apparently went to Watches of Switzerland in Sydney last Friday. I have to say that currently Mr AV is in a fairly bad mood - the work he is doing at the moment is not much fun and quite stressful. So he turned up to Watches of Switzerland in between meetings and rang on the doorbell. Inside were two members of staff talking to one another. One of them approached the door and said through the glass "I'm sorry, we don't open until 10am". According to Mr AV it was 9.57am. Mr AV said "But it's almost 10", to which the guy replied "I'm sorry, you'll have to wait". So at that point Mr AV turned on his heel and stomped off down the street where he bought me something else.... Something purchased in anger and without any forethought. He then said he wasn't sure if I would like it. So aside from the fact that Australian businesses need to realise that they lose sales to the Internet because of their lacklustre concept of service, I was slightly worried about what I was going to be presented with.
I need not have worried as Mr AV bought me a beautiful bracelet. So all is good, although if anyone from Watches of Switzerland is reading this, you really need to retrain your sales staff. Someone standing in a suit outside your door ringing the doorbell 3 weeks before Christmas and 3 minutes before you officially open for the day should probably be viewed as a sale and let in.
Painful is an understatement. It is slowly filling with water today, and I'm told that tomorrow the filtration system will be turned on...Maybe next week I will be able to show photos of it completed and with water in it. Who knows…
But one thing that has gone smoothly with the pool is the lighting. I know I bang on a lot about the importance of lighting on this blog… but you can see why with the night lighting around the pool and the outdoor entertaining area, it's really very nicely atmospheric. These are the 5 up lighters in the pool area that wash the back wall and a spot on each of the little Ginko trees in the pool enclosure. The pool itself will have 3 lights in it (still to be installed) so will also provide some ambient light, and I'm planning to uplight the enormous tree behind the pool as well. It's a fine line between lighting your home up like it's Christmas 365 days of the year and creating ambience and interest, so I'll wait a bit and decide on the other lighting in the garden after we've had a chance to use it a bit.
I haven't had a chance to get into my garden this past week, but the second flush on Lady of Shallott in my front garden combined with the inky Black Knight salvias is a lovely combination. I have a lot of weeding to do this week. Amazing how it gets away from you so easily...
Along with Gardening, I'm also planning a lot of baking this week. I've already got a copy of this book for myself (Biscuiteers are a UK company I've used in the past to send iced biscuit boxes to friends and family in the UK- the recipe book and guides to making biscuits at home are fabulous), and I have been using it to make a Gingerbread house today with the children. An alert to Adelaide readers, it's on the Dillon's bookstore bargain table at the moment for $9.95 if you're interested. I've already picked up a copy for my sister for Christmas (don't worry, I have got her a few other things too, so I'm not totally stingy).
gratuitous shot of my new iPhone cover - Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper.
This week we have movies, gardening and plays with friends planned. I've spent the past few days in a mad post school rush of Dentist/ Haircuts/ errands, so hopefully this week will be a little more relaxed, and I'll finally get my Christmas cards written and addressed and the thank you cards I've been lax on writing too. Hopefully there'll also be swims in the new pool, although I can't say I'm holding my breath on that one.
Hope your pre Christmas rush is going well too.
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