It's extremely hot here. After our  chilly big 40th party a few weeks ago, the weather has (naturally) warmed up to the oven-like temperatures that we usually experience in an Adelaide Summer. This weekend we've spent it either in the cool of the house, trapped by the air-conditioning… or in the pool. It's been 40C both days.


Mr AV and I went out to dinner together to From Orient in the city. I wore this navy Tory Burch shift dress, which has a sparkly neckline so negating any further accessorises. Easy dressing. Food was delicious, service was lacking.


I've spent the rest of the weekend doing all sorts of odd jobs. I've finally got around to writing out the 22 thank you cards that I owe for all the presents we were given by our friends for our 40th party. I don't mind writing a thank you card or two occasionally, but it always makes me realise how little handwriting we now do. When writing things en masse like this I find my hand cramps up, and there are the frequent spelling mistakes that occur when there's no auto spell check (I am terrible at spelling, much to my late Mother's chagrin. She was a High School English Teacher once upon a time). There were a few things that were nice about this task - I love using nice stationery, I had some very nice Open Garden Australia stamps, and I always feel a great sense of satisfaction when I've finished and I get to stamp our address on the back of all the envelopes. This is one of my favourite things - the address stamp. I ordered it when we moved into the house from an etsy seller, and it saves a lot of time when I've got a few letters or cards to send out. The stamps make for a good housewarming present too.


This also lead to me deciding to clean all my silver, as I was staring at a tarnished pen pot during most of the writing. Now the Christening mug/ pen pot is all sparkly, plus the toast/ letter rack, letter opener and my tea strainer and various pieces of cutlery and salt and pepper pots. I was also prompted to clean the silver by the fact that I went to Costco on Friday morning and bought a 6KG bag of Baking Soda. So handy for all my cleaning jobs! I like to put a mixture of vinegar and bicarb down the drains every few weeks to keep them clear, as well as using it for other cleaning tasks and baking and as a result I get through the small boxes available at the supermarket fairly quickly.

before

The trip to Costco caused a few other things, like cleaning out the pantry. This was because I'd shoved all those bulk buy boxes of bits and pieces in it before rushing out to do other jobs, and it was a terrible mess.


 after

 the drawers weren't too bad though. It was mainly the shelves



I do love a trip to Costco, and I was very excited when they finally opened in Adelaide last year as I used to go all the time in Melbourne. The problem with our Melbourne house was that there was very limited storage, as it was so small… so I had to be careful not to overbuy. But now with a bigger house, and lots of cupboards and a cellar to store things in and a growing family it's perfect.




My favourite things to buy are the books (perfect for kid's birthday party presents), the bunches of 24 long stemmed roses (as above in the photo on my hall table), the gift wrap ribbon (latest purchases were ombre pink and an ombre green wire edged 50m in a roll), the discounted movie tickets, the incredibly cheap petrol, and the fresh produce which is very fresh, very good quality and about 1/4 the price of my local supermarket.


I've caught up on my design magazine reading. I have to say the best thing about the latest Architectural Digest was the ads. I will be cancelling my subscription. The English House and Garden never disappoints, and Veranda is also reliably good though.


Around the garden things are frying. Some plants do very well in the heat though. Like the thistles. I have a lot of weeding to do once the weather cools down enough to get out in there.... But my side garden is thriving. Do you remember what it looked like when it was planted back in September last year?




Here it is now.


The trees are probably more than double the size they were, and the hedges are looking really lush and healthy. They're actually noticeable now, rather than when we first planted them and they were barely visible. I have to get out and paint the white pipe too - it's for the solar heating for the pool, and is a bit of an eyesore. Eventually the rose will grow up it and conceal it.

first planted

now



I have olives growing in the olive trees in here.


And figs growing on the new fig tree in the back garden. Excitingly the parrots have not yet discovered them, so I haven't had to net the tree and we've been picking them and enjoying them in a baby spinach salad with blue cheese, toasted pine nuts and balsamic and olive oil dressing. So yummy.


The upside of the heat has been the (very) balmy evenings. Last night in the evening after the two youngest children were in bed, Mr AV, our oldest and I played a few rounds of Petanque on the new court. The adults played with a glass of chilled Rose in hand.. it was very pleasant to be out in the garden on such a warm evening. We need quite a few more plants in this area (it's largely unplanted aside from the hedges and trees), but things are growing, and it's all looking good.


Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

63 comments:

  1. Very elegant, all of it.
    Stay cool x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very hard to today - even the aircon is struggling a bit (and thank goodness we haven't had power cuts!) xx

      Delete
  2. I love the pantry and your Tory Burch frock.

    I swear by that Costco bag of bicarb too!

    SSG xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks SSG - very satisfying to have it well organised, and have done a bit of an inventory. I knew you'd be a Costco fan! x

      Delete
  3. I need to visit Costco bc I hear so much about it but I fear it may feed my tendency to bulk buy. It's warming up here too - got to about 8 the other day so you are speaking a foreign language about the heat. My friend in the east coast says it is -18 Fahrenheit! Your before pantry still looks good H! Your garden looks like it's been around for a lot longer so in a years time it will be so green? So many plants must keep you busy - do you have a chart to keep up or do you just know when to feed trim etc? I do love a fresh fig too but I get confused about baking soda and bicarbonate xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's very easy to go crazy in Costco with the buying - when I took Mr AV the first time he thought it was so fab and was sticking in Adidas running gear, and all kinds of things in the trolley, until we got to the end and they said "and that will be $750". Then he wasn't so keen on it.
      Crazy temps all around the world. I'm waiting for the cool change tonight, tomorrow will be 30, so a big relief. The garden is a little out of control. I have so much hedging to do at the moment, and am considering getting in some help. Mr AV does the lawns, but the weeding and pruning are all mine! xx ps bicarb and baking soda are one and the same!

      Delete
  4. I use that pen too tis my favourite pen in the world and I agree, I can barely scrawl my name now without my hand cramping into a strange claw - grocery lists and lists of things to do are about my lot now.
    Your back garden is such a dream and your dress is a beaut.
    I've never bought Bicarb - I think I'm missing out.
    Costco - shop of dreams, when it opened here, it was my favourite place to go on date, I kid you not, I felt like Alice in Wonderland - all this giant cheeses!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're definitely missing out on the bicarb! Miracle stuff that it is I use it for all kinds of things, but the silver cleaning is definitely top of the list as it's so easy. So funny about Costco - I remember the first time I coaxed Mr AV into it having told him how brilliant he was, and he just couldn't understand why I was so desperate to take him to a supermarket until he got there. I love the browsing and the people watching and what's in their giant US sized trolleys is the best!

      Delete
    2. Old friend introduced me to Costco last month. She and her hub were here for annual Bridge Tournament. While he's playing it's our tradition to meet for early lunch and then see a chick flick followed by coffee. But this time she wanted to go to Costco afterwards. We had a ball. How funny Heidi, the first thing I bought was the ribbon you described (same colour and all!). Husband not impressed that I wanted to join up but he was surprised on first visit by the good quality fruit and amazing prices (eg trays of mangoes - fabulous). Also bought loads of non-slip hangers. We'll definitely be going back, though as there's now only two of us usually, we're not in market for giant packages of peanut butter or vegemite. We did get a large apple pie and froze for when family visited. Enjoyed by all but even then it was too big, so served small wedges with coffee to finish off breakfast the day they were going home. Was determined not to be left with it.
      Agree about hand writing - beautiful penmanship was never one of my talents and now it's just the most awful scrawl. As a one time English teacher like your Mum, including as a university English tutor, I tend to be a bit fussy about spelling too (some things just really irk - like "your" when it should be "you're") but then I come from a different generation where spelling was drummed into us.

      Garden looking wonderful, you must have put a lot into preparing soil before planting. It shows in the excellent results.

      You inspired me to do our drains! Before even finishing reading I jumped up, grabbed the white vinegar and baking soda and gave the kitchen and laundry sinks the full treatment. It had been awhile. Makes you feel so virtuous afterwards! Thank you! Pammie xxx

      Delete
    3. There was an older couple in Costco the other day who were laughing at the flour - it was packaged up into 8kg lots and she was saying "but we won't be able to use all of that in 2 years"! I bought it though, as I definitely will with all the baking I do for the kids! But a lot of the food is still too much for even my kids. Maybe when they are teenagers, but some seems more suited to having a party or a big BBQ.
      Sadly my spelling is still not the best. I'm generally pretty good about correct apostrophe use, but I know my mum would be rolling her eyes at some of my posts on here. I remember the menus I did for my Wedding, and mum making the comment "well, we all know you did the menu…" as I'd spelt Chermoula incorrectly. But she conceded most of the guests wouldn't have known the difference… Glad I've inspired you with the bicarb Pammie! xx

      Delete
    4. Hello Pamela,

      We are writing here as we cannot trace you on a blog.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, to which we have made reply. But, you will have to 'load more' to see both the comment and reply.

      Please let us know if you have a blog as we should like to keep in touch.

      Delete
    5. What a nice surprise, Jane and Lance. No I don't have a blog. Just a reader and a commenter on blogs I enjoy. Will go back to yours to see response to my comment. Best wishes, Pamela

      Delete
  5. The garden is coming along so beautifully!
    I love bicarb and vinegar. I did my washing machine the other day with it. I am going to start doing the drains too now that I read it here.

    I own a calligraphy stamp (or two, or three) from etsy. Love them and I have given them as gifts too. I have made some stamps myself as well!
    So much fun!

    LOVING THE GARDEN PROGRESS!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would absolutely expect you to have a few calligraphy stamps Laura! And you could definitely add doing your own to your large list of talents! The garden is doing well - just wish I could get out there and do a bit of work in it.

      Delete
  6. Is the game like boules? You are sizzling, we are being buried again - another blizzard. It is getting crazy! Love your dress and so glad to see the garden coming! And I sm thinking of doing the silver this week as well. My husband loathes Costco and likens it to a gulag with its chain link fences and the need to show your papers going in and out! :-). Stay cool and send some heat my way Heidi!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it's boules by another name! Can't believe the extremes on the other side of the world with the temperatures, I'd love to send a bit of heat your way. Laughing at Barry likening Costco to a Gulag… it is a bit!

      Delete
    2. I always thought it was like a PX for civilians -- large sizes, favored brands only, lotsa frozen stuff and an incredible variety--although not much range of sizes. Loving the garden spaces - and boules! I can't get people off their chaises at our house, except to get another drink.

      Delete
    3. We're loving Costco Fred because grocery prices are a little insane in Australia. When I see the prices of food in the US I could weep. We have a supermarket duopoly in Australia and they gouge both their customers and their suppliers… Costco and Aldi are a welcome addition to the local offerings to shake things up a bit.
      Boules + a drink are a match made in heaven!

      Delete
  7. Adore that Tory Burch frock! I have one that is similar but with some silver detail down the front and at the sleeves. I can't imagine wearing it as it is so cold and summer is so distant...seeing your pictures does remind of what it feels like to be in balmy air. The garden is looking lovely.
    I haven't joined Costco yet, we have one just recently and it would have been a great thing when my oldest lived at home, he was home visiting this week (Uni reading week) and I was back and forth to the grocery four times. I might join just to acquire those giant soothing bags of baking soda, such miracle stuff!
    My hands cramp when writing now too. Imagine the days when people corresponded by letter, they must have had muscles in their hands which are now dying off in modern times.
    I hope it cools down for you. xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tory does like a bit of embellishment, and her things are perfect for Summer - It seems unthinkable to me at the moment to be donning a coat and jumpers as it's been so awfully hot!
      I think if you have growing boys Costco is a godsend! I do already feel like I spend far too much time grocery shopping, so hopefully this will cut down on that a little as well. Certainly I feel very well stocked now!! I can remember writing for 3 hours in my exams for University and final School year, and can't even imagine it now - we are definitely losing muscle tone somewhere in our hands.. but probably gaining it in our index finger from all the swiping etc instead. Hope you get a bit of relief from the snow! It's cooler here today, thank goodness xx

      Delete
  8. My mother was a school teacher too and I am also a terrible speller. It was very embarrassing for her. She taught me "stationery.....remember the e for envelope".... so I never got confused with stationary. She had some word for not moving starting with "a" to help remember stationary... but I just remembered the envelope part. Hope it helps :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It might have been "the cAr was stationAry" - that's how I remember :)
      - Denita

      Delete
    2. Oh dear…. Haha! Well, I suppose I proved my point... I am not a very good speller at all, even with spell check! Thank you for the pick up and I've gone back and corrected it! My mother would be rolling her eyes and sighing loudly at me right about now. x

      Delete
    3. Yes "e" for envelope when spelling stationery (as distinct from "stationary" meaning not moving- it's a favourite old teacher's trick! There are quite a few for tricky words, including for whether to double the final consonant, or not, when changing to past tense, eg prefer - preferred, proffer - proffered (when accent is on second syllable you double the final consonant before adding "ed". When accent is on the first syllable you don't double.
      But nowadays think it's only the older generation of English teachers, or those who once were, who notice these little things. Doesn't bother me except when current generation of teachers themselves can't spell - or misuse words. I remember one staff-parent evening having to listen to a teacher who kept saying "pacific" when he meant "specific". I bit my tongue and remained silent.
      PS Another thing annoying me lately is the recent inclination to follow the US practice and lose the past tense of words like "fit" and "knit". In English/Australian English the past tense of "fit" is "fitted", eg the dress fitted her well. Nowadays one often reads in Australian magazines and newspapers "I was very happy with the dress, it fit well". Pammie

      Delete
    4. Agree with you on all those points Pammie - there is a strange misuse of language going on. One thing I've found with our oldest, who has a few spelling challenges, is that some of his misspellings are from not pronouncing words correctly. Consequently he doesn't have a hope in Hell of spelling them right. A bit like the Pacific or Specific (although I think he's got that one down). My pet hate is Advice/ Advise which is frequently misused. However, I can hardly complain when I'm not exactly setting a Spelling gold standard myself! xx

      Delete
  9. Ah I just love your house! I love how your style is clean and so elegant and neither modern nor traditional. You really have a point of view and I adore it. I send hand written thank yous and I am often aghast at how miserably ugly my handwriting has become. It was -10F here the other day and we got a foot of snow yesterday! Yet I would take that over extreme heat any day. But a romp with a glass of rosé on a lawn doesn't sound so bad!
    I love silver and will never endorse tarnish. I find polishing silver to be very soothing. Good thing as I have about 40 pieces (all plated and inexpensive).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I get this weird cramp thing in my hand and my writing starts to jerk uncontrollably. I used to have really nice handwriting, not so much now…
      Tarnish is the worst! There is no excuse as that silver cleaning method works so well. But silver is out of fashion at the moment - it's so cheap in the local estate Auction houses, I often pick up bits and pieces that are the same price as new plate stuff (or sometimes cheaper).
      Thank you for the compliments on the house - it's slowly coming together, but I keep telling my garden to GROW! I am impatient for what it will look like in about 10 years time.

      Delete
  10. I love that Tory Burch dress. Her tunic that are similar in design are a favourite of mine. By the way...it's -20 celsuis here in Eastern Canada. Brrrrr.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I cannot even imagine -20C!! Ridiculous to think that we're experiencing a 60C difference on the opposite sides of the world. I have a couple of Tory tunics and love them too, they're just such an easy casual but still polished style to wear. Keep warm!

      Delete
  11. Hi Heide,
    Thank you for your garden updates- it certainly has come along, I love the gravel against the greenery it all looks very classic and suits the house. Well done. I did notice on IG while I was away a lot of silver cleaning going on- could you tell me how you did it- i think it was foil and bicarb but not sure. My silver from my mother in law is desperate for a clean and because some of it is patterned, i can never get it clean enough.
    I will be enjoying your beautiful city for a while longer now as my daughter did get into Vet Science at Roseworthy after doing a Bachelor of animal science in Melbourne and then her honours there last year. We are very excited for her but I more so as i have fell in love with all thing Adelaide and SA (perhaps not the 40 deg days- get too many at the farm and they seem to wear me down!!by the end of summer) and will love to explore more of it.
    Always look forward to your updates
    Take Care Marilyn

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What wonderful news Marilyn! Well done to your daughter, that's a fantastic achievement, and yes you'll definitely be spending a few years yet in rural SA.
      The silver cleaning I wrote about a few years ago - I linked to it on the paragraph where it says "clean all my silver" click and it will take back to the instructions. If yours is heavily tarnished it might take a couple of dips in the mixture, but it works really well and doesn't harm the silver and is great when you have a lot of fiddly pattern that is hard to lift the silver from (you might want to give it a little scrub with a toothbrush after it's been in the mixture for a couple of minutes and then redip it back in.
      Thanks re the garden, it's all getting there and looking good. Hopefully the weather will be better this week and I can get the weeding and tidying up done. xx

      Delete
  12. Your gardens are looking gorgeous! I'm looking for inspiration to plant out our newly landscaped yard and that side garden looks just perfect to me. Love that you have a Petanque court too!

    I've been meaning to buy one of those address stamps on Etsy now that we're in our long-term home – just picked a beautifully calligraphed one. Thank you for the reminder :) I love sending handwritten mail – invitations, thank you cards, birthday cards... not everything needs to be emailed!! There's nothing better than receiving some happy mail (not bills) in the post x
    - Denita

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Denita, How exciting to be planning a new garden! I'm about to rework our front garden as we have to remove a tree, and love the planning stages and all the possibilities you can do (not so much loving the tiny plant phase, but gardening is all about patience!).
      So rare to get a proper bit of mail in the post these days, and so nice when you do. I always think it's worth using the nice paper etc as its such an occasion these days. x

      Delete
    2. Totally agree on both points!

      After I ordered my address stamp the other day, I noticed the masthead on your blog and suddenly realised the font I've chosen for the stamp is the same as your blog logo! Just love it! :)

      Denita

      Delete
  13. All your hard work and planning is paying off. Congratulations!

    Linda C.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Linda, it's growing really well and I can't wait to see it develop over the next few years. xx

      Delete
  14. How lovely to be enjoying your new garden, pool and bowls court! The plantings really have come on; good prep I'd say! I'm a terrible speller...and am an ex-teacher too. The shame! I was taught to read in an experimental education school with a method called ITA. We were all reading within weeks of starting school (4 yrs old then) but without sound and phonics we all ended up shocking spellers...So amazed that the trees are bearing fruit so quickly; I thought only mature plants did that! Hope you get more bearable temperatures soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So funny with you being an ex-teacher too KL! I know that I was part of a new wave of phonics based reading in the early 80's, which is great for reading but unless you're drilled in spelling as well (which we weren't) you tend to start spelling like that all the time… as a result I make my children just rote learn their spelling. The teachers try to make it fun with different activities etc, but it doesn't actually seem to make them learn to spell properly. I do think there's a whole generation that can't spell and we need to go back to basics with it in the education system.
      I was surprised at the Figs bearing fruit too, and so much of it! Feel totally spoiled.

      Delete
  15. Hello Heidi,

    It is such fun to see the before and after photographs of your plantings. The trees and shrubs really are thriving and looking good. Green is so very restful in a garden and it us already doing its job of giving structure whilst also softening the hard landscaping. It will only get better and better.

    You are so right that basic materials can be so much more effective and, certainly, less expensive than their commercially available counterparts. Bicarbonate of Soda is a whizz as is, we find, strong plain vinegar for shining up taps and mirrors.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So agree with you about how necessary green is to the eye to inspire calm and rest - I so appreciate having a garden after living in a rental with no garden for a year (only timber decking and fencing as far as the eye could see), and then with a building site here after the extension was finished. The garden is getting a lot of use and we all enjoy it so much.

      Delete
  16. I'll trade you our frigid temps for your heat! We are recovering from a winter storm and digging out here in DC. Your garden is beautiful. I love the bones - such simple, handsome lines. Cheers

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't believe the awful snowstorms you're experiencing in the US and Canada! Crazy given how hot it is down here…. I'm wistfully thinking of winter though after a few blasts of heat waves, but we won't be cooling down for another month at least. Thank you for the compliments on the garden Loi - I just love your garden, and still have to go back through your blog history to see more.

      Delete
  17. Gosh, what do you do to your trees that they seemingly grow over-night? I am impressed at how much they've thrived in such a short amount of time. My husband and I were just commenting on the pitiful results of a beautiful tree we planted about four years ago. It has remained practically the same height, although there are more off-shoots I suppose. Small miracles.

    The bicarb is a miracle isn't it? I use it to clean up my fire clay sink of tea stains and it works in a jiffy.

    I really enjoy writing thank you notes as their very nature has already procured a lovely experience (a gift, or other kind deed). I can't think of a better reason to put pen to paper. I always encourage my daughter to do the same but it seems that not everyone is in the same camp nowadays. A pity I think.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There are a couple of things that have helped the trees along - good soil prep was key, but also at the base of each hole is a handful of water saving crystals (not sure if you'd need those), and a slow release pellet seaweed based organic fertiliser to get the roots off to a good start. They're absolutely rocketing along as a result. That's very sad about your tree though - I've had a lot of problems with my front garden, which was planted out about 3 years ago. I wasn't able to closely supervise it as my Mother was in hospital at the time, and it all looked fine, but considering all the problems with some areas being a bog, others dry as dust, rocks when I dig down only 30cm from the building work that were left there and covered over etc.. I learnt quickly why it all was taking time to get going.. and got a different landscaper in to do the back garden with an emphasis on soil preparation.

      Delete
  18. The olive trees are fantastic ...we are talking about doing up our front garden and I may think about olives.

    Haven't been to Costco , the drive out west is too daunting, I'm too lazy and want to support Aust businesses.I cleaned a silver bowl on Christmas Day with some Dutch silver cleaner , effective but I almost passed out. I don't mind a bit of tarnish.

    It's pretty sticky here, cant wait for Feb to pass, it's always the most difficult weather month in Sydney.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really love the olives - such pretty grey green foliage, hardy, and drought resistant. You can't go wrong!
      Fortunately everything in Adelaide takes about 10 minutes to drive to, and Costco is only a little bit more here! It's been built in the old train siding terminus, so is not far from the CBD.

      Delete
  19. Your garden is looking amazing considering the heat Heidi! You have also reminded me I need to polish my silver, not looking very silvery at all around here, I blame it on the humidity. I hope it is getting cooler for you although I'm sure the chilled rose & petanque is helping with the heat anyway, gee I love the idea of a petanque court, so civilised.
    Exx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Engracia - most of the plants are pretty tough and good with the heat - I do have a lot of burn leaves on the pears though, and other things are looking a bit dry and sad. I have to say the petanque court seemed a little OTT to start with, but I love it as a feature, and have a feeling it will get a lot of use (and much more than the tennis court that we've taken out). xx

      Delete
  20. The garden is looking fantastic. How lovely to have the progress photographs - I suppose that one of the benefits of documenting via a blog. I love Costco and a bit of organisation too. Noting quite so satisfying. We have Costco here in the UK, but it is not as good as in the States but a long stretch.
    Can you imagine sitting down an writing an essay exam for three hours?! I am out of practice too. Plus, being a lawyer means that my handwriting has become a bit babyish -- i.e. not joined up, so that my secretary can read my mark-ups easily. Lovely handwriting will be another lost skill I fear. Over the weekend my father gave me a family bible, which had belonged to my great-grandfather and it had the most beautiful calligraphy dedication in the front.
    xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm very grateful for starting the blog when I did Charlotte - as I've taken almost weekly photos during the building process I've got a good documentation of the house progress and how things have grown and changed. I think you can tend to think "when we've done x we'll take some photos" and you don't notice the changes in a short timeframe instead.
      I just can't imagine doing an exam now! The whole thing where you'd write furiously for 3 hours to get everything out, it's definitely beyond my handwriting skill level now. How lovely to have that Bible though! And agree about the penmanship, I'm not so sure it's as treasured as it was back in the olden days when compared to now. Truly a dying art. xx

      Delete
    2. This brings back horrendous memories of the three hour writing exams. When I was at Q'ld U we had ours in the strangest of places - and almost always on long trestle tables that wobbled precariously up and down if you were sitting next to someone who wrote furiously and heavy handedly. Often they were in the sheep or cattle pavilions of the Brisbane Exhibition buildings. Can you imagine! There was the lingering odour of cattle and sheep excrement even though the floors had probably been hosed out. Also, incredibly hot as there was no air conditioning. A few were in the nicer location of the old Cloudland ballroom, on top of the hill. After the morning session you could emerge into the light and to a cooling breeze and enjoy the view - and the sight of all those blooming jacarandas scattered around the slopes!
      Then there was the suspense of waiting for the results. In my last Arts year went at crack of dawn with friends to the newspaper headquarters where they threw the crowd bundles of the morning papers (like feeding the lions it turned out). It was a scrum I was too young and silly to anticipate and had no wish to be involved in but couldn't escape. In the melee I was lifted off my feet and my shirt was ripped and literally torn off my back. Truly terrifying. Have hated crowds ever since. But we discovered that we'd all qualified for our degrees. Glad I don't have to face any of that again. Pammie

      Delete
  21. Just adding another quick comment after reading some replies here... Does anyone else still have a writing callous from all those exams? 30 years on I do...its much smaller Now of course but still there and now looks like arthritis!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do! much smaller, but still there.

      Delete
  22. Geez Heides next time you're heading to Costco please let me know. I'm too scared to go by myself, so would love a Partner-In-Crime.
    Millie xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You shouldn't be scared Millie - it's a very friendly atmosphere, almost carnival like as everyone is giddy with excitement at all the savings they're making. Until they get to the cash registers that is…. the bargain trolley contents add up pretty quickly!

      Delete
  23. What is a 'shift dress'?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Basically it's a short above the knee dress with no shape to it (so no waist), a shape that first became popular in the 60's. Straight up and down if you like. Here's a link to another brand's dress with a photo that is pretty typical of the general style http://www.elleryland.com/Shop-Fall13/swank-shift-dress-with-contrast-6

      Delete
  24. Your dress looks beautiful! I wish I could see the whole thing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll try to remember to take a photo next time I wear it, but the most interesting bit is the neckline!

      Delete
  25. What a fabulous neckline - you know I've never actioned any Tory Burch but now I'm itching too. Your backyard is looking so filled in now - aren't plants awesome like that. Even though I don't garden - assemble is my middle name which is like my cooking, I've found the garden the most satisfying thing of our house.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm surprised you've never dipped your toe into Tory - I would've thought she'd suit your Californian lifestyle down to a T. So glad the plants are growing so well! Although I hired in a hedge guy yesterday to do a bit of pruning, and it was a chainsaw massacre. He has assured me I was not going in hard enough on the pruning, and I need to be tougher on the plants. You have a beautiful garden Jody, and I love seeing the photos of it.

      Delete
  26. I really like the alternating heights of your standard trees and the little bushes. Very elegant design.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, a bit of formality is a lovely thing in a garden, and is a good contrast with the other more wild parts!

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Search This Blog

About Me

My photo
Architect & Interior Designer. Mother of three. A sometimes Cook, Baker, Reader, Gardener, Fashion Lover, Renovator, Writer of random things in South Australia email me on anadelaidevilla@bigpond.com
Powered by Blogger.

Follow by Email

Follow this blog with bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin

Followers

Things to read....

.