Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Anna Spiro's Book.

 So last night I threw on this Easton Pearson caftan arrangement and hot footed it down to Black and Spiro for the launch of Anna's book Absolutely Beautiful Things.
 Anna looked gorgeous and so did the shop, the book, and the guests. Anna made a wonderful emotional speech and talked about how her parents instilled in her the importance of working really really hard. It was a lovely night. Can't wait to read this-
 Isn't the cover pretty?
All the Big Names were there carrying some pretty flash bags
When I got home I watched the brilliant documentary about Gough Whitlam called the Power and the Passion. What a life. 
Vale Gough.
On a Baking Note, here's a cake I threw into the oven on Monday. I don't know what was going on but I basically turned my kitchen into a mess hall and cooked from sun up to sun down. So productive and soothing.
Obligatory heavily discounted Camilla caftan:
This is a good book, and I'm enjoying it about fifty times more than I thought I would. The first chapter was basically about decluttering. You can imagine how much I loved that. Read it. You won't be sorry.
Ham Haters avert your eyes! Now!
This baguette arrangement fashioned with my own paws was 11/10.
Dropped the ball on the intensive liquid fertilising plan and took to white oil and pyrethrum instead. You aphids should be scared. Because Your Number is Up.
In Movie News I saw Force Majeur. It's a Swedish film and I loved it. During a controlled avalanche at a French ski resort it looks like there's going to be a huge disaster. The mother's 1st instinct is to protect and save her children, but the her husband grabs his iPhone and bolts to safety thinking only of himself. The movie follows their lives after this event. It's a cracking good film with excellent scenery. The kids are real life siblings and act their socks off. 4 stars.
And on a sad note, we have to say good bye to Oscar de la Renta too. 
I was just thinking how well he looked in this photo with Mrs C in this month's American Vogue. One of my favourite books is about his life and has amazing pictures of his homes and gardens. You got the sense that he was a true gentleman.
Vale Oscar.
Keep it Together.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Heavily Discounted Camilla Caftans.

On Thursday night at 5 pm I lined up with the long suffering Mr and my 3 year old at a warehouse at the show grounds for the Camilla sale. 
It was every woman for herself. 
In a heavily- discounted- caftan- arrangement sense.
 In other Brisbane Developments, Forever 21 opened in the mall, Anna Spiro's book launch is this week, they are finally renovating Woollies at Paddington (I know. I can hardly come to terms with it either), the Sunday Snail's going to reveal the most stylish people in the state tomorrow and Rachel Zoe's lunch is on Friday. Goody.
 Can you believe this super market orchid is still going strong?
 Baked a ricotta cheesecake this morning . It's got a massive grand canyon style crack in the middle but no one seems to mind. Thank God.
 Had friends over for breakfast and then gardened, cleaned and ironed like a Maniac. So comforting. Kind of felt like I'd scaled Everest.
Nail polish is well and truly Chipped.
 I've lost a bit of interest in ye olde blog of late but say what you will- it is a handy tool to find out what you were doing Back in The Day. 
This time in 2010 I was in Honkers.
In 2011 I was living the maternity leave dream and waging a bitter war against filthy bush turkeys. They scratched up and destroyed these parsley seedlings:
 In 2012 by this time I'd already actioned my Christmas tree
 And last year I was in Melbourne with my girl friends trying on these eye wateringly 'Spensive pearls. 
Yours for only $88000. 
We're having roast turkey for dinner.
That is all.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A War on Two Fronts.

 I'm fighting a bitter war on two fronts against aphids and what I think might be some sort of white cabbage moth caterpillar thing that destroys flower buds. It's exhausting. 
But it could always be a lot worse. 
 My pink iceberg rose has started producing white flowers. How? Why?
 And my Italian parsley seedlings are responding well to judicious amounts of liquid fertiliser.
 Some people are jacaranda fans but the flowers fall all over my driveway and turn to sludge as they rot, so there's no love lost.
 And they always remind me of university exams. And not in a good way either.
 I don't want to finish this book. It's dark and horrible and laugh out loud funny in parts. It'll be a tough act to follow.
 I saw The Judge. Ignore the negative reviews- it's a cracking great movie and I loved it. Robert Duvall acts his socks off, so if you're a fan of him and Robert Downey Junior, you'll enjoy it. Solid 4 stars.
 Here's Old Mary channeling Jackie Kennedy in a pill box hat:
 Baked some bread. Might add walnuts next time.
 Hanworth House was open to the public on the weekend. Did you go?
 Here's M who devoted years of her life to restore it.
 It looks nothing like it did the first time I saw it
 And in conclusion, sometimes only gratin will do.
Wasn't that rain good?
Stay Motivated.

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