Saturday, October 31, 2009
I have had a wonderful day in the shop and have come home to upload the photographs I have taken showing some outfits as well as some lovely leather wrap bracelets with silver clasps (the clasps pull apart and fasten very niftily with a hidden magnet) and also a photo of the outside of the boutique too... Hope you enjoy!!
I also have to admit that the dark blue tunic type dress thing (photo to right) DID come home with me - thought it would be so useful in many ways (different tops or a sleeveless tank under it, belted, not belted, with leggings and sandals, with thick tights and boots) such a myriad of potential outfits - how could I resist!!
Happy Weekend to all wherever you are......
Friday, October 30, 2009
that it will be an interesting post tomorrow as I have been asked to look after a lovely boutique in Marlborough for the day... (Marlborough shown in photos above and the second photo shows the street where the boutique is located)
I hope that I will be able to take a range of photograhs for you showing some of the great Autumn clothing in there at the moment. It is owned by a friend of mine and before I started my 'Semi Ex-Pating' life and living for some of the time in Australia, I also worked here.... (this is different from the other place of work that I went to earlier this week) - I had two part time jobs which added up to around 3 to 6 days a week which was great and always kept life very interesting (except a little difficult when they both wanted me to work the same days!!)
The market town of Marlborough is so beautiful with some lovely old buildings and a wide high street... in days gone by it used to be a place where people in their horse drawn coaches used to stop for rest and refreshment on their way to or from London from the West of England.....
A demain... now ? - what shall I wear ?!!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Today I had the pleasure of meeting SUCH a nice person..... the very lovely Susie ..... we met for coffee at MIPO (see previous posts) and had a wander around the complex of shops aswell and into the Inner Yard antiques etc.... which she loved too.. (Photo above)
Well, I would never have met Susie if it hadn't have been for my blog and I really think that the whole world of blogging has made the world a smaller place. Without sounding too sentimental I have to say that this time when I came over from Australia to stay in UK I felt I was not as 'alone' as I had felt sometimes on previous trips as all my 'blogging family' came too - you can access the computer all over the world and they will always be there... The whole experience of having a blog has been so fulfilling and a wonderful way to reach out, connect and make friends with other women all over the world - maybe like the modern equivalent of 'pen friends' when we were younger?!
Anyway, back to our meeting..... Susie contacted me a few weeks back by email as her situation is very similar to mine (except at the moment her daughter is in Australia and she is in UK) but she does know what the long distance commute between the two countries is like and she knows what it is like to miss one country when you are in the other... We had so many similar shared experiences and talked for ages as if we had known each other years - it truly was a lovely morning..... And, the strangest thing is that she is living within half an hour or so of where I am living in UK. When she is Australia she is in Sydney (a little way from Melbourne but still fairly close) and maybe when she is back there in December we will be able to meet up - I do hope so ... I won't tell you too much about her life as I hope that she will begin a blog too and tell you all about it - I know I will be first to be a 'follower'......
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Please excuse the fact that I am very late posting today.... I was asked at the last minute if I could work and of course I said yes as I do love the company (its ANTIQUES and I will, I promise make it the subject of a later post - very, very soon)......
Anyway this is the view of my route to and from work and one which I always marvel at whatever the weather - the photos were taken on the way back this evening as the sun was setting (and please IGNORE the fact that the date/time is still set on Australian time - thats if you can see the little printing!) There is NEVER a traffic jam (ok, maybe the odd tractor in your way for 5 minutes) and the roads are usually clear, although you do have to keep your wits about you - two beautiful deer ran across, or rather bounded across the road in front of me this morning... - a fantastic sight.
Am having a quiet evening in tonight as DDD has gone up to London (with handsome BF in tow) to 'check out' some London Universities. I am not required for this little exercise as London is a. easy to get to for them on the train and b. there are places for them to stay and c. they are also probably going to 'hook up' and party with friends whilst up there!
Ah well, fine by me... nice glass of red wine and some television - a quiet night in!
Tomorrow I am meeting someone who has contacted me through my blog.. will tell you all about it in my post then....
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Here are a couple of photographs of the sitting room showing the colour of the walls - am not too keen on the white radiator showing in one of the photos but you can at least see the contrast and the deep creamy colour shows up quite well - sort of like a dijon mustard but warmer and deeper... and it somehow just seems to 'work' especially with reds. (Actually maybe it just looks like bog standard Magnolia on second thoughts with my photography and the fact that outside it is beginning to get dark and the light is on too.... but I have tried - promise!)
The wing chair is such a treasured piece of furniture - I had it 'created' in Instanbul when Mr SE and I went on holiday there about 6 years ago... We went in to so many wonderful shops selling kilims and carpets and in one I asked whether they would be able to upholster a chair for me using a kilim.... Well, I picked out the kilim and sketched the shape of the chair I wanted and and after much bartering to and fro about the price it finally arrived back in UK a month after we returned from our holiday.
I was so delighted with the end result and it still gives me just as much pleasure to this day.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Needless to say it is not yet up but I DO know where it is going to go - we have a rather ugly looking glass door from the sitting room leading to the (miniscule) garden and it will look great hung above the door. The other colours in the sitting room are dark creams and reds and the whole scheme quite warm. The colour on the walls is a Farrow and Ball colour (Cord) which I have now used in 3 houses (yes, just call me a 'serial' mover!) and every time it warms my heart and says 'home' (by the way this photograph is taken on the floor just in case you think that the background (carpet) is the aforementioned wall colour!)
I will take a couple of photographs of the room to show you in a later post - when you first put the colour on the wall you think 'Oh, am I sure about this?' but you have to persevere and carry on and the whole room is transformed with a creamy warmth.......
Are there any colours that you use time and time again and couldn't imagine a house with them?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Anyway, back to our evening - DDD and I and a friend of hers all went along where we were entertained by a hooded and cloaked woman who led us round the village and by the stones recounting stories of ghosts and spooky happenings !! The evening was further enhanced by the help of 'ghostly' actors who appeared at the appropriate time 'out of nowhere' to add to the ambience!
All good fun and to help the evening along we all were given a cup of mulled wine to commence our walk! (always a GOOD idea!!)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
And then early evening DDD and I are off on a 'Ghost Walk' in nearby Avebury (bit like Stonehenge) - so hopefully will survive and not be too spooked to tell you all about it!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- BUTTER 130 G
- CASTER SUGAR 130G
- 'EATING APPLES - ANY TYPE - 3
- JUICE HALF LEMON
- DEMERARA SUGAR - 2 TABLSPNS
- GROUND CINNAMON - 1 TEASPN
- 2 EGGS
- PLAIN FLOUR - 130G (one spoonful taken out and replaced with a spoonful of GROUND ALMONDS)
- BAKING POWDER - A TEASPN
Set the oven to 180 degrees, Gas 4. Line a cake tin - (I use a 2lb loaf tin). Put the butter and caster sugar into a bowl and and mix until light and fluffy. Cut the apples into small chunks and remove cores etc. as you go. Toss the apples into another bowl with the lemon juice and the cinnamon with the demerara sugar.
Gradually add the beaten eggs to the butter and sugar mixture and then fold in the flour/ground almonds and baking powder. Scrape mixture into the tin and top with the spiced apples. Bake for 55 mins to an hour. Leave to cool in tin for 10 mins so so before turning out. Best served warm.... (especially with cream!)
HAPPY AUTUMNAL DAYS!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Above - a lovely vintage seed tray full of old terracotta plant pots.
I did actually give in to temptation and bought a lovely faded vintage linen curtain with old round wooden curtain hooks attached to it - a gorgeous creamy background with a pattern of red and blue. I am afraid I just can't say NO to textiles - they are simply an addiction - textiles and also quilts. I will post a photograph of it in the next couple of days....
Saturday, October 17, 2009
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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Friday, October 9, 2009
As the title of this post says I have been 're-discovering' things I had sort of 'forgotten' about including my little pair of flat Emma Hope Leopard ballet shoes and now to find that they are bang up to the minute again (I have had them for around 3 years I think) is a double bonus!
I am wearing them today and have just come back from a very pretty little shop/cafe called 'Mipo' (will make this the subject of a post next week) where I was served by such a sweet young girl who commented on my shoes and said how much she loved them and also asked me where I had bought them from. It made my day and I thanked her - its nice sometimes to get approval from 'the young' and realise that I am doing something right in the world of fashion....!
Good weekend to you all.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I always find the transistion so difficult I have to admit and although I do seem to have the best of both worlds - living in both hemispheres, it's the saying goodbye that is the worst part and even as I type this my eyes are welling up at the thought of leaving Mr SE for a number of weeks.... The first week is always the hardest and then we do get into a kind of routine - he leaves me an email for my 'breakfast' and I leave him one for his and then we speak twice a day too via skype.
For me though there is the lovely part of seeing my DDD again - I have missed her so very much. She has been busy over the last few months au-apairing in Italy and then being in Guernsey (Channel Islands) for a few weeks and now she is back in UK working to earn some money for her travelling before she goes off to University next September.
And she and I have lots to do..... Although she knows what she wants to study there are several Unis that offer this degree and so we will be literally buzzing all over UK looking at them including going to Edinburgh University (that is one place I am very much looking forward to seeing again - such a beautiful City) so that when she sends in her final application they will be listed in order of where she would like to be. After that it is a question of waiting to see which of them offer her a place.
So, I imagine that the next time I post something (unless I can en route from an airport lounge) it will be from England - and there will be a different slant on the whole thing with lots of photos of things locally to me there which I hope you will enjoy over the coming weeks...
Friday, October 2, 2009
There were about 20 of us there and we were greeted with a glass of champagne before the talk where I learnt that there are apparently (according to their mantra) basically 5 shapes and we fit 'roughly' (!) into one of them - they are :
They then went on to 'dress' each body shape with a combination of 'basics' (the pieces that you start with underneath) and then layer up with other fantastic garments finishing up with the accessories as the 'icing' on the cake. A great formula which seemed to work and look interesting and different for each person.
All the clothes are designed and made in Australia with realistically sized women in mind (and not les thin pin model types although I am sure they would be able to dress them too) - do take a look - http://www.theark.com.au/
As I received a 20% discount on any of the 'basics' I feel that I could be down there this morning after breakfast trying on a few items for moi meme and maybe later will post the results in the form of added photographs.....
Oh, nearly forgot - this is one of their sayings at The Ark :
"It's not the shape of your face or the size of your bust, the droop of your bum, or the length of your legs. It's that you've got all the right bits to enjoy life with"
I think that rather puts everything into context.......................
Thursday, October 1, 2009
What you'll need:
Half cup soft brown sugar
Grated zest of 1 orange
Third cup orange juice
1 cup chopped dates
3 large bananas mashed but not pulverised
1.5 cups of S/R Wholemeal flour
Preheat oven to moderate (depending on your oven presumably - mine runs 'cold' I think so I set it at 200 but I would imagine around 170 to 180 or slightly less if you have a fan assisted oven). Grease and line a 20cm by 12 cm loaf pan with baking parchment (again, don't think this was the size I had but I am sure it doesn't really matter!!). Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until creamy and then add the orange zest with one egg and beat well. Add remaining egg and beat to a smooth batter. Fold in dates, bananas, flour and orange juice. Blend well.
Spoon into the loaf pan and bake for around 45 to 55 minutes - Cool in pan for 5 mins or so before turning out onto a rack to cool completely.