|I also love to share pictures of Australian architecture|
And sometimes you will even find a book review, I love to read and share my opinions:)
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|How Do I Define my Blog?|
I think Infatuated with Homes and Gardens says it all!
I love to see what others are up to and I was stalking a lot of blogs for almost a year before I bit the bullet and decided to contribute myself. Now I am so happy I did this has to be one of the most fulfilling fun things to do!
|I also love to share pictures of Australian architecture|
|Its a relaxing rainy Saturday, and what better to have for lunch than last nights leftover|
Zuchhini soup(this is how it would have looked if I had taken a photo last night but with out the parsley)
This soup is so easy its unbelievable and so tasty and really almost no calories or fat at all.
Here is my recipe for Zuchhini Soup
2 large carrots washed and chopped(no peeling needed)
6 medium Zuchhini
I large onion peeled and chopped(this is the only vegetable I peel)
1 Large Potato washed well and chopped
1 Litre Chicken stock to cover
Pepper to taste
Bring to the boil, simmer until potatoes and carrots are cooked
Then blend with a hand Blender and serve , serves 6 large bowls
|I picked up Jonathan Franzens 'The Corrections' last year as a special offer from Amazon, it was suggested on email as something I would enjoy, I do not know how Amazon makes these suggestions sometimes they are bang on and sometimes as in this one they are way off. So why did I buy it? well it came with his latest book 'Freedom' which I am currently reading but thats another review later all I can say is do not judge one by the other.The other reason it appealed to me was that it had some great reviews ,and also I'll admit I always judge a book by its cover, I can't help it it's how I am with everything but people.|
Another thing about me is that if I do not like a book at any stage I will not continue to read it and yet even though I did not like The Corrections and I found it a depressing but true to life story, it was very well written which is the only reason I can think of that I finished it.
Overall it delivered only one of the things I like from a book which is something to help me drift off to sleep of a night.If you enjoy reality when you read perhaps you may enjoy this ,I do not I want to be entertained and escape, I don't mind a good cry but in a healthy way, there wasn't anything healthy about the gloominess of this book at all.
I know lots of you may have read this and I would love to hear what you thoought of it.
|Wow what a weekend, we spent 3 days at Fingal Bay 2 1/2 hours north of Sydney and arrived home this afternnon refreshed but not ready for winter just yet.|
now us girls enjoy the beach but sometimes we need a little retail therapy
I posted this photo particularly for How Sweet the Sound Pink Saturday , the faces have been removed to protect the innocent (the wives), and the story behind this is all of the wives decided to buy these shorts that where on sale for $4 a pair as a joke, but I think the joke may be on us.
And then all too soon the drive home.
Join me at Debbiedoos Newbie Party and also at
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and at Skywatch Friday
|I thought I would share with you photos a of an unexpected trip I had to make today to a Campus of the University of Western Sydney, it is in a very historic area and I was delighted by the examples of historical architecture that was there and the established trees are divine, it used to be called The Hawkesbury Agriculture College and it opened in 1891 and quickly established a reputation as the finest agricultural college in the country. Students arrived at the college in 1896 and it was around this time that the Stables Square (1896) was completed to cater for the draught horses which, at the time, were the standard form of farm energy and the Blacksmiths Shop (1894) were built. |
I absolutely love the established gardens and those date palms just scream Colonial Sydney ,its also very rare to see ivy climbing walls of Sydney buildings mainly because as nice as they look they are a haven for insects and spiders, not a good thing when some of the deadliest known to mankind are around, as much as I would like to do this I have to defer to my more thoughtful husband and agree that it is not worth the risk.
And how I would love to have a buggy as a garden ornament,my idea of perfect.
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|This is my grandparents on their wedding day more than 70 years ago, her father is on her right an Irishman named Michael Donnelly, the others in the photo are unknown.|
|Fast forward about 5 years and now they have added my aunty Gloria and uncle Brian and yes this is the front door to where they lived at the time.|
These photos where recently unearthed by distant family members and are the only ones I know of, to me this really shows how far we have come, photos are no longer a luxury and our children and grandchildren will be able to see us in hundreds of different settings at our best and some at our not so best.
I am so happy to have found these photos as it helps to keep the memories alive, and this would make my grandmother very happy.
Here's to the Memories!
|This morning we got rain, not just drizzle but real soaking rain, it's Saturday so I made myself a coffee and went back to bed to read some of Petals on the River, yes I love a good romance every now and then.|
Then it was on to a few of those things that seem to never get done, one is hanging my new Candelabra, for some reason our dining room never had a central light which really did not worry me until I decided I needed a chandelier, which would mean electricians and all to install , I found this candelabra and I think it fits the bill nicely. I am not sure if I will light it but for $49 I am happy with the glitter it gives.
It really goes well I think with the new chair covers,now all I need is to apint those walls, we are almost there.
|Next was on to hanging some prints I purchased from Etsy recently, after seeing a post at Fishtail cottage I just had to get some of these prints for my office ,the frames where from Target they had generic pictures in them so I swapped them, they where on special for $20 each This is my office where I actually work from home so the files are real and nothing was changed in the taking of this picture.<><><><><><><><><><> >>>>>>>>>>|
|While I was at it I thought I would also show you the straw mat I picked at Bunnings recently for $60 its great for under my desk and I like the feel under my feet, below is another angle of my office, I probably should have taken the laptop bag out of the picture:)|
|I find it hard to discard something just because it is no longer fashionable, well lets be honest buying a new dining suite just because the old one is out of date is just something I cannot afford, but what should I do?|
So I lived with the my suite which even though it is 12 years old it is still in mint condition, and then not long ago I was reading
Shellagh's Blog Ticking and Toile and there they where, the most perfect chair covers, exactly what I needed, not too frilly but just the right colour and they were for sale at Shellagh's Etsy store(the link is on her blog).
This afternoon the postmand delivered a package and I was delighted to find the covers beautifully wrapped in white tissue paper with a pretty blue ribbon and a sweet handwritten card and a delicious smell came wafting out also included was a little bag of lavender and a pretty card, so unexpected and so wonderful.
What you cannot see is how well made they are and the material is just so soft and obvious quality, I am so in love with my chair covers, these will go perfectly with my new colour scheme(its on the way).
|I love these old friends, I like to enjoy them with a cup of coffee, what am I talking about? of course my home decorating magazines or a good book, my problem is how to store them, I really do not want bookshelves everywhere but if left to my own devices sure my home would be overrun with books and this basket just wasn't cutting it. I have been looking for a large magazine holder, not one that only holds a 7 to 8 Magazines,but something I can store at least a 100, I found it yesterday.|
|Now this is a Magazine holder! I can see a few enjoyable afternoons revisiting these old friends.|
|You may remember I was looking for somewhere to place my cloche, and while rearranging my magazine/book collection, and here it is, this is a table in what we call our family room it really is the heart of the house,but as is so often the case decorating it is usually left to last, its a comfortable room but stylish no, I'll let you in on a secret very soon that green lounge is going, my children have grown up and so now is time for a cream lounge, it will be hard to send another old friend on it way, over the years this lounge has served us well he is 19 years old and has the battle scars to prove it, there is a good sized scratch where our daughter jumped up with her white buckle shoes and lacy socks, she now wears stilettos, there is a definite sag where my husband and I both sit, he cradled my babies when they had fevers, but it is retirement time for this old friend, I do not think I will feel the same about his glossy cream replacement but he has to go. |
And while I am at it I also picked up these cute little jars for my kitchen windowsill, I though they would be great for garden cuttings and it was only $9.95 so home they came.
|I have a new cloche and it did not cost me an arm and a leg, I dropped in at|
Me and Mo Homewares on
Windsor Rd Northmead http://www.meandmo-homewares.com.au/ and it was my lucky day, everything is a minimum 10% off and up to 50%, I bought this Cloche original price $28 and the plate original price $14 less 10%.
I haven't quite decided where this is going but when I do I will post some pictures.
|And these are some of the things I had to leave behind this time, the glass cloche and stand $30 and how cute if the 3 tier cloche $69 (I so have to go back for that)|
|And I am so wanting this solid oak dining table and chairs.|
|a)white with a very thin silver stripe and lace underskirt|
|b) Black taffeta with black lace underskirt|
|c)Charcoal with a fine silver thread and no underskirt|
|I did a fun quiz which you can too, just follow the link|
|Lounge $800, rug $60, table $120|
|Bar, stools and buffet $550(ebay)|
|Painting $150 (auction)|
|Kramer Painting $4 (including frame online)|
|I would love to know if anyone else does this quiz, what style they have and if you agree with it.|