Friday, April 15, 2011

Define Your Blog Party

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

        And then some of the beautiful Australian places that I get to visit but are usually not on the normal tourist track.

                        And sometimes you will even find a book review, I love to read and share my opinions:)
Now join me at Modern Country Style Define your Blog Party!

Health in a Bowl!!!

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
Join me at Bella Vita Fresh Clean and Pure Friday

I'm Back!!!

                                                                 How is everyone!
          I know I have been gone for a while, I have had some terrible issues with my computer.
              Long story short I have a new computer and its all fresh  just like I am feeling now.
          I am not very computer savvy so when I have issues, its a big all consuming deal to me.

So while I get my head back into bloggy world, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to my friend Kerry from Quizzical Home Life, Kerry recently did a renovation of her downstairs area, and she has visited some of the beautifula historical areas of Australia which are so interesting.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Corrections

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.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Weekend By The Beach!

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
dear little red house mosaic-monday-memories
and at Skywatch Friday

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hawkesbury College- Australian Buildings #2

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.

 Join me at Debbie Doos Newbie Party and
Dear Little Red House Mosaic Monday and also at

 a southern daydreamer outdoor-wednesday

Old Family Photos and the People in Them!

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!

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

This Sunday I'm joining Ricki Jill at Art@Home What we are reading party 

Early last year I was looking for something to read that wouldn't take just a couple of days, and I certainly found it, Pillars of the Earth is a huge book written by Ken Follet with a historical story that weaves through the lives of a country village and its inhabitants, so in depth is it that this huge book becomes one of a trilogy of huge books all equally enthralling, I do read quite fast but each book took weeks to read and the journey was as educational as it was enjoyable.
This book made me appreciate that I was born in these current times, especially being female, it gave me a real insight into the lives of the women and particularly those born to the lower classes, it was so life like that you felt you where right there.
This is one of the few books I have read that I wished would never end, in fact the only good thing about the end of this one was there where 2 more books in the triology for me to read.
I would recommend this if you enjoy Historical Romances but with more history than romance.

Friday, March 18, 2011

I Love a Rainy Saturday!

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:)

Join me at The Charm of Home at Home Sweet Home and
Bargain Hunting with Laurie and Show off your Cottage Monday

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

They Have Arrived, My New Chair Covers!!!

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).

Come join me at bella vita fresh-clean-and-pure-friday

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Old Friends!!

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.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Anything looks Chic under a Cloche!

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 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.
Join me at a stroll thru life welcome-to-spring-cloche-party
I am not sponsored or affiliated with Me and Mo Homewares

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Black and White!

We have been invited to a Black and White Evening next Saturday, now for those who read my last post, you won't be surprised to learn that I am a more casual type, I was fine for shoes and fine for skirts, but I had neither a Formal black or white top, but I  knew just what I wanted ,so online I go and here it is a black crossover top Brand New on ebay for $50.90 including delivery and it will be at my house by Wednesday, I love it ,its so versatile for less formal evenings I can team it with black crop pants or tailored pants, but for next Saturday it will be one  of the skirts below ,I would love to hear your input ,I will tell you my preference at the bottom of this post.

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

And my choice is  ***  a) ***  the cost for the entire outfit is under $160including the skirt,shirt,shoes and bag and and I think the silver shoes are the best choice and they where $29.95(not on sale) mesh evening purse $20(sale) a bit of bling and I'm set

Join me at Debbie Doos newbie partay !!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Polished Casual???

I did a fun  quiz which you can too, just follow the link
                           BHG what is your decorating style

 I did this and apparently my style is Polished Casual, the 3 photos above were just some of the examples that where given, while these pictures appealed ,I could not really see my style, but then I started to think and it occurred to me that the room that I had most recently decorated (3 years ago) was very like these pictures. Now keep in mind our rumpus room with the exception of the pool table was done on a tight budget as we had spent most of our money on the building the extension.

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.