Remember Blog Stalwart Linda in Chile? She found the blog through my boarding school friend M when they were both living in Chile in 2009. Well, she's now Linda in Ethiopia, living the dream in Africa.
I caught up with her and her gorgeous girls the other day. Linda wore velvet, I wore a heavy embellished top, A bought her sequined semi formal dress to show me and I loyally wore the blue necklace I gave her 2 years ago.
They got to meet my sister too which was good, because Linda used to live in the Midlevels too.
Welsh Lady cakes were in order. Well it was a Red Letter Day, This one's carrot with cream cheese icing (The Queen of Icing)
They bought me these beautiful flowers, which I luffed.
Said yes to a scarf. With leopard print. And pearls. Seemed the Right Thing to do.
This lemon curd cake was 11/10. Wish I had some here right now.
Went to the new Hatch and Co at Post Office Square. The food's pretty good. It's where the old Zen Bar used to be. Try it. You won't be sorry.
Mr FF returned from Sydney bearing way can only be described as High End Gifts.
Which included lots of gourmet deli treats.
And an antique silver teapot circa 1900 from Greene and Greene. There's a matching milk jug and sugar bowl too. So clean and shiny.
Puts the rest of the filthy silver round here to shame.
I took my little boy to the Ithaca Memorial on Anzac Day
It had been spruced up with marigolds and sugar cane mulch and all the plumbago hedges had been pruned.
I wish the Brisbane City Council could keep it looking this good all year round.
When I was growing up, WW1 was all about Gallipoli and there was practically no mention of the Western Front or the conflict in Palestine etc. This annoys me. Someone told me the other day that they didn't even realise that a lot of Anzacs fought and died in Belgium. Apparently in the next few years there's going to be more of a focus on honouring those who fought Elsewhere. Good.
And about time.
Meanwhile yesterday I met W to see When we were young which was excellent and funny and I give it 4 stars. W looked great, look, here is a Visual:
I am loving my new Red Phoenix necklace Sick! Sick I tell you!! Thanks Girls.
Doesn't that beaded tassel make you happy just looking at it?
Thank you to the reader who put me onto the Trove website. I found Uncle Len's wedding announcement
and I now know that his brother Thomas McDonald, fellow Anzac and Gallipoli veteran was best man.
I bet my great grandparents were there as well. Wish I had a photo.
Found Len in this too, but no photo sadly.
If war history's your thing, I'm really loving this book and cannot recommend it enough:
And this is brilliant too, Pammie sent it to me and I cannot put it down.
Do you love Antique Roadshow and that one where they authenticate old masters as much as me?
Righto. I'm off to iron my body weight in wrinkled fabric stuffs in front of Mad Men.