Thursday, February 4, 2016

Never Knowingly Under Cushion.

 I don't know about the rest of you but I am Obsessed with my new Manuel Canovas Dara cushions and keep walking back into my bedroom to stare wide eyed and open mouthed at their Beauty. 
Much like I did to my son when he was born.
 You can just tell we'll be Happy Forever.
I've found a super cheap source of feather inserts which I'll reveal in the next few days.
It is after all Frugal February.
 Said Yes to Retro Colour Blocking.
 Said Yes to Coral and Shells.
 While all this rain is Great for the Garden it is what can only be described as Sub-optimal for my Hair.
So I Shoved on my Pirate Hat.
 Because I keep a blog I have a photo of me on the day I bought that scarf from the Hermes Mother ship in Paris. Those were the days my cyber friends.
 This weather makes me want to curl up and watch Love in a Cold Climate (the early 80s BBC version) and read Portrait of a Marriage which I am LOVING SICK. SICK I tell you. If you haven't read it you are so lucky because it's fantastic.
 Sometimes I wish I lived closer to Petersham Nursery. Like in the same hemisphere.
 The other day I whipped up an apple upside down cake because frankly, after a hard day at the Coalface and a school run, baked goods were a Necessity. 
There's a visual on instagram and here's the recipe:
Butter and flour a loaf tin. Turn your oven to 160 Celsius.
Mix half a cup of softened butter and 1/2 a cup of brown sugar and shove it on the bottom of the pan. 
Open a tin a cooked apple pie filling and tip that in.
Mix up 120g butter, 100g sugar, 120 flour, 2 tsp baking powder, a slug of vanilla (don't be stingy), a table spoon of ground almonds (heaped) and 2 eggs.
Shove the batter on on top of the apples and bake for about 45 minutes. 
Apply to Face.
Fell free to inspire me with your Frugal February Plans.
Stay Sane.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Already Monday.

Luff an old fashioned posy of whatever's in bloom in the garden? Better come sit by me then.
I think that lilac geranium was a cutting from my Grandma's garden. Good.
S sent me this divine book and I've luffed it
Sharon's French girlfriends Live Large in beautiful homes like this:
with adorable interiors like this:
I know. So attractive.
I'm doing my version of Minimalist today and I'm going with only 6 patterns, 4 pillows, 2 euro pillows and 6 cushions. Sometimes, it's nice to live on the edge and Pare Down.
Does anyone else love Diana Vreeland's apartment as much as me? All that leopard print. So cosy.
Which reminds me, I'd better figure out when I can watch that Peggy Guggenheim Art Fanatic movie.
Apparently it's excellent.
I've re-started Nigel Nicholson's Portrait of a marriage about his parents Vita and Harold. 
My friend R loved it so I have high hopes.
It now seems appropriate to Cue the Sissinghurst Visuals.
Nigel found Vita's manuscript after her death in a gladstone bag in her writing room in the tower.
I've only read the introduction so far. Fingers and Toes it will be wonderful.
In garden developments, we pruned a million spent seduction blooms, sprayed everything with seasol, threw about some slow release fertiliser and pruned like maniacs. But in the end the heat was just too much and frankly, it was hard to go on. Just saying.
Ironed my body weight in wrinkled fabric stuffs.
Coveted these orchids
And saw A Danish Girl. It was lovely, and sad and has that attractive Belgium actor who was the shepherd in Far from the Madding Crowd. Lots of nice Parisian apartments as back drops. 4 stars.
Shell obsessed? Me too.
See this gauchos patterned scarf? My kid told me to get it off my head because I looked like a pirate!
Did anyone watch the Accidental Soldier on the ABC last night? It's about a baker who joins up and fights in France during WW1 then goes AWOL and is hidden by a Frenchwoman who he falls in love with. I think Rachel Ward directed it and Bryan Brown stars in it. It's really good. 
Iview it. 
You won't be sorry.
Stay Committed.

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