Summer Salads and Dressing for Retirement

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Roasted kumara, beetroot with beans, dressing and toasted pine nuts.
Salad2
A garden salad with a vinaigrette dressing.
Cannas
Too hot for too long to have many flowers to choose from in the garden, so cobbled together cannas, carnations, alstroemerias and one Father’s Love rosebud.
Fitness
For years I’ve had a well established work wardrobe but now I’m semi-retired I’m not sure what to wear at home. I’d like clothes suitable for gardening, housekeeping and craft activities. I want to look reasonable if people drop in, I’d like wash and wear but can only come up with athletic gear! Not sure I’m quite the right shape for all over Lycra! Any ideas?

Hope you enjoyed Plant a Flower Day yesterday wherever you are in the world!

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Some Watching, Some Reading, Some Cooking

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Books and Mug
Reading Death of an Owl by Paul Torday about British politics and really enjoying it. Also re-reading Annie Poulx’s unsentimental but carefully researched story of immigration to America and the ownership of an accordion through many generations. Drusilla Modjeska’s Timepieces is a snapshot of the energy and beliefs of the women’s movement in the 70s told through her memories of family, love, place and friendship. A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin has great reviews but I’ve only read three stories so far!
Coco and Igor
Watching Coco and Igor, a partly fictionalised affair between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky set when she launches Chanel 5 and he has just written the poorly received music for The Rites of Spring. Anna Mouglalis is superbly dressed in Chanel. Just as wonderful are the interiors of Chanel’s country house Bel Respiro and her apartment in Rue de Cambon.
Beef and broccoli
Eating Beef and Broccoli made by my son.
Lemon Drizzle Cake
The first sign of ripening lemons and I make Lemon Drizzle Cake.

Hope you celebrated International Women’s Day this week!

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A Tourist In My Own Town

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Kings Park

Our friends from China are in Perth for their daughter’s graduation from university.

Freshwater Bay
Freshwater Bay

We had a lovely day showing them around despite the heat and humidity.

Enjoyed a very coastal type of lunch at a beach side restaurant. The sea breeze had arrived and it was less humid and hot than in the morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Haemanthus have bloomed in the sun bleached garden. When the flowers have died down two thick, dark green leaves will appear from the bulb.

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Birdcages

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Birdcages on glasses cupboard

When we lived in China I watched the old men walking their birds in birdcages down to the park. They’d hang their cages in the trees and sit and talk and smoke. Sometimes I could hear the birds singing.

Birdcages on corner unit

We brought most of these cages back with us to Australia. Some are intended for birds, but most are decorative.

Birdcages entrance table

The bird market had cages of all sizes and colours. They were handmade in many different materials. You could buy everything you needed for your bird: seed, cage covers, ceramic food and water bowls and many different breeds of small birds.

Birdcages on side table with sculpture

Happy Childrens’ Authors and Illustrators Week wherever you are in the World

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Edible Garden Workshop

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Spent the morning at an Edible Garden Workshop. Such a lot of great information.

Qunice

Passionfruit

We have three small courtyard gardens and what grows well is determined by the sun. I have espaliered an apricot tree and would like more fruit trees.

Espaliered Fruit Trees

Trying not to throw away food so bread and butter pudding has become a regular in this house.

Bread and butter pudding

And baked apples for variety.

Baked apples

The roses bravely bloom in this constant heat. This red Pierre de Ronsard is like a tree. The stems can be a metre long.

Roses

Wherever you are in the world Happy Grammar Day!

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