This tree is a mandarin that was already in the garden when we got here. This was taken maybe 2 weeks ago and since I have had some delicious mandarins - you just have to be careful not to eat the grubs!
This beautiful rose is from our front garden - I love the clear red colour. I cut this one because the previous two were destroyed in all the rain we have been having. It looked like this the entire time it was in its vase. All the petals just fell off. It doesn't have scent.
This a picture of my favourite spot in the house - under the wonderful Norfolk pine. When it was warmer the Beau and I would have lunch under this tree. I love looking up into it.
Here are the three trees I got for my birthday off my brother (a landscape architect) - who also planted them because I don't have a spade, and my Mum and step-Dad. The are from left-to-right a Dwarf Tahitian Lime, a Tangello and a grafted Avocado.
As all my casual work has dried up I also have time to do my hair. Actually though it is not taking that long. I put in a few pin curls at night , and then just pin it up in the morning. It takes about 10 minutes all up so I really could do it every day and have for the past three days. But that could also have something to do with the Joan Harris (nee Holloway) obsession that I have at the moment. So the pictures of my hair (not taken very well and with no make-up) are using the template that Super Kawaii Mama (you can access her blog from the side bar) sets out in a tutorial.
This is my first attempt - I put in about six pin curls around my face - which helped with my long fringe. However, I didn't get the side swept fringe that Joan has. Please excuse no make-up.
This shot it a better one for showing the front. My hair is also a bit too fly-away even though I had hairspray in - how does Joan get hers to be so clean, shiny and stay up?
Here is a shot of the back on day 2 - i think the hair looks smoother and I did do the fringe differently. Also I didn't
create the extra loop at the back the SKM and Joan both do - I just tucked the end under as I would normally do.
Today I also did more of a side sweep fringe and curled the extra length into a kiss curl. I also think the height is better today.
So onto the wedding. It is coming along so quickly and only last week I got out the invites. It is also getting a bit stressful with people giving opinions were they are not asked for or going to be listened to!
This paper is by Christina Re. The blue and gold are going to be the main colours for the wedding.
Here I have been experimenting with flowers and table seating as myself and Maid-of-honour are going to be doing all the setting up ourselves to keep the cost down. This is what I have decided to go with for the flowers. Some type of greenery with some blossoms arranged on top. I got all these things from the garden and it took al of 2 minutes to do this. The tablecloth is vintage damask and will be what we are using at the wedding.
This picture gives more of an idea of the colours but I decided not to go with this arrangement because then I would have the lug around vases.
Lastly here is something that I made for dinner the other night. i have been cooking pretty much every night because now we have a Mortgage we cannot eat out as much as we were. Which is fine because I like cooking - and we are getting a dishwasher for a Wedding present!
Here is the Beau's version - A steak and a salad with roast Butternut pumpkin, roast garlic, walnuts, roast onions, avocado and lettuce. I hat menus that read like recipes so I will call it Warm Autumn Salad.
And my lovely vegetarian the version.