Frockin' up - Saturday Night

Friday, September 12, 2014

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Saturday night we were invited to a friend's place for dinner & while I certainly could have gone casual, I took it as an opportunity to frock up a little. I also managed to snap a quick photo before I headed up. Excuse the surrounding mess!

I wore:
Jacket - Alannah Hill
T-shirt - One Teaspoon
Jeans - American Eagle
Shoes - Sportsgirl

Beautiful Radelaide

Monday, September 8, 2014

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Cool bike racks (and cool bike) in Glenelg
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Afternoon tea with Nana
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Beach play with Nana
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Ikea trip
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Suburban sunset 
Just a few more shots from our time in Adelaide. The last two nights of our stay were spent in Glenelg. We stayed with my mum in an apartment at the Oaks Liberty Towers, just around the corner from my brother's place. Glenelg is very toddler activity friendly with a large playground opposite the Buffalo and of course, the beach. We stopped by the beach briefly on our way to the playground, we had intended on a brief visit because it was so cold, but Lulu just loved playing in the sand so much that we never made it to the playground - She called the beach 'The big sand pit'.

We were able to have dinner with my brother both nights - take away from Gringos the first night (after Lulu went to bed!) and then dining out early at Tasca Vida with Lulu the second night. Eating out has to be one of the best things about holidays. What are your favourite things about holidays?  I have to say a bit of a sleep in is one of my other favourite things about holidays. No alarm, bliss! The countdown is on to our next holiday.....

Looking for other Adelaide activities? Find out about our day at the Harndorf Farm Barn here.

A day at the Hahndorf Farm Barn

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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We've spent the last few days in Adelaide visiting my mum & brother, we were thinking of taking Lulu to the zoo when my brother suggested the Hahndorf Farm Barn. The Farm Barn allows you to get up close and personal with the animals, which is just what Lulu loves. I'm unsure how much some of the animals loved it though, some came up to you for cuddles while others ran away as fast as they could!

The Farm Barn has chickens, goats, cows, miniature ponys, camels, pigs, sheep, geese, kangaroos, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, deer and many baby animals. You can purchase food to feed the animals, though you do get mobbed, so beware! Yes, we were chased by geese and a goat did try to eat my top and my brother's jeans, but we survived.

Hahndorf is a cute little town in the Adelaide hills. It was settled by Germans and there are many German themed stores and restaurants and a few touristy shops. We had lunch at Udder Delights, a handmade cheese factory. Mum and I shared the cheese fondue - I have a distinct weakness for cheese fondue and this one did not disappoint. Of course Hahndorf has a Birkenstock store and I was able to get Lulu a pair for summer, plus at another store I purchased new uggs to replace the pair I have had for the last 10 years. Win Win. Hahndorf, a great day out.
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Henbury Meteorite Craters

Friday, August 29, 2014

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The Henbury Meterorite Craters are on the road back from Kings Canyon (If you take the Ernest Giles Road) and we have never stopped there before, but Lulu was getting a little fidgety and we were a fair way from the next stop so we decided to pull in at the Craters and we were glad we did.

The reserve contains 12 craters which were formed when a meteor hit. The walk around the edge of the first crater is fairly easy, perfect for stretching your legs after driving. Lulu even walked some of it. Nick & I were both too tired & wanted to get home quickly so we didn't walk around the others. The flowers on the craters were beautiful. We were there late in the day so the lighting was just perfect. No need for photo editing filters!

You can also camp overnight there for a small fee that you drop into an honesty box. There is a long drop loo and a few campfire pits. A great location if you like to camp in peace and quiet. As I said, we didn't stay too long, but it was definitely worth pulling off the main road and taking a look.

Renovations Week 3 and 4

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Week three was still in the getting worse before it gets better phase. A whole was cut in the wall between our bedroom and Lulu's so that we could make the house a proper three bedroom house, currently you have to go through one room to get to the other. The real estate agent sold it as a three bedroom house but it really wasn't. Knocking out the wall also unveiled some more lovely lino.
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The bathroom was removed, making the space really dark with the window boarded up.
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Then, in week four, we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The supporting beams were installed and the temporary measure taken away. I've circled the new beams because otherwise you may not have even noticed them. Behind the blue beam you can see the beginnings of the new roof in the lounge area.
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And last but not least, the poles for our new verandah and 'deck' area have gone up.
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It is so exciting to see things being built, rather than being knocked down. Things are about to slow down in the renovation stakes and there might not be so much wow factor (i.e. the plumber is putting in new pipes and concreting to level it etc) so these posts may not be as regular for the next few weeks. But rest assured the big house, as it is now referred to by Lulu, is being fixed, slowly, but surely.

Things I Love - Palm Leaf Print

Friday, August 22, 2014

I've noticed the old palm leaf popping up on lots of things lately and I'd love to use palm leaf wallpaper somewhere but I'm really not sure where. I snapped the bottom right photo back in February in Darwin at The Pearl. It really does suit the tropical Darwin vibe, but maybe for Central Australia it's best just to stick with the awesome sheet set from the Odd Collective Bedding? With possibly that cushion from I Love Linen thrown on the couch?
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So do you think the reign of the pineapple decor phase is over & that the palm left will reign supreme this summer? Let's not forget that the pineapple trend started in Australia a few years ago by stylist Megan Morton. The resurgence of the palm leaf may well and truly start here this year!

PS Nick's response to the photo of the wallpaper was - 'That's terrible', so it may not get a guernsey in our house! 

Renovations Week 2

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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where our kitchen and laundry used to be
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where our lounge room and dining room used to be
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awesome primary colour vinyl tiles that may or may not be asbestos tiles

Week two has seen the removal of our kitchen and laundry and a new roof on the old extension. It doesn't sound like much but it is huge! The removal of the bench uncovered these awesome vinyl tiles in primary colours. Makes me wonder how the house used to look all those years ago. The tiles have thrown up this weeks renovation surprise, in that we had to send a sample away for testing to see whether or not they are asbestos. If they are, then removing them is going to be a whole different ball game. Fingers crossed.....

Link Love

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Starting the pineapple micro trend at our Revelstoke apartment 2011
This week was one of those weeks where for most of Wednesday I thought it was Thursday and for the entire day I kept getting extremely disappointed. Ever had one of those weeks? Needless to say it has meant that this week has felt really long. Top it off with a cold snap, most nights being around -1degrees and it makes for a small amount of struggle each day. Friday finally rolled around and I spent the night cozied up at home under the heater while Nick went out. Lulu went to bed without a fuss and I was able to enjoy the quiet, an episode or two if Veep and an early night. Sleep is a great way to prepare for the weekend.

Catching my eye on the internet this week:

15 Surprising things about parenting in Australia on A Cup of Jo - So interesting seeing our culture through an expat's eyes. I didn't realise that the fresh air/open windows thing was uniquely Australian, but I have to admit that even during the Revelstoke winter we slept with the window in our room open because the heating was up too high & the thermostat broken so it couldn't be turned down. The fresh air was always so lovely. The other thing we would do that locals couldn't get over was walk into town (10min walk from our place). Walking in winter was unheard of! As for 'sleep camps' - that is mostly a Sydney thing.

Alex Fulton's colourful home on Studio Home

What to say next time someone says women aren't victims of sexual harassment

This article on Bipolar awareness 

Hope you have a pineapple filled weekend xx

Renovation Surprises - Positives & Negatives

Friday, August 15, 2014

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The builders needed to take out the sold brick at the end of our driveway in order to get a bob cat into the backyard. The plan was to take out just one section of the wall and keep the rest but because of how it was built, the whole wall had to come down. That was the first surprise. The second was a little bigger.

Not long after we moved in we turned off the dripper system to our garden. The thought behind that was that all plants in our garden should be drought tolerant. We didn't mind if we lost a few as we would replace them with drought tolerant plants. For some reason the oleanders continued to flourish under our no watering regime. The reason why the oleanders were flourishing? Turns out the main water pipe to our house had corroded and has been leaking, providing them with plenty of bountiful water to stay looking their best.

While we could dwell on the negative (having not set aside funds to replace our piping), I am choosing to look on the positive side - we will be conserving much more water and we may even get rid of those pesky oleanders. Have you had any surprises like this one with your renovations? Have they been positive or negative surprises? Sometimes it's just how you choose to look at it. Other times, things just suck.

And that was week one of our renovations. Tune in next week for week two progress.

Bones Season 9 Finale

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Did anyone catch the season finale of Bones Season 9? If you didn't and still want to watch it then please do not scroll any further. If you saw it or you do want a spoiler then keep reading.
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I normally am a little behind in watching Bones, mainly because their season finales have such a cliff hanger that I don't want to wait months before they air the next episode. I forgot about this a few weeks ago when I watched the season 9 finale and am now deeply regretting it. What an ending!

Booth suspects that something dodgy is gong on within the FBI and as he comes closer to the truth he becomes a target, ending in a spectacular shoot out at the home he shares with Bones. Bones and their daughter (Christine) had fled earlier to safety, but Bones was uncomfortable with that, figuring that she is certainly capable of taking on rogue FBI agents. Once Christine is safely with Bones' dad, Bones returns to help. The house is destroyed, Booth is shot and when in hospital he's placed under arrest. Cue end of episode!

I caught the season 10 trailer that they aired at Comic-Con and the season starts with Booth in jail, so who knows how long that will last. It is interesting to see how Booth reacts to being betrayed by the institution he believes in. I guess that as it is only by rouge elements and not the whole FBI goodness will prevail and he won't be in jail for long. What did you think? Did you catch the finale? Are you hanging out for September like me? I will certainly be watching as soon as I can!
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