Sunday, May 18, 2014

The weekend that was.

Two celebrations down and two more to go.
Sydney has decided to forget about Autumn and Winter and go straight to Spring.
After a week of very chilly temps we're currently having days of 26 degrees! Crazy, but I'm not complaining, although I did have to dig out some warm weather clothes that I'd packed away for the year.
Dress that was too warm:

DVF dress, Wolford opaques, Jenny Kee scarf. I was far too warm in the tights.


Slightly more suitable outfit of Equipment shirt, red jeans, Jenny Kee scarf and Ferragamo shoes.
Tonight I'm going to crack and get the summer skirts back out as the weather is looking warm for the next week or so.

In the nearish future, we are going to be moving out of our house and having the whole back part of it knocked down and re-built. This is our lovely current kitchen, which will go:


I actually love our kitchen aesthetically, but in terms of practicality, it's a nightmare: too dark, no storage, no dishwasher, lots of mould and crumbling walls, slug infestations if it rains.... you get the picture. It has character, but it's time to move on. We'll be keeping some of the furniture to re-use in the new kitchen. The door at the end opens up into the one and only very small and equally un-renovated bathroom. That will be going too, to be replaced by two new, shiny bathrooms moved into the main part of the house.
Anyway, I'm sure I'll be boring you with far more renovation stuff in the near future (unless the builders' quotes are too high and we scrap the whole idea).


For some light relief at the weekend I went into a shop! Pretty rare occurrence for me these days, but I wanted to buy my mother an extra birthday gift, and got distracted by this skirt in Max Mara. I didn't buy it, but I did quite like it. Thoughts?


Finally, here's a picture of my wonderful mother opening her presents with the children (+ friend).
She is such an amazing woman!

How was your weekend?


22 comments:

  1. Ruth your kitchen is charming but I feel your pain. We have to add on to our house and it's going to cost 9 million dollars and be a big mess.
    Love the MaxMara skirt. What's this about no winter? Are things getting warmer in Aus? We are having a cool spring but there's no snow so I'm not complaining.
    Happy Birthday to your lovely Mum.

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    1. Thanks Dani, it's full of character, but it is no longer meeting our needs. So you'll be suffering the reno horrors too? Will you be moving out? We will have to move out as we'll have no kitchen or bathroom, and no water!
      Climate change seems to be affecting everyone. It's almost winter here and yet still Spring-like temps!
      Glad to hear no snow for you!

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  2. Happy Birthday to your mum! Love the skirt, think its a winner - you're about the only person I know that can do horizontal stripes on their hips so successfully.
    Your description of your kitchen sounds like our old one. The slugs used to drive me insane. Plus the mice. Plus the grime that couldn't be removed. Cooking now is such a pleasure. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you that the quotes aren't horrendous (although considering what I recently experienced of Sydney prices just on food alone I would say you're going to get an eye watering bill... constructions costs are horrendous in this country, and then when you factor in how many lattes your builders will be buying locally they'll jack up the prices even more).
    We've had similarly weird warm weather. I had mentally packed away all the summer things, and am now confused as to what to wear. It will cool down again soon though, I'm sure of it! xx

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    1. Hi Heidi, we are expecting terrifyingly high quotes..... Sydney prices are daft.
      I'm sick of slugs and dirt, not to mention lack of storage. I'm also sick of constantly being interrupted in the shower!
      I'm not 100% sure about the Max Mara. It's pricey and the ruched bit over the belly is a slight worry..... think I'll put the $ towards coffee for the labourers!

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  3. Yes, Happy Birthday to Mum! I love the look of that kitchen with all that wood! DVF oh yes! Red Jeans ensemble yes again but we already knew that. MaxMara: love the fit and I'm back and forth on the stripes but it's different in an interesting way... actually just took one more look and starting to really like it!

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    1. Thanks GSL.We're not short of wood in our house. The new kitchen won't be wood though, too $$$$ sadly.
      MaxMara a bit odd across the stomach I think...

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  4. Happy birthday to your mother! Not sure I like how the skirt lays across your tummy/crotch area. And yes, your other two outfits are worthy to be worn on that body.

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    1. T you are right about the weird tummy/crotch bagging. I didn't really notice it when I tried it on, but on reflection it's not 100% good.
      Thanks for confirming it!

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  5. As I said on IG - I love your kitchen but yes a dishwasher is a must!!! There must be a way that you can edit your kitchen and not pour too much money into it as you are lucky that it looks good so you can just sort a few things behind the scenes.

    Does your mother live in Oz too or does she just spend half the time between UK and Oz?

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    1. I wish there was as way, but the structure is old and not very stable, and we absolutely have to have at least one more toilet at least, so the only way around it is to move or rebuild. We’ve been pondering and playing with ideas for 4 years, so this decision is one that hasn’t been taken lightly.
      My parents are currently living here, although perhaps not for much longer due to the awful pension situation :-(

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  6. Hello Ruth,

    The upheaval will be immense but all your plans sound as if you will, ultimately, have a house which better suits your needs. One does just get to a certain point and then it is time to make a big move forward. And, however expensive it may be it is probably nowhere near the cost of moving house.

    This past weekend we have had two separate groups of Australian visitors as it happens, all of whom are unified in their tales of woe about the property market. The prices of even a modest home seem totally stratospheric to us and we are used to London prices too! So, if the renovations just get too much to contemplate......perhaps a jumbo jet to Budapest might be the answer. There is no beach but, well, one cannot have everything.

    We love the first dress. We believe in suffering for the look......we would have sweated in silence!

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    1. Dear Jane and Lance, you are right about the cost of moving. Property in Aus is indeed very expensive, particularly in the capital cities. Sydney prices are just daft - we quite often play fantasy house shopping on overseas sites! We could buy a beautiful 5 bedroom flat in Berlin for the price of a studio flat here!!!
      Budapest or Berlin are mighty tempting, but the children are adamant that they won’t leave here yet. J and I are very open to the idea of a country move, but there’s nothing like a child’s education to make the whole matter more complicated. I think it would be good for the children to move country, learn a second language and cope with another culture, but in reality the amount of work and legal stuff will prevent it from happening now. We should have done it when they were very small…. At any rate, there will be a move back to Europe at some point in the future!

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  7. Good luck on the reno and yay for Mum!

    I am not a fan of the skirt - it makes teeny tiny you look big and not in a good way! Let the renos begin!

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    1. You’re so right, Wendy! I’m glad I took a ‘selfie’! sometimes it’s very useful to re-visit things with a less subjective eye… and I very much appreciate my virtual style advisor in the blogosphere!

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  8. Love the skirt. Best of luck with the renos.

    SSG xxx

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  9. Love the skirt, it has such an unusual cut - think you should get it! Plus looks great with those silvery sandals you have on. Hope you do the renos, love watching that. The wood in your kitchen is so warm and cosy though!

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    1. Skirt has been forgotten in favour of a very sexy black velvet number I found in an op shop at the weekend. I'm so fickle....!

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  10. Plus actioned the old hubstar to put you on my sidebar of fave blogs (I can't seem to do it myself, luddite that I am)

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    1. Thanks Jodie! I can only remember how to do it after a lot of faffing!

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  11. We also skipped autumn and winter and to do one better, we are skipping spring. I looked forward to wearing tights and never got to since more than a year ago.

    Good luck on the renos if you do. I think you're looking good in that Max Mara skirt and the picture of your amazing mother is charming!

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    1. Thanks Tiffany Rose! Good to 'see' you! I was thinking about you the other day while I was perusing the new fancy pants on the J Crew website!

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