Monday, July 28, 2014

You Shall Go to the Ball.

 The Hanworth Ball was fantastic. Fantastic I tell you! I looked forward to it for so long that I'm sad it's over.
 If you're a blog stalwart you already know that my love for one shouldered dresses has no bounds.
I bought this Real Housewife frock months ago on sale from Asos.
And I didn't want to freeze to death so I also had this fake fur Muppet-Style vest arrangement that cost me $10 from the last chance rack at Paper Scissors:
Vive la Muppet!
The House looked beautiful, the guests looked beautiful, the food and drinks and band were all wonderful but the true star was M.
 She's worked her fingers to the bone restoring the house from years of neglect and last year's fire. The transformation is incredible.
This is the veranda when the renovation started:
This is it after someone set the house on fire destroying 80 % of it:
And this is the same spot on Saturday night. Restored to its former Glory.
M's dress was DIVINE. Don't even get me started on that gorgeous feathery cape thing.
 This oyster bar was excellent. There was an oyster shucker on hand and everything!
Purple is Hanworth's colour and even the trees hopped on board
And this Band was the Business.
Love this photo of M dancing with her brother
A Perfect Night. 
The next day Mr FF's birthday festival continued
 I saw a really good movie called Once my Mother on Sunday morning. 
It's a true story about a film maker who documents her mother's amazing life. Her mother was an orphan in Poland and when the war came was forced into a brutal Siberian work camp. Eventually she made her way to Rhodesia and then Australia (England wouldn't take her because she was an unwed mother.) The stuff she lived through beggars belief. It's very moving and I think you should see it.
4 Stars.
On the domestic front I've ironed a million things and made a salad with Persian fetta and roast beetroot.
And a  glass of champagne might be in order while I wait for this slow roasted pork belly to finish cooking.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Well we're in the star sign of Leo at last. Thank God. About 5 people in my life have had birthdays this week and there are tonnes more to come before the end of August. Goody. Nothing like a celebration.
Say what you will about Leos, they are Loyal.
And they totally understand Good Hair.
Meanwhile I am still flying the flag for Orange
And carbs
And I hate to introduce a sad note, but how moving were the photos of all the hearses going to the airport with the MH17 passengers?
Queen Max was crying and who can blame her? 
Coupled with images from Gaza it's been a very tough news week. So much suffering.
I've been making Orange Food. May as well. This is a cauliflower curry. 
D sent me a sequinned beanie which I am loving sick! Thank you!
The chicks at the kindy got big very fast. I miss their chirping at drop off and collection.
It was very comforting.
This was a chocolate mousse cake. It was 1 million/10.
Like Cinderella, soon I will be off to the Ball. Once I clean this house.
Fingers and Toes my dress fits
Keep it Together.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Last night the V's came over for a quick dinner. They brought me champagne. Goody.
 I said yes to orange sequins and pom poms.These are difficult times. Accessorise Hard. My friend R gave me that scarf which makes me love it all the more. 
The crab lasagna was a hit. 
I own that stripy Asos jumper M is wearing too. Great minds think alike when it comes to discounted knit wear.
 B made the most perfect dessert. Look:
 M's been getting up at 3 am to finalise plans for the celebrations for her house Hanworth which turned 150 years old last week. She's worked her fingers to the bone bringing it back to life after an arsonist burnt most of it in about March last year. There's even a ball this weekend which I cannot wait for. There'll be a champagne bar, an oyster bar, a martini bar and a great big band. So excited!
Meanwhile, on a serious note I got up early to watch the UN Security Council deal with the Malaysian airline disaster. I loved Frans Timmermans addressing the council (he's like the diplomat from Central Casting with a perfect voice and demeanour), especially when he looked at Julie Bishop and said "We are in this together Julie". And it was so moving when he spoke of people's wedding bands being removed and children's passports being shown. Just all so very sad.
To quote my friend Cilla:
Love Fiercely People.

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