Sunday, 9 August 2015

A HAPPY WEEKEND.


A HAPPY WEEKEND



It's always a good weekend when the Bowral markets are on.  Unfortunately,  I left my camera and even my iPhone at home when I walked up to the markets so no snaps this time!  I bought a bunch of Calendulas.  The chap who sold them to me said that like tulips,  they continue growing!  They are guzzling up the water  and they have opened up today.  Such cheery happy flowers in one of my favourite colours!


I do love setting the table for a special meal.  Friends came over for lunch today and I set the table yesterday afternoon as I usually take a bit of time mulling over what to use.  




I also prepared the Moroccan Chicken yesterday afternoon and the couscous, pea soup and salad this morning.  



The pea soup doesn't look very good as the sour cream didn't really blend in.

Bathing the girls had become an emergency.  Penny had rolled in duck pooh (the very worst kind of pooh!).  They love their bath and especially the hairdryer!

Here they are looking gorgeous and waiting for their biscuits!

My potted tulips have grown a lot this week!



The girls get very excited when friends come over and they love nothing more than to be included in the conversation!



Penny keeping her eye on the dip!
Desert was a delicious pear cake I bought at the Bowral Markets.  I heated it in the oven and served it with ice cream... can't go wrong with that!  I love how the stalk of the pear was left in the middle!



Finally,  my darling little Galanthus bulbs are flowering ... I have brought them inside to enjoy them!  Aren't they adorable!


Wishing you all a very happy week, wherever you are!

30 comments:

  1. Your taste is like a beacon of Perfection and Gorgeousness in an other wise ugly world.

    Keep up the good work x

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    1. I got these glasses from Nieman Markus online. A friend mentioned somewhere else ... I will let you know xx

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  2. PS please send me those glasses when you are done with them.

    Thank You.

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    1. You make me laugh FF!! Thank you for your kind words and I will endeavour to keep it up!! ;)

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  3. Merci! Beautiful table...and the plates!XL

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    1. Thanks darling Louis! Lots of love xxx

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  4. Loved reading your blog today- that photo of Brit is adorable. Read the blog to kitty this evening and she loved it!

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    1. Thank you darling. The photo of Brit is wonderful... she looks particularly fetching after her bath!! xx Love to Kitty xx

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  5. Everything about this was just so incredibly pretty and perfect! Including the meal...I want that chicken. :)

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    1. Hi Heather, Thanks so much! We are having left over chicken tonight for dinner! It should be even better! Let me know if you want the recipe! xx

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  6. The weather was just beautiful - and your table setting absolutely perfect, the care you take in everything you do is so inspiring. You too, have a wonderful week

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    1. Thanks so much Kim - such a lovely compliment! xx

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  7. I agree with Faux Fushia- you are the doyenne of elegance and your pretty table settings are a visual feast in what is often a white on white table settings in magazines.
    Love the photo of Penny keeping an eye on the dip- we put all our antipasta on our coffee table once- turned our backs for just a minute and our Sandy ate it all ( All the expensive proscuito and metwurst !!!!!) She had never done that before and now we are on thief alert- she of course thought it was Christmas.
    Enjoy your week.
    Marilyn xx

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    1. She has to be watched very carefully too! We had a Beagle once (they are famous scavangers). He managed to jump onto a high table and devour my son's birthday cake ! This did spoil the birthday party! Jenny xx

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    2. Years ago after our son had managed to pass the test for his driving licence he was always keen to borrow the family car (we only had one at that time). One day on our arrival home from work we were greeted at the door and invited to sit down and enjoy a surprise. We looked and there were glasses of sherry on the coffee table. He called out "how do you like the cheese and biscuits and everything"? But our beagle had got there before us. Every scrap of food he'd put out had vanished - though Fizzy (the beagle) drew the line at sherry. It kind of ruined our son's attempt to soften us up so he could ask for the car that night. We couldn't stop laughing. Best wishes, Pammie

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    4. Beagles are ALWAYS hungry Pammie ... they are known to ruin a party or two!!

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  8. Agree - duck poo is THE WORST poo - and emergency dog baths always follow!
    Love those orange calendulas - so cheery at this time of year.

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    1. Thanks so much! The calendulas are still looking fab! xx

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  9. That table is divine. Divine!! I love those glasses too, both the water and the wine. And love the sound of the menu. There's nothing nicer than food with friends.

    Well I can top your duck poo story - my dog (Scruffy) decided to roll in the human variety at one of those roadside pullover spots on the way between Adelaide to Melbourne (found somewhere behind a bush). We were 1.5 hours out of Melbourne, and I had to use baby wipes to try to clean him off as best I could, and then spray my Jo Malone all over him to try to endure the rest of the ride (window down). He was definitely in the doghouse, and of course the first thing you feel like doing after a 9 hour car ride with a baby is to bath a dog! We never let him off the lead again when on a road trip! xx

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    1. Oh Heidi!... I laughed so much because we had a similar experience!! Our Beagle (the same as mentioned above!) ATE the human variety when we were visiting a building site in Cape Town. We then left on a long drive to the beach and half-way there, he vomited the human variety... it was a huge amount on the back seat and we were all gagging!!! NOTHING has ever been worse than that! xx

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    2. No words! AND we have just ordered a new puppy after a year and a half dog less for the first time. He comes in six weeks. I shall never let him off the lead on long trips after these mishaps. My husband once fed our labrador garlic sausages just before we left on an eight hour trip. We got about 2k down the road when he released some wind… the first time. Needless to say eight hours with the windows going up and down and our kids following in a car behind were hysterical. At least it was just the smell. It was not fun and hubby has never been let to forget it! Love the whole tablescape. How special your friends must feel. Tonkath

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    3. Just realising how new readers are going to feel about all these hysterical comments!!.... What doggie are you going to get Tonkath? You must be excited? Love a puppy! xx

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    4. He is a wool coated labradoodle. Couldn’t face the hairs all over the house with another Labrador even though I adore them. And Grandson No 2 gets severe asthma so it was important for us to have a non shedding dog. He is chalk colour with one brown smudge over one ear. His nose is turning brown now too. Just eleven days old.You can see him on Burrinjuck Labradoodles Facebook. He is called ‘chalk boy' and wearing a purple collar. We are very excited - the whole family. Can’t wait!

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  10. The calendula's are my favourite colour.
    The table setting is beautiful and I love the way you've alternated the side plates and soup bowls.
    The girls do look very happy to be able to join in the conversation. Especially as they are looking their best.
    Couldn't help but notice the beautiful detail of the green sofa.
    You set the bar high and I'm sure your guests love it. I know I'd feel extremely grateful that you'd gone to so much trouble.
    Glad to see the tulips are on the move.

    Love your posts

    PS: I manage to plant some roses this weekend so I'm really looking forward to there blooms.

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    1. Hi Karen - thanks so much for stopping by! Sweet of you to notice the sofa... Therein lies a tale! I really love having people round - and cooking for me is so enjoyable! I don't even mind cleaning up afterwards! Looking forward to seeing your roses too ! Have a wonderful week! xx

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    2. PS: The desert looked fabulous. Have I mentioned I love desert. Hope you'll tell us the tale of the sofa. I love entertaining too and cleaning up with a little help from the Husband. Something satisfying using lovely things and putting every thing away.

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  11. I love that bowl your tulip bulbs are in, is it Japanese?

    Bowral's such a pretty town haven't been there for ages, lovely in Spring and Autumn

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    1. Im not sure about the bowl... it has the most beautiful lid with a big flower which is the handle!.. When the bulbs are over I'll post a pic. Bowral is a wonderful town to live in smr ... all year round! Thanks so much for the comment. Jenny

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