My goodness, the year is shooting by. Just four weeks left until school finishes up, not that I’m counting *ahem*. After a wet, wet winter and spring, November has suddenly sprouted some warm weather, and outside, the paddocks are turning from green to golden yellow. It happens gradually so that you hardly notice at first. But then one day you realise that all the green has gone. It surprises me every year.
The warm weather has brought a change in wardrobe. Winter coats have been put away at last, and Spring skirts and short sleeved tops have joined the repertoire. My absolute fave skirt at the moment is this one by Boom Shankar. I pretty much love everything Boom Shankar makes. I have a pair of shorts, 2 dresses, and four skirts by them. I’m also eyeing off the Cleo skirt in Navy tones. Because the red and black, aqua blue, green, and multicoloured versions are clearly not enough!! Of course, I team the skirts with Mary Jane shoes for work. Enclosed leather shoes are a must in the kitchen, so these are my shoes of choice. Watch out fashion bloggers!!!
Speaking of warm weather and spring, our garden is going great guns. CB planted some climbing roses along the back fence near the creek and the bush is laden down with beautiful blooms. The front garden is also looking good. Many of the plants are now starting to fill out, and the garden is looking nicely full. The orchard is also ticking along nicely with most of the trees covered in small unripe fruit. Not long now till we start harvesting the cherries and stone fruit. Yum!
We are harvesting broad beans again. Of course, we have far more than we can eat. CB just can’t help himself and plants way too many. We eat them with lemon juice and bacon on crusty toast. Delicious.
It was my birthday last week. It was a round number birthday. I don’t tend to go in for big birthday dos, but my lovely friend who I have known since we were in year 7, sent me a beautiful bunch of flowers to work. After work, I watched Hannah do swim squad training for half an hour and then we picked up Chinese for dinner. Dinner was eaten on the front veranda and was followed by a triple choc raspberry pav made by CB. He’s a keeper.
I’ve been a little slack on organising Christmas presents this year, so I spent a few hours online and got started. I’ve ordered all three kids new beach towels. On Friday night, Hannah suggested she needed a new beach towel for Christmas, so I’m feeling pretty smug. I’ve also ordered a few books for each kid, as well as a DVD and audio book. I’ve got the girls some fabric because they enjoy sewing bags etc for their explorations. Meg is going to be super excited as I got her some camouflage printed fabric, which she is really into at the moment. Still to go is the usual undies/socks etc, as well as something that they want each. Toby has mentioned a new wheelbarrow or a remote control car.
CB tries to enforce the rule; no Christmas carols before my birthday, with limited success. Now that it has passed, I’ve been listening to Christmas Hope, a digital radio station that streams Christmas music 24/7 until the end of December. OK, so not all day every day, but I do love me a little Christmas music when I’m pottering around the place. There’s also an app you can use to stream it on your phone. You’re welcome!
What do you like at the moment? Are you ready for the Christmas break?