think this goal will ever be finished, but it sure is one of my favourites.
Our lawn looks lovely and my succulent garden is one of the greatest joys in my life. I love everything about it – especially the arum lilies that just sprouted everywhere. A wonderful surprise :)
There is still much to be done, but I’m up to the challenge.
this as done. We signed the final documentation last Friday, the transfer costs have been paid, and with an enormous amount of luck, the sale will be registered within the next two weeks. If not, it will happen early in January, which is fine.
This has been a tedious, stressful and exhausting exercise, and I’m glad it’s behind us :)
Happy belated birthday S! I hope you had a lovely day and may the year ahead be filled with creativity, exciting travels and good health!
last night, and it was a resounding success. It wasn’t too hot and it stayed dry for the better part of the evening.
I decorated one of the trees in the garden with little parcels of home-made cookies, fairy lights and other decorations. We also spread a quilt under the tree, for the little ones to play.
The food was delicious! We had tender lamb on the spit. I baked bread, Annali and Izak made a strawberry/Danish feta salad sprinkled with peanut brittle and honey, and Annie made her famous pasta salad. We had ice cream and sugar cones for dessert.
Everybody agreed that it was a wonderful evening, and I’m very relieved that it all went well. This has been a very rewarding experience and I can’t wait for our next party :)
Nicholas and Alexandra
Another brilliant effort by Massie. I couldn’t put it down.
is my dad’s birthday. He would have turned 60. It’s very difficult to imagine him at thas age – perhaps because we lost him so long ago.
I’ve been thinking about him all week. When we were little and started losing our baby teeth, the tooth mouse, Manie, started making trips to our house. We knew he was called Manie because he left us little notes in our shoes, along with a few coins. Years later we found out it was Dad who wrote the notes – Mom couldn’t manage the tiny writing :)
I don’t know how they came up with the idea of a mouse leaving notes to praise our shiny little teeth. I spoke to my brother the other day. His oldest girl has started losing her baby teeth now, and he also leaves her little notes. It’s nice to know this tradition is being passed on.
I miss him. Acutely.
our little circle of friends get together for our own Christmas celebration. This usually takes place before the December holidays get under way. And this year I’ll be playing hostess! Finally!
Usually the hostess books a table at a restaurant, we all meet there and have a fun evening out. However, dining out has become ridiculously expensive, and it’s always difficult for 20 people to chat around a long table without being able to move around. So I’ve decided to host the party at our new home.
I’m setting myself a challenge to only decorate with things I can find in and around the house. Very excited :)
The Signature of All Things
I wasn’t a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, but this book received a glowing review in the Financial Times, so I thought I’d give it a go. So glad I did. Beautifully written and meticulously researched.
I could manage to sleep in just one day of the week… It’s Sunday, it’s raining very softly outside, and I was up at 5 a.m.
Today I have to start work on my mother-in-law’s birthday present. She’s requested homemade gifts, so I’m going to make her two continental pillowcases to match the quilt she received for her previous birthday. She’s turning 60 this year, and doesn’t look a day over 45. Good Portuguese genes :)
I’m actually aching to do something completely different. My mother gave us a concrete table and two benches for the garden, and I want to mosaic the surfaces. I originally wanted to use the old, broken plates I inherited from my grandmother, but I don’t have nearly enough. So I think I’ll stick to tiles – probably a better idea seeing as I’ve never done mosaic work before.
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
Well researched and written, but it became a bit tedious towards the end. One can only read so much about human misery, and no doubt Europe was a miserable place to be following WW2.
last week. An easy recipe, very tasty :)
a tedious exercise… The estate agents really hounded us to market the place. Funny that, because all the offers I received were from private buyers. In the end my neighbour in the complex said he would buy it. We signed the offer to purchase yesterday (a month after he said he would take it!), so now I only hope we manage to get this sale done and dusted before Christmas. At least I got a good price :)
And if I never have to deal with another estate agent again it will be too soon…
The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq
Took me a while to get through this very thorough account of the build-up to and disastrous execution of the war in Iraq. It really made me think about the idea of democracy in the Middle East, and whether it will ever be possible given the cultural and religious currents that stir daily life there.
We’ve been working on the garden for almost six weeks now. There’s a lot to be done. My mom helped me plant a beautiful succulent garden. We’ve lifted more than 400 paving stones all over the place. Picked up loads of old leaves/branches/miscellaneous plant matter. And our lawn is arriving on Oct. 11 – all 5 tonnes of it. (We need about twice that amount, but we can only afford to do half now…) Of course, seeing as our budget is a bit tight, my husband and I will have the joyous task of laying the lawn ourselves :) It’s going to be backbreaking work, but I can’t wait!