Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A weekend away in our backyard

Last weekend my glamorous neighbor and I went to our French class on Saturday, to make up for missing our class during the week.  This gave us the opportunity for a spot of window shopping, make up purchasing, and  David Jones Christmas display window gazing.  To mark the occasion I wore one of my favourite dresses.  A floaty Barkins dress with pretty embroidery on the bodice and sleeves I found at Rozelle markets about a year ago.

Off to Queen Victoria Building for the biggest Christmas tree ever and a spot of more window shopping.

Yes it's still November, and yes I guess I'm jumping the gun, but I do so love Christmas.  The baubles, the lights, the food, the carols.  I love the feel of the shops, and thankfully my GN (glamorous neighbour) feels the same.  We were as a couple of girls in a toy shop.  Then it was a quick stop at Allens Music which is housed in the old Bank of NSW building, but is sadly closing down, for some last minute buys for GN's muso husband, before catching the train home.  Another bonus photo opportunity of an old glass ceiling and tiled floor you just don't see anymore.

While we were skipping the Christmas lights fantastic, hubby and daughter were hitting the garage sales and scored a few bargins for the house.  My favourite being a fantastic coffee sign? picture? that is now gracing our lounge wall.  It goes well with our other previous treasure finds.


On Sunday we hit (well actually almost missed as we got there so late) Carlingford markets, and remember those shoes on my Christmas wish list?  Well I found something very similar.

 We had a lovely weekend away - and we didn't even leave the city.

Friday, November 16, 2012

All i want for christmas - no white goods!

Well, now I've got Halloween and daughter's birthday safely tucked away for another year (and allergies have receded to functioning levels), my mind is turning to the upcoming celebrations of Chanukah and Christmas.  There are a lot of things I covet - err I mean I plan to ask Santa for.  Things like these from Vintage Clothing
pictures from Vintage Clothing

Picture from Vintage Clothing

Picture from Vintage Clothing

Or these shoes from Asos

Or a holiday in
Photo from International Internships

Photo from Expat Blog

Or one of those adorable quilts from France.
Picture from Kaboodle
 But no, it's not to be.  For after a year of medical expenses and every dang major appliance breaking down we have nought to spare.

Yes folks - for this

and this and this and this and this and this!!!!    all needed fixing or replacing!

It's been a white good conspiracy.

Then other essentials to life decided to join the walk out.  Namely this
(failed brakes)
and this
(cracked shower screen)

All in all it makes one feel like this


So how does one cope with these hiccoughs?  One drinks.  And one dreams of poisoning all manufacturers that make appliances that break down just after the warranty expires.

However on a happier note, I have lots of lovely new white goods which will (hopefully) last a while - and best of all - the coffee machine comes home from the repair shop soon.  One feels like donning a 1950's style apron and twirling from dishwasher to washing machine to oven as I do my chores on my new gadgets.

Though if things keep going the way they are, then the only things that Santa will bring daughter this Christmas will be clean laundry and home cooked meals.............................