The fantastic old elm tree I am in front of is protected, which makes me very happy.
There's a few in our 'hood, and I love how they are the last to fire up, and the first to burn out.
They're terribly English, but then so much of New Zealand, and especially Christchurch, is!
Frock-made it myself, with fabric I bought in Mexico some years back
Handbag-60's vanity case, from a market
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief
Earrings-from the talented and slightly bent Ila Pop
Bangle-from the lovely Sue
Lovely Shelley wondered what I cooked out of the Linda McCartney book...
Avocado and Green Chile (cold) soup for the starter
Mushroom Risotto (this was the only one I really had to tweak)
and I think I did the spinach salad too, but am not sure!
This is a recent house rebuild in our 'hood-it's so frigging cute, and totally identical to the original brick home, which just fell apart in the earthquakes.
The garden is a touch OCD, if you ask me, but hey, it's very sweet, and suits the house.
It's quite fun watching the rebuilds; a lot of houses were rendered uninhabitable and had to be demolished and rebuilt. Most are not being rebuilt anything like the original!
Worse is the massive swath on either side of the Avon River , a great deal of which is just down the road from our house, where not only did the houses have to be demolished, they will not be rebuilt as the land has been deemed uninhabitable; unable/unsuitable to be built on. And as far as we know, we will get a lovely big wetlands/park....all depending. Our current government is not terribly trustworthy and are likely to just land bank it, but who really knows?!