Monday, May 31, 2010

Colour My World

Grey has been the colour of my world all weekend. We've had constant heavy rain, low cloud, fog, mist & dark skies. So this morning I crave some colour to start the week. Here's to happy days & blue skies wherever you are.

Image : Damian Russell


Friday, May 28, 2010

La Mirande

I do love a Residential Cooking School & La Mirande Hotel in Avignon, Provence has a wonderful curriculum! I think a group booking for interested Hedgies would be very much in order.

Originally a 12th century palace for the Cardinal of Pellegrue, the current owners the Stein family will welcome us to their beautiful boutique hotel.

A sympathetic blending of 18th & 19th century styles, let's explore a little before heading off for our first class.

The entrance foyer welcomes us into the warmth & congeniality of the Hotel.

A discrete welcome & the warmth & attentiveness of the staff indicate that this is going to be a marvellous weekend.

A little peak into one of the Salon's reveal the perfect place to take tea.

Or a welcoming glass of champagne while we plan the next few day's activities.

Then off to the kitchens to meet our Instructors & begin our classes.

The classes take place in the ancient 18th century kitchens & are usually bilingual. Aprons, utensils & technical instructions are provided at the start of the classes, which close with a tasting meal.

We can also choose to do a class & then visit the Les Halles de Avignon market to shop with our Instructor. Or a pastry class to learn the secrets behind delicious brioche & croissants.

A Table Presentation class is also on offer featuring seasonal flower arranging & tips on presenting food & wine in the most stylish & elegant manner.

Here's the convivial Chef's table ready to sit around & enjoy the results of our day in the kitchen.

Then time for a little after dinner cocktail.

Perhaps taken in the Red Salon.

Or outside in the warm night air on the Terrace.

With the warm glow of hanging lanterns creating a gentle ambiance to debrief after our busy day.

Then up the stairs to our bedrooms.

With gentle wall lighting leading our way.

Step inside to a beautiful wood-panelled room.

Perhaps yours has an ancient tapestry, an exuberant chintz or toile de jouy.

With silk panels & matching curtains falling to the floor.

Comfortable soft furnishings & relaxing bathrooms.

Wonderfully comfortable beds complete with fine, crisp linens make lounging around a must.

All the fine details in the chambres reflect the care & hospitality offered throughout La Mirande.

A glimpse of the ancient Pope's palace is seen through the antique glass bathroom windows.

Stunning wallpaper reproduced from ancient woodcuts in the bedroom & creamy carrara marble in the bathroom.

The finest of passementerie are used as finishes on cushions & sofas. Sleep tight!

Breakfast in the morning is taken in a light-filled sunny Salon overlooking the lush, rose-filled garden.

So another fabulous day awaits us at La Mirande. Today Chef Jon Chiri takes us on a culinary adventure of Fresh Morels in Puff Pastry, Parmesan Cream & Arugula Greens. Followed by Roasted Wild Sea Bream & Roman Style Artichokes served with a Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. Sauteed Cherries over an Almond Crumble & a Fromage Blanc Mousse complete the meal. Will I see you there?
Images: La Mirande


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Today's Favourite Things

A blazing fire (thanks MOTH darling!) & a pair of warm socks to keep the toes toasty. Couldn't want for more really on a freezing cold, grey Hills day. Tomorrow is Blog catch-up time, looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to this week.

Images: Jamb & Tara Sloggett


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tiny Treasure

Trying to get some semblance of order into our poor rambling, neglected, Autumn-leaf covered garden over the weekend, MOTH said somewhat ferociously 'Geez Millie, just how much land do we really need?!!' Looking at this compact rear yard, I reckon this may be one of the rare occasions where I'm in agreement with my Partner-In-Crime.

Image: Rumid


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Honey, I'm Home!

It's a pretty well-known fact that I love the period homes down the Freeway in Adelaide. Such a mix of different architectural styles, with some interesting ultra-modern twists. Here's some current sale offerings. A lovely Edwardian cottage in Rose Park.

This 1930's Art Deco apartment in a small group of 4 in North Adelaide has been given the big Zhush.

A sweet Edwardian villa in Malvern.

This late Victorian (1900) double fronted cottage in Goodwood has great street appeal.

A much grander return verandah Villa in Unley Park.

Images: 1-3 Bruse 4-6 Klemich 7-9 L.J. Hooker 10-15 Toop


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