Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

It's a scorcher today - up to 40 degrees earlier, but a cool change has come through about an hour ago.

Zoe spent last night at my mum and dad's house - swimming, visiting the neighbours (three girls) and seeing films. They stayed up until midnight, having a swim in the dark and watching the Sydney fireworks on TV.

Greg and I went out to a lovely restaurant. Delicious antipasto platter for entree and spectacular souffle for dessert. In combination with wine, we were very sleepy when we got home!

Made a new shirt this morning to wear on these hot days. It's a light cotton with pale gold spots. Very easy.

Greg finished "Strange Blooms - the Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants". He said it was very interesting but definitely a niche book. It details the introduction and development of gardening for the English aristocracy. At the start of the 17th century, gardens were created for their usefulness, but as Britain's explorations took them further into the new world, and as the aristocracy became a wealthier group with disposable income, they began to collect objects from all over the world. Of particular interest was the plants. Wealthy land owners would have huge collections of plants, and many of these were sourced by the Tradescants. Their travels were wide and varied, and their daring in gathering curiosities was great. One for gardening history-buffs.

Greg has now begun "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. This novel is on the booklist for Year 12 in 2008.

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