hanging onto Summer

Never thought I'd say it after living through three Brisbane summers but I am clutching onto these last warm Sydney days before Autumn really rolls in.

I went with Henry on Saturday to a birthday party in a park for one of his school friends and it was such a gorgeous warm day, I looked through all the (wonderful) maternity clothes people have given me and everything looked a bit hot (and I'm pretty rotund right now!!)

So I dug out a favourite scarf that had made it's way back to me along with a big bagful of other maternity-wear treats. I had actually hand sewn this scarf up to make a triangular shawl for sister Suze when she was pregnant, so I unpicked it and cut in a neckline and machine hemmed it and here it is – birthday in the park top. 

 Kinda looks a bit like a sack but I reserve the right to wear sacking at this point!

Hanging onto fresh summer dinners before I really hit the soups and stews too – this one used the last tin of tuna in the pantry (if you have any interest in vegetarianism read Eating Animals and I challenge you to ever eat meat again. Not saying I won't ever, just saying can't now.) 

 This was a quick and fresh dinner. Just cooked durum wheat pasta and stirred through cherry tomatoes, small pieces chopped cream cheese, olives, fresh coriander, sliced spring onion, flaked tuna and the juice of one lemon.

 Sprinkled with fresh grated parmesan.

The kids loved it (but they are kinda freaks about anything with olives in it.)

Hope you're having a wonderful week whatever your weather.


16 Comments on “hanging onto Summer

Catriona Pne
April 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

love the long hair, and the scarf top, and you’ll be missing the Brisbane winter soon where you can wear shorts and play outside in the backyard with water in June

Hear Mum Roar
April 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm

That is a great idea for the top! It looks lovely on you. Pregnancy agrees with you!

April 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I love it! You’re looking wonderful. Some vegetarian recipes would be great, if you have a spare blog or two! xo

Alex Nolan
April 22, 2010 at 3:26 am

So, point out which bit looks like a sack…? You look gorgeous, Fi, and what’s more, I am so impressed with the sewing skills this late on in pregancy anyway!

Glad you are having gorgeous weather as autumn hits – we are having the most stunning spring so far – kids are outside in shorts and nothing else, doing lots of planting in the garden (alas, no sweet potatoes growing on the windowsill), and we are all enjoying the longer days.

Like the look of the pasta, we don’t eat much tuna as James is allergic, but tempted to give this a go and keep it just for grown ups!


Krista Bjorn
April 22, 2010 at 6:08 am

Oh you are clever!! That’s the loveliest sack I’ve ever seen. 🙂

April 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

Not sack-like at all Fiona! I love seeing personalised and inspired clothes.

Re food, here’s the link to the Pesto Rice Salad I mentioned to you, highly recommended by all ages in my family! Also I’ve been emailing a few recipes to friends so I’ll send them on to you in case you’re interested. I love looking through your catalogue of recipes 🙂

April 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm

great! pasta fi. we’ll be trying that one for-sure…


p.s. try not an say ‘tuna’ and ‘vegetarian’ together….

April 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Ooh I need a top just like to wear to a 21st I have coming up… looks fab and like it might actually be comfortable at 30 gazillion weeks pregnant!

April 23, 2010 at 4:28 am

Hi Alex, I have a 19-month-old in Croydon- we’re always on the lookout for people to picnic in the park with! Would love to meet up sometime.
Sue Reid

April 23, 2010 at 4:45 am

Just a question, Fi- is that a very fast-moving, striped-shirted child you’re looking at?
We’re loving the promise of Summer here, but sorry it means you lose yours. Determined to start making more of London- today a friend and I walked Covent Garden- Millenium Bridge- Tate Modern (coffee shop and balloon play in entry area, mostly- funny how 2 19-month-olds aren’t so keen on Modern Art)- Borough Market. Fabulous. Typically, the boys liked the train best- not even riding on it, so much as watching them pass while waiting at the station.
Love you!

April 23, 2010 at 4:46 am

Millennium, even.

April 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm

On it. More to come xxx

April 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Champion. Am planning to make pesto very soon and will try this salad! Thanks!

April 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Hah! Yes! Henry, striped-shirt. I wish wish wish I coudl join you on that particualr walk! Sometimes I get SUCH London pangs! Still miss it, after how many years? Ad and I lived there twelve years ago now!

April 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm

snap on the spelling – my reply has two typos, oops!

Many A Mickle
April 24, 2010 at 1:33 am

That’s a great top. I would never guess it was once a scarf!


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