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  • 08/03/11--03:42: birthdays are beautiful
  •     Birthdays are beautiful ways to celebrate life and love.  This year was my first Facebook birthday, which added an exciting new dimension to the many “joyeux anniversaire’’ cards, telephone calls, flowers, kisses, hugs and les cadeaux (the gifts) I received. There in my email box was a long string of more than 30 […]

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    Life has dumped a heap of dirt on us again with Olivier spending another 10 days in hospital with unmanageable pain.  The hormone treatment has failed to hold his advanced prostate cancer, which has now moved into his bone marrow and blood. It is a terrifying time as his oncologist delivers this grave news on […]

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  • 08/04/11--18:08: Julie’s cancer Journey
  • By Julie House        July 2011 When I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January this year, I was 53 years old and terrified.  Insulted too. I had been practising yoga for years and considered myself fit and healthy.  Why did I have cancer?  My diet hadn’t always been optimal, stress levels had been difficult for […]

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    Philipa Charlesworth had been married too many times beforehand to ever be a Bridezilla when she married her fifth husband Bruce Pattullo on an idyllic beach in Tonga. “Because I have had many weddings I had an enlightening moment on the day of my wedding when I thought “This is wonderful…I have never married when […]

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    Much-travelled emerging artist, Suzanne Tilley selected a fitting venue  for her first solo Art Exhibition within the SALA festival, which opened Friday, August 19. Suzy has travelled far and wide with her husband John over past years through Hoffmanns  Travel, so naturally the Glenelg agency was happy to allow her exhibition space at their offices. […]

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    Food, glorious food is fundamental  to the French people’s expression of family life and never was this expressed more warmly than when husband Olivier’s adult children and their partners visited bearing gifts of food. French-born Patricia brought her own home-made Les Recettes beef soup as well as a renowned French dessert – Clafouti, a baked […]

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    Surprises are such fun and doubly so when an outstanding event is planned and orchestrated by your children to show their love and to say “thankyou’’ for being good parents. Such was our joy when we dined on a superb five-course dinner with our children in their home and drank together the best Australian wine […]

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    Congratulations to the indominable Maria Kenda, AM, who gathered together an impressive group of renowned women to relaunch the Adelaide Ladies Lunch Club at the Naval, Military &Air Force Club of South Australia (Inc.) this week. Maria launched the club in the 1980s and due to the success of her jewellery design  business, Kendacraft, it […]

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    They  have elegant fluted blooms and are known for their vibrant yellow colour, although daffodils come in many shapes and shades of yellow and cream. I am thinking, though, of Daffodil Day and how it focuses our thoughts on cancer and our universal hope for a cure.  Cancer is indeed the scourge of contemporary society […]

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  • 08/25/11--22:05: Moving Home
  • Packing boxes are scattered around our island home once more as we begin to pull up roots after living on Hindmarsh Island for a year. It has been such an exciting sojourn living the sea-change leisure lifestyle on the River Murray, so close to the laconic historic River Port of Goolwa. But like migratory birds […]

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    We have escaped to delightful Stanley Cottage for the weekend in Stanley Street North  Adelaide to celebrate the pivotal moment when Olivier first invited me to Belair for dinner eight years ago.  In my memoir From France with Love I described that night, the first Saturday in December, 2003. Olivier was a new widower, having […]

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  • 12/29/11--20:46: joyful xmas
  • What a wonderful, peaceful, joyful  Christmas we have shared with our two families in our new home.   Love flowed around our celebrations like sparkling rose and we have survived the mayhem of three generations together with good cheer and red wine. However, the “peace” of Christmas is yet to befall me because  I have cooked […]

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  • 12/31/11--18:20: Rillettes De Porc
  • Method Olivier’s claim to fame in the kitchen is home-made pork rillettes, which is easy to make, keeps well and can be made in big quantities for a crowd. For 1 kg of boneless pork belly (with plenty of fat) you will need ½ kg of back pork fat.  Most butchers will remove the rind […]

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    There are a few good reasons to brace oneself for the reality of old age by viewing The Iron Lady, about the life of Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest women leaders of the 20th century. Firstly, the film is a toast to feminism as the headline from The Spectator in London says “Truth is, […]

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  • 01/01/12--03:20: Enter Giulia, Exit Loulou
  • The year in France had its moment of joy with the birth of Giulia Sarkozy, daughter of one-time supermodel  Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, and the French president, Nicholas Sarkozy. (Hands up those who thought the marriage wouldn’t last). Mr Sarkozy didn’t make the birth because of an urgent meeting in Frankfurt to try to stitch up […]

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    Rillettes De Porc   Method Olivier’s claim to fame in the kitchen is home-made pork rillettes, which is easy to make, keeps well and can be made in big quantities for a crowd. For 1 kg of boneless pork belly (with plenty of fat) you will need ½ kg of back pork fat.  Most butchers […]

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  • 01/01/12--04:33: On Interior Style
  • On Style: A new home is like a blank canvas waiting for the first brush of the artist’s stroke – it’s a unique opportunity to express one’s personal interior style. I have never been minimalist – a nice way of saying I have always lived with clutter and Olivier has been the same, so creating […]

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    Three months absent from my website signifies some dramatic events in our lives.  That short space of time, though, has ensured that things for husband Olivier and myself are going to be vastly different from how we imagined our retirement life together would be. There’s a good reason for the adage that moving is as […]

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  • 01/02/12--04:09: Snippet from Sweden
  • Thought I would share an email we received for New Year from former Adelaide celeb, Heather Caddick, now living in Sweden.  She had a travel article on her first Swedish Christmas published in The Australian last weekend, and she is happy for me to share her wonderful email. “Dear Nadine and Oliver, Sending you best […]