We are back with some 'Reality Blogging' ( I think I may have coined a new term!). I have housewives lined up by the droves eager to share their reading habits, shopping exploits and embarrassing moments with you all, along with some damn good recipes!
Meet our housewife Penny. She looks fifteen years younger than she is, has a beautiful black Labbie called Rufus and is always up for a bit of fun.
What are you reading at the moment?
I have just started reading The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst. It begins in 1913 in country upper-class England, its early days but so far I love the formality of the language. I have previously read a novel by this author, so am expecting some steamy homosexual encounters, but at the moment it is all nudging under the dining table stuff!
What is your favourite genre? Now be honest!
Ok, so like all my housewife ‘sisters’, I have read THAT trilogy!! But I don’t have one particular favourite genre. I can go from ‘lighthearted’ (I don’t like the term chick lit), to more serious literary fiction, anything from last century to contemporary. I like to read a challenge followed by something lighter. I never read gory/violent novels now, but my teenage years were spent devouring every Wilbur Smith novel with my best friend from school. Obviously the gory ‘lion chasing down the defenceless zebra’ scenes didn’t bother me then, but is perhaps why I don’t really like meat now! I love anything by Maggie Alderson, including her weekend column, have just finished ‘The Vogue Factor’ by Kirstie Clements, and before that, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Beautiful and the Damned’ - that was shades of Housewives of the 1920’s. I sometimes ask for recommendations from last week’s Housewife as she is in a book club.
Please share an inspiring, smutty or funny sentence from a book you’ve read. Or all three if you so choose!
Well, Kirstie Clements’ very valuable tip comes to mind…”if the shoe isn’t right, then nothing’s right”. Very deep I know, but so true!! (I’m not really this shallow)
Aside from the three C’s (cooking, cleaning and children) what else do you manage to fit into your day?
G, you forgot chauffeur!! At the moment, painting the outside of my house. It is killing me, not the effort but the indecision over the colour. I’m onto my third ……thinking I may have to do another DIY custom mix! Which can be dangerous.
I'm going to have to change that question. From now on it will be the 4 C's. The list of chores for these housewives just keeps getting longer!
How do you prefer to shop (online or other) and where?
Mainly ‘instore’ , my favourite’s to invest the $ are Scanlon And Theodore, Entity, & good old DJs….online I like shopbop.com, and a bit of Temple & Webster for homewares. I am a devoted Aussie Farmers Direct (online) customer! Happy to buy clothes and dairy products online ….but not shoes – I tried once but messed up the size. Free shipping is all well and good until you go to return something.
We all love a holiday. Where’s your favourite place to kick back and unwind?
With family in country NSW on the Murrumbidgee River. The homestead was built in 1859, & in a good year the paddocks are lush with ‘feed’ and full of grazing black Angus cattle and sheep, & the creek runs high. (This is really why I don’t like meat, their gorgeous faces stare at you…) River-bank or bush bbq’s, (wine, cheese and salad for me) motorbikes, a bit of farm work, cups of tea and a batch of scones a la CWA, and a fire at night - it is perfect.
Ahhh. Sounds lovely P.
Heels or flats?
Both, I have quite a collection of Sambag ballet flats and sandals, in their boxes of course !! They are my everyday shoe. Heels or wedges for an occasion, sadly I often start the ‘ensemble’ with the shoe!!
An embarrassing moment…
there are so many of course, (none whatsoever like our previous housewife, though I do love Pilates) but in keeping with my “inspiring sentence from a book” it is shoe related. Back in the 90’s, I went to Double Bay to meet the designer of my wedding dress for the first time. He is now a very well known designer and a relative of my husband. I went straight from work, and was mortified that I only had my work shoes…I was a nurse (say no more), so the shoe definitely wasn’t right,….but the wedding dress was!!
What do you consider to be your best and worst feature?
My best feature would be my ability to find the very best friends, my worst feature - my indecision and obsessive cleanliness disorder, according to my son! But there are more I’m sure. Bad ones I mean.
As a gift to all our readers please share one of your favourite recipes?
My grandmother’s gingerbread cake– it will sink in the middle when you take it out of the oven but it has for the 30 years I have been making it! Preheat oven to 150 degrees (fan forced), line a square baking tin with baking paper. I am lazy and make the whole cake in my mixer with whisk attachment.
Cream 4 oz of butter with 1 cup of castor sugar, add 2 eggs, beat well. In a microwave proof jug, warm half a cup of milk, add half a teaspoon of bicarb. of soda and stir, then add half a cup of golden syrup and stir again. Sift two cups SR flour, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons ground ginger together. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk mixture in 3 batches, pour into baking tin, cook for 50 mins. When you test with a skewer it may still be a bit gooey in the middle but 50 mins should do the trick. Eat warm with butter!! And a cup of tea.
Thanks so much Penny for sharing with us today.