Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bathroom Blues again

Yes blue again!!! I adore this black and white and blue theme. Isn't the vanity so cute.

photo - British Homes & Gardens

Bathroom two

Well this is going to be the floor in bathroom two (our ensuite). Beautiful black & white Italian inspired stone flooring. The theme is going to be black & white. Would love that bath but there is only room for a shower. And my vanity will be far more substantial as I can't afford to have no storage. It would drive me mad. And love those black framed mirrors.

Bathroom Blues

Need I say anything? That blue is devine and goes so well with the warm stone floor. I am going to break out of my white theme and go for soft blue walls in the main bathroom and laundry. In the laundry it will disguise any clothes dryer grey fluff.

And the chandelier is beautiful but I may have to dream a while longer for that.

I don't think I will go the blue bath - a bit too much blue - probably white and cream or black.

bathroom pic - Homes & Gardens.

Friday, December 17, 2010

It has begun

Well it has been a very long time between drinks (blogs). I had great intentions of recording our house building every day or so, but life has been far too hectic. The lean-to has been demolished, by us. (Well mainly by husband Demo-Damo.) And no major injuries!

We now have half a concrete slab on the ground! Here is the evidence of recent progress with our project managers looking on, and pouring concrete in the rain.

Friday, August 20, 2010

my da(d)phne

My gorgeous tiny Daphne plants are flowering! They were a present from my darling Dad and I still haven't killed them! And if I don't kill them Mickie our Kelpie may sit on them as it is his favourite bone chewing spot. They are in a south facing acid-loving garden bed with the beautiful Debbie Camellias and yellow Day Lillies.

spring is nigh (yey!!)

It has been a bitterly cold winter in the Adelaide Hills with lots of lovely rain. The paddocks are far wetter than they have been for years with much mud under hard hooves and lovely flooded creeks reminding me of splashing around in my gumboots as a kid: racing stick boats with my sister in a torrent; building little bridges complete with twig hand rails and watercress covering; cantering through the flooded paddocks on my horse.

Spring is just around the corner (thank goodness) with some pear blossoms bursting out already. This will be the first year of our driveway avenue of ornamental pears flowering!

This is the time to spray deciduous fruit trees and grape vines for leaf curl and fungal viruses. You must spray them just before the buds burst for any success!

Fertilise spring flowering plants with blood & bone and potash.
Plant evergreens if frost has passed.
Fertilise citrus at the end of the month.
Plant potatoes, onions, parsley, peas and summer flowers.
Fertilise lawns.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


It is such miserable weather today that nothing is going to get achieved on the farm except keeping the animals fed and drinking red wine. So I am on the net and I stumbled across these photos today that have struck a chord with me. Such an extreme view of mother nature versus us! So striking, amazing and beautiful. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Love In A Mist

Our crooked gum

This is the beautiful view north from our house. We nearly called the farm 'Crooked Gum' for obvious reasons. It will be a sad day for me when this dead gum tree has gone. A lightening strike took out a few more branches last year and left a huge channel up its trunk. These pics show hay season, a sunset and a backdrop of smoke from the Mt Bold bushfire. Mother nature!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cloud 9

When I met my husband Damien I didn't know he was capable of being such a practical 'bloke'! He is gorgeous, smart AND a handyman! I didn't know he was capable of tiling (straight), building a verandah (almost straight), paving to perfection and bricking a chimney which had seen better days (amongst many other clever skills).

This simple photo says a few things to me - the beautiful blue sky and cute fluffy clouds remind me how lucky we are to live in Australia and are such a contrast to the rickety old chimney and ugly tiled roof (now gone). And how clever Damien is for not falling off that roof!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Snow White and which dwarf?

Don't they look angelic? This is the result of hours of plaster sanding. Thanks boys!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pretty in pink

Organised caos - blissful! Pulling down corrugated iron ceilings which held up many inches of powdered paper insulation, which when on the floor, amounted to nearly a foot of grey dust which was carted out of the four rooms, wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow. (Thanks Sam and Chloe)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

In the beginning

January 17, 2005. Settlement on 81 acres at beautiful Flaxley. Damien said he would never renovate again and what do you know?... It's a renovator's delight! These photos show aspects of the 'stunning' blank canvas - well maybe not so blank - a bit of work involved to take off the old layer of 'paint' before laying down the new.
Well here begins the journey and the creation of a 'home' and our farm.