Thursday, September 26, 2013


Life as been very busy since we made the BIG decision, seeing prospective real estate agents, preparing the house for photos to be used in the advertisements, catching up in the garden and so on. We have had lots of help and wouldn't be where we are if not for that help..which continues on. we even have had second daughter acting as a stylist in the house, rearranging and hiding unnecessary 'stuff'. Do look at 'stonefruitseason' on my sidebar to see my beautiful colour-coordinated book shelves! Do these shelves belong to me...hard to imagine!
One of the bonuses has been to see the lovely display of bluebells at the moment. They must have been so overgrown before this season that I have failed to see them flowering. Of course I can be kind to myself as well and understand that the bulbs have been quietly multiplying AND we have had rain at the right time!
There have been some happy, unplanned 'accidents' in my garden planning...

A pretty red pelagonium nestled into the bluebells and not a very good picture. My second 'accident' is even better....

A late afternoon shot of californian poppies with purple daisies ans purple iris in the back of the bed.
hopefully i will remember to take another photo when the sun is shining onto them in the morning.
And now the reason I actually thought I would write a post...

My chattering chooks, again a poor photo because of the light. Kate from greedyforcolour sent me the photo of her chooks. The colours are much brighter in the painting.

This as you can see, !!???, is sideways. Don't ask me why! It is the computer going mad as it is the right way on the photo site. I will try and take another tomorrow and see if the computer has come to it's senses!
Maybe I shouldn't have begun to post today.....
See you soon!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Again a long time between postings but we have had a major decision clogging up any extra mind space! And now THE DECISION has been made and things are beginning, I did say beginning, to fall into place and there is a wee bit more brain space with which to write a blog...and why this photo is there!
We have decided to sell our beautiful and much loved farm and move, much headache in the decision but it seems as though the time is right, ripe for us to move into a different phase in our lives. We will probably move to the edge of a local town nearby, where we have family. It is a pretty spot, everything handy and is on the railway to Melbourne. We aren't as young as we once were!! Surprise! Surprise! We have a big garden, too much for me now, the farm also being too much and we would rather move  when it is easy for us to do so. So, a new start, more time to create and build and make and do!! For the big fellow, a shed is the top requirement! He already has a project in mind, to make us a new dining table, one to go,with some chairs we bought at auction a few months ago, I can't think of the name of the design, red leather back and seat with chrome supports, a sort of s shape! I have to have my studio, room to paint and of course store all my materials...more of that another time!
So....the photo! Sophie, nearly seven arrived a couple of weeks ago with a book about how to make miniature gardens. She said, I want to make a miniature garden for the new people when they come! She had some ideas and I was able to find a couple of things, including some coral! Doesn't every-one have pieces of coral tucked away!? .....more of that later, refer to more of that later above! We chose the spot, she collected all those stones for paving. She wanted a pool so I cut down an icecream container, she placed a stone in the pool for the frogs to rest on, decorated it with wallflowers, refreshed by me for the photos today. There is also a hollow log where lizards can shelter, we thought they might like a safe spot. She again worked on it on Sunday, very happy to be leaving something for the new owners. 
My materials!! They have been breeding in my cupboards for ages, even with the moves I have had, all that I have tossed out in the past, still the materials grow and grow! There have been some real bonuses such as discovering I have lots of Arches  watercolour paper. When in Melbourne I have thought that I had better get some more paper, forgetting what I have in the cupboard! What a find!

Now we are decluttering the house, hoping to make it even more appealing to the new owners. Family have been wonderful, we feel as though we have a professional stylist to present the house at it's best! 
Apart from lawns being mowed, fences being built and, and, and! 
More another day! With love to all my blogging friends, Mrs A