Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In between working full time, selling the cottage, renovating the new cottage, planting out the veggie gardens, looking after 10 acres of land, a cat and a goat, we have also been making and selling our wine. We have had a few tastings here and there and they are always lots of fun. Good music, good conversation, lots of laughs and of course amazing wine!

Oh, and we just bottled our new Sangiovese!



Monday, October 17, 2011

Flower filled painting breaks

Every time I needed a break from painting, I would treat myself to a flower discovery walk on the property... The lemon tree is finding it hard to stand up with all the lemons, despite the boxes we have given away to friends and family...I was over joyed to find Donkey Orchids... Bulbs blooming all over the place...I waited 2 weeks for this rose to open and find out the colour, shape and scent. 3 ticks- Just stunning.

Magical pines, gums and fruit trees...

And the Silver Birch makes me feel I am still in Sweden. Now we just need to build ourselves a sauna...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thirsty Walls

I think we have purchased the thirstiest house in the world.

We have FINALLY finished painting- hooray!

We went through 14 canisters of no-more-gaps, 15 10 litre buckets of paint and 12 bottles of wine.

The house still looks like a demo site but at least the walls are all pretty and white.

Thank goodness for holidays and Dads is all I can say.
Floors next!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Spring view

Camellias or apple blossom.

Which is the better way to view an old cottage?


Half the vegie patches are planted out (we are waiting for the full moon tomorrow to put the rest in), the lawns are cut, an acre is slashed and 9 acres remain under seeds and weeds, but we are getting there. Sometimes on nice days though, it is hard not to just sit here on the lawn and gaze at our new home under the apple blossom and Camellia petals.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

When I got home from living in Sweden, I felt a bit lost in many aspects.

Friends, work, community, home, myself, my direction, as well as here in the blog world. I didnt see the point any more of writing posts and yet I kept being a voyager.

Everything over time started to fall into place, as it always does. I touched base with friends again, I connected to a new community, I found a arty job as well as a teaching job, we started a company and we settled back (eventually) into our home.

The blog thing took longer and I have only just got a second wind for it and understand it all again.

I love to sit a while and delve into these mysterious peoples lives for a little while. Now that I am no longer traveling with my feet, I can travel with my eyes instead. I feel inspired, uplifted, comforted by some of the blogs I read and I thank them all for their time. It's a magical world we live in and I love every bit of it.

Here are some of my favourites:Soule Mama

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New life project

Our new house is certainly a life long project. I feel as if we will be painting and weeding and mending for the rest of our born days and to be honest I couldn't be happier.

The front of the house is a settlers cottage with rooms built on as the family grew.

We are going to try to restore the house keeping it true to it's age and authenticity, but of course with a few modern perks and our own style mixed in for good measure.

But the detail in the ceilings, old sash windows,

floor boards, doors and brick and tile work make me a happy girl.

Must go and paint now. Bye!

Monday, September 26, 2011

House for sale

I cant believe it really, but we are selling our little house.

I feel like a traitor, but it is time to move on.

She has been such a lovely house to live in and the community is wonderful.

We have bought some land in another region of the hills though and it is time to spread our wings a bit.

The new house has lots to do before we move in and it's hard to leave a house which has taken us so long to get finished and just how we want it, only to start again!

But I look forward to more renovating adventures and time spent on our land, planting, growing, harvesting and eating.

If you know anyone who wants a little piece of tranquility in the Adelaide Hills, tell them there is a piece for sale!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Welcome Spring!

Welcome back Spring.

I am so very happy to see you again!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Adelaide Hills

I love the Adelaide Hills. It is absolutely my favourite place in the world.

Although I am always a bit sad to see summer ending, I do love apple season up here. Trying out the different varieties of apples on our walks through the orchards and picking wild blackberries and plums.

And the sunsets are just glorious.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Ahh, the Fringe Festival is apon us once again.
I just love it.
The beautiful, crazy people everywhere, something to see and do every minute of the day. Adelaide is the only place to be in February.
You can take a ride and learn the trapeze, before watching a man swollow 10 swords and read the mind of unbelieving audience members. You can stare as a troop of acrobats fly over an Indian drummer, then head off to buy some sexy vintage replica bathers, whilst eating an icecream made from wattle seeds and bush lime. You can then see a play about anything at all and end the day by dancing all night in a packing container with people from all over the world. And you can do this every day and night for a whole month.

You can drink cocktails on a double decker bus before heading to a tent to see a man with gaffer tape over his mouth turn audience members into ballet dancers and helicopters.
It really is much fun. But don't take my word for it.
Come and see for yourself.