November has held many wonderful memories and brings many beautiful things with it…

I’m still always confused by what to expect given I grew up on the other side of the equator where I thought of November as crunchy Autumn leaves and turned up coat collars, now I think Spring Racing, hats and blossoms … and peonies.

Peonies are such a beautiful flower, delicately fragile blooms when fully open, so shiny and strong when young buds.  Like people.  They have such a short season, I indulge and have them in our home all November long…

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A good soak

After so many years without a bath tub…

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Week 23 Wrap Up

This week sees more progress on the garden as we level out the area for the lawn, sow more seeds and lay grass.  Cannot wait to have our garden flourishing, I adore being in the garden.

Melbourne’s given us some pretty wild weather so I’m hoping the little sprouting seedlings will be ok – fluctuating between 32 degree scorching sun and 8 degree freezing windy days.

The painting continues…an epic saga in its own right… I am so blessed with my husband, a harder working more positive soul is hard to find.  Nearly there though…a few more weekends of painting and tiling to go !

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Week 22 Wrap Up

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Sorry this post is late, thanks lil sis for reminding me – at least someone reads this journal other than me!

Last week has been HUGE.

  • Finished sanding, prepping, painting (my husband is a superstar)
  • Started on the re-glossing of doors, architraves, windows, etc…seeing as my Stevie glossed in the wrong shade of white  (thankfully he loves me again)
  • Started to hang up our art!

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Moving the children into their own bedrooms has been epic. We were really looking forward to our first night of good sleep without them keeping us up all night with their farting, snoring and other noises, however that night Melbourne experienced one its biggest storms of the year – the thunder was incredible, the lightning bright enough to read a book by and the rain unrelenting.  Needless to say no sleep was had by all as the children were awake and poor lil Ru cried all night terrified poor kitty (either that or talking to the storm)…

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Still have a lot to do, the old living rooms need to be finished and furniture moved around so not hanging up the rest of the art yet.  Still in storage!

We really needs rugs, runners, a sofa, plates, cutlery…hahahaha neverending list! – but really, rugs are the only big thing we need as we’ve given away all of our old ones.

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Oh nooooooooo

I’ve just noticed that all of the hard work, blood, sweat and tears my poor husband has put in this last fortnight will have to be redone…more tears…because I’ve just noticed he’s used the wrong gloss colour.

Yup that’s right.

He’s not talking to me right now but I did tell him Natural White!!

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Week 21 Wrap Up

It’s been a crazy week!

My daughter turned 10, I finished editing 5 chapters of a book on land, human and food security, I was asked to join the board of an NGO I’ve been doing work with for the UN…you’d think the house was finished.

HA!  No.  The plasterers and my incredibly hard working and awesome husband started on the old part of the house – he will have to finish it by tomorrow night as our floors will start to go in on Tuesday!

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Did you know mixing colour into fondant is a total pain in the ass??  And making a cube is impossible.  Many layers of cake and yet still not a perfect cube.

Lani’s response…’Good effort mum’.

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French Linen Sheets

I’ve always wanted linen sheets.  Just couldn’t justify the expense so I kept putting it off. When our last set of cotton sheets died (Ru!!) I went hunting.  You won’t believe how hard it is to find French, quality, relatively inexpensive (compared with other brands) linen.

I spied some beautiful sheets over at Blonde&Bone, Hannah kindly pointed me in the direction of  The Foxes Den in NZ – stone washed, created and made in France – they are really really beautiful.  Sure my husband may have coughed a bit when he saw our credit card statement but hey he had a great sleep last night!  (Aside from the kids that is – sharing a room with them IS HELL).

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Ru, always a lover of our bed or anywhere we are really, wholeheartedly approves…

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