Some of the neighbours

It's easy to see on my morning walk that I live in the oldest part of my city. Established as a penal settlement in the 1826 Ipswich was opened to free settlers in 1839. The earliest surviving homes are from the 1850s. That's Ginn Cottage above said to be the oldest home left standing while the house below is from the same period. Mine was built sometime in the early 1860s. The leadlight window above the front door says 1860 but I've read accounts that have put it as late as 1864. Enough history. Just thought you'd like to see some of my neighbours. There are many more beautiful examples, some quite grand, in the surrounding streets. I'll try to snap some more pictures on my walks. I just feel a little conspicuous standing out the front of strangers' houses even with my lithopone :)



How did that happen?

It's been months since I posted on this page. I know I have been crazy busy but honestly that's no excuse. I promise to be better. I really do. Here are a few photos from around the house where things haven't changed much. There are big plans afoot for starting to paint the exterior and install a new kitchen. I had hoped to stretch my renovation budget to include a new bathroom but serious rising damp issues have come up and money to install a drainage system must be found instead. More on my plans soon.

I sent my beni ourain out to be cleaned (Rug Wash at Richlands - cannot reccommend them enough!) and it was only when I took these pictures did I realise that the rug wasn't centred in the room. How did I not notice that there is a chair and a side table floating out on the tiles all on their lonesome? Needless to say that I got down on my hands and knees and dragged that bloody heavy rug back into the right position after I took these snaps. I feel so much better now.



The Klong Svante brass watering can by Broberg & Ridderstråle.


Collections #14

Bingo! Old lead flower flogs and vintage bingo cards. I have a thing for paper ephemera and find these frogs great for holding all sorts of things for a temporary/pop-up display.



Seriously in love with these buttery soft gloveskin leather shoes by Nashville-based Elizabeth Suzann. And there's even hair-on cowhide. Dear Lord how am I supposed to resist? I just have to keep chanting my mantra ... "need a new kitchen more, need a new kitchen more."