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Sunrise colours

Very, very early this morning I had a couple of visitors as I worked on the computer. Puki and Portia perched on Kelvin's shoulder. The light was just starting to slant through the windows of my office so I grabbed my camera and took some snaps of them posing before Puki's portrait which is hanging for the moment over the fireplace. Here's Puki. Handsome little devil.

Portia is growing in her adult plumage so is just a little scruffy. Typical teenager. Definitely not shy she pushes to the front every time.

Love their feathers in the yellow morning light. I think Puki was still half asleep. Portia was definitely the one showing off for the camera. We have these two for up to 30 years now and they should start breeding when they are around 3 years old. Phew! We still have a year or two before we hear the cheep cheep cheep of baby birds. Lots of time for these two to bond.



Living room

Early morning light just before my visitors, Anita from Fun and VJs and Katherine from The Old Boathouse, arrived a few days ago. Nothing too precious (I have a blind husband and a big fat guide dog remember), everything thrifted, eBay or secondhand store except my splurge on a beni ouarain, my PNG totem, some lack shelves on the wall and the cane stools we had made in Bali. Still need curtains and a pendant light but it is slow and steady at the new old house. Everything will come in time. This is the room's winter incarnation. The focus was around the firplace. I can feel a change coming on for summer.


Spring cleaning

I have friends coming to visit tomorrow (I'm on a week's rec leave) and it was definitely time to spring clean. You know what happens when you start to clean? You start to rearrange the furniture. Well I do. I needed a little change to my first floor landing. Something a little boho. Somewhere to curl up with the phone. This is what I came up with. I know, I know. I really should get that love seat upholstered not just draped with an ikat but I might change my mind by next week. I doubt it though. That retro couch looks good in Indonesian textile.

Of course only after I took the photos did I notice that one of the Vietnamese silk lampshades had collapsed. Better get the ladder out and fix that ... if I can reach. Here's what it looked like before.

But my office doesn't look like that anymore. I started dragging furniture around in there after I finished the landing. Here's a teaser. More to come later. I have a rug that needs cleaning ... and some windows ... and the verandah.


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For no particular reason

Except that we like all things typewriter-ish. A court reporter's stenograph. Love how the long strips of paper fold out from the drawer. Part of the haul from two weekends ago.

An old set of saucepans with bakelite handles and knobs. Pity they are aluminium. Mainly to sit on top of the old wood burner in the kitchen. Except where do I put the copper ones I already have? Anyone know how to clean old enamel stoves? I've used oven cleaner and all sorts of caustic scrubs but there are still old stains I can't budge. Definitely not getting it re-enamelled. I never use it.

Notice all the brown I'm collecting? Think I might have to have a "Mrs Brown's Trading Emporium" pop up shop. Give away of course. Speaking of brown ...

... MORE monkeywood bowls and a 1950's leather bucket handbag. Think I might have to keep the handbag ;)