Grey day. Top of the stairs.
Sunny day. Top of the stairs.
First up I have a disclaimer. These pics are from a couple of weekends ago. I just haven’t had the time to get them up. I find myself drawn to a more limited colour palette lately. Or maybe that is all I’m finding in the thrift stores and secondhand shops in Ioswich. My friends laugh that I have a thing for brown. Whenever they are out hunting with me they will hold up the ugliest piece they can find and yell “It’s brown. You want it?” I’m also collecting old books for my living room shelves. To read too. Love an old book and I’m so sad when I see someone throwing them out. Favourites? Love the stoneware salt jar. I use it in the kitchen for utensils but it may end up a paintbrush pot. The banker’s receipt book is useless but soooo beautiful. Pounds, shillings and pence.
Turkish coffee anyone? Complete with ashtray 🙂 I’m going to use the cups and tray as part of my holidays table settings. Kelvin found me the old rusty pot stand. Love it but have to keep him from painting it with Killrust. He wanted to clean it up for me. The stool is actually an old kitchen chair with the back cut off.
We have been slowly working on our garden since we moved in. At first it was dry and barren except for a few palms and some straggly mock orange trees. Many years of drought and an owner who didn’t care had taken its toll. Old trees had been cut down and weeds were everywhere. With no money for new plants we worked with cuttings and pot plants we had. We watered and watered and then the floods came. The garden burst into life with all the rain. Things took off and we bought a few trees to plant.
Then the dry came again with almost no rain through the winter and spring. A few weekends ago we started to tidy up again. Weeding and transplanting, new soil delivery and a new concrete slab behind the house so we could move our big garden shed and rainwater tank away out of sight. The spot where the shed had sat for two years has been planted out as a vege garden. Can’t wait to harvest the first crops. Oh I had forgotten. Our first crop was a handful of white mulberries from the tree we planted last summer. Sweet but too few. Next year 🙂
P.S. I have been playing with PicMonkey. I’ll stop using banners and collages soon. Promise. See I’ve stopped already. Do you like my herb planter? It’s an old Queensland Fish Board zinc trough. There’s the old garden shed sitting behind the house. We included a small clothes line between the two. I need to grow a vine on the shed to hide it some more. Maybe a jasmine or a trumpet vine. Maybe a passionfruit. Yum. Those strappy leaf plants (god I can’t remember the name … must be getting old) were grown from one small divided plant and the macaranga tree is only a year old. Love rain forest trees. So fast growing.
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.
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.