Well, I might not be able to start the renovations on our 200 year old cottage until we get back to the UK in August but that isn't going to stop me from making plans! A couple of weeks ago I found this wonderful Danish store Bloomingville, via decor8. My head is full of ideas already and I haven't even seen the place yet! I can already feel a road trip to Denmark coming on!
This will be our new home in England, the sale completed yesterday! We have bought this house from Australia without actually having seen it, I know, totally crazy! My sister vetted it for us and she has exquisite taste so I'm not worried. The fact is, there is very little for sale in England and this was a bargain and it is in the most delightful village, complete with a 1000 year old church a charming pub and a little brook winding its' way through the village, I'm so excited but at the same time I don't want to leave Australia! The time is right now though, my eldest, Alice, finishes school here in Oz later in the year and dearly wants to go to Uni in London, Maisy will be back just in time to start her GCSE's and Jason and I will be able to look after our aging parents, a task we have left to our brothers and sisters for too long!
The house needs some TLC so I'm looking forward to making plans for the renovations. It was built around 1800 and I think a lot of its' features like timber framed walls and inglenook fireplaces have been hidden and I can't wait to see whats underneath. I'll keep you updated!
I've never been a bird lover! That was until I came to Australia. The birds here are amazing, raucous cockatoos, lyrical lyrebirds and my favourite, the kookaburra, such a beautiful and wise old bird, last winter we even had a peacock stay with us for the duration of winter, so I was very excited yesterday to receive these gorgeous pieces from Melbourne artist Bridget Farmer of Bridbird. Bridget is such a talented artist and she is having a huge sale at the moment, all her prints are reduced to $10 and if you buy 2 she will throw in a 3rd for free! So go take a peek at her shop.
Just look at this little chap. 'Oh, how adorable', I hear you cry!
Well, the little sweetheart is nothing but a common thief!
My dear Alice (eldest daughter) left her Mummy to go on her 1st camping trip alone.
After arriving at the beautiful Wilsons Promontary on the south coast of our lovely State of Victoria, she and her charming boyfriend decided to do 'a spot of grocery shopping'. Well, clearly I have failed as a mother to provide my baby with the necessary skills to survive a 3 day camping trip as she apparently doesn't know how to 'buy food'. She spent $80 on lollies (sweets/candy), sugary breakfast cereal (god forbid! I mean, her teeth?), chicken (no fridge to keep it in!) porterhouse steak, white (yes, white!) bread and a jar of curry sauce (well, she is English!). She did think of me briefly and buy a quantity of fruit!
Satisfied with their purchases they went of to explore!
On returning from their little journey of exploration, they discovered a large hole ripped into the side of their tent out of which was protruding the ample bottom of Craig the Wombat!
Craig had devoured the steak and the chicken, now call me ignorant, but I thought wombats were vegetarian! Clearly not! He had consumed an entire box of Cocoa Pops(this serves her right as there is no way she'd get those at home!) box and all! He'd scattered cherry tomatoes everywhere and was just attempting to tear open the bread when he was discovered!
I won't bore you with the details but it took a full hour to remove him from the tent and while they were sleeping soundly that night, he returned, clearly hoping they'd been back to the store for more provisions and walked over them to get to what was left of the food. He returned several times more before their trip was over.
Needless to say, should you wish to see the usually nocturnal, elusive and shy wombat head off to Wilson's Prom, Craig will be more than happy to keep you entertained!