Tea for (more than) two!

We seem to have the most visitors on Sunday afternoons, it is delightful! If I have a cake in the oven around 1.30 someone will rock up to eat it with us out at the pink table under the trees. Yesterday was no exception. We had my cousin and his family, friends and my Brother and his wife (and my niece) all overlapping with their visits. I baked a mandarin and polenta cake with mandarin syrup from the latest Donna Hay magazine-scrumptious!

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The bathroom has a brand spanking new floor thanks to my super talented cousin! Michael and I played apprentice and hopefully were more help than hinderance. There are a few more things I want to finish before I show you any pics-namely painting and mopping the new floor! I will see if I am brave enough to hit buntings up with all the kids in tow…

In the meantime I am thinking of a better way to store our rather large tea selection. We seem to be forever putting the kettle on and at the moment it is a game of tetris to get to what we need! In my internet stalking, I came across this lovely picture:

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Pretty right!? SF girl by Bay certainly has the right idea here! This little IKEA trolley has held my attention for a while and I am thinking this could be the perfect use for it!

ImageI also found this coffee machine from Delonghi that is suitable for both capsules and ground coffee (which would keep both Michael and I happy!)

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Another trip to IKEA is on the cards this coming weekend (sans children!) so I might just have another look at the trolley and see if it would indeed fit the bill. Does anyone else have such a large tea selection!?

Friday, I’m in love!

Even though we now own, I refuse to stop looking at realestate.com.au. It is my porn (apologies for the overshare).

This little beauty came up in my search recently and it is heavenly (ha!).

We have relatives in Launceston so this location would be perfect for a family holiday home…

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Oh my, the possibilities! I wonder if we could extend our mortgage…

Have a look at it over here-but promise, if you buy it I can visit!

Her name was Lola

Every time I step into our bath that song comes to mind. The pink makes me think about flamingoes which makes me think about Vegas, which of course leads me to that song (that my friends is a small insight into the long winded workings of my mind…). 

When we (finally) got the power on out here, the water came on as well. That was fab except we found out the hot tap on the sink leaked* letting water run down the exposed copper piping seeping onto the (poorly laid with the wrong material) floor. So when I pulled up the lino this is what was hiding…

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I am a BIG fan of the current bath and sink in all their pink glory. Seriously. While I appreciate it isn’t everyones cup of tea it is my bathroom so, you know, my choice (and Michael doesn’t care as long as it functions-that would be one of the reasons I love that Man!).

The day before we moved in I put up some brand spanking waffle white shower curtains, laid a fluffy bath mat & popped in some lovely hand wash and flowers. The view makes up for a lot of the dodgyness around here ‘Accentuate the positive’ and all that!

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After the craziness of the move ended I started giving more thought to what we could do…lordy lordy did I mull over this little space. The main issues that NEED addressing are the rotting floor boards and the lean on the sink. The rest would be icing on the cake. After googling the bejesus out of bath resprayers then emails and calls I have only found one company that will respray in pink. I actually got a few rude responses which I found odd-why the pink hate dudes?

A bloody fantastic suggestion from Carolyn over at West End Cottage was to chat to some panel beaters about repair and paint (as they are both metal). I got on to a couple and they are both keen-win! I put ideas together and chatted to my SUPERSTAR cousin (who has-perhaps foolishly-put his hand up to give us a hand with the work).

After a few beers out at the pink table and much discussion we have decided to put a full scale reno on the back burner and concentrate on those two main issues-floor & sink. This will give us time to decide on how we want the rest of the house to be configured. So, this coming Saturday the rotting floor will be banished to the (rapidly growing) rubbish pile and an interim fibro floor will be laid along with new brackets for the leaning sink! And here is what I will be laying over the lovely fibro-thankyou bunnings!

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If I get energetic I may even paint the walls-we’ll see how the holidays treat us all! Oh and I have ordered towel hooks from the delightful Potato Studio-I won’t be changing my mind on these little suckers…

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Still on the hunt for a couple more for Michael and I (and another one just in case we add to this brood someday!)

* We got onto a fantastic local plumber who came and fixed the leak so the floor is slowly drying out-thanks Andy!

 

 

 

Here we go!

Well we have joined the hoards of crazy people and bought a ‘renovators dream’. After renting for the past few years it was time to spread our wings and nail holes where we damn well please!

After MUCH looking, a couple of non starters and a few heated ‘discussions’ we secured our own Home Sweet Home.

Our little lady is nestled in a beautiful green valley about 50 minutes out of the city. The paddock behind us overlooked by glorious mountains and is home to a stud of beautiful race horses. On one side we have alpacas and on the other flocks of rainbow lorrikeets.

The possibilities here are endless and we have already spent a decent chunk of time thinking about, discussing and drawing designs. I have been pinning up a storm and Michael has been obsessing over the layout of the shed (it is a serious man cave!).

So I thought like all the cool kids, we could keep a digital diary of the goings on around here. This is now the place to see what we are up to in our neck of the woods and which colours and designs we decide on while settling into our new community (the boys have already signed up for poddy calf riding at a nearby country show!). The first ‘reno’ job on the list is the bathroom-namely the floor…

If you are lucky I might even bake a cake for you and we can have tea at the pink table under the trees!

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