Checking on the progress…

I do look around here occasionally and think ‘bloody hell, we have so much to do!’. It can be a little soul destroying and feel rather overwhelming so I decided to look back at what we started with and what we have now (in the side yard at least). Here is what we started with…


This fence I took out by myself-that is how old and shit it was, I could pull it out with my bare hands. I did all of this one waiting for the electricity guy to show up…he never did.


After some mowing by Michael and some weeding by Beau and I this is what it looked like this afternoon. Much nicer! The grass has a beautiful green tinge after all the rain we have had. Can you see the jacaranda in the background? It has thrived since the broad leaf pepper tree got cut down-it is glorious! The fate of the palms is currently in negotiation between Michael and I…eventually I think this area will become the tank section with the chooks being moved somewhere else around the block (yes I have been daydreaming about an amazing house for them!)

IMG_9169And see the plant to the right there? There is a magnolia little gem and a few agapanthus. I think I am going to make a garden with 3 magnolias in total and underplant them with the aggies. (Big thanks to my lovely friends Leesa & Brad and their cutey pants little boys for bringing the magnolia on their way through!)


Yes, no, maybe so…

Turns out using paint stripper was costly and a bit shite. So, I got my hands on one of these babies…


and lordy lordy it has been a cake walk since!

10836538_10152889481943996_1902483640_nThe jury is still out on what the hell I will do once it is stripped. I am not loving the colour left behind so I think my previous thought about leaving it bare are out. I do love white but then I worry it is boring, then I see things like this and change my mind again!


I have developed a bit of a black ceiling crush I have to admit….oh well, there is still a bloody lot to do before I will even buy paint so I shall continue to volley ideas around in my own head (and make myself a little crackers).

What are your thoughts on a black ceiling?

Out of work stripper…

It’s been a busy day at Green Valley. First up the RACQ came for a visit to replace our poor old 4WDs battery, the poor love doesn’t get driven much seeing as Michael has a work car and we only all fit in the Carnival. We did take it away to a Wedding recently and had to jump start it with a battery box EVERY time we wanted to drive…that got old quick.


We got a parting tip from the guy as well to always lock our cars. I thought he was going to give safety as the reason but in actual fact it can wear down the battery as the cars computer can just be on standby so by locking it you are giving it a ‘true rest’. Interesting!

Next up the septic guy arrived to pump out god knows how many years of sludge (and let’s be honest, shit) from the 6ft tank that resides outside the bathroom window. I asked bevy of questions and was answered politely-which was nice. I now know what an outlet baffle is and that ours is broken, replacement needed asap


It wasn’t as smelly a job as I was expecting so that was a nice surprise. In between visits I have been attempting to strip the bathroom of it’s rather ugly lemon paint. I started yesterday and was quite pleased at the progress however today the paint stripper is doing nothing other than making the paint look fluro…I have no idea why. Google has not been of assistance today so I will keep trying and see how I go.


I am considering not repainting the walls but leaving them ‘distressed’ and maybe just putting a light milk wash over them.

Something like this (this is wallpaper!)


The ceiling will be gapped, repainted fresh white and re-corniced. I figure if we get to the end of the stripping and sanding process we would be ready to paint anyway so it wouldn’t have been a waste of time. Any tips of some non working paint stripper…is it a weather issue or the fact that I washed the brush in water and perhaps it wasn’t dry enough for re-application…anything?