The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre

The best way to bring a sustainable change in the world around me is by bringing the change in myself

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Who lives here ...

All materials for this house is recycled, all the cladding comes from work, bars of brass, copper, and steel come in wooden crates. The other wood 2x4's comes from My friend Dessie from an old office that was taken down.

Where we left off last night.

Jellybeans on top before the roof went on.

It finally finished, only thing left is a little decorations that's to come still

Just look how big the chookies are now.

Yeap it's their new accommodations.
Thanks Trent.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Story behind the new header ...

The's a story in everything, a spilt second of seeing something and just your imagination ... I try write stories in my other blog so if your want to pop over there your most welcome. I wish I lived in a little home just like this one.

How would you describe living in the past in this lovely cottage, the roof has faded to a dusty pink. A garden full of beautiful flowers and railing out the front. Maybe a pretty pink banksia rose climbing over a hedge at the back. Somewhere inside the smell of homemade scones being servied with a little strawberry jam and cream. I know I fell in love with this painting and had to buy it. The artist is Mrs Carmel Busfield from Sydney.

To my great supprise I found an email from Mrs Carmel Busfield Wow can you believe that! Telling me she saw her painting on my blog. First thing I thought maybe she might not be so happy about that, but then it's so pretty. So I email her back and asking if that alright with her. I am still pinching myself, what are the chances of such a lovely artist reading my blog and finding her painting there. I hope we could maybe someday meet for cup of tea and maybe share that scones, jam and cream.

Hope you enjoyed that and Hey we're all still here, Judgement Day May 21.Here's hoping you all had a lovely weekend


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Who says you can't work and play at the same time ...

So who say's work can't be fun This first pic is a little fuzzy but I think it says they're good mates Pics taken by Elisa during the Easter break.

That's my boys Cobi and Luke (the smaller one)
See ya

Saturday, May 14, 2011

There's still hope ....

This morning I went off to see the man about new Reading glasses, about time too cause I can't read your blogs so well anymore, need a little help in that department. Decided to get a pretty "touch of purple" framed ones, can't wait to show ya. Watch this space!

Then did a little shopping, time to update that wardrobe a bit too, to match the glasses you know. A little coffee and cake at the food court and then veggie shopping. Not much going in the garden atm. But there was one little highlight for the day and that's what I would like to tell you about. A few buskers are regulars in Hurstville, only today there was a young aboriginal boy, maybe 12 at the most playing a didgeridoo, that's a hollow wooden instrument they blow into (for the overseas folk)While having my coffee, the youngster came up to the fastfood joint's door stop to count his money from busking to buy a drink or snack. He then turned to a man in a wheel chair, who was collecting money for some cause and promptly donated some of his profits to him. Now that was the nicest thing I have seen for a while.

There is hope for that boy, what a nice thing to do don't ya think. Juzt a little of one of my favorite singers with a little didgeridoo music in the background, enjoy.

Thought I just answer Trish here, I am not a great shopper at all, can't wait to get out of there fast enough. I bought 2 knitted tops with long sleeves Yeah I noticed they the same just different colours lol

See ya soon

Thursday, May 12, 2011

It feels like ages since I been here ...

It really does, but Rina's be busy with work, then cleaning the house, tending animals you know the normal old things we women folk need to do. I try to do dishes once a day, to save wasting water cause we on tank water here. But somehow I can't face that sink with it just piling up when I am home. Just not right is it? It was 2 degree this morning old man winter is showing his face around here.A layer of snow fell on the Snowy mountains and blew that cold wind right at us.

Many years ago, we still lived in Namibia my babies were still little then, we had a neighbour across the street from us, a nice little blond thingy. Boy she was the best little housewife I had ever seen, washing on the line everyday, soft toys washed and hung up by their ears and tails pegged. I used to wonder if those little kiddies ever got dirty, they were bathed and in their pj's by 4.30 pm and fed before hubby got home from work. She had her little face all pretty and hair taken from curlers, bushed and shiny too.(I am for real)

My biggest dread was she'd pop in before 9am and find me not finished or as that particular morning she knocked and found my sink full of breakfast dishes, soaking while I lay reading over a half made up bed. Needless to say I could not find a hole big enough to crawl into. Don't let me get started on a book that's the end off me for the day.

Now our home was full of fun, lots of water fights, sometimes it even came in the house when least expected, Michael my eldest throw a bucket of cold water at me were he cornered me in the kitchen, while I just stood there helpless from laughter, no threat was going to stop him. I did instigate that fight by hosing him first. Lots of fun and laughter. Now it's the grandsons carring on the tradition ...

Gosh Sorry I strayed off from the topic of the day, I was going to tell ya all about the baby chookies, they growing so fast see their little white wing feathers are starting to come out they so cute now. Already they are grow so much taking up double the space where they sitting under the heat lamp. Sure need it to keep them warm.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

May you all have a wonderful Mother's Day, hold your children close, tell them you love them cause they are special.

♥♥♥ I have made mistakes being a mom, sometimes more than I'd like to admit. But I will always be there for you, to pray for you, to hear you, to cheer you, to laugh or cry with you, to protect you with my life and sometimes tell you things you don't want to hear. I will love you for eternity with ALL my heart. Only God will love you more. Re-post if you have children you love with all your heart & soul ♥♥♥

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My new babies ...

This what 40 day old chookies look like

Cute what ya think?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Easter weekend ....

A beautiful view of the valley on a rainy day, credit for the pic goes to Carelene taken on their last visit to the farm.

We're back ...
we have been so remote and cut off from the rest of the world that I missed "The Wedding", How could I have missed that, while everyone was glued to their TV waiting for the kiss, and the dress. I did get the Sonday morning paper and managed to check a glimps of the wedding on the news Above pic is of Rose Cottage when it was just a room with a deck then we extended the floor space and replaced the decking with a solid wood floor. Thanks to Des and Henk for starting with the floor sections.

We had a lovely Easter thank you for asking, the bunny even made it to the bush lol. And then it started raining for 5 days, we sliped and slided in and out the property, our shoes got sucked into the clay and I had clay where i don't want clay lol but we kept going. Pic is of the solid wood floor that came in 2 huge sections, cause that's the way I bought them at auction. As I said before using recycled materials has it's own challanges. in total we used 5 sections for the floor costing $70 and still have 2 smaller sections for the bathroom.

And as promised I did take a few pic of the wall in our (Nilo's wall) kitchen going up, but our builder Neal was not very happy about pics been taken of him, so I just sneeked one anyway. Above pic is the wall where the old cast iron sink is going to go in front of the window, now that is after the builder moves the window another 9 inches to the right, (I did get a grumble about that)just so there is space for a little corner unit.

We now have 3 1/2 walls, a solid wood back door with a safety screen door. One window above the wash basin and a wall that has Crypress wood cladding. Your probably wondering about the half wall, this is where the steps used to be, well this is where the next extention will be, lounge, 2nd bedroom and bathroom. But for now we going to concentrate on the kitchen and building a wardrobe in the bedroom.

Our Expert fishermen showing off their catch of the day, and with a lot of pocking of the eyes, giggles and shaking of the heads, they were scaled, gutted and cooked for a taste testing, but as herring go there were more small bones than anything else. Better luck for a big one nexttime. Cobi not to impressed with his small catch.

Next time we up there I take a pic of the back entrance
So that's it for now
see ya