Monday, May 14, 2012

Guitars,thrift and stair railings.

 Thought I would share a pic of my Mother's day tulips, so pretty.
One and only daughter made a cheesecake, which we ate for afternoon tea instead of dessert (because she wanted to taste her handiwork) and I spent the Sunday morning devouring another Dr Syn book in bed (the fifth in two weeks, but who's counting?) Nothing like a bit of adventure on the high seas.
 If you like pirate movies you would probably enjoy  his odyssey. Written in 1915 by Russell Thorndike as one book, it proved so popular that he wrote another six books preceding the original story. A parson turned pirate bent on revenge, then back to parson (masquerading as leader of a notorious night time smuggling gang) even the religious  hypocrisy is hilarious. As a child I was allowed to climb over the headstones in the church yard of the story (in Dymchurch)  Van Diemen's Land also gets a mention as does Tortouga(s) from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Disney made the story into a series/movie in the 60's, so the modern movies have a lot in common (borrowed?). My Dad started me on these books as a teen and they are still favourites.

Anyway, while I've been wasting time reading previously read novels, Mr CH has been crafting his own guitars and enjoying himself way too much! (That's what he wanted the rosey tins for,Tam)
 He's thinking he might sell online?

Been staying close to home, working at taming the garden before winter and testing out the pressure cooker I got for my birthday a few months ago. So not much opshopping done, though I found this little fellow badly stained, he washed out easily and I thought he was quite sweet.

 Also found this anodised toast rack - made in Melbourne!

I had a whinge to Mr CH that "our house" reno was being neglected in favour of the Reno cottage next-door so he went off one morning and came home with some wood and proceeded to finish the stair railings started four/five years ago before our "country shift". So for my whine, I got to spend two days painting!, because you know how it is, when the railings were painted, the stairs looked drab. So they were scrubbed down and painted. Then the front walls needed washing and now the veranda floors could do with an oiling.

So while I have new paint I'm going to take a pic, cos that's as good as it gets!
 I guess this might be the before pic. We bought the ugliest house with the biggest backyard and the most convenient location.
taken the first month here

 We don't have the strenght to change the colours as yet, maybe one day....

before - me with the bub

Keeping it simple.

Another before pic, Mr CH in his sexy short shorts pulling down the lean-to carport. Which we probably should have kept to house all the extra cars that seem to frequent the front yard.

Which is now the low maintanence pebble track of broms, ferns, moses-in-the-bulrushes, happy plants and coleus. As low maintanence as it gets around here!
Sometimes I wonder why renovations have taken so long, we've cut hole in walls, extended, concreted, welded, paved, moved mountains of dirt/bark/hay/bricks, endless painting, gardening and mowing and it has to be done again tomorrow. By the time you get from the front of the house to the back, it all needs doing over.
Someone said to Mr CH recently "Home renovations are only finished the day your house goes up for sale", I hope not!


  1. I love the low maintenance pebble garden - so green and lush. Love the tea pot cosy! Score!

  2. Loved your rambling post! I am not surprised Disney stole the Pirates of the Carribean story from a book (those bloody Americans). Once again I am awed at all your projects. Loved the pea gravel pathway. Let me offer you some hope in regards to your last line. Just maybe you and Mr CH will be smarter than me and MR. MS and when those projects get done, WONT put it on the market. Though it is starting to dawn slowly on us: hey we have no projects this summer...maybe we can actually enjoy and relax these next few months like I have read some people do.

  3. I love looking at your house pictures. I also like how you kept the simple stair rails. They are exactly like our side stair rails. xx

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