Beach Cottage Corners and Renovations
Thu 10th, Nov, 2016
Hello all. Lovely ladies, how are you?
All well here and enjoying Spring and the end of the year rolling out here in Sydney. I love Spring here. Currently am sat at the little (white) round table in the kitchen with a cup of tea and some afternoon tea, I’m just back from the hairdressers, the window is open and a lovely cool Sydney Spring breeze is coming in from outside. All around is blue sky and amazing greens on the trees flutter in the wind off the sea…the old frangipani is coming to life, soon it will be full of blooms, carpeting the footpath below with sweet yellow and white flowers… people will stop on their way to the ferry or the beach or a coffee shop, pick a flower off the ground and take in its scent….perhaps tuck it in their hair.
I have been thoroughly loving having some time off this year…we actually delayed our plans to buy another house (until now) and so I’ve made the most of it, though not really by doing that much…slowly getting the house more organised (the garage which was suffering from post move overload is now clear) and we’ve had a huge amount of foliage removed from the garden and it’s like this 100 yr old lady of a house took a huge breath and sighed out as years and years and years of overgrown trees and shrubs got a good old fashioned prune.
The last few years, indeed the last many years looking after children and juggling working in between, I often thought of how much I would get done when littlies were no more, less school runs and after school activities and more time in the day…I truly thought that I would be a pillar of resourcefulness, superbly efficient and scooting around getting all the things done that never seemed to get done. My house, indeed my life, would have everything in place. I would be attacking my to-do lists (both real written down ones and the ones that have lived in my head for years) with fervour. But, in actual fact, this last few months I’ve been aimlessly mooching around, from morning cup of coffee to afternoon cup of tea, watching re-runs of my favourite tv shows in old trackies, slow walks with Barls, long (very very long) daytime baths (up to neck) with book club books. Before I know it, it’s 3pm and time for the school run and I’ve just about managed to unload and re-load the dishwasher, clean the odd toilet and ummm get dressed. So much for the having more time and getting more things done thing.
This sloth-like household wandering, lasted, pretty much, from the day we got back from Hawaii until, to be quite frank, about six weeks ago when, all of a sudden, something changed and all cylinders began to fire. I think I needed that time, a welcome time to re-charge and take stock…
And to that end I’m just about to start the next renovating adventure. We have been, the last month or so, seeking a new old house to do up, getting up early on Saturday mornings, driving about 45 mins or so to a new suburb and seeking out a house that needs some love… and well it’s all on.
I’m going to be renovating the new place (not quite literally on own but in terms of being in charge it will be moi) – floors, kitchen, bathroom, garden etc etc. all need help.
It will be our sixth reno, I cannot wait to get stuck into it, I love finding old houses, there’s no secret about that and love bringing them to life not knocking them down…there will be a lot of white paint.
And that’s about it, I’m ready for the ride…
See you again
* these are two old dressers I thrifted and were very much worse for the wear – painted with a very matte chalk paint, I popped a large mirror (also needed love and painted) on top and it’s working out quite nicely for perfumes and bits and bobs