Monday, January 31, 2011

Statues, Ornaments and Patina!

Well this is this time of year when the plants in my garden just are not looking too good ,all I can really hope for is that the sun does not fry them ,with temperatures in the last week soaring to 40C(100F) and in fact to today 42C it was just too hot too take nice pictures .I have decided to show some of my statuary (I think this stuff breeds it own ) until I started taking photos I never realised just how much there was. I now present to you the ladies of my Garden!

It has taken me many years but now I actually love the Patina that old statues/pots in the garden develop when left out to weather ,this goes against all of my natural instincts which are to clean paint and dust especially if it looks mouldy Throw it Out !

Definitley a real mixture ,top left is Buddha ,then the Sun Man and then a Greek goddess all lovley in their own right.
I think my sun man has lovely character filled face !

This is the most varied collection of all, top right is a blue Budgerigar I have actually had a neighbours cat sit patiently waiting to pounce and then when it finally does poor thing is so dissapointed ,the Flamingo is almost 30 years old and still likes to hide in the shrubs and palms near our pool, the wheelbarrow is so old it did not even have rubber wheels and is lovley planted with Geraniums and last of all my house number ,we brought this on a trip to Mexico 11 years ago and I so love the memory every time I see it ,it is so unique, around here no one else has one:)

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Mosaic Monday

Friday, January 28, 2011

Blog Hop!

I came across this blog hop recently ,and thought about it and thought about it ,so now I am biting the proverbial bullet and joining.
My blog is only one month old and already I feel I have come a long way ,but I do know that I need to go a lot further.

hosted by Gail at My Repurposed Life and MeganDVD at Beauty in the Attempt!  

"Please take a look around my blog, check out the layout, pages, buttons, sidebar and gadgets. I would love for you to gently critique my blog. I’m hoping you will leave me some positive feedback about my blog. It would be great if you could give me constructive criticism but be sure to tell me what you like about my blog too! Do you like my pictures? Does my blog load quickly for you? How about the font? All tips and tidbits welcome!"

I am heading to Debbie Doos Newbie Partay!!!

Blue China

       I love Blue China and I love Mosaics ,I know I have done lot of Mosaics lately but I just thing they are great way of showcasing similar items.

             I keep my Grandfathers WW1 medals in the little Versace box !
               The large ginger jar is my Grandmothers!
                  Lovley Memories.
I am also Heading over to Mosaic Monday!

I am heading to Debbie Doos Newbie Partay!!!
I am joing the Blue Monday Post too

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Friday Flowers and Gift Horses

I just adore fresh flowers ,As you may have noticed I am not into arrangements ,I prefer to just plop them into a vase and let the flowers show there best side ,no stiff formal flowers for me.

The story about the jug and plate is interesting, when we first moved into this house and money was extremley tight ,my husbands then comapny decided to pay the annual bonus with gift vouchers to David Jones a very upmarket store that we would have normally not even looked in let alone shopped in.

So here we were with vouchers in a shop that really did not suit us but we had to spend them ,I saw this bowl and vase and although not being particularly in love with it bought it because it was the only thing that I half liked , at the time it cost about $200 way more than I had ever spent on a decorative item .13 years later and I so love it and am so happy that we did buy it because now I have something that I otherwise would never have kept.

 Whats that saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth:)
I am joining the Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time

Sharon's Dinner Menu Plan 3

Monday:       Roast -Cooked on the BBQ
      Sweet Potato

Tuesday: Thai Curry prawns and rice

Wednesday: Chicken (rotisserie Chicken)
                            and salad

Thursday:BBQ beef kebabs (I buy these ready made)
         and Salad

Friday: Homemade Pizza

We were supposed to have the Thai Prawns this week but I forgot about Australia day and we went out for a BBQ ,not too worry we'll have it next week :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Our Australia Day ! Phew what a Hot one!

                                  Have you heard the saying a 100 degrees in the shade ! 
                         Well today it was more like 110 degrees in the shade!

                           So what else was there to do but swim ,eat
                           and have few cold ones or in my case and the
                           ladies it a couple of low alcohol Champagnes

It was so hot the candles melted without being lit ,we are used to it but this is hot even for us!

This is the Aussie Male in his natural habitat ,the Flag tshirts provide camouflage ,and the obligatory stubby holder ,plus the baggy green cap (cricket cap)

And then Swimming,swimming and more swimming!
What a nice place for a Siesta ,I did not get one but I was eyeing it off!

Home now in the air conditioning its 9.50pm and still 25 degrees(75F)

I am linking to Wassup Wednesday ,please follow the link and join!

I am linkingup to Outdoor Wednesday

Monday, January 24, 2011

Australia Day

Australia Day is Tomorrow - What does that mean ,BBQ's ,Beer and Swimming ,Oh and of course taking a moment to reflect on what a great country we have !

Typical Aussie Barbie!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Red Roses in my Garden

I will admit it ,I am not the best photographer by any sense of imagination ,but these red roses are beautiful no matter how badly I took the pictures (I am trying and practising but I have a looong way to go)
I was watering early this morning as we have had a few hot days in a row and they where looking a little sad, today is expected to be in the mid 30's so I took pity and put the sprinkler on .They looked so grateful I just had to take a picture.

I am also joing the Mosaic Monday Party at Little Red House
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I Got my New Button From Tracie

Isn't is Wonderful!
Tracie @
Made me this beautiful new button ,I entered her giveaway hoping to be the winner but then she generously gave one to everyone that entered ,now that is just plain nice :) Tracie asked what we would like on our buttons but I left it to her ,so glad I did it is better than I could imagine ,all that I asked for was some ivy ,I love ivy!  and here it is tatsefully along the bottom ,so sweet.

I now need to get it to my sidebar ,please cross your fingers for me.

Colours and Accessories for my Lounge Room

I am looking for inspiration and I came across the Australian House and Garden top 50 rooms for 2008,2009 and 2010 all of the rooms where obviously beautifully decorated ,but only a few of them could I see myslef achieving without a major budget overall and they just weren't homley.
I love the outdoor dining room above ,so clean and comfortable. 

This dining room is just what I was looking for ,I already have the wooden floors and wooden furniture.The white paint and the chandelier are exactly what I need ,not so sure about the white plates ,but who knows ,this could be done sooner rather than later!

I really do like the single seats especially the material with the green and blue and the 4 big cushions on the lounges ,I won't be  able to change my lounges but if I add the cushions it should be close ,also love the green/jade colour and the blues used as accents will definitley try to bring some of this in.
Below I have placed some pictures of my lounge ,I think with some white paint and new accessories and maybe new dining chairs or then maybe not they actually have the right colour green seats. I would love to hear what you think?

Please join me at Vanessa's Inspiration Friday

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I am going to the inspiration Friday Party

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sunday in My Garden and Construction of my Zen Garden begins!

First of the the pretty side of things ,these are the flowers in my garden today ,in my opinion the most beautiful flower of all Hibiscus ,these flowers can stand on their own ,and then White Petunias and Red Ivy Geraniums.

Now the not so pretty!

This is the start of our Zen Garden (our interpretation anyway) so in my mind we just need to buy some pebbles today and voila ther you have it finished ,now my husband has another idea , a small thing called construction and as he does all of the heavy work I need to follow his advice ,it looks a lot more than 1 weekends work is needed to finish ,so this is the first of many photos still to come in the "construction" of my Zen Garden.

Succulents in my Garden ,No fertiliser No water required!

I love succulents!

No Water!

No Fertiliser!

Full Sun!

and all in pots!

Plenty of colours here and sometimes they send up the most amazing flowerspikes ,usually after summer rains!

These are some of the flower spikes at then end of their days!

They also love to be pushed into the cracks of my sandstone retaining walls. And the grey tones set the stone colours off perfectly.

I am linking to Thursday Cottage Flora Linky party