Saturday, May 1, 2010

a visitor in the garden of Villa Maria

arriving at Villa Maria around lunch time.. bringing meat pies and coffee from Bakehouse on Wentworth for our lunch and then I pottered about in the garden, sorting where I can plant my garlic & discovering that I really do have alot of work ahead of me, sorting where the chook pen can go... a flash of black among the trees.... then again - through the citrus trees and up into a turpentine tree in the reserve that backs onto our yard
the blackbird who is Daisy has come to visit. I could not believe it! I had asked her ages ago if she would come visit me at my new home.. and the very first day that I had donned my gardening gloves there she was..fleetingly, but she was there..

Dutch husband has stripped the bathroom out and we discovered asbestos which of course is not brilliant.. however in his line of work, he knows how & what to do with it to dispose of it properly...
all of this renovation work is taking me back to when we first bought Inglewood.. it is like time repeating itself.. the basket of essentials on the bench - tea, sugar, coffee and a jug.. some muffins and fruit.. very simple...the previous owner had left me a large jade plant.. and I wanted to make it my own.. so I repotted it into one of my large vintage cement pots.. and now it sits on the front porch under that gorgeous light..

later in the day and into the night, we worked hard, pulling blinds down and the carpet up..

[i pulled up the carpet and took the carpet tacks out one by one.. and dutch husband ripped up the wooden tack strips around the edge..]funny that we did the same thing 10yrs ago when we renovated Inglewood.so far, we have pulled the carpet up in my 'art studio' and the dining room, discovering the most glorious polished floor boards underneath..


[takeaway chinese for dinner, with a glass of red. while sitting among rubble]
the fireplace in the background is coming out and the carpet will be ripped up soon.. the table and chairs actually go on our verandah but are make-do for the time being.

14 comments:

Pam said...

I love before and after photos. What luck with the floorboards! Here's a toast to your rennovating successes!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How wonderful to have a joint project that will result in a new comfy home in which to live together!

Ninnie said...

So great that Daisy has visited already. I know that makes it feel even more like home to you. Love seeing the pictures of what you are doing. Love Hugs and Blessings

amelia said...

Oooooooh it looks so lovely!! I hope you will post lots and lots of pictures!! I would love to see the pic of the jade as I have one too. I try to put mine outside in the summer but I have to be careful that it doesn't get too cold at night.

Toria said...

I would love to see a picture of the jade plant too, I have no idea what they look like. I know I can google, but I'd like to see your pot as well. Are you sure it was left by the previous owners? Every time we've bought a house, the real estate agent has left us a plant. It was a christmas bush at this house, now planted in the garden.

Winterwood said...

after renovating two houses I find all this stuff really realy exciting! I love projects like this!!!

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

Oh Robyn it is just so exciting to read and see photos of your renovations. I must say you and Joe are certainly not letting the grass grow beneath your feet. You both have so much get up and go, please can you send me some♥ Cannot wait to read your next post.

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

PS How magical was it for Daisy to pop by, very special indeed♥ Sadly, I have never seen a blackbird here on the Coast. I'm hoping I will one day.

Crystalrainbow said...

WOW what a wonderful new journey you are on :) keep posting the pics. Loving the sound of a 'studio' x x x

laoi gaul~williams said...

ohhh how wonderful and we all have a lovely new blog to follow your adventures :)

~Sheila~ said...

So Daisy was your first visitor, I'm not surprised.
The floor boards are wonderful. You are going to have so much fun making the house into a home. Hard work, but fun..
big hugs
xx

gemma said...

Villa Maria has lovely features. I am sure you will make her beautiful. They say the veil is thin at this time of year.
~Butterflies and Blackbirds~

Janet said...

Robyn, I've been away from the computer for awhile and catching up tonight. Your new home looks great and I'm sure in no time at all you will put your mark on it and turn it into a home.

Serena said...

History repeats itself. YAY for the floorboards though not so good on the asbestos...do be careful, my friend ~ xo

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