Sunday, July 11, 2010

Gregorian chants, hot water, sunlight soap and a scrubbing brush

I am a little disappointed in the way of the world today.. i went to buy a bristle scrubbing brush and came home with one with synthetic bristles. it is just not right, scrubbing the floors at Villa Maria with a synthetic bristle. not right at all. But I won't give up, I will keep searching for a true old fashioned bristle brush..

listening to Gregorian chants, while scrubbing the floor with hot soapy water, my meditative state was interrupted by battery operated screw drivers - testosterone tools as I refer to them. .. dutch husband in the kitchen.. i put up with the noise of it all for as long as I could, [loud noise grates on my nerves]
then yelled out "what did they use in the olden days before the battery operated one was invented?'
- 'hand tools' he replied...
'oh wouldn't it be nice if we could use them here' I muttered...
'won't be long now' he said, patiently...

and I went back to scrubbing.. wishing whole heartedly that I could be back in days gone by... *sigh* not long now.. 12 more days til we move in.

"PABLO"
my friend Wendy called in today to see the progress of Villa Maria and said 'hope you don't think this gargoyle is going to scare evil spirits away, his face is too cute'..

dutch husband has finished the pantry. we used an old door we found at the recycled building yard.. I scrubbed it hard outside in the sun and once it was dry, dutch husband hung it on the pantry. I am going to leave it blue.. we found an old glass handle that was perfect. Once i move in, I will hang a bunch of lavender on the handle.

[the loungeroom]
the floors are just divine. the house is starting to smell clean. when you walk in, a waft of sunlight soap hits the senses.. memories of grandma

this is what I see from my bedroom window. I call it the 'hanging garden of Babylon'.. it is actually quite beautiful and green.. a sense of serenity.. and in the trees somewhere, there is an owl. or rather a Tawny frogmouth.

the glass door knob
isn't it gorgeous?

14 comments:

Crystalrainbow said...

Its looking great hun :) the view out the window is just amazing wow to wake up evry morning and look out on that view, how luck you are :) lavender hanging from that beautiful handle will just be perfect :) big hugs x x

Tracy said...

I love the blue door and the glass knob! :)

gemma said...

Yes! Love the glass knobs and gleaming floors. Your work got you in touch with the old ones. That is sacred. Sometimes we long for simpler times but those days were harder in lots of ways.I can't believe your hanging garden view.
WOW! Looks enchanted. Great place for a magic tea party.

Janet said...

That blue door is terrific and the glass door knob is the perfect thing for it. And that view from your bedroom is beautiful....so lush and green. I know you'll enjoy working in that garden.

PS - I, too, hate the sound of power tools.

Winterwood said...

love that lounge! yes its all coming together for you there... how good is that?

we start the last of our reno today and guess what much as I hate the dust and mess I will miss it in a way too.

Pam said...

12 days!! Not long now. You will have fun once you're in with the "Robyn touches". I can imagine how many birds will enjoy your beautiful surroundings. Villa Maria looks very appreciative and accepting of all your changes and bustling activity!xxx

Cheryl@Gingerbread Crafts said...

Is that 11 or 12 more sleeps? So exciting, just in time for Christmas in July.

Imogen said...

Oh, this is all gorgeous! Just from the pictures I can see how wonderfully you are working your magic, nourishing the genii loci; it is as if one can feel the place coming to life under your ministrations and the investment of time, energy, hope and love you are putting in.
Incidentally, I love the photo at the top of the whole blog page; the glowing lantern a shining guide beside the stairway through the garden. It's such a beautiful image and quietly resonant of the whole way you seem to be living and giving with your life.
Blessed be! Soon you will be ensconced...

laoi gaul~williams /I\ said...

oh robyn what a beautiful home it is going to be~you are so lucky~so much space and views!

Monique said...

I love your new home. The hanging garden of Babylon looks gorgeous. Your gargoyle is super cute, I agree ; )
Have a wonderful day !!

amelia said...

You really should have lived in much older days but having said that, if you had no choices as to scrubbing floors you may not enjoy it so much.

Wonderful view from your bedroom, very soothing to the soul. I look into the bush from mine and I love it.

judie said...

I tried to post at Inglewood but Blogger wouldnt let me. Maybe that is a sign the door is closed and I should just be stopping by here at Villa Maria from now on. Lookin' good! xoxo

Ninnie said...

I am so loving watching the progress of your new home. Love Hugs and Blessings

Cheryl@Gingerbread Crafts said...

I took a leaf out of your book and set to scrubbing my tiled floors with soap, a generic brand not Sunlight, and a bristle scrubbing brush. I've used plastic scrubbing brushes in the past and they don't work as well as the bristle one has. I love the smell of the soap much better than the commercially available floor cleaners.

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