Sunday, March 22, 2015

Malcolm Fraser

Australia lost another of it's Prime Ministers this past week. It's 22nd to be exact

Malcolm Fraser was 84 when he passed away after a short illness...and it came just a few months after his great foe, Gough Whitlam passed away

They may have been great rivals in their past political lives, but both men grew to like each other and when Gough died Malcolm became very emotional about losing his friend

Vale Malcolm Fraser

Monday, January 26, 2015


Mont and I are at the beach for a couple of weeks and while the weather's been a bit cool...the sunrises are magnificent!

Not that I see many of them mind you....this one was rather nice though

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A long time coming

Welcome to my new kitchen...a peek of it anyway

To be honest, it was finished in November, but this is the first opportunity I've really had to put some photos together and show you what it now looks like

It's just a peek as most of the photos are on the home computer...

MONT and I are on our annual break at the beach and I have to say it's a VERY welcome holiday. Part of the, the main reason my blogging has been so slack this past year is because all I seem to have done is work....and this is the first break I've had since last January.

Yes, I'm exhausted.

This year - 2015 - is time for a reassessment of the work-life balance I think.

I'm always drawn to Ness Lockyer's wise words that...You only live beautifully!

My life has definitely not been beautiful this past year so it's time for a change

I want to spend more time cooking - yes that was neglected BIG TIME in 2014.

I want to spend more time doing things I really enjoy...and while I do enjoy the work I do, I don't want to do it every darn day!

Righto...well it's cold and windy and there's been some rain, but I don't really care because I'm on holidays!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

That's a nice sentiment, but I think it's pretty obvious Norman Peale wasn't battling crowds at Chadstone or Doncaster shopping centres...or even the fish monger this week....

It's been a pretty sad time leading up to this (supposedly) joyous time of year.

Let's hope things only get better as we head towards, and into, 2015

Stay safe and be happy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas contrast

Christmas is almost with us and yes, I'm stating the bleeding obvious here.

I've always said I love this time of year, but there have been times when I've realised that what I really love is what this time of year promises...but sometimes doesn't necessarily deliver.'s a great time if you're not stressed, tired or working...tick, tick tick

It hasn't stopped me mucking around with decorations around here in time for the annual family get together when everyone heads to Number 10 on the Saturday before Christmas

For the last couple of years it's been all white and silver around here...

...but this year I've gone down a different path

Black is my choice this year - just for a change

I spray painted the twigs in matte black and put them in a jar with some small rocks, then wrapped the jar in some black hessian. 

The little birds and stars are from Ness at Marley & Lockyer - they are absolutely wonderful

I've got three of these black twiggy trees around the house...

The entrance hallway

...and the dining room

This weekend will be spend gift wrapping all the books and bits and pieces and making sure I haven't forgotten anything

Friday, November 7, 2014

Paint it black

Not a shout out to the Rolling Stones, who are here at the moment...but a little painting project

While the kitchen renovation continues ...yes, it's still not finished... I've been working on a couple of other things, namely painting some bits and pieces around the house,

But I've moved away from the old tried and true "white" and instead have moved to the dark side

The dining room's been painted plain white and I thought I'd do something a little different. Just for a change

So my old pine chest of drawers are now BLACK

They are the same colour as my old pine filing cabinet - Bristol Abyss

You can see the kitchen wall/bulkhead in the background...the plasterer will be here Monday to put up the cornice and finish things off. On Tuesday the skylight will be going in, weather permitting, and fingers crossed the glass splashback will be here within two weeks.
Once that's in we can get the sink and the gas cook top installed. Fingers crossed it happens soon

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Australia's 21st Prime Minister Gough Whitlam died today. He was 98

Just another politician you say?

For some maybe, but for me and many others, he was a man who made an enormous difference to this country

He was only Prime Minister for three short years and while those years have been described as chaotic, they also saw a lot of social change take place in this country

He was married to Margaret for almost 70 years...she died a few years back and as Malcolm Turnbull said today, at least now they will no longer be apart

I met him once, way back in the 1990's. he was gracious and funny, while I was nervous and almost speechless.

Thanks for everything made a heck of a difference

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I have a kitchen - almost

It's getting there...

The cabinets have been installed today but I'm yet to have the oven, sink and cook top fitted...

The stone bench-top gets measured up on Monday

Am I happy?

Oh you betcha!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014


We've come a long way, although these photos may not necessarily indicate that

Last week we disconnected the sink and moved the fridge out, then got rid of the last remaining bench and got the plumber in to move the pipes to the new sink location

The builder and MONT then started removing the last of the old plaster board so the plasterer could come in and work his magic in preparation for the painter....who arrived on Wednesday

And this is what it looks like today.

It's had an undercoat and first top coat. The section where the ceiling meets the walls hasn't been done yet as there's going to be cupboards and cornice covering all of that.

The final coat of paint will be applied once all the cupboards are in.

What you can't see is the chaos that is in the lounge and dining room....but  a couple of temporary shelves and plastic containers will sort it out. That's what I'll be doing this weekend - culling and sorting.

Fun and games at Number 10

Friday, July 25, 2014 it happens in real time

When you look up the word  "demolition" in the dictionary, you'll probably find it reads..."see MONT, Number 10".

My boy does. not. muck. around!

As I type... we've gone from this...

To this...

...and this....

This used to be the old hearth under the chimney in the kitchen. When I did the first renovation way back when, we just got rid of the chimney and worked around the hearth...Pity we didn't get rid of it at the start.

Yes... this is where the bench with the cook-top used to be...

until we ended up with this...

It's almost ready for the new kitchen cupboards to be installed, whenever that may be

At the moment we've got a bit of a makeshift kitchen set up on the back deck. It consists of a kettle and a BBQ so we can put a pot of coffee on each morning. 
We haven't been given a date for the new kitchen installation, but I do know the completion date. 

November 1st...

At least that was my request for the entire project to be finished and ready to go...fingers crossed it's a little bit sooner than that, otherwise we'll be having a heck of a lot of BBQ dinners.