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Before and after – garden transformation

This is a before and after on a much larger scale than my footpath chairs – it is our back garden!

When we moved into our home the previous owners had done their best to ‘neaten’ up the rear garden to present for sale. As a friend kindly pointed out, we were so lucky to have our very own brick extremely oddly sized helipad!

Deciding what to do…

We knew we wanted a deck, so that was locked-in. We had no choice but to remove the square grass, even though I had successfully resurrected it, because Jack (our 4 legged companion) had turned it into a lunar landscape (whilst safely stowing several bones). We also demolished 2 of the 3 brick planter boxes to make way for the deck.

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The Junk Company… where you can find a hidden treasure

I only stumbled across The Junk Company recently, and have now placed it on my (long) list of places I must visit frequently to check for any new items. Visit their website here.

I can’t explain the feeling I get as I approach an antique shop, or any kind of junk/vintage style shop. It is excitement, anticipation (the feeling you would get the night before Christmas as a child)… I feeling like I am on the verge of a major discovery – quite sad really!

It’s the mystery of the unknown, you never know what is sitting inside the store, and more often than not there is only one of them in there, so you are thrilled when you discover it.

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A first class renovation: Interior design showcase

house in our street is up for sale by auction next weekend, and as a nosey supportive neighbour I naturally tip-toed next door to have a look inside (twice!).

Why twice? Because there was so much to take in – the interior design particulars, and smart renovation techniques needed more than one visit to absorb. I was particularly interested because the house was exactly the same layout as our house (originally).

Some of the key features to look out for:

Use of natural light via internal courtyards
Beautiful bathroom (I can picture myself in that bath, oils burning, music playing…)
Creative interior design features
Neutral colour scheme complimented by the chosen decor.

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I love an old bike… located in a cafe with a quirky style

During our recent holiday we went exploring (a day trip planned by my sister).

She had been recommended a hidden little gem called Cafe Espace. It is off the coats of Gippsland in Eastern Victoria, waterfront dining situated on Raymond Island with stunning views overlooking Mcmillan Strait to the Paynesville township. So, five of us set off in the car, took the ferry across (in the car) about 100m to arrive on Raymond Island. Map of Location

The word island has a habit of conjuring up a mental image of blue skies and sunshine, white sand, palm trees, crystal clear water lapping at the shoreline – there was none of that.

But Raymomd island was unique in it’s own way.