Saturday, October 29, 2011

Barrows and blooms....

For months I have been reading everyone's posts and looking at pictures of their beautiful gardens.....loving them all...and drooling.....but too embarrassed to share pictures of mine as it was in dire need of a serious "spruce up".

Some years ago we had a beautiful neat garden (even held our wedding reception in our back yard!), however a large extension to the back of our house saw most of the manicured gardens removed and the venture into our own business seemed to swallow up what little time we had available, leaving us with no time to resurrect it.

This lack of time has seen our gardens (well...what was left of them) sadly neglected. I have for a long while wanted to get stuck into it, although as my hubby is always tied up with work it means little steps at a time as I would be doing most of it myself.

Finally I found myself in the position with a little time to get started on it but unfortunately I hit another snag....money has been tight over the past 12-18 months and my dream of making over my garden has always had to be put on the back-burner...making way for bills and other necessities....boring I know, but a part of everyday life I guess!!!...lol.

Well... I am pleased to say that I have finally been able to have a little splurge and have carried out a mini makeover of one of our front garden beds....woohoo!

So now I can join the gardening band wagon (or should I say barrow...lol)...

So....here are my before and after pics.....

 
Before......
What can I say...hideous!....

 

After....
A "bang up job" ...even if I do say so myself

As I said before...baby steps (and baby plants) but one has to start somewhere and although it looks a little plain at the moment I am sure I will be rightly pleased once the little dears establish themselves a bit more. (ooh and I still have to remove the dead clingy vine from the brick wall)

 

This is the first of my planned makeovers outdoors.

Next stop on the garden train is the garden that runs right across the other side of the front of the house. It is about 5 times longer than this bed (about 25-30 metres) and will require some serious digging. I plan to replicate the plants on that side...but that will be a job for another day.

Can I let you all in on a li'l secret???...I haven't done much of anything physical for a long time and my garden adventure today has left my back feelin' a bit "namby-pamby".

So...I am off to lay down in front of the movin' picture machine....probably fall asleep and dream of my new garden.....it's awful pretty ...don't ya think??

Til next time....

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ahhh...the romance of roses...

What would your hubby say if your boyfriend gave you flowers???......

Well.... mine thought it was real sweet...
(considering my boyfriend is only three years old....lol)

These flowers were presented to me by my little mate Archie who comes to visit me with his mum in the shop that I work at. He is very very cute and most charming and presented them with a "hello darlin'....these are for you!"....(way too cute!)

He is a little blonde hair, blue eyed cutie and inspires to be "Fireman Sam" when he gets older...

He has been known to shout an "I love you Chris" from the car window as they leave and there are always plenty of hugs and kisses blown during his visits....

Who said romance is dead....lol.....

Now how could a hubby ever be jealous of a boyfriend like that!!!....obviously he couldn't...but it couldn't hurt to take a few pointers.....(just sayin'.....lol)

'Til next time....

Monday, October 17, 2011

Photos, photos and more photos...

Well hello all of you out there in "blogland"....high time I updated mine with another post isn't it???

Well here it is.....(hope it is worth the wait...lol)

There is nothing I like more than a day out with a like-minded friend... hitting the antique stores... and that is precisely what I did yesterday with my friend Karen.

Like my blog posts ...IT HAS BEEN A WHILE!!!...as a matter of fact over three months since our last day out!!....on the 2nd July.

How do I possibly remember the date I hear you ask?...easy-peasy....this was the date on the lay-by docket for a lay-by that I placed on our last day out and had totally forgotten about collecting...until yesterday!

Not like me at all I know.....but we have had a series of issues over the last few months...two of which were being without my car for an extended period and the serious lack of spending money...lol...so days out have been non-existant and the furthest thing from my mind.

Anyways....enough of the "who-hah"....
What was my layby you ask???? ...and was it still there after all that time???

Well the lovely shopkeeper was kind enough to have kept it aside for me and I eagerly paid the balance and collected it amid profuse apologies. As you will see it is quite "special" and I seriously don't know HOW I could have forgotten about this little beauty!!!!

Okay....well here it is.....

An antique photo album dated 19th May 1900
full of photo's!!!!

Yup....aah-huh you heard (oops....read) me correctly!!!!

What a find...and for not a bad price too... if I do say so mee-self!
The cover is very ornate and decorated...

The back is old worn velvet...

The first page is inscribed...
Burrumbuttock NSW
(quaint name isnt it?)

I had no idea where Burrumbuttock  is...so I googled it (as one does when wanting to find something out) and this is what I learned...

"Burrumbuttock is a small village 32 kilometres north west of Albury onthe Albury-Urana Road.


The early settlement began in 1839 at the "Burrumbuttock Station" which was at that time 30,000 acres on both sides of an unfenced track stretching from Jindera Gap towards Walbundrie.

The present town has a number of buildings including a General Store and Post Office, Primary School, Farmers Inn Hotel established in 1880 and the Holy Cross Lutheran Church dedicated in 1877. It has a population of 150 people.

The Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre is a 4 ha area featuring a large dam constructed in 1902 by Chinese labourers. The wetlands, bush and landscape are linked by walking tracks and showcase a great diversity of native plants and associated wildlife. The Centre has received international recognition".

Very interesting......
Here are a few shots of the photos in the album...

 Some of the pages are also very decorative...all embossed and coloured with different floral patterns

From what I can see I think the lady in these photos is Bertha "H" who along with her husband presented the album to their sister...


A large family...9 kids!





And finally....on the last page
It would seem that sadly Bertha "H" died in July, 1902 at only 39 years of age... only two years after presenting her sister with the album.

It appears that her sister popped her rememberance card into the back of the very album that I am sure she would have cherished so dearly....

What a piece of history!!!.....

I have been collecting old photos for a little while now with the vision of somehow using them in my crafting (copying not destroying...so dont freak out...lol)

I have also been lucky enough to have been given some from a dear friend for birthdays/christmas etc....and I thought I would share a few of them with you also..


 This one (given by my friend) bears an uncanny resemblance to my dear mum when she was younger. I showed it to my younger brother and he totally agreed....
I will have to show mum next time she comes over....maybe she had a long-lost relative that she knew nothing of.....or maybe she's older than she's been l;etting on...tee hee! (sorry mum...didn't mean it...lol...love ya!)


 Three old postcards...



I hope you have enjoyed sharing my old pics....

I have one more that I would like to share with you...
It is of my sweet pussycat Cassie taken some time ago while she was taking a drink from the little pond we used to have in our garden. She was fascinated with water and I would often find her sitting in a tub, wading through the pond or arm deep in her water bucket....


Sadly we had to say goodbye to Cassie recently after she became quite ill.....17 years she was with me and she was a joy for each and every one of them....Goodbye old girl...we sure miss you ...xxx

Until next time....
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