Saturday, January 15, 2011

A little tour of my outside area

I decided today to give you all a glimpse of our outside area around the house, we live on 1 acre approx 12 Kilometres outside a town, but very handy as we have a dairy on the corner of our road, and also a garage, plus its only 10mins drive tops to work so I get to come home for lunch each day.  We have no neighbours either side just paddocks and nothing out the front of us apart from the road and then down to a stream so its very quiet and peaceful here.  We have large hedges to the front and down the driveway which we planted a few years ago, so we are totally private and cant be seen from the road. 

Right I am taking you on a walk around the grounds LOL
This is to the left of my house coming around from the back door (we only use the back door)

Just around the corner from there coming to my front window - the wee fence you see there is our inner area which leads out to the rest of the section - we can close it off if necessary 
 same view from the side of the front of the house about to walk through the wee opening to the right
 View from the gate opening to the edge of our frontage, where that large hedge is which has thousands of birds in it at the moment, as you walk over towards there - there is such a flurry of birds its quite amazing
 View to the left where up against the fence is our driveway - as you can see its very very dry here at the moment we are normally very green even in the summer
 Front taken from the left going around the section basically I am doing a semi circle walk around outside in the tree area
 going down to the right hand side of the property all the trees you see to the right here are out inner border of trees next to the house
 Another view walking to the other side of the property
 View down the length of the right hand side from the front

 Looking back from my back area out to the front hedge again - to the right there my husband has what I call the trifods, which is a huge pumpkin patch
 Looking from the back of our property down the driveway out to the road
 This is our fallen over plum tree, it fell over in high winds a few years ago and is a very old tree, by the summer of that year it had kept growing but with a sort of underpass under it and the roots all up in the air, so we decided to leave it as a feature and hubby will make a small garden around it, plus we get heaps of plums off it usually
So I hope you enjoyed the wee tour around the property, nice to get some insights into where people live etc methinks

Revamp of the worlds ugliest bathroom - picture heavy lots of pics

As the title says - this is what I have been doing in my holidays....  apart from 4 days in bed with a nasty tummy bug.   A whole lot of hard work and elbow grease.   NOW before we go to the pics of the before and afters, we did not revamp our bathroom with new fittings etc no way could we afford to do that bathrooms are an expensive item indeed so it is a paint and color makeover to make it presentable and easier to keep clean.   When we moved into this old place we did paint and pull up carpet etc in most of the rooms but the bathroom has forever remained in the too hard basket or "we ran out of steam" basket LOL.   This old place was rented out for many many years, mainly to students - so you can imagine the state of most of the rooms when we brought it, some rooms they had stood back and flicked paint with a paint brush to get the effect that they wanted, psychedelic but in browns and yellows Eeeeeeeeeeek,.  

So onto the bathroom, the before pics I have taken with no shame LOL........ messy as heck as we had already started to setup and sand and fill in there when I started taking photos, you will notice the polka dots on the walls, well this was a special paint to cover rust and other "things" that were on the wall that a painter friend gave to me, brilliant stuff but boy what a shit to cover up, a few coats of undercoat went on those ceilings and walls.  Also the nasty lino on the floor is coming up but we left it there while we painted - I have managed to get about one third of it up so far but it will take a while to get it all lifted as it is well glued down - but nice wooden floorboards underneath.

Before - OMG ...... look at the polka dots LOL I went a bit berserk with this paint - as you do - the colour on the walls was that green/blue/teal colour they used to have in hospitals - I figure that the bathroom has never been touched before and was pretty original as I went down to bare walls when sanding at times - yes I know the vanity is ugly but it has to stay for now.  This is actually quite a large room for a bathroom with lots of wall by the bath which will need some art or something to break it up a bit.

Next pics of the progress being made heaps of undercoat on walls already noticing a difference - lots of days of prep work involved before even getting to the painting stage as you can see from the above pics - ahh polka dots getting covered - that was a mission

 In this photo you can see the floorboards - still some glue etc on the floor but I shall worry about getting that up later on will be a bit at a time job as its well glued

Starting to cut in the paint color ready to roll the main walls - YES IT IS COLOUR - this house needs colour its not a white or cream type of house being old and a bit bitsy piecy and colour hides a multitude of sins hehe

You will notice the handrails by the shower - we put these in when we had my mum living with us to help her get into the shower from the wheelchair - we decided to leave them there as who knows we may need them ourselves one day.

TA DA THE FINISH - There is still things to do like putting the towel rails back up and the walls need something - and of course I have not yet got all the lino up, but mostly done thank goodness

One final before and after pic together just for reference 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My Friend Amanda is having a 100 post giveaway

I must admit I don't normally do the link to giveaways thing very often but Amanda is pretty special  - 

so here is the link to go and sign up Amandas Blog