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Married to Nick for 13 years, with 2 children; Sabrina - 12 and Dominic - 11. I am a girlfriend through and through in that I love girly things and anything that celebrates the essence of being a woman. I love vintage, shabby chic, the country and try my best to do my bit for the environment. SO yes...we have 3 bins in our house and try our best to recycle! I believe that with everything in life, the closer we stick to nature, the better off we'll be. I would love to have a balance in life, but have learnt that balance is not always possible, so strive for significance instead, in the hopes that that will be just as meaningful, and the rest will hopefully follow.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A hive of activity at the HOMESTEAD

Another gorgeous day! The BEST news is that our school had their application approved to celebrate ascension day, by closing the school, so our little chickens are home, relaxing and soaking up the sun on the couch next to me, while I work....

As usual, THE HOMESTEAD is a hive of activity with workmen in and out the house. We are redoing the floors in our children's bedrooms, for the SECOND TIME - UGH. About 2 months ago we decided to say goodbye to the awful, impractical tan timbavati carpets we had. Who KNOWS how much chicken manure from dirty little chocolate brown feet hasn't been lifted by our (very tired) vacuum cleaner!...exactly....that's what i thought...eeeeuw. I have ALWAYS LOVED the painted cement look, so I finally took the plunge. The floors are now a gorgeous techniqued dreamy white/cream (that matches with everything). Not only sooo practical, but they remind me of fluffy white clouds, and look very similar to the pic I have posted above (no this is not our home), only better, because the paint has been blended with an off white to give it more shade, or depth and movement, is it???.......just DREAMY I tell you. The bad news is, a 2 day job turned into about SIX!! - are we surprised??? The good news is that Murray (another DIY person 'heaven sent' in my life), agreed that the touch up/fix up job just WOULDN'T DO, and that we should redo the entire thing....BREATHE...we are SO NOT DIY PEOPLE...sob....!!! Please bear in mind that each time we have one of these little "projects", every single toy, book, wimpy power meal give away, marble, card, bead, smudged and reworked pot of lip gloss, shelf etc gets removed from the bedrooms, beds get broken down, pc's unplugged, blah blah, to leave an empty shell - all of which has to be moved back, around a very awkward L shaped passage, at the end of it.....BREATHE.....deeply.

Next we are tackling our kitchen (she says in the very next breath!) - it's been a loooong time coming. Just the mere thought of renovations of any kind (changing a plug would be classified as a minor RENO in our home:-/), turns my DH a lighter shade of pale. I on the other hand get excited about the end result, but live on rescue for duration that chaos reigns in our house. I MUST SAY THOUGH, that the results make it sooo worth it, and I could kind of get used to this:-0. Alas, I have the utmost faith that Murray will make it as painless as possible, and between copious amounts of tea and coffee, sipped to the mellow background music of Jack Johnson, "I will survive"....!

So this weekend we are off to the Midlands in the QE2 (caravan), to enjoy the beauty of Autum in my "holy" place, and breathe in beautiful fresh, sweet air, as opposed to the all too familiar smell of curing EPOXY......

PPS: I know this turned out to be quite a long post - of very boring DIY stuff - that really, only my closest family and friends would find even remotely interesting, but.....I just need to add one last thing....with regards to the part about aaaaall the stuff being removed from the rooms...I feel it only fair to clarify that DH had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that....should I be worried:-/???


  1. Hey..... you got there me for a while. Would have been nice to START with - THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE. I spent ages on the photo thinking I really should have paid more attention to Brina's BEAUTIFUL ceiling and doors opening onto the garden, and her lighting and chandeliers and and and - I hit a wave of jealously chick, seriously. Hoping the second coating looks as good as this room.... it looked stunning before BUT he needed to redo it for sure, so well done for SURVIVING this ordeal. Gonna be wrth it for sure.
    Your list is slowly dwindling..... might make you happy (glad for you really really am...)but it makes your friends sad, just now this gorgeous house is probably going to have a "for sale" sign on it :( and we will be drooling over your country cottage somewhere up the mountain.
    Eish - loving your new blog background, so yummy. Have a fabulous relaxing family time together in the van and think of us while sipping cocktails and viewing the spectacular scenery there.

  2. Hey gf, all sounds wonderful, can't wait to see pics when it is all finally finished. Have a wonderful wonderful weekend away with your precious family and take time in your favourite place in all the world to relax and reflect.
    Watch for the butterfly xxx

  3. Don't envy the moving but as you said it will be all worth while when it is finished. Hope you have a great time away with your family.