Friday, April 10, 2009
The greenhouse was bought via ebay. I did check out all the local places but the price was double, if not triple in some cases. This one arrived and Kim put it together. Since it has been put up we did have some heavy winds and so Kim screwed in extra screws in the base and extra bracing on the inside as at one stage we lost a sheet from it and were starting to panic. It has been fine since. One side as you can see has an inground bed. Got a load of veggie mix soil from Totally Organic and have planted mini cauliflower and broccoli in it. On the other side have moved 3 tomato plants in pots into the greenhouse as well as a capsicum plant and a couple of indoor plants that were looking the worse for wear. I havent had time to do anything really substantial at the moment but am looking forward to lots of produce eventually from both the greenhouse and the vegetable garden.
Railton (end of March)
One weekend we headed off to Railton first thing in the morning. Had never been there before. Railton is about three hours drive from Hobart.
Pictured are Bacardi and Robin Hood. The boys were wethered at the Kingston Animal Hospital and a week later delivered to their new owner, Kath in Railton. The boys are going to have a wonderful life with Kath and family. A new shelter had been built for them and some trees planted for extra shade. It is never easy saying farewell but as I only sell to good homes, one knows they will continue to have a happy Life. I have since heard from Kath and the boys have settled in well.
After leaving Railton and saying a fond adieu to Bacardi and Robin Hood we headed to Latrobe. It has been a few years since we last visited and it certainly has grown. I LOVE Reliquaire it is a shop that goes and goes and goes. I suggest if you are making an enquiry it is better to contact via email as they find themsleves too busy to keep the website up to date. I bought Zanthe (the pictured doll). She was made by Jan McLean It was extravagant and very naughty but she is just so gorgeous. Can you imagine her in real life? I walked into one of the many rooms at Reliquaire and there she was! She stood out from the crowd. Last time we were in Reliquaire we bought some venetian masks and a small water fountain (which unfortunately broke when we moved last moved house) If you are into dolls, golf, betty boop, disney, science, glow in the dark, fancy dress, glamour gum boots...so you get the picture, there is something for everyone. NO, I dont personally know the owners , I just love their store. I must admit I am aware they are ex teachers and I am slighty envious of their dream come true, Reliquaire!
Off we went, heading back to Hobart. On arrival around 7ish it was a rush to feed and tend all the animals , shower, dress up and head off to a friend's big party bash. We arrived back home and fell into bed around 3ish! I was impressed with our stamina as it had been a big day!
Zanthe resides in 'the pool room'. It does have a pool table and is quite an eclectic style of room. We love to quote from the very Aussie movie, The Castle, if its special then it is off to the pool room! The painting on the wall is quite different. It is a love or hate type of painting. Friend Marion hates it and when we moved to this current home she was hoping it would end up in the shed! Friend Paul loves it and if we die has said he would be happy to have it!
I find the painting to be very thought provoking! (Just thinking I should add that we do have an alarm system ,,,...re art the way we spend, credit card gets a work out :) the art is the kids inheritance!) The Blues brothers were at one of the Harvey Norman Department stores. Kept our eye on them and was so excited when they had a sale due to moving stores and the boys went to half price so home they came! The red telephone box does have a real working phone inside though I have not plugged it in. I bought that in Sydney awhile back. Would love one of the full size old red telpehone boxes in the garden but they cost an arm and a leg if one ever does come on the market. There is a pile of games on the hearth. Battleships belongs to Kim and he has had it since childhood. We have all played it at one time or another. I have to say Dirty Minds has never been open, was given as a housewarming gift (when we moved into this current house)..same as Slam and Dare The basket of dried flowers was left here by the previous owners. Sonia and Frank had this house designed and built and then raised their three daughters here before selling to us and holidaying/working aorund the country. They are lovely people and visited here at Chrtistmas time when in the state to see their children. Um, what else? The cross/candle holders are from Portofino store here in Hobart. Bought themn when at our previous house. The mask/form on the wall was bought in Venice, Italy. Let me just pinch myself. Yes, I have really been there..such an amazing place! The Da Vinci code book was a past Mothers Day gift from my two daughters and the Thomas Hardy book I bought for myself. I enjoyed reading his novels and love the illustrations in this book. I LOVE books! (will have to do a blog entry on books at another time)
Have always loved art, though the first piece we ever bought was a print of tigers at the Sydney haymarket quite some years ago. We barely had enough money to survive in those days! I look back in fondness though because it was also a lot of fun in many ways. Am so glad our taste in art has developed since then! Mind you, still like pieces that are way out of our league. Art is not just paintings though, Zanthe is representative of art, as are our collection of masks etc. Art can be seen in many forms. I just wish I had the talent to be an artist. Pleased to say our children all love art, though their tastes vary. We introduced Krystal to Charles Billich and although we still do not own one, she does! She bought a limited edition sporting AFL print, unframed when she was 21 (cost her $1500 ) I wish I had her saving ability..she saved the money to pay for her car, deposit for a house etc. Krystal was married last December and is 24. Mind you, she was the last of our children we expected to get married. I still cannot get used to the fact that my baby is a Mrs!
Speaking of spending the other half wants a dual cab ute. Not sure we really need one, though he has got stuck in the paddock in our holden rodeo ute, single cab flat tray.
Had to take Angus to the vet today. He seemd to be troubled with a sore mouth on Thursday evening and it had not improved. Didnt take the vet long to move the offending piece of bone from his mouth. He was telling me what a well behaved dog Angus was and then Angus had to go and wee on the door to the surgery, something he would never do at home!
What a face! Cant help but love him :)
And Speaking of babies my little grand daughters are due to arrive any minute!