Monday, August 29, 2011

More dreams of an Italian villa here...


As promised above is a pic of my home. The little shot shows it as it was when I purchased it earlier this year and the larger shot shows it after an exterior makeover. The roof was cleaned, the brickwork rendered, the other bits painted, and a large gate has been added at the side. I’m very pleased with the finished product. Somehow I was led to a group of young tradespeople who were honest and hardworking and lovely people as well. If you’re in Toowoomba and want any contact details just let me know. Well it certainly looks better doesn’t it. I think we’ve managed to bring the whole place together as a whole as opposed to a bitsey look. The balustrades (which also run down the side and around the back, top and bottom) now blend in with the house. To enhance the villa look I’ve started planting more pencil pines, box hedges, red geraniums and red bougainvillea. There’s already a very old wisteria growing on the lower front pergola. It had to be cut back for painting but is starting to shoot again. The house is on quite a large plot of land with lots of planting down each side and out the back. Below I’ve included some photos taken today of flowers in the garden. They look quite lovely in the pics as you can’t see all the weeds! Considering that it’s the end of winter here it’s not a bad show though.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Italian Garden

Well, no, not mine but hopefully, in time, ‘inspired by’ these google pics. I moved into my house in late January this year. It’s a big 1980s brick place with 300 cement balustrades that were often added in that era to give that Italianesque look – so what choice did I have? An Italian villa it is. The house has now been rendered and painting of the balustrades to help them ‘blend in’ is nearly finished. I’ll post some before and after pics in my next post. And I’ve started the garden makeover but it could (optimistically) take a few years…

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Forgetting how gorgeous we are...


Ummm, wish I could paint like this. Inexpensive custom portraits top down from 1. Phunk Lab 2. Katlandia 3. Artman757 4. Omniportraits 5. Portraitpaint

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Yikes, it’s been so long since I’ve posted. An illness, now a distant bad dream, has kept me away. Here’s to the rest of this year bein healthy and happy!