Yesterday we went up to Stirling, to my Dad's house for Afternoon Tea. We went for a little walk in the garden, as we always do, and visited the ponies in their paddock.



This is Lucy, she's a Welsh Mountain Pony, and has a friend (he's black) called Gryphon. They're essentially expensive lawn mowers - their job is to keep the grass down in the horse paddock. As you can see by their size, they're essentially barrels on legs. They Do Not like being ridden (preferring their life of ease and eating instead), and they're absolute greedy guts. We fed them carrots and apples, and Lucy also took a liking to my yellow shoes. I got a nip on the toe as she clearly thought they might be edible.




We also like to visit the Peacocks and Peahens and Peachicks, and the chooks (chickens). We'll be getting a few silky bantam chickens when our renovation is finished - they're excellent pets, but in the meantime they live with the other chooks in Fort Knox up at Dad's (this is necessary as the Fox likes to kill them if he has even the smallest chance of entry to their yard). It would not win a competition with Martha Stewart's "Palais de Poulets", but is probably much safer for them.


The other favoured activity when visiting Dad is the Hay ride in the trailer hitched onto the ride-on mower. They do circuits around the drive and the garden paths.... the children can all drive it quite well now, I'm suspicious that Dad is thinking he can use them as free labour fairly soon, as soon as they stop taking out the corners that is...



After that, we popped into the Stirling Pub's Bistro for dinner. The kids ran around on the front lawn as it was a balmy evening, and we enjoyed a few drinks and dinner in peace (highly unusual). I had two glasses lined up as a man in the pub brought me another glass of bubbles over.... I was hopeful he thought I was a particularly attractive young woman (despite Mr AV sitting next to me plus 3 kids running around), but no, he just got a free one by mistake, and thought as I already had one I might like another?! Of course I couldn't refuse...


It's the end of the School Holidays here, and aside from movies, plays with friends, new school shoes, haircuts and trips to museums and the art gallery, I've pretty much spent my time constantly trying to tidy up... a fairly futile exercise. One thing that amuses me constantly is to see what 4 year old E has dressed her mice and bunnies in - they have a little wardrobe of outfits that she puts together rather creatively. This hawaiian shirt plus gingham skirt looks slightly Marni like to me...


Bunny in floral pj's plus shaggy psychedelic waistcoat


This is her dragon who is wearing a floral dolls dress....


Lulu, her favourite doll (not pictured) is currently dressed in a floral dress with a kung fu top over it. Needless to say, E is still highly supervised before I allow her to set foot in public as she currently has a rather... unique... personal style.

On renovation news, they've pretty much laid out all the slab for the concrete pour on Thursday. The hydronic heating has to be put down which will take a couple of days (hydronic heating is the English style radiators or in slab heating system - hot water (gas heated) is pushed through pipes in the slab... very economical to run and a much nicer form of heat). They've taken down the fence between our neighbours house and us as the extension sits on the boundary.



This direction is looking at the kitchen, playroom and laundry


This side is the dining and living area



Things are moving along, and I've still got a lot of drafting to do... I just never seem to get a decent block of time to do it!! Plus procrastination on that front has not helped. But things are now moving so quickly, I have to hop to it so they don't blame me for any hold ups!

Hope you had a great week xx

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  1. I love the fat ponies, your parent's fab garden, the outfits on the toys and your daughter's hair xx

    PS Carylene or whoever from Editor's eye is insane, but amusing x

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    1. E used to hate her curls, we had to pretend her hair was straight, but she loves them now as she gets so many compliments.

      You are Carolyne!! She is totally hilarious! And the cushion rearranging was very you! xx

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  2. Your father's house and animals look wonderful... Ponies and peacocks and chooks! How fantastic!
    My youngest child's idea of heaven is hanging out with chickens. He wants to be a chicken farmer when he grows up, although he would never allow one to be killed, so I'm not sure how successful a venture it would be! Both of my kids are vegetarians, and we have to hide chickens if we ever buy them.

    Also love E's outfits for her toys! She may well have a great career ahead as a stylist! D (son) went through a stage of wanting to wear a sleeping beauty outfit. We never made a fuss and he wore girls clothes and dress-ups for a while. Nowadays he's not so fond of cross-dressing and prefers a more conservative style ;-)

    Very exciting that the slab is being poured so soon. You must be so relieved to be getting closer to being able to see the structure rising from the ground.

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    1. That's so funny re your son being a chicken farmer!! We've had chooks since we were very little, my sisters and I can all hypnotise chickens, and my younger sister used to enter her pet chooks in the Royal Adelaide Show each year... She'd spend weeks oiling the chooks feet and grooming them ready for judging. They never won though as they weren't pedigree.
      S, the 2 year old has also indulged in cross dressing in times past... we have a few photos of him in fluffy tutus. The influence of a big sister!!
      Very excited to see things starting to happen with the back of the house, although of course I'm now nervous that it's going to look awful - was worrying about the windows at 2am last night... they're costing a bomb and I'm suddenly concerned I've made a mistake!! Fingers crossed they're ok.... xx

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  3. Your Dad's house looks so lovely Heidi. Stirling is such a beautiful part of the Adelaide Hills.
    Although naughty, Lucy looks so darn cute (maybe its the palomino colour)! I had a welsh mountain pony growing up, although she was a little bigger and able to be ridden (but could still be very stubborn and naughty on occasion!).
    How exciting that the house is coming along nicely. Hopefully with school going back you have some extra time for drafting.
    Good luck for this week x

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    1. I'm afraid the bite to the toes reinforced why I don't ride at all!! My younger sister did/does, but I've always been terrified of horses, even if they are half the size of me - they're too unpredictable! They've tried breaking Lucy in, but she is rather bolshy about it, and quite determined not to be ridden. She becomes lame suddenly..... xx

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  4. What a lovely retreat to go to - it is a veritable playground! That photo of the kids on the wagon is adorable.

    All those animals are fabulous, are the chickens good laying types?

    Do you have a bee hive as well?

    E is rather fashionable - I noticed her burgundy shoes, she sure does have the fashion gene doesn't she? The dolls are better dressed than me!

    Where is Kevin doing his monologue to camera? This is almost grand designs worthy. All that caging and stuff ( high tech engineering term).

    I love it when one gets an add-on drink - Cheers! xx

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    1. Yes, the chooks do lay well - we get most of the eggs, which is nice! No bee hive though

      Those burgundy shoes of E's have practically bankrupted me along with the other 7 pairs I had to buy the children for winter... shoes are too expensive here (school shoes, ugly black clarke's ones are $110!!!!). xx

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  5. I want to move in to your dad's does he need a stable hand? I also want my days to be filled with spectacular looking leggy rabbits, I must have been really bad in another life.

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    1. The ponies are cute, but nippy! I'm quite partial to a rabbit myself, hence E's collection of soft ones. They lead a pampered life full of dress ups and time spent reclining in chairs and beds. xx

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  6. Did you just write $110??? When I read stuff like that it does scare me of even thinking of living back in OZ. Even in Harrod's I think school shoes are about £30 which is half price. school shoes x 3? Next time you are in London, go to Primark and stock up!!

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    1. Yes I did!! I had to buy my oldest footy boots, running shoes, school shoes and another pair of the cheapest things I could find that would be acceptable casual shoes. The school shoes gall me every time - they are so ugly and orthopaedic and cost a bomb. I have an English friend who moans endlessly about how expensive everything is here xx

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  7. Gosh your father's garden looks stunning, what a lovely place to get away to for your children and ponies and chooks to admire no less. The photo of the children all tucked into the wagon together is just gorgeous, they must adore their visits to see your Father. I suspect E might be a future "It" girl. Love her burgundy Mary-Janes and Mouse/Bunny styling. xx

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    1. It is a lovely spot, we're very lucky to have somewhere to escape to from the renovation mess. I've also managed to avoid the having a pet thing for the past 3 years fairly successfully too due to the numbers of animals that Dad keeps... although that's about to come to an end as the kids are all campaigning for a pet...! xx

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  8. What a lovely garden your father has! I was also pleased to read that there were other little boys who "cross-dressed". My 2 year old grandson's favourite outfit is a pink sequinned dress, worn with a tiara and princess high heels...needless to say hand- me- downs from his 4 year old sister. He seems to have discarded it now and just favours a silver handbag...
    Looking forward to your renovation progress.

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    1. How hilarious Linda! My cousin, who is 8 years younger than me used to love dressing up as a fairy with makeup... he absolutely adored his three older girl cousins and we thought it hilarious to dress him up. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he always answered "a girl". He's now 30 and to my knowledge does not cross dress and is perfectly normal! xx

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  9. It's always such a good feeling when the foundations are about to be poured ... as if the end is just so much closer!! Love E's shoes, the cute ponies and the bunny/mouse styling. Was the Stirling Bistro nice? Was thinking of going there for my husband's birthday next month ... must be 20 years since I last ate there. Thank goodness school holidays are almost over. Oldest son went back to Uni today and Year 12 son goes back on Wednesday. Bring it on I say!! Have a great week Heidi. Jo xx

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    1. Thing should start to happen fairly rapidly once the frame starts going up - I know the windows aren't far away from being delivered to site and installed, so they need something to install them into. Stirling Bistro is lovely, but you probably want the restaurant for a nice birthday dinner? The restaurant is really good - I was last there in December, and it's fab. Very grown up. The bistro doesn't reserve tables and can get quite noisy. Especially if the footy is on... You're nearly at the home stretch with the kids finishing school Jo! Mine are back tomorrow. I'm looking forward to my first free day in 3 weeks on Wednesday when the youngest also goes to his educational establishment for the day! xx

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    2. The great thing about being on the home stretch of schooling is no more school fees!! We will be able to afford to eat out a lot more!! Have just looked at the Stirling Hotel website ... we will probably stick with the Bistro this time as we will be attending with extended family and I don't quite think the restaurant will appreciate the antics of my 8 year old nephew!! Jo xx

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    3. Ha! Think of all the overseas holidays you'll now be able to have instead Jo.... If it's a big noisy family dinner than the Bistro is probably the place to go. Have a good night! xx

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  10. That photo of the kiddies in the cart totally cracked me up. And I would love chooks, their eggs are just so pretty and different from the ones in the store. Can't wait to see how your remodel progresses.

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    1. There's nothing like a home grown egg - totally different from the ones in the supermarket. xx

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  11. What lovely memories your children will have of spending time at your Dad's house. It looks so beautiful. All of my girls' grandparents live miles away (Hong Kong and Arizona) so connections are forged via Skype and occasional visits. Is that the house you grew up in Heidi?

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    1. Hi Charlotte, They adore going up there, but it was not my childhood home. Mum and Dad bought it around 12 years ago... we all joke that they upsized after my sisters and I left home. They fell in love with the garden. It's very hard when family are so far away. Even when we were in Melbourne, which is only a 1 hour plane ride it just made visits infrequent with the grandparent's. They are very lucky to have family around now. xx

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  12. Laughing about the kids and the ride on lawn mower. Within half an hour of arriving at my parents both my kids were riding in the trailer of Dad's ride on mower. So excited about it yet so blase about all the huge tractors we have at home!

    Love the fat ponies too - they are literally in a good paddock.

    Take care.

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    1. That is hilarious that they find the ride on mower more exciting than all the big equipment you have on the farm.... what you're used to I guess?! Those ponies live The Good Life. xx

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  13. I am in a complete tiz after reading about your in-slab heating system... Are you having wooden floors or tiles? I have heard about this system but opted for the radiators instead as it 's a system I know... but they dry out the air and perhaps I should have gone with your system... too late now anyway... what the hell.. the slab has been poured.. what am I panicking for!!!. Your Dad's garden is dreamy - the wonderful age of the trees and so lovely for your children.. special xxx

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    1. Don't panic Jenny!! We have both in our house - the front is the radiators as it's old and was retro-fitted, the back is the in slab system. We are putting down linoleum flooring, but you can do tile, carpet or timber floors (floating floors are better as they're more stable, solid timber boards can sometimes shrink if they haven't been dried out properly, although my Aunt has them and they've been fine). The only difference is you don't have the radiator taking up space, plus you do get a bit of benefit from having the thermal mass of the concrete radiating the heat up... but it's much the same, so if you're ok seeing the radiators, then I wouldn't worry about it! We had limited places for them in the extension due to number of windows, so the in slab heating was a better option for us. Dad's garden is lovely - you can't beat an old garden for atmosphere. xx

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  14. Your dad's garden is just gorgeous and love the ride on mower. How lovely to get a bonus glass of bubbles, does the pub in Stirling have good food?

    Your house renovations are really coming along too and E's bunny is really sweet xxx

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    1. Yes, it's a great pub - the restaurant is really nice as well and quite a dressy place compared to the Bistro which is very casual. xx

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