We've just got back from a weekend at our friend's farm. It's such beautiful countryside around that part of Adelaide (about 1.5 hours away from the city), lots of rolling green hills with a patchwork of paddocks. We spent most of the weekend eating.... and drinking... and having bonfires.
There were a couple of walks to visit the cows and see the Kangaroos hopping by at the end of the property. This is not a serious working farm - it's a hobby farm, but it kept the kids busy zipping around on the Gator and there was one moment of high drama when the sheep got out of the paddock and straggled over the road. Of course the rank amateurs (Mr AV and our friend D) trying to herd them back to their paddock was pretty funny to watch (there is no sheep dog to assist).
Today we had more friends and their kids join us for a big lunch and a few bottles of wine. The one thing about living in Adelaide is that you pretty much are guaranteed that there will be a friend at a lunch/ dinner who has a connection to the wine industry... which means lots of good wine to try.
Our friends K & D - whose farm we stayed at - used our mutual friend K to do the design (she is an Architect too). It was almost a ruin when it was bought, but K did a superb job in selecting the materials and finishes - very Country Chic. Lots of Mintaro Slate - huge slabs - were used on the veranda, for benchtops in the bathrooms and kitchen and for the flooring in the hallway. The bedrooms all have carpet in the same tones, walls in warm creams and lots of use of the natural stone that the house was built from around 150 years ago. All very simple/ rustic with bleached wood tones to complement and simple white plantation shutters at the windows. They have added Art with a nature theme to it, and the simple light fittings look beautiful (all from Dunlin). It was a very comfortable weekender to stay at (so many times over the years we've stay at friends places which are very shack like, and usually have no window coverings/ never get cleaned/ have beds with strange lumps and sags in them). We had a lovely time.
So, onto the Giveaway! The blog has turned 1, and I have to say a big thank you to all of you who left such thoughtful comments - I really wasn't expecting it, and I found it so interesting to hear of your favourite post, or the posts you enjoy reading.
I received 37 comments (aside from my own!) and Random.org chose comment number 3....
Deborah who wrote
"Hi there! I'm a newer reader, having found your blog via FF and Lovely Jublies. I'm living in Adelaide at the moment, so love it when you mention local bits and of course adore the clothes/fashion.
">(Also, 28th Sept is my birthday ;) - a good day!)
Congratulations Deb - it is indeed your lucky day!! How funny that your number came up - please email me your full name and postal address and I'll send the book and soap out to you firstname.lastname@example.org and a Happy Birthday to you - hope you had a lovely day.
So, on to the renovations.... I honestly feel at the moment it is one step forward, two steps back... as some of you read in the comments from Wednesday's post we have launched legal action with the Steel Window company in Melbourne. It's not ideal, but we'll hopefully force a resolution on the matter. So far the windows began their installation around 11 weeks ago. And they're still not complete. It's been quite stressful trying to deal with this particular company.
On Wednesday night we had gusty winds in Adelaide, and when the builders arrived early on Thursday morning, they found that one of the large double glazed units had blown out of the window (as they have still not completed the installation properly - they are all 'temporarily' in place) and smashed on the ground. So it's been a bit of a week of drama on that front.
On other items, I feel that I am constantly having to retrace my footsteps and contact suppliers/ follow things up as almost nothing gets done that you are told will get done. Due to all these problems, I decided a few weeks ago to order the wallpaper (as it could take quite some time to arrive if not in stock in Australia). So of course, the next week all the wallpaper arrived, and is now in our dressing room taking up space as we don't actually have any walls to wallpaper yet. Sigh. Meanwhile, the light fittings ordered several months ago are still on a boat from Italy somewhere.
Oh, and just to torture myself I decided to price up the Italian sofa I wrote about here. I thought I should satisfy my curiosity just on the off chance it was cheaper than the $25,000 I had estimated it would be. Well, I was quite wrong about the price. It wasn't in excess of $25,000. It was in fact way in excess of $25,000 .... try $43,000! Plus leather would be extra if you're interested. So, that knocked that idea over, and I'll most definitely stick with the very reasonably priced Jardan sofa (which Mr AV had been complaining about the cost of. Not any more).
So a trip to the countryside was a good tonic to take our minds temporarily off the rather stressful phase of the building works we're currently in. Hopefully things will be a little better this week... fingers crossed!
Hope you had a good week xx
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