If it wasn't for the birdsong, it'd be perfectly quiet here in Donaustadt. Preparing my cup of English Breakfast tea, I look out the kitchen window at the neighbours in their kitchen doing pretty much the same thing, probably thinking the same thing too: please let there be some milk in the fridge. There is:… Continue reading Oh Vienna
Well, at least it is when you have to rent out your house and have children who have to go to school. We want our kids to get exposed to local life overseas so we’ll be enrolling them in school in Zakynthos and then again in Ireland. Ireland, God bless it, just wants birth certificates.… Continue reading Moving overseas is more complicated than you think
Well, our first experience with a HelpXer is over and this evening we are welcoming our second lot. Last week we had Juliane, from Germany, stay with us for one week. She was lovely, did all we asked, worked independently when we were gone all day at work and didn't laugh too loud at our… Continue reading HelpX Review
I recently read a book called 'Blue Skies and Black Olives' about a house in Greece a couple of guys built. A father and son. No less a figure than John Humphrys from TV, and his son! The most interesting thing about the book for me was that it was mainly written by a person who… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Blue Skies and Black Olives’
I've recently developed a slight obsession with textiles especially handwoven and embroidered. I've been drooling over Kanthas and Suzanis and spent hours trawling the internet and bemoaning the fact that I don't live in the USA. uzbek-craft.com - look but don't attempt to buy if you're in Australia. Those few US stores that do ship… Continue reading Handmade
Well the dining room is finally finished. I must admit that it took longer than I thought. Mainly due to my procrastinating when it came to painting.I'm pretty happy with the way it came together and as well as the more expensive items I managed to get some bargains and even some freebies. Lovely Belgian vintage… Continue reading Dining room done!
The only thing I've ever won is an esky over 20 years ago, so you must excuse my excitement that I actually won something!Every now and then I enter an online competition as long as it doesn't involve the dreaded "In 25 words or less...".This time I actually won a gorgeous chair and sofa from… Continue reading Winner!
It was off to the beach today. I hadn't really done anything special with the boys over the school holidays (I'm still working) so I though I'd get in a day trip before school started back on Monday.So together with the Grandparents we headed off to Broadbeach.First stop was the awesome kids playground. Crowded (due… Continue reading Beach Boys
When we moved into our house we found this old pine buffet in the shed. I must admit that I didn't give it much thought at first except as a place to store the gardening tools.excuse the horrible photo..But I was soon inspired by all the wonderfully talented bloggers out there, especially by Paint Me… Continue reading Furniture Painting
In a previous post I bemoaned the fact that we have the world's ugliest gas heater and I longed for one of those sleek gas fires.These last few days however I've learnt to love the ugly. It's been cold and wet and every evening we turn on the heater for a warm and cozy room.… Continue reading Love the ugly