Thursday, August 07, 2008

We've been in our very own home now for almost two months. It's gone so quickly! We're still working out how some of the rooms should work - the living and dining rooms aren't really working very well at the moment - but we feel we've made good progress on the bedrooms. Ours is now furnished, and the built in bookshelves in the spare room are now out. This weekend we'll be washing the walls and ceilings, caulking gaps here and there and ripping up carpet and underlay in preparation for polishing the floors and painting the rooms. Very soon now we'll have pleasant and fairly neutral rooms in place of the violence-and-nausea-inducing Barbie-meets-Mortisha-Adams pink and black wallpaper.

In other exciting news, we've been eating our own lettuces for the last week, all the new strawberry plants are starting to produce fruit, the beans, peas and courgette are all starting to flower, and the tomato plants are struggling under the weight of the fruit. I've ordered some heirloom tomato plants, too, (the others being common all garden red varieties) which should arrive soon. I'm really looking forward to eating them! I admire a tomato that determinedly sticks to be pink and fabulous in the (red) face of peer pressure.

The rest of the garden is starting to take shape, too. We spent much of the first few weeks clearing the garden, and the last couple planting some of the non-vegie beds. We're going properly English, with lots of lavendar, roses, honeysuckle, hydrangeas, bulbs and jasmine. In a couple of weeks when they are available I'll be planting ludicrous numbers of bluebell, snowdrop and wild garlic bulbs to cover the area under the very large tree in the back corner. Hopefully with all these flowers, we'll be able to find some friends for the solitary robin who's been eating the seed from our bird feeder.

In completely unrelated news, we've booked flights to Australia for a trip in Oct-Nov. We'll be in Canberra for a few days leading up to 25 Oct, Melbourne very briefly around 26-27 Oct, Adelaide for the weekend of 1 Nov, and south east Queensland after that until 18 Nov. We'd love to see you!

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Anonymous Justine said...

I'm so so so so so pleased you're heading down here :)
Let me know if you need somewhere to crash - the bed kinda sucks but we do have a double sofa bed if you would like to stay. I would absolutely love to have you guys here and I'm sure Glenys will be cool about it too.
We will have to chat lots. Make plans etc (you do realise you're banned from having adelaide plans that don't involve me in some way right?) :)
I'm so stupidly excited that you'll be coming down here.

12:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to hear that wallpaper is gone!

hey, could you please email me your full street address (incl. postcode) so i can send my belated housewarming present and a proper letter? it was so wonderful to see you guys back in may & june....

much love to you both,

jen xxx

9:28 am  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Hi Vaughn and Margie. I know you'll be heavily booked during your time in Canberra, but keep me in mind! I would absolutely love to see you!

10:13 am  
Blogger earthkissed said...

well done on the gardening front you guys must have really got stuck into it. I must say the Brisbane leg of your trip is unfortunately perfectly timed to miss us as we'll be in Tuscany 1-21nov. Maybe next time!

12:45 pm  
Blogger Margie said...


What rotten timing! I don't suppose you're flying via London, are you?

1:56 pm  

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