Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New/Old Backyard Fence...

Over the weekend I put up my new/old post and rail fence.  I did it all by myself and it took me about an hour in the pouring rain.  It was a very attractive sight with my blue raincoat and gumboots on, digging the holes while it was pouring with rain, but I was determined to get it done.  Bailey was with me until the rain got too heavy and then he decided the rain was too much for him so he took cover in his warm much for the support!

I think it has turned out quite good and yes it is sturdy!

I put an old saddle that found at a market for $15 on it and an old horses haine which I have had a for a long time....I knew it would come in handy one day.  A wheel at the front and some grandpa's whiskers on the side and there you have it.

After some discussion we decided that some old corregated iron panels would look good covering the fence behind, but that will have to wait until my beans have stopped growing.

I think it looks quite good next to the seat too.

I have moved the old wheelbarrow that was in its place to another part of the garden, but I still have to move it around to different spots until I am happy with it.

Now I will have to think what my next project will be!!!

Oh, my antiquing day on Saturday turned out to be a very rainy day and unfortunately without any purchases that were worth showing....oh well, maybe next time.  All in all the day was great to have a catch up with a lot of laughs.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Love of Old Tins, Boxes & Bottles...

I thought I would share with you some of my collections.  I absolutely love old tins, boxes and old bottles. I have found them at antique shops, markets, website stores, or they have been given to me. I think they are so interesting!

Let's start with the Kitchen...
Arnott's tin collections

Also in the kitchen I have a selection of other old tins, also on display is my Mum's old electric mixer (left), and my Nan's old electric mixer (right).

 Ice Cream tins, Sunshine Milk, Akta Vite

Various cooking tins 
Old butter churn with old flavouring bottles

The Laundry...

Last but not least is the Bathroom...

I call this my old medicine cabinet

I hope you have enjoyed my collection of tins, boxes and bottles.

I am trying not to buy anymore Arnott's tins as they as a bit too big to store and really, I have run out of room.

I am off on an antiquing day on Saturday to the Blue Mountains with my good friend Chris, so who knows what treasures I will find.  I am sure you will see my finds in my next post.

I wish everyone a very Happy Easter and I hope you get lots of chocolate.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Around the Backyard.....

I thought I would share some photos of my backyard, only after I mowed on the weekend and it looked tidy!

 My new/old purchase from the weekend markets is this great old wheelbarrow, although the bucket is not old it still looks really good...I think anyway.  On what to decide to put in the bucket I decided against plants as I didn't want the wood to rot, so my good friend Chris suggested putting old garden tools in it and they look great.  The shovel and fork I picked up for $5 for the two at a garage sale.

The next photo is of one of my crepe myrtle trees, these flowered great this year.  Also in this photo is my seat that my partner Steve made for me.

I would love to hide the back fence and it is a work in progress to get it covered, hopefully I will get there one day.  In the garden along the back fence is an old cyclops scooter leaning on an old gate.

In the photo below, the blue gate my Dad made for our family home when I was little, brings back memories of swinging on the gate to close it...and didn't we get into trouble for doing that!!!  Just under the 2nd crepe mrytle tree is my little cubby house, which houses spider webs, my shade plants and bailey loves to get in there an sniff around.  The right of the tree near the cubby is my little hills hoist that my Dad made for me when I was little.

Last photo is of the back of my house. Next month I am finally getting my pergola put up (after 5 yrs of being here)...can't wait.  To the left in the photo, lying on the path is my new/old post & rail fence which I bought at the local market as well.  I can't wait until it gets put up....maybe over Easter.  Once it is up I will take a photo and do a post on it.

So there is short tour of my small backyard....maybe one day I will have a bigger one!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Mum....

Today you would have been 77 if you had not been taken from us.  I know that you will have a great day celebrating with your Mum & Dad and Brother & Sister and you will be dancing with the angels!

(Mum's 21st Party)

I miss you everyday and wish you were still here.
I am so glad that you passed on your love of gardening to me as I love it so much too.
Also, Bailey misses his belly rubs that Nana used to spoil him with.

(1 month before she passed away in November 2008)

I will always treasure our last photo together.

Love you so much.  xxxx