Saturday, 16 August 2014

to celebrate

The other weekend I took a little break from life up here and armed with a few velvety birthday treats, went to Sydney to celebrate and surprise my dear and gorgeous friend Jen for her birthday. It was a weekend overflowing with lots of talking, walks through the city streets at night, eating seriously delicious food (here and here), lots of cuddles, a few bars (here and here), an impromptu haircut and viewing a lovely smattering of stunning art.
It was absolutely what I needed, a huge dose of nourishment from some very special friends and to be able to be there for Jen's birthday, to love her from close up not just from afar, was truly wonderful.
I also particularly loved the fact that I got to spend some special time with Jen and Rod's children, Lily and Saul, whom I love so dearly, without them being stolen away to various corners of the house by my children, no I had them all to myself and my gosh it was so very special.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

these walls

We have been very fortunate in that in the renovating of our weatherboard home we have been able to reuse all of our lining boards and so much of our hardwood in other areas of the house. We have moved walls to put in built ins, we have created rooms and rebuilt walls, only needing to buy about 40 recycled lining boards and about 10 3 x2 recycled hardwood timber pieces. In the process of moving these boards around we have had to keep children away and cover ourselves as we deal with old lead paint, we have cut, nailed and sanded and with all of this we have come to love these mis-matched but utterly beautiful walls.  So much so that we have decided to keep some of these walls like this for a while, yes we will oil them to protect them but we will leave little bits exposed, with a little nod to the stories they tell. 
We have also been busy injecting a lot of love in these walls by means of insulation, in both the internal and external walls and will also be redoing the roof insulation and underfloor insulation, it is so darn satisfying, making our home utterly cosy. Scott and I also worked out a really great way of retrofitting this weatherboard with insulation, basically it includes only taking off a couple of lining boards and a piece of masonite, stay tuned we will post a clip on you tube as we had a hard time finding anything less than overwhelming online. 
Working physically building our home is beyond satisfying, it is nourishing, empowering and so much fun. My nail gun compressor skills have been raised to a new bar, as has my drilling, nail punching and puttying skills. I feel like I am walking in a dusty haze, wearing the same pair of work jeans and top nearly everyday, my hands and fingers are throbbing from misjudged hammering and wayward splinters, my shoulders ache and my head is a bit frazzled as the rest of the time is focused on looking at secondhand kitchens and researching natural paints, paint prep and finalising bathroom layouts. But it is great, Scott, Josh (our carpenter friend and builder extraordinaire) and I are having a ball working together. 
Currently it looks like we will be in, in about four weeks, into the weatherboard part of our home, with the new extension looking to start in about five weeks, weirdly I kind of don't want it all to end, I know I will come back and curse those thoughts, but I am sure there will be no shortage of jobs to do as we look towards our garden and beyond. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

the artist that is ...

Nick Warfield, oh yes, regular readers may just start getting a bit tired of me throwing around this amazing human's name but quite frankly I just can't help it. Nick is an incredible artist who creates beautiful pieces of art using well, junk, this Bowerbird has bits of Nick's old car in it, amongst other great things like venetian blinds, a fan, a teapot and goodness knows what else. How cool is that. And not only does he make these stunning pieces out of rubbish, he creates characters every sculpture has an essence, a personality that is undeniable. And they are so perfectly proportioned it makes me weak at the knees. 
Nick was recently commissioned by our local council to create this wondrous 6ft tall Bowerbird (and the beautiful entranceway) for the newly named Bower House Community Reuse Centre, a.k.a our local tip. And as if you couldn't tell from the pictures but this bird is ridiculously amazing, I was honestly gobsmacked when I first saw it. Hope you love it as much as we all do.