Back garden makeover!

About a month ago Toby had an inkling that he was a gardener, underneath being an astrophysicist. And I am an established gardener, albeit an established gardener of metre squared patches of soil in Chorlton. Along with Oliver we decided it was time to tackle our overgrown mess of a back garden. There was a huge fancy looking barbecue hidden under weeds and a child’s paddling pool inexplicably thrown over some climbing plant.

Here are some pictures of our untamed wilderness… Before & After!

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So now it’s a lovely place to be! We have herbs growing (rosemary, parsley, mint and oregano) as well as some sad looking lettuces. There is a genuine compost heap in the corner, that was hidden under weeds and overgrown trees. That was the purpose of the child’s pool, to cover the compost heap!

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It’s a bit bare for now but soon everything should grow and fill in the spaces. Oliver already went crazy on the front garden so we’ll have a perfectly preened outside space and somewhere lovely to cook at the weekend and drink coffee in the morning.

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Little room in fitztoy…

Just one week ago we woke up for the last time in Habitat hostel in St. Kilda. By all means, a decent hostel. For a month, tiresome. We packed up all our goods and left behind this kind of living…

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We got to our new house in Fitzroy, just off busy Brunswick Street, as the previous inhabitants were leaving in their camper van. We saw our room for the second time, now empty and it was bigger and lovelier than we remembered. Floor to ceiling empty wardrobes, a modest window, shiny wooden floors and a big tall ceiling. And a few gaping cracks in the wall. It’s old, I suppose that’s charming.

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After an obligatory trip to IKEA, 2 tram rides away, we returned with a duvet, sheets, a bonsai tree and tea lights. I don’t think I’ve ever returned from IKEA without candles and plants. It took 30 minutes to make the bed and unpack everything we own in Melbourne (2 backpacks and a few reusable supermarket bags worth). I love our cracked walls and this cosy room.

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I am so pleased to have a room and a space that is just ours. I am now obsessing over design blogs and little home improvement ideas, I would love to paint these filthy walls and sort out these cracks! And I look forward to living somewhere a little more permanent with the freedom to do those things. Right now we don’t know how long we’ll be here for, so we’re just enjoying that it’s ours. And it’s no bargain, but the location alone is worth it. And the general quality of living in this city means that I am content most days. I also have a house to scrub and hoover and realise how much like my mother I really am.

the last 24 hours in deeply edited pictures…

Uninspired by the job search I spent yesterday playing around with the beautiful VSCO app, kind of like Instagram but definitely more elegant looking. Not sure if my pictures match that description! Here are some from in and around Alice’s house…

(Can you guess which one isn’t edited?)

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