We’ve paid a deposit on our kitchen! It is happening I promise you.
Still haven’t got the start date though.
Yesterday I went on a mammoth drive to Palm Beach. OOOhhh so pretty up that way! I think I would love to live around there if I could afford it.
In Sydney, we are experiencing some truly stunning light winters day with optional cardi weather.
I drove for 1.5 hours to visit a shop that was not open! Their opening hours were not stipulated on their website.
I wasn’t too bothered as I really do love to go for a drive and it means I will just have to visit another time. Alas they have a sister store in Castlecrag, so I rang them to make sure that they are open and they were!
There are so many nice shops in the Northern Beaches, but I was battling dodgy phone reception and the clock, So I just decided to go to Avalon for lunch.
Louise Bell, the proprietor of Table Tonic always instagrams her lunch from Nourish. They look so scrumptious and healthy so I decided to go there to eat.
Avalon is a really nice area. Nice village feel and easy parking (well it was a Tuesday)
I had a wander around the streets there before sitting down to this $16.50 salad with a side of $8 water!
I didn’t realise the water was $8 until afterwards. You live and you learn.
The salad was very yummy, but no where near enough goats cheese.
Then I drove to Castlecrag to visit the shop. The store owner greeted me and asked me if I was the one who rung, he offered me truly superb customer service. He was French, but not snooty.
I took home these 2 items.
If you haven’t realised by now, I am an absolute sucker for white ceramics and I am building up a collection of it.
(And if my kids dare ebay it when I am dead, so help me God I will haunt them!)
Here lies my first 2 items from French brand Astier de Villatte.
I was really after a fruit bowl/big bowl for my island bench, but it was slim pickings. He said he is going to France in September for a shopping trip. Oh what a life.
The milky white glaze also has a pearlescent effect to it.
I grew that cymbidium orchid in my Audrey vase. Mumma’s proud.
I also love marble and I came across this fruit bowl on Hub Furniture’s website.
There was no price, so I googled it to see approximately how much it costs. ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED BRITISH POUNDS!
There goes that idea of having it on the bench holding non organic bananas.
This stand is also from Marsotto. Heaven to betsy is has my name all over it. Someone must gift me with it.
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Talking about eBay. I’ve had a bit of luck and have managed to sell off quite of bit of unused items around my house.
One of which was this in window air conditioner. To me, having an aircon in the window is an eyesore. I don’t even feel good about those ones on the wall either.
It was with the house already and we have been here for 2 summers and never used it. It is in the kitchen window and we are about to renovate that room completely so it was time for it to go.
I listed it for the low low price of $20 and it sold for $76! Oh I laughed and I laughed.
A man came over and spent 2 hours of his life removing it for me and disposing of it and he gave ME $76. That sounds like winning to me.
It was quite the saga though. He wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and forgot his tools, so he used one of my husband’s screw driver and damaged it. He was having difficulty removing it and sheepishly asked me when my husband would be home so he could help me. Once he was home, it didn’t take long and he was off on his merry way in a van full of other old electronics and washing machines. I don’t get it and I don’t need to get it. I’ve got CASH!
He couldn’t understand why I was selling it. I told him that I preferred to reinstate the aesthetics of the original timber sash window then to have the aircon in it.
He screwed his face up in disgust and told me that my window would rot and to rip it out and replace with aluminum.
Comments like this make me really sad.
I really do want to go to university to study architecture and have a job that is involved in restoration projects. That would be my dream.
Another sad comment this week was the electrician telling me to continue the down lights in the kitchen into the rest of the house. UM NO!!!!!
Down lights and aluminum windows make me very sad indeed.
I would really love to know what happened to this houses original wood and lead light window and the person who decided to rip it out.
I would love to build a house next, but that is just a dream, but if we buy another house next I definitely am not going to compromise on original features.
If we do the extension to our house. This window will be going in my ensuite and the bathtub will sit under it!
(Again, why anyone would remove this window from their house is absolutely beyond me!)
For the entry way between the living room and the kitchen we ordered french doors. I am kicking myself, I should have visited this place first to see if they had doors that were suitable.
You win some, you lose some.
But I did see these lights
I’m thinking the third from the left.
2 of those over my island bench.
But I don’t think I will bite the bullet until the kitchen is fully installed and I get a feel for the space. Same goes for the bench seating, dining table chairs and the dining table light fitting.
Here is something that has actually been DONE in the house!
Painting of the chimney breast, cornice and ceiling! Thrilled to bits with it. Looks like it has always been here. Well done husband. I think he might have just redeemed himself from the mantle issue. The mantle is still left to do and to purchase a mirror. We are going to Bowral this Sunday. Any recommendations for places to visit and somewhere for lunch?? Thank you.
Wishing everyone else a nice rest of the week.