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Hard to  believe that this time 37 years ago I was, well I was probably asleep  in bed, no way did I get to  stay up  after 8  as a kid. But When I went to  bed it was knowing it would be the last sleep  in the only house I’d ever known as home. I don’t remember being that  upset about it. I was nervous about a new school and sad about leaving  school  friends, but  the new house had a lawn. A huge lawn that didn’t get dug up  every year to  plant tomatoes or dahlias. Also  I got my own bedroom, no more sharing with  the messy baby sister. It was a huge house, at least twice the floorspace of where we had been. I guess my love affair with this house started that month. I remember  sitting watching the rain (wettest winter in many decades) through the HUGE windows,  splashing around the half acre of  trees and chook shed and carports and wood shed and all sorts of interesting places to  explore without even  venturing out the gate.  I especially remember that I could barely see across the countertops in the kitchen (remember that when I post what I’ve just done in the kitchen next week 😉 and sitting on the  floor of the unfurnished living room in the winter sun next to  the roll of new carpet waiting to  be laid, playing knuckles.

Independence Day has always been  special in this household.  ID37 is the first one where it’s MY house. Not sure I actually believe that most of the time. Happy Anniversary to me 😉

Tour Time: The ‘um’ room

My first memory of living in this house was the night we moved in, walking in on a cold wet winter’s night after a long car trip from our old house and Dad (who had come earlier with the furniture) was sitting in an easy chair in front of a roaring fire. We’d never had an open fire before and I loved it.

Unfortunately, the chimney design sucked (or more to the point, didn’t suck) and so regularly smoked us out if the wind changed), so over the years we gradually stopped using the fireplace.

A few months ago, trying to work out how to keep the house I decided I had to let out some bedrooms. Since I was using them all this meant some major reorganisation.

My first thought was to stay put in my little bedroom and tiny study and move the salon into the spare room and let out the lounge and master bedroom.

Then I decided I could get more money letting 3 small rooms than 1 or 2 larger rooms. So, the contents of my tightly organised and packed study would need to move into the large, open, loungeroom, a room with no morning sun, a hearth and a fireplace and essentially no walls.  This meant finding room for walls of books and folders, boxes of beads and assorted craft stuff, a desk and shelves full of scrapbooking supplies, a table (that my father built) from the sunroom, and the myriad of office supplies that any self respecting stationery junkie always has on hand.

Later, I decided that the salon really didn’t earn itself a bedroom of its own and had to move into the lounge too.

So, if youy’re looking for something, it’s probably in the um lounge, I mean the new study um, ah, that is the salon, or  the um craft room.Actually, right at the moment I probably have no idea where it is!

The um, study, from the library/hall


The wall colours are Dulux Azure Blue, and White Duck half.

The book nook. Can't wait to get the fireplace working again this winter.


The craft corner. Not sure what I have planned to deal with this mess.

The salon corner

Moving Day

Finally –  the painting is done (well  the trim in the bedroom needs a second coat but I spent  4 hours sitting on my  butt on the floor doing it yesterday –  it can wait). Today  council clean up  rubbish has to  be taken to  the street,  beds, shelves and the contents of the study have to  shuffle around the rooms. Arghh, friends arriving in 30  mins and I don’t know where to  start. Computers off first I guess…. goodbye cruel world….

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