Thursday, 11 February 2010

Home at Last!

Okay so finally I have a few photos to show you! Please bear in mind that I had all of 5 minutes to take these because the previous owners are still in residence & I didn't want to annoy them by overstaying my welcome ;-D These photos were for my benefit, to see how everything "fitted" in relation to everything else, blogging them is just an afterthought, so no harsh criticism on my lack of photog skills here k?! Relevant text is BELOW each photo...

Our front lawn & car port. Lawn is a bit on the dry side but remember it is SWELTERING here at the mo...

Not a bad view of the front from the corner of the front garden. The double volume window on the left is our lounge {in looooooooooooooove with the huge space - even though it is bigger going UP than it is wide!}

From the carport down around the kiddies windows, to the side of the house...love that white trellis...

The big herbaceous border just below the front lawn - love the big timber beams used instead of retaining blocks...

The "working" side of the house...and the littlies front window..this area is all gravelled. Very neat.

There are 2 retractable wash-lines here. We're increasing it to 4. I like that there is a gate to keep the dogs in at the back...

This is the view as you drive in from the front. Sadly those potted figs are going...I have 2 of my own big pots that I'm currently repainting terracotta {from bottle green - over that now...} just need a coupla new plants!

The "other" side of the house - ain't it pretty?! Full of ferns & crotons, tropical stuff that flourishes here!

Mini date palms down the side of my scrap room {presently their hall} - they get no bigger thank goodness!

Entering the house from the carport & front driveway. The lovely french door on your left leads to my scraproom & is being filled in...sad but essential as I need the cupboard space!

The front door! Have only just realised that the security gate is on the outside - rather strange!! Will have to check up on the whys to that one ;-D The windows there are for our dining-room...

The scraproom {currently the hall} That's not a crack in the window - just a reflection of something... A long narrow space with a door off to the dining room at the end on the right.

The lovely shade bed beneath the dining-room windows... The little window is the side window of the kiddies room.

The view of the back garden from our lounge - out to the tiled verandah & pool area. The tiles are "outside" sandstoney ones so they have a good grip as opposed to the slippery ceramic ones.

The pool ain't too big but we have been spoiled here with a gigantic pool for the last coupla years. The little house on the left is Mercy's abode, although we are partitioning it off to include a small laundry room as well.

Another little corner. I love how the bed edges are neatened off with timber poles although they do look slightly drunk! Just need to straighten them up...This is the spot where the trampoline is going - a real "dug -in" one.

Replacing that durawall panel is about the only unseen to maintenance required on the property.

An ill-placed tree right in the middle of Jack & Reilly's football pitch. GOT to dig it out...sorry...

A lush ground-cover surrounds a tree at the bottom corner of our garden. All a bit bushy down the bottom here...will need to do some serious pruning to keep this lot in check...

Another ill-placed tree! Gotta come out aswell I'm afraid...this is the spot for the garden shed! The wall on the left is the retaining wall for the pool. This province is notoriously hilly & often gardens are "stepped" - ours has 3 levels - about average ;-D

Hope you enjoyed the tour! Look out for some sneaky peakies of the INSIDE of our house soon!


13 comments:

Bernadine said...

It is lovely.. I can understand just from that why you liked it. Can't wait to see the inside.

Stefanie said...

Wow, that looks really pretty.
So light and airy.
It looks in really great shape, except for that one wall you mentioned.
You must be so looking forward to the move into your own place and being able to put your own creative stamp on it.
Delighted for you.

Vicki said...

Its so light and bright. Love your scrappy space too. The garden looks amazing even if the lawn has dried off. Bet you can't wait to get there now.

topkatnz said...

Looks absolutely fabulous Helen - I'm sure you will just love being there.

tania said...

thanks for the tour helen! it is looking great:) love it all!! you are going to be sooo happy:)glad things are finally turning your way.

Michelle Ramsay said...

Oh wow Helen that house is absolutely stunning. You guys are certainly going to love living there. Our security gate is also on the outside of the door - if you had it on the inside it would get in the way of opening up the door (well ours anyway)

Lynette said...

OH what a wonderful tour of your soon-to-be new home...I can just see why you are so excited.

Shayne said...

What a beautiful home Helen. I love the clean lines, the white and the lush gardens. Really beautiful. Also the different aspect to the gardening - logs instead of brick etc. Am sure you will be very, very happy here.

A lovely family home for you.

Andrea said...

It is completely STUNNING - am sure you are going to be very very happy there :0)
xxx
A

Helen Tilbury said...

Thanks everyone. Yes it is very light & airy because of the double volume lounge with the big window & also because the upstairs section (Chelsea's bedroom) has lots of windows & glass bricks to let in even more light. Thanks for the advice about the gate Michelle, at least now I know it's meant to be like that! My scrappy space is a bit on the tiny side but once it's fitted out it will be lovely ;-D Will share some inside photos this week but don't have many good ones as without a wide-angle lens it was pretty difficult to get room overviews.

Cindy said...

What a lovely house. And the security gate (in Australia we call them fly screen doors)...well in Australia they are all on the outside so you can leave the main door open and let the breeze come through without the bugs. Is their purpose in South Africa just for security? How interesting. I envy you getting a scrap room. Enjoy the move.

teacher jessy said...

How I wish I can stay in a house like yours. I love every corner of the hse. The garden is so beautiful & ur scrap room is awesome!!

Pearl said...

such a pretty house ! sounds like a steal to me now ! & soo tropical too ! ;)