Autumn works in the garden!

It feels like things have been moving more slowly in the old cottage as far as renovations and repairs go.  It's not really the case mind you, it's just the jobs that have been done are not so impressive looking compared to a whole room reveal.  We have been slowly chipping away and bit by bit things are still happening here.  

The back fence has been pulled down and replaced.  It's now taller, strong and safe.  The posts are free second hand posts from my parents vineyard.  The wire new as was a little hardware.  We wanted to keep the fence open, the boys love to feed and watch the neighbors animals and no one is over looking us, nor us them.  It means the big old pepper tree is safe to climb now as there are no metal star droppers sticking out of the ground.  Grant has done a double end assembly under it so if they fall on the fence, it will hurt, but they will not be impaled by a star dropper, which is a huge relief!
Ripping down the old fence and putting in the new posts.
Lucy the sheep quite enjoyed having the opportunity to wander into our garden while the fence was dow and snack on all the tender green bits, she was very funny!


The fence for the veggie patch is roughly in place, though needs finishing off.  We will tension it properly when we have re-built the bedrooms/lounge off the back.  For now we have a couple of our chickens scratching about, they were dreadfully picked on by the other chooks so we are happy to have them secure and separate.  One has a funny back of her head.  It is bald and has a flap of skin with feathers on it that continues to grow.  She was badly injured by something, we nearly put her down but she was a fighter and while she continued to eat, drink and scratch about we decided to give her a chance.  We are unsure what damaged her, we never worked it out.  But it has healed now and we keep her separate from the others as I suspect they would bully her.  She is our friendliest chook, she and a little black hen are dear friends.  
The new fence sectioning off the veggie patch from our hole digging dogs!

The old sheds are being pulled down, some of which will be rebuilt with new timbers to suit our needs.  Grant needs to build a secure, well insulated, well ventilated shed to care for, box up and sell his wood roaches from which is the current project before the winter sets in.  

When I look around I see a lot of demolition, it can be a little dis-heartening.  But I know from experience I ALWAYS struggle with this stage of renovations.  The final 10% is the bit that makes all the difference, and the fastest.  When I browse back over old photos I see just how far the garden has come in such a short period of time.  I think we have been here 4 months now?  I have a nice green area near the back of the house now, lawn, fences, a cubby, chook shed.  Its much cooler now, and prettier.

Grant laying some heavy stone found from around the property as steppers to the fountain.  There is no keeping the dogs and the kids out, so best to make it clearly accessible to protect my garden bed.


After the sheds are done there will be a thorough yard clean up, removal of scrap metal, a bonfire of prunings and old timbers and finally we will be ready to start stage two of the internal house.  I'm SO excited about having a well designed kitchen!

All in due time.

Much love,
Emma
xx

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  1. Wow you two are blitzing it on the renno front. I love your fountain and stepping stones. All looking so different in just four months!!!

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    1. The fountain Grant bought from a little old Italian man many years ago who made them himself. I reckon we must have moved it 7 times now with every house move?! Its become a bit of a running joke between us, Though this is its permanent home now. Grant getting to old to shift it on his own - the thing is solid cement and weighs a ton. ;)

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  2. That fountain is gorgeous. You have all done so much around your yard to get it to this point. What a difference. Next spring you will have a whole new set of plans for it to start. Looking forward to see what happens on the inside as well.

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    1. Hopefully a good looking veggie patch by then!

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  3. Your garden is looking so good, and I love the fountain area.

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    1. Thankyou, It is getting there thought I have a very persistant labradoor who for what ever reason has decided she is keen to sleep there, we are SLOWLY winning...

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  4. Wow all this work done and in only four months! You and Grant are reno legends! At least you can be legends in your own minds. I remember the photos you took just after you moved in. it was a lovely big yard with so much potential and so much dust. Looking at the photos just four months later and the amount of green is just gorgeous. Don't be too hard on yourself or Grant. You have a business and you have three small boys. Those two things together are two full time plus jobs. Now add a reno into the picture, and pat yourselves on the back for the amount you have achieved. Big hugs.

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    1. Ha, Not quite Reno Legends! But grant in particular is an amazing worker. Im so very blessed to have him by my side, he is all round a beautiful man. :)

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  5. The garden is looking fabulous! I bet you can't wait for that new kitchen ;)

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    1. I absolutely cant wait! It cannot come soon enough, these dark yellow walls are really wearing thing.

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