my life in the land down under


For the Love of Orange

When we got married, the kitchen I inherited was 70’s style orange & green, with paisley-patterned wallpaper and brightly-painted cupboard doors. John is a kitchen designer so we now have a lovely large neutral-coloured kitchen.

I have always said ‘orange is not my favourite colour’, but have to appreciate the occasional gift of orange flowers, or the appearance of orange in other contexts (monarch butterflies for example!) – it really is a vibrant beautiful colour.

While away from home the other weekend, we visited a Blum showroom. They manufacture a range of furniture hardware / fittings – for the uninitiated that includes cupboard and drawer hinges and inserts but is much more than that. They talk of dynamic space kitchen planning and perfecting motion, and the showroom had some impressive examples of pull-out and lifting systems, and inner dividing systems for drawers. Guess what their theme colour is?

We will return sometime to photograph the options for John’s kitchen clients, but meanwhile I couldn’t resist these …

Lamps 1

Lamps 2



Tea / Coffee for Two



Housework Day

After my first quilting lesson yesterday I was keen to get on with some stitching, but I’ve had a busy and social week and today the chores were lined up waiting up for me… dusting and vacuuming, mopping the tiled floors, cleaning the  ensuite, and about four loads of washing – great weather for getting it all dry on the line, just needs folding & putting away now. When browsing some quilting websites a while ago I kept coming across sayings like “Sewing forever, housework whenever” and now I’m beginning to understand!

We have a very noisy vacuum cleaner so I usually wear earmuffs while I’m using it – while doing the kitchen floor I suddenly thought I could hear music playing over the noise of the vacuum cleaner. Puzzled, I looked up to see where it was coming from. I had been playing some music on my computer while I was working earlier, but surely it hadn’t switched itself back on?!

The culprit was nodding his head and swaying his arms to a catchy Spanish tune…

The Singing Gorilla

My step-daughter and her husband have been living with us for a few months but will be moving out soon. While sorting out boxes a few days ago she came across this character – apparently my husband and the kids bought him at a market somewhere years ago. She popped in a new battery and now he responds to a loud clap or click of the fingers – and also to our vacuum cleaner!!

Guaranteed to shift a bad mood and bring a smile to the face…