could it be the most boring shopping trip in the world?

Look, I love shopping. I was excited to go, and happy enough to look at fabric swatches for about 20 minutes … but after that, well, to tell you the unvarnished truth, I was over it. I felt like I was 10 again, and looking at tapestry and needle craft at the Royal Melbourne Show with my Great-Aunty Jean.

Time to go! Really!

I sat down, stood up, then wandered around the showroom. Then sat down, and stood up again. Elise didn’t seem to pick up on the body language cues. After about an hour I started complaining. Loudly. JUST like I was 10.

We were at Warwick Fabrics* in Sackville Street, Collingwood looking for material to reupholster Elise’s two arm chairs and modular couch (all Ebay purchases). All that looking … all that indecision. Aargh!

The saving grace for this excursion – Momos just across the road on Smith Street. I had delicious chicken and mango inside out nori rolls for lunch. With toasted coconut sprinkles. When we finally escaped upholstery world that is. Yum!

So, black, blue or green with a bit of a fleck, or some texture. These are the super exciting swatches we brought home. I feel that they’re not a lot to show for half a day of hard work … Any thoughts?

* Actually it’s a beautiful shop, with loads of great fabrics. Very inspiring. I’m sure if I went there looking for fabric for my own couch it would have been ace! I think all my complaining is because we were shopping and it wasn’t all about me!

aargh … unpacking

When I packed for holidays I packed for EVERY eventuality. For four (I left Clive to pack for himself because he is in his forties and should be right to pack for himself).

Do I regret my overzealous packing now? You betcha. I spent half the day yesterday endlessly unpacking and washing. And the other half drawing house plans to turn my modest house into a super storage palace so I don’t ever feel this overwhelmed again.

And then I admitted defeat and just upped and abandoned ship. I went to Elise’s. Her house was much cleaner than mine. My excuse? Admiring her latest Ebay purchase. This lovely little cupboard for her bathroom.


$69 well spent. Don’t you agree?

what a view – another grampians house

I think Lucinds and Patrick’s house (it most definitely came with the farm – as opposed to some land that came with the house) has one of the best views in the whole wide world. Really.  Don’t you think?  Even with a swing set and Jemima’s strewn gumboots interrupting the view?


They live in Dunkeld, at the southern end of the Grampians, and their house is a 1960s delight, with nearly every room boasting glorious views of the Grampians across paddocks studded with sheep and river red gums.


I love visiting them in Dunkeld and sitting out on the crazy paved porch under the wisteria that Patrick tends so nicely.

When the Jackson’s bought the neighbouring farm to their family property and Lu and Pat moved into the house on it, it really was completely uncool.  Back then the 1960s were just daggy, even architect designed 1960s … Luckily for them tastes have changed and now it is supercool.


For example, check out the bifold door above.  It separates the formal lounge/dining area from the kitchen/living spaces.  When they first moved in we thought it was dreadful. Now, it’s sorta groovy, most definitely ‘of it’s era’. Who would ever have thought that consatina-ed brown fake woodgrain would be back?

Anyway, check out the formal areas. Lu’s done a great job. The lounge room is furnished with a couch that ‘came with the house’. The previous owners had it, and Lu bought it at the clearing sale that accompanied the house sale. $20.  It has come in super handy for sleeping everyone at parties as it is one of those click-clack numbers.




And the timber coffee table in the corner is second hand.  As is the light on it.   The light’s pretty groovy huh? It was her Nanna’s.


And then Patrick insisted on a photo of his art. He made Merv Hughes and Vivian from the Young Ones in high school. Note Merv is missing his cricket ball.  So much creativity going to waste shearing sheep!


For a couple of years Lucinda drove to Warrnambool every day for work (100kms each way) and was very excited when the Mill Market opened at the old Fletcher Jones factory. She bought her sideboard from here (and the vintage toffee poster in a previous photo). And then lots of the rest of her stuff is Ebay. When you live in the country Ebay gives you the same access as everyone to exactly what you are looking for (if you are willing to travel to pick stuff up – and Lu loves a road trip!).




Her six cherry red chairs, for example were bought on Ebay for $120. I forgot to ask how much she paid for the table.

Great house huh?  Good work Lu.