Last weekend the sailor and I planted the front garden, first of all we prepared the garden beds, mixing the existing sandy soil with a ton of organic goodness, man that was hard work. I used plants that were commonly planted in beach houses in the fifties, gardenia's, hibiscus, kangaroo paws and a selection of grasses, I could have let myself get very carried here as I love gardening, I love plants with gorgeous blooms, I love colour, but keeping in mind that I needed to choose plants that could tolerate being dry this limited my selection. I am so thrilled with the result, I love the looping pathway and the use of the river stones, the camellia tree is popping with the most delicious lolly pink blooms. The only thing missing from this retro beach garden is a bird bath, the bird life here is amazing, and I can't wait to see them them splish, splashing around in the front garden.
Did I mention a picket fence? What retro beach shack would be without a picket fence with brightly coloured beach towels carelessly thrown over it!
Yesterday, in the glorious sunshine, I planted my lovely three olive threes on the nature strip, surrounded by a variety of coastal daisies. I am hoping that the local dogs don't pee on them and kill them before I get back up there to water them.
This is my happy house, each time I arrive and drive into the driveway, she winks at me, a nod of approval for the sparkling, citrus yellow colour I painted her, I get out of the car and as I stand admiring her, I hear the waves rolling onto the beach, I let out a sigh, I feel relaxed.
My lovely collection of retro pots, how handsome they look.
A sunny spot to enjoy a cuppa and watch the birds splish, splashing around in the bird bath.
I can't help admiring my vintage Fix Masseau poster, and especially the striped wall behind it, very proud of my painting skills
I don't know which is my favourite bedroom..... bedroom one, it's bright, colourful and cheery. One of my latest DIY pieces of wall art, the clay beads hang above my cheery DIY lampshade.
Bedroom two, also bright and airy with a strong navy palette for a nautical touch, this is where I drop my bag.......and there is a Rowan Romper for Rowan to wear to the beach.
walk through to the living room
Open the blinds.......
pour myself a glass of wine and head out here to the deck.......
later, I throw my towel over my shoulder and stroll down to the beach......
How very beautiful............
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