Category Archives: House changes

A Garden to love.

Roses may be one of my favourite flowers. We are very lucky to have what I believe is a beautiful garden, which is mainly full of greenery with the occasional splash of colour. I like separate rooms  in a garden and that is what I have tried to do with ours.

a fairy seating area on the front stoep complete with a fairy light for night time.. The garden must be a sanctuary from stresses and trials. A place to sit with a coffee or glass of wine and meditate. The seat is actually for decoration as it is an old wrought iron cot which was being thrown out and so with our love of old and free we acquired it through a good friend

a simple fairy light so easy to make and yet so inspiring

On the front stoep or porch we have a sheltered seating place with plants in pots and tubs. This rose is in a pot by our front steps and it was just so perfect I had to take a photo of it.  I also try to go for older rose varieties as I find many modern ones are devoid of perfume. Like Hercule Poirot I love perfumed flowers. 

Living in a drought area where we get no rain for about six months of the year we need to be water wise and so have planted succulents plants which do not need lots of water. I am not a cats lover and yet they are winning me over with the way they survive the most difficult conditions.

These bright pink Vygies are in the back garden near the back door so that in spring we have the most amazing colourful display. To think they burst into flower around September time when we have had no rain for months. Gardens are really power houses of amazing energy.

brightly coloured and a welcome sight in spring

Vygie is afrikaans for small fig and this is  because of their seed which resembles a small fig. But many succulents don’t flower.

These are so beautiful and yet they live in a shallow pot that gets ignored most of the time.

Another plant which really must get a mention is Yesterday, today and tomorrow. This plant is not a native of South Africa but comes from Brazil where it is endemic. It flowers start purple, then lavender and then white, but the perfume can be overwhelming in spring time.

A very fragrant plant in the garden and there are times when it it is overwhelmingly perfumed.

One of the disadvantages of moving overseas is that you leave family and friends behind and after 33 years it is very difficult to keep in touch and be close. Unfortunately last year I got a phone call to say my sister had passed away suddenly. I do not see any point in flying home to the UK for a funeral rather go when the person is still around. So what I decided to do was to make a small seating area where again I can sit and jet reflect on things. I am very much into the angels and Archangels and spiritualism and so this is a small space where I have placed a small Buddha as well as Namaste and a mirror. It has loads of greenery as well as nasturtiums which are really good to eat and the Poinsettias from previous Christmas decor. These grow very well in gardens in South Africa and are trees in some areas.

just a special shaded place I am very Blessed

A tomato seeded itself. here I can enjoy peace and quiet

Life can be very rich with simple everyday pleasures. At the end of the day we also have amazing sunsets.  Africa is a truly special place where so many diverse cultures can actually enrich all our lives.  With 11 official languages in South Africa diversity is the key.

Sunset and a very special sky

Makeover for mature chest of drawers

Well I got a call from a friend saying she had an old chest of drawers with a lift up lid which she had used as a changing station when her kids were small (they are now in mid-twenties). Was I interested in it as we could use it at our dam home in Bronkhorstspruit.

Of course being a true Scot I jumped at something for nothing.


Someone had started sanding but it needed a bit more work. I knew I did not want to keep the knobs so I went to my favourite go to place Cafe Bellini in Elston Avenue in Benoni. Dawn has an amazing array of handles knobs etc. We also bake some stuff for them so seemed only fair.

Here is a link to there web page (Coffee)

Anyway here it is before new knobs


Now we needed something good and these looked great

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I choose two different ones and went with the clocks on the top drawer and then the fleur-de-lis on the other three drawers

We like to wax furniture still and I find the sealing wax from Annie Sloan chalked paints works great.