Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Old and the New

The first week of our tree change has been exhausting . It took 10 hours to load and unload in wet and cold conditions...a second truck was needed because there was no room for our large potted topiaries
Day 3 we managed to checkout shopping in the hills and we will do most of our weekly shopping in Lobethal. I found a strange but interesting charity shop called Hosanna's which is a religious shop that relies on donations of goods to support overseas children .Heaps of interesting stuff ...from antiques to kitch. I bought this great  black trunk with brass trim (I found hiding under a stack of dusty stuff)


Mr VL found these 3 lovely old medicine bottles ( there's hope  for the boy) !!

I bought a pair of antique wooden  lawn bowls from England as a pressie to myself ...I swooped on them as they were underpriced . They are Lignum Vitae with ivory inserts and monogrammed and in their original leather bag . LOVE ...LOVE


On day 4 we had all our  new light fittings installed that we bought before we moved.
We hated leaving our  French  style glass kitchen pendants behind so we found 2 more.
We put up 3 crystal chandeliers in the formal rooms which will look great when we paint all the revolting existing colours in sparkling white( the floors are black and white in the informal rooms)

Table and standard lamps from IKEA
Butler's table from WHITE SHED
Giant clock from FREEDOM

Once all the rooms are white everything will tie together as at the moment we have blue ,peach and cocoa YUK!
Linking up with :

Apron Thrift Girl 
The Dedicated House
A Living Space
Knick of Time
French Country Cottage
Ivy and Elephants
Common Ground
The Colorado Lady
Shabby Art Boutique
The Thrifty Groove
Chic on a Shoestring
Country Farm Home
My Romantic Home
Sir thrift-a-lot
Rose Vignettes
Rooted in Thyme
My Charmed Home
Blackbird Has Spoken
Elizabeth & Co
 The North End Loft
Finding Fabulous


  1. blue, peach and cocoa? good lord!
    your trunk is magnificent (we have a similar one we used as a coffee table for a while) and looks like it has masses of storage space x

  2. I feel exhausted just thinking about your move! You have found a beautiful property. Loving those lawn bowls!

  3. Oh it looks picture perfect to me! I love the suitcase stack & those balls are fabulous. No one seems to understand why I like having bowls balls out on display! I hope we get a full tour of your home when you're done? Xx

  4. Great buys.. Love your bowls, the trunk and a thumbs up to Mr. VL - love the medicine bottles too! :) Tina

  5. I love the look of the bowls, sounds like you have some painting ahead of you.

  6. I love the lawn bowls and the leather bag for them. Great find.

  7. Love the chests and suitcases! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  8. Oh my gosh, is that your back yard?! It's lovely! And the light fixtures are beautiful too. Good luck with the painting. I've been there before. : )

  9. I would not have known what those balls were, but I would have fallen in love with them! They have a great look!

  10. awesome finds love the old bottles myself
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  11. I love the yard. I could spend all summer there.

  12. It's great to see you are settling in. It looks beautiful.

    LOVE the wooden bowls, amazing! Enjoy all the new treasure troves, Tam x

  13. Oh, the bottles are lovely.Thanks for linking in today. Happy VTT!

  14. Once it is all said and done, it will truly be lovely. You have good taste in buying and arranging.

  15. What great items. Can't wait to see it all done. Thanks for sharing at TTF.


  16. I love all your new lighting...the chandelier in the middle photo is my favorite -- just gorgeous!


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