Sunday, November 17, 2013

Everything is Coming up Roses

What gorgeous  weather we have had in the hills for our first spring here,  and full of surprises as roses and trees open that are new to us.
I have had a mission for the coming weeks to find vintage glass Christmas baubles and my first find is some mid century mercury glass which were made in Russia
Remember the mirror that was a present from my Mum . It was hard to see in the pic I took in the shop, but it was a very pale French gray. I love the colour but after living with it for a few weeks I decided to repaint it white
Before in pale gray
After~ up on the wall in white
( Yes I'm embarrassed to say that is a big screen TV on the wall )
All our roses have opened included masses of white bush roses,  tiny pink roses on the fences and the golden elm in it's full glory
(the new chicken run in the left corner, and veg garden with bird netting

The conifer next to the flag pole is coming out shortly ~ a huge job
A standard "Seafoam" in the driveway
We bought home lots of David Austin roes to plant including my favourites "Sharifa Asma" and "Heritage" ...the fragrance is out of this world. Also some huge heavy enormous pots to withstand the winds we got in September
Love this 2013 book I found at the library
Sascha says Hi!!!

Linking up with :

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
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Finding Fabulous
Lavender Garden Cottage
Helene's Legacy
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  1. Hello Meg, I am a recent follower of your blog and am enjoying your journey and the forays into the garden, house and vintage world. I am very jealous of many of your finds, clearly you have better shopping than I have discovered in Bendigo. I have some family in Adelaide and get over there every now and then. Would you share a list of suggestions for where to begin my own little hunt? My brother has property at Walker Flat, Mt Mary and Fairview Park so I do get around a little. My younger son will also play Beach Volleyball in Glenelg this summer.
    I would also love to say that your decorating is superb and I am in complete lust with the blue and white bowl on the dresser. So much so that I did not at first understand the TV comment as my eyes moved no further.

    1. Hi Jenni, it's lovely to meet you. I am missing being down in Adelaide since moving up to the Hills as I was in walking distance previously to amazing op shops. I love the Salvos on Magill Road at Kensington Pk, Animal Welfare on Reid Ave Tranmere, Salvos on Norwood Parade. I would visit these at least once a week!
      In the Hills...Hosanna's in Lobethal
      Antique /Vintage ......Pedlar's on Magill Road Norwood is a must, Stathalbyn is another must (and there is an amazing little shop called Rummage), Antique shops in Birdwood and Mt Pleasant.
      My all time fave decorating shop is Balhannah by Design ( that's it in the pic of the mirror)
      and all the little shops along Magill Road Norwood
      The gift store where my husband works Newman's Nursery at Tea Tree Gully (very close o Fairview) has lovely vintage inspired stuff too! xx

    2. Oooh, thank you so much. Looks like I can have an expedition or three next visit. Thank you so very much for sharing. I have a feeling I will enjoy the Nursery very much as well.

  2. It must be lovely as the months pass in your new home seeing the garden change and discovering new plants.
    It doesn't take long for a cardboard box to attract an inhabitant does it. x

  3. Hi Sascha! You are a very cute cat. What a lovely world you live in! Every picture is gorgeous!

  4. those pink roses!!!...meg they are so beautiful. and I think I like the mirror better white, I didn't notice the TV either...was too busy loving the chandy!. The luckiest chickens in SA....I think so x

  5. Gorgeous ornaments. You could never get sick of that view! x

  6. Stunning garden photos. Thanks for sharing.
    Anne xx

  7. Hi Meg,
    You have a fantastic garden and the view is spectacular. It must be so nice to discover new plants and flowers as they appear. It's a good idea to paint your mirror white. I like it.

  8. Those ornaments are beautiful! I'm not sure I've ever found a Russian ornament. Lots of Polish and German ones though. Great find!
    Your garden is as usual looking marvelous! We had a conifer like yours that had to come out too. We waited until it rained for a bit (Colorado is VERY dry) and then we trimmed it down and had someone come in with a back hoe and pull the rest out. It's really a no fun project, but so worth it.
    Good luck! I hope it doesn't fight you!

  9. The ornaments are gorgeous and your garden is delightful, so many roses and a breathtaking view.

  10. Hi Meg. Your home looks amazing and that view!!! It speaks for itself. Your garden is beautiful. It looks like you have a little piece of Heaven there..Happy Sunday..Judy

  11. Your landscaping is so beautiful, Meg. And I love the mirror in white!

  12. The landscaping and the kitty are stunning! Nice baubles, too ;)

  13. oh that view! What a stunning garden. So lovely. I LOVE the Christmas decos. I thrifed a few beautiful glass decos last year but they are certainly hard to come by.

  14. your place is looking absolutely beautiful, inside and out. those glass baubles are lovely too, what a timely find! thanks for linking in, always great to have a prompt to come see what you've been up to and admire the amazing view in your header picture again x

  15. Your vintage glass ornaments are lovely and your garden is wonderful.

  16. I love the way your mirror turned out. I love it in both gray and the white too! Don't feel embarrassed about the tv on your wall. I have a 42" tv on my bedroom wall. Doesn't really go with my whole shabby chic theme :-)


  17. LOL re: your TV. It's funny how we all have them but want to hide them in bloggy land but others IRL like to show off their tellys!!! I so love your garden, Meg. Your roses are looking absolutely gorgeous and your lawn is amazing!!! Love David Austin roses - I'll have to add your new ones to my list of rose wants:) Love your mirror too - I'm with Thrifted Sisters, i like it both in grey and white. Enjoy it and enjoy your beautiful garden:) xox

  18. Hi, sorry its taken me so long to return the like. You have a beautiful home your view over the surrounding hills is breath taking and must bring you so much joy every day so much peace. Sasha is gorgeous bless her, Your rose I bet they smell beautiful, Enjoy your lovely garden and home, dee x

  19. I have some of those mercury ornaments hanging on my vintage aluminum tree. Love them and I'm always on the look out for them. You have a lovely yard!!!

  20. What gorgeous baubles! Fabulous find. Your flowers look beautiful. We have the last of our roses still clinging on but it's turned really cold so they won't last long. Oh how I wish it were spring here!

  21. Beautiful flowers! Oh my your garden looks amazing. Love your sweet Sascha! Thanks for joining us at TTF!

  22. Gorgeous colors on your vintage ornaments. Your home is lovely and I love your kitty!

  23. Goodness!! Your blooms just make me sing! Your garden is spectacular!! And I am going all out vintage this year for Christmas too! Loving those ornaments!!!

  24. Hi
    I am visiting from The Dedicated House.
    Your country home is just beautiful, inside and out!
    I am now following you with Bloglovin!

  25. HI MEG! I just found you through Liz at Shortbread and Ginger. She asked for our favorite album and I chose "Every Picture Tells A Story" because it IS my favorite. Your comment had not yet been published so I promise I didn't copy you. But I just wanted to say Hey Yeah kindred spirit. Love your blog! Connie* from

  26. You live on a wonderful piece of land with a great view.

  27. Beautiful landscape! Your roses are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!


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