back to life on a beach...

morning to all you lovely girls all over the world...

hope you all had a magic Christmas- whether it be up there with snow or down here with sunshine & surf...

our kiddos wrapped themselves up in family...grandparents, cousins, endless Aunts & Uncles and love...

by Christmas night we'd lost two of the three to cousins houses...just what we want to be home for...


i know we're all in that lovely holiday time between Christmas & the New Year...

our kids are covered in sand & dragging their beach towels with them where ever we go...

just in case we can fit in another beach & another swim...

they are happy happy happy...& very very salty!

we're using this time- Ritchie & I to set up our beach house...

we're doing all the essential things alongside the *lovely-to-be-home* things...

between the prawns & pavlova's - we've bought fridges & tele's...unpacked crates from storage &

started to put together our family home on the beaches again...

we've uncovered the many things we've collected from our travels before living in the English 

county side...

we've started to uncover our life here again...& in the back of my mind i am longing for our collected

treasures from Europe & England to arrive to gather it all together...

boho may be an understatement here...Coastal Farming is the aim...

industrial...farm orientated beach living- zinc french buckets & watering cans...

collected beach shells & coral alongside farm cans & steel milk crates...

hessian wall hangings & surfboards...

i'll keep you posted ;-)

so...however you are enjoying the days between Christmas & the New Year...

take a moment to imagine a very loved house- with crates galore...excited kids...*stuff* 

everywhere...sandy feet & polished floor boards...

we'll get there...& with huge warm smiles on our faces...

hope you have are enjoying your post Christmas days...

i love getting back here- to you bloggy girls...

we're going to have a fab 2012 doing this together...shaping our beach house...

catch you after the beach....

M xxx


  1. beautiful pictures Melissa! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas! xo

  2. sorry! that post above is from me! I didn't realize i was signed into the husbands google account! :)

  3. Opening each storage crate must be like Christmas all over again. What fun. Can't wait to see how you set it all up.

    One thing I noticed that has already changed about the landscape you are photographing in Oz is the increase in natural light. Love it all!!!

    Your garden looks lovely with all the familiar species. I can see a gum tree, I always long for those when I am OS for extended periods.

    Thanks so much for entering my giveaway. I really appreciate your support.
    Carolyn xx

  4. it's looking great already!! enjoy being home.

  5. happy christmas to you! i love seeing the photos of all of you down under, i bet the kids are having a fabulous time wit their cousins. i love nothing more than kids (and grown-ups) with their cousins! can't wait to see your beach house take shape.... ; )

  6. It sounds like complete perfection to me! Enjoy creating your new again life on the beaches :)

  7. You certainly don't muck around Melissa.straight onto it. I am looking forward to seeing how it all evolves. It will be like Christmas again when your English goodies arrive. Don't work too hard. Deb

  8. You certainly don't muck around Melissa.straight onto it. I am looking forward to seeing how it all evolves. It will be like Christmas again when your English goodies arrive. Don't work too hard. Deb

  9. Oh the joy of family, cousins, sleep-overs & sandy toes! Sounds like you haven't missed a beat, Melissa. You clearly have a gift for making a warm, welcome home & surrounding those you love with comfort. Well done busy mama. Meredy xo

  10. how exciting to be putting the house together. i look forward to watching as it unfolds. hope the beach was great! Jane x

  11. Oh, I'm loving what I see already. And I'm so thrilled to see where my little parcel now resides! J x

  12. Welcome home. So far it looks lovely! Can't wait to see further instalments of your coastal farm nook! Have a happy new year and stay safe on the beach. Lots of love xx

  13. wow!!! i can't believe your there! you guys are awesome in your adventuring. can't wait to see your beach house come together!

  14. Welcome home! Wow your place looks amazing ! What region are you in now [here in Australia] - Love your descriptions of a sunny Christmas here, although our was white with hail!! White Christmas here only ever means tears for many and a lot of mopping up. We were lucky though.

    Looking forward to seeing more posts!!


  15. Sounds like wonderful times! Love the beachiness and all of your collected things. Looking forward to seeing how it evolves. Welcome back to Oz!

  16. Melissa, I can't wait to see your home when everything arrives from England...you will have to do a room by room. Your garden looks lovely, I miss the agapanthus...saw a photo of our front garden recently...very green (unlike when we left 2 years ago), with the Jacaranda flowering beautifully...can't wait to get home...only 5 weeks to go and counting! Enjoy your nesting. Robx

  17. Hi Mrs M - Can't wait to hear all your Aussie stories! It feels good to be catching up on your wonderful life once more! Lx

  18. Ooh it looks delightful already and very beachy. (my taste too!)
    I think I spy some white chairs there that I would love for our house one day.
    Welcome home and enjoy settling back in with all your lovely mix of beachy and country things around you.

  19. Hey you welcome home! Sounds like the perfect Christmas - hope we run into you on the beach soon! Maybe we could plan a bit of a sand between the toes meet up - I am sure Meredy might be up for that as well! Leanne xx

  20. Your beach house is beautiful! I look forward to visiting you in the new year in your renewed beach home. ox ox

    ps...I think all children(and adults) are happy at the beach! How can you not be?

  21. It certainly looks like you have settled very quickly to your new life here! Don't forget our hazard of sunburn with all your beach goings...we have seen such little sun lately that even we forgot and are all looking like lobsters after a day in the sun, and we don't have the excuse of having just returned from England!! Have Fun!

  22. I've just popped in for a quick catch up. It's been so long since i've stopped by...so much has happened! Firstly, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a big welcome home to you and your gorgeous fam. Wishing you all the very best of wishes for settling in and making life good : ) Alison xo

  23. Wow! You are making a house into a home once again! It is all going to come together to look amazing. Happy happy new year beachy days! X

  24. These are lovely! Those shells are gorgeous! Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

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