31.1.12

virtual coffee- i love a quiet beach house...

morning lovelies...

virtual coffee gals??  


ok...first off, before i pour you one- i know *Make it Monday* was yesterday- & that it 

didn't appear...

it was simply gazumped this week by the fact that two of our three kiddos went back to school 

yesterday {& the third today}...

not such a feat really- as they are 13, 10 & 6...however the last four years they have been

schooled in the English countryside...

they're now back in the Australian sunshine...backpacks, school hats, soaring temperatures & all...

their last school day in their *small village school* was snowing...it's still snowing...heaven...

so...yesterday was a big day for our little traveling gypsies...

anyway...today is cooler- they were all up smiling, chattering & dressed before i'd made lunches

or had my first pot of tea....all good signs that school in the sunshine suits them!


so...if we were really having a coffee together in this little house by the beaches i'd tell you that 

we still sorta camping...we have no *stuff*...

the end of this month will bring our shipment to Oz...until then we are surrounding ourselves with


already collected pieces we had in storage here...

it's lovely to re-discover treasure...but i'm needing some more of *us* to arrive...

are you like that?? do you need bits of *family stuff* around to settle you??


i'd like to say that my surroundings don't have too much impact on me- but i'd be lying 

big time...i love what my husband refers to as my shrine making...

i love moving all our objects around...making little *moments* through out the house...

this week, with the kiddos back at school, i'm going to unpack a little more...

i'm going to make a few *moments*- the thing is i really don't have any shelves or chippy old ladders

to create these *moments* on...they're all on that big ol'boat heading *Down Under*....


so...if we did have our feet up outside on the back balcony together- catching the summer breeze

i would probably ask you for an old ladder, or side table or more...


i'd sooo look after them...i'd treasure them...i'd love them for you...

i'd keep the puppy away from them...i totally promise...

miss.lola has very quickly realised that vintage chippy is a must in our beach house...

puppy-made chippy is not...


after i'd managed to wrangle some furniture outa you...i'd check how your kiddos are going 

at school after the Christmas break...


i'd need to know- snow or blazing sunshine...end of a long summer break, or back after a white

week or two off...

i love that about these coffee's...it sooo doesn't matter where on the globe we live...we're all in this

together...

coffee, creating moments, kiddos, work....life....same kinda days, different locations...


if we were really sharing a morning together...i'd give you some home-made banana bread...

it's huge on these beaches...& i've just got my hands on a super duper easy non-thinking recipe for


a big slab of it...

i may just share the recipe if it's a winner in this house...

thanks, as always, for finding the time in your busy crazy day to stop by for a chat, a coffee...

a moment together in the breeze on our beach house balcony...


i'm gonna hug the pup...fold the only clothes we brought with us from the countryside...& sort the

house...enjoy a little simple whilst i can...

this is the first day since we finished school in the snow, on Dec 20 in England, that i find myself

home alone...it feels good...

i'll be ready for non-stop chatter & giggling by 3:30...but for now- it's pretty close to heaven...


as they say in Oz...*have a good one*...

got love that expression- oh & when someone shouts this farewell to you- they're usually 

wearing {thongs}  ;-)




~~~

see ya at miss.amy's {here} if you feel like another coffee or two

xox

26.1.12

Australia Day 2012...

Australia
our country...

the place that tugs at our heart like no-where else...

Australia Day 2012

Aboriginal people have walked out land since the *Dream time*

we feel blessed to walk it today


HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY 

there's a little house by the beach, with 3 aussie kiddos caked in flag tattoos racing about...

the tennis is on tv...the doors are all open

the evening is warm & muggy

the bbq is ready...

~~~~~

"wish you were here"

xox


24.1.12

a *virtual coffee* by the beaches...

*a virtual coffee*...Down Under...


my first back in our little beach house...


surrounded by gumtrees & beaches...




if we were really having a *virtual coffee* together...


i'd sit you out on our back balcony to look at the palm trees with a pot of tea...

or if it was early evening when you popped past- a corona & lime...

i'd give you one of the big old vintage cane chair- we have two- one each...x

if you've ever shared a *virtual coffee* with me, whilst we were living in the English countryside-

{enjoy some English *virtual coffees* together here}, you'd know that usually you get the pink chair

in front of the fireplace...the one overlooking our roses & the front path...

back home, here in our beach house - you're always going to get the chippy, old, vintage cane chair

looking out over the back garden of gardenia's, frangipanni's & palm trees...

i promise you, it's a perfect spot to while away some friendship hours...


if we were really sharing a *virtual coffee* together...i'd ask you how the *flip* you've been as it

feels like waaay to long between a little time out together...

i'd have to ask you how the weather is where you are- as we left England a month ago & it was 

snowing & now we are back to the tropical weather of an Australian summer...read hot & wet...

i'd ask if your kiddos are all still on holidays...

we *Down here* are still enjoying our 6 weeks summer/Christmas school holiday...

we've fit sooo much into this years summer break- not the least, the 12,000 mile flight across the 

globe- back home to the beaches of Sydney...


so...tea & {lamingtons} in hand...i'll show you a few of the *moments* round our house today...

a *virtual coffee* in our loved little sandy floored beach house...

vases & shells...oars & bunting...

tongue & groove walls...sunlight...


chippy old tables...baskets...

& dark wooden floorboards...


striped beach towels & home made hand surfers...

wooden bowls of collected shells & sea glass...



if we were really sharing a *virtual coffee*- i'd ask you what you think of this new *coastal 

country* thing i'm loving...

all this *beach* you see going on here- our life to date...is soon to sit alongside all our *country* that's

sailing it's way to Oz- *Coastal Country*...

we'll have to do a *virtual coffee* morning when it all arrives- the big crate full of vintage country 

treasures found over the last four years from our English village...to our travels through Europe...

that's actually going to take a few coffee's...or at least a bottle glass of wine or two together...

let me know if you're in... :-)


*virtual coffee* 
on the beaches at last

tea & lamingtons
vintage chippy cane chairs...

time out together at last...

~~~~~
if you want to join me next week- our host is my gorgeously gorgeous friend
sweet amy
from 

every tuesday- chewing the fat...catching up around the world for 




23.1.12

*make it monday*-a coastal country inspiration board...

morning gals...


we're just back from the beach...the surf is huge & the kids were in awe of it-just as i was as a child...

so...

with a cup of tea in hand...welcome to our second *make-it monday*...

a coastal country styled notice board...



*this* is one of our old fly screens...


for some mad reason...our totally *open plan* beach house had fly screens on selected windows...

for some pockets of Oz, this is essential, as fly's in Oz, like midgies in Scotland can send one crazy-

but our house sits on the edge of a small rise and we manage to capture breezes daily...

fly's don't hang out where there is a breeze- so we *ripped* all the random fly screens off our windows

which let me with a pile of frames for projects...


this great little project literally took less than half an hour in total!

that's my kinda *morning tea job* with all the kiddos home from school still & a new puppy in 

the house!

you need:

an old frame- would anyone really notice if you pulled one outa the kids room ;-)

chicken wire

wire cutter

staple gun

pot of tea...



i truly just cut out the old screen, washed off the frame & let it dry in the sun whilst i poured a 


cup of tea...


laying the roll of chicken wire across the frame, i had one of the kiddos hold the wire whilst i stapled

down one side...& let the roll of wire hang over the other edge, to weigh it down whilst i then stapled

both the top & bottom sides...

after cutting the final long side, which was held in place by the three secured sides - i just stapled that

& it was ready to bring it in doors for Sol's birthday cards...

too easy...



the lovely old chippy hinges that originally held the frame to the widow are perfect for hanging...


the frame itself was already a little past it day- a bit of sanding gave it that warm old country farm look...



next time i'm at the hardware store-& i love a good hardware store visit as much as the next 


up-cycler...i'll be buying a box of wooden pegs to secure notes to this...


till then we've simple stuck all Sol's birthday cards, & our daily essentials, like moustache's & glasses

into the wire...ready to change or use when needed...

this will be my inspiration board / notice board in the kitchen...

{way cooler than a shop bought standard pin board}


the perfect coastal country inspiration board...made over a pot of tea...from an old frame...


too simple...totally satisfying...& half an hour from beginning to end...

what d'ya think...

beach house chic...a bit chippy, a bit old - some may even call it vintage ;-) & oh so very practical...

hope it inspires a little stapling at your place....

melissa

xox


linking up at these fab inspirational blogs today - *Home Maker on a Dime**Coastal Charm*


& *Get outta my head please* - check them out gals....






19.1.12

a moment to take stock- a beach house, life & all that *stuff*...

hello lovelies...it seems that y'all need to *see some beach house*...


i've had so many messages, emails, comments, & thoughts on *Face Book* about the house...

i love, that you will fall in love with our little space in the world, as we fall back in love with it all

over again...

so gals...images of our little beach house will be coming thick & fast this coming week...


so far...our daily life is full of the *stuff* we stored in two containers in Sydney 4 long years ago...


we seem to have done well...

we've all heard the stories..."sheet...i can't believe we've paid to store this stuff..."


but gals...we don't share this thought...we have done good...

i am a V.E.R.Y contented Cheshire cat by the sea...


what we will enjoy here together...the next step on this coming home journey...is the arrival of one 


very big, very special crate of goodies from ol'Blighty...


four years of collected...travelled for, very loved special pieces that will sit in our beach house by the

Australian coast...

i am crazy excited at the thought of mixing the two together...i love that old & new...

side by side...the sum of both sides of my heart...

coastal country...




this week has also been all consuming with preparing this little beach house for our new family 


member...the gorgeous Miss.Lola...






yep, moving 12,000 miles from the English countryside, back to the beautiful beaches of Oz alone,

was not enough to rock our family boat...we needed a little more chaos...

a challenge amongst all this sunshine & smiling...


there are books galore on puppy loving, rearing, parenting, disciplining, feeding & more loving

strewn across these gorgeous dark floorboards...

we're as ready as we'll ever be...& somehow it all reminds me of the way we approached becoming

parents...*we'll just take each day as it comes & love this next one like we have the others...*


leave me a comment with giggling if you think we're a little naive...as i'm sure we are...!




so...the plans here are to share as many beach house, beach life, sandy...salty...sea loving pickies


with some very wise, sharing words of wisdom ;-) as possible...


if there's anything you'd like to see...know about...share...or ask me about life Down Under, after four


years of living abroad...with three kiddos in tow-please do...


i'm home & being here with you just feels even more right... 




that's it from me surrounded by the beautiful beaches of Oz...& puppy *stuff* galore...


nothing like taking on *all* that coming home has to offer in the shortest period possible...


thanks for stopping by...i love ya for that...


xoxox




~~~~

a huge welcome & warm hug from *Down Under* to all the new gals here...thanks for joining our little beach house life...

drop me an email & say G'day...

xox




18.1.12

wi-fi hits our little beach house!

hellllllo lovely gals- we have INTERNET!!!!!!!


to say i at last feel sorted is an understatement....


to say that i'm addicted to being connected is pretty spot on...




i like to think i have a VERY happy balance between hanging outdoors & loving my laptop...


righto...

to date- i'd just like to hug y'all for still visiting my intermittent posts...

'cause we are now back on track...

& i'm gonna be here, each & every day, sharing our move back to the *beach house* from the english

countryside with you...


falling *back* in love with our life here has been soo easy...


it's 6pm & the hubster has just taken the kiddos to the beach for a late surf...

boards on the roof...towels in the back...happy grins...

i've thrown an organic chook in the oven- covered in asian ginger & cloves of garlic...

the doors are all open...there's a breeze running through the house...i've just poured a wine...

& we have wi-fi...


how good can life be...


so this is a *g'day*- i've missed you...can't wait to hear from you all now that i can actually reply


& send you a warm *from Down Under* hug...




happy days
on
the beaches

see ya tomorra....!!






16.1.12

*make it monday* beach style....



g'day bloggy gals...


i thought i'd start a little regular monday thing here where i show you a few quick, inexpensive 


up-cycling projects i'm working on for our little beach house...


welcome to *make it monday*...








a few projects anyone can do with a little time...a love of the old & chippy...& a little

imagination...

as much as i love a new set of white china...with the same passion i love to *re-use* something in

another way...to give something a new beginning...

we all do, don't we...

i'm not alone here...i'm not doing anything that we all can't do...

it's just nice to share a little...inspire one another...suggest products...

monday's here are going to be all about making, sharing...& hoping to inspire a little...


so...beach project number one...


a gifted vintage mirror- gold & ornate-lovely...but not really our kinda thing...





this was left to Ritchie by his Great Aunt, whom we have wonderful memories of...

we loved where it's come from...it's shape...it's weight...it's size...

we just aren't particularly *gold* in this little beach pad...




to mix our love of beach & country this mirror just couldn't be sand white...

it needed to be bolder...& a little richer...

welcome to my first *must-have-&-share-it-product*...in a spray can- i really really L.O.V.E a spray 

can...

{is that odd at this age!!??}

so...this will change your life...i can almost promise you that...

for less than $3- *Fiddly Bits* -high gloss enamel fast drying spray in *flat black* is perfect...

check it out {here}





so gold & glamour became black & beachy...

when we decided to re-stain the floor boards dark...it made me see the house is a new light...

depth has become a lovely aspect...deep, dark wooden floorboards...crisp white walls...

a black vintage mirror draped with simple white strands of shell...




white floorboards would have given this little beach house a very different feel...

these dark floorboards allow so much more to catch the eye...they are bright & warm & 

simple but divinely rich...

the mirror reflects them in the same way...the shells simplify it all...

just a real house on the Australian coast full of kids & sand & up-cycled bits...




get your hands on a vintage mirror or thrifted frame asap...


pick up a can of {fiddly bits} & spend an hour in the fresh air spraying your way to a gorgeous

up-cycled gem for your house...

let me know how you like a little *make it monday*...

& please let me know if you've found a spray paint you can't live without...





happy beach days gals

~~~~

happpy birthday to our beautiful boy today- 11- we love you so much

~~~~~

we've got a big week ahead with a little puppy making it's way into our hearts

you'll  meet her soon

she is H.E.A.V.E.N 

xox



11.1.12

a beach life of shells & *thongs*...

a beach life....


a beach life Down Under...


with a little wi-fi from the neighbours front balcony...


sandy kids...salty hair...& thongs {yep gals i can use this term again now to refer to our daily

footwear!}

iconic Aussie footwear- in seriously cool colours...

it's thongs everyday for us all Down Under ;-)

there is nothing like a little *tongue in cheek* Australian lingo...we've missed it!





so...with thongs strewn all over this little beach house, we're getting into a bit of a rhythm that 

revolves around the ocean...unpacking & memories...

pots of tea...& looking lovingly at our newly stained dark & gorgeous floorboards...

glasses of wine...& staring at our freshly painted white walls...

bbq's...hanging paintings & playing with shells... 




i'd forgotten how happy a windowsill of collected coral & a bit of typeface makes me...

unpacking our endless stored boxes has been lovely...

falling in love with a windowsill of coral has been lovely...






so...on my borrowed wi-fi... i thought you'd like to see a little of our English countryside life 

thrown into our beach house...

these beloved cushions, made from french fabric...in our big ol'English country house are now back 

on the beaches...

back on our Eames dining chairs...home with us...

these cushions remind me of our life in our beloved English village...

our travels to France...

you can see them in our English house {here}

with chippy chairs & cooler weather...

they suit Down Under...country coastal...coastal farming...





it's these cushions...made from French fabrics...in England...now lying round in the sun on the 


beaches of Sydney...that make my heart swell with happiness...


we did it...

we took our kiddos & we moved them 12,000 miles across the globe...

we showed them how to love more than one country...more than what they knew...

these cushions...they say so much to me about what we've done...& to see them back in our

little beach house...with our kids still using them every day, as they did in ol'Blighty...

well it just makes me soo happy...soo proud...

& for those that have lived our adventure with me in England here...you will know how i love

a *constant* in my life that tugs at my heart strings...that reminds me that our life with three travelling

gypsy kids is a blessing...

it's mad that cushions- created on one side of the world & dragged to the other can represent so

much...

but that's how it is for me...heaven...



so...

a life of *thongs*...& coral...shells...& wet beach towels...

of bbq's & sunshine...of sunkissed faces & Aussie slang...

all of it heavenly...

the only thing that could make this beach gal happier was the B.B {British Bestie} getting her sweet

little family over here...{see a little british bestie village time {here}

we could fall in love with Sydney beach life together...

huge whallops of warm weather & friendship from me in the sun frock...

drinking New Zealand wine & wandering through our garden...

loving our lime tree & long evenings...

see ya tomorrow- unless the gorgeous neighbours *cotton on* to my wi-fi borrowing...

Melissa xxx




9.1.12

beach house living down under...


g'day sweet bloggy friends...

we are connected *for this moment*- so i'm here *for this moment*...



life is pretty flippin GREAT in this country down under by the sea...


the kids look taller...fresher...they are swimming like they've never not been here...

little Miss.6 is approaching it all with such endearing *gusto*- our front balcony has become a little

botanical lab showing all things Australian...banksia's...bindi's...cicarda shells...christmas beetles...

she is catching up on a childhood under the Australian sun she can't recall she was so tiny when we left

for the English countryside...

it makes me swell with pride & a new love for our little beach existence here...



the house is getting a lotta love too...boxes are still being unpacked &  treasures found...

the walls have all been freshly painted white white white & the floorboards stained a deep dark rich

luxurious brown...

for me....a simple, gorgeous fresh backdrop to combine *all* our collected goodies...

when that crate is dropped on our front lawn from ol'Blighty i am gonna be in home heaven...

coastal farming...country coastal...

the new decorating term for gals who love both sides of the globe...two *ways* of living...

we're sorting life from the bottom up- drivers licences, insurances, school gear etc...but amongst all this 

we are planning...sorting paintings on walls...arranging shells in vintage boxes...

when out connection allows me to upload more than two pickies- i'm going be sharing the lot 

with you all...

happy monday to you lovelies...

see ya when random borrowed wi-fi allows.....xxx



3.1.12

Happy New Year- sunshine & friendship...



g'day lovely bloggy friends the world over...


we are so very happily settling into our little beach house here on the Australian coast...


all over again-

we're falling in love with the noise of our garden's wildlife...

we're falling in love with the kiddos being more *outdoors* than in...

we're falling in love with a *cruisey* month of summer before school begins...

&

we're trying very hard to fall in love with our erratic internet connection...

wi-fi does not hit our beach house till Jan 18th...& whilst i'm missing it desperately a little, i'm noticing

the spare moments i seem to have without it!

i mentioned this on FB & a lovely local friend saw it another way..."poor internet=quality face time :) "

this *it's all good* attitude...is the Australian ethos in a nutshell...we loooove it...it feels good...

i still miss my wi-fi though BIG time ;-)


so...i'll literally be *popping* in & out of your days...stick with me lovelies as i have soo much to share...

& i'll be responding to all your lovely emails, comments & FB hi's whenever the www allows it!




today i just wanted to say...

happy new year...& to hug you all tight- real tight with a good whallop of sunshine & friendship...

hope your new year's resolutions are simple, happy ones...mine are...

xox

p.s- a new year blog clean-up is on the cards when the wi-fi is up & running...i'll keep y'all posted! x
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