Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Patience, visiting Sydney and 

Taken very early in the morning

I have had to exercise enormous patience waiting for the demolition of the old house to be completed.  A drive-by every two days has not managed to hurry things up at all!.  As a consequence,  we have visited Sydney quite a bit in the past two weeks.   Last week,  a friend and I went to see War Horse - the theatre production.  We were spellbound throughout the performance,  after which there was a standing ovation.  Hand fulls of tissues were essential as the magnificent puppetry conveyed the emotions of the horses  - quite extraordinary. The war scenes depicted were incredibly real as a result of fantastic lighting, sound and puppetry.

It's a bit exciting visiting Sydney and having the chance to window shop and walk the streets,  in between a coffee or two.  I've grown to love this city, but not quite as much as the Southern Highlands!  I was given a couple of very beautiful scarves for my 60th birthday last year and I wore one of them last week - something I never seem to do on the farm!

Bunny and Penny were extremely naughty in Sydney.  While we were out one day,  Penny (and perhaps Bunny) spent considerable time trying to get a tennis ball out from beneath the sofa.  The evidence in the photo below might explain why I was extremely cross with both of them.  They hate Sydney,  and I am really worried about the coming months we will be spending there while our new house is being built.  They both fall into a decline and mope about as if their lives are about to end!!!

They really are much happier on the farm... This era of their little lives is sadly soon to end ....

I did a little tidying up of the garden in Sydney,  and also enjoyed a visit from Miss Kitty one afternoon!

Sydney courtyard garden
Miss Kitty in her ballet outfit!!

We have also had a couple of "last supper's"
 here on South Acres Farm which have been fun - perhaps bitter/sweet...I have since been emptying out drawers, clearing out cupboards, throwing out and making piles and piles of stuff to be packed when the move happens on 15 April.

The Autumn garden has been lovely  - we have had unusually hot, dry weather which promises good autumn colour as the month of April progresses.

Taken this morning - mist in the distance, with early rays just catching the petals of the Naked Lady

The wind-flowers are always so welcome in the Autumn and make a glorious sight!

The Cimicifuga are flowering now - their feathery tales swaying in the breeze!
Flower arranging in Autumn is always a pleasure as arrangements seem to last much longer.  The Hydrangeas go on for days and days!

We are spending Easter in Mollymook which I am looking forward to enormously.  Long walks on the beach,  healthy eating and fun with the family... what more could anyone wish for...

Wishing everyone a very happy Easter! 


  1. Happy Easter Jenny, it looks like an exciting time ahead for you all, though not without the sadness of leaving the farm. The next six months will be a long transition, but hopefully at the other end a wonderful new home!! One thing is certain, you'll make it quite stunning I am sure.

  2. Thanks Liora!! Wishing it was only 6 months ... more like 9 - 10... or maybe even more! Happy Easter to you too and hopefully it warms up over there in Oxford! xx

  3. Hello Jenny, I'm so happy you're blogging again! So much to comment on - love your scarf, do you read MaiTai's blog? Kitty looks too adorable in her tutu. I have some very cute photos of my daughter in hers aged 2, she already looks so much more grown up aged only 4, you need to snap as many as you can. Your flower arrangements are just lovely, as is your table setting. I have to say, your courtyard in Sydney is so lush, the big acanthus leaf pot is really beautiful as a centrepiece. I understand your frustration with getting the demolition going.... we had a 3 week delay, which was very irritating as well. Hopefully now we're under way there won't be too many more periods of inaction on site. We are not going anywhere over Easter.... I am too worried that our house will be the target of break ins while it looks like a building site at the back so enjoy your family time down at the beach in your beautiful beach house, I'm very envious! xx

    1. Dear Heidi... thank you for the lovely comments as always!! We have woken up to a really beautiful day here in Mollymook and are planning a quiet day.. walking, reading and eating of course!! Wishing you and the family a lovely homely Easter... and hope the weather is cooler for you! xx

  4. Your dogs are fabulous - I love shih tzus. The gardens looks lovely and you must be soooo busy right now!!

  5. Dear C.s.w. ... Thanks for your comments ... we are avid dog lovers and the Shih Tzu bread was new to us when we arrived in Australia. Having had them in our lives for the last 8 years, I couldnt think of anything else... they are 4 and 5 years old so we have many years ahead to enjoy their company!!. Thanks for comments re the garden - and am very crazy at the moment ... hardly time to even open my computer.. but at least have Instagram for quick hits of inet fun!! Jennyxx