Thursday, December 07, 2017

More Garden Improvements

It's interesting to look back over past photos and see the improvements on the house since we moved in almost one year ago. We've almost forgotten that we lived in the big city of Melbourne.

This is our latest creation - a conversation pit. We'll install a metal dished fire pit in the middle of the log seats.
I planted native kangaroo paw with lots of bulbs which now have passed their best. 
This is in the front of the block with our hedge giving us privacy from the road.
Either side of the bench are potted olive trees. We've grown alyssum within the cracks of the terracotta pavers.
These have gone gangbusters with spring and now summer. 
Before winter we started a fernery and then winter and the frosts came. We thought we might lose most of the plants.
As you can see from the two photos below, the fernery has come on very strongly.

We had a concrete slab laid and installed a temporary colorbond shed to store our garden tools, etc.
Note the rubble in front of the shed. This was a future project.
Looking from the shed (see part of the slab RH bottom) we planted two veggie gardens.
Its been a very satisfying time establishing both the inside and outside of our new home in Trentham. We've warmed to the locals, made friends with the local business owners and slotted in very nicely thank you.

Monday, December 04, 2017


Our Trentham house is not far from our first anniversary since we moved in just prior to Christmas last year. Since then we have laid top soil, planted grass seed, built a shed and established several gardens. Over that time we've had several loads go gravel delivered to form paths and driveways.
Add to that a trip to Belgium, Amsterdam and France which included Sue's accident while overseas with 12 weeks of recovery after our return and I would have to say we've done OK in one year.

18 months ago we started the build and moved in on December 23, 2016.
We have two projects that should bring us to the pointy end of work load. The drawing below is the arbour we have commissioned to be built prior to Christmas. Sue hopes to grow climbing roses over the trellis giving a nice soft feel. (watch this space)
The other project is the tiling of the L-shaped al fresco and front outside entrance. Once we finish these two projects, I might just relax for awhile and smell the roses.
We decided to increase the sizes by an additional 200mm in HxLxW.

In the foreground are two oak trees with a bird bath between them. This is where  we will place the arbour.  Either side of the arbour, we are thinking of planting espalier, possibly either grapes or fruit trees. 
The other project mentioned, tiling the Alfresco, starts in two weeks (or after Christmas). We have purchased the tiles which are 300 x 600 and have a non-slip surface. The colours match the house perfectly with variations grey tones. I'll lay them in a brick pattern.

The following photos are just a bit of a recap of the last twelve months.

Looking out from the al fresco not long after we moved in. The block was littered with building debris and mounds of uneven earth. Now its a smooth bowling green of plush grass.
We've planted a herb garden
Then there's the start of a cottage garden.

We are now at the stage of maintaining the property with weeding and keeping the garden tidy - with adding to the plants already established.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

We are Back

Life has been a bit stressful in recent months with many things on hold. Some of you may know that Sue took a tumble while in France about 12 weeks ago. It's only recently that she is rediscovering herself after fracturing two vertebra - still some time to go yet but we are past the bad stuff.

So get get the ball rolling once again, lets just post some local pics.

During the late 1800s this hotel was many in Trentham and district. Today we have 2 hotels in town and another about 5 kms out to East Trentham. The one pictured is now an antique and vintage shop.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


I've mentioned the COSMO in past posts. These photos are prior to it having an internal fire and possibly in the 70s judging by the cars. Today the COSMO is a thriving hub of the community.
We often eat here and enjoy catching up with fellow locals.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Life is a Blur

Where does it all go and where is it coming from. Is it planned or does it all happen around you?
I really don't know but possibly we should just embrace it. Sure we can change things but if you think to hard, it may not just be the best thing that can happen.

People do ask us, "How did we choose Trentham - we didn't, it chose us".

We drove by many times as we were thinking of where we would retire. Sure, Melbourne is a nice place to be but no longer for us. We needed to make the most of our investments for the life ahead.
A place that gave us an opportunity to integrate to the local community but not too far from our city life.

We bought a plot of land in Trentham - Then we did the panic thing. We had to finish our house pimping for sale. It all worked out and we love being here.

So, we bought the block. 2nd day on the market and put in a bid. Holy %$#@ is was ours.
Now to finish off the house for auction over the next 2 months.
Then we sold our house of 30 years. It all worked well. Www could not be happier.