Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Last Month of Winter

Yesterday morning, through the window
(I haven't washed the outside yet!)

Well, we're gradually getting there; still have some more sifting, sorting and tossing 'treasures' accumulated and sitting idle in the shed and barn.  The house is sparkling; I've been filling, sanding, undercoating and painting, particularly in the laundry where a little puppy chewed his way up the architrave and made a real mess of the door eight years ago!  I should have taken before photos!


It's rather wet and chilly again today, so I'll have to wait for a couple of nice days to paint the doorsteps. Only 25 more days of Winter and then we'll put the house on the market. Very soon we're spending a few days at BALLARAT, to have a look around.  Of course, we can't go house hunting until we have a buyer here.

The Manchurian Pears are 'popping'

The past month has flown; mainly because I've been busy but three weeks of that was taken up with watching Le Tour de France and the fantastic end result, our very own Cadel Evans winning it!!  It's the first time we've watched it in entirety and we now know so much more about road cycling events; the terminology, the tactics and, of course, we've seen so much of that extraordinarily beautiful country and the commentators came across with the history of each town, chateau and église.  It will be something to look forward to from now on.

Another result I'm really thrilled about is that 14yo Jack Vidgen won Australia's Got Talent last week!!  I wrote about Jack here. The first prize was $A250,000 and he has a contract with Sony but, this is not America, he only has his Mum and his invalid Father, so I hope that the industry gets behind him. Personally, I also hope that he furthers his studies!!

   "♪And a Cocky in a Desert Ash♫"

Thank you, everyone, for dropping in and leaving a comment and I apologise if I haven't replied.  I most probably won't post for another month.  Actually, as much as I love blogging, I'm feeling quite liberated and might stick to this precept!


Teri said...

I know exactly what you are going through and it is all worth it in the end. No regrets. Your place is so lovely I know that it will be hard to leave though but everything happens for a reason.

alaine@éclectique said...

Teri...thank you. It is going to be hard but I'm looking forward to new beginnings.

Betsy said...

I'm sure your lovely home will be irresistible to someone! Happy end to winter!

alaine@éclectique said...

Betsy...I love winter but there comes a time when 'enough's enough'! We've had some beautiful early spring days when you just want to potter around in the sunshine.

Hopefully we have a quick sale...

karena said...

Good to hear from you Alaine...sounds like things are moving right along. Hope for a quick sale for your lovely home. With those views it should be easy.

alaine@éclectique said...

Karena...good to hear from you too! We're hoping somebody looking for a 'tree change' will start looking here!

LaPouyette said...

Hello Alaine,
it's hardly to believe the winter at your part of the world while we're baking here in the Périgord!
Sorry for late comment, but in high summer saison there is so much to do with visitors, guests and.....
Heartily greetings,

akissfromthepast said...

wonderful pictures!