G’day Beach Cottage Lovelies, I hope you enjoyed the weekend..the Seasons are really turning here, and I have that Spring feeling…know the one I mean?
I know that we who call ourselves Beach Cottagers, are, actually in different parts of the world and perhaps not all feeling that Spring feeling, but rather, you may be thinking of the beginning of the battening down of the hatches, the ceremonial putting away of the flip flops, sipping the last jug of Pimms and thoughts of cold, cosy blankets and Christmas lights begin to waft in as a nip is felt in the air.
Whereas, we here, living in the lovely Down Under say goodbye, almost as soon as it came, to a Winter that, this year, I have to say has been far from rough…12 weeks of sunny but cool days, and the wearing of Uggs when the odd cold day really got stuck in and a bit of rain thrown in and I am not complaining.
I was talking to a friend the other day, very much born and bred Aussie, but also not from these fair Sydney parts and she said it’ll be a hot Summer according to her bones…I don’t know whether her bones are right or wrong, but I know I hope they are halfway correct…because I tell you what, I can handle a nice long hot summer…(with little dreams of a vintage car and camping, hello Mr BC)
Anyway, enough of my rambling…so this is the Family Room, I thought I might show you what’s going on in here because firstly I realised that the Beach Cottage House Tour page was way out of date and secondly the other day I tidied up in here and it was halfway decent for a photo…which is no mean feat around here with random teenagers gracing this area at any given time…and now also a puppy who seems, somehow, to be able to create more mess than everyone else put together…
The white leather sofas are still doing well…to be honest I wouldn’t buy them again…they were a rushed purchase when we first moved in here and really they feel too modern for me…in terms of care they are ok…it’s pretty easy to wipe these babies down if anything is spilled, but I dunno I just prefer slip-covered sofas and I actually like being able to throw them in the wash and then line dry them out in the Aussie sun…a sectional too would be nice here to make good use of the space….I haven’t told Mr Beach Cottage my plans of that yet, I mean hello it took me long enough to get the KitchenAid didn’t it?
New sofas…that would be way too many favours for this girl at the moment
The one above is from my iPhone (I can get more in on that as I still haven’t got a lense on my big girls’s camera that is wide enough, yes you would think that being a blogger who blogs about the coast / sea and old cottages that I would have a wider lense by now…just call me unprofessional)…the table here to the left is that old one that I picked up and just sanded down the top to and gave a bit of Beach Cottage love to…it’s where Mr TBC does his homework (we have a no tv, no computers in bedrooms room rule in this house)..the coffee table the roadside find from when we first moved in here and sideboard also thrifted and painted a Frenchy grey when I was in the Beach Cottage French phase.
I also have my eye on this new to me but very much old / pre-loved armoire for in here…I am hoping to get it in the next few days…errrrm it’s rather big with glass panels and in need of some Beach Cottage loving for sure…I haven’t told my lovely hubby about this yet because he will be chief removal man and this baby is big…more on that soon
You can kinda feel Summer in the air now…doors and windows all open and fresh air whizzing through…and with the thoughts of Summer has come thoughts of doing nothing at all…I know that it may seem, actually on here, as if that is my life all over, but on here you only see the good bits, in fact my life is quite busy…nice busy but still busy…I fill my days with ‘being busy’ and this Summer I am hoping that will change…just a bit…
You see, I want to actually really step back and enjoy our new life here…my kiddos are getting older, I have done those hard yards of being on my own sometimes all week in a strange country raising three kids, I have driven for miles for sport, I have baked things and made things when finances were tight and I have loved all of that, certainly no complaining… I’ve loved this new life, I’ve blogged it but this Summer I am gonna sit back and really enjoy it…surrounded with white linen and a basket over my arm…wink wink
Now I must get my little self out of here (I am sitting in the Summer House as I type this, eyeing it up for some SERIOUS foofing this week) because there is a tradie arriving this morning to talk about the knocking down of walls…
I’ll be seeing ya…