Friday, 4 June 2010

Pianos, a creative burst and a birthday!

Another busy week, but at least I feel like I've achieved more than my usual level recently.

We went and looked at the baby grand piano but son wasn't too fussed. It wasn't in as good condition as we were led to believe and son's lack of interest meant we needed to keep looking. We spent all the next day in Newcastle looking at every grand piano that was for sale. Typically all the children loved the best (aka most expensive) one we saw. It was three times the price that we originally set out to spend so we didn't say 'yes' on the spot. Consequently I've spent a few more restless nights dreaming of pianos and more time on the phone - to Sydney this time - to find out what is available down there. Naturally we have to go down there to actually see and try out what is available so I guess we'll get there eventually!

I also have had the dubious honour of turning 45 this week! The day before this momentous occasion I took the dye bottle in hand and got rid of all that grey hair that was pulling me down every time I looked in the mirror. It's amazing what a little bit of colour can do. ( I feel so much better as a brunette rather than a brunette with a badger streak!) Hubby took me to town for the day (big town - not the local village!) and we had a very pleasant day going to a couple of coffee shops, visiting some friends and doing a spot of shopping.

On the jewellery front I'm glad to say that the creative streak came out in full force and for one day I hardly moved from my bench from 11 in the morning till 12.30am that night. I could have kept going but I knew I wouldn't be able to function on any level the next day if I didn't go to bed then!

The weather has been constant cloud and drizzly rain so I haven't got the camera out yet to take any photos of the new pieces. There is a nice mix of bold colours (black, white, red, silver), soft greens and muted pinks coming up though! Instead, since quite a few people have wanted to see the farm where we live, I thought I'd show you a photo (above) of our house taken from the next paddock.

This is a more distant shot - taken from the same spot but without the zoom on, so you can the setting a little better. Rather peaceful, don't you think? (Well it is when the children are at school and there are no cows over my back fence!) So when are you coming to visit!?

Before I go, if you have little ones, why not pop over to the Australian Handmade Cooperative 4 Kids who are running a Mega Giveaway. Mon at Your Cheeky Monkey gave me the heads up on that one - she is super lucky when it comes to winning in draws that it would be a good idea to follow her around!

Till next :)


Natural Aroma Handmade Soaps said...

Happy Birthday Annette! hope you had a wonderful one!

I love your house and property, it looks wonderful and yes, I'm very envious:)

Hope the right piano comes your way real soon.

Millie said...

Happy Birthday wishes to you Annette! It's amazing what a little colour over the greys can do for one's outlook on life! Thanks for posting the pics on your home - it's just lovely & the setting just as I imagined.
Millie ^_^

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Birthday Annette!!
I've been using the Australian product 'Restoria' for my greys and it works!
You have a lovely home.

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Happy Birthday to you!!! (I need to pull out the dye, too)

Your house and property are gorgeous. So relaxing looking. =D

Hope you have a wonderful week.

Melissa said...

Happy birthday Annette :)

We have a baby grand at home, it's a gorgeous piano, your son is lucky you're getting one for him :)

icklekids said...


BTW - how does next weekend suit you! I'm straight over to yours!! Very peaceful indeed!

Cate said...

Ah, the search for the perfect piano. I wish I could remember the name of the book I read several years ago about one woman's obsessive hunt. And Happy Birthday! I LOVE getting older, will be 54 in one week and don't regret it at all!!!

Le said...

Happiest of days Annette :)

wow your farm looks fab - did you build ... what a great look and feel it has :) best to you le


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