The day is warm & overcast & February is normally our driest month, yet we have record rainfall forecast for today & tomorrow. The rain is gently falling already, so it was quite odd to see the water lillies on our pond in full bloom. They truly are the Divas of our garden, only blooming briefly for a day, then disappearing forever.
Somewhere underneath all the leaves are Son # 4's big collection of goldfish, which we are 'babysitting'. They've been here for nearly a year, & much to my relief, all are still with us & are fat & thriving. Which is quite amazing as I misunderstood Son #4's instructions & have only fed them once a week on Monday's. When I casually mentioned this to him a couple of weeks ago he looked aghast, as he reckons he told me to feed them EVERY day, with extra on Monday! It's the weekend, so go enjoy!
Life in the little village of Stirling in the hills above Adelaide in South Australia is just about as good as it gets! Enjoying a cool climate and 'hill-station' feel, Stirling is well-known for its 19th-century stone villas set on large grounds dense with roses, camellias, rhododendrons and huge old Oaks.
With 3 sons, 2 grandchildren & my work in a scientific business dominated by yes, more men, The Laurel Hedge was born out of my sheer desperation for something the boys just don't get & never will!
'No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it all too seriously.'
15 years of renovating was over - we'd just completed everything & were really enjoying our lovely old Victorian villa in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide. However we'd always had a fondness for the country life & without warning we found ourselves transported by alien beings disguised as Real Estate Agents to a house on 1/2 acre of wild, rambling gardens in Stirling!
The house is circa 1972 & with all the 70's features. Open-faced brown brick walls, raked ceilings, exposed beams, split levels - totally yuk! However, it's inherent design is great & the location amazing - tucked behind a wonderful old laurel hedge in a quiet country lane in the heart of gorgeous Stirling.