Well my dear Public, I was overwhelmed by all your kind wishes for my 63rd 33rd birthday last Saturday which was a most enjoyable occasion engineered & executed by Mills & the boys. Millie's mischief in associating that luscious & most scrumptious being Justine with moi, has caused unexpected repercussions........notably being labelled as a Dirty Old Man (DOM) - AND - the possibility of an anti-stalking order. If found guilty in a court of law, I could be at Her Majesty's pleasure for up to 10 years. (Could it be that Mills had motive here to stir up trouble to give her a MOTH-break?) If I do end up in the Cooler, one of my first tasks would be to find the Prisoner's Suggestion Box & slip a note in strongly advocating Cooking Classes for the Criminally Incarcerated taught by Justine.
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.