Monday, October 29, 2007

Our home and our family!

This is our house before -

Actually no, it was a lot worse than that, in this photo we had already cleared the few trees that were there, include 3 huge date palms that we managed to sell, and we had the roof recoloured from a lovely shade of peach, and we put the cedar blinds in.

I cried for a week when we signed the contract for this house, but prices were soaring and we really wanted to buy in this particular suburb.

My husband has studied horticulture and the like for many years and until recently has always worked in that field, he was just bursting to create a wonderful tropical garden for our family!

Well here we are 5 years, and a lot of hard work later and I am constantly amazed at our garden. We just spent 2 days weeding and mulching and complaining about how many more plants we need to fill open spaces and what doesn't look so good. Then I look back at the first photo in amazement at how far we have come! I just went and captured some lovely snaps of our tropical garden.

And after-

Some beautiful colour in our garden

And by the way, I still absolutely hate the look of our house, but the good thing is you can't really see it from the street now. And after 2 months of renovations when we first bought it the inside is almost like new. We are just deciding now whether to extend the house to include a rumpus room, or to sell and move?? Not sure I can part with all of our hard work!

And just because it has been over a month since I have posted here is one of my two adorable children.

Oh and how could I forget the newest addition to our family - Jessie/Jesse the bird. Ellyse was in love for the first day or too, now it is something extra for Mummy and Daddy to look after!


Cass said...

Andrea, the garden looks fantastic and I can't believe how big Ashton is getting.

Belinda said...

Your garden looks amazing! And hard work too ;)
Love the pictures of the kids too. They are just gorgeous.

Leah said...

Andrea - wow at your garden! I can see how much hard work you put into it. And aren't your babies just so beautiful? Ashton is growing so quickly.

lolliegirl said...

Andrea, your garden looks stunning! Well done to you and your DH! We are trying for something similar, lush and tropical. We are slowly getting there...

Ashton is growing up so quick! And I love your new family member.

Karen said...

Wow Andrea your garden is amazing - so lush and lovely, but still not as good to look at as your two gorgeous kids!