A Walk Around The Farmhouse With Me…

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When this time of year hits, I am elbow deep in stars, custom orders, dinner sets, and this year – crowns! Normally I find myself needing an afternoon where I’m totally disconnected from the studio, and that usually means pottering about the house. But, since our farmhouse is only partially renovated, I thought I would spend it in the garden.

I thought I’d show you about. This is about the best part of the front of the house right now, as it’s yet to be painted. We won’t be painting this beautiful old wood door though. It will stay as is. We also have a wonderful old wooden screen door that we saved from the berry orchard that will go on here too.

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You can see the ugly metal one here. It’s covered in a weird blue stone paint! Can’t wait to get it off and the new old wooden one on. We will be painting the exterior white with possibly a very pale grey on the shutters and new roof. The verandas are so lovely and deep.

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We were lucky enough to have these patio blinds here when we bought the house, and it’s the perfect place to sit. There’s an old Coogans table out here that we often eat at, and it will be where we have our Christmas dinner too. I’ve been busy building up my Hydrangea stash (my favourite flowers) to make a hedge with once winter comes. For now though, they are making a pretty addition to the veranda….those blue posts will be the first thing to be painted white. ha!

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Since the warmer weather has hit, the garden has burst to life and things have been popping up everywhere!

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We have loads of berries becoming ripe now, and these Tayberries I had never heard of. They are delicious! If anyone knows of a good recipe for them, I’d love to hear it.

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This particular bed will get a clean out come winter. There is so much in here including poppies, sweet peas, daffodils, jonquils, iris, carnation, forget-me-nots….so crowded.

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Our actual berry orchard is bursting at the seams with Golden Raspberries, normal Raspberries, White Raspberries and some other berry I haven’t figured out what it is yet. We’ve been picking (and eating berries) everyday!

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This is my walk to the farmhouse from the studio. Past the veggie patch and green house. The traffic is brilliant 😉

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The big old Willow tree at the back of the house is my favorite. Once this house is all white, this tree will look even better.

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If you’re on Instagram, then you would have seen a few peeks at the farm, including our handsome rooster. This is Geoffoir Le Peck. He is a handsome chap, bit of a rock star too.

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I’ve been sharing some of our berries with the chooks, and they love them! We’ve never had chooks before, and these Silkie Bantams are adorable, calm little fluff balls. This is Rhonda. Her and the other 11 girls have been giving us loads of eggs and they are so good. I’m thinking this year that the pavlova is going to be spectacular!

I’ve been making Lemon Brownies lately, and I’ll have to share the recipe with you soon. It’s a great, quick one when your guests arrive for a pot of tea.

I hope you liked that little tour. I needed that little break. Thank you for coming along.

~Ness xx



2 Responses to A Walk Around The Farmhouse With Me…
  1. Wendy Wainwright
    December 14, 2016 | 7:26 am

    Thank you for taking us around the Farmhouse and to see how the transformation will become with your very special touches and a coat of lovely white paint! So envious of your bushes of berries, yummm!!! I would be feasting on them every day too!! Wishing you and your family a truly wonderful Christmas in your new home! xoxox

    • Ness Lockyer
      January 3, 2017 | 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy. I hope you had a beautiful Christmas too. The berry patch has been getting a big workout here lately 😘

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