Thursday, April 14, 2011

Beach House goes to Grandma's

We've spent a few days at Grandma's, this Easter holidays.  Basically driving her nuts I think. But she really loves it!  It must be hard to host the Beach House Brats when you're not used to them, day in day out. We love it up there, as there's lots of room for us to romp around out the back. While the kiddos go wild outdoors, mum and I sit around drinking tea and talking about our history together.  Our drink of choice this week was lemon tea, which inspired this little photo shoot.

My mother has a beautiful established garden, which is some 50 years old. She started with my dad, from nothing all those years ago.  My dad has since passed away, but she is still in the family home I was born into.  So when I go home, I am really going home to my the one I grew up in, which is lovely.

My parents built the home and it was very hip for it's time, with ensuites, family rooms and fireplaces,which for Sydney then, was all very new for the burbs.  I guess that's why they stayed forever, because the house was very modern in it's day and kept up with the families demands.
The house also has lots of glass, so the natural light in her north facing home is perfect for photography.

My mum is also very creative.  She went through a folk art stage some years ago and this lemon caddy is one of her pieces.

This Wedgwood china is from the 1970's.  I think it was called 'moon'. I love the blue and yellow together. Apparently, my nursery was navy and yellow, so perhaps my love of these colours together, comes from the first room I slept in.  I think mum was expecting a boy, but with no sex testing prior to birth, she hedged her bets. I think the lemon was her security colour in case she got a girl, which she did.

The backyard is huge by today's standards and it's kiddo paradise.

The kiddos love a romp with grandma's dogs.  Here's Millie, she's fine with kids. Billie her brother keeps his distance and most of the time we are here he sticks very close to grandma.

Grandma's back yard has a little pond and of course the BHB's love nothing more than a little pond dipping. Lots of tadpoles and frogs suggests it's a healthy one.  Now over the years, I've seen my fair share of black snakes in this pond. And usually when I do, I run, but at this time of year they are going into hibernation mode, so the only snake scare is the brushing of the hose past your leg if you accidentally step on it. Yikes!!!!!

The taddies get thrown back at the end of the day.  No doubt a little jaded, but basically no worse for it....I hope.

Happy school holidays everyone, so far ours have been very eventful.
Best Carolyn
PS. I have finally got my gallery up and running so why don't you have a look at some of the shots.
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  1. how nice to spend quality time with your mum! your photography really made me feel like I was there with you, with my own cup of lemon tea.

  2. i love your mum' s 70's mum was also into folk art and has a similar caddy. enjoy the holidays!
    cheryl x

  3. Your mum's house sounds so beautiful and I love your photos, her backyard is gorgeous! My parents still live in the same house that I was born and raised in as well. I am so glad that you were able to spend some time with her. :) Enjoy the rest of the week!

  4. Hello, I just found your blog by way of Michelle (above!) and I have to say this is a very nice place to visit. Love your photos and story about your Mom's house. I'll be back to visit soon.

  5. Lovely post today Carolyn and great photos... what a great place for the kids to play and you and your Mum enjoy a relaxing cup of tea..:) I think I would react the same about the snake though lol x

  6. What a wonderful way to spend the holiday - with those you love. And, Carolyn, blue and yellow go perfectly together, for boys and girls. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  7. What a fabulous place to be. I'm betting your mom doesn't really mind!!

  8. We must be kindred spirits! Whenever my mom comes for a visit, our favorite thing is to sit and drink coffee or tea and just chat away. :-) Sounds like you all have a wonderful time there together and I'm just a tad bit envious that when you go home you are really going "home" to the place where you grew up. How special! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday~

  9. Oh, this fabulous! What a cozy fun spot to go and gather. I love that a home is a "family" home in every sense of the word. Such a treasure to spend time and memories there. That is exactly how it should be. Lovely post! Thanks for linking it up!

  10. *sigh*... thats an awesome time spent!! full of quality.. love!! :-) Hope you have a fab week ahead!

  11. Hello friend...came over from Marty' your beautiful beautiul it is for you and your kids to visit in the very home you grew up in...Happy Easter to you and yours...Picket


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