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If sculptures could speak


I wanted to memorialize the day when we signed for the second block of flats at the notary.

I hadn’t noticed how funny that composition was until I uploaded the photo to the computer. One can just hear her saying, “there he goes again taking pictures of himself.”

In other sculpture related news, I’ve put the Wright sculpture on the future terrace. It’s starting to kind of take shape, but I’m still not quite sure on the furniture. My original plan was to get two of the four seater sofa (240cm wide) you see in the picture. Mike rightfully says people prefer sitting on individual armchairs. So at the moment we’ve got just one big sofa and I’m experimenting with different types of chairs…

fututreterraceThe lawn gets re-done next month. September will be huge because that’s THE month for the garden. I’ve spent days and days walking around and around. Studying shapes, plant colours, sunlight hours reaching each section of the garden. It’s already wonderful, but I’m hoping to make it into something  breathtaking. The opposite of minimalism. An almost overwhelming amount of flowers and colours.


21 comments on “If sculptures could speak

  1. john zande
    August 8, 2015

    Ha! I do like her, though.


  2. acflory
    August 9, 2015

    I love your plans for the garden, Pinky. Despite its imposing architecture, the house feels cosy and welcoming somehow, and the garden will reflect that warmth.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      August 9, 2015

      That’s the challenge! There’s a tendency to make these sort of houses look more like museums than homes. It’s an easy mistake to make. People are impressed by one or another feature and then end up trying to highlight them by under-furnishing as to not distract from the architecture.
      In reality these houses were originally heavily furnished. They were designed to be used by large families. Draperies and wall-hangings were plentiful because there was no central heating etc. etc. Here’s an example of an interior done by the same design firm as this house:


      • acflory
        August 9, 2015

        That’s magnificent. And I take your point about the heating. Even with a fireplace in the main rooms it must have been freezing in winter. Mum and Dad used to have an old Federation Edwardian – circa 1880-ish? – and it was impossible to heat. Lovely and cool in summer though.

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  3. davidprosser
    August 9, 2015

    No doubt the garden will be as stunning as the house when you’ve done.I think the opposite of minimalism is unrestrained joy.

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  4. Hariod Brawn
    August 9, 2015

    Stand by for horticultural maximalism!


  5. Charmaine Martin
    August 9, 2015

    Living in the Great American Desert, and being a hopeless gardener to boot, a single bloom gladdens my heart. To think of “flowers EVERYWHERE” is just unlimited joy.
    I’ve been a little absent lately because we foolishly adopted a puppy. I’ve been saying for years that old folks should get adult dogs, and I’m proving my own case.
    Sharp puppy teeth & blood thinners are a bad mix. But he was the pound-puppy of the week in the newspaper and we fell in love. (Madness!)
    I told my husband, “If you go out to get pipe tobacco, and bring home a puppy, there will be trouble.”
    So we named the puppy after his pipe tobacco, Borkum Riff.
    And there HAS been trouble. Also laughter.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      August 10, 2015

      OMG. Borkum Riff was part of my entire childhood because it was my grandfather’s pipe tobacco. The silver tins with the sailboats. That’s scary. At this point you have to assure me you’re you and not some unbalanced cousin of mine trying to mess with me.


      • Charmaine Martin
        August 12, 2015

        I still have some of those great old tins! Much more useful than the modern, cardboard canisters – which I suppose will serve to hold puppy biscuits.
        And yes, it’s just Charmaine from Roswell


  6. Arkenaten
    August 9, 2015

    Looking forward to see this multi-coloured palette explosion.


    • Mr. Merveilleux
      August 9, 2015

      I actually got the idea from your adopted country. I was watching a tourism show and they filmed an Essex woman entering a park in SA and her exact words were, “this is so fake, all these flower colours don’t exist in na-ture!”
      Days later I’m still wondering where she thinks flowers come from.

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  7. josh
    August 12, 2015

    In that first picture, I think the painting over your shoulder may also be judging you.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. theoccasionalman
    August 15, 2015

    So, I seem all coy and modest because I rarely post pictures of myself to social media, but in truth my phone is full of pictures of me, so every time I activate the screen, there’s a shot of myself with the caption, “You Sexy Beast.” You have no need to apologize for posting a selfie.


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