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Jan 06 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 27 comments

The Great Hen House Build

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The much anticipated and prepared for Hen House and Chicken Run happened this holiday!! I so wanted to make a real Hen House for “the girls” because the reclaimed area has left them with no real home of their own – just a makeshift place that was only meant to be temporary. I was lucky to have the help of my many-talented hubby – the one with the real skill – and [...]

Dec 20 2012 by in Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 10 comments

The big reveal

The House that Steffi built!

Finally … I am able to show my daughters new house. It took quite some convincing for her to allow me to publish these and it was on the understanding that I explain that they are still busy varnishing floors, skirting boards are still missing, and, and, and … there are unfinished things all over the place – so please bear that in mind. Still not quite finished (notice the work people [...]

Dec 17 2012 by in Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

The Old house

Old house

About two weeks ago I showed my daughters ‘new garden’, well, what is going-to-be the garden of her newly built home (see post here … Intimidating). These past two weeks they have been very busy cleaning up the front areas, erecting a wall around the front, paving the driveway, tiling the swimming pool and tiling the outside entertainment area. Its looking VERY different to the photos I showed you in that post [...]

Nov 27 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

New Back garden area

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I am so amazed at how we, my hubby and I, have been able to get this new area as part of our garden again. It was the chicken run for so long and now we are going to take it back!! We erected a new wall and now in the sequence of photos you will see the taking down of the temporary (was up for at least 4 years) shade cloth. [...]

Nov 20 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, | 7 comments

New back garden wall

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It has taken us so long to get this wall up. Every time we made a decision to build it we hit a snag; the weather was wrong, the design and construction issues, time factor, did we feel like tackling it and so on. So for two years it was off and on. Then this year it happened!! We did it! The back wall/fencing has been built. Zincalume corrugated sheeting, 2.7metres high [...]

Sep 10 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Do it yourself | 5 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 4

Barbies Garden Intro Web

Recycling is an important activity in my house. I always like to find new ways with old things!  Most of our home is furnished with old wood made into tables, old corrugated sheeting hanging from the ceiling, ropes and chains. Here is a quick and easy way to recycle old tins and used clothes pegs. What can you recycle today? Do you have any recycling tips and tricks? If you have a [...]

Sep 09 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 5 comments

Fence building

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Hi Chris!! It has finally happened. The long discussed idea of walling in the back garden. As you know, we put up  temporary shade cloth fencing to give us some privacy. But that was some 6 years ago. We have been in our home for 7 years now (in October), so the temporary shade cloth has stood the test of time – but has to go now!! There is so much ground [...]

Jun 04 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 5 comments

What a Hen House?

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We thought we did our “girls” a favour this weekend by buying them a brand new Hen House – well, it’s a dog house but we won’t tell them. It was not expensive and George, who builds these great pet houses, uses old pellets to build then, so they are made from 100% recycled material! George makes a living buy building these and he does a really fine job. He is a [...]

Mar 07 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 13 comments

From my back deck

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One of my favourite places is my back deck. It is an extra-ordinary place that we enjoy both in summer and winter. We laze around in hammocks in summer and love to wrap up with a hot cup of coffee to enjoy the cooler days. It welcomes the stray bird that looks for shelter or the mommy mouse who comes knocking on my back door for a crust of bread. It reaches [...]

Mar 04 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

Let’s throw stones

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I have wanted to complete my garden for years with the final throwing of stones on the paths around my house. We have finally completed this daunting task. We have imagined this task to be an enormous monster so it has taken us 3 years to pluck up enough courage. I had to prepare the paths for “the big stone path project” for the past 3 years – re-weeding every winter and [...]