Today Tassie turned on the glorious. A bright, warm, sunny winter's day lifted out of the morning fog - the perfect canvas for brunch with dear friends in our newly paved ' sun trap'. When they left, it was too nice to go inside, so we stayed. With one of the lads opting to snooze, the wee girl and her wee brother filled the splash pool and donned the bathers. Yes it is winter. They were happy. The girl even told me she won an Olympic Gold in diving. We sang the national anthem. I thought happy thoughts to keep me off those ones about pneumonia.... and I pottered. Dunc welded - mending our soon-to-be-painted 50s outdoor setting (this has taken 4 years - see how motivating winter sun is?)... and I started doing a spot of archaeology.
When we first moved into our house the back yard was entirely gravel ... it turned out on further investigation (ie when we decided we would put in garden beds) that under the gravel was a foot of compacted road base over black plastic ... low maintenance gardening, eat your heart out. A weekend of a hired 'dingo' digger and we broke through and freed the soil beneath ... but a really lovely discovery lay beneath ... our house is over 130 years old and at some stage someone had added fill ... whilst this fill contained shards of glass ... the bulk is made up of old ceramics. So whenever we dig, or garden or even just go outside after heavy rain we find treasure. This treasure gets placed along our fence , along with the old bottles and other interesting finds our soil turns up. The ceramics, judging by their patterns and thickness vary greatly in age. Some is stoneware, some porcelain.
Today, after much thought, and a whole lot more pottering around in the sunshine ,
I decided I might actually do something with these little treasures. This post will have to act as a gentle kick up the derriere so that it is not waiting the same amount of time as the outdoor setting! We shall see!
Hi, I am Gemma - an escapee to beautiful Tasmania - chasing the simple life with my husband, beautiful daughter and newly arrived twin sons. Loz and Dinny was created to feed the creative beast within. I love a spot of sewing and making objects that are inspired by all things vintage, kitsch and colourful.