I've been meaning to post this for a while now....most of you probably follow my instagram feed and you see the top two images all the time!
But this is the thing about instagram, it's for pretty photo's right? Like when I try and cook that perfect fillet of fish that's lying delicately over the creamy risotto, exactly like the Pinterest photo, but instead it looks like scrambled fish and lumpy rice....that will not go on instagram.... But a perfectly ripe just opened avocado. Snap, filter, go!
Well I guess I kind of do that with our house too, not to fool you, but because who really photographs the not-as-good bits?! Well, I have because I want you to see them.
We bought the section as a flat empty 2.5 acre paddock, which means there is a fair amount of work that needs to go into landscaping it. At the moment we can see right over to our neighbours shed and our other neighbours yard where he keeps all his business vehicles and toys (he is a VERY handy man to know!!)
On the western (shed) side we've already planted a whole row of trees and created and planted a mound directly in front of it to give us privacy from our neighbours (who we love but I'm sure they don't want to see us doing the forgetful nudie dash from shower to towel cupboard). Some of the trees are already taller than the fence!! Unreal and pretty exciting! Soon we won't even know that each other are there...and then we'll probably miss our ride on mower waves and chats.
On the Eastern side, you can see the line of trees that our very thoughtful neighbours have already planted....that's a lot of money right there and it's not going to benefit them in anyway.... I mean, Their trucks didn't need privacy. So it was very kind of them to get them in the ground and get them growing. We have plenty more to do on that eastern side...landscape either side of the driveway and then do some kind of hedging closer to our house to help with the easterly wind.
Actually that's a really good tip if you're in the design stage....make sure you spend time on the section and figure out what your prevailing winds are etc... Then create sheltered zones around the house. We have one beside the living room out the front of our ensuite window and another on the south western side outside what we now refer to as 'the den' it's where our computers will be and a loungey reading zone that leads out to a deck. It's a great end of the day spot.
Camping on the land last summer is also what prompted us to extend the eaves of the house on the North side outside of the living room.... If we hadn't of, the sun would just pooooour in there all day in the summer and make living in the living room, a sweaty and uncomfortable business, and that's no way to live.
So there you go.... The other bits that you don't see as much because they don't inspire me to snap away (yet). It's a good reminder for myself and I'm sure many others from my generation.... Things can't always be perfect from the beginning, we need to work towards it! I look forward to showing you another 4 photos in the future with a bunch of bushy happy trees.