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Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Glimpse of Our World

Recently on the Down To Earth Forum a member posted a thread called My World, where she asked the other members to post pictures of where they live. So following on from that, this post shows a glimpse of our world...

You may have seen some similar pictures in my previous posts, so I hope it is not too repetitive...

I walked a full circle around our house and yard taking photos.  We live on 2.5 acres on the outskirts of town.

So lets go...

Starting with the front yard looking out the front door...

Our house and shed,
 taken from the other side of front yard...

 Hubby's BIG shed!
 I shall NOT show you inside of there...agghhh! 
 On the other side of this shed is a carport that is housing our caravan and behind the caravan is a big  rumpus/family/sewing room that I shall not show you just yet either. Not until I have cleaned it up. 
~hangs head in shame :(

Swing camera around to look at the other side.
A main bypass for heavy vehicles runs alongside of our block...

Looking out the driveway
is the bypass road,
and a little rental house across the road.

 Looking up our drive way from across the road...

This is what you see as you pull into our place...

Looking out from the right side of our house is the chicken coop.

I made a sign to put on their pen that reads Cackleberry House, 
not sure if you can see it above the door :)

Part of the chicken run. 
They have a nice large area to roam.  Occasionally we will let them out to free range the whole block :)

Down the back is the wood shed that keeps our wood nice and dry in Winter.


The shady trees help keep the chickens cool in Summer...

Looking north into the back yard....
The car is an old 1956 Ford Zephyr that hubby would like to restore one day...
He had better get a move on other wise his 
"one day's" will run out.
The step ladder is placed ready for painting this side of the veranda.

Looking back toward the shed you can see two rain water tanks and on the shed roof are our solar panels. The wool bags next to the tank holds our cans and bottles we collect.  In South Australia we get ten cents each for these. 
The chicken run is on the right behind the fence. 

Closer view of the solar panels, all 24 of them.

Out yonder...

 And beyond...

Where our fruit supply comes from...

It is looking very dry at the moment :(

One side

then the other
Fruit trees include mandarin, orange, grapefruit, newly planted lemon and loquat trees,  two olive trees, fig, nectarine, apricot, some grape vines and one struggling mulberry tree...

The trees are situated on a french drain and thrive on the moisture.

 Looking toward the back of the house...

One neighbour

way over there...

Other side of back yard, looking south.
On the roof, we have solar hot water and evaporative air-conditioning.

Looking west is shade area we had built a few years ago.
This still needs work when the funds permit. 
Eventually  it will become a closed in entertainment area
I will save the money for this to be done.

 The side gate leads to our veggie garden.

When we moved here eleven years ago there were no fences.  
Little by little we get things done. It is good to have a handy hubby that does most of the work...

Looking out the side door of the house is the pool and lawn area. 
Except for digging the hole for the pool, every thing else was done by hubby.

The messy area under shade, 
must get and tidy it up a bit...

 We have a big veranda all the way around our house.  Such a blessing come Summer time :)

See the rusty metal object in the picture on a stand?  This was the bath that my brother and I were bathed in as babies.

 Our little place is a constant work in progress, there is always something to do around here...

Feel free to join in and share your world :)



  1. Wow that is amazing. I am so glad you posted these because I always wondered what 'beyond' at your place looked like...I didn't know if there would be 'desert' or scrub or what.I love the colours in your environment.

  2. Thanks for the glimpse Tania. Your part of the country is so different from mine. It is stunning. You can tell you really love your home.

  3. I love your veranda! I might well have one come the summer! Plenty of works in progress here too. You've given me an idea for some blog posts! Thanks for sharing :D

  4. your pace is fab..it reminds me of our place ..always something going on

  5. you live in a wonderful place.
    thanks for sharing!!!!
    have a nice day,
    love regina

  6. Hi Tania,
    When I think of Australia I envision a place like yours. It reminded me of Jill Kerr Conway, and The Road from Coorain.

    Thank you for sharing your home with us.

    Lil Bit Brit

  7. We can see that front view just from driving along your road. I seem to go past it regularly these days taking Madeline to her boyfriends place.

  8. Love you place! Thanks for sharing..it is so different than here.

  9. We live on 2.5 acres too but don't utilise the space like you do. I do want to out in some fruit trees out the back but we need to get water to that area first and fence off the area from our two sheep! You do so well to get all that produce from your desert garden. You and hubby are "doers", that is for sure!

  10. Thanks for sharing, Tania, it certainly looks very dry. Very different from my corner of the earth.

  11. Awesome photos Tania and a great idea for a blog post. Having probs with my camera at the moment but I might do a similar post soon before I leave too and then another when we do move to Melbourne :)

  12. I loved your photos Tania. Such a contrast to my cold, frosty backyard here in Canberra!

  13. Hi Tania! I wanted to come introduce myself, and thank you for stopping by to say hello on my blog Simplify. I did have a bit of a look around and love your blog!!! Such a nice spacious property!!! Loved the tour! And you knit too!!!
    I will be back soon!!
    XO Kris

  14. I can very nearly smell it - so evocative of western Queensland and where my sister used to live [in a Big Shed]. Thanks for the tour.

  15. Thankyou for sharing, wide open space:). I have family who live in the mid north of SA not quite as flat as your country but similar. Your veranda must be so nice in summer.

  16. Great tour around your Home, my hubby would LOVE a shed that big........
    Now was that a fire bucket under the veranda? great spot for a quiet drink watching the sunset at the end of the day..............

  17. Hi Tania! I will be eager to hear if your daughter enjoyed her visit to the USA!! I know what you mean about wanting her back on home soil. I do not feel complete if any of my chickies are far from home. Even though they are all grown up now. This Mama likes them near by!!!!


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