Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

After 35+ years of marriage, two wonderful sons, living and working in Australia, Sweden, UK and USA we are now 'just the two of us' plus a very spoilt Shitzu.

Following five years at The Sandhurst Club it is time to downsize. Our criteria - build a new home in a development within ten minutes of John's Sandhurst Golf Club, access to Monash and Eastlink Freeways, all new infrastructure and proposed services, recycled water and no Management Company or Body Corporate Fees.

We invite you to view our journey as we build with Carlisle Homes our 'Savannah 28' at 'The Avenue at Casey', a masterplanned community meeting all our criteria.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?

2012 completes our rear landscaping with Spring delivering a burst of growth to the young plants.

Final project is to construct the BBQ area between house wall and Alfresco pier.

Front garden 18 months on and continues to thrive.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Completion of our 'lawn free' backyard - no more mud........constructed in all four seasons; sometimes in one day, as only Melbourne can deliver!  

Thanks again to our sons for helping with digging/concreting/base etc... 

Plant selection - 
Magnolia 'Kay Parris' and 'Black Tulip', Ornamental Pear 'Capital', Climbing Bougainvillea, Celtic Cascade, Dietes, Oyster Plant, Bearded Iris, Fiscus Standard and ground covers. Waiting on Hydrangeas. 


Ground cleared, base construction and drainage installed

Merbau boards screwed and shape cut
Garden beds ready with soil and mulch

First Boards 

Cutting Shape

After a long, cold and wet winter roll on Spring. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Another Step Closer - 12 Months 'Home'

You know that dead/non traffic side; every house generally has one? - well ours is now cleaned up and easy to maintain.  This 1200mm wide path houses the HWS and with only the bathroom window having a ground view, we have granitic sanded the area except for a garden bed viewed from the bathroom. A gate will close this path from our adventurous Shitzu and conceal occasionally used garden equipment. Another step closer to no mud!!

Circular Patio Deck/Path is next......will flow from the Alfresco/Pergola surrounded by plants through the remainder of our 'lawn free' backyard.

It is 12 months since 'Handover' - update on front landscaping; a few replaced plants but all growing nicely.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Alfresco and Side Path

2012 we were looking forward to completing the Alfresco and side path garden........until I fractured my ankle; slipped on a deck step (ouch!!!) taking me out of action for a number of weeks.

John soldiered on (I'm a really good supervisor) to mortar bricks around the boundary fences (houdini Shitzu) spray paint the timber paling fence plus erect reinforcement wire for the Climbing Roses and Wisteria.
Garden beds dug over adding fresh soil, nutrients and mulch.  Also, irrigation and garden light conduit installed.

Back on two feet and happy planting - Pierre Rosnard Roses, Liriopes, Climbing Fig, Silver Birch, Gardenias, Bird of Paradise, Ajuga, Native Violets and Wisteria.

So far.......with lots more to do!