Welcome to my Sunday Selections.
I can't say this will be a regular thing, my camera has been gathering dust in a drawer, I haven't felt much like going out and taking photos, but I was looking through some really old stuff looking for a particular photo, which of course I couldn't find :( and thought you might like to see a bit of my past.
I may have shown some of these before, but here goes:
After having to sell a house for the second time, (same reason as having to sell the first one), we moved back into renting and found an enormous house with room for everybody, 6 of us, plus a son-in-law to be and a baby grand daughter.
this is the front of the house which may look smallish, but that's distance, I was across the street with an old film style camera.
this is the driveway side, taken about halfway down. The shed at the end was the owner's garage, (locked with some of his possessions in it) and beyond that was a huge garden.
this is the hallway leading down to the kitchen. See all the vine leaves on the walls? That's not wallpaper, it is hand painted stencils and it was in almost every room, in differing colours.
this was my (stencilled but not vine leaves), bedroom, at the front of the house in what was probably the original living room, with double doors, with glass panes that I put curtains on to for privacy.
the business side of the kitchen, messy of course. There was a lot of family life happening here, with working adults and four teenagers, three of whom were also working and the soon to be son-in-law, also working. I hated those brown veneer cabinets, but there were plenty of them, about 500% more storage than I have now.
the other side of the kitchen had a dining room, separated by the arch you see here, with the fridge in the kitchen and the matching freezer in the dining room, because there just wasn't room to have them side by side in the kitchen.
the dining room, with our enormous extension table that measured about seven feet long when fully extended, although I remember having it that way only once. The matching buffet and hutch on the left there survived several house moves without a single scratch. I miss those pieces of furniture quite a lot.
the front room, which is a closed in section that used to be a front porch. Hubby and I were living "separately" by then, I had the bedroom and the rest of the house, he spent 99% of his time in here when he wasn't at work or other places. You can see he had the good furniture in there, since all the other rooms became bedrooms.
the back 'porch' right outside the kitchen had a huge grapevine with sweet sultana grapes. The yellow box structure you see there is a concrete base that used to hold a rainwater tank, long gone by the time we moved in. Just back from that was the laundry, part of the house, but with a lower roof, which we used to climb onto to watch the fireworks back in the days when "Skyshow" was still an annual event.
the only section of (uncut) lawn we had was there too, with the washing line and a mandarin tree. This is me coming in to get a second load for hanging out.
looking from the kitchen door aaaall the way back to the fence you can just see if you squint. Maybe. That tiny grey rectangle almost dead centre.
and the opposite photo: I was standing at that back fence, inside what used to be a chicken run, with the roosting/laying shed on the left behind the wire that is holding up an impressive stand of asparagus. On the right, just outside the chook run was a huge fig tree.
looking at the fruit trees section that was behind the owner's shed/garage.The huge tree on the right is an old nectarine tree, to the left of that, that smaller tree was peaches and a bit further along, the even smaller tree was also peaches. A bit further back and behind those was a big old apricot tree. The greenery running the whole length behind the trees was grape vines. The bare patch front left was newly planted with several hundred carrot seeds. As they grew we thinned them by pulling out baby carrots leaving room for the rest to mature. The green stuff, front centre is mint in several varieties, already there when we moved in.
the veggie gardens, mostly not planted at this stage, behind the carrot/mint sections, behind the uncut lawn. The soil in this entire yard was so rich ad easy to work. The bushy green in the far right corner of the veggie patch was a zucchini plant which grew so much zucchini I was passing baskets of it to family members and taking bucketfuls to work as well. The low greenery front left was bush beans, with weekly harvests enough to feed all of us and freeze some. All those tall stakes had baby tomato plants interspersed with capsicums (bell peppers) and way down the back you can see onions about to flower. Those onions were there when we moved in.
Here is J setting up his basketball hoop, taking a break from spreading straw mulch.
this is me and hubby, pretending to (be together) discuss the garden, at my mum's insistence, she wanted a photo. The dark hair is not my natural colour.