Since being a ‘grown-up’ I have lived in various naval accommodation, a 1960’s built house, two 1970’s built houses, an 1840 built cottage, a brand new house (our self-build designed and built mainly by my O.H. and my son 10 years back), a caravan and a narrow-boat.
I’ve enjoyed living in all of them, yet the cottage always held a special place in my heart, which is perhaps why we ended up moving back here last year.
Yesterday, my O.H. and I spent a while hanging the last of our many pictures and photo’s; choosing which room and which walls were best suited to which. It took a little while (nothing is straight in this place) but I’m super pleased with the results.
I’m not a big ‘family photos’ type of girl but, for the first time ever, decided to dedicate a wall to family photographs; now all 11 of our g.children, and one of Tom and me, adorn the wall! It feels a little indulgent but so what; all photos were taken ad-hoc – as opposed to ‘professional pics’ – and I love them!
I’ll explain a couple of our other pictures just in case you are interested…the stunningly detailed charcoal of three boys in Kwazulu Natal is the work of talented artist Christine Lamberth – the boys parent’s worked on her farm. Tom spotted this on Christine’s wall when we enjoyed dinner with her while staying at her amazing accommodation out there. He fell in love with it (as did I) and we purchased it there and then!
The small Indian picture we bought at the roadside when on a trip to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Goa; I love the delicacy and the colours of this. I love the way the trees form a shelter for the lovers and their chaperone; it’s so romantic and comforting at the same time.
A visit to Stockwood, U.S.A. (home of the Norman Rockwell museum) resulted in us purchasing three prints; in this one ‘The Jockey Weighing In’ I can’t help but think the jockey’s features seems to have changed over the years. He so reminds me of my late father, who was a racing fan!
The three ghosts (or kings) is a particular favourite which we purchased in Hong Kong.
I think yesterday is the first time my O.H. and I have been in agreement as to which pictures to hang and where to hang them!!
Loving my home – loving my pictures and loving my O.H. for his patience with me working as his apprentice today!!