From Tree House – to Buddha House (the second stage of our garden renovation) (Video)

We show you how to transform a tree house into an amazing mini Buddha house, adorned with bamboo screening! The before and after results of this DIY small garden makeover will blow you away, and give you lots of great landscaping ideas. Why not renovate your garden to make use of those neglected spaces!
HOW WE DID IT: The original tree house was used by our grandchildren as a fort, café and schoolhouse. Now that they’ve grown older, we decided it was time for a makeover.
We trimmed, then removed, the cardamon growing along the front, and demolished the front wall to open up the space. The half logs that had formed the front wall were cut down, and used to screen the gap that the cardamon had left.
The Buddha statue was placed on a large sandstone plinth, and bamboo screening now adorns the walls. When you look at the before and after pictures, the finished effect is stunning.

Music: “Serenity” by Aakash Gandhi (YouTube audio library)

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Raindrops Falling on my Garden (Video)

My 6 year old grandson said he would like me to walk around my garden and make a video, so this is for you Merlin.
We have just has a thunderstorm – everything looks nice and fresh, raindrops are glistening everywhere.
I hope you enjoy some of my favourite plants, and my garden, as I walk around. I have included, rose bushes, succulents, It & A Bit (a lovely prostrate casuarina), ferns and kangaroo paws, as well as my growing collection of ceramic elephants.

Enjoy the video, as you listen to the music of:
This Old Man by The Green Orbs (YouTube audio library)

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Mittagong

Returning home from a driving trip down the south coast of New South Wales, we stayed overnight in a very comfortable room, at the Grand Country Lodge Motel in Mittagong.  The motel, more like a grand hotel, is surrounded by superbly landscaped grounds, including this beautiful bronze sculpture and fountain.
We enjoyed a perfect dinner at the nearby Esco Pazzo Italian Restaurant, which features traditional Italian dishes and regional wines.

 

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Hebel carvings

Carved from a block of hebel, these owls and pagodas were made during a sculpture workshop.
Hebel, a lightweight building product made from autoclaved aerated concrete, is very easy to carve using saws, chisels, surform files and gouging tools.  Off white in colour, these sculptures which weather over time, can be painted or coloured with oxides.
Starting with a block of hebel, which measures about 200mm x 200mm x 600mm, it is best to mark out your design roughly with chalk.  Begin carving carefully, sawing away unneeded areas first and then using smaller tools for the finer details.  A lot of dust will be released when working on your project, so always wear a mask and safety glasses.

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Garden sculptures #2

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  • These Pit fired and carved urns, were made with a Puki (a bowl shaped dish) using the hand built coiling method.
  • A detailed wall pot, coloured with a blue glaze and iron oxide.
  • An owl carved from a block of hebel.
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