The Big Reveal…….Ta-Dah!

I won’t keep you waiting any longer to know why I’m so excited about my Saturday purchase. Here’s my new ‘baby’.

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When we sold our house in February and moved into this unfinished ‘renovator’s nightmare’, I couldn’t of course bring my piano with me, so I asked the guy we bought it from, to take it on consignment and sell it for me.  I had never felt any affinity with that piano as I had to the one I’d owned back in South Africa,  which our daughter now has and absolutely loves.

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This piano had been my beautiful and faithful friend for over thirty years, and had given timid me the confidence to go out and perform in many different venues, such as hotels, restaurants, parties in private homes, and also for weddings and funerals.  It was on this piano that I composed songs for school concerts, practising endlessly to improve my playing. It had been with me through two house moves, adjusting well to living at the coast in air-conditioning, after fifteen years at high altitude in Johannesburg.  When we left South Africa, I was really sad to have to part with it, but I was comforted in the knowledge that it would still be in the family and would encourage our daughter to play again now that her children are grown up and she has more time on hr hands.

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I asked my piano guy Roger to keep a look out for a black Yamaha G5, and on Friday he called to say that he had one in excellent condition for me to look at. It had been bought some years ago by a family who thought that their daughter was going to be a concert pianist. Their dream for her didn’t materialise as she lost interest, but they kept the piano anyway because it looked good in their home. When they decided to move to a smaller house, they had to sell, and Roger who had had been tuning it for years, was asked to sell it for them. Now it’s mine to enjoy, or at least it will be once hubby has finished with all the dust and mess. Yesterday he finished dry-walling the domed ceiling under which the piano will sit. Now it just has to be spackled and painted, and we need to buy a chandelier to hang in the centre.

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The kitchen cabinets arrived  yesterday evening in huge flat packs, so there’s all that to do, not to mention the painting of walls and ceilings,  and the wooden floors to put down. I know it will still be a while until I can take delivery of my new baby, but it’s my shining light at the end of the tunnel.

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I think I must get my whip out and speed up the proceedings, although I do believe hubby is pedalling as fast as he can, and I have to remember that he too needs to eat and sleep.

Happy Tuesday to you all.  Not one of you guessed what my exciting purchase was, so no prizes to give out. I’ll have to eat all the chocolate myself. 🙂

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WPC Landscape: Some travel memories and present day landscapes

For this weeks Photo Challenge, Cheri asks us to share a photo of a landscape. Like many of you who have travelled extensively, I found it difficult to choose just one landscape out of the many hundreds which I’ve seen and photographed.

I could show you the view over The Valley of a Thousand Hills taken from my late mom and dad’s favourite open air restaurant in Kloof South Africa. We’ve enjoyed so many joyous family occasions whilst looking out over this undulating landscape.

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Our daughter lived for a few years in Vancouver and on one visit, we took a drive to the Whistler Ski Resort, going up to the top on one of the ski lifts. I’ve never been so cold in my whole life, with the icy wind whistling past my frozen ears, as we surveyed this unforgettable landscape.

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Cruising down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, yielded some really picturesque and breathtaking, karst landscapes.

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Many years ago, an early morning stop on one of our many US road trips, enabled us to gaze out over the spectacular and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. I’m sure we’ll do this trip again one day and get some better photos.

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We never dreamed in those far off days, that one day we’d actually be living here in the USA and looking out regularly on this beautiful landscape from our favourite ‘watering hole’.

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Neither did we imagine that we would have this lovely peaceful view from our house. Life can be so surprising.

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Of course, my home’s inside landscape is somewhat different, but hubby’s doing a great job with those ceiling beams. Don’t know how he manages to get them up there all by himself, but I’m not complaining.

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He tells me that he’s planning a domed ceiling with a chandelier over my piano. That I can’t wait to see. I do miss having a piano, but for now I just have to be patient.

Hope you’re all having a great Tuesday. This evening we’re going to a stage production put on by some of our club members. Should be a lot of fun, but I’d rather watch than be part of the cast.

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Just a few random pics

It’s almost Christmas, and the weather here in Florida is so warm. I think the Santa on my piano must be very overheated in his gorgeous fur-trimmed outfit.

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The Anhinga has taken to sitting up in the next door neighbour’s tree. Maybe he can spot the fish more easily from this vantage point.

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Hubby is getting on well with the house renovations, and is absolutely thrilled with this contraption he found on the internet. It enables him to hoist the ceiling boards and put them in place, all by himself.

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Our daughter in South Africa sent us these exquisite tulips for our anniversary. What a lovely surprise it was to find the box outside the front door.

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Paula asked to see how my lighthouse painting is coming on. Not a lot of progress since the last time you saw it; just a few grasses, a tiny window and the rocks more built up. The teacher was too busy finishing off two of the others’ paintings for them, and showing them how to sign their names. I still have some clouds to put in and a few gulls, but have to wait until January 7th for the next class.

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I’m taking this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas holiday time and New Year. I’ll probably do a few posts in the next couple of weeks, but not every day as is my usual wont. Don’t eat too much, and have a very special time with family and friends. Hugs to you all.

 

 

Sunday Stills: ‘Abandoned’ house; the full catastrophe.

I was rather apprehensive about seeing the inside of the abandoned house which we bought a few months ago. I knew what it looked like in February, but it had been through another hot, wet and humid Florida summer since then, and with the roof still leaking like a colander, so who knew what new horrors might be lurking there. This is what the roof was like before it was redone.

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The imposing front entrance certainly belied what lay beyond, although all the notices stuck on the door, did give one a clue that the house had been empty and uncared for, for four years.

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The whole roof had to be replaced, and our contractor said to hubby, “It was a very unhappy house, but now it’s happy again.” We now have the smartest roof in the whole street.

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One would never guess from looking at the outside, that once through the door, this grim sight would be there to greet you.

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The previous owners must have left in a hurry, as they left behind this gorgeous old radiogram, which was taken away by the garbage truck this morning, along with a lot of other rubbish.

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The kitchen will of course need to be totally gutted and redone. That ugly piece of wall on the left, is right in the middle of the living area, and will also have to go.

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I’m sure you’ll agree that the second bathroom is in need of a bit of a makeover.

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This guest bedroom isn’t quite ready for visitors yet.

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The floor and windowsill of the other spare bedroom were absolutely covered in dead bees. The poor things must have got in, but couldn’t get out again.

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The master bedroom is huge, but that once gorgeous, plush cream carpet is totally ruined, so will have to come up.

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The bathroom needs a lot of titivation too, and that awful wallpaper has to go.

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Here’s another bathroom in line with the master bathroom, so we’re going to combine the two to make a ‘his and hers’ shower. How’s this amazing wallpaper? Are any of you interested in the ancient treadmill. It’s going for free. 🙂

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There’s a really big lanai, half of which will be incorporated into the main living area.

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The view is just as we remembered it, and I’m hoping the white pelican that I saw there in February, is still around somewhere.

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Well that’s about it. All the floor tiles have to be taken up, and the ceilings sorted out. The garden is a bit of a jungle, but hubby is going to look for something like a machete to hack his way through the undergrowth.

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We do have our own stash of bananas in the front garden.

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Also, there are mushrooms on the back lawn, so we won’t starve; just joking of course.

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Lots of work to do. Thank goodness I don’t have to live there whilst it being done. Hubby is a really keen renovator, and this will be the first house he’s done, without me having to live with the mess. I remember one house in Johannesburg, where I had to literally walk the plank from the front door to the rest of the house, after he’d taken up the worn out wooden floor. He then knocked down a wall and eventually filled the hole with the rubble. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this house. I’m sure it’s going to be quite a transformation.