Sunday, August 30, 2020

A fond farewell..

Our last sleep at our house on the block is tonight.  We went for a wander through the block on Thursday - saying goodbye to different parts of the place we have called home for 14 years.  

This walk marked the farewell for me - having said my goodbyes to the block I was ready to leave.

We wandered and remembered and took lots of photo memories - and here are some of them.

The beginning of the terraces.  We did huge amounts of work (mostly Barry) to create these terraces and then to plant, and then to place art amongst them. They were a building requirement to help assist the flow of water and they proved to be good at that, but also beautiful spaces.





We built so many stairs and steps!  I love the little heads of soldering irons that accompany this set.


Barry heads off down some curving stepping blocks to a lower terrace.


As we crossed the rock river we looked up to see the back of these three large peace book sculptures.  Funny how you see different perspectives at different times.


Looking up from below to yet more steps and stairs, and sculptures...


The aspect that always blew our minds - we never knew we were building such a large home when we built it! 

Sculptures along the edges of the rock river from the back fence.


A forever memory - rocks and gravel. The block has so much rock and gravel; nearly all of which Barry moved by hand (I helped out sometimes, but he was the workhorse).


And then it was down across the heavily planted (no gravel) slope where the native flowers are all beginning to come into play for Spring.

Grevilleas...




Unsure...but pretty!


The beginnings of a waratah. They are late this year so we won't have many to play with it but they will welcome the new owners in style.


Up to the original water tank and the rocking chair sculpture we brought with us from Canberra.  


To the shed which we built on our first visit to the block together in 2003.


Up the driveway to look down on the main house.


And across to the visitors' and through to the mountains.

So many remnants of peace flags that have flown on this tree...

And so lovely to see some peace doves still flying - they will stay, sharing message of hope and peace for as long as they can. 

What a joy it has been to be custodians of this beautiful place. 

19 comments:

  1. A little emotional for me Fiona so I can’t imagine what is like for the both of you. I left a little off my heart on your peace/piece of country.

    You have left 601 a better place than when you arrive, if only more people were as conservation conscious as the both of you. Sending all my love

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    1. Thanks so much G - it was a joy to share the place with you for a bit...and look what blooms. We are a little sad but also ready and also happy that the new owner is an artist as well who will continue to add the beautiful vibe to the place...hugs your way. xF

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  2. It must be sad to leave such a beautiful place in which you have invested so much effort. I hope you are as happy and creative in your new place

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    1. Thanks Jac - it has been so good for our souls and our creativity...we hope to continue with peace and calm as we go...go well.

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  3. Such a lovely stroll you have taken us on as you farewell a happy chapter and a place of such peace and goodwill. Head into the wind as new adventures await. Xxx

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    1. Thanks T! It has indeed been a happy chapter, and now for a new one. Sometimes the times are right... We hope to keep the peace and goodwill vibe going! Take care.

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  4. oh my heart ... such beauty you two created

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    1. Thank you Liz - a collaborative art piece maybe?!?

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  5. wow thank you for the walk around your block, so good that another artist will carry on your good work !

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    1. Thanks Mo - it was a lovely gentle place to wander. And we feel we have left it in good hands...go well.

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  6. What a gorgeous place you made! I feel sad about this, but hope your new place will be what you need for your future.

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    1. Thanks Dana - it was a really lovely place to call home - and special. Our new place is smaller and we hope we can create a gentle space here as well...

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  7. It is, and will continue to be, a beautiful place.
    And now, you and Barry will, I'm sure, create some new beauty. I wish you well.

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    1. That's right Dina - it will grow and change but will retain its magic I am sure. We are looking forward to doing small things in small ways to keep the beauty around us happening...go well.

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  8. moving on is a strange and wondrous thing...what a beautiful place you made and now...new things

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    1. So true V - moving on can be helpful in that it makes housetop and reflect and look back at what you have done which you ansoemtiems take for granted maybe. And yes now something new - we will go slowly and find our feet and see what happens! Go well.

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  9. hopefully the best is yet to come ! I wish you the best of luck in your new house. But where do I now send my new year's card too in a couple of months, Fiona ?

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