Thursday, June 6, 2013

and the winner is...and some of where I live

Thank you all so much for the lovely entries in my giveaway. It was wonderful to hear a bit about so many of you and I appreciate your kind comments.



So last night I entered the number of entries into rangom.org (1-78) and the number 10 was generated. 



The 10th comment was:

quiltrob May 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM
I always look forward to reading your blog, I love the way you transform furniture and share your methods! I am a country girl living in Perth - you know the saying "can't take the country out of the girl........"!! Country life is something to hold onto. Good luck for your future, it's great you are getting into home decor mags and are able to share your work and home.

Roberta, I will be in touch to organise the delivery of your Painting DIY books and necklace pendant. As you have already purchased one of my tablecloths, I can either refund you the cost, still send you one for you to give a friend or make you a table cloth in a different design. Let's chat via email.

I have had some lovely emails from people lately also and my facebook page has been going bonkers. I think people find facebook an easy way to keep tabs on blogs they like.  Several people say they used to live in the Inner West and like that I share snippets of our beautiful Sydney life.  I always think I don't do that enough.  Here are some recent photos (a lot have been shared on Instagram already).

We are a street block and a stroll through Callan Park to the harbour. There is a 7km walk around the water and over Iron Cove bridge that is called the Bay Walk or Bay Run (depending on your fitness level). It is a very lovely walk today (although slightly busy at times) and every time I do it I wonder why I don't do it more often. Charlie and I will be doing it this morning after school drop off.

Lilyfield Life a blog of painted furniture and life in Lilyfield

This greenery below is in Callan Park. It is a large diverse park that used to house a mental hospital and no houses the Sydney Colleg of the Arts. When we bought our house I used to think when I'm 50 I'll do a fine art degree. well very soon I am turning 46 and I don;t think more study will be happening in 4 years time.  But we do love living so close to this gorgeous space. It makes up for our small backyard!

Lilyfield Life a blog of painted furniture and life in Lilyfield

This jetty is at the base of Callan park on the Bay Run at King George Oval. It's lovely living so close to the water.

Lilyfield Life a blog of painted furniture and life in Lilyfield
Lilyfield Life a blog of painted furniture and life in Lilyfield

looking from Glebe to Anzac bridge.

Lilyfield Life a blog of painted furniture and life in Lilyfield

I'll share some more about Lilyfield soon.
Where do you live? Comment below

Fiona xx

Lilyfield Life a blog of painted furniture and life in Lilyfield

19 comments:

  1. Thank you for the lovely photos Fiona. Sydney is such a diverse place with so many lovely little inlets. Neat that you live in a lovely spot. I live in Chirn Park on the GC just a hop, skip and jump to the Broadwater where there is a lovely walk along the front. The Council has been doing it all up (it's a huge area running parallel to the water) and are putting in a new Olympic Pool ready for the Commonwealth Games to be held here. I have lived in this area for a long time and have watched it go from being pretty but really "daggy" to be what they now call a "lifestyle"!!! Really funny!

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    1. hi Petra -I don't know Chirn Park but I do know Bridgewater and I like that area - i know what you mean about suburbs being gentrified. Where we live and the surrounding suburbs of Rozelle and Balmain were very poor decades ago and now is very expensive real estate. I lvoe being close to the water though - it's not the beach but lovely all the same
      Fiona

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  2. You know where I live, lol! I feel lucky to have made a home in a little bit of coastal paradise that is within easy driving distance of Sydney. It's amazing to think those peaceful looking photos are in a very busy, huge city (by my standards anyway!)

    xx Karen

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    1. hi Karen -I love where you live also! I tend to avoid the busy-ness on Sydney and stick to quieter places so as to not get caught up in the rat race.

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  3. hi Fiona, your photos are so beautiful and tranquil. One of the reasons I follow you is I love how you capture the beauty around you and how you are so grateful for your life. It is very refreshing. I live in a small country town away from the ocean so I love seeing the harbour in your photos.
    Lucky quiltrob winning your generous giveaway.
    have a lovely day and once again thanks for this blog
    Beth x

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    1. thanks so much Beth -yes I always remind my self to be grateful for small blessings. thanks

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  4. I love that part of Sydney. I lived in Glebe for nearly 5 years and loved going down Glebe Point Rad to the water. It's so lovely to see your photos. Kylie x

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  5. Hi Fiona, you obviously live in a very beautiful area, your photos are lovely and I would love to live closer to the water.I live in Essendon, Melbourne.We love our suburb, it has beautiful gardens and parks. Our area has some beautiful old homes, which I love and to walk around the streets with our dog Roxy brings me a lot of joy. Our adjoining suburb, Moonee Ponds, was a resting place for Bourke and Wills. Have a lovely day
    Regards Brenda

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    1. thanks Brenda - I love wandering around and looking at old homes. so much character and I love it when people renovate sympathetically.

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  6. Beautiful neighbourhood Fiona. My eldest son's name is Callan... but not after the park ;) I live in Lilli Pilli a little South of Sydney. It's leafy and quiet... surrounded by water and National Park. Have a great day.. Jo x

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    1. We know a Callan also (but i think names after the Park!). Lilli Pilli is very lovely. What a beautiful spot to live. Fiona x

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  7. oh it's just so beautiful!!! i hope i get to see australia one day!

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    1. We'd have so much fun! you have to put it on your list!

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  8. Your photos are beautiful and the same shots I take as I do the Bay Walk (no running for me!). Maybe my dog Sydney and I will bump into you one day though I tend to go just before sunset rather than the morning, not only because I work till 4pm but I'm not a morning person at all. As you can tell, I love my city too as I named my schnoodle after it!

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    1. thanks - I would love to see you and your dog someday! love his name also xx

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  9. What a great part of the world.
    Carolyn

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  10. Hi Fiona, I am new to your blog and am so delighted to have found you. Not only a wealth of knowledge generously shared, and beautiful furniture, beautiful photos but you seem so down to earth which is not always found in the Australian blogging scene. Well done on Lilyfield Life. It's a true find.
    Annabelle

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    1. hi Annabelle - thanks so much for that. You;ve made my day xx

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