Sunday, January 9, 2011


I hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

We had a somewhat relaxed weekend and worked on a few things in the yard

That is after we slept on until 9.30am on Saturday morning

and only managed to get out of bed in time to get to church on Sunday morning!

After our late rise on Saturday

we further indulged by having breakfast outside and reading the paper until 11am!!!!!

That's ok, what is the point of working hard if you don't get to enjoy it!

When we bought our house (2 years ago)

we decided that we would have french doors one day

from our bedroom into a little courtyard outside

So when we started work on the yard we planned for our little courtyard

We dug

and we built retaining walls

and we rendered them

and we levelled and

we barrowed in crushed limestone

then with my birthday money we bought a table setting

just for the two of us!

now all we need is to get the french doors!!!!!

I wish you all a wonderful week!



  1. Hi lovely nellie, your courtyard is just so so pretty! I looove it, you have both done an amazing job and it looks very professional! You should be so very proud! it must be lovely to sit out on your new setting and have brekky and read the paper! I expect there will be many more like it, especially when you get the french doors!!
    Hugs to you sweet,
    laura xxx

  2. It looks fabulous Nellie - very relaxing and very French. The doors from your bedroom will just add to that. I love French doors :)

  3. Wow, that looks great Nellie - very french provincial! Even better is that you did it yourselves. ;-)

  4. Great DIY skills you guys!!! I thought some of the photos must be your inspiration photos at first. It looks just gorgeous.

  5. You did work hard to achieve this space, and how lovelt to be able to enjoy it now. Your weekend sounds like a dream! Emma xx

  6. I wondered where you were going with your prose, Nellie! I couldn't figure out why the words didn't fit the photos! lol! Then my 'aha' moment.....and wow! What a beautiful little courtyard for kicking back! Wonderful job!!! :) Love the French lavender plants.....

    xoxo laurie

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    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it. It's got a bit of everything fashion, interiors, food, travel spots - hopefully you will find something in there that you like.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

  8. First off, I'm jealous of your weather. Second, I'm jealous of your courtyard! It's so charming! I love it. You did such a great job.

  9. Looks gorgeous, your hard work has well and truely paid off. Love the urn, the table setting and the lavender. A look we will be aiming for once we have finished our renovation. G

  10. Nellie, Your yard is looking so pretty! I am quite jealous of your courtyard and all you lavender. I can't wait to get my yard in some short of shape this spring. What a great inspiration.

    You travel photos were wonderful too!