Organised Chaos. Picket Fence Joy.

 Greetings from the household of Picket Fence Fancy.  Such warm weather has the garden jumping and with the sea breeze carrying the scent of our  fragrant roses through the house,  life seems, just plain better.
Mr Picket Fence had a rough week. The computer that he uses for his business had a melt down and went to PC heaven. Fortunately he'd backed up his work so it was more of an inconvenience than a disaster. A full day of installing a new (old) PC and reinstalling his required programs and upgrading our router (things in the Picket Fence house are now wireless and much faster) resulted in a happy husband  He's not terribly confident with all things technical so it was me he spent the time under the desk wrapped in cords and sorting routers and modems. So much fun ;)
 Many visitors were had this week. Barbecues with family and friends have resulted in not many crafty projects being completed. Worth delaying :) I did ,however, do a bit of a dusting marathon to impress the same visitors and revisited some things I had tucked away. Bingo anyone ?
The Picket Fence children had a few weeks of awards being presented at their school assemblies. Mr Picket Fence and I enjoyed attending each one. Another parent pointed out how these school assemblies are quite symbolic of the relaxed,supportive and intimate nature of small towns . When you can fit a whole school yard of children under the same roof and still identify every child by name, when you can all smile and cheer as year K/1 does the chicken dance in full costume, when you walk out into the sunshine with the other parents knowing it was an hour well spent ; then you know you truly appreciate the golden simplicity of a small town.
 Just plain pretty... I moved this into a more prominent place in our kitchen ... Mr Picket Fence bought me this quintessential fifties print on a past wedding anniversary. I look at this and realise he "gets it"
 I've been doing some reading, a snatch here and there. Have you read this yet? It's chock full of gorgeous photos and achievable design ideas...... I have big plans :)
 Baby Picket Fence and I sorted out my magazines and the kids Lego , craft supplies and bit's and pieces, They look invisible here, almost tidy.... You can NEVER have enough suitcases. I bought another suitcase , it's turquoise and I forgot to photograph it. Next time :)
 Gumboots ,PJ's and so much fun. I'm beginning to realise the veggie patch and chook yard are one of the better things we've initiated at the Picket Fence house. The children are having endless fun with same. It's a good feeling.
Small successes. I've been nagging Mr Picket Fence , for years, for a hedge on the lane way side of our back fence. He has been reluctant. But, this week, I won ! Triumph is a tray of forty Lilly Pilly Tube stock. Hello hedge :) So excited !!
 Finally , a deep breath in. This is my rambling climber Albertine . I do nothing with this girl, with no spraying, tweaking, pruning or fertilising, she sprawls recumbent on my picket fence. Every October / November she rewards me with heavenly blooms full of heady fragrance. Proof it's true ; that there are some thing's in life that you should just let be, the rewards are worth it  :)
Well I'm hoping you all have a wonderful productive week . I have a few plans, I plan on some baking, some Christmas shopping and on tarting up some of my cane verandah furniture, hoping a coat of paint will unify's currently a collection of orphan chairs ( mostly roadside finds).
We shall see how many of these things I achieve....sunny days can be distracting :)
Talk soon xx

Sharing with Sarah at A Beach Cottage


  1. Albertine, what a beautiful rose and a heavenly perfume to boot. I love this rose so much that I wanted to name our second daughter after it (imagine a little Bertie...oh) but my husband wasn't keen. Sigh.

    p.s. I LOVE your chesty Bonds Man. How? When? and Where did you find him?


  2. My man was such a cute chicken :).

  3. You have such stunning roses. I like the rose painting/ pretty. I like the look of the 'modern vintage style' book. I agree one can never have enough suitcases! I just bought a little vintage suitcase over the weekend, to use as a toy box for my dogs doggie toys..:)

  4. Oh so much to see and comment on! I love the rose print your husband bought, he does get it! I love your roses , they are all exquisite.Your pile of suitcases are fab too. Hope you have a great week and I look forward to seeing your updated furniture. Love Linda x

  5. Hi Ava,
    So glad that this little post turned up, blogger can be strange my last post is the only one on the page for some reason- go figure!
    Love your roses picture!

  6. So many lovely things to comment on so I will just say... I love your roses... your fence is inspiring, we have been thinking about a similar fence...Must get my book back off my friend so I can dive in again and LOVE the suitcases :)

  7. Gorgeous roses Ava, and how lovely is the rose print.

    Its nice living in a small town. Congratulations to the children on their awards, I bet you are as proud as punch.

    The book is one of the books on my wish list.. summer reading while to kids are taking swimming lessons, bliss!

    Enjoy the rest of the week, Tam x

  8. Love your blooms! The vintage suitcases as storage is such a great idea. Thanks for stopping by and joining Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  9. Those roses are divine - and those suitcase....sigh!

  10. Your husband is a definite keeper! How sweet and romantic...those flowers will never die.
    Seems your posts are back to normal...hope they stay that way.
    And your garden is looking fabulous.....swap?
    Okey doke..catch ya on FB
    xx Marnie

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