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Summer lovin’

What an absolutely stunning summer we are enjoying here in Auckland this year! It’s hot, dry and the locals will agree that it’s not even humid!

We were lucky to spend a few glorious days at a bach on Waiheke Island. So, this was our summer – beach fossicking, swimming, stunning views, and a few motorbike rides around the winding roads!

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But we are home now, and back into the DIY groove that has been off since our last big project. Of course this time of year lends itself to the outdoors, so we are tackling the backyard once again, with a pergola/playhouse in the pipeline. Pipeline – it’s a clue! Stand by…

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Welcome to 2014

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We’ve had a fabulous few days away camping with special friends. We had a little bit of rain (and a leaking floor!), and a whole lot of sunshine, along with enough swims in the sea to get the kids to the point of enjoying those waves! And the food? Plenty thanks!

So… Happy New Year!

For perhaps the first time, the arrival of the new year feels like it should be more than just a date change. I’ve not been one for resolutions or any grand new year plans, and to be honest, the last few new years have been a whirlwind of new babies, renovating and one year of hard work just rolling on into the next. So far this one is proving the same, but it feels like it should be different. We’ll have to wait and see where that gets us!

As far as I can see, things won’t be slowing down in any way on the Duck Egg Blue house… as you know we are well underway with our backyard renovation, with much more to come, and we still have a few untouched spaces both inside and out. The master bedroom, for one, is crying out for some attention!

I’ve also been teasing you with hints of our latest project – a play kitchen, which finally came together at 1am on Christmas morning! I will do my best to share that later in the week.

Until then, we’re doing our best to extend our holiday to some lazy days at home (as well as getting through the last of the camping washing!).

Small Spaces: Caravanning in retro style

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It’s that time of year (down in the summery south) when we’re all dreaming of sand between our toes. And caravans get dusted off!

I had the pleasure of a coffee catch-up with my cousin yesterday, who was bemoaning the idea of heading off on a caravan holiday soon… in very retro style. However, not just retro in style, but rather retro in condition apparently!

Because it won’t be me putting up with less than comfy conditions and a leaky roof, I’m just excited for her at the potential… Maybe next year it’ll be looking more like some of these beauties I’ve been ogling this afternoon…

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Love Vintage Caravans offers these pretty ladies (they have names like Mary-Lou and Lola and Polly!) for sale or for event hire.

If you’re lucky enough to have yourself a caravan already, these guys also have the perfect wares to make retro condition magic into retro style!

They say “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy caravans and wares and they are kind of the same thing” – cute!

Spo-rad-ic (adj)

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Sporadic blogging… hmm. I’ll try and do better. It’s just, well… I’ve been too busy sunning myself on our new deck…!

Actually, not too much because we’re not quite at the toddler-proof stage yet (not that I’m a toddler, but there’s usually one not too far away from me) but oh the promise! I’ve moved the coolie chairs in, and our custom balustrade is ready and waiting to be installed.

There has been progress a million, so I definitely owe you an update post – bear with me til next week? I’m still getting over last weeks post which took me way too many hours to write!

If you just can’t wait you can get a few little sneak peeks via my Instagram (@duckeggblueblog) or have a look on Facebook. Links just over that way ——–>

Have a lovely weekend!

Lounge-o rearrange-o

The sun hit again this afternoon and it sent me off on a rearrange the lounge frenzy. It’s been in cosy mode for a few months and I’m excited to try it back the other way again (although I’m not tempting Murphy by taking that kindling box out just yet!).

Pictures, pictures… here they are: 0920_8160 0920_8161 0920_8163 0920_8165 0920_8166

And one little bonus shot of the sun streaming into the dining area –

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Hey did you spot those dreamy new curtains in the lounge?? I’m just going to whip the rest of the house into shape so I can get some photos of them up in the master and spare bedrooms too. Enjoy the weekend, and I hope to be back next week with those bedroom curtain photos for you!