Easter Sunday – Desert in Bloom

April 24, 2011

Happy Easter everyone!

You’re all so excited for the fact that this is my second post in 3 days.  We just went out as a family for a walk.  We are going out for a late  brunch at one of the local hotels later and decided we needed to burn some calories in readiness.  I always carry my camera with me  (it’s only a point and shoot but you never know what you will come across).  Spring is here and although we live in the dry South West desert at this time of year all the cactii are in bloom and I wanted to share this with you.


Spiral Staircase

April 22, 2011

I think the only part of the back garden remodelling I haven’t shared pictures of with you is the spiral staircase that we added so that you can access the  balcony from outside.  We have a wonderful west facing balcony that is barely used and this was because we had to go all the way through the house to the bonus room upstairs to access it.  Now, all we need to do is go up the new staircase.  We have added a gate to the bottom and the top.  I know that Kirsten is totally capable of opening the gates but at least it is not an “open” invitation so to speak for her to go up and down as she wishes.  The staircase was made by a local Company, Affordable Spiral Staircases.  They painted the staircase in the colour of our choice.  Of course installing into our garden was a first for them as we have the artificial grass.  They pulled back the grass and poured in a concrete base before adding some soil back over the top and putting the grass back in place.  Of course a little trimming of the grass was required round the new base of the staircase,  but I think they did an excellent job.  This is just their base model of staircase called the “Sedona” model but it is more than suitable for what we need it for.  We have 3 separate custom awnings on the back of the house made by Arizona Awnings.  Our concern was that the awning on the south side where the staircase was installed would have to be taken down but the staircase company added an extention to the landing so that it could remain exactly where it was.

We have also added some fairy lights.  Currently they are on a dawn to dusk sensor, but John has ordered some sort of wireless remote to try out.  For those of you who know my husband…he loves his gadgets!


Mosaics

April 6, 2011

So  I have been promising  you for weeks that I would show you the different mosaics included in the pool.  I think I already mentioned in a previous post that in total we have added 15 mosaics between the pool and spa.  In the spa  there is a crab as you step in and then 3 starfish around the spa seat.  As you step into the pool there is a reasonably large reef scene and then a starfish on each of the steps as you head down.  Across the bottom of the pool is a family of turtles.  On the step under the waterfall is another 2 starfish and then on the last 2 steps each one has a Clownfish (or as my daughter refers to it “nemo”) facing in towards the pool itself.

We now finally have both the new canopies on over the kitchen windows outside and the spiral staircase has been added.  There are a few touch ups here and there and a little additional planting has been done to the back garden, but otherwise I can say we are there.

My brother and his wife are currently visiting from England and they both went for a swim in the pool yesterday.  It was 71 degrees so still a little cool for me although I might risk taking a dip in the next few days, but then again maybe not as the temperature is due to drop again.  We have also used the new BBQ a number of times too.  Love the results that it gives.