Monday, 14 July 2014

Only One Day to Go

Hi Readers, HH has been in lockdown

I never thought preparing for a 150th birthday could take so much time and energy

 Remember when the "not so Grand Lady" looked like this last year?


And she looked like this as the rebuild began?

Well she looks a bit special now

 Even this one is excited!

Sorry I have been a bit absent, after the birthday tomorrow I promise I will share all my news in the lead up to the big event

So if you are around these 2 Ian Skippen and Loretta Ryan will be broadcasting live from Hanworth on HH's 150th birthday tomorrow (Wednesday 16 July 2014) from 5am 
Come say hello

At 7am this one, Minister for Heritage and Environmental Protection Hon Minister Andrew Powell MP will pay us a visit and check out the progress in the land of HH

How exciting - I'm excited and exhausted and I have lots to tell you in the days ahead

But for now, thank you all for your support and your wonderful wishes

Our Grand Lady is about to turn 150 tomorrow

One sleep (not that I will be getting any!) to go!

Lots of love

x HH

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Teapots and Tradies (Part II)

So if the last part of this post was about Superstar Tea Cosy - this one is all about my Tradies,  who are working so hard to get the Hanworth House show on the road

Meet Carl of HH - he loves his digger

And Foreman HH who keeps the team on track

Landscaper HH Tony is a recent welcome addition to the team

This is a rare shot of Builder Boy HH (who runs a mile every time he sees a camera in his direction) He really is the boss !

When this one grows up he will be just like Builder Boy - go Jake!


Plumber HH (Wade) is very mischievous

 Of course you have known Carpenter HH a long time- he has been through each and every day with me since Day 1 on site

Architect HH calls in regularly to make sure his wishes are carried out (and most of the time they are!)

Sparkies HH have been with us for months (that would be Grant and Mark)

Don't you just love this bit of lighting magic! It is one of my favourite spots

The site shed has gone, so the builders have had to move their lunch location into the new build


And occasionally they get a visitor like Miss HH pictured here on her birthday - well they are practically family after all!

Alistair and John can do just about anything

But John has recently found that being a reality TV star is quite up his alley


Their main job of late has been the new build

And the back courtyard area (loving my newly installed columns - which were made from a mould of the 1864 ones down in Wagga Wagga - they are very well travelled)

The landscaping team did a great job clearing the front yard

 But it was short lived because, drum roll, the pavilion has started!

Glass has arrived to close in the courtyard verandahs

and floorboards are all being replaced

VJs are going up

How nice of the besser block company to make bricks specifically in honour of Hanworth House!

And how fab is the main kitchen

The second kitchen began one day

and was finished the next

And has anyone seen these beds? They arrive from AustraliaPost in a smallish box and, after you slit the vacuum packs, they explode to become a fabulous mattress - I can't get enough of the whole experience!

And you may well ask why I am looking just a little excited in this photo

It's because I finally have an office bathroom (and we no longer have to pack a picnic lunch to get to the closest one!) Happy days!

The Green Lady is not so green anymore - as Gal is taking over

 There is green in some bedrooms however - still loving the mint green incy beds

The Incy Bed company is fantastic  - Check out incy beds here

Meanwhile the generosity of people is overwhelming - looks at all this beautiful donated crockey

and how perfect are these mint green and purple beauties?

Totally perfect

 Just like this ballroom rug currently in production - thanks to the uber talented Gilles and Franck  

Cannot wait to see the real thing!

Meanwhile, Cathy Border and Channel 10 came to visit - note how, by some chance, my outfit matched the floor rug - ha ha! That's a new one!

OK, life gets very serious tomorrow - it is exactly one month until the 150th birthday

And this is what the site looks like at present - bit of work still to do!

But these guys are at the ready - and I have faith - because just 6 months ago the HH courtyard looked like this

And just look at it today

Wish me luck!

So Superstar Tea Cosy may well claim to have my heart

But it is really my builder boys who do! Don't tell her (or them!)