Monday, 28 October 2013

Signed, sealed and delivered

Happy Halloween week everyone

Don't dare think for a minute that Hanworth House might not look like this one day - just not this year! It is a year ago this week since we moved into HH for the first time

Here's a look back

30 October 2012 - move in day - who would have ever thought we were in for such a ride!

and this is how we celebrated Halloween last year - the pumpkin is headless because we simply could not find where we put the head!

Stay tuned, I have some surprises in store for Halloween this year - but let's look back now at the last week.

It's up! The sign I told you about last time arrived on time on Wednesday

What's more - it is only up due to some very generous and supportive partners who helped it to be there and I am going to introduce you to each of them in the coming weeks. Pay attention to them because they are VERY good people - and we all should know good people!

Thank you supporters - now everyone knows where Hanworth House is! And the sign will be up until HH's  150th Birthday in July 2014. So look up and say hi when you next go past!

But a sign was not the only progress this week in the land of HH - the carpet carousel was back - hello gorgeous underlay- so great to have you back!

My pulse rate increased even more when the carpet arrived!

I was almost as excited a year ago when carpet was being laid - we have canned the coloured painted walls since then.
But just look at the same room - numero uno which I completed on the weekend

This is Lady Musgrave - we are naming each room after a woman who has been pivotal in the history of the house (another post - another day) but Jeannie or Lady Musgrave was the wife of the Queensland Governor 1883-1888 and attended a wedding at Hanworth House in 1886 when the original owner's daughter Cecilia Heath was married.  I am just saying!

And don't think it was the only room I did on the weekend - here is the second room I did Lilian Cooper
Dr Lilian Cooper came to Queensland during Hanworth time - 1891 to be exact and became the first female doctor registered in Queensland. She is very deserving of a room in her honour.
The limestone mortar is curing - and is really quite attractive!

Even against the soot ridden raspberry wall,  the limestone render is in happy partnership

The entrance hall too

I think Foreman HH needs an ipad soon to replace his archaic notebook!

Flooring is arriving
and the little vents on the roof are going back to their rightful homes
In a fit of carelessness Builder Boy HH left the whiteboard in the rain - so the whiteboard looked different this week as it heralded in week 38
But he quickly redeemed himself by suggesting we should reveal the fireplace in my new office home - fireplace love - before and after shot - miracle worker that he is! I forgive him for the whiteboard misdemeanour!
And I know you are on the edge of your seat wondering how that same room has transformed the last week - this was it after the fire
This was it 10 days ago
And behold the transformation - this is it this week - Builder Boy calls it HH's opera house!
And I know you are wondering if you scale the ladder just what the view from the widow's watch might be - well wonder no more - this is it!
Good morning Brisbane
Good morning Jacaranda clad Churchie!
And I walked Brisbane on Saturday night - the Story Bridge is purple
Brisbane is ablaze with Jacaranda purple

I have just had this old chair recovered - yes in purple

Creative Director HH wore purple to the great Breast Cancer lunch at the Glen Hotel last week

and I am proud to call this gorgeous lady amongst my friends

Dale Spender is awesome and she only wears purple - I am serious - there is NO other colour in her wardrobe and she assure me "undies included" - 35 years ago she decided to wear top to toe purple.
and if you have not been to the new Gasworks - get there quick - I love it and, guess what!

Purple, purple, purple - is the whole of Brisbane going out in sympathy with Hanworth House? I am sure we established the purple logo first - the rest are merely imitating!

But  they say that is the best form of flattery! So I am flattered!

 Even the builder boys were not too proud to stand behind purple to grab this shot at last Friday's "Friday at 4" to capture the moment

A week of roses

and champagne

By the way  Happy International Champagne Day for today to all fellow champagne loving readers

And a year ago since Halloween greeted our arrival at HH - how perfect is this image? A HH pumpkin no less! Who would have known?

Happy Halloween - go trick or treat - and get into the spirit
I sure will !

 x HH


  1. The finished rooms are exciting-it must be so thrilling to see so much progress! x

    1. It is Ness unfortunately the rooms are finished (well 2 of them) but nothing else is. Nevertheless it feels as though there is progress which is at least a step in the right direction! x HH

  2. This is getting very exciting HH. Brisbane, HH and purple are well suited. And did you know GREEN is the complement of purple on the colour wheel? No wonder it looks soooo good on your Green Lady. Love all your images. They add another fantastic dimension to your always entertaining but moving blog. Here's to you, HH!

    HHH = Hold Head High!


    1. I had no idea of the purple and green connection - thanks so much for sharing! Thanks for enthusing me and my blog and love the newest interpretation of HHH - love love love it! x HH

  3. Wow HH,that's all fantastic news
    All looking great
    No one will miss HH now w your new sign
    Bless Dale & her dedication to Purple,isn't that adorable
    Happy Halloween to everyone at HH
    X A

  4. Thanks X A. Hope you and yours had a great Halloween too. I made it last the whole week and was thinking about what I might do to celebrate it next year. Hope your weekend was great! x HH