Gorgeous Green House

The Renovation Journey of a 1940’s ‘Traditional’ to 2015 ‘Contemporary, Green & Gorgeous’

Staying Motivated and Keeping the Vision Alive


The Gorgeous Green House property was purchased about 4 years ago.  In October 2011 the architects were briefed and it felt like the dream was beginning to materialize.  Since then endless planning approval issues and delays have been taking their toll on general levels of energy and enthusiasm.  I don’t want this space to be a whining forum so you will be spared the details until they can be condensed into a useful guide to navigate the new SANS (South African National Standards) 10400 building regulations.  I decided I needed and injection of happiness and positivity and a reminder of what this project is all about.

'Forest' Walk

Indigenous ‘Forest’ Walk

I invited some special ‘green orientated’ friends for a picnic in the garden.  We started with a stroll through the indigenous ‘forest’ to admire old trees and newly planted ones.

Picnic Freinds

Picnic Friends

Fascinating Beetle

Fascinating Beetle

We marveled at an extraordinarily beautiful beetle then relaxed on the veranda and oohed and ahhed at the bird and butterfly life.

Newly Resident Egyptian Geese Family

Newly Resident Egyptian Geese Family

We ate  a delicious picnic and talked about the future food that will be grown here, meals to be shared and parties to enjoy and about how absolutely fabulous this urban farm/nature reserve is and how utterly blessed my family is.

The house WILL come when the time is right 🙂

Pavetta lanceolata (Bride's Bush) in full bloom

Pavetta lanceolata (Bride’s Bush) in full bloom

Thank you wonderful people.  It really was a great reminder of the bigger picture and a bolster for the ongoing challenges we have in getting the house aspect of the project underway.


5 thoughts on “Staying Motivated and Keeping the Vision Alive

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  2. It was good to read this – humans having happy times is one of the main pillars of green building and sustainability.

    The Bride’s Bush is looking awesome, we just planted one ourselves.

  3. Pioneers are special people 🙂

  4. Your dream house will be absolutely beautiful when it is all finally done, you will look back on what you have accomplished and feel a sensation of utter satisfaction and it will all be worth while.

    Keep it up!

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