Saturday, June 14, 2014

Start of a new era... I hope!

I am happy - I have just started about 6.5 months of long service leave. Yay! I have been miserable in my job for a good 5 years. I would feel like crying most days, sitting at my desk. I don't think I could've chosen a less appropriate job if I'd tried. So the solution was to take almost all my long service leave at half pay, to buy some time and work on a new career. The alternative was to quit, and I wasn't quite ready for that. I will keep you updated on how I am going with my leave. So far, I'm loving having time to work on minis whenever I feel like it

Also, my husband and I recently took a holiday to Western Australia and visited Margaret River, Mandurah and Perth. I took some snaps which you may be interested in seeing, from a mini perspective. Firstly is a stove in an old lighthouse keeper's cottage.

This photo is blurry, but you can see it in situ:

The next photo is an old store we walked past in Perth. I wished I'd gone in and taken more photos. It looked like it hadn't been touched in 60 years. The store beside it was the same (they were actually joined on the left side of the photo, where a door had been partially knocked out between them).

The last two pictures are the old homestead we stayed in at Margaret River, called Baseldene Manor. Very lovely, highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.

The sunroom was an addition in more recent years, as is the building you can see to the right. The gardens were beautiful too. Rumour is that the oak tree at the front was grown from an acorn that came from Buckingham Palace. It rained a lot, so my photos are a little murky.

Maybe the beautiful stonework will inspire someone? 

Lastly, thanks for the encouragement with the wiring and positive comments. I really appreciate your interest and taking the time to make a comment. Have a great day everyone!


  1. Sounds like a good start to a new era Shannon, lovely photos of your holiday in WA.
    I know what it feels like not liking a job and wishing you were somewhere else. I hope you find something that suits you more. Meanwhile we look forward to seeing more of your minis!

  2. I'm loving that old stove! Thanks for sharing. I hope your time out will help you identify the best way solution for your future, it's awful to feel so unhappy about your work.