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« on: July 18, 2006 09:19:32 AM »

This is Myrtle Hill, it is my home in Dinas Cross, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Sorry its a bit pic heavy, I just love my garden!

Bought the house in 2002, the house and garden had been left to rot for a good 20+ years as the old lady who lived there couldn't do the upkeep... Looked like this:
Apologies there are a few house photos cropping in...

^ No roof!

^ and to think this was one of the LEAST overgrown sections!
I love the fact that not a single back window match....

Inside (Not a garden I know but just to give you the idea!)

^Note... Black floor is black as it is the soil! There were was no flooring!

What we did:

^What a mess!

^ Front garden had been completely ignored both before and during works....

What it looks like now:

^ We kept the front similar to original form but we had to get rid of a monster hydrangea (you can just about see on the left in the before pic)
which was strangling a lovely Creme De La Creme (gancre) climbing rose. We hacked it back and then relocated the huge monster to the back garden  Cheesy

^ We have climbing blackberry bushes running around the arch so lovely in the summer as covered in fruit!
(My first plant unfortunately died when I planted it, but touch wood the second one has been fine!)
Behind the wall you can just about see the huge lupin stalks!

^ You can just about see a decking section in the middle, on this we have put a wooden table and chair set. On a clear day you can see the Irish sea from there  Smiley
On the left there is a small herb garden section, which we usually dry out in the shed thats under the decking section.
Oh and I'm to mention that on the right you can see a bird box that had been especially made by my younger brother and is nested in every year (so far) by green tits.  Smiley

^Bob, our cat


^Monty  Grin

One of my dad's sketches of our front:

Oh and the inside now looks like this:  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2006 09:29:21 AM »

You are my hero!  Talk about renovation... 

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2006 09:31:19 AM »

This is the most amazing transformation I have ever seen! My hubby and I are moving to England in about 2 years (after he graduates and I can get my stinking visa!) and I think I want to be your neighbor! That house is BEAUTIFUL and so is that area in Wales where you are.

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006 09:32:15 AM »

WOW! You guys did a fantastic job. I'm totally impressed!

Edit! I saw that retroeva said she was moving and thought it was GingaNic ... but I'm jealous that you, retroeva are moving there, and you GingaNic are already living there!

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2006 10:00:12 AM »

Thanks, yeah its lovely here. There's still work to be done. We own the smaller buildings on the left (as you look at the front of the house) and thats been converted into my dads gallery. (We managed to keep the roof its original form but had to add some better support, we even managed to save the original large inglenook fireplace!)

My mum is studying horticulture and developing the front of that further. Using my cuttings we are hoping to use the front as a mini garden center, and sell our seedings. But of course it needs to look like a front garden at the same time so we're still working on plans...  Cheesy
This is before we did work on the building but the front is exactly the same as it is now anyways.... Grass and weeds!

But you guessed right we are moving! We're going to be renting the main house and keeping the gallery.
Hows this for a blank canvas? We're suckers for punishment!

^We've already done some bits.... put up that wooden gate... re-seeded the lawn area.... planted a few trees...
Look at that view!
You can just about see the river that we have fishing rights to.... salmon in the spring! Hurrah!
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2006 10:00:26 AM »

i love the architectural features of the house, and you gave your house an absolutely stunning makeover. HUGE PROPS!
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2006 10:21:09 AM »

WOW, Ginganic, you are amazing!!! That's absolutely stunning!!

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2006 01:53:11 AM »

Just breath taking! Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2006 07:00:04 AM »

Wow!  Stunning!  Can I come visit for a week and pretend that I live there?

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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2006 03:33:37 PM »

Hehe thanks  Cheesy

Magpie, sure you can visit, the more the merrier! hehe (But only if you buy a print of my dads art  Tongue)

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