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TAS Country : April 12th 2012
ril 13, 2012 15 ations to her Perth home since moving into the property. Pictures: ROSS MARSDEN t at home really didn't know what to expect,'' she said. After living in 42 different houses over the years, Ms Davis said when it came to house hunting she knew exactly what she was looking for. Her ideal house would have a well- established garden with large trees, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Initially, Ms Davis rented a house at Newstead for six months when she first moved to the state and --- despite ticking all her house requirement boxes --- she just knew it was not the home for her. ''Most of the houses I've lived in have been older and that's what I was looking for --- something turn-of-the- century and weatherboard,'' she said. While the house at Perth was for sale at the time and she had seen it on the internet, Ms Davis she had initially dismissed it because it did not meet her strict criteria. It was built in the 1950s and offered just two bedrooms and one bathroom. But her six-month lease was about to run out and Ms Davis was getting a little desperate, so she decided a drive- by inspection on the Perth house might be in order. ''I came and had a sticky beak and when I saw where it was and the garden, I decided I really liked it,'' she said. ''All that stuff about buying with your head and not your heart went out the door.'' Ms Davis bought the house and moved in about 12 months ago. Since then she has had some signifi- cant renovations done. A large toilet area has been con- verted to an en suite off the guest bedroom. The laundry has been moved to a walk-in pantry area off the kitchen, to make way for an office. Interior brick walls in a room at the back of the house have been plastered and painted and the area has been converted into a formal sitting room, which also houses Ms Davis's huge collection of books on floor-to-ceiling shelves. A wood heater has also been in- stalled in the main living room to combat the chilly winters. ''If you're willing to spend the money, you can make a house what- ever you want,'' Ms Davis said. Out- side, a new entry way and small sitting area have been built at the front of the house. The latest addition is a large stained timber deck area which wraps around the back of the house. It has only been in use for a couple of weeks and Ms Davis said she was already thrilled with it. ''Everyone says that the climate in Tasmania is cold, but I've lived in Canberra and I tell you, it's much colder there,'' she said. While in her younger days Ms Davis said she was not interested in garden- ing, it seems her green thumb may be genetic. ''My mother and grandmother were both keen gardeners and I was deter- mined not to turn out like them, but I think I am,'' she said. Once part of a larger farm, the house sits on a large block surrounded by deciduous trees. The home's previous owners separ- ated off what is now the half acre lot surrounding the house and built their own new house on the remaining land nearby. Despite the fact the nearest neigh- bours are just several metres away on one side, the house is a private oasis. ''I'm not a very social person, so home to me is really important,'' Ms Davis said. The house's farm heritage is evi- denced by the fact access to the front yard requires driving over cattle grids. Ms Davis said the garden --- orig- inally planted in the 1950s --- had been reasonably well maintained. ''It's got good bones, so there's plenty I can work with,'' she said. ''Gardening is what you make it.'' She has only been living there for about a year, but Ms Davis has been busy remodelling the garden. Previously lawned areas have been converted to large garden beds and the driveway has been widened to allow for easier access. ''The curves work really well, I love curves, so I'm trying to get more into the garden now,'' she said. Along one side of the garden, under the canopy of a small forest of decidu- ous trees, Ms Davis has also started work on what she calls a secret summer garden. There, a spa bath has been installed and a picnic table is already set up. Plans to establish a vegetable garden, chook house and large berry patch in the back corner of the garden are also in the pipeline. As well as providing a private sanctuary for Ms Davis, the house is also the ideal home for her two West Highland white terriers, 13-year-old Zena and the newly acquired five-year- old Missy. Ms Davis said she got her first ''westie'' in 1988 and has had them ever since. Inside, 13-year-old cat Merlin also looks right at home. Ms Davis said Merlin had travelled with her across the country since she first got him as a kitten. As well as attending regular picnics with the popular Launceston Westie Club, Ms Davis said she and the two dogs also went for regular walks along the river, which is just a short stroll from her front gate. ''I just feel so lucky to live here,'' she said. ''What more could I want? I've got a river along the front, an orchard out the back and a creek along the other side --- it's just wonderful.'' Hay Rakes Post Drivers Traili g Spreaders 3P Twi Spi ers Grader Blades OR ORD RS OV R $5000+ R C IV R CO CHI RRP $349 Offer valid from 13/4/2012 to 11/5/2012. See in store for further details regarding this offer. PHONE NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION FREECALL 1800 335 623 2015519-120413 Rotary Sto e Rakes Bale eeders Cul vators
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