Navigation Menu+

The History

Since buying Piccolo in September 2010, we have been working hard to repair and revitalize Piccolo back to the glory.  The previous owners had done a fantastic job of the interior design and we just added our touches.

Here’s our blog /piece of history of refurbishing this Blue mountains Miners Cottage called Piccolo.

The newest project at the top.

Bottlebrush in Flower

Bottlebrush in Flower

Until I started visiting the the Blue Mountains regularly I didn’t realise that there is always a plant species in flower all year round in the mountains.  October/start of November the Rhododendrons are flowering.  And mid to late November the bottlebrushes flower.  The first 2 photos are the bottlebrushes in the back garden, the...

read more

Garden progress – November

Garden progress – November

There was no way I could dig the Rhododendron out to move it so the wall in this section of the front garden had to stay. I had to re-build the side wall and dig out. These are the photo’s and time-lapse from the re-build and new...

read more

Rhododendron Flowering

Rhododendron Flowering

The end of October, start of November is a great time to be in the Blue Mountains.  The rhododendrons are flowering.  The red and dark purple plants are the first to flower, followed by the rest. Our Rhododendron at Piccolo flowered this week with beautiful light purple flowers, and loads of them. It’s the first year in 3 years it has...

read more

New Retro Vintage Lights

New Retro Vintage Lights

Piccolo’s bedroom got a make over this week. We finally found well priced vintage lights whilst at a weekend wedding in Bowral.  The vintage bulbs are from Bunnings who have a large range of these style bulbs. We are very happy with the out come once we attached them to art décor brackets. ps Bowral has loads of well priced vintage/retro...

read more

Creating a Native Garden

Creating a Native Garden

Once the trees were removed we were able to start re-designing the front garden. It started with creating a flat area for the lawn at the top.  This was done using pine sleeper to create a retaining wall from the old tree stump.  Down and down to the fence was dug out to make it a gradual slope.  Here we have planted all natives. Before  ...

read more

Repairing the wall – 16 July 2013

Repairing the wall – 16 July 2013

Finished – 16th July 2013 Bringing the northern England art of dry stone walls to the Blue Mountains.  After many years, probably close to 100 years the dry stone wall across the front of the house had finally given up.  It was time to repair it.  It took three goes to repair.  First I completed the right side, second the left end and half...

read more

Wonky Weatherboard – 3 Jan 2013

Wonky Weatherboard – 3 Jan 2013

Finished – 3rd January 2013 We are still not sure that when we replace the roof whether it was the original roof or not.  However, when they extended the house they didn’t add any eve’s and the roof flashing was over instead of under so the rain water was forced in and then down the side of the house.  There was also a drip spot...

read more

White Picket Fence

White Picket Fence

In keeping with Piccolo’s beauty from the day we bought Piccolo we knew it would need a white picket fence. We are a pet friendly property and the gardened wasn’t fence.  It now is and our furry guests can now enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Piccolos garden as much as us. I watch a few YouTube videos on what I should do, I went...

read more

Deed of Mortgage – 20 July 1895

Deed of Mortgage – 20 July 1895

Exchanged – 20th July 1895 After some searching we found the deed of mortgage from 1895 when the land was sold/sub-divided and Piccolo could start to be built – click on the photo to...

read more