At the top of the driveway to my sister’s home there is a sign that reads “Welcome to The Sanctuary”.
It was put there by the previous owner – and builder – of the house that is now home to my sister, her partner, their three children, Aihlbie the Irish Wolfhound, Mao Mao the cat, and, for the next few weeks, us.
The house nestles against a hillside and has lots of wild, tree-covered land surrounding it.
There are snakes, spiders, kookaburras, wombats, raccoons and other wildlife galore.
Indoors, my sister has made the house both cosy and homely.
My sister has lots of lovely things.
Outside her front door, there is a patio with astroturf, plants and a small table and chairs.
The perfect spot for a leisurely cup of tea (when the temperature allows).
Round the back live the chickens. And a rather noisy rooster (provider of our early morning alarm call).
Periodically the chickens sneak into the house, to peck at forbidden treats in the fruitbowl, or poo in the shower.
One of them is broody and currently spends all day sitting in a box on top of the printer.
My sister’s family never refer to their home as “The Sanctuary”.
But I think the name is rather apt. ♥