Hello, I’m Bianca. Welcome to Queenslander Homes!
I run the popular instagram account @queenslanderhomes which I started in August 2015.
Here’s how that happened.
It was a Friday evening sometime in late July. We had two month old puppies (Scarlett and Harris Transformer; I have kids and they named them) and they needed to go outside for a wee. I had Scarlett in my arms and I was thinking ahead about the evening – getting the kids to bed and then sitting down in front of a cosy fire and watching a movie with my husband. Clearly my mind was elsewhere because I tripped over a very-shallow-almost-not-there-hole-in-the-ground. I have very weak ankles and I went down like a lead balloon.
Of course I was holding Scarlett under my right arm and I didn’t want to hurt her so I leaned to my left and put my hand out to break the fall. As I’ve mentioned in this post, our front yard has almost no grass; just a concrete-like clay ground.
The ground won.
As I hit the ground, I felt an incredible pain in my shoulder and my ankle. Somehow I had saved Scarlett (yay!) and I tried to get up off the ground. But I couldn’t. I had twisted my ankle and I couldn’t push myself up. I remember sitting on the ground and yelling out to my husband to help me. He comes flying out the front door and helped me get up. As I got upstairs, I realised that it was bad and that we would have to go to the hospital. The pain kicked in and we called an ambulance and off to the hospital I went.
Fast forward, I had completely dislocated my shoulder; had to be put into twilight sleep for it to be pushed back in.
Feeling Sorry for Myself
The next three weeks I sat on the couch and felt sorry for myself. We had just gotten Netflix (thank goodness) and I watched the whole three seasons of The Killing and ate a lot of icecream. Then I discovered Instagram. My phone was already filled with screen shots of Queenslanders because obsessed. So I set up an account and started sharing photos of Queenslanders.
Unfortunately I had to go back to work, but I kept posting photos of Queenslanders and fast forward and here we are. Thanks to a dislocated shoulder. That’s the silver lining right there.
I love to write, I love Queenslanders and I really enjoy helping people. So this website is a way for me to do all of those things in one go.
I Want to Hear From You!
Here’s the thing – I would LOVE to hear from you. It would make my heart happy.
If you have a Queenslander, I want to see it, warts and all. I’ve started a series called “Real Life” and that’s where I interview (face-to-face or by email; whatever works) people about their houses and how they fell in love with Queenslanders. If you are interested, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a DM on Instagram (@queenslanderhomes).
Got a topic you are interested in? I’m really good at research and I love to do it (nerd alert) so let me know what you are interested in and I’ll see what I can find. I’m open to any suggestions or ideas that you have.
You can subscribe here and I’ll send out an email once a month with all things Queenslander.