Happy New Year everyone!
It seems an eternity since posting last and plenty has been happening. We're still struggling to get internet.
Telstra has given some fairly contradictory advice along the way as to whether or not we'll ever be able to get it short of satellite (!). Their latest advice is that it looks OK and we should be online on the 9th. I'm keeping everything crossed. Rundown houses I can do but deny me Internet and I really struggle!
I have so many pictures showing our progress to upload when I do get back online properly. We've been working incredibly long days just cleaning and trying to get the place functioning as a home - albeit one with plenty of temporary fittings.
Shower curtains have proved invaluable to block off the dodgy internal cladding off the walls, at least until we can put in a more permanent fixture.
Mostly though, the last week or so has been about learning to love our new home.
And, we do. We love the house and all its quirks and cobwebs and tumbling down bits.
Every day is an adventure in this house. Nothing is easy, nothing is taken for granted. When I walk into a room and don't encounter a huge spider, I feel elated. When I turn on the shower and hot water actually comes out, I'm over the moon.
We even like how the lack of insulation pushes us out to under the tree in the afternoons, filling Lucinda's paddling pool for her daily bubble bath.
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It's incredibly hard work, living in a house like this. All the tradies we need are still on holidays so we just make do for now.
Even washing the dishes every night takes considerable planning. I start boiling kettles in the morning and filling a basin to make sure I have enough clean, warm water at night to clean everything down.
Soon, the tanks will be flushed clean and we won't have to worry.
For now though, our life is glorified camping and - at least until the novelty wears off - we're having a ball.
Our next job cleaning up the master bedroom enough to move in.
Beyond that, we need to get our veranda and bathroom clad.
Then, we need to move out into the yard to get the weeds under control before we can start seriously looking at getting some animals agisted on our land.
So much work. But so much reward, too.