Friday, March 22, 2013

Kitchens, Cows and Weeds

It's a big day here at The Old Post Office renovation HQ. Dan and I have a two-hour consultation booked this afternoon with Freedom Kitchens.

At the moment, most of our attention is on the little house (we've already ordered a Bunnings kitchen for that one). But, Dan got wind of a one day sale Freedom is having, where kitchens are apparently up to 40 percent off. So, we're ignoring the little house and working on the big one today. If we can get two kitchens ordered in a week, we're doing OK in my books.

Yesterday, I decided to get busy with weed spraying over near the out buildings. The whole area is completely overgrown with parthenium weed, which we need to get back under control ASAP.

He's been staring at the house for ages.
Parthenium weed. And a cow. Moo.

I had whipper snipped a path through the undergrowth the day before, to give me easy access to the heart of the weeds. All was going swimmingly until I went to take a step and a dirty big brown snake slithered out, right under where my foot was supposed to be landing, and then took off again into the undergrowth.

Uggh.

I gave up. I've decided to utilise the quad bike for the rest of the weed spraying. Perhaps I can sit cross legged on it like Buddha, spraying weeds from a safe height while my legs dangle nowhere near the ground.

10 comments:

  1. Those sort of snake encounters leave me all shaken up! Maybe the extra noise of the horses and the new tenants dog might help? Although the horse feed won't... I get out and about in long gumboots even in winter if it is really snaky. I look ridiculous but the care factor is very low.

    The only other thing that is supposed to be brilliant is geese (I think I may have said this before - sorry) but I hate geese as they are scary for little kids.

    On a different note - I was in Bunnings looking for some fittings for the quarters we are renovating. They had a great selection. I will go back again and get a small galley kitchen to go up there also. Am looking forward to seeing what you have chosen. They had a lot more than I was expecting!

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    1. I have barely taken my long boots off! We're going to look into guinea fowl once we've got the area under control a bit more, I think.

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    2. Don't forget to check your boots before you put them on! I've heard all sorts of critters (eg frogs) like to hide in them.) xx

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  2. The snakes have been so bad this summer.
    Can't wait to hear more about the kitchen choices you make. A friend's mother is very happy with her Bunnings choice one year on.

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  3. The little house is shaping up nicely :). Glad the brown snake was more afraid of you than you were of it - theoretically that is, as your blood pressure would have been soaring! Don't count on the Guinea fowl as nephew bought 6 and now has 2 that come and go as they please because they share themselves around the neighbours. He says if he could catch the *adjective* things he'd give them away. Comments from him are you need at least 2 1/2 metre high fences as then he'd still have 6,lots of time and patience and be half deaf as they are flighty, you're forever looking for the darn things as they disappear and after a while the noise they make, constantly, drives you nuts. You'd be better off encouraging a couple of big goannas to keep snakes away as long as you have a secure henhouse.

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  4. Edwin's, just wanted to let you know I stumbled across an old wooden bench on eBay that might really suit the style of kitchen you are planning. Search on eBay under " rustic island bench". it has one bid at $199 and finishes in 4 days at Cedar Creek. you could leave the top as is or even put a stone slab on top. Then you would have an island and the kitchen company would do all the other cabinetry. I love a mixture of new and old and could also be very cost effective and give your kitchen lots of character. j
    Hope you don't mind, I just love kitchen designing!. Mel x

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    1. Oooh, I found it. It's gorgeous! You're a day late - we actually ended up ordering a fitted kitchen yesterday, including island bench. I'm still thinking a butchers block might work as a moveable extra workspace though. Thanks for keeping an eye out! xx

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  5. Wowzers, two kitchens in one week, that's impressive! Very exciting too!

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  6. I must say, I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic. Liked the material. . . . . Used Kitchens

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