Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Windows and a Tile Delivery

I'm about to show you some before and after photos that are going to make you laugh, because they represent such a small difference in the actual improvement of our old girl and, actually, it's possible that the after looks worse than the before...

Dan is still working away, when he has 8 seconds, on the interior of the big house. The other day, he got to replacing the windows in the little room at the end of the verandah that was once the post office and will soon be my home office.

Here's the outside after the  holes were cut in the aluminium cladding:

And here's what it looked like after: Two little windows in the middle of an ugly sea of mouldy aluminium cladding and junk.

Here's what our dining room and kitchen currently looks like. As you can imagine, we're not spending much time here!

Today, our splashback tile arrived. It's the Amity tile from Tera Nova in NSW.  It's a floor tile and is a little thicker and chunkier than anticipated, but I think it'll still be OK as a wall tile... I hope so, anyway. Otherwise, we'll keep it for the floor of the bathroom. 

It's a miserable day today and I have been on this computer for about nine hours so far, while Lucinda sleeps and draws and eats toast and watches Sesame Street.

I think it's time to go outside.

Until next time....

Friday, June 14, 2013

Before and Afters - The Yards

Oh, hello there. 

I thought I'd return from my period of blog abstinence to do a special, commemorative 'almost but not quite six month anniversary post'. 

To give an update on where we're at, Big House is effectively a construction site inside.

The tenant of Little House has told us she's leaving in about a month to find some better digs for her horses (they have no shelter or anything here) and the timing is pretty good. We'll be moving in there just as soon as we can.

Meanwhile, I've taken advantage of the cooler weather, snake hibernation period and my mother's help to get some serious ground cleared. 

These photos show some before and afters - from the day we moved in, to this morning.

This photos wasn't taken when we moved in, but about two months ago instead:

The same area this morning (the flower pots are where there's old concrete obstacles I can't pull out and don't want to destroy the mower on):

Finally, we have a new pet. This is 'Sheepy' (named by Lu) after finishing her bottle this morning. 

All together now, aaaaawwwwww!