November 2009 - Landscaping and Spa
With a week of mid 30 degrees Cath began questioning the need for air conditioning downstairs, so we headed out to get some information and pricing.
The general consensus was we would need to look at the highest KW unit that single phase power could provide and installed it would be around $5500 plus dollars.
Considering that the air conditioning is for only downstairs and that traditionally there is only 1 to 2 nights a year that upstairs is uncomfortable and the fact that hot days we normally head out to the beach or are away on holiday during summer anyway I didn’t think this was great value for money.
I wondered if a spa might not be a better idea????
Looking on ebay the following day I spotted a spa that had been advertised badly, with poor pictures and had only 4 hours remaining and zero bids on it.
After speaking to Cath we decided we would put on a single bid and if we won it so be it and if we didn’t it wasn't meant to be.
Well… we won it with the one and only bid.
Now the dilemma started, how do we pick it up and where do we put it?
As one thing always seems to leads to another follow my progress as I create the area for the spa to go.
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January 2008 - Fort / Cubby House
Heading out prior to Xmas to have a look at ready made cubby houses as a possible Xmas present for the girls we were blown away at the ridiculous prices they were.
After Catherine and I talked about it we decided that a “Fort” style would be a better option, cheaper to make and less grief as it wouldn’t require building permission.
So with only a rough plan in my head we headed down to the timber yard and returned home with a mass of cheap and nasty treated pine, sleepers, fencing rails and decking.
The trouble was as I started building the cubby/fort the design became more and more elaborate, with a crows nest arrangement between the trees leading to a flying fox, multiple stairs etc. As it is very unlikely we will move any time soon I wanted to make it as strong and lasting as possible and with all theses factors this is where the issues began …. The sheer lack of time.
Everything is mitered and/or checked-in; its plumb, level and square, all the edges of the timber is routered round and smooth and all of this is time consuming to say the least. Unfortunately just as I started the construction Ray had the pre-Xmas rush happening as well so I was working 7 days a week leading up to the Xmas break.
So currently at the time of writing it is still not finished and I estimate that another 3 days will be required to finish it off.
December 2005 - Xmas Clean Up
Well after a mammoth clean up of the garden for Xmas i thought it best to take some photos before the wind blew leaves everywhere.
Spending 2 weeks pruning, mulching, spreading scoria and moving 14cu metres of mulch onto the garden beds the garden has never looked so good!
April 2003 - Dining Room Creation
After 6 months living in the house it was time for a bit of demolition.
What was once nothing but a storage room became our dining room after a a few walls came out and some plastering.
Wildlife at home
Photos taken of some of our visitors includes black cockatoos, rosellas, owls, kookaburras and the ever present possums.