The new house tour

Friday, 31 January 2014

As promised, here are a few photos of our new home. The house is very small so there aren't too many photos!

This is the view from the front door looking through the lounge room into the kitchen dining room, the lounge room is extremely small but the kitchen area is a nice size. You can see the lines in the carpet, both the lounge room and Miss 10's bedroom are lined in carpet tiles that are lifting in parts and have horrible sticky bits along the seams. Yuck!

 Miss 10's bedroom, a great size room. It has a feature wall in a very dark aubergine colour and the other three walls appear to just be undercoated.

...and our bedroom, again quite large, again with the feature wall this time in a dark chocolate. You can also see on the left near the door a part of the wall is a dusky pink, when we originally inspected the house there was a tall desk/shelving unit there and it appears the painter just painted around it, something also continued in the laundry where they painted around the washing machine! Very odd.

The house also has a bathroom and laundry (obviously) and another very small, awkwardly shaped  room that we are using as a library/office. It also has the most horrid 'granny flat' which is proving very handy for storage. It is so bad I won't put photos up of it! Miss 14 is very excited about it though, she has taken over it for her own bedroom and lounge area. 

The house also came with an infestation of fleas, it's very own population of cats and two dead chickens in the 'chicken house'. Don't get me started!

Overall the house is less than half the size of our previous home so we have a lot of furniture that doesn't fit. We had thought about extending but now that we are here we are thinking about knocking it over and rebuilding. We would love to do it ourselves so are looking at kit homes. 

Lot's of work ahead of us!


Happy Australia Day

Monday, 27 January 2014

To all my Aussie readers, I hope you had a great Australia Day, to those of you that aren't Australian, I hope you had a lovely Sunday.

Our afternoon was spent playing backyard cricket (doesn't get more Australian than a game of backyard cricket!)

Followed by a barbie with pavlova and lamington cake for dessert, of course!

Can you tell my lot don't really like pavlova (tee hee)?


Rain - please stay!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Around here we are having a horrible dry spell. Very little rain in months.

And our new home is on tank water, so instead of just worrying whether the gardens are getting enough water, we now also need to worry whether we have enough.

So yesterday morning I was delighted to see this.

And whilst the rain didn't eventuate from this cloud, this morning I have woken to slippery steps, the sound of frogs and the whoosh of cars passing on the road out the front.

Rain, sweet rain.

Hope it is raining where you are, if you need it to be.


We're In!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Well, it's been just over a week since we moved into our new home and things are almost settling down, almost. To be honest I don't know if they ever will settle down again!

Our pre-settlement inspection showed us just how much work we have ahead of us. Given that we had spent just a few minutes inside the house before buying it (the previous owners were there making it a little awkward) and not much longer outside (before it started raining), we really weren't able to get a grip on how much work the place required.

So as overwhelmed as we are feeling right now, we are also terribly excited.

I'll post more photos as soon as I have a few minutes spare to take some!


Happy New Year!

Thursday, 2 January 2014

I hope you had a lovely holiday season and are filled with exciting plans for 2014. As usual I have a head full of intentions for the new year, no doubt almost none of them will be followed through!

What is definite though is:

2014 will see the biggest change ever for us as we move to our little acreage in just over a week, squeal! Big plans there, which also means lots of work for the next 12 months or so (I think we are being very optimistic there).

Miss 10 will head back to school as one of her school's captains for 2014, we are all terribly proud of her and know she will have a great final year at her school. Her best friend is also moving back here after nearly 4 years in England and we are all beside ourselves with excitement over this.

Miss 14 is heading into year 10 (where did that time go????) and will no doubt have lots of work to do as well as having lots of fun with her friends whilst she is there.

Hope your new year is all that you hope it will be.