Sunday, 14 September 2014

a deadline, the vortex

So we now have a deadline to move into our new home, a deadline a little earlier than we were anticipating but a deadline that is good, a necessary concept that has made us sweat a bit knowing that there is a relative long list of things to be done before we can move in. But it's good, we have lists, we have more helpers and lots of determination (and still a relatively high level of enthusiasm). This week we will hopefully finish up with the no-gapping (hmm, yes, internal lining boards do look great but wowsers what a lot of work) and painting, the bathroom should be tiled (fingers crossed), we then have to deal with the enormous gaps in the floorboards (using brown thin rope between the gaps) and a light sanding and wax/oil, put in the wardrobes, clean up the garden (there is literally so much crap everywhere) and do all the other kind of moving stuff, oh and pack up and clean where we are in the next, ah, 2-3 weeks. Oh it will happen, don't be surprised if you don't hear from me until we reach the other side.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

circus tricks

Inspired by our upcoming visit to Brisbane to see Circus Oz for Poe and my birthdays, circus play has featured more heavily than usual (which, if we are being honest features quite a lot anyway).
We have just emerged from a week and a half of sickness, a horrid dry hacking cough, fevers and general awfulness (which unfortunately also took down my mum and my aunt, who were visiting). Amongst all this we have been packing, plying little people with as many remedies as I can (I do have an amazing brew but more suited to adults than children), farewelling Scott as he headed to Sydney to pick up our secondhand kitchen, skylight, windows and built ins (go ebay, go gumtree) and watching from afar as our home progresses. We are up to the painting prep stage and nearly ready for the bathroom to be waterproofed and tiled. Don't worry, I promise I will scratch all those itches out there with some progress shots very soon.
In the meantime we sit playing scrabble as we await a potential flood for the rain that is soaking our dry little town is filling our rivers past their brims.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

to celebrate

The other weekend I took a little break from life up here and armed with a few velvety birthday treats, went to Sydney to celebrate and surprise my dear and gorgeous friend Jen for her birthday. It was a weekend overflowing with lots of talking, walks through the city streets at night, eating seriously delicious food (here and here), lots of cuddles, a few bars (here and here), an impromptu haircut and viewing a lovely smattering of stunning art.
It was absolutely what I needed, a huge dose of nourishment from some very special friends and to be able to be there for Jen's birthday, to love her from close up not just from afar, was truly wonderful.
I also particularly loved the fact that I got to spend some special time with Jen and Rod's children, Lily and Saul, whom I love so dearly, without them being stolen away to various corners of the house by my children, no I had them all to myself and my gosh it was so very special.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

these walls

We have been very fortunate in that in the renovating of our weatherboard home we have been able to reuse all of our lining boards and so much of our hardwood in other areas of the house. We have moved walls to put in built ins, we have created rooms and rebuilt walls, only needing to buy about 40 recycled lining boards and about 10 3 x2 recycled hardwood timber pieces. In the process of moving these boards around we have had to keep children away and cover ourselves as we deal with old lead paint, we have cut, nailed and sanded and with all of this we have come to love these mis-matched but utterly beautiful walls.  So much so that we have decided to keep some of these walls like this for a while, yes we will oil them to protect them but we will leave little bits exposed, with a little nod to the stories they tell. 
We have also been busy injecting a lot of love in these walls by means of insulation, in both the internal and external walls and will also be redoing the roof insulation and underfloor insulation, it is so darn satisfying, making our home utterly cosy. Scott and I also worked out a really great way of retrofitting this weatherboard with insulation, basically it includes only taking off a couple of lining boards and a piece of masonite, stay tuned we will post a clip on you tube as we had a hard time finding anything less than overwhelming online. 
Working physically building our home is beyond satisfying, it is nourishing, empowering and so much fun. My nail gun compressor skills have been raised to a new bar, as has my drilling, nail punching and puttying skills. I feel like I am walking in a dusty haze, wearing the same pair of work jeans and top nearly everyday, my hands and fingers are throbbing from misjudged hammering and wayward splinters, my shoulders ache and my head is a bit frazzled as the rest of the time is focused on looking at secondhand kitchens and researching natural paints, paint prep and finalising bathroom layouts. But it is great, Scott, Josh (our carpenter friend and builder extraordinaire) and I are having a ball working together. 
Currently it looks like we will be in, in about four weeks, into the weatherboard part of our home, with the new extension looking to start in about five weeks, weirdly I kind of don't want it all to end, I know I will come back and curse those thoughts, but I am sure there will be no shortage of jobs to do as we look towards our garden and beyond.