Thursday, October 1, 2015


As of 4:00pm today, it is officially ours, and we can move in to the new house. Hooray!

To make the house look as nice as possible for its final inspection (or second-last; there will be another in 12 months) I spread my Celtic Solstice quilt top on the bed:
Once I get myself organised, and it is basted then quilted, this is where it will live. Don't hold your breath, though. The sewing room is going to need a lot of organisational work.

Later in the day we took a walk around a different block, and this photo is for Dianne after her comment on yesterday's post:
Jack met some goats!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Meeting Some Neighbours

This evening we went for a walk around the block. Along the way we met a few interesting locals:

Jack was fascinated by all these strange creatures, but Dot was not impressed at all.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lights, Action, Oops!

If you believe the archive listing on the right hand side of my blog, today is my 6th blogiversary! My (apparent) first post was a picture of some aphids on my roses.

I say apparent, because from that post until late May 2010, I was actually posting my photos on Facebook, not here. When I decided to delete myself from that application, I started this blog and moved all the photos to it. So in a few days I created 8 months of blog posts.

Six years ago I don't think I could have dreamed I would be where I am today. I did own this land, but couldn't see how I would ever be able to afford to build on it. But here I am!

Today's task was to assemble the light fittings I first tried to do a couple of weeks back. Remember this?
 I had two of these, and both were missing the plastic pins needed to assemble them. When I contacted the distributors, initially they said they would send me the pins, then 10 days later they said they wouldn't as they thought the lights could be assembled without the pins. I had a go, but it really seemed to need something to hold the first bits together. I found some small rivets that fitted the holes, so today was the day to get these light shades happening!


Not very exciting so far. However, the instructions show how to assemble the shade on a flat surface before the electrician installs the light fitting, but I had to assemble it above my head and from the reverse view, so it got exciting fast.

First step. The first 5 segments in place. Getting to this stage took me about half an hour, with the rivets to hold pieces in place. Without them I would probably have given up! It was very tricky manipulating them, and also interpreting the instructions which were far from clear.

Second step. The next 5 pieces in place. Once I had the first part together, the rest was very quick. But round about now I realised this was going to be a very big light shade:
Because that's only half of it.

Third step:

And the final step:
 It is huge! Fortunately we have higher than average ceilings, so I can walk under it. But it is much larger than I imagined. The box did say how big it was (530mm diameter), but somehow I never quite registered just how big that is. I imagined it would be about as big as the box.

It does look quite amazing when you turn on the light though:

So now I have one of these in the spare bedroom, and one in my sewing room. They make me laugh because they are so over-sized, so I might just leave them because it will be fun to watch people's reactions.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Passive Solar

I haven't featured the dogs for a while, so here they are:
Jack soaking up some warmth. Dot is nearly as big as him now, although she looks smaller in this shot.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Moth Visitors

Night-time brings some wildlife never seen in the day.

Unidentified green moth:

Unidentified moth that looks like an old gum leaf:
Possibly a bright twisted moth.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Lunch at Lal Lal

This morning I had to tackle these boxes containing kitchen items. But they were packed by the removalists and I had no way of knowing what was in each one:
The search for necessities became a little frantic:

Fortunately I found both crockery and cutlery in time for lunch for fourteen people
who gathered for an 80th birthday celebration.
So now we know the house can hold a lot of people without feeling over-crowded.

And I was given this lovely floral house-warming gift.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Moving Day

Bright and early, this arrived:

Compare and contrast - the front of House A:
the front of House B:
Slight difference! Not much garden to be seen at house B just yet. The dark area is the new soil covering the completed dispersion field. And that's Dan the builder ensuring it is clearly marked so no-one will drive on it.

Then Dan moved on:
which was a bit sad, as he has been a big part of our lives for the last 6 months.

Then the movers moved in:

And when they also moved off, we ate our first "meal" in the new house:
Picnic pull-apart and chocolate. Maybe not the healthiest meal ever, but it didn't need plates or cutlery!