17 Apr

DemetersRest.com Makeover & Bloglovin Thoughts

I’ve started using Bloglovin to monitor the blogs I like to follow and find new ones that fall into the categories I enjoy reading about.  This in turn has inspired me to redesign my own site and have it work for me, instead of the other way around.

I’ve come and gone from WordPress and tinkered with default themes, bought themes, tried building my own (good grief!!) and here I am back again and I’ve found what I think is a really nice clean starting point.  So far everything is working just fine, if only my hosting provider would smarten up and earn their keep!

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26 Oct

Greenhouse Up

The wind was certainly against us today as we vainly tried to put together our new greenhouse that we picked up off CatchOfTheDay last week.
We attempted to cram so much into Saturday… I’d already completed a fun run, Run Y’Ass Off  and we had the volunteer thank you dinner for the Murrumbateman Field Days volunteers that night.   Read More

25 Oct

One Week and Counting

It’s now less than 1 week until we get handed the keys to our precious abode. It’s hard to believe we’ve been living in our shed for nearly 3 years now… 3 years next month!

We had our preliminary walk-thru on Friday – the house is a blur of little blue bits of tape for when the painters come through and do the touch-ups before handover. On the whole the items requiring attention are all quite minimal… no major faults it would seem. There has been some ‘popping’ in some rooms – this is a new term, one I’d not heard before. It refers to the nails popping out of the Gyprock. Not sure what the cause is but the plasterer is due to come on site today to have a look and make an assessment.

I think the plumber might have messed up the installation of my kitchen tap – somehow I’m not really that surprised – his track record is pretty ordinary.

We’ve got the tilers booked to come in on Monday and then the carpets on the Friday. Which means on the evening of the 8th we should be able to move our beds in and have dinner in our amazing kitchen!

It’s funny… the first two weekends that we have in our shiny new house we actually have commitments out of town… All I want to do is be in my house and start organising stuff! I’ve never been so excited about doing an inventory EVER! Until next week…

06 Sep

House Build Progress

The house build is coming along in leaps and bounds.! This week we have the painters and tilers on-site. It’s great seeing the start of the colour scheme come together.  We’re hopeful the kitchen guys will begin installation next week once the painters have finished.

I had Ben and his Dad over today to finish off the pad for the water tank. Tomorrow the crusher dust will be delivered and following that the sand will be piled in the middle ready for delivery of the tank.

I took the opportunity to speak to Ben about the overflow arrangements.  I’d submitted a terribly complex and detailed drawing of the absorption solution to Council prior to approval of the DA, however after talking to Ben it seems I can just run a pipe directly out, under the fence to the existing storm water catchment by the driveway.  That will save me a considerable amount of time and money.

The tiling is coming together really well.  Very excited about the ensuite – something a little bit different to the usual set of feature tiles getting used these days.  We’ve gone for a rectified edge for the wall tiles and full floor to ceiling to add a little bit of pizazz.

18 Jul

Wick Gardening

It’s been a couple of weeks now since Jake and I started our first wicking bed out of an old bath tub.  I’ve read about it quite a lot – a very efficient means of keeping your plants well watered.  The strawberries and chamomile are doing very well, to the point we’re going to have to thin them out a little!  Read More

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