Friday, March 28, 2008

The Kids

I was going to post a couple of photos of the backyard (before pic of course) so that when the work starts around the place you can see what we have achieved.

Unfortunately after looking at the pics on the camera I am so embarassed about the amount of weeds I'll wait until I've done some culling this weekend.

It's amazing to see how much they have taken over in a couple of months - unless you are completely on top of it they just take over the whole ground and somehow you just get used to it and don't do a thing about it!!!

On the landscaping front, John went back over the old drainage trench as it had filled in a little bit due to the rain and weather we have had since then. Next weekend we'll at least fill one section of it (road base, pipe etc) and then start on the next section.

Dad will hopefully be down next weekend to lay the foundations for the garden beds so the backyard should be full of workers - the puppies will love having people in their domain!!

On the camera I also found some pics of the kids from christmas that I had forgotten were on there ... so figured I'll show them instead as they are a much better thing to look at than our weedy back yard!!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Tasmanians arrived

On Saturday our little estate didn't know what hit them when 3 mean, rough bikies headed down our street.

Ok .. so mean and rough is completely over exaggerated.

More like 4, over middle aged people in the prime of their lives spending their children's inheritance and enjoying the good life!!!

It was very cool to see John's dad and his partner Marly with 2 friends (Viv & Connie) get on their bikes and take a trip down the Great Ocean Road for a week. Who knows where they will end up after the navigation by Tony to even get to our place, but I guess that will be the fun of it all.

As I write this they are probably wreaking havoc and having a bloody good time while they do it!!

I hope I do cool stuff like that when I'm old :-)))

Monday, March 17, 2008

Some new plants

Well I couldn't help myself ... I've been very good for such a long time but the itch to get some new plants in the front garden was killing me. With no child and no husband, the weekend was the perfect time to wander in and out of nurseries with no complaining.

Because I have my eye on the bigger prize (back patio getting done) I didn't want to go overboard so I just bought enough to finish off the little garden bed around the letterbox.

The photo is not so good as I took it with my phone but it looks quite lovely.
I'm hoping the effect around the bed of the driveway will be a two step hedge ... you can't see them very well on this pic but there are little hedge plants (same as the ones at the front windows) next to the driveway, then there is another plant behind it that will hedge as well to about 40cm. The ground was awful so I spent some time hitting it with claybreaker and putting some new soil in there.
Fingers crossed the little plants survive!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I'm here to paint ze' fence

Before work commences on the paving area, I figured now is the perfect opportunity to paint the fence (and also before it starts turning grey and ugly).

The only question is ... what colour!!! I have absolutely no intention of painting it again so I have to get it right the first time.

My thought is to go a darker colour as the pavers will be a light colour and I don't want to much 'cream' colourings out the back but then again will a dark colour look too dull.

Anyway ... the choice is endless I guess so it's off to Dulux on Friday to check it all out.

Can't wait .... things are slowly starting to happen out the back and I'm so excited to think that once John gets home the work will really get started.

Bring it on!!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Happy Friday

I've learnt the secret of getting over a bad day .... champagne.

Does wonders for your soul :-)

Happy Friday dear friends


Thursday, March 06, 2008

What a day

Ever had one of those days??

Today I'm having one ... a mixture of anger, frustration, tears, joy, disbelief ... every bloody emotion you can think of.

So the day starts out fairly normally ... had a wee bit of a hangover from last night but nothing that a good cup of coffee wouldn't fix.

The boys in the office frustrated the life out of me ... sometimes I just don't get their logic. Hello frustration.

Later after an email had a flashback moment of a dreadful time of my life that has caused me the most pain I have ever experienced and hope to never again. Bring on tears.

This bought on some very real fears and concerns and had them brushed aside as if they mean absolutely nothing. Where are you anger ... aaah there you are.

Out of the blue get a call from a dear old friend who seems to be very grown up and is taking life very seriously. But it was awesome to hear from him and hear how he and his family are doing. There are a lot of people that come and go throughout your life (some you remember more fondly than others) but this person is somebody that will stay in my heart forever. You're a champ .. you know who you are :-))

So .. joy replaces anger and tears.

Work goes on and more frustration with the men in the office!!

But the best news of the day is that my husband is finally coming home to work in Melbourne. For how long? who knows, but the great thing is that will be home for a while at least.

Maybe not so joyful for him when he reads that he now has to get the backyard done before winter (insert evil laugh here).

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Calling all geeks and nerds

Hold on to your hats for this news may send you into a minor meltdown ....
The Stargate movie is due out very soon!!!!
Sad, but true ..... we love it.
I'm looking forward to finding out whether Daniel & Vala ever 'get it on' and how much bigger T'ealc's arms really have gotten over the last few years.
These are exciting times my friends ... exciting times indeed.

Monday, March 03, 2008

How to decide

I've just come back from a lovely weekend in Hobart seeing hubby and my two wicked step children. Had an awesome time (mainly because I hadn't seen John for almost 3 weeks) but also hadn't seen the kids since christmas.

As much as the little buggers drive me mad, I love them just as much as they annoy me so it all balances out!!!

As you all know, I'm itching to get my bike licence (given my hissy fit in January and decision not to go for it then) and I always look longingly at the bikes that race past me ... generally murming the comment "lucky bastard".

Yesterday my heart skipped a beat when John pointed out a Suzuki GS500. "what do you think of that?" was the question. What do you say .. it look just like the sort of bike I wanted but figured I wasn't allowed to have it as a learner.

I answered with the standard "yeah looks way cool" and kept walking.

John proceeded to talk to the owner and came back a few minutes later. It is a bike that I could possibly get under the new learner system, enabling me to get a bigger bike and not ride around on a 250!!!

I took a quick look at the Suzuki website this morning when I arrived and sent the link to John with the statement .... 'and only $7,990 brand new!!' (with smiley face for good measure).

The response .....

"If you want it I'll buy you one but there is a trade off ... I'll be working away for longer".

What to say oh what to say!

Of course I want him home soon but hey ... what's another few months away compared with the absolute joy I would get out of riding a bike to work every day.

AND the colours I like would match my helmet.

Surely it's a no brainer :-)))