Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Unfortunately my brilliant maths mind was unable to calculate how much soil & mulch we needed so of course ..... I fell short!! D'oh. Due to Sarah's birthday completely wiping me out of cash, unfortunately I couldn't order more to finish. Oh well .. there's always next pay :-))
I would have been VERY happy if it was finished, but at this stage I'm just mildly pleased with how it is looking. EXACTLY as I wanted it to :-)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday was shopping day and she was given a budget so that she could buy whatever she wanted. Twilight is the big 'thing' at the moment so you'll see by the pics below that a lot of things were Twilight related!!
Sunday was a low-key lunch with Poppy & Nana Liz, Aunty Min (Godmother) and the Ho (aka Kirstie). She's having a big birthday bash with her school friends next week so we didn't want to invite kids to 2 birthday parties. The day was a good one though and she seemed to enjoy herself.
Another year closer to becoming a teenager!! Yikes.
Friday, May 01, 2009
So our path is almost done .. we didn't quite get finished yesterday so hopefully John can finish today or tomorrow.
It's not perfect .. but neither are we. And I figure that when the water feature is done and garden beds are planted, you won't notice how wonky the paving is (let's hope not anyway).
Pics below to tell the story of the day.
Well I've done that bit ... now what will I do!
It's dodgy ... but it's ours. The larger area on the left sits outside the formal lounge.
The paving will be surrounded by plants and will be a a seating area.
My only backyard plant! Magnolia Kay Parris - 2 flowers soon to bloom.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I decided to 'work from home' (read: help John in the backyard) as he is in Tassie this weekend so we wanted to keep progress going.
We managed to get all of the road base layed for the path and then hired a compactor (we call it a wacker packer). We also took the opportunity to get the road base laid properly in path at the back of the house next to the grass.
The pond is also in... that was a pain in the *ss trying to get that level I can assure you. It's out of level by about 1-2mm but we figure nobody is really going to notice. I sure hope not anyway!
J's off to Tassie this afternoon so his jobs this morning are:
1. Bring sand in to make a bed for the pond to sit on
2. Attach sheets to the side of the pond
3. Sand join in feature wall
If this gets done I will hopefully be able to at least get the sealer on to the boards over the weekend (well, Sunday is going to be horrible weather so I'll aim for Saturday).
Then if all goes to plan, J will start laying the pavers next week.
Then it's just a matter of painting, bringing in some good soil and mulch and that will be all we can do for now until we save some more money. I've picked out the urn I want that will sit in the water feature and I know what plants I want as well. Ideally I'd like to have all this done by winter but $$$ will play a big factor.
Anyway ... it's all going really well and looking just how we planned it. Very exciting!!
Forgot to take photos yesterday so will do so on the weekend.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Unfortunately not the TV show but our own little "non-handy-man" version of it!!
We were going to commence works on Tuesday (following Easter) however given that the weather was too perfect we decided that a bike ride was far more important.
So the real work began on Wednesday. A few trips to Mitre 10 and Bunnings throughout the week to pick up wood, nails, screws, woops ... wrong nails, go back and get the right ones ... you get the picture ... has resulted in some great progress.
The backyard looks a bit like a bomb site (you'll see below) but it really is starting to come together.
We were actually waiting on a couple of things to be delivered before we could move into the backyard so a lot of the work was done in the shed. The poor bikes copped a beating of sawdust on day 1 & 2 but the result is a pretty sturdy frame for the pond insert. John did a great job of the frame and you'll see over the next few posts how it all comes together.
By the way .. the pond isn't actually going to be a pond .. it will be a water feature.
The pavers arrived on Friday morning (woo hoo) and I am really really happy with them. They are perfect for what I wanted. Frickin' heavy though!!! They are 20kgs each paver and I moved about 1400kgs of them into the backyard. Boy was I in a world of pain that night!
These 2 pics show the mess that is currently our backyard although the dogs are loving having lots of new things to smell every day. They certainly enjoyed us being outside for the week.
Yesterday we headed to Bunnings to get some sample pots for the screen and the water feature sides. This is the bit I like ..... seeing some colour! We had originally decided that we would have a red feature wall behind the water feature however I think I'm going to go for this plum colour. Kind of hard to see but it's a lovely deep plum and then the walls of the pond will be the green (as you can see below). We went with green on the sides because we already have a green screen in the BBQ area (you can see that screen in the photo above).
Zach wouldn't get out of the way for the pic below so you can just see the top of his head!
Monday, March 23, 2009
No, unfortunately J still doesn't have a job.
The couch however, is getting an awesome workout so much so, I have to keep asking him to sit in different seats each day so that we don't get an ass groove in one seat (and yes, it would be the chaise!!).
The new benchtop FINALLY got installed last week and it's nice to have a benchtop that has no scratches on it!!! It's been in for 5 days now and not a scratch on it so the last one was definitely a dodgy bit of manufaturing.
And the other good news (well good for me, not so good for J because we know how much he loves landscaping with me) ... our Easter break will involve laying a path, building a water feature and moving in some mulch!!! I'm very excited.
How did this come about?? Well I was fortunate enough to get a little bit (and I mean 'little') of a bonus from work. So I figured 'screw it'. It's a bonus ... it's not effecting any bills or anything else so I'm going to spend it on some landscaping. I've made a deal with J that I will budget so that we can do as much as possible in the little area from the side gate to the patio area. This will involve a path, build a water feature and put some mulch down. Unfortunately I don't think there is going to be any money left for plants but we'll wait and see! I dragged both J and the child down to Pots Galore and Garden World yesterday and I think we found the pot for the water feature. The pavers will be ordered this week (hopefully) so that they arrive by Easter.
So while the main patio area is still not finished with the paving, at least the weed infested area next to the patio should like nice.
Stay tuned for photos and the arguments that will come out of this little exercise!!!!! lol
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Our lawn looked very sad when we got home from holidays however a little bit of water and a mow it has picked up and looks lovely again.
The garden beds held up well with no love or water over the holiday break, to the point that I need to prune some back as some are looking a bit tatty. My brown thumb has definitely turned a very light shade of green.
One very exciting thing that has happened is that we ordered our couch for the family room!! Woo hoo. We had been looking at it for a few months and always anticipated to order it around March/April but for whatever reason (and who am I to question the reason!!), we went into Freedom on the 28th and placed the order. I think the 10 week delivery got us across the line because we figured that if we were to order in April it would be middle of the year before we get it.
And my (very large) backside cannot bear to sit on the old blue couch for much longer I can assure you!!
The old couch has been good to us however (Sarah's dad and I bought it about 12 years ago) so it's time to go somewhere else. I'll give it to the Salvos and maybe somebody will be able to use it. For an old couch it is still in pretty good condition ... really only needs new cushions to make it comfortable again.
So why don't we just do that I hear you ask? Well, it's blue ... and there is nothing blue in the house.
So other than that .. nothing to report. We haven't heard from the carpenter about the kitchen benchtop replacement yet so hopefully that will get done sooner rather than later.