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Surprise Flower

I’m not sure what sort of flower this is, but it was a lovely surprise to see this bloom appear in our back garden. This is one of the benefits of having a new house and an old garden, surprise plant and unexpected bulbs.

Surprise Flower

Surprise Flower

Hot Air Balloons Over Kilsyth

The other morning I had a surprise – a pair of hot air balloons almost directly over our house! 

 Kilsyth Hot Air Balloon 2Kilsyth Hot Air Balloon 3

It definitely had the Chloe the Corgi wondering what was going on.  She came around to get her breakfast bone-shaped biscuit, saw the balloon and headed back up to the garage door, without the biscuit.  I hadn’t realised up until than that there was a balloon, let alone two almost above me, then the burner went.

Of course I just stood there admiring the view for a few minutes.  By the time that I had come to my senses and got the camera the balloons had moved over the back fence and they were well on their way to Mooroolbark.  In the meantime Chloe had darted in through the fly-wire door that I had left ajar, and was not happy at getting put back outside.

We are Settling In

Yes, slowly but surely we are settling into the new house – it’s a month today since we got the keys.   Boxes are being unpacked and everything is being found homes.   Chloe the Corgi seems to be settling in as well, with lots a neighbours to “talk” to.

At the moment the dining room seems to have managed to be the one room, aside from the already used guest room (THe Walker Suite) that has survived clutter free.   The kitchen tiles look as good as we hoped they would, and they have a nice “food-ey” theme to them.

Dining RoomKitchen Tiles

And finally some outside photos; the outside of the house complete with Susan’s car.   The driveway was the big drama point of the whole move.   The concrete got poured for the cross-over on the Thursday, and we started to move in on Friday (22/12/06); that meant no driving on it.   So all of the boxes that we moved that afternoon had to be carried in from the road, that’s not too bad for a couple of boxes, but for the mountain we moved  it was hard work.   Thank you to everyone that helped on Friday and Saturday.

Front of the House

The driveway got used by the Budget moving truck on Saturday – but it and the truck got  their revenge!   Half-way through the unloading the first load, something slipped in the back of the truck.   Dad was left in the back trying to hold back the bed base, matress, the draws in the chest of draws and more than a few other bits and pieces.   Obviously we hadn’t tied enough down.

And finally the view from across the street, about the only thing visible through the fence is the roof – but look at the view down the Yarra Valley!   On the first morning back to work, while I was having breakfast I could see a hot air balloon drifting along – I didn’t think of getting the camera and I haven’t seen one since.

House and Hills

Wet areas done

Things are really beginning to get ticked-off  on the builders to-do’s now, HOORAY!!

As of last weekend all of the tiling had been completed – and it all came up as well as we had hoped.   Now we are faced with the mad dash into Christmas – the builder definitely wants it all done by then and so do we.   We’re catering for 9 people for Christmas Lunch, if we are not ready we are going to be playing sardines in the unit.

Kitchen w-e 10-12-06kitchen bench 22-11-06

 Bathroom Tiles:

Bathroom Tiles - Detail

Kitchen 20-11-06

At last  I seem to be getting back into some sort of routine.    Progress is still being made;  the cabinet-makers have started to install the kitchen.   And it looks as good as we hoped that it would, the bench-tops are a nice splace of colour, and we have the same colours in the bathroom and en-suite as well.   The empty shell is beginning to look like a house on the inside now as well as the outside.


Kitchen being installed