Tuesday, 25 August 2015


It's been a while, so here's a bit of a catchup.

The house is coming along nicely after a delay waiting for the windows to arrive.  Now the windows are in and the outside cladding is in progress.  The electrician has been to rough in the wiring which now dangles all over the place.  It's exciting to see it looking like a house!

Another exciting thing coming up is Carol's arrival in 3 1/2 weeks.  It seemed like an eternity to wait when she booked her tickets but the time really has rushed by and before we know she'll be here.  We've made lots of plans for while she's here and she's going to blog about her trip.  She'll be here for near on 3 months.

I had a lovely weekend away with some of the girls in my sewing group.  We went to Yarrawonga, staying in a couple of timeshare units.  I had to return for work but the rest of them are there til the end of the week. 

I came home a little earlier than planned after Mick had a bit of an accident.  He turned his ankle while working on the house and stumbled into a sheet of corrugated iron face first.  It's a nasty injury across his face and  I suspect he'll have a decent scar to show for it once it's all healed.  We're lucky with our local hospital.  He was back home with the wound stitched up 1 1/2 hours after it happened.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Narrowboat Klara

I just have to show you the stunning new paint job on narrowboat Klara. Paintwork by Andy Russell.

When we first met Roly and Bev and their boat, I knew I wanted to call our next dog Klara.  I loved the name.  I'll never forget Mick walking around our boat calling "Klara!  Klara!" to make sure it sounded right for a dog.

They're even moored right beside the slipway at Aqueduct Marina where the boat was painted and in the spot where Parisien Star was moored for our first week afloat.  She looks stunning guys and we're so glad you finally got your long awaited new paint job.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Roof, owl and Klara's first birthday

We have the roof on the house and now a bit of a hold up waiting for the windows to arrive in a couple of weeks.   There's plenty of little jobs that can be done in the meantime so Mick's still happy with the progress.  He's patched up some lovely old doors we've had in the shed for years and will use them inside the house.  Next on his list is painting 1 kilometre of timber lining boards.  Mick's enjoying working in the workshop with such a great view. 

Mick followed Klara around the back of the shed the other night in the dark and got a bit of a surprise when something flew about above his head.  I took a torch out the next night and when I approached the small structure on the side of the shed out shot an owl.  I didn't get a very good look at him but he was white on the underside.  I'm guessing he's a barn owl.

I've found my quilting enthusiasm again.  It makes such a difference to have a group of like minded women to sew with.  My friend Tracey and I have been going to a full day group once a month in Castlemaine (found inspiration in a lovely little lone star quilt by Deborah Dorward) and I've been sewing regularly at another friends place.   It feels like it's taken a very long time but at last we are settled back into our old lifestyle - Mick with a project on the go and me with my quilting.

Last Wednesday was Klara's first birthday.  On Saturday we had a little get together to celebrate.  My sister's girls had a ball entertaining Klara and she loved running around with them and making a lot of noise with a squeaky toy.  We're pleased that she's so good with kids as she hasn't had a lot of exposure to them.  We couldn't be happier with how she's grown into such a lovely dog.  At just a year old she's come along in leaps and bounds and desperately wants to please us.  If she picks something up now and we tell her "No" she puts it down and that's the end of it.  Excellent!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015


Mick has the roof trusses up on the house and all the inside walls are framed up too.  It means we can walk around the rooms of the house and see how they will look.  We've had a stream of visitors checking it out and Klara trots around from one room to the next.  She's not terribly helpful with barking at the noise of Mick's power tools.

We've had some icy cold days, lovely blue skies and gorgeous sunsets.  I really do love Winter, but the minus 4 degrees the other morning was a bit extreme. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

House frame

It's been a very busy few weeks for us.  There's been a stream of selections and orders and payments and deliveries.  We've been looking at windows, doors, flooring and wallpaper and we have piles of timber everywhere!  Mick is thoroughly enjoying himself with building this house.  The frame has popped up in no time at all.  We were just saying today that it's 20 years since we last built a brand new house.  It's so different to renovating.

We have settled in to our temporary living quarters.  It is now well into Winter and it's been really cold.  There have been many icy mornings but in true Aussie style the sky is quickly blue.  The only danger with these below zero nights is our water pipes freezing.  They aren't domestic ones and not insulated.  It's a bitter night tonight so we will see if we have water in the morning.

Klara has settled in well too and it seems she now considers it her place.  She has begun barking when a strange car comes in the driveway which we are glad about.  We are very pleased that all the hard work in her puppyhood is paying off.  She's such a good girl.  The front gate can be left open now and she doesn't wander out, plus we seem to have resolved the "pulling on the lead problem".  She trots along nicely on her walks.

We did have one small hiccup since our weekend in Melbourne at Vic's place.  Klara saw the other dogs on the sofa and although she didn't follow them up there at Vic's place, she did decide it was worth a try at home.  I opened the living room door to find this!  She quickly learned it wasn't an option at our house.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A big day concreting

The first of them arrived at 7am this morning.  It was all hands on deck with a crew of half a dozen and a  fleet of concrete trucks arriving one after the other. 

By the end of the day the driveway was a mess of mud, water and concrete dregs.