Last week Jon took another well deserved break from work and had a whole NINE days off. The break was also to coincide with the Kids end of term & the finishing at his current employer, for a fresh sparkly new and exciting two storey builder. As most holidays go with us, it was a working holiday- The Friday finishing day saw Jon call me at 4.30 from a car park up in Perth to try & entice me up on the train to meet him at the Beef & Beer festival @ Elizabeth quay. Despite having a prawn stock on the go for the evenings curry and the kids dinner ready to plate…Who am I to decline such an invite?, even with ten minutes notice to the next bus 🙂 What a relaxed great evening of beer, *(wine) music and great quality Western Australian Harvey Beef. The picture doesn’t do the slow cooked chunky ribs justice!
The only downside being, it was absolutely Feckin freezing. The booze helped my chill but poor Jon was still parked up here, so NOT so much for him only being allowed one!. The rest of the holiday was pretty much a laid back affair with late mornings, walks and the reason Im writing this blog The House. Monday was a blur of cleaning as we employed the kids out of bed & into action followed by a long awaited trip to the city for IKEA-the go to for all your cheap furniture needs!. Boo has been patiently waiting for a desk since we moved in, So along with the wicked bags I like from there this was on our list. Once home before anything else could be started -we HAD TO PUT IT UP… 🙂 when I say we, Boo n Jon did it together..On Tuesday morning I called in to the local K Mart to grab the cute little chair I had found. Maddison also had to put this up herself with a small amount of help.. * How complicated do you think they can make a simple chair??… Well…
The new look does her room justice though and gives her the chance to work off the floor where she had been doing her homework for months.
On a usual trip to our local romantic getaway spot (BUNNINGS) we spotted by chance some new cedar and jarrah look upvc eave cladding. We hadn’t gone there for that, but never normally come away with what we actually ventured in for. Our whole house has cladding under the eaves however we had bought it from a supplier, which not only came at a bulk price it also incurred a sizeable delivery fee. Which is one *(replace being bothered) of the reasons having run out of the original stuff, that we still have a few small patches of eaves work left to do. Yes we bought some, yes its a different colour, but its where you can’t compare and its super duperly cheaper than ordering the small amount more we needed. *See below
We were collared after a walk by our lovely neighbour across the street who wanted to loan Jon her garden edger for him to tidy up the lawn, she even offered to do it herself.. 🙂 So he diligently edged, strimmed the borders neat and then mowed it all again to collect the loose grass. It looks great, it truly does! We planted a few more things we had not managed to put in. Jon finished off the artificial plant I have for behind the bath with new pot, better foliage & the newly donated small stool from Boo’s room as a pot stand. * The carrot photos are for Cameron Whose 7th birthday was this week & little Scott.
Our attention then turned to the poles, No not magnetic OR Icy … Wooden poles I had bought a few months back to hide the trampoline from view. Maddison still loves the trampoline and can do amazing flips, aerials and all sorts of tricks-Its just not allowed to go yet! But @ 14ft wide it takes a huge unsightly chunk out the garden. SO the vision is.. Hide it, then create a secret fire pit area with secluded seating and twinkly solar lights. ( to coin my Fave bloggers quote “a Fuckfort”, a place where you can hide from giving any!!).* Julia Kerr. Anyway, first we had to dig the bloody things in. Jon dug first, I made second trowel. The poles were inserted then we chalked appropriate lengths before whacking them short with the chop saw.
Rigidity was top of our list as not only do they surround the trampoline. The kids are all well seasoned at avoiding the floor and walls so hitting them is not an issue. The temptation to hang from them getting on and off is one- Whilst they have been barred from doing this.. its awfully tempting. We will know instantly of course as they are just buried and washed in place, with the use of hosepipe water jet system we employed for the railway sleepers out front. TA DA….
With some fast growing Jasmine we purchased from Spudshed at a remarkably good price of $5 a pop- it shouldn’t take to long to envelop the poles into a mass of green and highly scented white flowers. I am SO good at drawing- maybe I should sell my art work 🙂 ha ha ha.. but you get the idea!.
The only other thing to make the garden grade this week were the additions of dwarf date palms along the wall by the pool. Bargain prices- we very nearly didn’t get any pots though. Everywhere we went wanted nearly four times the amount we had paid for each, actual plants.. Its ridiculous, WTA?!. If it hadn’t have been for a very impromptu stop at an Aldi & Dan Murphys *(priorities) on the way home from looking at cars with Sammy Jane, They still would be in the original pots, dying of root bound issues and lack of watering! We just really wanted to break the monotony of so much wall along that long edge. You will all have to pretend we have cleaned the pool out and the sand at the bottom isn’t there!! 🙂So the end of the week finished more like below….. 🙂 Catch you again xx