Thursday, October 08, 2015

It's Now Real

It's the real thing now - the sign is up to let the neighbours know that we are moving out soon. November 14 is Auction date. This weekend our friends are coming around to help with all those little jobs that we've missed. My sons are cleaning up the garden and mulching. The ladies are styling the interior. The blokes are doing a bit of painting.
You would think that friends and family would be doing all they could to make us stay but they realise that its what we want to do and are all the way behind us - we are blessed with great friends.

I hope that the letterbox that looks like a exclamation mark is not an ominous sign.
Once we get back to a more relaxing life, we promise to get back to being diligent bloggers.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A small Vignette of our Home

These came from my parent's holiday home - they have been with us for more than 30 years.
Maybe we can find a place for them in our new home - where ever that will be.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Boy have I been slack again - November 2 was our last post and I can only blame the house, work and general life.
The big news is that we signed with a Real Estate Agent on Friday and now have an Auction date of Saturday November 14. The next few steps are that we need to supply various notices of council and water rates - we employ a conveyor to arrange the necessary paper work that is required with selling a property.

The instant turf has transformed the front yard, new paint on the house has also added sparkle.
Being spring, the garden is starting to bloom. Friends gave us a few rose bushes that they were throwing out and another friend gave us some ground cover lillies.
This is our entrance hall (welcome) with the newly sanded and polished Baltic floorboards. Our hous was built in 1929 and these boards had never been exposed until 8 weeks ago. 
Our living room has always been the quiet spot in the house - a place of refuge.
Nothing better than sitting in front of the flames with a glass of port, muscat or tokay on a winter's night.
The living room has become the domaine of our 17 year old blue burmese who loves to sit in the afternoon sunshine streaming in through the bay window. 
Sue loves to entertain and the dining room has been a focal point with friends and family over many years.
It still is.
The Real Estate Agent will be arranging for photography and advertising the property which will go to 2 or 3 Internet sites and newspapers. The photography is around October 12 and the ads will be on the Internet from October 21. The first inspections start from October 24.

I demolished the en-suite this week and we went shopping for a new shower base, taps and all the tiles for the floor and sower recess.
The vanity was fitted and I layed the base for the floor tiling. The Plumber arrives Monday to checkout the work to be done. The room will be painted in the Antiuque USA White to match the colour theme of the rest of the house. I have 3 weeks to get this done prior to photography - the stress of it all. The floor tiles will be a charcoal colour with the shower recess being a crisp, clean whit gloss with a feature strip of clear aqua colours in a vertical strip up the wall and as a splash back on the vanity. The finishing touch will be an arc Deco mirror above the vanity.
These are the tiles we will use as a feature in the shower recess and the vanity.
Before October 12, I have to have the e-suite completed. Its just a small job of fitting the shower base, tiling the walls and floor, having the Plumber fit everything and then painting the room (not small job - I'm freaking out).  Next week we are having three rooms carpeted and then we style those rooms. Oh, the pressure!!!!!!!!
I must say that they place has never looked better. He's some photos to show where we are.

It doesn't end with the Auction and hopefully it sells well. If the sales recently are any indication of our local market, then we should be quietly confident. So once we know how much finance we have to play with, we can start our search for a new home in earnest. The location will be a country town less than 2 hours from home. Stay tuned.