Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Just a few Local Photos

I've posted a few pic in the past of Trentham Falls but every few weeks it takes on a different look.
These are taken with my iPhone and I play with an App that I downloaded to it. Yes, they are enhanced and played a bit with but why not? Its all art in away.

The walk from the car park takes us down a few winding paths to the viewing points

Due to the recent rains the falls are flowing with great gusto. There are some wonderful images of stones and moss covered trees in the area..

With the local environmentalists, the debris from the trees are to remain. When summer comes, they become very combustable. What do we know as city folk. Maybe our thoughts will change but bush fires are a danger.


We've had heaps of rain but on this day when we visited the falls, the sun was shining.
I have to admit that I'm looking forward to spring and summer. The daffodils are sprouting every where to remind us that spring is just around the corner.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Looking from the Inside Out!

We have moved on a few steps since our last post update on the progress of the house. These are steps which are not so evident from a drive by. In the last two weeks we have had the electricians, plumbers and the heating/cooling people weave their magic. The walls are now all wrapped up in insulation paper awaiting the brick layers and plasterers to start working next week.

Looking out from the double garage
The Chippys also arrive next week to fit the doors. This is the entrance looking down the hall to the family and kitchen areas.
Sue is pondering over the en-suite. This photo taken from the very front of the bedroom shows the shower to the very left behind the bedroom alcove. Double wash basins are just behind Sue.
In the roof space we discovered today that the heating/cooling apparatus and ducting had been installed.
Also all the wiring and plumbing have been roughed in awaiting the plasterers to start. I noted that the electrician had makes the floor in a bright pink paint so he could find where all the light fittings and power points were hidden.
In the left bottom corner of this photo is where the kitchen bench sink will be. Sue has opted for a double sink in the Butler's Pantry with only a single sink in the island bench - the ovens (2) and hotplates are behind the island bench.
Thought I might add a couple of exterior shots of the Al Fresco area. This is where I barbecue, entertain mates over a beer or three and enjoy the afternoon sun.
We are tossing up as to whether add a timber deck under the roofed area or add very large tiles to the concrete base that will be poured towards the end of the building process. The area is a huge L-shape, all undercover. You may like to offer some thoughts.



We expect that as August draws to a close, we will be at lock-up stage and the cabinet makers arrive, followed by painters and finally the floor coverings are installed. We still have our fingers crossed that we are in by late November - another 14 weeks away.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

ONE STEP FURTHER

Today the house progressed one more step with the color-bond roof going on. The roofing is a corrugated steel, rather than tiles. There is nothing more romantic than the sound of rain on the roof with a wood burner in full operation while sipping a glass of port in mid-winter. That is of course we haven't taken off to France for their summer next year.
Anyway the boys worked in todays rain and the building supervisor Clint has been great as all he has estimated has happened despite our very wet weather.  As you can see from the photos, the surrounding ground is a quagmire of mud. I expect we will be bringing in soil after the house is handed over from our builder. I'm personally looking forward to the prospect of establishing our garden. BTW, did we mention that our property backs on to a reserve with the creek running at the very back. Visually it belongs to us and offers an extension to our block. I wonder how we can take advantage of this. Do you have any ideas to offer?

Our nearby neighbour rang me this morning to tell me that there was a hub of activity on the block.
When we arrived to check it out, the roof was nearing completion in one full day. 
The weather conditions are not great for the workers but we have a great deal of admiration and appreciation of their work ethic.
The whole house now takes on a very different appearance with the roof on. We are now getting an indication of the views from within to the outside world. The plans for the garden, the need for privacy screening are now forming in our minds.
 Tomorrow we are off to lunch in the city by train. Sue was given a voucher from our son and partner for her birthday present. Maybe we have another Blog Post coming very soon.

Monday, August 01, 2016

A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN A WEEK

And it did last week. The previous weekend we stayed in Melbourne to attend a Tour de France function on the Saturday Night with my city cycling buddies. While there we thought we might take an impromptu test drive in a new car that might possibly be a future consideration. Sue's 15 year old  Peugeot 307 was looking close to being replaced. It had served her well with just over 100,000 kms on the clock. We've had a good run with Peugeots in the past, this being our third. It was only natural that we looked at updating with a new Peugeot. Being "country folk" now, we though a small SUV might just suit our needs.

The new Peugeot 2008 SUV was our choice so we went for the test drive and impulsively put down the deposit and picked up Sue's new car on the Wednesday.

Sue loves her new Pug. It's bigger than her old Peugeot 307.
It might be the pretty dash lights, the sat nav or just that it is our very first new "out of the showroom" car.
On Thursdays I play Petanque with several other retirees in Trentham and my friend Geoff had recently purchased a 1954 Slough (English) built Citroen 2CV and it had arrived from Western Australia to Melbourne. I offered to drive him down so he could drive it home. Nothing ever runs to plan as on arrival, the transporters had left the ignition on and the battery was dead flat. We finally jump started the little 2CV (several times) and eventually we were on our way. I may have mentioned before that Trentham is in the Victorian central highlands - that's around 600+ metres above sea level.
Basically the drive was all up hill for this tiny 375cc two cylinder motor. As we came to an incline the 2CV would struggle up hills at below 60 kph with me behind with the hazard lights flashing. We finally made the 120 km journey home safely.

Geoff ponders over his new acquisition and how to get it started for the 120 km journey back home.
Friday galloped along so we organised the spare bedroom for the arrival of friends who were coming to a dinner and entertainment at a local favourite place of ours in the village of Malmsbury, just around 10 kms down the road. Small Holdings is owned by the congenial David who always makes us welcome. He calls Sue his Malmsbury Mum. He calls me "Man Bag Leon due to the cycling Musette that I tend to carry often. Anyway I digress once again. The night featured Miss Bee Townshend who with a pianist and bass player gave us a marvellous selection of songs from a past era that included torch smoke songs to stage and film songs. All this with a 3 course meal and drinks made for a delightful evening plus we met more of the locals as well.

We saw this flyer at Small Holdings Cafe and thought it could be a good night.
It was in fact a GREAT night's entertainment.
Come Saturday we were meeting with a group of Melbourne cyclists from our old Bayside area. Several of our crew went to Italy in 2014 for the L'Eroica cycling event in Chianti. This event is conducted on both bitumen and gravel roads on bikes from a past era and must be pre-1987. That means steel and toe clips and straps - no modern carbon fibre here.
We can't go this year due to the house being built and no one to look after our blue burmese who is in her 20th year. We did however host this practice ride in our district. We rode 90 kms with about a third of it on gravel. The weather was not so kind with a high of 12 degrees. We started in mist, then rain and very little sunshine. Despite the conditions, the group had such a great time enjoying the sites of the district that it will now become an annual event to be known as the "Kyneton Klassic".

The gravel, although wet was in surprisingly good condition and a perfect practice before the guys go to Chianti in October.
Most probably the conditions in Chianti will be more pleasant than our practice run.
The worst part is the clean-up afterwards.
So that was our week - at this stage we are expecting a quieter week but one never knows. The house is now at the stage where the roof goes on this week and the bricks are due for delivery this Tuesday so we may have lots to report next week.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Off the Beaten Track

During the early 1900s, a railway ran from Daylesford, via Trentham and to the Carlesruhe junction where the original bluestone station (1862) still stands although not in use today.  The line carried timber from the forest and potatoes from the local growers as well as passengers. The railway today is defunct but there are signs of its path and I find myself discovering some of its mysteries while I cycle the area. The line was opened in 1880 to via, Tyldan, Fernhill, Trentham and to Daylesford. It closed in 1978 and many of the stations along the way only retain remnants of their existence today. I intend on walking the old tracks during the warmer months in search of these remnants of lost history.

There's a gravel road called Rippers Lane that takes you pass a few farms and then it dips down into a small valley. The train in the past travelled over the creek that ran under the wooden trestle bridge that exists today as a relic of the past.

The train of the past ran over this trestle bridge carrying timber and potatoes to Melbourne via Woodend. 

With the recent rain, our creeks are flowing well - the recent summer dried all the creeks and the local reservoirs fed from the streams were at an all time low. Local residents tell us that this is the best they've seen for a decade. We may even have the trout return.

These little guys came out to check me out while I was taking photos - very friendly indeed.