Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sounds Dangerous

Would you want a deranged insinkerator?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

At the Beach

Since Monday Dot has been allowed to go for walks outside, but this was her first experience of being off the leash:
She stood still for a moment, then followed Jack's lead and took off.
 She had a good time exploring this new environment.
Getting her back wasn't the easiest task, though!

Friday, June 26, 2015


Jack and Dot enjoy some rawhide chews:
They both like the stairs, and for now, Jack gets to sit on a higher step than Dot. I don't know if it will stay that way; Dot may end up bigger and pushier than Jack.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shed Slab

I wasn't up early enough to see the concrete pour. They were planning to start before the sun even got up.
So all I saw was lots of helicoptering and trowelling. That seemed to go on way longer than necessary. We had brought the dogs along so that they could run across the wet concrete, but after it had been worked for so long, it was hard for them to make an impression once we finally got the chance:

Meanwhile the builders have begun wrapping the house with an insulation layer:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Roof Done

It was all go at the block today. The roof was finished, the shed site was prepared for the concrete pour tomorrow, some wood was chopped and stacked, and some little branches were burnt rather scarily!

Another sheet of roofing is lifted up:
Almost done:
It's a roof!

Shed slab preparation:

Eucalyptus wood "bleeding" red liquid after it is cut:
This gummy liquid gives gum trees their common name. Apparently it is actually called "Kino", and the tree produces it in response to an injury. You might notice in the photo that it is coming from a hollow space a couple of centimetres below the bark.

Here's why it is now too late to set fire to the huge pile of roots and branches created when the house site was cleared:
Flames from a very small fire of twigs and leaves, shooting up many metres. Imagine that times a thousand. It's a scary prospect.

Look what happened just after the roof was finished:
Rain! Little spouts of water flew off the roof at odd intervals. You might see one at the far end in this shot. But I kept missing them with the camera. Soon the gutters will be installed and connected to the tank so that we'll be catching that water.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Roofing Starts

The first sheet of roofing steel is lifted on to the roof.

The structure the roof is going on:
Engineered to wind rating N4. The builder asked if he could come and stay at our place if a cyclone ever hits Ballarat!