Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Catching Up

The last week in one blog post:

We planted a callistemon seedling beside Merle's grave

It was grown from seeds collected from my old garden. It should be able to cope with the clay soil, but I don't know about the cold winter. I hope it will grow and thrive.

I've been worried about Scruff, as she wouldn't eat for a few days after Merle died. But she is gradually starting to eat again, and we are gradually finding things she will eat. She likes cheese. She will eat pancakes and pasta and porridge. Not quite a balanced diet for a dog! She won't eat anything she needs to chew. She likes cat food. And this morning she even ate a little bit of sloppy dog food.

I don't want to leave Scruff alone in the house, so I wait until she's asleep to take Jack for walks. He enjoyed all the rain we've had. Splashing around in puddles is great fun:


In between the rain, the carpenters have most of the wall frames up:

Now we can get the feel of the size of the house,

and the volume of the rooms. It feels wonderful!

Fortunately the weather cleared up for the weekend. Here's an amateur carpenter making his contribution to the house:

And an amateur bricklayer trying out a bit of brick patchwork:

Fortunately the professionals were on hand to fix up that wonky brick, and by the end of Saturday the full length of the wall was up to head height:
The brickies were planning to continue on Sunday, to get the wall finished. I haven't been back to see it yet, but the weather was beautiful, so I hope they got it done.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Merle



Merle
23/9/1998 to 12/5/2015
A pomeranian/koolie cross, she was one of a litter of about 12.

My beautiful blue-eyed girl. 
She was my velcro-dog, who wanted to be with me all the time. She even sat on my feet when I went to the loo.

She loved stuffed toys.
She also loved running on the beach, but I can't get to those photos at the moment. I'm limited to those I've already posted on this blog.

Here she is with Scruff, in my second-ever post, from Sept 2009.


Licking herself dry after a bath. She was a bit cat-like.

Wearing her coat when she was about 15 and starting to feel her age.

I thought she might enjoy having a puppy around more than she did. But eventually she allowed Jack to snuggle up.

Just a couple of weeks ago, when I made all the dogs some polar-fleece pyjamas.

Her kidneys failed, and late today she was buried at Lal Lal.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Bit of Weather

Last night it rained and rained. Today it rained more, on and off. Not brick-laying weather!

Water everywhere:

No brickies, but eight kookaburras watched us eat what we had brought for the brickies' morning tea:

So after some impromptu earthworks to drain water away from the building,
we took some builder's rubbish to the tip, loaded the dogs into the car, and headed back to the city.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Few Bricks in the Wall

The brickies made an early start, and already had a couple of rows down before we arrived:
I love the colour of the mortar, and like the way the bricks are looking so far!

Nick the labourer collected a few bricks from each pallet on each run, to shuffle the colours:
That bright orange sand is what is giving the mortar the beautiful colour.

As the wall went up, I loved it as much as I hoped I might!

Remember the "lucky brick"?
Now it lives next to the light switch in my sewing room!

I love these walls!
Can you see the brick in the top row of the left wall with "OG" chalked on it? Graeme's parents came for a visit and brought a couple of bricks from their house in Ocean Grove for us to include in our walls. Having mementos like this in the walls makes them feel very special.

Here's a beautiful brick which just turned up in one of our pallets:
Kangaroo and emu brick! Set sideways so we can enjoy it forever. Appropriately we had a couple of kangaroos hop through the block today. No emus unfortunately, but a couple of wedge-tailed eagles soared overhead. They are pretty big birds.

Tomorrow the last section of our curvy wall will be built to the same height:

Then the top of the wall will be done next weekend. I love our patchwork brick wall!

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Scary Insect and Some Walls

Not a nice find so close to the new house:
Termite!

The carpenters were busy today, as the house began to be vertical.

One wall:

Three walls:

A few walls:
It is very exciting to see it going up!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Giraffe for May

Sewn on my treadle machine, this month's block of the Zoo Animals BOM by Kristy @ Quiet Play.

Click here to see a herd of giraffes at Kristy's link-up.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Almost Flattened

Not quite flat, as the builder has dug a trench through part of our original pad. We will have to wait until that's filled before we can complete this layer:
Look how smooth it is! No footprints! How did we manage that?