Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nine Hills

One mountain of branches and roots is now nine smaller piles of branches and roots:
Thanks to the driver of this machine:
Hopefully these will be more manageable. We'll see!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


More painting:
This time, the edges of the weatherboards.

Meanwhile, on the actual house, the guys have just about finished the preparation for the cladding, sealing up all the little gaps in the insulation, and installing the flashing under the eaves:
This bit feels slow, as if not much is happening. But this fiddly preparation means that when the cladding happens, it will happen quickly.

Monday, July 20, 2015

How Cold Is It?

Apparently yesterday morning was the coldest Ballarat had ever experienced (-6.3), but this morning (which was only -4) seemed a bit colder here for a particular reason. Hot showers were off the menu because the pipes had frozen!

The dogs tried to get warm in a little patch of winter sunshine on the stairs. I sat around waiting for the the temperature to creep above zero so the pipes would thaw out.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


"Artwork" for sale at a market:
I don't think that's true. In my old house I could view the planes by just stepping out into the back yard. And those people who park around Tullamarine to watch  the landings and take-offs haven't climbed any mountains to get there.

Now that all the windows and doors are in, our house is locked:
I like the fact that the builder has put a doormat at the front door.

And this afternoon this arrived:
It will be breaking up that mountain of roots and branches, making several smaller piles. That way we can recover usable firewood, and safely burn the rest in smaller lots.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tour de Western Highway

If we'd known this was happening:
we might have travelled to Ballarat last night instead.

The 105th Melbourne to Ballarat cycling race.
203 riders spread out over about 30 kms of the highway made for a slow trip to Ballarat.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Water Play

I've mentioned before how much Jack loves splashing in puddles:

Dot is curious,

but I don't think she understands the attraction in this cold weather!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pink Blocks

Made a few more blocks with the giveaway fabric rolls:
and then discovered that the original block had shrunk noticeably when I washed it. So now I'm wondering if it is worth sewing this stuff at all.