WE HAVE A NEW HOME!! AND A NEW PROJECT!

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN THE LODGE

After what feels like weeks since we last moved (5 1/2 months actually) we have just settled on our new home! It has been a bit of a secret only because I'm on the superstitious side and didn't want to jinx anything. Silly I know!

Finding this house was so unexpected .....and apart from almost getting gazumped on the day of exchange, it was pretty stress free. HA!! Is buying a home ever stress free!! 

 Our new home, which by the way is called " The Lodge" is full of rich history. It used to be the coachmans house for the local doctor that used to do his rounds. And here is a bit of a weird coincidence, his name was Arthur and as you know I am married to an Arthur, but it doesn't end there, would you believe Arthurs childhood home in Wales was also called "The Lodge". I love all these connections and can't wait to delve further into the history of our new home. 

You would think that a 155 year old house would have a few issues in the construction department and we were definitely on tenterhooks waiting for that building report to come back.  Report card came back.... all good! The 1982 addition at the back will need some "help" and we are so excited to have a project.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN THE LODGE

I love a good floorboard....

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN THE LODGE

The furious planning that has been going on..... part of me loves it, even relishes it....the exhausted part of me goes, what have we done. I feel like a Jekyll and Hyde and it's a bit of a roller coaster ride.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN THE LODGE

We have dairy fields out the back with distant views to hilltops. The garden has certain standouts...lovely old camellias and a beautiful frangipani. A huge Plane tree and I have already planned where the hammock is going. I just can't wait to host our first lunch. You know the look... big old table...white linen tablecloth flapping in the breeze.....I can see it now..... but before all that happens....lots of work....painting, builders mess, new bathroom, lighting....etc etc etc 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN THE LODGE

Saying goodbye to the kitchen!

I put an ad up on Gumtree and rather than paying the builder with his helpers to demolish it, the kitchen now gets to be re-homed and someone else gets to take it away. It's a win win! We probably won't have our new kitchen in for another 5 weeks but luckily we are not moving in till the 28th of this month. I will have to make sure that there is plenty of gas for the bbq and also have some pre-cooked meals to pop in the freezer for those nights where the last thing we want to do is cook.

To keep the hair pulling down to a minimum when renovating here are just a few simple tips that have helped us over the years....

  • GET QUOTES....GET LOTS OF QUOTES. THE DIFFERENCE CAN BE ENORMOUS. IT MIGHT MEAN YOU CAN HAVE THAT DISHWASHER OR STONE BENCHTOP THAT YOU ARE LUSTING AFTER. 
  • LISTS WRITE PLENTY OF LISTS....DIARISE EVERYTHING. IF THERE IS A DISPUTE WITH A TRADIE, IT'S IN WRITING. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW THINGS GET FORGOTTEN.
  • WHEN GETTING PRICES FOR THINGS DOUBLE CHECK ON EBAY IF YOU CAN GET IT CHEAPER. EVEN THOUGH I LIKE TO BUY FROM LOCAL STORES, SOMETIMES THE SAVINGS ARE JUST TOO GOOD. SAD BUT TRUE!
  • BUNNINGS SOMETIMES HAS SURPRISINGLY GOOD STUFF
  • MEASURE AND RE-MEASURE 5 TIMES OVER!!
  • BE CREATIVE AND REMEMBER YOU ARE THE ONE THAT WILL EVENTUALLY LIVE IN IT.

Look forward to sharing the big move and would appreciate any extra tips.

We have really loved our "borrowed" 5 1/2 month garden but are now looking forward to our "own"

A Year In My Garden....