Friday, September 28, 2012

Digging a really big hole

 Now our backyard looks like this. A small retaining wall will be built along the left hand side.
 The pool is pegged out and this is the first dig, of one ginormous hole.
 Once they got past the mud on the top, the underneath was good old Adelaide clay.
It looks great and we are getting really excited.
Im dreaming of yellow and white cushions on the daybed on the deck, and cute hanging candlelight, and G&Ts as the sun sets after a 40C day, and friends lingering for dinner.
 Just a little bit of work to do before then!!
I really am enjoying a project.
Its a bit more stressful for My Mate, worrying about all the finer details.
 Im not a details kind of girl, I just choose the colours!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chocolate Roulade

Had a request from Miss S who watches Youtube cake decorating videos 24/7, to bake a chocolate roulade. Look at Master J on the laptop in the background!!
So one afternoon we did just that.
Chocolate sponge cake, rolled with fresh vanilla cream and strawberries. And Yep, Master J still on the laptop in the background.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Building a pool

Busy times here at number 6.
We have decided to take the plunge, so to speak, and build a swimming pool .
The process began a few weeks ago.
I sold the shed and a guy came and dismantled it and took it away.
My poor Mate had the hard job of jackhammering the slab up into manageable size pieces so we could put it into a skip to be removed.
These bricks made a path around the shed, they were my job to clean and move out of the way onto the verandah.

The full content of the old shed, plus the brick pile and all of the other crap that was already there is what greets us everyday. Kind of depressing.
But we have ordered a bigger shed, so I know that very soon EVERY PIECE OF CRAP will soon be housed far away from my eyes, no longer to be seen.
I don't want to see a bike, scooter, skateboard, fishing rod, skipping rope or anything else on my back verandah.
The boys dug up the row of Agapanthus. We put them up the back under the fig tree, to be replanted down the side of the pool fence. We killed the grass, cut the legs off the cubby house (with a hand saw!!) to be used a chook house, and moved the trampoline.
Then the digger arrived to level out the block.
It had been a wet month.
A bogged Bobcat put a halt on things for a few days.

Looking out my kitchen window into this mud pile is not great.
But there is usually a little bit of progress each day, so I shouldn't have to wait to long to see some good results.