The Man of the House was getting a little weary of painting so I suggested he have a look at the chimney and fireplace in the lounge and see how much effort it would take to get an open fire running.
A couple of days of effort, in fact, and so, so, so worth it.
It. Is. Amazing.
So warm and toasty and cosy.
I was just rapt when it was complete. I feel so happy basking it it's warmth. I love looking into it, it is such an ages-old thing to do....stare into a fire, watching the shapes change. Just beautiful.
We have a split system in the lounge which does a great job in Summer in a heatwave, although we rarely need to use it unless there are quite a few days over 40 in a row. For heating, it really wasn't the best because of the high ceilings. We had a couple of portable oil heaters we would use sometimes in the bedrooms or study.
But this? THIS! I just love it so much :-)
We have decided to list our home for sale in the Spring time so...yes...some new owner will enjoy our efforts.
We are ready for a change.
I am not excited about the stress and upheaval that moving can bring but I am excited for a change.
Even if, evidently, that means feeling every emotion possible as we move towards that goal!
A bit like the characters from Inside Out (One of my favourite animated movies of all time...do check it out if you haven't seen it.)
One step in front of the other :-)
Would something like this help you and your family in the morning?
They are easy to make and personalise with help from the kids.
The visual clues are good for the littlies and the bigger kids can read their prompts.
My children have some 'screen time' in the morning once they are ready but of course that is up to you. I like it because it gives me a good 20 minutes or so of uninterrupted time to get organised myself
My daughter at kindy used to like ticking the prompts off one by one when we first starting using lists but we have just created this new one and no longer need the ticks.
I make the kids lunches the night before so they are just in the fridge ready for them to grab. I'm not sure when I'll teach the kids to make their own lunches....not just yet anyway.
Have a great day
Renovator's Delight : A home requiring love, time and energy to restore it to its former glory.
We have one of these beauties.
It's actually our second one.
House 1 we completed with minor repairs and a huge clean up & lived it in for 5 1/2 years. We then bought House 2 directly behind House 1! We did a few more minor repairs on House 1, subdivided a fair chunk of House 1's back yard onto House 2 and sold House 1.
Moving house was a lot easier that it could have been...we managed with short car trips through the block and generous friends to share the load.
Now, 4 1/2 years later, we have a beautifully partially completed home, a finished garden, lots of land in the middle of our town... and a strong desire to blinking well complete the job!!
It is a beautiful character cottage....we have the love.
With our two children now both school aged and willing & able to amuse themselves for longer periods...we have the time.
The energy? The effort?
Well, that seems to be the challenge :-)
It is our major goal for 2016.
Step by step, we'll complete our home and enjoy our beautiful space.
Did I say that already?
Our light gold fish is Orion. Leader of the pack. Fast. Impatient. Always zipping around and leaving the others in his wake. He's got somewhere to be and it's very important to get there!
Shimmer is saying "Yeh, I can't keep up with him. He's kind of irritating."
The bronze fish below, again with Shimmer, is Jewel. The kids call her Black Jewel but she is getting bronzer by the day.
Jewel is an introverted soul and I have a soft spot for her.
A couple of times a day I will find her on the bottom of the tank enjoying some quiet time, perhaps with her head slightly under a rock.
I know how she feels.
Jewel is also the only fish who 'sleeps' on the bottom of the tank, she lets the rocks take all her weight and really rests.
I like her style.
We spent most of Easter Sunday afternoon with extended family at Rossiters Point, Moonta Bay.
My son and I were in 'nature lovin' heaven discovering crabs.
Check out all the different types we found in one small rocky area.
Another family were also exploring the rocks nearby and we were curious, and mildly concerned, as to why they were collecting so many small to medium sized crabs in a bucket.
Thankfully, we later overheard them saying that they had finally collected enough for a crab race!!
They invited us to join in so we watched as they drew a large circle in the sand, gently tipped the crabs in the middle of the circle and said "Choose a crab. First one to the edge of the circle wins....Go!"
Most of the little critters were a little too disoriented to move but a few got cracking, side ways, almost immediately.
This one below was the winner....with only one huge claw! :-) How cute are his little tracks?
After the race the kids and parents scooped them up with the help of buckets and spades, or even hands, to return them safely to the rock pools.
So, spirit animal totem for the week....definitely crab!
"Crab is reminding you that not all paths lead directly to your personal goals. Sometimes a sideways approach is necessary. Shift your focus to what is all around you because your inner senses are trying to guide you through an easier way."
Okay, I'll try! :-)
This is a story about my birthday :-)
The Man of the House generously designed a kayak voucher for me to celebrate my birthday last year, to buy one or to hire, whatever I decided.
I chose to hire kayaks during my birthday week in November. Unfortunately, our son ended up home from school unwell on the day we had planned so it was all postponed.
Fast forward 3 months later...because that is how long things take around here sometimes....
Yesterday we hired two single kayaks from Wallaroo Marina Apartments for $20 an hour. This is a new service offered in our area, the first Summer they've been available. There is a double kayak also available for hire.
At the hotel we filled out the paper work for insurance purposes then we were provided with life jackets and little wheels, along with the kayaks.
One draw back was that it was a bit of a trek to pull the kayaks down to the boat ramp. We figured that there would be a spot to launch somewhere closer to the hotel. We managed okay, of course, but it did an extra element of fitness to the morning :-)
Launching at the shore made for a smooth and uneventful entry into the water. I took a few moments to get my balance, took a first tentative row or two...then we were off.
The marina looked much calmer than the open sea so we headed in there, it was nice and smooth and really quite lovely to be out on the water.
Below is a photo of me as we headed into the marina past the boats. I was glad the boats weren't on the move...that may have required an extra element of steering/paddling expertise!
Overall, we had a great morning and it was definitely a good work out.
Thanks lovely hubby and happy belated 37th birthday to me :-)
If you are interested in kayak hire, check out Wallaroo Marina Apartments website.
If you are over this way and wanting to purchase a kayak, I highly recommend checking out Adventure Life, in Wallaroo.