Edging onward

Today edged us a little further towards a functional kitchen. Tomorrow holds the promise of an installed sink and no longer washing dishes in the bathtub.
This is a big deal as the family member who was building our sink stand decided on a road trip this weekend which meant that we would be at least another week behind in the kitchen renovation.

Luckily a good reliable friend was home from work (he works away) and came to the rescue; building me a beautiful, functional sink stand on his birthday no less.

You might wonder why I didn’t just purchase an Ikea cabinet for our sink, we’ll we’re up to something a little different in our kitchen.

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We’re recycling our houses’ original concrete laundry trough. It’s worn and has a beautiful patina, right down to one sink bowl being different from the other as that’s where the washing machine used to drain.

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Recycling at it’s best.

Besides our awesome sink stand we installed two more half walls of plasterboard (aquacheck behind the sink area).

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And built one of the cabinet bodies to ensure that the sink stand is bolted in the correct position tomorrow.

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So tomorrow looks like it might be another big step forward, as long as we can find someone to help us bring the sink inside.

Up, down, up week

Another week has passed us by with little done to the house, even with no work done it’s been an an up and down week.

Friday was lovely, with our new towel rack in place.

Saturday not so much with the kitchen budget breaking confirmation that the lower half of our walls are indeed made of asbestos. This is made all the more disappointing by the fact that we paid for a building inspector and it was not on the report.

Sunday morning provided a big boost and a very welcome distraction to the kitchen disaster, my morning routine of flicking through beautiful blogs coffee in hand was even better than usual.

Reading one of my favourite design blogs, Emma’s Design Blogg, I saw my name, I was a bit surprised so I looked a few more times, it was definitely my name.

I’ve won the loveliest little black Milk lamp by &Tradition.

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Photo via Emma’s Design Blogg

Looks like I’ll have to work extra hard on this house to make a space nice enough for it to live.

Thanks so much to Emma for the lamp it has really brightened my week.

Up, down, up week

Another week has passed us by with little done to the house, even with no work done it’s been an an up and down week.
Friday was lovely, with our new towel rack in place.

Saturday not so much with the kitchen budget breaking confirmation that the lower half of our walls are indeed made of asbestos. This is made all the more disappointing by the fact that we paid for a building inspector and it was not on the report.

Sunday morning provided a big boost and a very welcome distraction to the kitchen disaster, my morning routine of flicking through beautiful blogs coffee in hand was even better than usual.

Reading one of my favourite design blogs, Emma’s Design Blogg, I saw my name, I was a bit surprised so I looked a few more times, it was definitely my name.

I’ve won the loveliest little black Milk lamp by &Tradition.

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Photo via Emma’s Design Blogg

Looks like I’ll have to work extra hard on this house to make a space nice enough for it to live.

Thanks so much to Emma for the lamp it has really brightened my week.

Generosity

I received a gift in the mail on Monday from some ladies so sweet that they definitely didn’t need to give me anything to get in my good graces, they were well and truly already there.

Jess, Emmie, Sammie and Spark you amazing friends, mothers, wives, people and I feel so lucky to “know” you. You have all done more than brighten my day you made it possible to get something special for my home that I could never have entertained without your help.

I can’t wait to pick something and show you knowing that it will make you all a part of our home forever, you’re a pretty great addition to have to our home. I truly am touched beyond words.

Even those these words are too small and shallow in comparison to how special you’ve made me feel Thank you, I wish had I more to offer in return.

Everyone else, if you don’t already know these great women pop over and get to know them and let them know how great they are.

Spark,

Sammie,

Emmie,

Jess

Ladies if you’re wondering my face kind of looked like this.

After opening the first envelope

And the second envelope (thinking it would be a note telling me who it’s from but in reality a second voucher).

And then when it hit me that this was actually for me.

Satisfying Saturday

This weekend our awesome best man was in town. We took the opportunity to re explore the region by taking him out to lunch.

We went to Coffee Town Cafe and sat outside in the shade enjoying the breeze and each others company.

I settled on a lovely vegetarian focaccia with the dairy products left off. I was really impressed by the waitress taking this seriously and highlighting no dairy on my part of the order. The food and service were awesome and while we probably couldn’t every week I think we’ll go regularly.

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If you look closely at Eve’s face you can see she enjoyed sharing my lunch with me. I think her favourite bit was the roasted pumpkin or maybe the avocado.

Satisfying Saturday

This weekend our awesome best man was in town. We took the opportunity to re explore the region by taking him out to lunch.
We went to Coffee Town Cafe and sat outside in the shade enjoying the breeze and each others company.

I settled on a lovely vegetarian focaccia with the dairy products left off. I was really impressed by the waitress taking this seriously and highlighting no dairy on my part of the order. The food and service were awesome and while we probably couldn’t every week I think we’ll go regularly.

If you look closely at Eve’s face you can see she enjoyed sharing my lunch with me. I think her favourite bit was the roasted pumpkin or maybe the avocado.