28 October 2008
We do seem to have a new alfresco hole in the wall. Hope it is covered up soon.
And the best bit is the shelf is up and the basin is sitting on it. I think it looks great.
27 October 2008
Once we had finished my youngests room I got carried away and tackled the rest of the house. We removed in total 3 car loads of unwanted stuff and rubbish. Two and half car loads of stuff were recycled and only a half a car full was actual rubbish that could not be recyled. Now our cupboards are all organised, a really good feeling. My youngest is enjoying playing with toys that were lost in among all the rubbish, and he even tidied them up when he was finished.
24 October 2008
23 October 2008
22 October 2008
The view of the front of our house. All visitors have to walk past the toilet before they get to the door.
Our new hall way where the front door will eventually be.
The inspector came to check out our new plumbing. The new plumbing passed inspection with flying colours. Unfortunatly our house didn't. We have to replace the above rotten bearer beam.
Our shiney new toilet in the other bathroom. The old one had to be replaced in order to put in the new one. Don't understand why.
20 October 2008
What we did notice as we were going around the house, climbing up and down ladders, was lots of the above paint flaking on the east and south side of the house. I thought there was only a couple of patches and I was going to patch them up. But as there are maybe a couple of dozen spots it is possibly time to repaint, one side of the house at a time. Below are a couple of the colours we are thinking about. Still not sure weather to go with the very pale dove grey or a darker version. The pale, bluey, greyey white is winning at the moment.
19 October 2008
After a lot of careful consideration my favourite movie of all time is "Amelie". The evening we went to see this film was one of those perfect evenings. The weather was balmy and warm, a rareity for Scotland. Peter had picked me up after work in Edinburgh and we had an early supper at Pierre Victoire in the Grassmarket. We had the set menu of steak and pomme frites. Then toddled over to watch the film. Brilliant evening.
Other movies I like are Blade Runner the directors cut, Mama Mia, Hot Fuzz, Keeping Mum and The Worlds Fastest Indian. I like movies that are comedies mostly. I like to laugh, usually quite loud and in the wrong places.
18 October 2008
16 October 2008
14 October 2008
One of the Phutekawa trees in front of the office is blooming already. Christmas must be on the way.
From our little balcony you can get a good view along Marine Parade.
Of course being Napier there had to be an Art Deco car.
Just thought I would include this shot because I liked the summer feel of it.
08 October 2008
Then there is the umming and arghing involved in the choice of shower. Why do I have to be so fussy. We can't have a large shower head with our hot water system, obviously. The shower to match the taps and mixer is a bar type that looks like a microphone, handy for singing in the shower, but not that good looking. Remember I mentioned that I am really fussy and have ideas. Well I had an idea in my head about a floating shelf to put the new basin on. Peter was keen on the idea too. So the nice man at Kirsten's recycling yard has made a brilliant shelf for us. I picked it up today and had to try the new basin on it. I love it, exactly what I wanted. I can't wait to see it all finished.
Sorry can't find a picture of the shower cubicle, it is just a standard frameless shower, with two walls tiled in standard white tiles.
Oh and we are still sticking with the green colour originally choosen. There was a little wobble and another three sample pots tried, thank you to Bruce (who knows everything about paint) at Tumu for mixing them up for me for free. But after all that the one we choose last time is still favourite.
Oh and an apology for boring you with all these details.
Just bought tickets to go and see Simply Red on valentine's day next year at Church Rd Winery. I have been listening to loads of Simply Red vids on You Tube in anticipation. This is the one I liked best. I love the original version and I really love this version. Hopefully I won't explode with excitement before February. Just off to dance around the sewing room again.
05 October 2008
Then a few choices are stuck up on the wall, to be hummed over. This is where Peter usually joins in. Against the white the cream did look a bit grubby, so we decided to go for a green.
Next step the sample pots. After waiting for what seemed like hours for somebody to mix up the paint, and being told how to choose a colour by the instore colour consultant, we left with a batch of pots to try. When we got home, one of the pots contained pink paint, we gave that a miss. The pale greens either looked to minty or to bright (yes I know I thought we needed something bright, I was wrong). I think we are going to go with the middle green. Very similar to the colour in our lounge and on one wall of the hall, perhaps a couple of shades lighter.
Finally with one colour choosen and because the whole bathroom is getting ripped out and re gibbed, I have been able to almost paint a whole wall from the one little test pot. We can live with it for a week or so until the builders get started and see if it is really what we want.
I am so looking forward to getting rid of the plastic bowl we have to use as a basin, because of the huge hole in the bathroom basin. You would not belive how many times I have got wet feet by pouring the water from the bowl into the cracked sink, instead of the bath. And I am so looking forward to having a pantry in my kitchen. But not looking forward to the upheavable involved in getting there, or of having to share one toilet and shower between Peter, myself and the two teenage boys. I think my middle son crawls out of bed and sleeps standing up in the shower he is in there so long in the mornings. Though it could be worse they could have been teenage girls.